The Micro Tramp Stamp

Part II in our award-winning series: Gun Grabbers Don’t Know How Guns Work.

Microstamping, or ballistic imprinting, is a patented process that uses laser technology to engrave a tiny marking of the make, model and serial number on the tip of a gun’s firing pin to allow an imprint of that information on spent cartridge cases. Supporters of the technology say it will be a “game changer,” allowing authorities to quickly identify the registered guns used in crimes.

Stop right there. How often are crimes committed with registered guns? I couldn’t find good information on this, but it appears it is quite low even in countries where registration is required.

Opponents claim the process is costly, unreliable and may ultimately impact the local economies that heavily depend on the gun industry, including Ilion, N.Y., where Remington Arms maintains a factory, and Hartford, Conn., where Colt’s manufacturing is headquartered.

The jobs thing is a concern, but let’s also look at the efficacy, which PJ Media looks at here. Ten years ago, in the wake of the Beltway Sniper shootings, there was a push to mandate registering the ballistic signature of guns that were sold. It failed when people realized that ballistics is a sketchy science at best and it is a matter of seconds to change the ballistic signature of a gun. There’s also the problem of illegal guns and the 300 million extant guns that would not be registered.

Microstamping is even worse. You need the actual shell, you need to then match the shell to a particular bullet and you need to hope that gun owner didn’t sneeze on his gun or do anything else that might disturb the microstamp. Oh, and it can be completely thwarted by swapping out the firing pin. I’ve done that when the firing pin of one of our pistols bent. It took me a few minutes and cost $10.

Gun grabbers, please learn something about guns before you come with your next big scheme. You’re just making yourselves look stupid.

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  1. Seattle Outcast

    All you need is $2.00 worth of superfine sandpaper and ten minutes to buff out the firing pin.

    Seriously, these people have no fucking clue as to how things actually work in life. And by “things”, I mean material objects. About the best you can hope for these days is that someone knows how to change the chain on their bike, but even that’s getting to be a “trip to the bike shop”. I have neighbors that are smart, well educated, and make serious bank that have no tools at all – not even a pair of screwdrivers. It’s funny/sad to see them in their driveway with the hood up on a vehicle and sort of half-assed poking around to see if something jumps up and says “fix me, fix me”, and even if it did they can’t do anything about it. I’ve helped out often enough that they know to come to me to borrow one a wrench or get fix-it advice.

    Most technological solutions to any social problem have an easy work-around if you just know how it works.

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  2. Mississippi Yankee

    Gun grabbers, please learn something about guns before you come with your next big scheme. You’re just making yourselves look stupid.

    Hal, they don’t care how guns work nor do they care how you or I feel about them. They’re only thought is disarming the American populace. This particular scheme is an attempt to bankrupt the gun manufactures. Several have closed up their plants in Springfield MA and more are moving out of Connecticut. Smith&Wesson comes to mind in this case.

    If this “throw some shit against the wall” approach succeeds to get gun makers to move their factories ‘out of country’ then these very same cretins will work to limit and eventually stop all imports of firearms. You’re only pointing out a tactic and there fore missing their “end game”

    History is replete with this agenda. If you doubt me just watch the election that’s very, very close in Venezuela right now. Or anytime during the 20th century.

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  3. HARLEY

    Part of this is to just drive up the cost to manufactures and confuse and confound law enforcement…. make every average gun owner a potential criminal.

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  4. Seattle Outcast

    Several have closed up their plants in Springfield MA and more are moving out of Connecticut. Smith&Wesson comes to mind in this case.

    I’m sure many other states would be glad to make them feel very welcome. Not everyplace is a libtard heaven filled with idiots and deluded fools. At the very least Texas will welcome them with open arms, tax breaks, right to work laws, and a large workforce that still understands manufacturing.

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  5. Hal_10000 *

    MY, Harley, I think you have a legitimate point there. I’m sure when this was being proposed, their eyes really let up when someone said, “PLUS, it will make guns more expensive”. It’s really a gun tax, when you come down to it.

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