3D Printed Replica Guns Seized In Australia

A 27 year old Sci-Fi fan has been making 3D printed replicas of guns. He was caught trying to sell one on social media.

Police located and seized four imitation pistols, including a 3D-manufactured small Glock, a 3D-manufactured Glock, a 3D-manufactured Sig 250, two air pistols, computer equipment, and two 3D printers

I bet he downloaded the 3D renderings online and printed them at home. I am surprised to see the level of detail on the Glock. I would be interested to see if it could take real Glock components and function. Not to shoot bullets, but to see how well it was replicated.

At what point does replica gun making become “illegal”. I doubt any of those would function. Looking at crudely made guns like the ones made by Royal Nonesuch, these look harmless.

I am not sure about the laws in Australia, but in the UK, you can get demilled guns and replica guns made of steel.

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

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  • Tassiebush

    I can’t remember what the laws on replicas are in each state but it was the fact he made the airguns that got him in trouble. They are considered firearms under the laws of all states in Australia. I think the replica which he jokingly advertised as real for sale online just brought him to police attention.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      For a country filled with things that would love to kill you the people are woefully underarmed.
      What are you supposed to do if a great white barges in your house and starts pushing you around??

      • A.WChuck

        Everything in Australia is venomous. Everything!

      • Don Ward

        You’d be… Once bitten, Twice shy!


        The band Great White has killed more humans over the past two centuries than Great White sharks. True story. https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/31/62/53/3162536e2c6c0654fbecb27ff77df420.jpg

        • Bucho4Prez

          Hot Take!

      • Tassiebush

        You’d cook up some flake

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          Medicinal purposes.

          • Tassiebush

            Hmm I wonder does flake mean the same thing where you are as it does over here?

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I assumed you were talking about meth.

            We use it for colds over here.

          • Tassiebush

            Haha well I’m sure it’d be good for that. Instead of missing out on work you turn up with more energy than anyone should have… But Nah flake is battered deep fried shark. A popular take away option. I don’t think you guys have the milkbar/wogshop take away option but it’s largely stuff done in a deep fryer wrapped in butchers paper.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            That sounds pretty good.

          • Tassiebush

            It really is! It’s only things like that that offer us solace with all the lethal wildlife. A chocolate milk and some chips, potato cakes and dim sims can take you to a happy place in this hostile world.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I will hopefully enjoy that one day.

            This evening Ill be having tacos with beans and rice at one of East Houstons finest establishments.

          • Tassiebush

            Haha to my thinking tacos are pretty damn exotic.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Well, if youre ever in my neck of the woods ill introduce you to some of Mexicos fines offerings.

          • Tassiebush

            If I’m ever there rest assured I’ll chase you up.
            That culinary experience will blow my sheltered mind and behind in close sequence!

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            If your innards can handle fried shark im sure you can take some goat, rabbit and quail.

          • Tassiebush

            But wouldn’t those meats lack all that tasty mercury?..
            Sounds nice actually.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            If it runs, flies or swims we can wrap a tortilla around it.

    • FarmerB

      Replicas are bad karma if you caught with them. There is a special license in NSW (where this guy was caught) to own them. They have the same regulations (e.g. safe keeping) as real guns. So, for a handgun replica, it would need to be in a special safe (and not a Mickey Mouse gun cabinet, but a real safe).

      Simple possession of a replica would get you a starting sentence of 10 years with possible max of 14 (it’s covered in the same offense as a real pistol). Having more than three might actually get you 20. Manufacture of a pistol could get you 20 years.

      That should give you a taste of how much sh*t this guy is in. You could get more time for owning a replica pistol than actually killing someone.

      • MarcoPolo

        I can remember when Australians used to be cool.

        • FarmerB

          Some of us still are πŸ™‚

      • Tassiebush


      • Tassiebush

        It’s pretty terrifying how easily someone could get serious time for very minor or harmless things. We finally jumped onto the stupid train last year and it’s now illegal to carry a pocket knife or leatherman without a specific reason to do so.

  • SP mclaughlin

    So many baby wallabies will be safe now with these illegal “guns” off the “streets” of Australia!

    • iksnilol

      Well, I can see why a replica gun would be illegal. I mean, in a robbery, how often is a shot fired?

      Sure, you have to be ballsy to bluff like that but there’s plenty of desperate people.

      • Porscheproletos

        You realize there is such thing as Airsoft replicas, soft air replicas as well as gas pistol replicas and so on and so on?

        • iksnilol

          Yeah… yeah, I do. My point still stands.

        • Spudmonkey

          All of which are illegal/classed as real firearms in Australia

  • USMC03Vet

    Dingo stole my replica pistol!

