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3D and DIY

Thaddeus Russell’s Renegade University will be hosting another class on making your own 3D printed guns. This time it’s being taught by the excellent 3D Print General and prolific designer Vinh Nguyen. The course will focus on building a Glock 17.

If any of you follow me on Twitter, you probably know that I’m not a big fan of Thad’s. But in the interest of The Cause, I’d say this is probably worth your time and money if you want to learn from some of the pros and jumpstart your ability to print guns. [Here]


The SuMac is scheduled for release later this month! Keep an eye out for a file drop. Looks great so far. From theOtherSig and AWCY.

  • AWCY is also working on a Springfield XD frame. [Here]

  • Police in Niagara Falls raided a man’s home and found a pickup truck in the driveway with a “vulgar” reference to Joe Biden on the tailgate, a “ghost gun manufacturing operation” in the home, and some cocaine. I hope he beats his case. [Here]

  • A 51-year-old Bronx transit worker gets busted for assembling ghost guns in his New York apartment. [Here]

  • Some 16-year-old shot himself in the leg while building a 3D printed Glock. h/t Ivan [Here]

  • Our friends at the Violence Policy Center were nice enough to compile a brief summary of notable 3D printed/DIY seizures in the last few years. Check it out [Here]

Guns

Here’s an interesting look at ammo prices over the last 18 months. Compiled by u/chainwaxologist over at Reddit using data from Ammoseek, you can see the original thread [Here]

Imagine paying these prices
  • Smith & Wesson’s Shield Plus model now comes with an optics ready variant. They’re definitely playing catch-up here, but better late than never. [Here]

    Optics ready slide? If only Sig and Springfield had thought of this two years ago. Oh, wait…
  • As our friends at Smith & Wesson get up to speed, Sig Sauer announces the “Spectre” variants of the popular P365 and P320. Looks sharp. [P365][P320]

    Sig Sauer P320 XCarry Spectre

    John Wayne’s Colt Single Action Army — the one he used in movies like the original True Grit — went up for sale at Rock Island Auctions this week. [Here]

    Based.
  • Wayne LaPierre has — somehow — retained his position as CEO of the NRA, despite the NRA’s disastrous track record in recent years (the NRA even filed for bankruptcy in January of this year). Also embarrassing for the NRA was the bizarre and recently-released footage of a visibly shaken LaPierre clumsily failing to kill a wounded elephant on a 2013 hunt in Africa despite being only a few yards away and firing at the wounded animal several times with his rifle. The video is really something. Under LaPierre, the NRA is basically a husk of its former self. Frankly, I didn’t see why they kept him. [Here]

Politics

  • Treasure Secretary Janet Yellen defends the Biden-admin proposal to require that banks report to the IRS transactional information of all accounts over $600. The proposed reporting requirement would also extend to peer-to-peer payment apps like Venmo. House Dems ended up not including this provision in their tax bill, and Yellen and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig are not happy about it. Does anyone really think they’d be targeting the “ultra wealthy” by tracking people who have $600 in the bank? Me neither.

  • US Rep. Dina Titus (D-Va) introduced House Resolution 5427 last week. The bill – the Closing the Bump Stock Loophole Act of 2021 — would legislatively reclassify bump stocks as NFA items. Earlier this year, the ATF’s ban on bump stocks was overturned, as the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (correctly) identified that ATF’s reclassification of a bump stock as a machine gun was based on faulty reasoning. This of course means nothing to the Dems. [Here]

  • The Atlantic published a piece called The Experts Somehow Overlooked Authoritarians on the Left. Unbelievable. [Here]

  • Joe Biden had a slip of the tongue and called Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot “Mister Mayor” in video clip. [Here]

Lori Lightfoot, known woman
  • YouTube has blocked all “anti-vaccine” content. [Here]

  • YouTube (and Google) has de-monetized “climate denial content.” [Here]

  • Google is turning over “keyword warrants” to the FBI. This is where the FBI asks Google for the info on “everyone who searched for ‘XYZ’,” and then Google hands your IP address to the feds [Here]

  • The Minnesote Supreme Court has denied Derek Chauvin access to a public defender in his appeal [Here]


There’s a Twitter account called the “Nancy Pelosi Portfolio Tracker,” which makes light of the fact that since insider trading (technically illegal but practically impossible to prosecute) is rampant amongst members of Congress, a smart investor would just buy whatever stocks Nancy Pelosi buys. (Efficient market hypothesis btfo – Lee)

It’s depressing that our political class can get away with doing this in plain view of the public. Check out the Twitter account and associated Substack newsletter, but be advised that I’m not offering this as investment advice and I am not a financial professional.

With this information in mind, you’ll be excited to hear the DOJ also announced this week the creation of the National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (NCET). This team endeavors to “tackle complex investigations and prosecutions of criminal misuses of cryptocurrency, particularly crimes committed by virtual currency exchanges, mixing and tumbling services, and money laundering infrastructure actors.” You can read the DOJ’s press release [Here]


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a plan to eliminate the “gifted and talented” program in public elementary schools. The NYC public school sytem is 70% ‘minority,’ but the gifted program is almost entirely comprised of asian or white students, and admission is based on test scores.

Under Mr. de Blasio’s plan, New York City will no longer admit rising kindergarten students into separate gifted classes or schools starting next fall. Instead, the city will train all its kindergarten teachers — roughly 4,000 educators — to accommodate students who need accelerated learning within their general education classrooms.

De Blasio to Phase Out N.Y.C. Gifted and Talented Program, The New York Times

Critics claim the gifted program creates a system of de facto racial segregation. [Here]

Related News

  • Tesla is moving their headquarters from California to Texas. A contributing factor? Expensive housing costs for employees in the Bay Area. Note: Tesla is not leaving California in general, they’re just relocating company HQ to the new Austin facility (currently under construction). No definitive date is set for the move. [Here]

  • A good thread from a Marine vet: “10 Lessons I learned From The Taliban” [Here]

  • 6,000 people had crypto stolen from their Coinbase accounts after hackers figured out a way around the Coinbase multi-factor authentication system. Hope you weren’t one of them! [Here]

  • The son of Afghanistan’s former defense minister scooped up a $20M mansion in Beverly Hills. [Here]

  • The CIA sent a global memo out to field agents, warning them to do better at their jobs, as so many CIA assets are being killed or compromised. [Here]


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A lot of you will remember Dugan Ashley of the old Carnik Con videos. He’s an OG of the online gun community but mostly went radio silent a few years back. He’s also a father of young children and a GWOT veteran. He’s been struggling with MS for a while now, and things aren’t going great for him. The VA is doing what they can, but it’s not ideal. Please watch and share this video and consider donating to his GoFundMe. This is a relatively young guy and someone who has always been a staunch 2A advocate and it would be great to get him to a specialist or help shore things up for his family.

– Lee

Attribution: cover image stolen from @Xaniken (follow him on Twitter if you don’t)

Lee Enphield

Lee writes about 3D printing, guns, politics, and opinion. E-mail at lee@enblocpress.com.

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