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Uses for ammo boxes
« on: July 08, 2010, 04:14:06 PM »
...besides storing ammo.

If any of you are like me, you have stacks of old steel ammo boxes.  I'm curious to know what you've used them for.

Me, I've in the past used mine for...

1.  Storing used brass
2.  Molding misc nuts and bolts
3.  Tire chalks
4.  Storing gun parts
5.  Field repair kit
6.  Flotation device (really)
7.  First aid kit
8.  Gift boxes

Your uses?


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Re: Uses for ammo boxes
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2010, 04:17:33 PM »
Precisely ten M14 magazines will fit in a .30 cal ammunition can.
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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2010, 04:34:06 PM »
Two big fifty boxes are holding up my sound system speakers.

I actually think it adds to the look of a bachelor's house.

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Re: Uses for ammo boxes
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2010, 05:42:12 PM »
 Besides ammo and firearm related items...
I keep one in my car, it's my "breakdown/flat tire kit". Another is full of things from days past. Old ticket stubs from concerts, photos, tchotchkes, etc. Every time I see an ammo box/can, I end up with some sort of use for it. I love 'em! Btw, a friend up north uses one as a type of cigar humidor. Works fine, no issues to my knowledge. 

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Re: Uses for ammo boxes
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2010, 06:07:38 PM »
Well, I --
...besides storing ammo.
Oh.

If I weren't using mine for ammo, I'd probably be using one or more as toolboxes.  :shrug
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Re: Uses for ammo boxes
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2010, 06:08:02 PM »
I use one to hold a big heavy tow chain, since the plastic container it came in fell apart. I know it weighs more than if it were full of ammo.
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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2010, 06:10:11 PM »
holding up a bed...   :rock

Imrovised BBQ

Tackle Box (not the best I'll admit)

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Re: Uses for ammo boxes
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2010, 09:40:41 PM »
My dad used to use a .50 cal can for a lunchbox.
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« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2010, 02:38:52 AM »
Goop safe:  holding small containers of epoxy, dielectric grease, thread lockers, wire lube, EP-1, RTV, heat sink compound, all the important stuff used in small quantities, but shipped in fragile containers which get mushed in a tool box.

Used to keep saw, axe, tow strap, jack, fix-a-flat and other truck aid in a rocket box.
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Re: Uses for ammo boxes
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2010, 03:10:58 AM »
I use mainly use mine for storing ammo but I also use them as tool boxes.  I keep my small angle grinder in one with grinder disks and wrenches etc.  I keep certain collections of tools in them for certain tasks so I can grab and go.  For instance if the brush hog goes down I have the necessary sizes of wrenches, shear pins etc in the ammo box marked "brush hog" so I can just walk into the garage, grab it it and go.  Likewise if I need to repair a winch cable I have a can stocked with cable cutters, thimbles, clamps, wrenches and gloves.  It saves a lot of time rooting around in a bunch of toolboxes and drawers searching for the tools and materials to take to a job.

I read some time ago (in the cheaper than dirt catalog i think) that the military were now destroying ammo boxes instead of allowing them to be sold as surplus.  Anyone know if that is true or not?

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Re: Uses for ammo boxes
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2010, 03:49:19 AM »
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Btw, a friend up north uses one as a type of cigar humidor. Works fine, no issues to my knowledge.

I need a humidor.  Thanks for the idea.  Seriously.  I guess it might look a bit tacky once I could afford to regularly store Arturo Fuentes/Padron/Rocky Patel/etc.  But it will certainly be a "different" humidor.

In plain, an ammo can humidor sounds awesome!  :clap
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« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2010, 04:05:27 PM »
Here's a fun thing to do when you're sitting around on the runway on strip alert waiting to be scrambled:

1. Take a 200 round linked M60 ammo can. Empty it, take the lid off and pop a .45 round through it. Take a frag grenmade and unscrew the fuze. Make sure the fuze will fit through the hole. If it does, take the grenade body and screw it back onto the fuze on what will be the inside of the ammo can with the fuze conveniently sticking out the top.

2. Take all the fired shell casings and links laying on the floor of the aircraft from your door gun when you fired at the water buffalo in the Rung Sat special zone as you were flying in this morning and layer them in no particular order on the floor of the ammo can.

3. Leave enougn room for a block of C4. Pry the back off a claymore and first take the pellets intact in therir wrapping and add them to the links and brass on the bottom. Then pry the C4 out, (remembering to pull a pinch off big enough to cook your C ration beans ands weenie can) and place the rest in the ammo can. Close it up making room for the grenade hanging from the lid.
4. Conceal it in a handy place in the aircraft because you know how skittish the pilots get about non standard ordnance.
5. on your next gun run, while your wingman's vision is blocked by the vertical stabilizer on your aircraft, pull the pin and give it a good toss. Whistle into your mic after turning the transmit button from "intercom" to VHF so all the other enlisted crew members on both aircraft know it is on the way down.
6. Deny all knowledge of the explosion by suddenly screaming "SECONDARY! SEVEN O'CLOCK LOW!!!!"

