Has all of the hype surrounding 3D printed guns been for nothing? Tony Gallagher, a firearms expert at the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) thinks so. He has been testing 3-D printed guns for some time now and he has come to a startling conclusion.
“On each occasion they [3D printed guns] have failed, and all of them have failed catastrophically,” Gallagher told BBC. “These guns are of no use to anyone. They’re too unpredictable, and pose probably the greatest danger to the user.”
In the video below, the 3D gun malfunctions, basically blowing apart and tossing a bullet wildly into the air.
It is worth noting that Gallagher’s research involves 3D printed guns made of plastic and not metal, which are much more costly to print and take weeks to make usable after printing.
Metallic guns may be the answer in 3D printing firearms, but it remains to be seen if they are a viable option with high costs and a longer production time.