Defense Distributed is Up To Something, Coming September 30th

In politics, the term “October surprise” refers to a last minute plan to disrupt the opponent and sway the election. The point of the exercise is that the news will break so close to the day of the vote that the opponent has no time to effectively react or regain the narrative before the election in November. It usually comes in the form of something like news of a drug arrest in the opponent’s past or other embarrassing occurrence. As for Defense Distributed’s use of the term in this teaser video, I have no idea what’s up their sleeve. Which is kinda the pint. But Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed, the people who brought you the first 3D printed gun, are up to something. Stay tuned.


  1. avatar Bigred2989 says:

    A fully functional and polymer semi auto firearm or revolver?

    1. avatar DJ9 says:

      Well, the clip seems to be a WWII saturation bombing raid, so the parallel would be the delivery of a large amount of stuff, quickly. My guess? Maybe they are going to dump a bunch of different digital gun plans online all at once, using multiple servers so they can’t be easily interrupted.

      You know what they say…

      1. avatar Zachary marrs says:

        Well, all the footage was of b24 liberators, sooooo

        Liberator, v2?

      2. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Anyone who says “you can’t stop the signal” has never experienced a well-executed jamming campaign.

    2. avatar Geoff PR says:

      A $999 Selective Laser Sintering machine?

  2. avatar Roscoe says:


  3. avatar Paul B says:

    3d printed howitzer?

  4. avatar Jeremy S says:

    I’m not sure October means what they think it means?

    1. avatar Robert W. says:

      Octo-Barrel Suprise?

    2. avatar JasonM says:

      Maybe his internet connection has a lot of lag.

    3. avatar Jeremy S says:

      I just meant to point out that their October Surprise “drops” on September 30th. …just a not particularly funny attempt at a sarcastic joke + allusion to The Princess Bride 😉 …

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        OK, I’m a Princess Bride fan (make that a sap) and the “Oct Surprise” went clean over my (occasionally pointed) head…

        I hate it when I’m clueless.

  5. avatar Dev says:

    I hope they don’t post a bunch of gun designs for 3d printing so close to the election. Last thing we need is something for anti gun politicians to do is have something that they can use to distract people from all the real issues.

    1. avatar DJ9 says:

      Well, as Nick mentioned, if it’s done correctly, there is no time to get a counter-message out; although in the Age of the Internet, response time is MUCH shorter than it used to be. Here’s hoping their timing is perfect.

      1. avatar Dev says:

        The NFL tried that with their Friday afternoon press conference. It doesn’t work anymore in this day of 24-7 news coverage and internet access.

    2. avatar Misnomer says:

      In a way the idea of 3D printed guns helps. It does much more to reveal the fantasy that is the idea of getting all guns away from criminals that the antis are always pushing. This means the only option left is to make sure “good guys” are similarly prepared.

  6. avatar ADC USN/Ret says:

    Whatever they do, getting the word out is important! Letting people know that they are about to be tricked is the first line of defense!

    These people lie all the time, smoke and mirrors are their armament, votes are their bullets. Never take anything at face value, cause there is always more under the surface that just isn’t obvious, and takes more thought to uncover than we have time to apply it.

    Which is why they are releasing the info when they do. They don’t want mature logical thought. They just want you to take action without thinking, appealing to your impulses. Don’t do it!

  7. avatar Gene says:

    A TTAG ad provider and template that doesn’t autoplay videos and has a page refresh per ad?

    (Kidding…kidding… Well, kind of. To be fair, I have noticed a big decrease in Google Play Store app openings)

  8. avatar Lee says:

    A .cad file for a 3D printed m16 lower… for “educational” purposes.

    1. avatar brando says:

      I sure hope so

  9. avatar Noishkel says:

    Can’t wait myself! Maybe they’ve cracked 3D printed pistol frames that are commercial quality.

  10. avatar MikeH121 says:

    I would guess a Liberator. WWII filem reel, a bunch of Liberators were dropped by air over Europe.

    1. avatar John M. says:

      That’s exactly the thought I had. I believe Wilson has stated that the single-shot .45 ACP “Liberator” pistol is an explicit inspiration for him.


    2. avatar Matt Richardson says:

      You do realize that the first printable pistol (files were released by DD) was dubbed the “Liberator,” right? It was an acknowledged nod to the Liberators dropped during WW2.

      Mr. Wilson has a flair for the dramatic, and the idea of dropping guns on the helpless masses so they can defend themselves against tyranny is right up his alley.

  11. avatar Jus Bill says:

    A 3-D printed candidate? Powered by Android? And pro-2A? What’s not to like?

  12. avatar Matt Richardson says:

    I’m still rather perturbed with Mr. Wilson over pulling the downloadables off of DD. Sure, the files are still out there and as mentioned in countless other threads, “you can’t stop the signal.” This was brought up by Cody before the files were made available and he said he was NOT going to pull them down when the thugs came knocking. He didn’t even argue, he just yanked them…

    Diane Feinstein’s lunch wasn’t as tasty as advertised apparently.

    1. avatar big blue says:

      That’s how asymmetric warfare works.

    2. avatar GringoFusilero says:

      I’m of the crazy opinion that he can do more good out of prison. He made the smart move by pulling the files. His only misstep was making a promise he couldn’t keep to begin with.

  13. avatar James says:

    3D-printed silencer.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      No need.

      Google “Oil filter silencer”

      Braze together two standard pipe adapters, screw on an oil filter…

      Instant silencer.

      (So I have heard.)

    2. avatar Sabrewolfe says:

      Oh my God, that would epic, lol. You think 3D printed zip guns scare them? The anti’s would would go utterly apeshit over this. Cheap, untraceable, disposable silencers anyone can make are going to flood the streets with a tsunami of blood no one will hear coming! The sky is falling, the sky is falling!

      Someone clearly needs to make printed suppressors a top priority.

  14. avatar Almost Esq. says:

    My money is on a Liberator Mark II. The planes in the clip were Liberator Bombers from WWII. When they released the original Liberator they used the same footage.

  15. avatar GringoFusilero says:

    Cody Wilson is a badass.

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