This is a capitalist venture. I wholeheartedly understand the cost of operating is far more than $3100, and I also understand that the most important portion of this entire project will be what resources we have to work with initially. Have already done my homework - pistols are the most commonly bought guns, mostly in 9mm. Rifles are almost as popular as pistols, with AR-type rifles in .223/5.56 as the best sellers and pistol-caliber carbines below that. Shotguns are significantly less produced than rifles and pistols, with most being pump-action and 12 gauge being unanimously preferred over 20 gauge. Revolvers are the least popular, with most revolvers being sold in .38 Special and .357 Magnum. Dealer prices typically require proof of an FFL and are typically 30% off manufacturers' suggested retail price. Gun advertising of today focuses on dealing with threats, new technology, and anti-regulationism. The headquarters' phone number for Glock US is, per their website, 770-432-1202. I know about payroll taxes. There are multiple credit card processors who work with firearms companies. Gun shops make enough money to stay around and pay the bills, primarily in the form of used gun sales and more. Booths can be beneficial so long as the money made is more than the exhibition fee for your table space.
To get guns into the hands of Zig Forumsacks who can legally acquire them, who can as such stockpile them in the event of the SHTF situation everyone believes is going to happen. There are also plenty of other potential buyers - hunters, preppers, civilians, police and military, and even potential international sales depending on the types of equipment produced.
But you're also initially involving yourself with people who don't share the same ultimate goals as you, and who might oppose the direction you end up going - which is potentially problematic. I doubt the average gun shop employee has any desire to go full scale "gotta prep for the riot/race war/destruction of society" in the company's intent.
3D printing is good for making individual units, but for turning out firearms at any sort of reasonable rate? Not a chance. We'd need to invest in ABS or Nylon injection molding machines in order to create these guns at any reasonable production level - Nylon 6 is in particular a potentially suitable thermoplastic given it's the same material actually used for Glock frames.
Not really. Pro-gun states are going full scale Holocaust on gun restrictions. Missouri's about to nuke all firearms regulations within the state, and Montana's already made quite a few strides in letting its citizens get suppressors and other NFA items without all the paperwork and restrictions.
Depends on the plastic. ABS is the most common. Nylon is also somewhat common depending on the type. I've never seen a gun printed out of a carbon fiber-based filament(NylonX, CarbonX, Markforged Onyx), so can't speak to its effectiveness. Current models like the PM522 Washbear certainly do last longer than their earlier Grizzly and Liberator brethren.
Double dubs spells truth - 3D printed molds with aluminum casting is certainly an option. However, the problem with this is that there are already companies casting parts from molds using even frailer metals. Zamak 3(an alloy typically compared to pot metal or white metal) is what most of Hi-Point's weapons are made out of and they're currently _the_ bottom of the barrel when it comes to price points.
If you're referring to Cody Wilson, he fucked an underage girl and that's why he's where he's at now. Yes, there was all the other bullshit he went through that was unwarranted, even though he wasn't actually selling any guns, just releasing the blueprints for one that could be printed. or are you talking about someone else?
Brass frame may or may not be a good idea depending on how rigid it proves. Brass slide would certainly look pretty badass. Go for it and post pics on here and /k/ once done.