Bullet Pens and Accessories, made from Real Ammunition

Rochester, New York · 27 Sales


Bullet Pens and Accessories, made from Real Ammunition

Rochester, New York 27 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   THE place for real Bullet Pens made from actual Cartridges, NOT brass replicas.

#### An Interesting Selection ! ###


THE place for real Bullet Pens made from actual Cartridges, NOT brass replicas.

#### An Interesting Selection ! ###


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Redsquirrel666 on Jul 20, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Gunny is wonderful to work with and the quality of his work is amazing. The pen is beautifully made and the recipient loved it! Thank you!


MeganKathleen on May 21, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Well made, solid writing instrument. Recipient will love it. Terrific transaction, Gunny is communicative and helpful.

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"Swords into Ploughshares"

I am a Penmaker with over 45 years of woodworking experience who also happens to be a former Marine.

Knowing that I have made Pens out of some of the most unlikely materials, an old Marine buddy asked me if I could make a Pen out of a .50 caliber Machine Gun Bullet. !

( it so happened that my son, serving in Iraq at the time, had sent me some .50 caliber cartridges he had fired as a souvenir.)

So, I looked upon this project as my version of turning "Swords into Ploughshares".

When this Pen turned out to be a success, word spread quickly amongst friends and acquaintances who asked me to make pens out of all kinds of cartridges, both Military and Hunting types.

Eventually I decided to open my small shop on etsy and offer these Pens for sale.

The Main Difference between my Bullet Pens and many others, is that I use only real, once fired Cartridges for my Pens.

No brass replicas are used.

Depending on the availability of used casings, I can make a Pen out of just about any cartridge.
If you don't see what you are looking for, please let me know and I'll be glad to make a pen out of your favourite caliber.




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  • Adolph Kurth


    A former Marine Penmaker who made one Bullet pen for a friend. They became so popular that the rest is history. I make pens out of REAL Military and Hunting Cartridges. My way of turning "Swords into Ploughshares"

Shop policies

Last updated on March 3, 2012
Welcome to the "Gunny's" Bullet Pen Shop.!!

As a former Marine and Penmaker for over 40+ years, I decided to combine the two and make handcrafted bullet Pens in my shop here in Upstate New York.

( Prior to venturing into etsy, the vast majority of my sales were made by Private "In-Home" appointments)

Think of it as my idea of turning "Swords into Ploughshares"

What makes my bullet pens unique, is the fact that I only use REAL Military and Hunting Cartridges in making my pens.


Most of the time, the markings from the rifle can be easily seen.

Whenever possible I also use the original bullets which are machined to fit the refill tips for the genuine appearance of the piece.
Metal jacketed bullets are used, so that no lead is exposed.

I do NOT lacquer my brass as is common with replicas. This allows the pen to acquire the real patina which brass develops over time.
( You can keep them shiny by polishing with good old brasso once a year, if you must! )

For the finishing materials I use handcast Acrylics or rare woods which are handpolished to a silky shine.

Only the best pen operating mechanisms by Cross and Parker are used to provide the top quality pens.
This ensures not only longevity, but also guarantees that refills are available at all better stationery and office supply stores.

I very much enjoy making these unique pens and hope that you will enjoy them as well.


Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Money Order
I can accept payments via Paypal, Money orders, and Certified Checks.
In the case of payment via Checks or Money orders, the order will be shipped as soon as payment is processed and cleared.
Payments by Credit card can easily be made via paypal.
Shipping within the USA is Free for any orders over $ 50.00USD
For items shipped to Canada, please add $3.00USD
Items under $ 50.00 USD will be shipped for $6.00 USD or less.
All items are shipped via US Priority Mail.


Shipments overseas will not be possible in most cases because of the materials used.
Please enquire for specific overseas destinations.
Refunds and Exchanges
All items are guaranteed against defects in materials and construction for a period of 14 days from receipt by the customer.
I stand behind my work 100% and do my utmost to make every single customer happy.

I cannot guarantee items against misuse, theft or loss.

Personalized items cannot be returned.!! ( See detailed information below.!)
Additional policies and FAQs
I very much enjoy doing custom work, so please don't hesitate to ask.!!
Most of these pens can be customized or personalized with a very wide variety of Monograms, Names, Military Rank and other inscriptions of your choosing.

I will be glad to advise on these matters, just ask!

I can also make custom display sets suitable for desk or Curio cabinets in a vast choice of materials.

I have a very detailed communication procedure in place for custom work to ensure that customization/personalization is exactly what you want.

*************Made to order work is not returnable ! ! !*****************

Please make sure that the item is exactly what you want before placing the final order.

I consider personalizing my Pens a service to my customers.!
Therefore, fees for engraving etc. are strictly limited to recovering my expenses and are consequently quite modest in cost.

Other than the above, there is never a surcharge for custom work, since all of my pens are one of a kind in any case.