SSG Chris Falkel was a warrior, he was a hero, and he is my son. Chris was a weapons sergeant for 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) on Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 316, and between 7 – 9 August, 2005, Chris and his Special Forces team were involved in a 54 hour battle “that will live in the annals of Special Forces history.” On the evening of 8 August 2005, Chris paid the ultimate sacrifice and died saving the lives of his team and 16 members of the Afghan National Army that were assigned to his beloved ODA 316. SSG Chris Falkel was awarded the Silver Star for his bravery and heroism.
Chris was called “Junior” by his teammates. From the time he was a very young boy, Chris knew he wanted to be in Special Forces, and he would make “weapons” out of whatever was available to him. He used to love to turn shell cartridges into all kinds of things.
In early 2005, Chris attended his favorite Special Forces school – Special Operations Target Interdiction Course – the Special Forces sniper school. After he graduated from that school, I met him in Utah for a ski trip together. While we were riding the chairlift in a blizzard, Chris told me that his next bullet project was to make a pen out of 7.62 shell casings. He used the 7.62 round in his sniper rifle. I told him that I thought that was a GREAT idea, and we would work on it when he returned from his next trip to Afghanistan. Unfortunately, he never got the chance to make a bullet pen because little did I know that ski trip would be the last time I saw my son …
I thought about Chris’ dream of making a “bullet pen” for a couple of years, and on 24 Sep 2007 – which would have been Chris’ 25th birthday – Junior’s Bullet Pen Company was created. So these pens are dedicated to you, my son. To date, we have made over 150,000 bullet pens – one pen at a time – and I feel Chris’ presence with every pen I make. The response to Junior’s Bullet Pens has been overwhelming, and I am truly grateful for the many loyal customers we have had in the past 5 years!
So we are so very pleased now to increase our product line of Junior’s Bullet Pen products! We have taken some of Chris’ other ideas for pens made out of shell casings, and added a few new iterations!!!
Most of the brass we use to make Junior’s Bullet Pens has been once-fired military brass. We occasionally get new brass donated from various companies to use in our bullet pens, and our 50-110 brass is new and modified for our mini-Sharpie markers.
Otherwise, we strive to re-use brass cartridges as much as we can. It has been said that “the pen is mightier than the sword” – and this may indeed be true. SSG Chris Falkel understood the need and value of education, and so we are honored at Junior’s Bullet Pen Company to be able to turn instruments of war into tools for education with our entire Bullet Pen line of products.
Junior’s Bullet Pen Company is Veteran owned, and we strive to employ veterans and their families to help us assemble these unique writing instruments – many of whom are the amazing members of Chris’ Special Forces family!!! I love you all with all I am and I thank you for being on this path with me!