Last week we covered Austin-based Solid Concepts’ 3D-printed metal 1911 pistol, which is believed to be the first of its kind. At the time the company announced that it would be putting the handgun to the test in a 500-round torture test.

Solid Concepts engineer Eric Mutchler, the man behind the 1911 project, brought the gun to Red’s Indoor Range in Pflugerville, Texas where he and others ran 500 .45 caliber rounds through the pistol with zero malfunctions. Also testing the pistol was Kent Firestone, Vice President of Additive Manufacturing, and Robert Farago, publisher of the gun blog The Truth About Guns. Several other people also tried their hand at shooting the 1911, including range owner Karen Ziegler, who left the experience beaming.

You can see the 1911 at the range in the video below:

Mutchler told Farago that he designed the 1911 purely to prove that Solid Concepts, and 3D printing as a whole, can churn out products every bit as durable and high-quality as traditional machining.

“It was a scientific and engineering [experiment],” Mutchler said, adding that he eventually chose the full 1911 design over merely printing a Glock handgun’s barrel.

Mutchler’s interview with Farago can be seen below:

Image screenshot of video by Solid Concepts Inc on YouTube

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10 thoughts on “Video: Solid Concepts’ 3D-printed 1911 Pistol 500-round Torture Test

  1. Great. So, a terroirist in afghanistan can now print a gun and take it onboard his favorite aircraft. Great. Now that’s progress.

    1. He sure can if he has $500,0000 Laying around for the printer and the craftsman to custom fit the parts together when he’s done. Then since it’s still metal he has to figure out how to get it by the detectors. One more thing I’m sure there are plenty of Russian and American made firearms over there. I really doubt your local terrorist will need a printer.

  2. Seeing as how these people are financed, he’ll or she’ll eventually have it lying around. And count on it, it’ll happen eventually.

      1. You’re full of it. They don’t need 3D printers when they have children working around the clock in caves in Pakistan to build weapons by hand.

  3. I’d like to see some close-up pics of the normal ware areas, like the frame rails, on the pistol. If no pics, can you describe any ware you see?

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