The Liberator is like any other gun out there — except for the fact that you can download it off the internet and print it out using a 3D printer. Defense Distributed revealed the 3D-printed gun last week, and has now released a video showing its first test-fire. Doing the test-firing of the gun is Defense Distributed’s own founder, Cody R. Wilson. Check it out:
The gun is made out of 16 parts, 15 of which are 3D-printed. The one non-3D printed part is a the metal firing trigger, but presumably cannot be made from plastic. There is also another piece of metal put in the gun, but that isn’t required for the gun to function properly; it is a piece of metal which allows the gun to comply with the Undetectable Firearms Act in the United States (so that the gun can be detected via metal detectors). The files necessary to print out the gun available for download.
As for the potential dangers and harm the Liberator can cause, Cody Wilson is well aware of it:
“I recognize that this tool might be used to harm people. That’s what it is: it’s a gun. But I don’t think that’s a reason to not put it out there.”
Something tells me his statement doesn’t sound quite right. What do you think? Comment and let us know!