I smell trouble ahead.
Defense Distributed has now 3D printed and successfully test fired the “Liberator” handgun. Cody R. Wilson, provocative founder of the company, reported no damage to himself or the gun while firing it for the first time, except for a crack in a pin used to secure the barrel.
One of the secrets behind the gun’s structural integrity may be the fact that the barrel has been treated with “a jar of acetone vaporized with a pan of water and a camp stove”. This is widely believed to reduce friction by smoothing the bore slightly.
The “Liberator” is made from 16 parts, of which 15 are printed with a Stratasys 3D printer. There is also one non-functional metal part which helps the gun comply with the Undetectable Firearms Act.
Wilson has said “I recognize that this tool might be used to harm people. That’s what it is – a gun. But I don’t think that’s a good reason to not put it out there. I think that liberty in the end is a better intrest.” My bullsh*t detector is above average.
Read more in this article from The Verge: http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/6/4304164/video-of-defense-distributed-liberator-3d-printed-gun-test
The “Liberator” fired on video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=drPz6n6UXQY
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