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Here's a Gun Printed with a Consumer-level 3D Printer

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A few weeks ago, a company called Defense Distributed made the news with its 3D-printed gun and the blueprints it uploaded to the web (and eventually pulled thanks to a take down notice from the State Department). However, just because the CAD files for Defense Distributed's Liberator are no longer online, that doesn't mean the 3D-printing world has stopped all work on using their machines to produce weapons.

Forbes reports that an engineer by the name of Joe has printed his own gun, which he calls the Lulz Liberator. Why the change of name? Because this gun was printed using a Lulzbot A0-101 3D printer, which is available to consumers pre-assembled from Lulzbot and costs just shy of $1,800, significantly cheaper than the high-end printer used to produce the original Liberator. The Lulz Liberator does differ to the original in that it uses metal to hold the gun together (the original Liberator was composed of almost 100 percent plastic), but the plastic used to build this piece cost only $25.

The video below was posted to YouTube and shows the gun firing off a total of nine shots. The video's description on YouTube states that one plastic barrel survived eight shots, before another barrel was swapped in for the ninth. Then nightfall came and put an end to the testing.

Testing the "Lulz Liberator," a $25 3D-printed handgun

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    guanyu210379 , May 21, 2013 7:04 AM
    No plastic is now allowed anymore in the airplane ^o^
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    The_Trutherizer , May 21, 2013 7:43 AM
    Idiots making sure we will have to endure even more stringent security measures in the future ftlulz -_-
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    curiosul , May 21, 2013 8:21 AM
    So, I'm a criminal that wants to do some gun crime stuff and I want to bypass government gun control measures. Four choices:
    1: Steal a gun (free) - traceable, but not to me;
    2: Make my own using some steel tubing and whatnot (a few tens of dollars) - untraceable but dangerous
    3: Buy one on the black market (a few hundred dollars) - traceable, but not to me
    4: Drop a few thousand dollars on a 3D printer and good quality plastic to build what's shown in the article - (probably) traceable to me (google color printers' yellow dots coding) plus most people will laugh what they see me with it in my hand (including kids on the street)
    Hmmm, which one should I choose? Keep in mind that 2 and 4 will only have one round (and hard to reload) while 1 and 3 will have 6, 10, 30 etc (and easy to reload)
    But most importantly, which one do most people (that use emotion instead of reason to think/vote) think I'll choose?
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    spartanmk2 , May 21, 2013 8:54 AM
    Hellooooo BAN Hammer!
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    xenol , May 21, 2013 10:08 AM
    Unless you're packing plastic bullets... I'm pretty sure those x-rays will see those very suspicious bullet looking objects
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    Mark Stone , May 21, 2013 10:11 AM
    1) The plastic straw you just printed has very little say in what direction that projectile is going to go. If it did then we could just print body armor...of plastic straws. I am glad one of these articles dealt with the barrel finally, though to a small degree.
    2) Notice they never show a target. This is as much a gun as a hammer, nail and pliers holding a bullet.
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    blurr91 , May 21, 2013 10:15 AM
    Oh no!!! Plastic guns!!! Now everyone can sneak a gun onto airplanes!!! We've been through this when Glock was first introduced in the 1980s. The barrel and the ammunition are still made of metal, and no small amount at that. If crooks really want to make their own guns, just enroll in a metal working shop and anyone can start manufaturing guns in their garage. It isn't hard.
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    tomc100 , May 21, 2013 10:40 AM
    This gun is pretty worthless since it only allows for one shot. After that you're going to be beaten up by everyone around you. Also, it's unlikely to have any accuracy beyond a couple of yards.
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    jaber2 , May 21, 2013 10:42 AM
    Would you ban my woodshop class if I made a gun from wood? how about fiberglass? using a 3D printer to make prototypes is a great idea, don't cheapen it with your need to make a plastic gun.
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    ssdpro , May 21, 2013 10:55 AM
    The gun shop down the road from me also has tin foil hats on sale.
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    robochump , May 21, 2013 11:13 AM
    If it takes all afternoon to fire 9 shots then a minimal threat but unfortunately I can see these types of weapons improve over time. A lil scary and airport scanners will need to scan for dense plastics and certain toys will be exposed as
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    BringMeAnother , May 21, 2013 11:21 AM
    I'm mildly for gun control, although I don't really care that much. Was a little worried when people can start making guns in their basement. Watching this reassured me. It's not even stable enough to be use with your hands.
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    Nick_C , May 21, 2013 11:34 AM
    It's too late to control the guns.
    .... but can ammunition be 3D printed? Probably not....
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    gm0n3y , May 21, 2013 11:45 AM
    People have been making guns in their proverbial basement for hundreds of years. Sure, it is easier today than ever, but that doesn't mean that many people are actually going to do it.
    I'm in favor of strict licensing, background checks, fees, etc, but I believe that if you are willing to put the time and money into jumping through all of the hoops that you should be able to buy almost any gun you want.
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    hotroderx , May 21, 2013 11:49 AM
    I really think new's organizations need to stop posting new's like this. Anyone with a bit of common since and little understanding of firearms will tell you this is insanely dangerous.
    News outlets to continue to post it just encourages people to go out and try it. I think so far we have been extremely lucky no one has been hurt. I also think most these we have seen have been using 22lr ammo which is about as mild as ammo gets.
    What happens when someone gets the wild idea to try using 9mm, 38special, or some other higher caliber round.
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    hotroderx , May 21, 2013 11:51 AM
    cant edit my original message. I think Toms and other news organizations also need to let people know its illegal to manufacture firearms with out proper licensing etc
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    hotroderx , May 21, 2013 11:52 AM
    cant edit my original message. I think Toms and other news organizations also need to let people know its illegal to manufacture firearms with out proper licensing etc
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    hector2 , May 21, 2013 12:39 PM
    I'm guessing there must have been a good reason why firearms have been made with metal all of these years and not with plastic or wooden barrels. Something to do with explosive gun powder, maybe ? I'll stick with the real deal
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    somebodyspecial , May 21, 2013 1:57 PM
    I believe it's illegal to manufacture for SALE. Our 2nd amendment rights allow it as the forefathers intended. You can guy kits to put your own guns together. This surely is no different under the law. The whole point of these things is to keep what our founding fathers intended as law and get around losers who are trying to stop you from owning a gun (Obama comes to mind). When this country was started we all made our own rifles (muskets etc) to arm ourselves with. This is no different.
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    somebodyspecial , May 21, 2013 1:59 PM
    oops..BUY..not guy...LOL. Too lazy to go into the forum to edit, and for some reason the button directly to the forum isn't showing AGAIN. This new system on toms SUCKS. Fire the people that came up with the new comment system.
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