Cyber Monday + December Surprises

Plastic guns and steel bitcoin - what is the world coming to?

Before we dive into this week’s newsletter, a quick reminder of our Cyber Monday sale:

  • 40% off the Scorpion Case with discount code SCORPION40

  • 25% off hats with discount code HAT25

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In case you forgot why the Scorpion Case is so badass, here’s our propaganda film:

And did you know we torture tested our hats with 9mm and .40?

3D Gun Printing And Deterrence Dispensed News

It seems like each week the 3D gun printing wizards release a video. The pace of designing, testing, and releasing files accelerates. For example, Deterrence Dispensed presented a 3D-Printable Fuel Filter Baffles by designer “KadeCAD”.

Friendly reminder, the National Firearms Act is the federal law that governs suppressors.

From the Firearms Policy Coalition Blog, “Last week,  homemade gun legend CTRL+Pew, through the collaborative platforms of Deterrence Dispensed and Free Men Don’t Ask, released what may be his finest work to-date: the lo-point. A tongue-in-cheek named 3D-printable frame for hi-point firearms, the project was aimed at making self-defense even more affordable. 

Hi-point firearms can be purchased new for under $200, but parts kits for hi-points can be had for as little as $30. With a cheap 3D-printer, $3 worth of plastic, and some skill and ingenuity, any person legally eligible to own a firearm, and who doesn’t live in a state that hates free speech, can lawfully have a (somewhat) effective firearm. Hats off, CRTL+Pew".”

Designer “mussy” created a 3D printed version of a Micro RONI carbine conversion kit, which is designed to “…give you a better grip, stability and platform to many accessories. Use your pistol for a greater effective range, faster aiming and better accuracy.”

Designer “SuckBoyTony” shared his .50 Cal bolt action 3D printed pistol that uses custom loaded ammo (slow burning powder in the 9mm casing with a .50 AE bullet ahead of it in the printed chamber).

How to get started with 3D gun printing

  1. Join Keybase.io

  2. Open the desktop or mobile app, then search for & join the teams: det_disp & fosscad_org

  3. In det_disp team, go to the public folder, read the 3D_Printing_Guide file

Bitcoin News And Wisdom

Several new bitcoin key storage devices have come on the market. These are products that allow you stamp or etch the 12 to 24 words of your seed recovery phrase. As described in the Bitcoin Wiki,

A seed phrase, seed recovery phrase or backup seed phrase a list of words which store all the information needed to recover a Bitcoin wallet. Wallet software will typically generate a seed phrase and instruct the user to write it down on paper. If the user's computer breaks or their hard drive becomes corrupted, they can download the same wallet software again and use the paper backup to get their bitcoins back.

Anybody else who discovers the phrase can steal the bitcoins, so it must be kept safe like jewels or cash.

Instead of writing your seed phrase down on a fragile piece of paper, you can use these devices to store your 24-word recovery phrase. Jameson Lopp torture tests these devices and recently tweeted about three new ones.

And

Backup seed phrase devices compliment our Scorpion Case, as a secure, mobile, compact method of protecting your bitcoin. Some fit nicely in the Scorpion Case, (just make sure to password protect your seed).

Podcast Episode #15 Defending Your Bitcoin From Physical Attacks

If criminals threaten your life to steal your bitcoin, what's your plan to defend yourself? In this episode we speak with Coinsure, a Python programmer and former police officer, who at one time guarded the Prime Minister of New Zealand. Coinsure gives us a primer on physical security in bitcoin. Our first mission here at GnB is to help you protect your life and your bitcoin. That's why we created the Scorpion Case. And why we're bringing you this episode.

Listen To Episode 15

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Analysis of known physical Bitcoin attacks since 2014

  • Examination of situational awareness as the best proactive measure

  • Why things are stolen explained by the acronym C.R.A.V.E.D.

  • Practical advice for attack deterrence, with situational guidance for traveling, kidnapping, and trading

  • Advice for general security and tools that apply to areas beyond Bitcoin

RESOURCES

I wish I wasn't prepared

- No one ever

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