I do like training manuals

Problem is so does every loony tune, prepper,  survivalist, criminal, patriot, guerilla or freedom fighting terrorist.

Take TM 31-210 (Improvised Munitions Handbook) 1969 as an example.
Call it the old US military’s version of the anarchists cookbook.
Their worlds answer to a foreign government’s control of weaponry, i.e. make your own.
Things have moved on and there is a library full of titles, most downloadable, most reasonably good reading on a wet afternoon.

Not long ago the US threw one heck of a wobbly about 3D printers and the all plastic improvised handgun, The Liberator. A pointless effort as by the time they found out about it the whole of the Internet knew about it.

It also laid the basis for building non heavy load bearing parts of modern weaponry like a full AR-10 or 15 lower receiver and magazines.

The Internet is the main source of ‘information’ in just about any subject you care to mention and, after you have the book that holds your interest, it’s a simple case of sourcing the materials and you knowing the basics of engineering.

Yet when you read about people being arrested for having copies of X,Y,Z which could be used by terrorists, it’s a pretty lame prosecutor that tries them’ for what is freely available and all part of the B.S. “Art of manliness”.

Although it’s a pretty good ‘slam dunk’ for a  limp wrist politician looking to make their name out of ‘tackling extremism’.

So how do you find out if the publication you freely downloaded is on some B.S. banned list? Simple, ask the Internet!


Although by then the thought police will have subpoenaed your browsing records and be well on the way to creating a cast iron case for throwing away the key to your cell.

Yet that list is also an interesting one.
For instance the children’s book Alice in Wonderland is on it.
Banned for alleged promotion of drug use and portrayal of anthropomorphized animals.
A really subversive book.
That and the Holy bible because of it’s religious overtones.
Liberalism or just frightened of Christianity? You decide.

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7 Responses to I do like training manuals

  1. equippedcat says:

    There is an article on “Wired” about a fellow who tried using 3D printing for an AR-15 receiver, and found it was not particularly usable. Better and cheaper (for him) was a mini CNC mill specifically designed for making them (and now, AR-308, with other models to come).


    • Read that one but once someone solves the weakness of the ‘plastics’ there will be no stopping anyone from making a viable weapons system out of a sub calibre.

      CNC on the other hand needs technical knowledge. Plus it’s expensive and not very portable.

      The liberator got round all that and I have faith there is a solution.

      Ultimately the only limiting factor will be sources of ammunition or the knowledge on how to ‘roll your own’ and that is all about the primers.

      • equippedcat says:

        3D printers (good ones) are not particularly cheap or portable either. In the article, the problem was not that the result was “not strong enough”, it was that it was not as specified. Yes, CNC in general requires technical knowledge, but the one used in the article does not (for those models they have preprogrammed), as the guy who could not even run a drill press demonstrated. And it is not overly expensive.

      • I’ve installed and set up many a mini CNC in schools and technical colleges. From what I’ve seen, the teachers were positively dangerous let alone the students.
        Average life? 3 terms before catastrophic failure occurred. A really good money spinner for maintenance firms as most repairs were ‘user inspired’ so non warranty.

        BUT I also played with 3D printers when they first came out. Those really were bad. Little more than toys.

        The newest ones are way better and happily fold down to a small suitcase. No special programming on start up like the old ones. Main programs fastwired directly from the control software.

        I repaired one a while ago (sticky servo) controlled by a Raspberry Pi and that was churning out really good precision air strippers for air rifles among other ‘interesting’ things.

        Yet as said, it’s all about the primers.

        Only problem? The smell of the plastic(ine). Always gives me a headache.

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