We’ve all been there: You want to shotgun a beer with your friends (or you’ve been suckered into it), but you don’t have anything to puncture the can with. You could desperately ask around for some keys, but by the time you get one everyone around you will be done. You could make a hole with your teeth, but that’s only cool until you do it so many times that your canines wear down and you see how expensive dental work is. The only way out is to make your shotgun hole with your bare hands—and it’s not as hard as you might think.
Punching a hole into the bottom of a beer can is like maxing out one of those hammer strength tests at the county fair. It’s more about technique than it is about raw power. That said, the technique takes practice. It looks ridiculous to stand there thumbing the bottom of a beer while everyone’s waiting, so nail it a few times before taking your trick public.
Step 1: Position Yourself