Eric from Solid Concepts, who developed the first 3D printed metal gun, printed this 1911 chambered in 10mm Auto. Its probably not everyone’s taste, but I really like the aggressive styling of the frame and slide. I also like how Eric printed an extract from the preamble of the Declaration of Independence directly into the grip.

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  • Ken

    I wonder how smooth it is and how the frame holds up to 10mm.

    • Carlton

      Its not the frame but the slide that will crack. Even high quality machined 1911s like the Peters Stahl, Delta Elites, etc have trouble handling the 10mm cartridge.

      • Giolli Joker

        If I remember correctly one typical issue with the Bren Ten (and maybe even some 10mm 1911) was the cracking of the frame, the part of it meant to expel the fired casing.

      • Brian Bechtel

        My Dan Wesson CBOB holds up just fine.

  • MattInTheCouv

    the article linked shows a different 1911 and specifies that EVERY part of the gun was 3d printed. this article doesn’t specify. details? sights/barrel nut/grips? is EVERYTHING printed? if so, it looks quite a bit more attractive than the piece in the linked article, and super kudos to them for it.

  • David

    I got to shoot the original 1911 built by Solid Concepts. I shot several including the 2500th shot. Shot and functioned very well. They tested in to 5000 rounds and retired it. The entire gun was 3d printed, barrel and all. Took lots of hand work to smooth out and finish the parts though. I have some original parts printed by them as souvenirs.

    I wrote an article on it for Guns and Ammo which is being published this month, although I don’t yet know the title.

  • gggplaya

    I’m assuming this is SLS(selective laser sintering)

    • Giolli Joker

      Almost… DMLS: Direct Metal Laser Sintering
      Basically SLS but designed for metals: much higher laser power, protective atmosphere, etc…

  • Kovacs Jeno


  • Vhyrus

    Change the trigger and put on an ambi safety and I would be on that like a stripper during 2 for 1 lap dances.

    • mikewest007

      It’s a 1911, there are shitloads of aftermarket parts for it.

  • Don Ward

    Yeecht. Maybe the Democrats in Congress were right! Maybe I was too hasty opposing the 3-D printer gun ban…

  • Ya know, upon further inspection, I like the look of this 1911, but not more than the mil-spec or government versions. I don’t know what it is, but I just like the ‘no-frills’ aesthetic of them.

  • hami

    The boxy front and the trigger guard remind me of the Mark 23

  • Don Ward

    Also on further reflection, I’d like this pistol better if it had the word “Raisin” engraved on the side; if only to cut down on the sanctimony.

  • Jeff Smith

    What all parts are 3D printed? Is the entire thing printed or just the frame/slide?

    • Mark N.

      all of it, finished by hand.

  • Taylor TX

    Too bad there isnt a nice detail shot of the lettering on the grip, you got me all excited and then no more pictures! I just assume that its a big detail theyre proud of.

    • 191145

      Yah, I thought the same thing. He could have at least told every one what it said !

      • Taylor TX

        “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”

        The WHOLE thing 🙂 Quite often, imho, it is reduced to the first line.

        • Lets drop the politics

          • Paul Epstein

            Will all due respect, he’s answering another poster’s question as to the text of part of a relevant document, referenced in the article.

          • Dan

            You know things are messed up when people consider the Declaration of Independence “political” then please lets drop the suppressor procurement from the D.O.D. let’s not talk about Gun companies transfering to other states, please don’t bring up 3D guns because I heard politicians talk about them. Absolutely no mention of anything military related because we know politics played a role in its creation.

            I am more than ok with not discussing political agendas, or the like but please don’t refer to the Declaration of Independence as political.

          • Dan

            And cue the internet professor who quotes the dictionary definition of politics to show me I’m wrong.

          • Rusty Shackleford

            You beat me to it, Dan. Thank you!

