How To: Make a Killer Bottle Opener from a .50 Caliber Bullet

Make a Killer Bottle Opener from a .50 Caliber Bullet

In this article, I'll show you how you can make your very own bullet/shell bottle opener. All you need is a .50 caliber deactivated round and some workshop tools!

How to Make a Killer Bottle Opener from a .50 Caliber Bullet

Step 1 Materials and Tools

  • .50 caliber bullet/shell (look online, or you can get one here)
  • Hacksaw (a saw intended to cut metal; can be purchased at most hardware stores)
  • Benchtop vice
  • Black Sharpie or similar marker
  • Some sandpaper
  • Metal file

Step 2 The Procedure 

1.  First, take your bullet shell and draw the outline of the cut, like so: 

How to Make a Killer Bottle Opener from a .50 Caliber Bullet

2.  Secure the bullet in your vice and cut along the mark slanted from the back of the casing towards the copper slug on top.

3.  Now, cut the second slit slanted slightly towards the casing's end, until you reach the end of your last cut, freeing the piece of metal, and creating a hole.

4.  This is the hardest part. Lay the file inside the hole so that it sits just inside the left side of the hole (if you're facing the bullet with the end at your right). File down that portion until you create a large lip. This lip is what grabs the bottle lid and yanks it off.

How to Make a Killer Bottle Opener from a .50 Caliber Bullet

The notch:

How to Make a Killer Bottle Opener from a .50 Caliber Bullet

5. Finally, sand off the rough edges with the sandpaper and give the bullet a polish.

How to Make a Killer Bottle Opener from a .50 Caliber Bullet

Enjoy impressing your friends :) 

Warnings

  • DO NOT attempt this with a live bullet! Ensure the bullet has been disarmed before sawing into it. No powder should be inside the casing and the primer should be spent.
  • Hacksaws and files can be dangerous! Be careful.
  • I am not responsible for any damage or harm you cause.
Photos by Vat19, Cool Material, LikeCool

5 Comments

Too bad all I have are live rounds.

Same here- I love to collect WW2 items. I will have to get an empty round just for this!

As cool as this is, the only person I can think of who would have a .50 caliber bullet lying around, but not a bottle opener is Dean Winchester. And he's a fictional character.

I had 3 lying around. Where'd Sammie get off to?

It is called a "Cartridge" or "Cartridge Case" not a "Bullet Shell" or a "Bullet"
The Bullet is just the jacketed lead projectile that is fired from the case (that pointy object in the photos).

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