Introduction: Shotgun Shell USB Stick Case

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So I broke my USB stick's case and had to think long and hard about what to re-case it in. After a search of my house, I found a couple of old shotgun shells, and this idea was born.
Help clean up your local hunting sites by collecting shotgun shells!

Step 1: Materials

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Gather materials.
You will need:
- Two 12 gauge used shotgun shells (This means already fired, empty. NEVER EVER cut into a live shell) If you're wondering where to get used shells look in shooting ranges or hunting grounds but make sure they are aware of your presence and there isnt a hunt going on. One needs to have a longer brass casing (about 25mil in length)
- One USB Flash Drive
- A knife
- A cork (not pictured as I didn't know I needed it)

Step 2: Cut

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No measuring here. Just cut the longer shell down to the brass. It has to be at least 25mil long otherwise it won't fit.

Step 3: Clear It Out

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Clear out the case down to the white plastic at the bottom. You cannot fully remove this because it is attached to the head by the primer. I just left it in.

Step 4: Cut Again

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This part will be the case for your drive so make sure to measure it. Take the drive out of its case and place it inside the shell. All USB devises have indents marking in how deep they fit into the port, so only up to them will need to be showing out of the top. Mark around this line on the outside and cut.
Always remember you can cut more off but not put more back on, so cut it a bit too long first.

To test if it's the right length, temporary attach the drive into the case (I used bluetack, fairly foolish and hard to clean up), and place the lid on. it should fit on snugly. Mine fitted on about 7mils.

Step 5: Cork

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I originally planned to place the drive in there in its case, as it was a snug fit. Unfortunately, but ironically for the better, I measured it on the outside and cut the case too short so it didn't fit.
Being British, I used my initiative and took inspiration from =SMART='s Champagne USB key and fungus amungus' Pink Eraser USB Flash Drive. (unfortunately I forgot to document this solution). I got a cork and cut it down so it fitted tightly into the shell with no gaps. I then marked out the flash drive on the top and used a dremmel to drill / bore a hole into the cork.(see other two instructables for details)

Step 6: Finish

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I wrapped my drive in electrical tape (for better or for worse?) and then slotted it in the hole. You can use the slithers of cork from the previous step to wedge it in. Clean up your edges and you're done. Have fun with your new case.


ascott15 (author)2011-11-24

you can remove casing and the plastic bit all in one go by heating up the brass then when it is hot it will seperate from the plastic easily sometimes leaves a little bit of the white plastic

Blue Hawaii (author)ascott152012-10-24

+1 on heating the brass base. Use pliers to grip the plastic part and hold the brass over a heat source. Use another pair of pliers to gently tug at the brass until it comes out clean.

1spartan95 (author)2009-04-10

make a nerd/geek bandoleer!

bendog38 (author)1spartan952011-05-24

I would absolutely LOVE that!

wouternet (author)2011-02-27

i made one, it got stolen after a week......

DBLinuxLover (author)2008-10-04

Helpful thought- never bring this into school.

Wasagi (author)DBLinuxLover2009-02-22

Or to a Church, Airport or Government building for that matter..... That's be really funny to see people's reactions though...

djr6789 (author)Wasagi2009-09-09

ye and your laptop would be a shotgun convertede into one LOL

eneergcam (author)djr67892010-07-10

what about a childrens hospital?

KingNothing13 (author)2010-06-20

2 things: (1.) Great instructable! The pic of mine should be attached. (I know its not so great. My thumb drive was small and my shotgun shell was different.) (2.) My dad says (I know, not a great way to start an arguement) that if you wrap the- I guess you would call it-motherboard of the drive in tape, it gums up the parts. And trust me, that would be QUITE the hassle to clean. What I did, I split the cork in half, put the drive into the two pieces, like a sandwich. Then I wrapped the sandwich in electrical tape and shoved it down into the shell.

KingNothing13 (author)2010-06-20

do you mean the brass has to be 25 mm or the plastic?

junits15 (author)2009-10-26

to remove the primer place it over a hole in a board and hit it from the inside with a screrwdriver, it should pop right out, thay are made so thay can be replaced to ferill the shell. 

Oh and to remove the plastic heat it GENTLY over a stove on simmer and carefully wiggle it out, the push down the burrs of brass on the bottom instide with an upside down nail and a hammer.

It works very well.

junits15 (author)junits152009-10-26

it works very well!

Kiteman (author)2008-06-03

It's Father's Day in the UK soon - this would make a nice gift for the computer-literate duck-hunter in the family.

