Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Beer Guy

Shotguns are incredibly versatile firearms, excellent for hunting, self-defense, planting seeds and reducing the number of unwed mothers. We can now add opening a beer to that list. Or not. Yeah, let’s go with not. Putting your hand anywhere near the end of a shotgun as bits of lead exit the barrel at 1100 to 1200 feet per second may not be the stupidest thing you can do, but it’s close. Damn close. Close enough to make Elvis’ infamous ballistic reaction to Robert Goulet’s TV performance seem sensible. And earn our unidentified suds quaffer IGOTD hardware. Let’s hope he doesn’t drink to that. [h/t Tyler Kee]


  1. avatar Sixpack70 says:

    I wonder how small slivers of glass feel when you try to pass them? Actually, I don’t want to know.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      That’s when he gets to find out how manly it is to wear a maxi pad.

    2. avatar Excedrine says:

      Well, having passed a couple kidney stones in the past, I have a pretty good idea. Not something you would wish on your worst enemy. Seriously.

      1. avatar Rich Grise says:

        Uh, swallowed glass and kidney stones don’t come out through the same “exit,” so to speak. I wouldn’t sweat the shards of glass, if you eat right and have lots of fiber in your diet. I once saw a guy eat a light bulb. =:-O

        1. avatar lolinski says:

          You could say he was a bright individual, the light bulb eating guy.

  2. avatar jwm says:

    Well, that was just stupid. Shotgun looked nice tho.

  3. avatar John Boch says:

    Better to be thought of as an idiot than to post a video to LiveLeak to remove all doubt.

  4. avatar Vhyrus says:

    Its all fun and games until someone loses 3 distal phalanges.

    1. avatar KingSarc48265 says:

      And then it becomes hilarious!

  5. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    “Stupid is, as stupid does”

  6. avatar Taylor Tx says:

    Im probably way too young for the elvis ref, and had to look it up ha. I dont understand how this guy thinks he cleanly opened the bottle, slivers of glass are no fun.

  7. avatar Swarf says:

    “And I drink Hal——oh god—-dsbur—–ohfu*kohchristohlordoursaviour–_ggggghhhh–whoartinheavenhallowedbemyrectaltissue–beer with a shotgun!– pleaseletmepassthisglassandsurvive!

  8. …someone’s been watching that episode of The Simpsons again.

  9. avatar BTinAfghan says:

    Do you really think this was the first time Einstein tried this. I bet he had tried it at least once before. Also bet his friends encouraged him when he first uttered the famous word of stupidity “hay watch this”.

  10. avatar lolinski says:

    I liked the opening-beer-bottle-with-Mosin trick better. How stupid do you have to be to shoot something that close to your hand?

    What happened to bottleopeners?

  11. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    Ya’ cain’t fix stoopid, but ya’ can shoot it.

    1. avatar Marcus Aurelius says:

      You CAN fix stupid, then it can’t reproduce.

  12. avatar John in Ohio says:

    It’s just someone getting in part of the recommended daily allowance of vitamins A, T, F, & E. 😀

  13. avatar Ralph says:

    This takes “hold my beer, I’m gonna try something” to a whole new level.

    1. avatar Thomas Pain says:

      i’m gonna try this. right after i get done patching my porch roof. (Biden’s advice)

  14. avatar jsallison says:

    Hey, hold my beer and watch this! No? Okay, guess if’n ya want it done right ya gotta do it yerself.

  15. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    I s’pose if he left the bottom inch or so undrunk, he might be O.K; glass is heavier than beer, after all.

    However, effervescence might well float some smaller bits into the upper portion of the brew.

    Y’know, this just ain’t someone with whom I’ve any desire to party. None whatsoever. No siree.

    ‘Course, after passing that glass he’ll no longer be a perfect a$$hole…

    1. avatar Marcus Aurelius says:

      Lol. He’s not a complete asshole, parts of him are still missing.

  16. avatar Anonymous says:

    That was fairly dangerous. I wouldn’t try it. However, I found it extremely humorous and very ballsy. I like this man. I think he is an idiot. But I like him.

    1. avatar John in Ohio says:

      My thoughts mirror your own.

    2. avatar Accur81 says:

      Same here. That’s was about 90% stupid and 10% badass.

      1. avatar Michael C says:

        More like ∞% stupid and 25% badass.

  17. avatar Marcus says:

    That’s not how you shotgun a beer.
    I got nuthin.

    1. avatar Dave the dude says:

      +1 My vote for best snarky comment.

    2. avatar Karlan -- ATX says:


  18. avatar John A. Smith says:

    He’s not shooting it off.

    He put the edge of the cap against the end of the magazine and is pulling against it. The stock is against his leg/hip, the bounce from his leg/hip after recoil moves the shotgun forward and pops the cap off.

    1. avatar Dave the dude says:

      That doesn’t make him any less stoopider.

