Cheap 3D Printed Lulz Liberator Gun Fires 9 Shots
Posted: May 24, 2013 by Maja Johnson
Earlier this month, a company named Defense Distributed produced the first plastic gun – "The Liberator". The company's founder, Cody Wilson, demonstrated the abilities of the plastic printed gun by firing a real bullet from it. The video alerted many authorities as the possibility of criminals and terrorists using this type of weapon became very real.
When "The Liberator" fired a shot, most authorities believed these printed guns would not be able to fire more than a shot per gun. However, that theory has already been disproven in only a couple weeks.
An engineer from Wisconsin who called himself "Joe", managed to fire 9 shots consecutively from a printed plastic gun. Unlike The Liberator which used a sophisticated $8,000 3D printer, Joe used a $1,725 Lulzbot A0-101 3D printer. This new version of a printed gun, which Joe calls the "Lulz Liberator", would cost a mere $25. Joe placed a video online where he showed the world that the printed gun could fire a round of 380 caliber bullets. The gun fired all 9 shots without any problems. After the nine shots, all of the gun's parts were intact.
Like The Liberator, the Lulz Liberator also uses a metal firing pin. However, this gun has detectable steel parts as part of the Undetectable Firearms Act. The gun itself is not perfect. It is prone to misfires and some of the parts had to be replaced after a few shots. Joe has not released the blueprints of the gun yet.
The reasons behinds Joe's actions lie in his desire to demonstrate to the public that even cheap printed guns can work. Bottom line is all things can be used maliciously. Raising the awareness that 3D printed guns are possible can prevent tragedies by allowing us to prepare for them.