A good name (author)Kiteman2008-06-07



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Gjdj3 (author)Kiteman2008-06-09

Or... the duck-literate computer-hunter. You can never be too sure these days.

whitish (author)Gjdj32008-07-12

you joke now but computers are no easy pray. (haven't you ever seen Terminator?)

Derin (author)Gjdj32008-06-09


guitarman63mm (author)2009-02-22

I would have used epoxy instead of cork, would have looked smoother too! Great 'ible.

dj whatever (author)2009-02-18

you can also put some hotglue instead of the cork and it could be more stable but however great instructable. it would be an excellent gift for a hunter..... wouldn't it???

Coltergeist (author)2009-01-16

Thanks for the info about "NEVER EVER" cutting into a live shell cause I was gonna.

ProjectZro (author)2008-10-15

lol i have the same laptop (it sucks)

Solderguy (author)ProjectZro2008-11-22

My sister has the SAME EXACT laptop! Except hers works flawlessly. Maybe you looked at some sites you're not supposed to and got a virus?

ProjectZro (author)Solderguy2008-11-23

no i got the early model that is so flawed its not even funny. but i found ppl that got them about 3 months after are working perfectly. ive gone threw 4 of them (all of which broke within 5 hours of having them , hadnt even gotten on the internet yet) there are also about 1,000 other ppl who got the bad batch, i fixed the problem but the fix runs down the battery faster than it should BUT there is no other known fix so yah. my model by the way is A215-S4747

My laptop model is A205-74707. Looks the same as the one pictured above. I use it for a while and then the screen goes black, still has a back light, but the screen is black. It seems to still work, music will still play, and I can blindly click around; but I can't do anything but restart it. Any ideas? Oh, and by the way, great and unique Instructable!

ok look up my YouTube channel it's the same as my SM for this sight and look up my video fix vista black screen of death that should fix your problem.

Thanks so much for your help! I've had this problem for a long time, hopefully it will fix it. Thanks again!

teapotking (author)2008-09-13

awesome, i allways pick up shotgun shells when i'm in the woods and i was wondering what to do with them!

ubr.bzkr (author)teapotking2008-10-25

hey me too. I will have to do this.

Dr_Stupid (author)2008-09-21

Hi-Tek Redneck?

All Damsel, No Distress (author)2008-09-15

Go to gun range, and ask if they have a used shell you could just have. Clean it up real good! This way you don't blow yourself up/shoot yourself/or shot the person living next door! just a thought :)

podginater (author)2008-09-15

i like to make shooting borat styley

podginater (author)2008-09-15

yey guns

R4Man18 (author)2008-08-31

Good instructable but I suggest using one already fired, the shell with still be in good shape and after a bit of washing it wont have the smell or look of soot. Do not cut a live shell if you do now know how.

nc527 (author)2008-08-29

lol the knife u had in the pic is the same one as one i found camping last says like jaguar on it?

wertokz (author)nc5272008-08-30

Mine says Rol-Craft and I got it for £3 at a county fair. I just took it apart and broke the washers =(

compudude86 (author)2008-08-18

this goes without saying, but im thinking this flash drive is not "transit safe", dont bring it on an airplane, bus, or train, or there might be some problems. nor should you walk around the streets/campus with this either. probably doesnt look good to the police to have it in your car either ;)

JellyWoo (author)compudude862008-08-29


whitish (author)2008-07-12

Here is my crap drive: Well at least its crap compared to yours :) i just jammed mine in an old used 12 gauge and hot glued it, no fancy cork for me! But the shell is transparent so you get that cool borg glow from the on board memory stick LED. I call it the BuckDrive :P BTW Kudos :D

wertokz (author)whitish2008-08-29

I likes it. I was sort of disappointed mine didn't glow, stupid cork.

Dr. Explosion (author)whitish2008-08-21

I have never seen a transparent shotgun shell before. Where did you get it?

whitish (author)Dr. Explosion2008-08-22

found it on the floor of a shooting range. i don't actually own a shot gun.

mettaurlover (author)whitish2008-08-23

that... thing looks like it's alive and glowy...

whitish (author)mettaurlover2008-08-23

uh yeah... quite...

wertokz (author)2008-08-29

Um... what?

west49rules (author)2008-07-07

Be very Careful!!! the live nitro glisseron (Sp)can be very dangourous and can kill you or cause permadent damage

what nitroglycerin?

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