Cartridge Case Rings

Making a ring from a cartridge case can be done, but it may require an arduous session of imagination and machining ability.

by Norman E. Johnson

My son brought to my attention a picture of a rather crude ring made from a cartridge case, presumably with minimal tools by someone in the military. By the looks of it, a good deal of creative imagination was involved with obvious constraints in the process. My son and I have created many things together, but he didn’t ask me if I could make such a ring as he showed me. It obviously didn’t look that easy, particularly made with crude tools.

As a short time passed, I couldn’t help but wonder just how involved such a task would be. It nagged me enough to make a few sketches and have a closer look at a few cartridge cases and the necessary tools in getting the job under way.

Getting Started

In the grand scheme of it all, things appeared somewhat less involved. Two laterally opposing strips of linear case side wall are shaped as …

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