(Editor Note: This is a promotional video for a self contained CNC machine to finish 80% AR-15 lowers. It is called the Ghost Gunner, referring to an oft political definition for guns that are made at home, “ghost guns.” By federal law it is legal to make your own gun at home for your own use. This $1200 machine is meant to make the task easier.)
When I hear the name Cody Wilson one word comes to mind: Freedom.
What he stands for is total, complete, unassailable freedom. That is, freedom from onerous laws, freedom from feckless politicians, freedom from the tyranny of government.
Firearms exist. It’s Wilson’s mission to make sure that citizens of this Constitutional Republic have direct access to them despite efforts by the government to restrict and limit ownership. He is the guy that fights to keep the genie out of the proverbially bottle.
It started with his printable firearm, the liberator, a downloadable handgun that could be constructed with a 3-D printer. Now, the next step in his movement to make firearms universally available to the public is the ‘Ghost Gunner,’ a CNC mill that gives one the ability to make a metal AR-15 lower receiver with ease. It’s home gunsmithing for the average joe.
As Wilson told Wired.com, “Typically this has been the realm of gunsmiths, not the casual user. This is where digital manufacturing, the maker movement, changes things. We developed something that’s very cheap, that makes traditional gunsmithing affordable. You can do it at home.”
The price point of the Ghost Gunner is relatively cheap, coming in at $1,200.
For Wilson, the notion that every house in America could obtain his Ghost Gunner and make a lower receiver without a background check, without having to register it, without a serial number, without a waiting period sends a clear message to pro-gun control lawmakers.
“This is a way to jab at the bleeding hearts of these total statists,” said Wilson. “It’s about humiliating the power that wants to humiliate you.”
“3-D printing [guns] was about signaling the future. This is about the present,” he continued. “You can use this machine today to create something to the standards you’re used to…The gold standard of the gun community is metal.”
The Ghost Gunner is designed primarily for 80 percent lowers, that is receivers that are 80 percent completed and just need minor but not easy-to-do tweaks to become fully operation. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sets the limit at 80 percent complete, after which a receiver becomes regulated by law.
With its diminutive size (one foot by one foot), the machine isn’t built for heavy duty milling but can cut an aluminum 80 percent lower in about an hour.
“3-D printing [guns] was about signaling the future. This is about the present,” said Wilson. “You can use this machine today to create something to the standards you’re used to…The gold standard of the gun community is metal.”
Visit the Defense Distributed website to learn more about the Ghost Gunner. You can pre-order one today!