.50 Cal Bullet Bottle Openers: Military-Grade Hardware

Are you looking for a personalized bullet bottle opener for a wedding, birthday, graduation, promotion, or retirement? These .50 Cal Bottle Openers from Bullets2Bandages are perfect for those occasions and more.

Classic Brass Custom Bottle Openers

Custom Bullet Bottle Opener

Matte Black Custom Bottle Openers

Custom .50 Caliber Bottle Opener

"Silver Bullet" Custom Bottle Openers

.50 Caliber Bottle Opener with Custom Engraving

Classic Brass Custom Bottle Openers
w/ Personalized Gift Boxes

Matte Black Custom Bottle Openers
w/ Personalized Gift Boxes

"Silver Bullet" Custom Bottle Openers
w/ Personalized Gift Boxes

7.62mm Keychain Bottle Opener

7.62mm Bottle Opener Keychain

These unique bottle openers are 100% made and sourced in America from once-fired brass casings and demilitarized projectiles — and we're a veteran-owned company. All our products are eligible for FREE shipping in the USA and are available with custom engraving and several options for gift boxes.

Did you want until the last minute to place your order? We've still got you covered. At checkout you can select rush order processing to have your order shipped within 1 business day, and we offer shipping options as fast as UPS Next Day Air shipping. That means if you order before noon Central Time you could receive your order by the following day.

We've got options starting as low as $19.99 for our brass bottle openers all the way up to $40+ each for our top of the line "Silver Bullet" Bottle Openers with customized gift boxes. Regardless of your preferences and price range, we've got something that will work for you.

Military Bullet Bottle Openers

In addition to the personalized bottle openers above which are perfect for groomsmen, birthdays, graduations, Christmas, or other holidays, we also offer officially licensed .50 Caliber Bottle Openers for the US Marine Corps, the US Army, the US Navy, and the US Air Force.

Click any of the images below to browse through all of our product offerings for each branch of service and institution, all of which can be personalized with names, ranks, dates of service, or any other details.

Looking for wholesale pricing for an upcoming Mess Night or Birthday Ball? Call us at 512.852.8208 for a bulk pricing quote. 

How We Turn .50 Caliber Rounds Into Bottle Openers

The first thing most people ask us when they see a .50 caliber bullet bottle opener is “How can I get one?”

The second thing they ask is “How do you make them?”

We spend enough time answering the question of how we make our bullet bottle openers. So we figured we might as well take a minute to answer the question here. 

So if you’re curious, read on for a brief overview of how we transform large-caliber ammunition into our unique and popular upcycled bottle openers.

Step 1: The .50 Caliber Brass

We use 100% made in America .50 caliber military grade brass casings that have been collected from military ranges across the country. 

If you’ve spent any time in the military or law enforcement, then you’ve experienced the joy of post-range police call.

All that brass that you picked up goes to base DRMO or the equivalent. Those entities inventory the brass then put it up for sale via Government Liquidation auctions.

If you've ever bid on an eBay auction, you'd understand the Government Liquidation auction process.

We’re able to view what lots of brass in what calibers in which locations are available for auctions ending on a given day. Then we submit our bids against other buyers. ​

Most buyers are (like us) looking to make products, while others melt the casings into scrap metal.

The upside is that buying in large quantities gets us pretty good unit prices on the casings.

The downside? We generally have to buy several tons of brass at a time.

Then we have to arrange for a freight service to pick them up from a distant military base and ship them to our shop. 

.50 Caliber Brass Casings

This is a 55 gallon barrel that’s now nearly empty. But at any given time we have 8-10 full ones in our shop. 

We sort through those barrels to select shells that are in the best condition for our bottle openers — generally ones that aren’t too discolored or dented.

The most important detail to confirm is that the casings have dented primers from firing.

It's usually a bad idea to saw into a casing that has a live primer or propellant. And occasionally those will slip through the cracks.

Step 2: Cutting the notch

Using a precise CNC machine, our metalworking shop cuts a V-shaped notch near the bottom of the shell. This process leaves a prominent lip to grab and pull the cap from the bottle.

There’s usually some debris and metal shards hanging around after the cut but we'll take care of that later.

Matte Black .50 caliber bullet bottle opener taking the cap off a bottle.

Step 3: Reloading the M33 projectile into the casing

Once we cut the casings, we resize their necks and top them off with M33 ball projectiles. We usually source the bullets from companies who pull them from expired ammunition.

Our crimping die seats the bullet securely into place, just as it would if we were reloading live ammunition.

Step 4: The Finish

Brass is generally pretty dirty when we get it from the military. So our bottle openers require 2-4 hours in large vibratory tumblers to get them shiny.

We leave some of our .50 cal bottle openers in their original polished brass state.

With others, we have them powder-coated in a variety of colors and glossy and matte finishes.

We also offer a nickel-plated version of our bottle openers which appears as a brilliant silver color.

For the final finishing step, we use a 30W Fibermark laser to etch into our brass and and nickel-plated openers.

On the powder-coated openers, our 60W CO2 laser burns through the finish to show the brass underneath. 

Step 5: Customization

We have dozens of pre-engraved openers for all occasions, along with officially licensed military logos including ArmyNavyAir Force and Marine Corps.

But our most popular bottle openers are the ones you see below. We customize them for groomsmen gifts, birthdays, retirements, or graduations. 

Customizable Siver Bullet Pack

Step 6: Our Charitable Donations

At Bullets2Bandages, we’re proud to donate 15% of our annual profits to charities for veterans. Also, we donate 40% from every sale that uses licensed logos from partnerships with the Travis Manion Foundation, the MARSOC Foundation, Wounded Wear, Operation Ward 57, Connected Warrior Foundation, and the Red Circle Foundation.