TSA finds 3D printed mini-revolver
This plastic printed mockup of a NAA Mini-Revolver, complete with live .22WMR rounds, was found in a carry on by Transportation Security Administration screeners in carry-on luggage last week.
I’m not sure it’s functional, as it would require at least some steel/metal springs and a hammer, and you can’t see any of that in the image, plus the fact that WMR is kinda spicy even for rimfire and its chamber pressure would likley make this wheelgun a single-shot since it has a plastic barrel and cylinder, but still is kind of interesting.
And of course there will be a push to ban 3D printing or regulate it even more because of this, but the fact is that the marginally trained screeners found it, even without the mandated block of metal as required by the Undetectable Firearms Act which already covers items such as this one…but hey…
As noted by TSA: One of the 68 firearms discovered in carry-on bags this week was a printed firearm. It was assembled with parts made from a 3D printer. While it was a realistic replica, it was loaded with live ammunition. This was a good catch from the TSA team at Reno (RNO)! While firearms are permitted in checked baggage, we strongly suggest making yourself familiar with local laws prior to flying with a printed firearm.