Tag: Firearm microstamping

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.