Two homemade pistols, both from the Scrap Metal Arms series confiscated from an escapee from Beechworth prison in Victoria, Australia.
New South Wales police apparently seized two more 3D printed FGC-9 pistols this week as part of raids on an international crime syndicate. According to the reporter each can fetch over $25,000 AUS. If that’s anywhere near a street value that’s not bad for a few dollars worth of PLA and a bit of steel tubing which quoting the officer “can be done anywhere, anyone’s garage, anyone’s bedroom with the right software and printer”.
Now that owning toy ‘gell blasters‘ carry the same sentence as an illegal firearm in some Australian states, perhaps these will start to fill the void.
Reportedly spotted for sale in Iraqi weapons classifieds ( CaliberObscura)
A .32 version of the DIY Sheet Metal Pistol with an extended magazine seized in Brazil last month.
“PLASTIC DEFENCE is a documentary about illegal 3D printed firearms in Europe and the decentralised network behind them. These guns are robust, they don’t blow up in your hands, and they’re untraceable. What’s more, they’re being made in people’s bedrooms.”