The first fully 3D-printed handgun, The Liberator, was successfully test fired a few months ago, and it seems like it may have kicked off a 3D-printed arms race. A Canadian gunsmith who goes by the YouTube username “ThreeD Ukulele” has one-upped The Liberator by creating the first 3D-printed rifle, “The Grizzly”.
Like the Liberator, the Grizzly is only good for a single shot. After the initial firing seen below, the barrel of the Grizzly split, rendering it unusable.
Also like the Liberator, the Grizzle raises some questions about the legality of 3D printed firearms. A representative of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Sergeant Julie Gagnon told Ars Technica, “In Canada, it is illegal to manufacture or possess a firearm without appropriate licences and applicable registrations.”
It looks like until these gunsmiths can also 3D-print themselves up the proper licensing and registration requirements, these 3D-printed firearms will be questionably legal at best.
- Liberator distribution moves to the Pirate Bay
- OVer 100,000 people downloaded the plans for the Liberator
- Watch the Liberator being test fired