Amongst the craziness going on in the US over guns, a group known as Defense Distributed has designed and built a single shot plastic gun that can be built by anyone on one of the new 3D printers that have emerged from the Maker Space.  The pro-gun activists are just as rabid as the anti-gun activists and this is being played out in the US media and being watched by the entire world.

picture of Liberator pistol

This new gun is based heavily on the WW2 Liberator, a cheap zip gun built by the US to be airdropped to anti-Nazi partisans in Europe.  Someone in the government must have got cold feet, as most of them were dumped in the ocean, and it still remains to be seen if the gun was actually useful for it's original intentions.

picture of Liberator's parts

DefDist's gun is similiar in many ways. It's cheap to make and simple in the extreme.  It uses a common roofing nail for a firing pin, and metal has to be added to satisfy the governments requirement that it set off an airport metal detector.  It's also a smoothbore, and this has to get it into the AOW (any other weapon) category.  Even the modern FP-45 replica of the Liberator pistol has a rifle barrel to keep out of trouble with the law.  

picture of original Liberator

Anyway, the DefDist people have a dramatic video shooting it's one bullet.  Enjoy.

One of OBG's readers sent in these pics in an effort to solve the mystery of missing marks.  It seems to me that this gun has escaped going to the proof house for some reason or other. Here is his description...

What looks to be a Webley VI in very good condition.  There are no import/ENGLAND stamp and no TONS Proof.  Fit is excellent, finish is shinny blue (not at all flat).

picture of Webley pistol

There is no manufacturers/patent stamp that I can recognize.  I know to look for either the Patent or the winged bullet on the left side of Webleys and the Enfield stamp on the right side on Enfields.

Serial numbers are nicely struck on the barrel, lower receiver and cylinder in the normal places, and they match in style, depth, and of course the number (236xxx)

Each chamber on the cylinder bears the crown over GR over crossed lance over P.  the Cylinder has not been shaved.  The face of the cylinder has a broad arrow, what looks to be an o or c, and a faintly struck mark that looks like a stylized U over something over something else (to faint to make out)

picture of Webley pistol

Several broad arrows appear on various small parts including the unlocking lever (above the screw on the left side of the pistol) on the top strap just forward of the rear sight on the left side, the side of the trigger guard on the left side forward of the trigger.

The back strap is marked A.A. over something I can’t make out over 1.A.C.C.  over RTC over 66.

picture of Webley pistol

On the underside of what I call the holster spreaders (triangular horizontal pieces forward of the cylinder) there is what looks like a crown over Y2 over 13

There is a capital letter M on the grips above the lanyard ring (both sides)

Finally the heal of the butt, forward of the lanyard ring shows a small SA, each with a small arrow over each.   The S and A are side by side, but the S and it’s arrow are staggered a little below the A and its associated arrow.

OBG:  What marks there are seem to be in the right places and look like the marks on my 1918 Mk. VI.  The serial number seems to be about 100,000 before it.  Anyone know the deal on the missing marks?

picture of Webley pistol