London University Student Charged With Building Two 3D Printed Handguns

British student 3d guns charge

courtesy Repringer and Vimeo

I seems that the signal can’t even be stopped by the UK’s famously stringent gun control laws. The Daily Mail reports that

In what is thought to be the first case of its kind, Tendai Muswere, 25, is being prosecuted for creating the a (sic) James R Patrick PM522 Washbear Revolver and a Reprringer V3 Hexen pepper-box handgun.

Muswere has denied making the guns.

The alleged weapons were found during a raid on Muswere’s flat in Tachbrook Street, Pimlico, central London.

The Zimbabwean national was a student at London’s Southbank University at the time of the offence.

If you’re not familiar with the guns Muswere is accused of making…

The Washbear Revolver was created in November 2015 by American mechanical engineering student James R Patrick and the specifications disseminated online.

The Hexen pepper-box handgun first appeared in 2013, and is believed to be the first attempt to create a viable firearm with a 3D printer.

3d printed gun derringer pepperbox – reprringer pentagun from Free Dee on Vimeo.

And like Defense Distributed’s 3D guns, plans are readily available all across Al Gore’s greatest invention.

If convicted, Mr. Muswere will be living as a guest of the Crown for a very long time.


  1. avatar Michael says:

    And quite merrily, someone, somewhere, is making the perfect lens…-30-

  2. avatar Rick the Bear says:

    Jolly good show, old boy.

    At least he didn’t create any knives! 8>)

  3. avatar James Banish says:

    The U.K. should get over themselves. If legal law abiding citizens were able to carry a firearm and not surpress a persons right to bare arms ; this won’t be an issue. The simple fact is such a regulation is a paranoid delusions of reveloution.

    1. avatar JasonM says:

      I believe the right to “bare arms” is covered by the Sun’s Out Guns Out Act.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Actually, ‘The Right to Bare Arms’ is a Larry the cable guy comedy bit :

  4. avatar Rokurota says:

    The Washbear looks a lot like my kid’s Nerf gun.

  5. avatar Darkman says:

    This is a UK issue and carries no weight with me. We kicked their ass 240+ years ago because of laws of suppression. Let the people of the UK fight their own battles. They chose those in power. Now suffer the foolishness of their choices. We now have our own suppressive laws because of bad choices. Seems it may be time for another ass kicking. Keep Your Powder Dry…

    1. avatar strych9 says:

      Probably a good thing the French didn’t say the same thing about us 244 or so years ago.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Preach it.

        The French saved our bacon when we needed it the most…

    2. avatar Robert Fory says:

      You’re very old. Did (we) own slaves also.😀

  6. avatar barnbwt says:

    “Oxford University study finds life in prison more free than in London”

    1. avatar strych9 says:

      HA! Well played.

  7. avatar Ranger Rick says:

    20 years from now these little episodes in technology utilization will seem very quaint.

  8. avatar James J. White says:

    The only thing the “washbear” revolver has going for it is that people would probably laugh if it was pointed at them. When I was a kid so called zip guns were considered a threat. A kid could put one together in a single shop class period.

  9. avatar GS650G says:

    Don’t point your index finger at someone in the shape of a gun over there. You’d be safer giving them the middle one instead.

  10. avatar bryan1980 says:

    The good news for him is that being locked-up over there is only marginally worse than being “free”.

  11. avatar strych9 says:

    He’s smart, from Zimbabwe and old enough to have “adult” knowledge of Mugabe.

    A jail or prison in England might be a step up. It’s certainly better than a Zimbabwean jail under Mugabe and, let’s be honest, things almost certainly haven’t improved in terms of conditions for the incarcerated under Mnangagwa.

  12. avatar Southern Cross says:

    I would like to look at the files of these 3D printed guns for academic reference to compare against historical designs in my reference books.

  13. avatar StLPro2A says:

    The UK is still “smarting” from the citizens of the Colonies keeping and bearing arms in 1775. Don’t want to risk losing again to an armed citizenry. American politicians are likewise scared shitless about the armed citizenry thingy.

  14. avatar Tex Secular says:

    It is almost like they do not want the number of guns deaths we here in ‘merca enjoy. They do not know what they are missing over there not giving the toothless an issue to get behind.

    1. avatar Leighton Cavendish says:

      35,000 gun deaths a year…60% or so suicides
      600,000+ abortions a year…0% or so suicides
      I am pro-choice and pro 2A and pro population reduction

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