“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.”
An improvised firearm reportedly of a type used to murder British MP Jo Cox yesterday. The suspected shooter allegedly owned a copy of US Army ‘TM-31-210 ‘Improvised Munitions Handbook’ published in 1969 which contains detailed instruction on how to construct various simple homemade guns including the pistol pictured. The pistol is assembled from a 1/4″ pipe coupled with a plug fitted with a nail to act as a firing pin. It is fired by pulling back and releasing a metal strap which is powdered by multiple elastic bands wrapped in place. Reportedly the designs were extensively tested in trails and deemed safe enough to publish for official use.