Tony Faulkner posted his creation in a local firearm group on Facebook. It is an exploded representation of a bullet’s components. This one is made from a Winchester 30-06.

Hey all. I’m selling some hand made ammo displays featuring Winchester 30-06 cartridges that are expanded out to show all the different components that make up a common cartridge.

They are made from real cartridges, but the primers have been deactivated and are completely safe, so there is no way they can ignite or be reassembled. The gunpowder is real, but it is a solid wad and cannot be used.

They are perfect gifts for anyone interested in firearms, the military, or hunting. They would also make perfect teaching aids to show how ammunition works.

I originally made them for use my forensic lab and courtroom testimony, but people liked them so much I figured I would try selling them on etsy. However, I found out that its very difficult to ship gunpowder in the mail. So here I am. Any questions, requests, or anything, just send me a message.

I’m asking $35.00
And I hope it’s cool that I posted this here. Without the ability to ship these things, I’m kind of looking for other avenues to sell these cool little displays. And as a page for Firearms training I thought it was relevant to see how cartridges work.


  • Darkpr0

    The creator might have an easier time if the gunpowder was not what was used. Even if it’s made completely inert, the fact that it could have burnt at one time makes it too evil for mail. But anything else that looks like powder could be used. They used to make tiny grey plastic pellets to fill beanbags with that look just like extruded powder, could maybe do a switcheroo and this thing should be fine for mail.

  • If he subbed out the propellent for graphite powder it would be completely safe to mail.

  • Bill

    What the other guys said. Making a product that can’t be shipped seems like a flawed business plan. I’d STRONGLY suggest against dissembling a nuclear weapon and making a similar model 😉

    Maybe the shot they use in .22 shot shells could be glopped with epoxy and resemble ball powder.

    • Phil Hsueh

      Alternately, he could take the exploded powder model he already has, toss it into some silicone and pull a mold off of it and then just cast it in resin and paint it. It becomes quick and easy to reproduce and fairly cheap and, best of all, completely safe to mail.

  • Giolli Joker

    “It is an exploded representation of a bullet’s components.”
    I’d prefer:
    “It is an exploded representation of a cartridge’s components.”

    That, btw, is the proper terminology that the artist uses.

  • Todd

    It does look cool. I’d put one on my computer desk.

  • Hensley Beuron Garlington

    That’s what I call art.

  • Fred Johnson

    I like it.

  • Aurek Besh

    I would consider looking in a hobby shop for model railroad supplies to look for inert powder lookalikes. Imitation coal, gravel, or ballast is sold in bulk jars and can be found in multiple colors and textures.

  • Cymond

    The price has gone up, but he has an Etsy account. I’m guessing that a flood of traffic from TFB might have motivated him to overcome the shipping challenges.