3D-Printed Semiautomatic Pistols Now For Sale

3D-printed Model 1911Solid ConceptsSure it's a bit of a pricey publicity gimmick, but it's a cool one—and a wild example of fast-moving technological progress. What am I speaking of? Why, surely you've heard that Solid Concepts, the company that developed a 3D-printed, metal, semiautomatic pistol just months after Defense Distributed unveiled the first working 3D-printed firearm of any sort, will be selling a limited number of guns made the politician-scaring way.

The Solid Concepts announcement is almost literally a blast from the past, since the guns it's making and selling through the high-tech process are Model 1911s, developed by John Browning a century ago. It's a good design and, importantly, now in the public domain, which is why it's produced by many companies through traditional means, as well as, now, by 3D printing.

From Solid Concepts:

Solid Concepts will release a limited run of 1911 3D Printed metal guns for purchase; we will only manufacture 100 of these limited edition 3D Printed metal guns. The limited run 1911 3D Printed metal guns will be built and serialized with the option of unique customization using our Additive Metal Manufacturing technology. Each 3D Printed gun will be manufactured with Inconel 625 and Stainless Steel components. Post machining and hand polishing will complete the manufacturing process and each assembled pistol will undergo 100 rounds of test firing. We are offering buyers the chance to tour our Texas facility and watch their gun being printed with the added benefit of joining our lead additive manufacturing engineers on the range for the first test firing of the buyers’ limited 1911 gun.

The company says the first pistol manufactured through this process has fired nearly 2,000 rounds so far, so you can expect yours to last. That's a good thing, because a 3D-printed Model 1911 will set you back $11,900. That's just a tad—a big tad—more than you'll pay for similar pistols made the traditional way.

But think of the cool factor.

Of course, it's even cooler to make your own guns at home.

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  • 2ndClassProle||

    This is cool, but tell me when they can make one on Maker-bot. The 3d printer they use is like in the hundred of thousands. I can buy be some used CNC machines for that kind of money.

  • ||

    Oh, if I had the money....

  • Generic Stranger||

    You'd buy something else? Because, seriously, $11,000 for a 1911? Maybe if it were gold plated.

  • ||

    Or if it were completely awesome.

  • Generic Stranger||

    That's a terrible thing to do to a gun.

    Now, these kick some serious ass.

  • ||

    I have a serious boner for a 3d printer that prints metal. My mind reels from the possibilities.

  • ||

    What about for one that prints flesh? I know FOE's been looking for something that won't get him incarcerated when disposed of.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    When they're dead, they're just hookers.

    Anyway, I want one that prints icicles. That is the ultimate weapon.

  • Almanian!||

    I have an LG icicle printer. I just pour the water in the mold, and have icicles in an hour or so.

    And it has a fridge on top! Mine was...I dunno...$1500 or so.

  • ||

    So, you're thinking robot mistress then?

    "Ordinary human dating. It's enjoyable and it serves an important purpose. But when a human dates an artificial mate, there is no purpose. Only enjoyment. And that leads to...tragedy."

  • ||

    ...a 3D-printed Model 1911 will set you back $11,900.

    You'd have to be crazy to spend that much for an exact replica of a cheap mass-market gun.

    And if you're crazy, you shouldn't own a gun.


  • Fist of Etiquette||

    So can I have one shipped to me or do I actually have to travel to the third dimension to purchase one? I don't even know what they use for currency there. Three-dollar bills? Because that would be queer.

  • Paul.||

    That's a good thing, because a 3D-printed Model 1911 will set you back $11,900.

    *jaw drops*

    I'm failing to see the cool factor here.

  • ||

    Because it's expensive?

    I think I'll just stick with my CZ 97-B.

  • ||

    I kinda get it. It is the first 3d printed metal gun, history making and all.

    However, if you wait until next week someone will sell one just like it for a tenth of the price. If you wait until next year most guns will be made that way.

  • Generic Stranger||

    Well, if they were selling the very first couple of guns they printed, I can kind of see that. Though usually you have to wait a while for them to become a collector's item.

    But for one of the higher serial number pistol? Way, way too much.

  • Count Negroni||

    2ndClassProle|12.19.13 @ 6:41PM|#

    This is cool, but tell me when they can make one on Maker-bot. The 3d printer they use is like in the hundred of thousands. I can buy be some used CNC machines for that kind of money.

    One of the big patents on laser sintering expires in February.

  • Almanian!||

    I still haven't gotten a 1911. Thinking Ima go big out the box and just get a fucking Wilson Combat.

    Cause - Wilson Combat.

    This is cool. Wilson Combat is cooler...

  • juris imprudent||

    I love Kimbers and you aren't dropping Wilson or Les Baer bucks.

    Then again, if you've got the money, why not.

  • Archduke von Pantsfan||


  • RishJoMo||

    twelve grand? Are they flippin crazy?



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