Wisconsin Company Buys Every Employee A Handgun For Christmas

BenShot employees got their firearm of choice for Christmas this year via BenShot Facebook Page

What is one of the best handguns you can get?

Some will say a Glock. Others will claim a 1911. Still, others will cite any number of other options with a few poor, deluded souls really believing you can’t go wrong with a Desert Eagle.


I know.

Anyway, there’s an easier answer. One of the best handguns you can get is a free handgun. Even a Hi-Point is worth the money if it’s free, though I suspect some will fight me over that statement.

Either way, employees of one Wisconsin company got the best handguns you can get as their employer bought each of them a handgun for Christmas.

A company that produces novelty glassware embedded with a bullet as if it had been shot has decided to give every employee a handgun as a Christmas present.

Giving employees their choice of revolver as a gift is part of an effort to promote personal safety and team building, Ben Wolfgram, who co-owns Hortonville-based BenShot, said Tuesday.

The business has 16 full-time employees, including several veterans. But the business also has employees who had never fired a gun, he said.

This is the first time his company has done anything like this, Wolfgram said. The father-son business was started in 2015 in a small garage workshop in this village of about 3,000 residents 100 miles northwest of Milwaukee.

Most workers were excited at the prospect of receiving their handguns, he said.

Wolfgram said he isn’t concerned about workplace violence for a couple of reasons. One is that he has a small staff. The other is that because everyone knows one another, he apparently feels that it’s unlikely someone who shoot up the place.

These are valid points.

On the other hand, there’s also the point that while everyone has a gun now, everyone also knows that everyone else also has a gun. Trying to shoot up a place is a little awkward when you know there’s the potential that everyone there may have the means to shoot back.


Not that everyone will have a gun on their person at all times, but if you know people have a gun but don’t know where it is, I’m sure it plays a factor in your mind.

Luckily, this is a company that’s not likely to face any consumer backlash. After all, who is most likely to buy a glass with a bullet embedded in it? A gun grabber or a gun owner?

If you have to think about it, you probably aren’t all that bright.

This is honestly a cool thing to do for your employees. I only wish I’d have worked somewhere that bought their people guns. This is only feasible for this company due to the product they sell and their small staff size, I suspect, but it’s pretty awesome. I can’t help but think this is also a great way to build employee retention. After all, it seems that most of the employees are pro-gun anyway, now they can all look at their handgun and think, “My company gave this to me. They rock!”

I would, at least.

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