.38 caliber Liberator barrel after firing (Photo: Defense Distributed)
The plastic parts for the Liberator pistol before assembly (Photo: Defense Distributed)
Liberator pistol following test firing (Photo: Defense Distributed)
Upper Liberator exploded when fired with a 5.7x28 rifle cartridge (Photo: Defense Distributed)
The 3D printed single-shot Liberator pistol in test fire mount (Photo: Defense Distributed)
The potential for 3D-printed guns has (unsurprisingly) generated a great deal of controversy, and the Liberator is no exception. Named after the WWII single shot pistol, this 3D-printed .380 caliber pistol is made of almost entirely of plastic and looks more like a nozzle for a water hose than a gun. The weapon has survived multiple firings with very little damage, inspiring enough confidence that designer Cody Wilson has now tested the gun by hand.
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