So, a few weeks ago, I got an email from a gentleman who works for Lucky Shot. He asked me to review some products that they sell... bottle openers, pendants, and other trinkets that was comprised mostly of once-fired bullets and casings. Needless to say, my bullshit detector flipped into high gear right off the bat. However, I was intrigued enough to take a shot back to see exactly what I was dealin' with. I sent back an email with some questions, more to confirm that I wasn't dealin' with a robot or anythin' like that, and a few responses later, we were in business.
Sure enough, when I got back from the Great American Outdoor Show,
there was a box waitin' for me. I was in a rush to get to bed that
evenin', but I decided to pop the box open real quick and give
everythin' a quick once-over.
spent the next few days doin' nothin' but workin' and shovelin' snow,
so I didn't get to look any further until a few days later. I finally
got around to poppin' everyin' out of the package and checkin' it out.
I'm a sucker for magnum rounds, and it just so happened that I had a beer waitin' to be opened, so the .50 BMG bottle opener was the first to come out.. Sure enough, it cracked that beer open slick as a whistle.
I saw the same product made by a different company at Cabela's
that weekend. The Lucky Shot version was not only cheaper, but
definitely a better quality cut. It also survived Ron's annual
Winterfest party, and Lord knows we cracked open a helluva lotta beer
bottles with that thing up there. The cut got under the lids just fine,
and at 5" in length, there was plenty of leverage.
Naturally, the .50 BMG opener spoiled us for the .308 keychain opener.
The .308 has the same quality cut and finish, but with substantially
less leverage, it took a little more push to do the job. Then again,
it's purpose is completely different. It's more than sufficient for the
occasional road beer, and beats the hell outta usin' my pocketknife as a
pry bar with my index finger as a fulcrum. And, let's face it... it's a
helluva lot more aesthetically pleasin' than the chunk of plastic that
most keychain openers are made of.
The other two items sent were both paracord pendants, one in .308 with camo cord and one in .50 BMG with black cord.
Both were made with what looks like poly 550 paracord with a double slide
knot closure, which I like. Easy on, easy off, and a quick pull of the
knots will adjust it to any size you like. I'll definitely be stealin'
that closure idea for some of the stuff I make.
Since I can't wear two of 'em at the same
time, I gave the
.308 to Spanky to wear. I'm a paracord junky, but not enough so that I
can tell the "good" stuff apart from the knockoff stuff. That said, the
camo outer cord on the .308 pendant shriveled and twisted up on Spanky
almost as soon as he jumped in the hot tub up at Winterfest. It still
wears okay, but it now has a corkscrew effect to it. He had no problem
wearin' it the rest of the weekend though. My only grievance with the
.308 pendant was purely aesthetic. The thickness of the paracord overall
seemed to make the bullet seem especially small. I think the .308 would
benefit from a much thinner cord.
from a few minor issues with the paracord, the stuff that was sent to me
was of overall good quality. I was especially impressed with the quality
of the metal work. My personal favorite has to be the .50 BMG bottle
opener, which now has a place of honor on top of the beer fridge.
think Lucky Shot has a pretty good thing goin' on. Not only are they
usin' recycled materials, their products are Made in the good ol' USofA, which is a nice change of pace in our country full of outsourced
products. I think we all need to make a better effort to buy local
products, and this stuff fits the bill.
a lot more stuff that what I was sent though. If you are a redneck, gun
nut, military junky or just a 2A supporter in general, head on over to their website and check out what all they have to offer.