  • datimes

    The Australian government only seizes toy guns because they are concerned about the safety of the public. An evil-doer might poke someone in the eye with one of these dangerous objects, or it could be a tripping hazard if left on the floor at home.

    • J Garcia Sampedro

      Then, they should ban Lego. Think about the children!
      (and our feet) πŸ˜‰

  • sdf

    In vassals countries guns, even when toys, are like nukes.

    • sdf

      And i doubt that those pieces like GLOCK slide are enough pulled to function fluently .

  • MrBrassporkchop

    He was trying to sell them for like a million bucks or something crazy like that. Either he didn’t really take it seriously and didn’t really expect to sell any or he knew what he was doing was illegal. Yeah it’s a dumb law but can’t really feel bad for him depending on which it was.

  • Rick O’Shay

    If I recall correctly, children’s toy guns are still sold, but only because they’re over-the-top caricatures of real guns. But heaven forbid you whittle a block of wood into something gun shaped.

    • Mystick
    • BjΓΈrn Vermo

      I can see a reason for banning replica guns, most bandits only need something to threaten with to get their loot. There is also the infringement of Glock IP to consider.

      I have not been to Australia for ages, but remember people carrying guns openly in the outback. Made sense to me considering the local fauna. How much has this changed, and when?

      • Rick O’Shay

        I’m really not sure. I’m only basing my knowledge on ancedotes of friends who’ve lived out there. My understanding is that firearms in the more remote stretches are pretty much an open secret, but in the “fudd” vein.

        • FarmerB

          Well put Rick – open secret. The non-Fudd versions are there but well out of reach.

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        You do have a point about the intellectual property. He tried to sell an unlicensed Glock reproduction.

        • marathag

          That would be a civil case, not criminal

    • FarmerB

      Yes, there’s special clauses in the legislation to try and describe a kids toy.

    • Peter Nissen

      Yes – you can be arrested for walking down the street with a stick in the shape of a gun and be charged “With going in Public to cause Fear”! Yes! Australia is the ultimate Nanny State.

      • David Horgan

        They’ve even passed laws requiring you to wear a helmet while running on the beach………

  • MarcoPolo

    I printed out the Glock17 on Grabcad to see how accurate the model is (research for another project). It was able to fit an oem G17 barrel and could be manually cycled a couple of times before it fell apart (the rails on the lower frame failed). So it’s an excellent model, but far from being able to fire a shot, at least when printed on a home 3d printer.

  • Bruce Fleming

    Why write the article if you can’t tell us the legality of the guns in Australia?

  • Dryad

    Australian here. All replica (or toy) guns need a bright orange tip to show they arent real, apparently even painting the end of a capgun black can get you arrested. we are a nanny state

    • nadnerbus

      So, paint my AR flash hider blaze orange before I head over, got it.

      • Porscheproletos


  • WT

    In NSW Australia, A person must not possess a digital blueprint for the manufacture of a firearm on a 3D printer or on an electronic milling machine,” the new law states, with a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.

    The result of this is that this fellow will be used as a test case to ensure that the law is implemented and enforceable.
    He will probably receive a suspended sentence and a good behavior bond.
    Then the legislators will go after the real villains…..

  • guest

    Whoever votes in politicians that come up with nonsense laws and policies that lead to exactly this kind of BS deserves the consequences. Democracy in action!
    Better yet they should just rename Australia into “Safe Space Island of Snowflakes”

  • jerry young

    Replica guns seized what’s next man arrested for wearing T-shirt with picture of a gun? Australia better start standing up against their government and take back their rights or the way things seem to be going soon it will be illegal to even mention guns

  • Jones2112

    More hysteria by the anti-gun freaks…

    Me thinks that the austrailian police should be made to test the seized guns on LIVE TV and demonstrate just how dangerous they are by using live ammo, we all need a good laugh at the expense of these idiots…LOL

  • Colonel K

    Founded by “criminals”, now run by them.

  • K.J. Pierson

    Of course Australia went from being men to being afraid of their own shadows. Next up, city wide safe spaces and sanctuaries

  • Leigh Rich

    Can’t trust a former convict country with guns. I recall in the USA a kid in school ate a pop tart that formed a gun outline. He got suspended.

  • Joel Thompson

    Just to practice 3D modeling I took one of my slides apart and modeled every last detail in SolidWorks. After 3D printing it, I was able assemble all the slide components in the 3D printed part, and everything functioned (short of actually firing it). 3D printers have come a long way in a very short while.

  • Leigh Rich

    Just like the US and almost Canada…good we kicked the damn Britts out of the USA