What Can You Do With Your Once Fired Brass?

It’s a question many gun enthusiasts have asked themselves at one point or another. So, what do I do with all of these used gun casings?

Many won’t put much thought into it. They’ll simply sweep that brass into a pile at the range and leave it there. Although, there are some more creative options than the lazy route.

If you fancy yourself artistic, just take a peek at Etsy or Instagram and look up ‘brass shell art’. It’s pretty incredible what people are using their spent cartridges to create. From jewelry and cuff links to portraits (check out David Palmer’s work) and lamps – there really is life after ammunition.

This is kind of the more obvious route. Many people will just collect their brass in buckets and sell or trade it. Know a guy that likes to reload? Maybe you can trade him for some beer. Or many people just continue the ammunition cycle by selling their brass at a scrap yard for cash to buy more ammunition. Really, the choice is yours.

There are many advantages to reloading your used brass. The most impactful is the savings. As new gun owners quickly learn, shooting can be quite expensive. Reloading your own ammunition has an immediate impact on your wallet.

 Outside of cost, enthusiasts will also have the option of customizing their loads based on whether they like to shoot at targets or live game. Depending on your level of commitment, this can be a pretty attractive advantage. 

Lastly, let’s face it. Plain and simple – reloading is fun.

We may be a little biased – but we think that’s the biggest selling point.

Best of 2017 – Handguns

Asking someone what their favorite gun is can be a pretty loaded question. Yes, pun intended. But we’re going to give it our best shot. Did it again.

Here we go, in no particular order:

Smith & Wesson 9mm Shield
Lightweight at around 20 oz., the Shield is no frills and all business. This low profile makes it perfect for everyday use, self-defense and concealment as well.

The M&P Shield sports proven and reliable features, a reinforced polymer frame, scalloped slide serrations and a positive grip texture.

Kimber K6s Stainless
The K6s is a smaller revolver with a cylinder capacity of six rounds, but don’t go judging because this little monster shoots .357 magnum. So it goes without saying that this handgun is capable of doing serious damage while only sporting a 2-inch barrel length. No short jokes with this bad boy.

SIG Sauer P938
This is an excellent single action semi auto. Reliable, durable and extremely well made. For added versatility, it can also be equipped with SIGLITE. Just like the Shield, this pistol is extremely easy to conceal and carry.

Glock 19
The Glock has a legendary reputation as one of the most reliable handguns on the planet thanks in part to decades of service in the most grueling conditions. It has superb ergonomics and is extremely reliable. These reasons justify it as the primary handgun for law enforcers worldwide. It should be no surprise the 19 is on this list.

Ruger LCP
As one of the most reliable handguns around, no one should be surprised to see the Ruger LCP as the last name on this list. Coming in light at only 9.6 ounces, the Ruger is a compact pistol that can be concealed just about anywhere. This is the natural choice for an individual in search of a dependable backup or primary personal defense carry pistol.

California’s Ban on Direct-Mail Ammunition Shipments

California’s #1 stocking-stuffer this past Christmas? COLD HARD BRASS. Direct-mail ammunition sales went up over 900 percent in some cities compared to the previous year’s sales—thanks in part to a slew of stricter gun laws and regulations enacted by the state of California that are taking effect at the beginning of 2018.

Prop 63, passed in late 2016, prohibited the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines, tightened the restrictions on who could purchase ammunition, and required permitting for anyone that wishes to purchase ammunition. In 2017, the government got even tighter with gun control, with new ammunition regulations that will further impact consumers.

What This Means for You, Marksman

As of January 1st, 2018 in California, ammunition ordered online or by catalog cannot be delivered to your home. Instead, if ordering through these routes, residents of California must have their ammunition shipped to a licensed dealer approved by the Department of Justice, and must purchase it in person.

And don’t get any ideas—it’s now illegal to transport ammunition purchased out of state into California.

So, What Can You Do About It?

The direct-mail ban does not apply to brass and other ammunition components. Residents of California who assemble their own bullets will still be able to enjoy the convenience of having ammo-making components shipped to their home.

With gun laws and regulations becoming stricter across the nation, now is the perfect time to start crafting your own ammunition if you haven’t already. Elite Reloading has all of the powder, primers, and once-fired brass needed for you to take matters into your own hands.

Once Fired .44 Special Brass Casings

Pros and Cons of Fully Processed Brass

When it comes to fully processed brass, everyone’s got an opinion. We’re here to make things a little more simple for you.

Bang for Your Buck

If you’re a newcomer to the hobby, or if you’re unsure if you have the time to dedicate to it, you may be up in arms about the process of preparing your brass for firing. Decapping, resizing, retrimming, wet tumbling–sometimes it’s a lot to take in. Finding a trusted and reliable source of fully processed brass means you won’t have to go through the hassle of processing the brass before your first firing. And if you’re a marksman with limited time for the hobby, skipping these steps is also a great way to save some time and get down to the good stuff.

Another pro: many distributors of once-fired and fully processed brass, including Elite Reloading, subject this type of brass to a much higher standard and quality control inspection than usual, ensuring that the fully processed brass is designed to precise specifications. This gives you more bang for your buck in the long run. And here at Elite Reloading, no piece of brass goes uninspected. All of the brass that leaves our hands has passed our rigorous quality control process, guaranteeing a better, more reliable product for you.

Know Thyself and Thy Brass

But fully processed brass isn’t for everyone. If you’ve spent plenty of time shooting, you’ve probably developed your own tastes, and if you know your stuff, there’s always the chance that a fully processed casing won’t meet your standards or preferences. If you end up further modifying the brass, you’re probably going to end up repeating the steps you were supposed to have avoided in the first place.

So whether or not you’re opting for fully processed brass or not, Elite Reloading has got your back. We’ve got all the once-fired brass, bullets, primers, and powders you need to get the most out of your hobby.