.50 Cal Brass Chess Set

OldeWorldCC has made a one of a kind chess set using .50 caliber brass. He is asking $800 for these one off creations. He does make note that when you order one, it will be similar but not exactly like what is seen in the picture due to certain criteria such as parts availability and wood used.


Chess 1 Chess 2 Chess 3 Chess 4

Here are the details of the set:


First, note the quarter placed in the images for a size reference. The board for this set was made from jointed pieces of Red Oak.

Individual chambers were made for each .50 caliber bullet shell chess piece. Antique watch gears and hands adorn the sides of the board. Intricate wood burning details are found all over the set. Each set will have its own unique artwork. Holes were bored into the sides and gears were set inside. You can make general requests if you like, and I will do my best to integrate them into my work. While etsy only has space for 5 images, I have shown the best angles I can.

Antique typewriter parts were used for the retaining rails to hold the pieces in. ( Your set may have a different part for the retaining rails, and it may have two rails per side.) The retaining rails are hinged to allow access to pieces. A custom made pin catch/ hasp locks the rail in place. The entire set is clear coated. The board has been dark weathered to give a unique rustic appearance.


Here are the pieces.

Chess pieces 1 Chess pieces 2


All shell brass is tumble cleaned and individually inspected before use. Made from used/spent .50 caliber BMG bullet shells, the light side is wire brushed brass, and the dark side is weathered/ black painted brass. Cuts, bends and curls give each piece their proper designation. All pieces are then clear coated.

Measurements are approximate.
Board measurements: 16x16x 2 1/2 inches
Board weight: approx 17 lbs
Pieces height: The height of the pieces range from 1 3/16 to 3 7/8 inches
Pieces width: Base: approx 7/8 inch inch
Total weight: approx 18 lbs
Shipping weight: approx 23 lbs


He offers the chess pieces separately and they cost $245.


He also makes chess pieces out of .223 brass.

Chess 223

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


  • Grindstone50k

    Very steampunk-ish with the randomly glued-on gears.

    Still, I like it. Do want.

  • MRHapla

    Interesting. Thoughts on a caliber based chess set?

    • Raven

      Neat, but I’d be way too tempted to go all-out and have it end up ridiculous. I’m thinking a pair of inert 155mm shells for kings.

      • MRHapla

        Go big, or go home,,right?

  • BattleshipGrey

    The pieces are sweet, but I like the board even better, especially how the board retains the pieces when not in use. I’ve always wanted to make my own board and pieces, I’ll have to keep this design in mind.

  • Ron Fox

    This is awesome. He should be proud of what he came up with. very creative and cool.

  • Mark Hillard

    I like it. I like the steampunk theme

  • kgallerno

    If only I had some extra coin for this.

  • Mystick

    Beautiful workmanship….

  • MRHapla

    Brass for white,,,steel or polymer for black or polish/dull brass. hmmmmmmm,,,,,,,

  • MRHapla

    and use another to “cap”