Illegal 3D Printed Guns in Europe by Popular Front (Video)

U.S.A.-( The 26-minute video is an interview by Jake Hanrahan of the Popular Front, and a demonstration of the FGC-9. The video is on the way to becoming one of his more popular productions. As of November 23, 2020, it had over 70,000 views, basically on the first day.

The video starts with commentators obsessing over “ghost guns” in the United States. This may be clever editing to keep Youtube censors off the track.  The concern over untraceable guns in the United States is ludicrous. There are hundreds of millions of untraceable guns in the United States already.

The premise of the video is an interview with JStark1809, the primary designer of the 3D printed FGC-9 semi-automatic 9mm pistol/carbine.

The interview was conducted at some point in Europe: JStark1809 agreed to an interview with Jake Hanrana of Popular Front.  From Popular Front:

Popular Front is conflict journalism done differently. We report on the parts of war big media rarely acknowledges, and talk to people they’ll never find. We don’t have corporate bugmen trying to dictate what we do either. This is all independent, funded by members through subscriptions and sponsorship. 

Popular Front is detailed, niche, and for everyone. You don’t need a PhD or an invite to a journo dinner party to be in on this. We do serious work, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We want no frills, and no elitism.

The video shows a workshop which may be in an apartment, but could be in nearly any occupied space.  Reloading equipment is shown set up on a work table. Perhaps it was set up specifically for the interview. For security purposes, that would be prudent.

Much of the interview is explaining how JStark1809 worked to create a self-sustaining, distributed network to create and distribute information on how to print and assemble practical, self-made firearms. The Internet was the primary means to gather and use the information.

Some time is spent on how difficult it would be to stop this distributed, anonymous information-sharing network.

The central point is anyone with a few hundred dollars, starting with very little skill and one and a half to two weeks of work can make the FGC-9 in a bedroom.

Hanrahan says the technology is incredibly dangerous.  The United States stands as a counter-example.

JStark1809 says he is willing to give up a little security for a lot more freedom.

JStark1809 says he stands for Freedom of Speech and the right to keep and bear arms.

The scene then moves to a place deep in a forest. A suppressed FGC-9 is fired repeatedly to show the effectiveness of the semi-auto design.

Hanrahan tries to make the point that power should not be had by the wrong people. Who decides who the wrong people are? Keeping guns away from most people, to attempt to keep them from some, has not worked.

Access to guns has not increased crime in the United States, or in Switzerland. Removing easy access to guns has not reduced murder rates in Europe, India, Brazil, or elsewhere. One of the commenters at the site states the argument succinctly. From the comments:

The argument isn’t, and has never been, about whether people should have guns or not, that pandora’s box was opened long ago. It’s about WHICH people should have guns and in that case, the only just answer is everyone.

In the United States, suppressors are tightly controlled. In much of the rest of the world, they are not. A suppressor is shown and used on the FGC-9.

Some comments about the suppressor on the FGC-9:

Asking where he got the suppressor but not where he got the gun components? Just follow the thought process to its logical conclusion.

Most suppressors are perfectly legal in Europe. You can buy them with no paperwork even in the police state called the UK.
same here in NZ, even after the new asinine gun laws. The assumption is that you already legally own the gun you’re attaching it to, so there’s no reason to restrict them.

Suppressors can be made on 3D printers. Most of the ones I have seen have been for .22 rimfire. 9mm suppressors could be 3D printed, but might require a hybrid technology similar to the FGC-9 design to last for very long.

Firearms are 500-year-old technology. People have been making their own firearms as long as firearms have existed.

The FGC-9 is an example of the futility of attempting to keep firearms away from someone who is determined to have them.

The video is worth watching to see the FGC-9 in action, and to see a European’s distrust of ordinary people having access to common firearms.

About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30-year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

Dean Weingarten

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That interviewer has been indoctrinated by a combination of public and higher education. You either embrace your rights and the consequences that may come with having them, or you don’t. There are no “buts”

Ansel Hazen

The tone of Jakes questions seemed to take a bit of an anti-gun slant when they had gone into the woods and he was questioning JStark about the consequences of his actions. Nonetheless Popular Front should be commended for publishing that piece.


All the concern over “untraceable” guns is hysterical. The number of murders with no one arrested is staggering in some high crime neighborhoods. Felon in possession of a firearm is one of the first charges to be dropped when someone is arrested for murder. Most firearms used in the commission of a crime are stolen – what difference does it make if it is “traceable?” Another common source of firearms used in crimes is straw purchases. The people making straw purchases for criminals are rarely prosecuted. It’s almost like gun laws have nothing to do with preventing crime or prosecuting… Read more »

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Ansel Hazen

JStark1809 gets it.


Just listen to the man talk about freedom and not having it because he has no power to enforce what the people want, what the people speak. What the people want is how our government works because they are supposed to be by the people and for the people. It’s obvious that we are very fortunate in America and that we have what other country’s have given up or lost and now realize that they are powerless and made a mistake or were born into their parents mistake. We must stand and fight Joe Kamaltoe, bloombutt, mom’s demand action, gabby… Read more »

Autsin Miller III

I like Jake, by and large, I think he does good work but he is definitely on the other side of the aisle when it come to guns. I contacted him over a podcast he did on Portland, the guy he interviewed put himself out as a real journalist, not even close. I agree, this is good work and I would support JStark if I knew how to do it. Don’t count on Hanrahan being unbiased on guns though, he is from England….