    2. avatar Jeremy S says:

      Nah, I think he set the rim of the cap right in the crook between the magazine and the barrel. That would be the “safest” place, since you could set the bottle right there and push on it and it’s not going to move. I think the blast itself did blow the cap off. The question is did it do it cleanly and blow the cap off without hurting the glass at all? Only one way for us to be sure! …let us know how it goes, okay?…

      1. avatar jwm says:

        Guys, that’s an over/under shotgun. There is no magazine. Just 2 barrels.

        1. avatar Jeremy S says:

          Oh, LOL. Right. Well then substitute “magazine” in my post for “lower barrel” 😉

          This only means that I can try it at home! Somehow I’ve ended up without a magazine-fed shotty at the moment. Just an O/U 12 gauge and a bolt action 12 gauge.

          Now off to search for a beer bottle breacher choke. Someone’s gotta make one.

  19. avatar LeadParticulates says:

    How nice of that guy to introduce me directly into his digestive system. I will leech out into his nervous system and slowly kill him. Just like my brother paint chips did to his brain during childhood.

    1. avatar Guy Tiered says:

      Lead is the only metal loaded into shotgun ammo these days?

      1. avatar LeadParticulates says:

        Fine lead dust is still discharged from even coated ammunition because of the primers and often the seat of the bullet not being coated. Unless you shoot indoors, don’t clean your firearms with a cleaner which keeps the residue moist during removal, handle spent cases without washing your hands, or fire a lot of ammunition with the wind blowing on you, it usually isn’t a problem. Remember that leaded gasoline was used for years outdoors and took long term exposure to create health problems in adults. So as long as you are responsible, or at an indoor range with, it’s not a major issue with shooting.

        Only fully coated bullets or lead free bullets, both with heavy metal free primers, will have discharge gasses which aren’t toxic. Problem is they cost more since almost every metal is more expensive than lead and the non-toxic primers have a shorter viable shelf life of about 25 years before oxidization renders them semi-inert.

        Firing on a target at close range, like a beer bottle, is going to deposit residue all over the target. Which if unsafely handled, or in this idiotic case ingested, can be harmful to your health.

    2. avatar Accur81 says:

      Could be steel shot or bismuth. Those are really the only responsible loads for blowing off the top of a beer. YMMV.

    3. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      My wife just finished telling me about a patient (in his 70’s) who has lead poisoning from working with car batteries as a teen.
      Horrible condition.
      Note to self, only operate the lead pot in the driveway, in a good breeze.

      1. avatar lolinski says:

        Or get a respirator (fancy word for gasmask) with the appropriate filter.

        1. avatar William Burke says:

          Chelation therapy can help with the lead toxicity, but probably not the damage that has already been done. But he will continue on his downward arc if he doesn’t get the treatment.

          Which is to say, he will worsen and die if he doesn’t take action to remove the lead from his system.

    4. avatar BTinAfghan says:

      but the lead paint chips tasted far better then… well today you can’t really find good paint chips.


    5. avatar Rich Grise says:

      Lead metal just passes through like glass shards, mostly harmlessly. It’s the soluble chlorides and stuff that are dangerous, according to the wisdom of government-financed researchers.

  20. avatar Avid Reader says:

    Guess he didn’t have a saber handy.

  21. avatar William Burke says:

    It appears to me that no part of his right hand is in front of the muzzle, so that’s not a huge deal, IMO. But the problem of glass in my beer is something quite different.

    However, I seriously doubt if he drank any of that beer, beyond that first (and last) sip. It’s not smart, I agree, but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of danger involved in what he did.

    But I wouldn’t try it.

    1. avatar Jeremy S says:

      “It appears to me that no part of his right hand is in front of the muzzle…

      Yeah, dude, that’s ‘cuz his right hand is the one on the trigger haha 😉 ehhh whatever. God saw fit to give him a spare hand just in case. Probably for things like this.

      1. avatar William Burke says:

        Yikes! Good catch. I think.

  22. avatar mountocean says:

    Meh, his hand wasn’t any closer to the muzzle than when I shoot half of my handguns and it should be pretty easy to tell if the glass is broken.

  23. avatar C says:

    In his defense, all of his digits were behind the business end.

    Also, Germans.

  24. avatar William Burke says:

    Fired Taos state trooper: I didn’t know there were kids in the car:

    He’s lying or has Alzheimer’s. He TUSSLED with the oldest son.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Fired Taos state trooper: “I was just trying to open a beer.”

    2. avatar Rich Grise says:

      There were kids in the car. It was reported here, but I’m not going to plow through the archives to last October.

      Staff, how about an archive index? Just a page with one-line links by title or so, maybe a blurb?

  25. avatar Semper Why says:

    Am I really the first one to mention that alcohol and firearms don’t mix?

    I mean, stupid human tricks aside… you’re setting a bad example. This is not part of my gun culture.

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      Drinkin’ a beer and plinking dead soldiers: it’s as American as Mom and apple pie.

  26. avatar benny says:

    Of all the times for an embedded video to NOT work…

  27. avatar Brian P says:

    He is an idiot

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      Watch the video again. He didn’t shoot the cap off. He had removed the cap previously, and put it back on, loosely. He used the barrel to knock it off, then fired when his left hand was way clear.

      It may be inane, but it’s not stupid.

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