Zig zag revolver
|Place of origin||Japan|
|Feed system||6-round cylinder|
The Zig Zag revolver is a 3D printed .38-caliber pepperbox type revolver made public in May 2014. It was created using a $500 plastic 3D-printer, however the name of the printer was not revealed by the creator. It was created by a Japanese citizen from Kawasaki named Yoshitomo Imura He was arrested in May 2014 after he had posted a video online of himself firing a 3D printed Zig Zag revolver. It is the first known 3D printed gun design from Japan.
It holds a capacity of 6 bullets and can fire .38 caliber bullets. The grip of the weapon is based on the Mauser C96 and the fact that the weapon fires from the bottom of the barrel is based on the Mateba Autorevolver.
After Imura's arrest a gun called the Imura Revolver was designed and printed by FOSSCAD members and was named in honor of Yoshitomo Imura.
To fire, the operator loads the rounds into the barrel, and re-attaches the barrel to the rest of the weapon. Once reattached, the operator pulls back the slide where the firing pin is attached, pulls the trigger, which releases the slide into the round, firing the weapon.
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