Defense Distributed 3D-Printed Gun (‘Liberator’) Used in Crime!

"Calum" in Lifetime Movie Club

Eagle-eyed TTAG reader MK was watching a flick on the Lifetime Movie Club called I Have Your Children. [Full plot description after the jump.] It’s your basic psycho school bus hijacker standoff with a hard-as-nails-but-not-really female hostage negotiator movie. Baddie Calum is a genius! And we all know that geniuses 3-D print a Defense Distributed Liberator to enact their nefarious schemes — rather than buy a handgun that fires more  than one round. #dohIcouldvehadanXD. Anyway, history is made . . .

Detective Amber Cross is Hartford, Connecticut’s go-to crisis negotiator, currently at risk of losing custody of her young son to her estranged husband. And despite a recent setback when she was blamed for the tragic end of a domestic stand-off, she’s the first to get called in when Calum, a troubled and dangerous young genius, hijacks a bus load of school children and holds them ransom for a mysteriously specific amount of money.

As Amber negotiates for control of the scene with the hot-headed and trigger-happy lead of the tactical team, the villain also becomes the victim when it’s discovered that Calum’s motivation for the hostage taking is what he considers to be the fraudulent denial of his ailing mother’s staggeringly high medical insurance claim. Amber now must try to stickhandle [?] a safe resolution to what seems like an irreparable conflict; saving the lives of these abducted children, even if she may not be able to retain custody of her own.


  1. avatar wrightl3 says:


    1. avatar mirgc says:

      No. Ban Children while thinking of the printers.

      No wait, I meant think of the children while banning printers!

      Oh man… all this prohibition stuff is so hardddd. I need a drink to get my gun-sense back.

      1. avatar sagebrushracer says:

        I recommend hard drinks for hard problems.

  2. avatar My Older Brother Chet says:

    I think a liberator type 3D pistol had a cameo in NBC’s Shades of Blue several weeks ago. Terrible show with god awful gun handling.

    1. avatar Removed_californian says:

      Made a cameo in an episode of NCIS as well last year. Black kid used it to kill himself running from the cops.

      After that attempt at selling an agenda I vowed never to watch that show again. It pissed me off, mother couldn’t understand why.

      1. avatar reggie says:

        I bet next up it will be featured in “Law and Order” ( take your pick) or ALL them….

      2. avatar Cliff H says:

        An episode of CSI New York featured a 3D printed revolver(!) that self-destructed the second time it was fired, leaving bits of plastic as evidence to track down the perp. And I believe it was an episode of Justified that included a plot where a 3D printer was confiscated for some reason and left in the evidence room. An evidence clerk had been bribed to print a pistol and deliver it to an assassin who had already cleared all the security and metal detectors to get into the building. Ended badly for him. Interesting plot concept, IMO.

    2. avatar 16V says:

      Yup, that happened. Someone mentioned that it showed up in a another recent network tv show, but I forget which one it was.

      Way to go Cody Wilson! Now even more people who never even knew you could legally build your own gun, let alone the thousands that actually do have another thing they don’t understand to use against us. I’m sure the Bloomberg machine has stirred the pot, and we’ll see lots more references to your useless piece of self-promotion in the future. Another brilliant coup!

    3. avatar Camper says:

      I didn’t read all the comments, not sure if someone already posted. There was a printed gun on an episode of “The Good Wife” a season or two ago. Suit was against the designer by the guy that printed the gun after the printed gun failed.

  3. avatar Rokurota says:

    “TTAG reader MK was watching a flick on the Lifetime Movie Club…”

    There’s the first problem right there.

    1. avatar Chris in SC says:

      That is exactly what I was thinking!

    2. avatar Mk10108 says:

      Busted. And laughed my ass off. Just flipping through the channels…I SWEAR on a stack of beers.

      1. avatar 16V says:

        You guys do realize that a lot of women really do enjoy that stuff, and (syrupy though they are) watching with your significant other does often lead to things that are more interesting? (Even if it’s only that she’ll watch ‘On Any Sunday’ one more time with you, and listen to your old motocross stories…)

        1. avatar reggie says:

          “women really do enjoy that stuff, and (syrupy though they are) watching with your significant other does often lead to things that are more interesting? ”

          A “ROOT Canal”?

