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3D-printed gun seized in Manchester is actually spare printer parts

The model of the Liberator 3D-printed pistol. (Image: Electric-Eye/Flickr)

Greater Manchester Police claim that their raid on a gang hideout early this morning led to the seizure of the first 3D-printed gun in the UK. Except, they probably haven’t.For those who aren’t familiar with this, it’s now possible to 3D-print a working gun. Cody Wilson founded Defense Distributed in 2012 as a platform for his belief in the right to bear arms, using the site as a place to distribute (hence the name) the designs for the Liberator pistol.Every single piece of this pistol, except for the firing pin - which can be an off-the-shelf nail from any hardware store - is plastic. It took a long time to get the design right, but eventually

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25 Oct
Deeeep @deeeep
RT @pilz: "3D printed gun" actually Makerbot replacement parts http://t.co/oHSH5uk962 #CodyFTW
25 Oct
Deeeep @deeeep
Anyone in the UK dare to improve their makerbot and we'll send the cops! #3dprinting http://t.co/ggUF4ra5Tq
25 Oct
DEVELOP3D Magazine @develop3d
RT @NewStatesman: 3D-printed gun seized in Manchester is actually spare printer parts http://t.co/pXxLIxcMZR
25 Oct
Stephen Holmes @swearstoomuch
RT @NewStatesman: 3D-printed gun seized in Manchester is actually spare printer parts http://t.co/pXxLIxcMZR
25 Oct
Joris Peels @pilz
"3D printed gun" actually Makerbot replacement parts http://t.co/oHSH5uk962 #CodyFTW
25 Oct
B3dge @Build3dprinter
3D-printed gun seized in Manchester is actually spare printer parts - New Statesman http://t.co/ugQbdCBs19 #3dprinting