Wisconsin employees get Christmas present from the boss: a gun

We’re not particularly surprised that a Wisconsin company has given a gun to each employee for Christmas. Because, after all, what says “Merry Christmas” more than a gun?

We’re surprised that you can make a living making and selling glassware that looks like it’s been shot with a bullet.

That’s BenShot’s business, which Ben Wolfgram started in his garage and has since expanded to a Hortonville, Wis., factory, employing 16 fulltime people.

Give him credit. He figured there was a market for “the mugshot.” He was right. Dream big, people.

“It makes every drink taste like freedom,” the online ad says.

Of course, that’s not really what a beer mug would look like after it’s been shot, but he’s not in the business of creating reality.

The bullet is lead-free, by the way.

Then there’s the “shot glass.” $15.

As for the guns, the employees are pretty happy about them.

“I’ve never been a part of anything like this,” employee Chelsea Priest, of Green Bay, tells the Appleton Post-Crescent. She says the gun will empower her.

Two employees initially declined the Christmas gift, but changed their mind after taking the required gun safety course.

Wolfgram said he’s not worried about workplace violence because he doesn’t have many employees and they know each other well.

“For us, now, we have an entire armed staff,” he told the paper. “I think that’s pretty good.”

  • Rob

    //The workers all know each other well, so they’d never shoot each other.// The mind reels.

    BTW, it sounds like Wolfgram is a bit of a Scrooge; the guns didn’t come with a loaded clip.

    • Erik Petersen

      Revolvers don’t have clips. Or magazines

        • Erik Petersen

          That’s not a clip or a magazine, and you know that

          • Funny, they are called “moon clips”

          • Erik Petersen

            It is merely funny, because despite its name its not a clip. You don’t need one to fire the revolver.

          • Tell that to an early Colt M1917 revolver.

          • Erik Petersen

            You could fire the 1917 without the moon clip could you not? Wouldn’t eject properly though in .45 ACP, hence the necessity for moon clips

            I can stand to be corrected. Why don’t you answer my Omar question from a couple days ago that you begged off of. Surely a guy in command of facts like you cant be willfully obtuse to her marrying her brother. You must have accepted a way to rationalize it and vote for her.

          • The early Colt M1917 could not be fired without the clip.

            The Omar question – The thread was locked by the time I got back to it and i believe someone basically stated my position regarding that topic anyway.

          • Erik Petersen

            Which position was that

          • I can’t even find the thread now…

            It’s basically: Omar addressed this two years ago and called those accusations bunk. Until some actual evidence shows up that refutes her earlier statement that the government can act upon, I will accept her statement on that matter.

          • >>You don’t need one to fire the revolver.<<

            That's not a prerequisite for a piece of equipment to be called a "clip".

            A clip is a device that is used to store multiple rounds of ammunition together as a unit, ready for insertion into the magazine or cylinder of a firearm. These devices have most often been used to chamber rimless semi-automatic pistol cartridges in revolvers, although they can be used for rimmed cartridges to allow for faster reloading.

  • Gary F

    Me too. Most revolvers have too much kick and aren’t good for target shooting. I would be interested in which models they had to choose from.

    And, when a copper bullet hits glass, it mushrooms out.

    • Rob

      After which, the glass breaks. Verisimilitude ain’t the point of The Mugshot.

      • Guest

        Bonus point for my word of the day 🙂

    • Erik Petersen

      Ahem, advanced revolver man here…. that’s a blanket statement in error…. kick depends very much on the cartridge, and the accuracy depends very much on the sights and barrel length.

      • Rob

        My favorite revolver is the Beatle’s album.

    • Erik Petersen

      I have a strong suspicion we’re talking Ruger LCR…. which is a functional, utilitarian revolver, fairly inexpensive. A Cabela’s could fulfill an order for 15 of them.

  • The Resistance

    The “gift” wasn’t so much a gift as a cheap and effective ad campaign. He’s received more free publicity from this gimmick than if he’d spent 100x as much in ad dollars. That’s why they employees got a gun instead of cash.

  • Guest

    I gotta give him points on his visual pun.

  • Erik Petersen

    I agree with Bob. The story within the story is the guy can employ 15 people making punny knick knacks. I’m seeing at least $10k a week in salary overhead… I cant see how that works given the product.

  • lindblomeagles

    None of this is really good for the public because a) drinking alcohol and guns don’t mix (see suicide, see domestic violence, see sexual assault . . .) and b) individuals who have mental instability or racial animus (Pittsburg and California immediately come to mind) may take this news’ story as confirmation that their actions are on some level permissible. That said, public policy isn’t the business owner’s point. His point is generating profits (the American Way, regardless of morals) and freedom of speech (similar to don’t tread on me), which leads me to the reason why our government can’t accomplish anything these days. There are too many important tenets our country wants to keep, and those tenets occasionally are at odds with one another. Pretty tough to get gun control if public safety sometimes interferes with capitalism and freedom of speech. Sometimes you have it both ways, and sometimes you can’t.

  • jon

    “She says the gun will empower her.”

    Empower, verb, give (someone) the authority or power to do something.

    What are you able to do with a handgun that you couldn’t do without a handgun? (excluding things that are just using a handgun for the sake of using it… i.e. going to the range.)

    I can think of many things that you can’t do with a handgun that you could do without one at least in minnesota, including entering certain buildings or drinking… (I don’t know WI laws on the topic).