Monday, 6 May 2013

Gun printed with 3D printer successfully fired

Gun printed with 3D printer successfully fired, History was made Saturday when Cody Wilson, 25, founder of the non-profit group Defense Distributed, took his 3D-printed firearm, which he has dubbed the "Liberator" and fired it on a private shooting range south of Austin, Texas, according to an article published May 5 by Forbes. The gun, which was printed entirely with strands of melted polymer, used a common nail as a firing pin and successfully fired a regular .380 handgun round without any apparent damage to the gun. Later, however, when the gun's barrel was switched to take a higher-charge 5.7×28 rifle cartridge, the gun exploded when fired from a distance with a string.

Critics had said Wilson's ambitious plan to make a working gun from ABS plastic was impossible.

Wilson, a second year law student at The University of Texas School of Law, an ardent libertarian and anarchist, plans to distribute plans for the gun freely on the Internet for public use.

The gun's success has caused a stir among the anti-gun advocates.

Already, legislators are calling for a ban on computer printed guns. Congressman Steve Israel of New York had this to say in answer to Wilson's success, “Security checkpoints, background checks, and gun regulations will do little good if criminals can print plastic firearms at home and bring those firearms through metal detectors with no one the wiser."

A YouTube clip of the gun being fired is expected to be released this afternoon on the Defense Distributed website.

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