Defense Distributed

since Dec 2012

to develop and freely publish firearms-related design schematics that can be downloaded and reproduced by anyone


  • December 2012 raised $20,000 via crowd-funding
    – confiscated their first 3D printer
  • online open-source hardware organization
  • develop digital schematics of firearms in CAD files
    – downloaded from the Internet and used in 3D printing or CNC milling
  •  Cody Wilson founder and spokesperson
  • December 2012 DEFCAD
  • May 5, 2013, Defense Distributed made printable STL files public
    – Liberator, the world’s first completely 3D printed gun
    – the United States Department of State demanded they be removed from the Internet
  • October 2014 Ghost Gunner
    – miniature CNC mill for completing receivers for the AR-15
  • May 6, 2015, Defense Distributed, joined by the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), filed Defense Distributed v. U.S. Dept. of State in the Western District of Texas
  • July 27, 2018, Defense Distributed released ten CAD files for download at DEFCAD

Defense Distributed
2320 Donley Dr
Austin, TX 78758

(512) 584-8013

Arms Export Control Act

Arms Export Control Act of 1976

  • Title II of Pub.L. 94–329, 90 Stat. 729
  •  codified at 22 U.S.C. ch. 39
  •  H.R. 13680 legislation was passed by the 94th Congressional session
  • enacted into law by the 38th President of the United States Gerald R. Ford
  • on June 30, 1976
  • requires international governments receiving weapons from the United States to use the armaments for legitimate self-defense
  •  places certain restrictions on American arms traders and manufacturers

Bill Wilson

Nov. 4, 1953

  • 1976 started shooting IPSC
    USPSA membership number is “CL-15”
  • 1977 started Wilson’s Gun Shop building 1911s in Berryville, Arkansas
    optimized pistols with aftermarket parts from noted gunsmiths
  • 1983 he was making his own parts
  • 1996 began building complete handguns
  • 1996 co-founder of the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA)
    IDPA number is “CL-01.”
  • 2000 the company bought “Scattergun Technologies”
  • 2005 gave up formal competition
  • on Instagram (@wilsoncombat)

Wilson Combat