Glassmaking Company Gifts Guns and Training to Their Employees for the Holidays

Employees posing with their firearms, image courtesy of BenShot LLC

BenShot, the Wisconsin-based company famous for making glassware embedded with real bullets, is going above and beyond this holiday season to make sure each one of its employees has both the means and requisite safety training to own a firearm.

The staff, which includes several military veterans, is obviously pro-2A. However, after co-owner Ben Wolfgram found out that a few of his employees had never owned a handgun, he decided to change that by gifting each employee a firearm of his or her choice, in addition to footing the bill for a gun safety and handling course.

“There were two motivators,” Wolfgram said. “One, we thought it would be good for everybody’s safety to have a handgun in the home, and then also, it’s kind of fun, so we have company outings planned to go to the shooting range. So, we had everyone pick out the gun that they wanted, and then we bought gift cards for everyone, and they used the gift card to purchase the gun, so that way the background check was done by the store.”

“For us, now, we have an entire armed staff,” Wolfgram added. “I think that’s pretty good.”

BenShot, LLC began as a father-and-son team working out of their garage in 2015 and has grown astronomically since then. No doubt, the company’s willingness to support and invest in its employees is a big part of it.

“We’re bringing manufacturing back to our rural community one shot glass at a time,” reads the company’s website. “Every job we create is vital. Veterans are encouraged to send their applications in to our team!”

It’s great to see a USA-based, pro-2A, family-owned business living out its values. You can check out their wares on their website as well as Amazon.


  1. avatar anonymoose says:

    They should make a Moscow Mule mug entirely out of Barnes bullets. lol

  2. avatar ROBERT Powell says:

    with any luck these will be as popular as the drinking bird,it has been around since i was a kid .75+ years..sorry safari is fighting your web site ..

    1. avatar Manse Jolly says:

      “…sorry safari is fighting your web site..”

      Whats the story?

  3. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Love it.
    Gonna order up a mug to aid in supporting them.

    1. avatar Nigel the expat says:

      Saw this article on another site yesterday.

      Went out and ordered a setup of tumblers in support.

    2. avatar Vicrattlehead says:


  4. avatar Jeremy D. says:

    Ah yes, shots of liquor and firearms. A winning combination

    1. avatar Blizzy says:

      don’t be a troll. nobody ever advocated for drinking while armed. Maybe if you’d gotten better grades in English comprehension you’d understand the message.

    2. avatar Pax says:

      People are capable of enjoying both responsibly.


  5. avatar Alex Waits says:

    I got a couple whisky glasses last year as a Christmas gift. They are pretty cool.

  6. avatar Nigel the expat says:

    That guy in the black shirt with white text to the rear on the right pick himself out something big 🙂

    1. avatar Anymouse says:

      S&W Performance Center X-frame with 7.5 barrel and comp. Either .500 or .460 Mag.

  7. avatar jwm says:

    I guess I could move to Wisconsin and come out of retirement for the right job there. Maybe shot glass tester.

  8. avatar former water walker says:

    Anyone know WHAT gun( or guns) they’re gifting their employees? Pretty cool…

    1. avatar RA-15 says:

      Gun of their choice !! I’ll drink to that 😃

    2. avatar Kapeltam says:

      Up to $500 in value.

  9. avatar Jon in CO says:

    Seems I need to move…and lie about owning handguns.

    This is such a cool story. I’m really glad that the owner is actually a human being and cares about his people.

  10. avatar RA-15 says:

    BenShot : kudos to you & your company !!

  11. avatar GMI says:

    Does the guy on the right in the green hat have his booger-hook on the bang-switch, or does he just have a really stubby left index finger?

    1. avatar Troybilt says:

      I was combing over the photo for this reason also. I would say that they are all displaying proper trigger control.

  12. avatar Just Sayin says:

    Biggest grins belong to the two guys on right hand side, row two.
    Looks like a S&W 500 and Deagle.
    I’m sure I would be grinning also…

  13. avatar Larry says:

    That Hibiki Harmony is good stuff if you can find it .

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      Got a buddy who is a pilot for a major airline.
      He regularly brings stuff back from overseas.
      Hibiki being most popular.

  14. avatar Red in CO says:

    That’s awesome! I’d never even heard of this company before either, but their products are cool as hell. I just bought one; and if I like it I’ll get a few more as Christmas gifts

  15. avatar Charles Perry says:

    Read article. Liked article. Ordered product to support a great company!

  16. avatar That Deaf SOB says:

    No rifling marks on the bullets they embed in the glasses though. That kinda ruins it for me.

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