          • Taylor TX

            Man, I really enjoy that y’all use Disqus so I know when I get a specific response and also in a timely manner. I also enjoy the no politics policy of TFB because it helps us focus on how much we enjoy the mechanical and sheer shooting side of firearms. I posted this in a purely historical mindset as certain text was referenced but not included, regardless of personal politics because I enjoy your site and happily take my comments of a political nature to another very popular site regarding firearms, which readers may or may not be familiar with, but which I wouldnt share out of respect and the sheer fact I enjoy the nature of most all posts, specifically mechanical things like headspacing a Ma-Deuce.

          • Michigunder

            Give me a break Phil, what a pathetic attempt at “moderating”. I like really enjoy this blog and this is the first time I’ve been compelled to post on here. If you’re going to start referring to the Declaration of Independence as a political statement then I’m going to consider this a blog that supports censorship and is no better than the totalitarian collectivists who think the Constitution is nothing more than a piece of paper And you will no longer have my readership. Remove your asinine comment.

          • Rusty Shackleford

            I second that. @Phil, is that why a pic of the script wasn’t included? Pathetic!

          • Zachary marrs

            You gotta be fcking kidding me

          • Beaumont

            While I generally appreciate TFBs no-politics stand, I must say this: if you think the Constitution is political, you have a real problem.

          • Mark N.

            Not the Constitution, the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence is on the gun. And the Declaration of Independence is most assuredly “political.”

          • maodeedee

            A firearm in the hands of private citizens is about as political as it gets.

          • Cymond

            Seriously Phil? Seriously?

            The article references a historic document engraved on the grip. One commenter mentions that it would have been nice to see the engraving. A second to commenter wishes he could at least know what it says. The first commenter provides the text of the engraving, which happens to be a political declaration from a few hundred years ago.

            THIS is what brings out a moderator?
            How about some official TFB posts:


            Corrupton & black-ops hijinks at the Pentagon? Gun violence (in a major metropolis with some of the most draconian gun laws in the nation) so extreme that it compares to a war zone?
            Those articles are nothing but politics. The firearms involved in those situations are mere footnotes to the larger political problems, yet those are fine while a document from 238 years ago is too political?

            All the other examples I found, like the HK import/export issues, the Sig Sauer raid, the Ares Armor shenanigans … At least they examine the legal details of those situations, devoid of politics. However, those articles I linked lack any details beyond the politics.

          • Santa Claws

            Our declaration of independence is NOT your politics…. Its what keeps your silly website online and money sliding into your pocket.

            Guess who’s ads just got blocked… (if you want to hurt a site, don’t let it load ads… no ads no revenue)

          • Phillip Cooper

            Blocking their ads is a VERY good idea. I love firefox, and am now blocking TFB ads as well…

          • Danmaku

            Good idea, just blocked ads.

          • El Duderino

            Lay off, man! Are you embarrassed he included the information the article should have included from the start?

            Where on the grip is it? Does anyone know if any pictures exist?

          • Cymond

            I think the engraving is on the front strap of the grip. It’s blurry, but try to zoom in on this:×495.jpg

          • Phillip Cooper

            If the politics are a problem, why were they mentioned in the article in the first place?

          • MattInTheCouv

            seriously? are you saying that quoting the declaration of independence (in context, as an actual answer to an actual question regarding an actual firearm) is political and/or not permitted here at the TFB? just answer in the affirmataive, and i’m sure there are tons of TFB readers that would be happy to never visit this site again. myself happily included.

          • Danmaku

            What a load of bull. Considering TFB’s articles, pretty hypocritical. More like no politics unless we say it, and no one can contribute to the discussion.

          • 4Bill_O_Rights

            If the 2nd Amendment were engraved in the grip, would that be political?

    • yallann

      Maybe it’s referring to ‘cold reason’ or ‘the hand of reason’.

      • “Maybe it’s referring to ‘cold reason’ or ‘the hand of reason’.”

        No, it’s a reference to Neal Stephenson’s “Snow Crash”, or less directly, Louis XIV.

        Fisheye: “I’m sure they’ll listen to Reason.”

