Video: For your Freedoms (or something), gun made on 3D printer has successfully fired in Texas

A gun called the “Liberator” made with a 3D printer was successfully fired in Texas on Monday, and the group describes itself as defending “the civil liberty of popular access to arms” through “information and knowledge related to the 3D printing of arms.” The blueprint used to make the gun was made available online to download for free

Image: Hackaday

Image: Hackaday









The Guardian reports, “All of the necessary parts can be printed from a 3D printer except for the metal firing pin, which is made from a single nail. (In order to comply with US laws, the gun as produced also has a 175g chunk of steel inside it, so that it doesn’t evade metal detectors). It is a full blown gun, and recognizably so.”



Defense Distributed was founded last year by Cody Wilson, 25, a law student at the University of Texas, who calls himself a crypto-anarchist. Wilson said to the BBC: “There are states all over the world that say you can’t own firearms… [but] technology says you can pretty much be able to have whatever you want. It’s not up to the political players any more.”

The group hasn’t mentioned whether they plan to use Liberty bullets or simply the run of the mill, ‘I will kill yo’ ass’ ammunition.

  • Carla

    Dude, you’re like super smart – you couldn’t build like really cool hovercraft or a rocket pack like we’ve all been waiting for, not those stupid versions the government comes up with. You had to build a plastic gun? We have millions have damn guns.

    • Anomaly 100

      I’ve bet waiting for my jet pack since I was a kid. They promised we’d have one in the ‘future’ and here we are with NO JET PACK. Yeah, but we can print a gun. Big whoop.

  • Elene

    The Liberator is one thing. I’m more impressed (and a bit scared) by
    the second prototype
    Scared because of all the obvious arguments: plastic is non-detectable,
    one can print where guns are illegal etc, but also by the way the paper
    (San Francisco Chronicle) describes this kid in the article: lawyer, quasi-anarchist etc.