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World's First Metal 3D-Printed Gun Is Made In Texas, Can Fire 50 Shots: VIDEO

3D printed handgun

We covered a story six months ago about University of Texas student Cody Wilson 3d-printing his very own fully-functional handgun. It was scary, particularly given that the thing was entirely plastic and would contain no traceable details such as a serial number and could easily be mistaken for cheap toys from Walgreens, but at least they would suffer catastrophic failure after just a few shots.

Not to be outdone by a college student, Austin-based industrial 3d print house Solid Concepts has successfully printed a metal handgun that is accurate to 30 yards and can fire 50 shots without breaking (though thankfully not all in one magazine). Solid Concepts stressed that home 3d printers are not capable of printing the gun they designed, that it requires the use of a heavy-duty industrial printers that are too expensive for an individual. Nor do they plan to release the plans online the way that Cody Wilson intended to do. While these are mildly reassuring facts, all it will take is one resourceful gun nut to start printing unregistered and potentially untraceable weapons that could do a great deal of harm.

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  1. Obviously this isn't great news, but pretty much anyone can get a gun in most states. Serial numbers aren't a big constraint if someone wants to shoot up a bunch of people, given that in most cases they turn the gun on themselves in the end.

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 9, 2013 7:04:59 PM

  2. And then everyone in America was murdered

    Posted by: Clarke | Nov 9, 2013 7:16:13 PM

  3. Oh great, just what America needs; even more deadly guns.

    Posted by: danswon | Nov 9, 2013 7:27:01 PM

  4. Hooray for Texas. Your the best.

    Posted by: barney | Nov 9, 2013 7:31:55 PM

  5. I wish this revolutionary technology would be highlighted by its more fruitful uses. Like the printing of prosthesis or the instant prototyping of industrial designs.

    Companies like shapeways already offer public access to metal 3D printers over the internet. I doubt they will print you a gun tho.

    Posted by: Rafael | Nov 9, 2013 7:41:57 PM

  6. Paul R,

    Can anyone get a fully functional PLASTIC gun (not detected by a metal detector) without serial numbers or any other tradable details?
    The answer, no.

    Posted by: Tony | Nov 9, 2013 7:47:07 PM

  7. When the wingnuts shrink the government down to the size it can drown in a bathtub, we'll settle all our disputes with guns.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Nov 9, 2013 7:54:00 PM

  8. Oh enough of the hippie BS nothing wrong with guns and gun "control" is worthless hasent helped Chicago has it?

    Posted by: Lee | Nov 9, 2013 8:15:22 PM

  9. @Tony: Serial numbers can be sanded/scraped off. And if someone wants to kill people and then kill themselves, what does a serial number matter?

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 9, 2013 8:17:21 PM

  10. Pretty soon all newborns will recieve a gun before they leave the hospital.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Nov 9, 2013 8:33:14 PM

  11. The gun lovers theory goes that if a madman kills a person or many people , then everyone else around the madman will kill him. That is a great consolation for the murdered loved ones, eh?

    Posted by: gordon | Nov 9, 2013 9:18:57 PM

  12. Let us not miss the true SCARY point, this is a most chilling SEA CHANGE! What this REALLY means is that now EVERY COUNTRY in the world can be as gun crazy as the United States! All one needs now is Internet access and a 3-D metal printer. The nightmare of Joseph Conrad's horror as envisioned was nothing by comparison. No one can put this evil genie back in the bottle . . .

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 9, 2013 9:23:52 PM

  13. This is a fantastic first step for the future of 3-D printing!

    Posted by: Printing Company | Nov 9, 2013 9:23:53 PM

  14. A gun that's accurate at just 30 yards is only good for two things: 1.) shooting tin cans off of fence posts and 2.) massacring captive victims in a confined space with limited options for egress. But, you know . . . IT'S IN THE CONSTITUTION! THIS IS 'MERIKA, DERR HURR!!!

    P.S. @BARNEY: By and large, Texans may not be too bright, but most of us know the difference between the subject/verb contraction "you're" and its homophone, the possessive modifier, "your."

    Posted by: FFS | Nov 9, 2013 10:24:28 PM

  15. Et tu M. FFS. lol.

    Posted by: barney | Nov 10, 2013 12:12:31 AM

  16. So much for gun control. This is just the start. Sooner or later technology renders useless all attempts at government-imposed bans and restraints. Maybe Diane Feinstein will try to ban machines and electricity next.

    Posted by: Jim | Nov 10, 2013 1:06:07 AM

  17. I was looking around having remembered "Miss Universe" from Moscow was on last night (missed it) and since there's nothing except industrial 3-D guns, I assume that absolutely nothing newsworthy happened from Thomas Roberts. Maybe he'll get arrested on the flight home.

    Posted by: MIke | Nov 10, 2013 2:31:48 AM

  18. Anyone with somewhat reasonable mechanical skills has been able to make their own gun out of hardware store material for ages. This means nothing. This is just a proof of concept to show that metal sintering 3D printing has progressed to the point where it can withstand the tough stresses of a handgun. Are you people seriously afraid someone is going to buy or rent a several hundred thousand dollar printer and use several thousand dollars worth of machine time and materials to print a $500 1911?

    As for "releasing the plans" print accurate plans for 1911s and other guns have been available for decades. All it takes it programming it into the printer.

    P.S. While the company in question has their FFL and can legally manufacture firearms, it's also perfectly legal for an individual to make an unserialized firearm for private use. Obviously this is only true if the individual can legally own firearms.

    Posted by: matt | Nov 10, 2013 2:46:14 AM

  19. America is devolving into Thunderdome, as intended and financed by the right and their id-driven hate for all that isn't them...

    Posted by: bbbbmer | Nov 10, 2013 2:49:31 AM

  20. they WOULD print one for the right price
    50 rounds is enough to kill a good number of people
    not good news at all

    Posted by: L Goethe | Nov 10, 2013 5:05:00 AM

  21. OMG...!!! GUN NUTS...!!! They're EVERYWHERE...!!!
    Grow up and get a life you fool. Look at Chicago. Most restrictive gun laws in the nation -- murder capitol of the country.

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Nov 10, 2013 6:06:16 AM

  22. Soooo tired of gun enthusiasts pointing at Chicago. It isnt even in the top 10 most violent cities according to Forbes. You're just trying to point to a liberal city as failing at controlling guns when in reality it is the conservatives who constantly take the laws the people here want and invalidating them before the supreme court. You can't have it both ways. You can't say "look the murder capital of the America is liberal" and also stop every attempt to curb criminals getting their hands on weapons.

    Posted by: Candy Bear Stupid | Nov 10, 2013 9:06:55 AM

  23. Gotta love the right-wing gun lovers pointing at liberal cities as evidence gun-control doesn't work. When in fact there are higher death rates as a result of guns in red states. America has the highest rates of gun deaths than any other industrialized nation. But of course to the naive gun lover, more guns is the answer.

    Posted by: ny2.0 | Nov 10, 2013 11:32:25 AM

  24. when gun humpers point to Chicago, all they are doing is pointing to the futility of local gun laws. there should obviously be nat

    Posted by: Jaker | Nov 10, 2013 1:01:11 PM

  25. there should obviously be national regulations

    Posted by: Jaker | Nov 10, 2013 1:01:44 PM

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