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Cody Wilson head of Defense Distributed promised this would happen:

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All sixteen pieces of the Liberator prototype were printed in ABS plastic with a Dimension SST printer from 3D printing company Stratasys, with the exception of a single nail that’s used as a firing pin. The gun is designed to fire standard handgun rounds, using interchangeable barrels for different calibers of ammunition.

Full Story – Forbes

I had zero doubts in my mind, because I am familiar with different 3D printing technologies.  That said, I have to say I’m surprised they were able to do it with strictly ABS material, barrels and all considering the high chamber pressures (unless that was a reporting error by Forbes?).

Looks AR-15 inspired with the grip and the trigger guard.

Because I never have 100% positive things to say, I’ll let you in on my two constructive criticism beefs:

  1. I don’t like how they call this gun the Liberator (after the WWII FP-45 Liberator single shot handgun)… sure there are MANY similarities, but I would have liked to see a unique name that would stand alone for this gun.
  2. Why god?… Why does it have to be so ugly?  Answer: It doesn’t.  I’ve always believed very strongly that aesthetic design and engineering can co-exist if people are willing to put in the work.  I know I’m probably one of the few who cares about this, but it would have taken so little extra effort to turn this from a block of plastic into a beautiful looking firearm that would look right at home next to factory produced name brand guns on the shelf.

Keep up the good work guys! I’m looking forward to seeing the test firing videos, and following that of course the sound of a lot of pants being shit.  Music to my ears.

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Technical Data:

– Action: single stage, bolt
– Power supply: 12V NiMH battery (fires about 15 times/charge)
– Charging: 40 watt regulated ZVS flyback driver (charge time ~30s)
– Capacitor bank: 4x 3900uF @ 400VDC
– Stored electrical energy: ~1.25kJ
– Switch: SCR
– Efficiency: unknown, probably 1-3%
– Body: lightweight ABS plastic pipe and sheets

Pretty cool design.

Word on the street is that he is working on a 1.21 Gigawatt version that is powered by a flux capacitor. I’m not holding my breath though.

More Pictures – HERE

Forum Discussion – HERE

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