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First 3D-printed Rifle Gets Hand Fired in New Video

Back in May, Defense Distributed made headlines with the world's first 3D-printed gun. Though it may have been the first, Defense Distributed's Liberator is not the only 3D-printed gun around. A Canadian last month staked a claim to the world's first 3D-printed rifle. His weapon, dubbed the Grizzly, is a .22-caliber single shot long rifle that was produced using a Stratasys Dimension 1200es 3D printer. A video released near the end of July showed the gun firing a single shot but now the Grizzly is back and better than before.

Credit: ThreeD Ukulele

(Image credit: ThreeD Ukulele)

Last month's demo video showed the gun firing one shot that ended up splitting the gun's barrel on both sides. Things have come a long way since that first test shot, though. New videos posted to YouTube show Grizzly 2.0 successfully firing a total of 14 rounds (using Winchester Dynapoints) before developing a crack. One of the videos even shows the gun's owner hand-firing the last three shots (as opposed to pulling the trigger from a distance).

The poster of the videos and manufacturer of the gun goes by the name of ThreeD Ukulele on YouTube and says he plans to make the blueprints for the files available for download soon. However, it may not be plain sailing. Defense Distributed released the blueprints for its 3D-printed gun back in May, posting them to its website, DefCAD.org. Not too long after, the files were pulled at the behest of the US Department of Defense Trade Controls. A letter from the State Department cited potential violation of gun export laws (specifically, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations or ITARs) as the reason for the take down request and said Defense Distributed should treat the data as ITAR-controlled until it receives final determinations from the Department.

  • jk_ventolero
    I knew it was only a matter of time before this would be possible. I just wish they would hurry up and give us a food printer. :D
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  • rgd1101
    Or grow you own steak. http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/google-founder-sergey-brin-man-300k-test-tube/story?id=19872215
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  • Azn Cracker
    what until the mass murderers get a hold of this tech! its gonna get ugly.
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  • Azn Cracker
    wait*
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  • terry4536
    Get a grip on reality. The printer extrudes plastic. The printer is useful to manufacture prototype molds only. Have the "author' fire a powerful center-fire cartridge repeatedly without melting and he might have something. Let me suggest the .50 BMG cartridge, or a more practical .30-06.
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  • terry4536
    I forgot to mention earlier that the the printers price tag. A similar printer was reported in the press at eight grand.
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  • rubix_1011
    what until the mass murderers get a hold of this tech! its gonna get ugly.

    'Murderers' will find whatever means they can to commit their crimes. If this means theft, contraband, etc, it will happen. Making a weapon legal or illegal doesn't mean it's exclusively available or not available. It simply means that people who seek legal ownership can't obtain them legally, and those who seek illegal ownership will still obtain them.

    I wish that people would begin to understand that by outlawing weapons isn't going to correct the weapon or crime issue. If that were the case, the war on drugs would have been far more effective than it has been.
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  • funguseater
    Azn Cracker :
    what until the mass murderers get a hold of this tech! its gonna get ugly.

    They can kill a lot more with a bag of fertilizer than a 3d printer. And rebels/terrorists round the world regularly crank out small rocket after rocket on a simple lathe.
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  • terry4536
    Azn Cracker , August 5, 2013 7:56 PM
    what until the mass murderers get a hold of this tech! its gonna get ugly.

    Did that nut need "this tech" to mow down those people on the Venice Beach boardwalk?
    No, a car worked just fine.
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  • The shear silliness of some of the comments on both YouTube video and this article is just mind-boggling. Thousands if not millions get killed by US and other western military powers around the globe in the name of "national security", without a beep from the left once Obama got some power. But some people produce a couple of plastic guns and suddenly it is "gun-crazy maniacs".

    By the way, a persona with enough knowledge (less it takes to produce a 3D printed plastic gun) can get components at your local hardware store to produce a "firearm"...it's called a... ...pipe.
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