The bro-experts' preferred 'gunning spots:
Lars, 21: "A pre-11am football tailgate while wearing some kind of sunglasses with Croakies," and "the freshman dining hall while the check-out lady [is] ringing you up."
Red, 22: "Either a tailgate or in bed with a woman in the morning. Nothing makes me feel more alive or is a better start to my day."
Guy, 22: "On top of a camper van owned by people [you've met] at a country concert," and "the back of my Dad’s 36-footer while he and my Mom are on the fly-bridge."
So, again: boats. Churches, elevators, and in plain view of the cops? All things you probably shouldn’t shotgun in. Same goes for airplanes, but if you desperately want to join the Mile High Club, there's a way. "The challenge is getting the stewardess to willingly sell a passenger an unopened beer," Red explains. "My go-to line is 'I'm saving it for later'."
2. Get the right kind of beer
You must have canned beer, and it should be light. Bottles require a maneuver called the “strawpedo”, which despite being nifty, is NOT shotgunning, so shut up, dude in the comments telling me I forgot about strawpedo-ing. Unless you’re some sort of savage hero, IPAs are not good for 'gunning. Really, anything beyond a pilsner is flirting with trouble. "If you want to know what adversity is, the 30 seconds after ['gunning a] Guinness tallboy" will teach you, warns Red.
The bro-experts' preferred brews:
Lars: "Natty Light."
Red: "Natty Light -- by far the smoothest."
Guy: "Natural Light pounder cans. The bigger can is more impressive, but you can still whack a bunch since they're like water."
You can push the envelope for the sake of curiosity. "[I] shotgunned a Four Loko once, and it was miserable," reports Lars. "So... that's my least favorite." Or, cleverness might be your downfall, as it was for Guy & Narragansetts: "I’ve tried to get myself to like 'gunning [them], because calling them Narra-GUN-setts is sweet, but the taste simply does not facilitate shotgunning."
3. Punch a hole
The sweet science of shotgunning depends on atmospheric pressure and fluid dynamics, which themselves depend on your can “having two holes for air to flow through”. Everyone agrees you should bore the second hole at the opposite end of the cylinder from the pop-top, but as for how you should do that, opinions vary.
Wait, no they don't.