3D-Printed Semi-Automatic Gun Is Simply Terrifying

3D-Printed Semi-Automatic Gun Is Simply Terrifying

When I decide to exercise my brain I play Sudoku. When Youtube user Derwood exercises his brain he creates a semi-automatic gun that 95-per cent 3D printed, completely untraceable, and currently very legal.

"No one had ever tried to get a semi-automatic 3D printed gun working beforeā€¦I'm just one of those types, I like to find new things that people say can't be done," he told Wired in an interview published earlier today.

Most people challenging engineering preconceptions in their garage just, like, make their car go faster. They don't craft a killing machine small enough to fit in a purse.

Derwood's engineering feat, the Shuty-MP1 isn't 100 per cent 3D-printed. Completely 3D-printed guns usually have a habit of failing — often dangerously. You see, the heat from firing melts the PLA plastic used by the majority of 3D printers. In turn, the heat from the repeat usage necessary for something like cracking off eight shots in under 10 seconds is unsustainable for the weapon. To circumvent this issue Derwood used store bought components for some of the biggest points of failure: the barrel, hammer, firing pin, bolts, and springs.

None of those components are regulated by current law as you usually need a gun to make use of them. The rest of Derwood's weapon exists in a grey area. While 3D-printing a weapon isn't illegal, the release of the CAD plans for it is. As long as Derwood keeps his build instructions off the internet he's safe. According to Wired he has no plans to release them. Let's hope not.

Even if his plans did leak he doesn't think untraceable semiautomatic weapons will be flooding the streets and flowing into the hands of criminals. "If you keep shooting, it's going to fail," he hold Wired. "That makes it not such a desired weapon for a criminal."

So all you have to do is dodge bullets until the gun fails. Phew.

Image: Derwood/Youtube

[Wired]



Comments

    The idea that 3D printed guns are somehow going to massively affect violent crime is pretty silly. If all you're concerned about is "untraceable" weaponry, well, you can make a rifle from some parts at the local hardware store without too much trouble too, it's not like this is new or something. Or you could use a knife and go ham with it, that'd be "untraceable" as well.

      but birdy dont you realise that all these criminal gangs are just waiting for these bluprints, so they can stock thier armories, and go on shooting rampages, the only thing stopping them is that the guns melt after a couple of shots.

    You should have seen my fathers completely untraceable, homemade, made out of metal machine gun he cooked up in our shed after he returned from the Vietnam War.... Untraceable only means no serial number

      Things you shouldn't post on the internet...... and go....

    Still cheaper to purchase a gun from less reputable sources and file the serial number off....

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