For those who haven’t played Eve they have a pretty cool blueprint systems where there are two kinds of blueprints. They have the originals and they have copies. The originals can be used an unlimited number of times, but the copies are limited to whatever they say. So for example you could have a blueprint copy for explosives that has a 50 limit cycle on it meaning you can only use it to make 50 explosives and after that it would be destroyed (think durability for blueprints) Maybe you can learn the originals like we do now, but for copies you have to keep it on you or something. They could be something else you’d have to protect. Also, you could make weapons a little easier to come by via blueprints because even if someone had a copy for 1 run, they’d only ever get one item out of it. Maybe you could go to the extent that to repair something you’d need the blueprint so while you may have a copy that can make 5 AK’s it’s up to you if you want to make 5 or make 1 and repair it 4 more times.
Anyway, just a thought to put an effort into making weapons a little more available without flooding the server.