I 3D-Printed a Glock to See How Far Homemade Guns Have Come

I 3D-Printed a Glock to See How Far Homemade Guns Have Come

The first-ever shooting competition exclusively for home-assembled firearms—or so-called “ghost guns”—was held in late June at a Florida gun range. These are guns with no serial numbers and thus no easy way for authorities to track down the owner or manufacturer.

The shooting contest was organized by a digital gun building collective called Are We Cool Yet? or AWCY, a group that has been pushing the envelope of what’s possible with 3D-printed arms, including a full-auto submachine gun, a “battle rifle,” and some designs that are totally unique.
Today’s 3D-printed “ghost guns” can look, feel, and shoot like factory-made weapons.

To meet these gunmakers and get a true sense of what 3D-printed guns are capable of these days, VICE News correspondent Keegan Hamilton decided to enter the shooting contest in Florida—and build his own ghost gun, a 9mm Glock 19 pistol.

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48 Comments

  1. Deathy McKill on November 25, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    Man is brave going to a gun meet as a convicted pedophile.



  2. Simone Martinazzi on November 25, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    gun restriction is a crime against humanity



  3. PqinWrld on November 25, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    Welp a 3D printer sounds like a investment



  4. Kelavia on November 25, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    It takes 12 hours to print half a frame, government is high af



  5. Piers Watkins on November 25, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Can’t Stop The Signal. From Australia



  6. Lithian Kross on November 25, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    This gave me alittle hope that VICE might be returning to it’s old self, before the whole woke take over. We’ll see, stay netural Vice, this gave me cause to check in with yall.



  7. unixsuperuser on November 25, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    They didn’t have to ban these. They could have setup a way to "purchase" a serial number from/with ATF and register your project with the feds. That way they make money all of you and can say they know who owns these.



  8. Antonio smith on November 25, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    I mean, I enjoyed the segment, but man, I’m sorry, has this guy never ever in his life played a Shooter Video game? I mean like, it might just be my toxic masculinity, but I thought most men were naturally attracted to guns and at least how they work.



  9. Korpmannen on November 25, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    Whats the song from 14:13??????????????? Sounds good



  10. Tyler Bollinger on November 25, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    14:35 is that Lucas Botkin? 😂



  11. Edward Wastie on November 25, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    What about the metal parts



  12. Human Being on November 25, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    See how they’re all yt people…..



  13. zeezaa on November 25, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    5:35 Secure Contain Protect?



  14. Raymond Foster on November 25, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    How about not going after "ghost guns". Instead just throw criminals in jail. For example a felon found with a firearms should get a minimum of 20 years in federal prison. That would put a dent in the nonsense out there.



  15. The Eternal on November 25, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    *I live in India where I can’t buy a gun legally. But I am glad that we(everyone) don’t have rights to own gun because if it was possible then crime rates would go high.*



  16. BT on November 25, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    Being able to drop explosives on people remotely from a drone would be much deadlier than someone standing 50 ft. away to shoot a gun.



  17. blm2295 on November 25, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    So we can have any gun skin from almost any gun from any game now?



  18. Four Letters on November 25, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    The absolute truth about being able to make your own weapons is that even in prison when there is no material they still make weapons it’s kind of like the war on drugs just stop it already



  19. Tommy Boyle and the Party of One on November 25, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    God bless St. Augustine FL



  20. D J on November 25, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    at first i thought this was john stewart doing a skit



  21. Zo510 on November 25, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    Give us the links for the files lmao



  22. Hypervizor on November 25, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    The interesting part is when metal 3D printers get cheaper. And you can 3D print a more reliable gun. I’d love to take a shot at designing something from the ground up in 5-10 years.



  23. nin1ten1do on November 25, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution protects the right to keep and bear arms. It was ratified on December 15, 1791, along with nine other articles of the Bill of Rights so stop betching around.. nobady giva sheettt



  24. shark killah- on November 25, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    ya lost me at the chomo



  25. Sanusi Kabir on November 25, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    *No plastics were harmed in making this video.*



  26. Timothy Roy on November 25, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    vice is so ridiculous

    25:02 good.



  27. Scorched Streams on November 25, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    this is cringe



  28. R W on November 25, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Makes me want to get a 3D printer and start printing my on protection. LETS GO BRANDON!



  29. Fireborn Performance Arts on November 25, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    13:18 it’s Bill Ponderosa!



  30. Jordy 229 on November 25, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Ghost guns are guns that aren’t registered.

    When you see crimes with ghost guns (doesn’t happen all that much), it’s usually a stolen gun where the serial number was scratched off.



  31. jesse Frieze on November 25, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    Is there a certain type of plastic that is used to handle the recoil & fast moving parts? I’d be afraid the whole slide would come back @ me a replace my nose.



  32. Jose Alfredo on November 25, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    This foo is snitching on himself



  33. rajuchacha132 on November 25, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    Can bullets be made in 3D printer



  34. Warren Rosen on November 25, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Let’s go Brandon!



  35. TD on November 25, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    I tried to print a gun but I ran out of cyan.



  36. Gangster on November 25, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Welcome to the watchlist fellas 😎



  37. Leon Nottingham on November 25, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    I think the creativity has really cool



  38. Mesothelioma Mike on November 25, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Shall not be infringed



  39. A C III on November 25, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Damn Where da brothas at?



  40. TheBiggestDipster on November 25, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    You can’t stop the signal.



  41. Falcon Cowboy on November 25, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    The biggest problem with the report from the government, is that they consider real guns with the serial numbers scratched off "ghost guns"



  42. James Branch on November 25, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Not with the criminal crap. Yet going after sovereign citizens who are lawful is disturbingly disgusting. Besides the truth that citizens should have weapons in league with foreign players. Government is not the leaders, and they have literally overstepped their boundaries. How about stopping the stupid agenda of inbreds?



  43. Alexander Popov on November 25, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    13:14 was that Bill Ponderosa ??



  44. Fjordgnu on November 25, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Man, the absolute Tier 1 operator at 14:50.



  45. collin rice on November 25, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    Ghoat guns are a made up term just like assualt rifle



  46. Jaydayoungan * on November 25, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Did y’all see the Glock wit a set balls on it😂



  47. Mason Thomas on November 25, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    DOD didn’t know bout it and this guy just giving him every detail😂



  48. Indie on November 25, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    I appreciate that the reporter went in, made a gun, fired it, etc. But I think the message is lost in the end with the "one less gun" thing, you were a responsible gun maker and owner that used it for how you wanted it and took that one less gun away from yourself, a responsible owner. Immediately after he spoke about how more people owning guns creates a healthier environment of more responsible gun owners no less. The ratio of "good guys" to "bad guys" owning guns just shifted, a miniscule amount, almost nonexistent difference, but still