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How to Make a Cigar Cutter by Repurposing a .45 ACP Bullet Cartridge

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Here is a way to repurpose those range cartridges that you just can't bear to leave at the gun range, after your monthly range practice!

the .45ACP (Automatic Pistol Cartridge) make a MOST EXCELLENT "Plug" style Cigar Cutter.  The size is perfect for a wide range of cigars.

There is a little trick that I use though, which greatly improves upon the original Plug style cutter.  It is very simple but I have yet to see a manufacture actually use it!

I made this at TechShop Menlo Park

Read on, if you are a cigar smoker that happens to have access to spent cartidges :-)
 
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Step 1: Find a .45 ACP cartridge (spent...), check it for roundness and condition

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The gun range is a great place to find one, if you do not own a .45; just go in and ask nicely...they reuse and/or sell the brass, due to its high cost; I imagine you can convince them to donate just ONE to your cause :-)

Find one that is nice and round; My sample is here is from a very high quality round; it is a nickel plated brass cartridge.

Step 2: Remove the Cap

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You can remove the cap (the part that the firing pin compresses, causing the power to burn...rapidly), if you would like to have a clearance hole; by pressing a pin or other suitably slim item down the pin hole, you can clean the tobacco plugs from the cutter.  

Stand off the cartridge from a hard flat surface by using a washer or machine nut which has a hole LARGER in diameter than the cap.

Find a very slim tool; a punch, a jewelers screwdriver, allen wrench, etc...  Place it down the open end of the cartridge and into the little hole in the bottom.

Now, using a small hammer (or other suitable stand-in for one) tap the punch gently...the cap should pop right out.