        A man-portable rail gun in Snow Crash was named “Reason” and had “Ultima ratio regum” inscribed on it. Louis XIV had the same thing inscribed on his cannon, “Last argument of kings,” short for the still older quote that force is “the last argument of Kings and Common Men,” or the ultimate resort. I might have to get one of his firearms just for the inscription and the literary reference reference.

        • yallann

          Very cool, but it’s a bit of stretch reference wise.

          • Mojrim ibn Harb

            Nonsense. References should require reading.

          • Yallan

            Woops apparently it is a modern classic and sci-fi to boot.

          • Mojrim ibn Harb

            Ooohhh yeah!

        • Phillip Cooper

          Thanks for reminding me of this… I’m going to have to get the book and re-read it on my kindle… or maybe in Audible… 🙂

          • “…or maybe in Audible… :)”

            I found listening to the Audible version a lot of fun. It brought a different tone and rhythm to the work than reading it.

  • Chatterbot

    Nice… but I got really excited, thinking it was a “Snowcrash” reference.

  • Secundius

    What was the Powered Metal used in the construction and how difficult is it to get…

  • Too bad they ruined it with a grip safety. Come at me, 1911istas! 😉

    • Lind Blythe

      The safety is in your mind…

      • Beaumont

        Yes, but you are assuming that he has a mind.

    • El Duderino

      Now THAT’S a political statement 😉

  • Joe Smith

    Gross. This just screams full length arm sleeve tattoos and hoop plugs in his ears.

    • Chase Buchanan

      What’s the problem with those? :-/

      • Joshua Madoc

        The same problem Australians seem to have with those moped scooters… for some reason.

    • Phillip Cooper

      Being a bit judgemental, aren’t you?

  • 1leggeddog

    10mm is best mm.

  • Benedict Tan

    “There’s a lot of scary guys around here. They’re watching me.”
    “It’s okay, I’m sure they’ll listen to Reason.”

    The only thing missing is “Ultima Ratio Regum” printed on the barrel 😉

    • Prax

      We’ll have to wait on 3d printed minigun duels a while yet I’m afraid.

  • Gidge

    I’m glad they’re starting to push the boundaries. Those slide lightening cuts may be a little ambitious for a 10mm but you don’t know how these things will hold up until you run a few thousand rounds through them.

    Next I’d like to see them start playing with bull barrels and one piece barrels with large integrated compensators

  • 08/15

    what would j. m. browning say about this?

    • alex

      i’m pretty sure he’d say something along the line of “holy shit, these “three-dee printer” things are amazing!”

  • Anakritis

    There is ZERO possibility that this gun is entirely 3D printed. A few parts internally sure, but there is no printer in the world today that can print that type of machined tolerances or finishes, much less the ground finishes on the reciever, slide and trigger.

    • Prax

      Finishes are exactly that. Post processing. There was clearly fitting done after the initial fabrication, this is true of virtually any gun you care to name. I see nothing in these photos that couldn’t have been made with DMLS.

    • Phillip Cooper

      Article clearly mentions there was hand finishing involved.. think it even said “extensive hand finishing”…

  • Lind Blythe

    Because when life gives you burglars, make burglar-Aid.

  • Joshua Madoc

    As long as it works (note: doesn’t explode on my hands), it’s fine in my books. In fact, it kinda reminds me of the GunCon 45.

    Ah, nostalgia.

  • n.sappa

    You can see the text engraved on the front strap of the grip. I can’t make it out though.

  • Jamie Clemons

    It don’t look half bad. How much?

  • Airrider

    My eyes were deceiving me, the thumbnail made me think it was rocking a giant compensator…

  • Kenneth Allen Donaldson

    My initial impression of the design was not so much, but it’s getting better. I don’t like the TG or arched MSH, but that’s just me. I would put a T ahead of REASON.

  • maodeedee

    I hate to go negative but it’s not just ugly, it’s Butt-ugly. The 1911 that JM Browning designed was a work of fine art, of design perfection with form perfectly following function. Why anyone would “jazz it up” to this degree with a layer of superfluous gingerbread is extremely disturbing to my aesthetic sensibilities as a firearms aficionado.

  • carlb

    neat looking good name,would be nice to have..