Shots have been fired from the world’s first 3D-Printed Gun. The new weapon was created by a group out of Austin, TX (a city known more for its peace-loving activists than hardcore gun enthusiasts). The pistol is called “The Liberator,” an homage to the cheap pistols handed out to the Allied troops in France during World War II. It was printed on a Stratasys Dimension SST printer and consists of 16 parts, 15 of which are 3D-printed. The only component not to come from the printer is a simple nail which is used as the firing pin for the gun.
The news outlets have been all over this, and they have gathered many quotes from anti-gun activists proclaiming that there should be an immediate ban on this sort of 3D-printing application. However, it should be pointed out that a dedicated person can make this sort of zip gun out of all sorts of household materials — tubes, rubber bands, nails, etc. All you need to do is put a cartridge in a pipe and pull back a nail attached to a rubber band and the bullet will fire.
At this stage, it is still A LOT easier to just buy a gun if you want to go out and kill somone. And, these plastic 3D-printed guns have trouble firing more than a few rounds at a time.