Defense Distributed’s “October surprise”

Defense Distributed, Cody Wilson’s organization that created the famous Liberator 3D-printable pistol, just sent out a press release that simply simple said …

Respectfully requesting your attendance for an October Surprise. September 30, 2014.

… and embedded the below video:

The term October Surprise means a media or news event that disrupts an upcoming election (International readers: the United States midterm election are being held in November this year). This announcement on September 30 may be a completely political announcement (and therefore off topic for TFB) such as his announcement that he is running for office. On the other hand, Cody knows how to grab mainstream media attention and he would be announcing a new easily manufacturable gun technology that will get the attention of politicians. We will find out at the end of the month.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • jeff

    hes a smart kid but he never answers any questions with a straight response almost like he tries to hard to sound smart and instead makes himself sound dumb. 3d printed guns were the wave of the future with or without him. none of the tech he is working on is because of him its simply a fact of modern progression.

    • Giolli Joker

      “he’s a smart kid but he never answers any questions with a straight response”
      So he could actually be running for a political role. 🙂

    • Paladin

      Having listened to him I don’t think he’s so much dodging the question as he is redefining the context. Certain questions have a tendency to frame the issue (leading questions for example) and answering the question as asked is playing into your opponent’s hand.

      How would you respond if I asked you whether or not you’ve stopped beating your wife? The question presupposes that you are a perpetrator of domestic violence, as such the only way to effectively answer the question is to address the fundamental assumptions underlying the question.

      • Chrome Dragon

        “How would you respond if I asked you whether or not you’ve stopped beating your wife?”

        Depending on the context, my reply would be to redefine the context, again. A simple “Fuck you, Paladin” might be satisfying, and unavoidable given certain contexts, but something like “I only ever do that when she dresses me up in my leather catsuit and puts on her bridle” or similar BDSM joke should grab hold of the context from someone who’s tried to wrest it away from a neutral one.

        Well, you DID ask. 😉

  • Mr. Fahrenheit

    Nothing like trying to build suspense and anticipation. Way too much downside.

    Remember the Segway? “It’s Going To Change The World.” No, never mind. It’s just a motorized thing.

    • Nimrod

      Yeah, whatever happened to Segway? In regards to the announcement, I would bet perhaps an innovative 3 D firearm or accessory.

      • Phil Hsueh

        It’s being use for tourists, mall security, and the post office.

  • Nicks87

    3-D printable browning M2?

    • Joe

      3-D printable heavy bomber?

      • Phil Hsueh

        3D printable 500 lbs bomb?

    • GreekPreparedness

      3-D printable drone

  • USMC03Vet

    Gonna need more than one printer to print a bomber…

    • Zachary marrs


  • atfsux

    It might be interesting to note that Sept. 30th is the same day CA. gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to sign the “ghost gun” legislation into law. I would say that is NOT a coincidence.