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Old 03-29-2010, 07:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 21 Gun Salute Pen Kit

Another member asked if I could make a bullet pen kit for him out of an old shellcase from a military funeral. He didn't know what caliber it was - but it turned out to be 7.62x51mm (a.k.a. 7.62 NATO - the military version of 308 Winchester) blank. The case had been sitting around for 40 years and had tarnished quite a bit. Here is what it looked like:

The first thing I did was remove the worst of the corrosion. I chucked up the case on my lathe and rubbed it with 0000 steel wool until it was moderately clean:

Then I trimmed it to length, expanded the case neck, drilled the case head, and sanded out the remaining tarnish and as many of the dings as I could. I used 400 grit, 600, 800, 0000 steel wool, and finished with ammonia-free brass polish. This is how it looked afterwards:

Then I seated a drilled-out bullet and soldered in a 7mm brass tube. This is the result:

Finally, I laser-marked the cartridge, polished again, and powder-coated it in gloss clear. The completed kit looks like this:

I look forward to seeing a photo of the completed pen. I hope this was interesting.

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Old 03-29-2010, 07:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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very! thanks for the step by step... It looks great!
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I made a pen out of one of those blanks too, excellent use of materials. very different! I like it.
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Wow that looks awesome! Great job!
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have to say, yours looks way better than mine! I love the attention to detail on the brass, I now polish the brass the same way you do when i make any bullet pen. for you!
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Very interesting Eric thanks for posting.
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Very nice.

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That's looking really nice.
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That is one wicked cool job you did there!!! Very nicely done.
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:48 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Looks like a great start.
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