Pop Your Top With A .50 Cal

A couple of weeks ago I ran into a very interesting product. I’m sure it’s a tool you’ll find invaluable. What is it? It’s a .50 caliber round made into a bottle opener. Yes i’m kidding about it being invaluable but it’s sure to start some conversations. They are called “The Alpha Opener”.

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I received two of the most popular Alpha Openers. They work well and if you can’t pop the cap with one of these you need to take a few trips to the gym.The first is a .50 cal polished FMJ and the other is a .50 cal cleaned up but not polished. This version has an honest to goodness API bullet. The company also makes another opener milled from a standard AR flash suppressor. The company, Alpha Opener.com has a variety of other products including other types of openers as well as necklaces with .50 cal bullets on them and so on. Prices range from $7.00 to $35.00 depending on the product and finish.

Here’s what the company has to say about itself and how they prepare these bottle openers: Founded in 2012, in SW Missouri, The Alpha Opener aims to be the coolest opener on the market. Every single AlphaOpener is made by hand. We take actual once-fired .50 BMG Military-once fired brass and tumble, mill, size, sand, de-burr, and finally press a new bullet in it. I just ordered some 750 gr Barnes solid brass bullets to do a special run. We are proudly 100% Made in the USA by utilizing: American made brass; American made bullets; and last but not least, American labor.

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Here’s the website Alpha Opener.Com

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Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


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  • Samuel Suggs

    cute any information on the whole bending out of shape thing especiall if its a .308 winchester version cuz those are far mor convienient

    • No they are pretty tough–especially the 50 cal. I asked about a 7.62×51 and they haven’t got any in the works yet. Just from what I know about it the 7.62 should work fine without any deformity. It really doesn’t take that much pressure to pop the cap on a bottle. Size wise it would be easier for some to carry a 7.62.
      If you want a more convenient size try the AR flash suppressor that fits on a keychain.

      • Samuel Suggs

        yeah its more the shape of the opener that maters, I got this AK spork that cant open a mexican coke worth shit but its not bending no siree

        • TheAlphaOpener

          Ours wont bend or break, and opens bottle every time. Looks with a function.

    • TheAlphaOpener

      I’ve had my prototype for almost 2 years now and I doesn’t show any signs of bending anytime soon. The brass where we cut the opener is much thicker than I imagined I’ve heard stories of .308’s breaking so that’s why we stick with the .50 BMG

      • Samuel Suggs

        ok sounds good thanks for the tip

  • Anonymoose

    I remember reading about these on ThinkGeek last summer.
    http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f04d/

    • David Sharpe

      I just bought 2 from them.

      They shipped today!

  • Swisscrow

    And I believe, these guys were first with the exact same concept http://www.bullets2bandages.org/ I have the 50 cal version and its excellent quality.

    • TheAlphaOpener

      Not sure they were the forst. I hear from WWII vets at a lot of gun shows that made these types of things called trench art in the machine shops of battle ships on their off time.

  • Mekender

    The ammo ones are, I know illegal in some states, either completely or without a permit… I wonder how the Flash Hider ones would fare?

    • TheAlphaOpener

      What is illegal? There is no way possible to turn this back into a usable round. They are just bottle openers. Please share more info (no sarcasm). I know that Australia won’t allow them into their country. I’ve had 2 packages opened and Alpha Openers confiscated by Australian customs.

      • In Massachusetts, for example, any component of ammunition – intact or otherwise (certainly the bullet counts, if not the brass) – is treated just like ammunition legally. So if you don’t have a MA firearms ID at the very least, you couldn’t buy or own one.

        Yeah…I know…I need to move north one of these days.

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