3D-printed rifle, dubbed ‘The Grizzly,’ fires its first shot

By on July 26, 2013
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It appears that spinoffs of the well-known 3D-printed Liberator handgun have already begun.

In a new YouTube video (see below), a user that goes by the name ThreeD Ukulele claims to have designed and 3D-printed a single shot .22-caliber rifle.

Dubbing the gun “The Grizzly,” ThreeD Ukulele says he followed the designs of the Liberator by incorporating coiled mainsprings and keeping the gun entirely plastic except for the 1″ metal roofing nail. He says the rifle was printed on a Stratasys Dimension 1200es 3D-printer.

The video shows the white plastic rifle clamped to an outdoor table. The person operating the gun has a string attached to the trigger; he steps back, pulls the string, and fires the gun.

“The barrel split along both sides and the receiver split along the top,” the video says, “but it did fire the round.”

The Liberator 3D-printed handgun, made by Defense Distributed, has gotten a lot of press over the past few months. The Liberator debuted in May as the world’s first 3D-printed gun. It is capable of firing standard handgun rounds and is made entirely of plastic, except for a nail used as a firing pin and a six-ounce piece of steel designed solely to allow the gun to be detected by metal detectors.

The Liberator can be instantly downloaded and anonymously printed by anyone who has access to 3D-printing technology, which is has been a concern for lawmakers and gun-control advocates.

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