Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson, holding the world’s first fully 3D-printed gun. Click to enlarge. (Credit: Michael Thad Carter for Forbes)


Making home firearm manufacturing cheap, simple and easy.

No metallurgy or metalworking experience necessary.

(Forbes) – “Alright. One…two…”

Before “three” arrives, a shot reverberates across the overcast central Texas landscape. A tall, sandy blond engineer named John has just pulled a twenty-foot length of yellow string tied to a trigger, which has successfully fired the world’s first entirely 3D-printed gun for the very first time, rocketing a .380 caliber bullet into a berm of dirt and prairie brush.

“Fuckin’ A!” yells John, who has asked me not to publish his full name. He hurries over to examine the firearm bolted to an aluminum frame. But the first to get there is Cody Wilson, a square-jawed and stubbled 25 year-old in a polo shirt and baseball cap. John may have pulled the trigger, but the gun is Wilson’s brainchild. He’s spent more than a year dreaming of its creation, and dubbed it “the Liberator” in an homage to the cheap, one-shot pistols designed to be air-dropped by the Allies over France during its Nazi occupation in World War II.

3 thoughts on “Meet “The Liberator”: World’s first 3-D firearm”
  1. A high tech zip gun.

    Quick, better get the NRA to negotiate a “good deal” on a permission slip structure before local units of government create a patchwork of code…….
    You know 3D printer permits. Oh and another one for each file capable of a different printing. Better have a limit to how many can be printed per month and….. Well you know.

    This tech demonstrates that gun control laws are like squeezing water in your hand. The harder you squeeze the more it leaks. But if the hand is open and cupped that water just sets there.

    This will be used as a pretext to go after powder. And pubbies will prolly “compromise”.
    Gott get them good deals…..

  2. So here is a new way of making a gun with the tactical potential of a zip gun? I realize that this is a first step, but like anything else, the elites will try to control human behavior with legislation. Should be fun to see them go after the first amendment to destroy the second. Perhaps we gain some allies once they are awakened?

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