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This article was published on August 6, 2013

    World’s first 3D-printed rifle fires 14 shots, beating its previous best of just 1

    World’s first 3D-printed rifle fires 14 shots, beating its previous best of just 1
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    One of the world’s first 3D printed rifles, its creator claims, has managed to rattle of an impressive 14 shots before cracking its barrel, marking a significant improvement over the single shot it managed before breaking it first time out.

    The video below shows the fully-printed gun firing ten shots, using a string to pull the trigger. It seems the rifle’s creator wasn’t overly confident after his initial outing where the barrel split. A later video shows the remaining four shots being fired by hand (below).

    It’s not the most graceful of operations just yet, reloading the weapon requires unclipping the barrel and pushing through the spent cartridge but it’s another step towards fully 3D-printed guns becoming a part of our lives. Whether that’s a good or a bad thing is a different question.

    Featured Image Credit – ThreeD Ukulele YouTube