Stabilize your Christmas tree the TFB way

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

    I do love Christmas time, but it seems that every year I lose some of the plugs that go on the end of the stabilizing bolts for the tree stand.  There’s a fun firearms-related solution to this problem that I came up with:  empty brass!  Slip some cases on the end of the bolts (in my case, .308 fit perfectly).  Then your Christmas tree (or Festivus pole, if you prefer), will be well-stabilized.  The base of the cartridges do not dig into the wood of the tree either.  A bonus is that the brass looks much better than the red plastic plugs! If one requires more surface contact for larger trees, larger caliber cases should stand in fine: One can fit them onto the bolts with some putty.

    Come to think of it: A bayoneted-fitted Mosin-Nagant would make a great Festivus pole, and I suppose for those of our readers that celebrate Hanukkah, maybe I should get working on a brass-case menorah made from .50 BMG and 20mm cases…

    If our readers have any other firearms-related decorations or tips, or  “grievances to air”, be sure to leave them in the comments section.

    Rusty S.

    Having always had a passion for firearms, Rusty S. has had experience in gunsmithing, firearms retail, hunting, competitive shooting, range construction, as an IDPA certified range safety officer and a certified instructor. He has received military, law enforcement, and private training in the use of firearms. Editor at