Myanmar guerillas are turning to 3D printing firearms, particularly the FGC-9, to combat the military regime’s superior firepower, marking the first time a homemade 3D-printed weapon has been used in a large-scale conflict with implications for future warfare.
The military coup in Myanmar in February 2021 led to civil unrest and guerilla warfare. The Myanmar guerillas have been outmatched by the government’s superior firepower and have turned to 3D printing firearms, specifically a design called the FGC-9. The FGC-9 is a closed bolt, semi-automatic firearm that utilizes the 9mm round and can be produced easily with the right equipment and materials. This marks the first time a homemade 3D-printed weapon has been used in a large-scale conflict and has far-reaching implications for military forces worldwide. While the FGC-9 is a short-use weapon, it may serve as a means for guerillas to retrieve better weapons in the future.