Shotgun Shots – For When Alcohol and Firearms Mix

It seems that firearms-related drinking accessories just keep popping up (and that’s just fine by me). Latest is the Shotgun Shot by Joel Ifell of Los Angeles, California. His KickStarter campaign is centered on generating funding to cover tooling, programming, and other costs to start manufacturing the Shotgun Shot en masse.

Introduction below and full details are available at the KickStarter campaign. As of today, he is only about $1,300 from fully funded.


The Story:

The story is simple. I wanted a unique shot glass that would be the envy of my friends. Something durable and with a classic look.  There’s a few people making all metal shot glasses, but prices are high and the looks were uninspired.  Time to fire up the lathe and make some myself.

The Design:

Shots,shooters,shotgunning, the drinking world is rife with references to shotguns, perhaps a shotgun shell would make the perfect shot glass. Unfortunately, searching only brings up chintzy plastic shot glasses with awful proportions and ugly logos.

Bottom Detailing

Bottom Detailing

No detail was left out.I wanted to keep to the classic look and feel of real shotgun shells. The bottom will be carefully machined to look like it has a real primer cap, and overall length matches actual shells. The diameter has been enlarged to offer a healthy 1.5 ounces. Perfect for shooters or a neat whisky.

Machining Brass

Machining Brass

I also wanted to make something that would last a lifetime and look awesome while doing it. All materials are durable food safe metals that will take a beating and occasional drop, unlike glassware. Material grades were picked to have excellent corrosion resistance and impart zero taste on your finest beverages. A Shotgun Shot will offer years of service and look perfect on display. NO GLASS! NO PLASTIC!

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Matrix3692

    37x145mmR M4 up next?

  • Anonymoose

    Can I get some in 3.5″ 10 gauge?

  • MoPhil

    Pah! An Flak 8,8 brass and nothing below it, that would do it for me. LOL

  • sianmink

    Wouldn’t metal impart a flavor shift? (unless you’re gold-lining the inside or something) This is why glass is generally considered the best way to go. Brass and Aluminum could be reactive with certain alcohols and really muck with stuff.
    Glass shot glasses can be easily made near drop-proof anyway, so I’m just not sure of his reasoning.

    • Paul White

      Wouldn’t it depend on the metal? I mean, hip flask don’t seem to do anything to the flavor. Of course it isn’t like I’m putting fancy stuff in those either. If someone has JW Blue in one….maybe it would?

      • sianmink

        I mean it might be something only Liquor snobs care about. I dunno. One bottle of top shelf vodka will last me half a year.

    • Joel Ifill

      Hey, It’s Joel Ifill, I’m the creator of shotgun shots. anodized aluminum imparts no taste, many water bottles are aluminum same with every soft drink cans. The brass is good to go as well. I’ve done extensive field testing and never had an issue.

      • sianmink

        Well that’s that, then. Just don’t go pouring bloody marys into it I guess (Why would you do that?)

  • RealitiCzech

    I’d like a few artillery casings with handles – some smaller for drinking, and some larger to work as pitchers.

  • chase

    But is the brass lead free?