        2. avatar Wiregrass says:

          All I’ve ever seen portrayed on that channel is rape and abuse in plots thinner than your average porno. Not exactly syrupy IMO. You sure you weren’t watching the Hallmark Channel?

        3. avatar BLAMMO says:

          Did you mean Any Given Sunday with Al Pacino? The worst sports movie ever made in the history of the universe?

        4. avatar reggie says:

          BLAMMO “On Any Sunday”

          On Any Sunday (1971) – IMDb

          Internet Movie Database
          Rating: 7.9/10 – ‎979 votes
          Documentary on motorcycle racing featuring stars of the sport, including film star Steve McQueen, a racer in his own right. … “On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter” On DVD and Blu-ray. … Inspired by Bruce Brown’s 1971 documentary, “On Any Sunday,” chronicles the international sport of …

        5. avatar 16V says:

          “Leads to more enjoyable…”

          So, either a root canal is more fun than doing the horizontal shuffle with the significant other, or you my good man, have developed one spectacularly unusual kink. Or I’m not understanding where you’re going. Could be anything.

          But yes, motorcycles. Watching real football is boring enough. Watching bad movies about football?

        6. avatar reggie says:

          I know what you meant. I was just musing about SYRUPY and the Pain ( like a root canal) of enduring a Lifetime channel Movie, Didn’t really think MOST Lifetime movies would lead to together time (as most seem to be about violent confrontations)..

          Hallmark channel probably has more cutesy, sappy (love triumphs) movies suitable for cuddle- time and More!

      2. avatar Mighty Mo says:

        Whatever MK……you were sitting on the couch in your BVD’s tearing up to some lady drama while sipping on a wine cooler. Now pony up your man card….LOL

        1. avatar Reggie says:

          Lifetime channel? Heavens Stack of Beers more like maybe Wine in a Box…..
          I’m guessing No BVD’s, Probably a Sara Tipton inspired Dene Adams concealment or Can Can corset. to keep the gun holstered. LOL

        2. avatar Mk10108 says:

          Confession is good for the soul….I….am…a lesbian trapped in s man’s body. ?

        3. avatar reggie says:

          MK, Be Free…..BE FREE!!!!!…..
          ( you’re a good sport MK….all razzing in fun!)

    3. avatar Canon says:

      That was my single takeaway from the article as well. Let’s get MK some help.

  4. avatar Ralph says:

    Even for something shown on The Estrogen Network, this movie probably sets a new low on the IQ scale. How do I love the cliches? Let me count the ways.

    Troubled but misunderstood genius kid exploiting technology to cause trouble? Check.

    Evil insurance company? Check.

    L’il babies in trouble? Check. Gotta really get that estrogen flowing.

    Female superhero trying to balance her obligations to her job with her obligations to her children? Check. Poor dear. Men never have to do that. Because of male privilege.

    The only thing missing from this suckfest is Morgan Freeman.

  5. avatar Ian says:

    MK you deserve a TTAG gun hero award for sitting through a LMN movie.

    Also this is the mindset of a disarmed society, no real gun available so he makes one. Unless he has a 3d printer available the low end is $2000, black market hi-point $200.

    1. avatar Nick says:

      I have a very well made Chinese model from Weistek I paid only $800 for. 3D printing tech has come down considerably in price over the past few years.

      Some are now selling them under the business model used to sell conventional printers (you don’t make money on the printer, but take it in with the proprietary cartridges). Ones that use proprietary filament cartridges are usually less than $500.

      1. avatar mk10108 says:

        Guys, you don’t need a 3D whatchamacallit. 10 bucks at home depot and a 410 defense shotgun shell is far more effective than a single shot 22. And you can reload it faster.

  6. avatar Don from CT says:

    I was at Barnes and Noble this past weekend. They were selling a 3d printer for $349.

    The genie can’t be put back in the bottle.

