These are some of the most common questions Deterrence Dispensed is asked regarding its work.

Why do you create 3D printed guns? Can’t you just make guns out of hardware store materials?

Absolutely, you can. And Deterrence Dispensed has released several documents detailing guns and gun parts that are conventionally made. That said, 3D printing firearms and firearm parts is the simplest possible means of ensuring everyone has equal access to them – it takes very little skill and no mechanical knowledge to tell a printer to print a specific file. Only time.

Don’t 3D printed guns suck? I saw a video of one exploding on YouTube.

First generation 3D printed guns like the Liberator were experiments, as with any advance in firearms technology. Over the years since 3D printed guns have become viable, we’ve gone from single shot pistols like the Liberator to multishot weapons like the PM522 Washbear, as well as full receivers for everything from Intratec AB-10s to Hi-Point C9s. The Shuty/Gluty lineage that has led to the latest advances in technology within the field, the FGC-9, has been well tested, showcasing that a mostly 3D printed firearm using minimal or no restricted parts is viable and reliable.

Do you have anything to do with Defense Distributed and/or DEFCAD?

Our only connection to Defense Distributed and DEFCAD is our similar ideology – the belief that firearms manufacturing knowledge should be open source and easily accessible to all. In order to prevent our collective development efforts and releases from being bogged down or otherwise inhibited by pro-gun control lobbying organizations and the government officials who push their policies, Deterrence Dispensed has deliberately chosen not to formally organize. This ensures that nothing can affect us as a group, as occurred to Defense Distributed when the government prevented them as a company from releasing the Liberator pistol plans. We have close ties, however, with the FOSSCAD firearms development group, who share a similar mission and are the spiritual successors to DEFCAD.