[VIDEO] First Ever 3D-Printed 1911 in .22LR Caliber!


I’m very excited about the future of 3D printing for homemade guns.

Actually, the future of homemade/DIY 3D-printed EVERYTHING is very exciting, but for now we’ll talk about guns.

Today I’d like to show you the first 3D-printed M1911 that I’m aware of.


Check it out:

3D Printed M1911 With 3D-printed Parts Too!

The complete IMGUR album is here, but what I find really interesting is that this 1911 handgun not only has a 3D-printed frame, but parts too!

The author says: “Parts were printed in Taulman 910 nylon. Grip safety, manual safety, mainspring housing, mag release, and slide stop are all printed. That saved like $100 in parts (at least for testing purposes).”

For anyone that has built a 1911 pistol (or detail assembled one), you know there’s a lot of “hand fitting” to get things right. I wonder if it being made out of nylon/plastic makes it easier to file/fit?

Here’s a bunch of the test frames that were printed first …

The upper on the 1911 is a standard Kimber .22LR conversion kit. Very cool!

Explanation video here of the entire build with some test-firing:

Honestly, in the updated video below where he does additional test-firing — stuff like “stiff trigger” and “light primer strikes” doesn’t sound like that big of a problem. At least for the 1911 platform, where if you mess with a lot of stuff (like spring strength, etc) you run into these problems anyways.

In other words, I don’t think a lot of his problems are directly because of the 3d-printed frame. They sound like regular 1911 problems.

Pretty cool stuff, what do you think?

If you’re a 1911 guy, do you think — in 10-20 yrs — you would be 3d-printing your own “custom” 1911 at home like this?



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Caleb Lee is the #1 best-selling author of "Concealed Carry 101" and founder of PreparedGunOwners.com. He is a civilian (no law enforcement or military experience) who shares information about self-defense and becoming more self-reliant. He's a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo, NRA Certified Basic Pistol & Personal Protection Inside The Home Instructor, Concealed Carry Academy Instructor certified & also a graduate of the Rangermaster firearms instructor course. He's also the author of numerous online courses including the UndergroundAssaultRifle.com course.


    • Yup … now … that’s why this guy is pioneer right?

      In 10-15yrs the trails being blazed by these guys — going through so much trouble for hardly any payoff — will make it so we can 3d print reliable, real, working, “perfect” guns 🙂

  1. At age 81, it is questionable whether I can wait 10 years, and downright improbable that I can wait 20. The pistol looks good, but I would be reluctant to told it in my hand to test-fire it.

    • I understand Conway, but I bet that you’ll be surprised how far technology comes before you get to go to Heaven 🙂

      I bet none of us here thought we’d be walking around with supercomputers (smartphones) in our pockets even just 10 years ago!

  2. Your right Caleb on the “smartphones”. We went to the moon using only 64 megabyte computers!

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