Bullet Bottle Opener

About: I am a Marine Engineer in the RNZN (41 years done in various navies) and am looking forward to retirement!!! so I can do more messing about with tools

Continuing on my theme of "ibles" made from bullets/ordanance here is a simple bottle opener made from a 50cal (1/2 inch bullet casing)

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Step 1: Get a Bullet Casing

Beg, steal, borrow whatever, fairly easy for me as I am in the military and make lots of "gizzits" for people when I am on deployment (check out my shot glass holder later when I post it, and bullet jewelry)

Step 2: Cut a Wedge Out of the Bullet

I cut this out with a hacksaw and then cleaned it up with a small file, go about halfway across the casing as shown.

BTW if you want to get a good shine on brass use Brasso (or other metal polish) on cardboard, the slightly abrasive texture of the cardboard give a really deep shine in seconds, this one is a bit tarnished from being used in the pool!

Step 3: Errrr Thats It!!

Easy Peasy Lemonn Squeezy!!

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    Here if you can buy it, you can have it, with appropriate licence. Empty casings are no issue. Firearms themselves you get a police licence ( proof of no criminal record and I think you have to promise not to shoot anyone!! and have a secure gun cabinet) A friend of mine has dozens of firearms incl 50cals AK's M16s and a tank!


    Funny thing, I just learned yesterday that owning an empty casing is illegal in both Massachusetts and Washington D.C. if you do not have a firearms license. I wonder to what extent you have to modify it, in order for it not to be considered a casing any longer. At some point its just a piece of brass.

    3 replies

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Is it for any kind of casing? I'm from Europe and it's only illegal if the calibre is strictly for the use of armed forces. That said, I doubt you can own a .50 cal in for personal use in the EU.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    It is for any kind of casing, even .22 caliber. However here, with a license it is perfectly legal to own a .50 cal and the ammo to go with it. Getting the license is an endeavor all of its own.