  7. avatar Pascal says:

    “Detective Amber Cross is Hartford, Connecticut’s go-to crisis negotiator”

    They should visit Hartford, CT — I am unimpressed

    1. avatar James69 says:

      Oh yeah, Alex Cross’s sister.

  8. avatar Jacob McMerth says:


  9. avatar Aaron says:

    I think they had a couple of these in an episode of NCIS.

  10. avatar Davis thompson says:

    Bring back Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever. Lifetime’s finest hour. And no, I’m not kidding.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      Fire up your favorite Bittorrent client…

  11. avatar the ruester says:

    “And now, Meredith Baxtor Bourne and Lacey Chabert get shot in the vajayjay in the lifetime original movie, ‘Laberator…'”

    1. avatar reggie says:

      I thought it might be “Labiator”

      1. avatar 16V says:

        Didn’t that feature Ahnold and his housekeeper?

  12. avatar Lucas D. says:

    Fortunately, this aired on the Lifetime network, so anyone who saw it has probably long since died in a tragic, yet hilarious, banana peel-related accident.

  13. avatar JoeVK says:

    Lifetime should change it’s name to “Domestic Violence Television”.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      I’ve been known to call it: “That man was a bastard and he deserved to die” channel.

      After that ‘The Burning Bed’ revenge movie from years back…

  14. avatar James69 says:

    I call it the Estrogen Channel. My wife was watching this drivel and I saw the 3d gun and thought “oh great” thanks @sshats.

  15. avatar Henry says:

    I’m pretty sure that Elementary was “first” two or three years ago, with the baddy shooting his wife with a plastic gun, then dissolving it in a bottle of acetone and disguising it as milk in the fridge.

  16. avatar fishydude says:

    This goes right along with the pro-taxi cartel anti-Uber story lines as well. Invent crimes that haven’t happened to scare people into banning something the left hates.

    1. avatar Grant in IN says:

      With the Kalamazoo shooting two weeks ago it has happened unfortunately.

  17. avatar New Chris says:

    I can’t remember the TV show which aptly called Lifetime, “television for idiots.” It’s female power fantasies for the type of women who can’t be bothered to achieve anything in real life. They are susceptible to suggestion, easily frightened, and will mindlessly rally behind any cause, so long as it involves changing their Facebook profile picture or joining an online petition someone else set up. They cite “being a mother,” as a qualification for opinions on topics they don’t understand and we are never allowed to acknowledge just how stupid that really is.

    Yes, some men have these habits also, but we’re not talking about them right now.

  18. avatar Phil LA says:

    I smell an Oscar!

  19. avatar jp says:

    I smell sumthin…… bad plots. Horrible acting. Terrible storylines.
    Movies are like farts. If you have to force it… it’s probably sh!t

    1. avatar Ing says:

      And sometimes the brown stuff just slips out anyway.

  20. avatar Bob in Washington says:

    Watching Season 3 of Crossing Lines on Netflix, the hit woman made a sniper rifle on her 3D printer in her hotel room. She put a scope and suppressor on it and was good to go.

  21. avatar Matt says:

    FAKE. This is CT, we pay for everything! People on Husky have better health insurance than many who pay for employer provided insurance…

  22. avatar Marcus (Aurelius) Payne says:

    If anyone has a hard time understanding the phrase “missing the forest for the trees”, they need only look at gun control advocacy to understand it.

  23. avatar BDub says:

    Bring on the Streisand Effect!

  24. avatar AlanInFl says:

    The liberator was on NCIS. But the funny thing about this, nobody was asking to expoy when In Line Of Fire was realeased 25 years ago.

  25. avatar Nick says:

    Admittedly, plastic guns are not new in movies, but this one is recognizable.

    John Malkovich played a man trying to kill the president in a movie back in the 90’s and used a plastic gun that he assembled once through security using a pen and a few other items to complete.

    1. avatar reggie says:

      I remember that one,
      “In the line of Fire” 1993 Clint Eastwood movie

  26. avatar Dennis says:

    Oh print me up a phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range 🙂

  27. avatar reggie says:

    Maybe printing a Working “Captain Kirk” Star Trek “Phaser” .

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