When you discover how much fun that is,and after you land, take a 1500 round minigun ammo can and fire a .45 through the lid. Leave the ammo in this time but remove all the cardboard so that that the C4 will fit in. Take two Claymore mines..................

For a fun variation on those special holiday flights, add a willy peter to the frag grenade
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« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2010, 04:16:32 PM »
Bud, you are one-in-a-million.
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« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2010, 04:27:37 PM »
I think Dad used one as a humidor back in the day.  Mine (I only have a couple) are busy holding ammo.

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Re: Uses for ammo boxes
« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2010, 04:32:48 PM »
Here's a fun thing to do when you're sitting around on the runway on strip alert waiting to be scrambled:

1. Take a 200 round linked M60 ammo can. Empty it, take the lid off and pop a .45 round through it. Take a frag grenmade and unscrew the fuze. Make sure the fuze will fit through the hole. If it does, take the grenade body and screw it back onto the fuze on what will be the inside of the ammo can with the fuze conveniently sticking out the top.

2. Take all the fired shell casings and links laying on the floor of the aircraft from your door gun when you fired at the water buffalo in the Rung Sat special zone as you were flying in this morning and layer them in no particular order on the floor of the ammo can.

3. Leave enougn room for a block of C4. Pry the back off a claymore and first take the pellets intact in therir wrapping and add them to the links and brass on the bottom. Then pry the C4 out, (remembering to pull a pinch off big enough to cook your C ration beans ands weenie can) and place the rest in the ammo can. Close it up making room for the grenade hanging from the lid.
4. Conceal it in a handy place in the aircraft because you know how skittish the pilots get about non standard ordnance.
5. on your next gun run, while your wingman's vision is blocked by the vertical stabilizer on your aircraft, pull the pin and give it a good toss. Whistle into your mic after turning the transmit button from "intercom" to VHF so all the other enlisted crew members on both aircraft know it is on the way down.
6. Deny all knowledge of the explosion by suddenly screaming "SECONDARY! SEVEN O'CLOCK LOW!!!!"

When you discover how much fun that is,and after you land, take a 1500 round minigun ammo can and fire a .45 through the lid. Leave the ammo in this time but remove all the cardboard so that that the C4 will fit in. Take two Claymore mines..................

For a fun variation on those special holiday flights, add a willy peter to the frag grenade


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« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2010, 05:06:29 PM »
Here's a fun thing to do when you're sitting around on the runway on strip alert waiting to be scrambled:
Hey Bud, a little off subject but did you ever make "peanut butter bombs"? Put the grenade in a large p-b jar, just fits and holds the spoon down. Pull the pin and screw on the lid. Then throw out door when you're too high for the regular fuse. Jar hits ground, breaks, grenade will bounce a bit into the air, and you now have a nice sort of air burst.
Have several cans in the vehicle trunk hold jumper cables, fix-a-flat etc. Got one old rocket box I use to hold "stuff" under the bed.
 
I read some time ago (in the cheaper than dirt catalog i think) that the military were now destroying ammo boxes instead of allowing them to be sold as surplus.  Anyone know if that is true or not?
Couple of years ago I was working at Kanohe Marince Air Station. They was a HUGE storage area with thousands of ammo and rocket boxes stored 10-15 pallets high. Yes, they were destroyed and turned into scrap. (Well, most of them were.)
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« Reply #16 on: July 09, 2010, 05:38:19 PM »
Hey Bud, a little off subject but did you ever make "peanut butter bombs"? Put the grenade in a large p-b jar, just fits and holds the spoon down. Pull the pin and screw on the lid. Then throw out door when you're too high for the regular fuse. Jar hits ground, breaks, grenade will bounce a bit into the air, and you now have a nice sort of air burst.

\Here's a fun variation of thast vfery thing.

Have Mom and Dad send you a couple cases of mason jars including the lids. Just tell them you're helping a local school in the village put up vegtables for winter. This will make them proud of you and know that they have raised a good boy.

While you're waiting for the cases to arrive from the States (don't forget to remind them to pay the extra postage for air mail because a 12,000 mile boat trip takes forEVer) go to the local ARVN compound and trade a case of Black Label beer (rusty cans are okay, they understand) for a couple of cases of the old pineapple grenades. You know, the huge muthas with the knobby projections.

Once the mason jars arrive, throw the lids away, they were just a smoke screen. Then carefully, ever so carefully, pull the pin on  a pineapple grtenade and place it in a mason jar. Then carefully,, ever so carefully (I can't emphasize that enough) place the now loaded jar back in the case. Do this wil all 24. Notice that a case of Mason jars is the same for a case of pineapple grenades.

Now, when no one is looking, carefully place (again, this is really important, C A R E F U L L Y) the now loaded case in the aircraft. Throw a poncho liner over it to sort of like hide it from disapproving eyes, like the officers.

Now, once you're airborne and turning final for the first gun run pick up the case (I might mention for those of you somewhat retarded folks, this is to be done carefully)and as you bank over the target, toss the whole case out.

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« Reply #17 on: July 09, 2010, 06:52:18 PM »
It's a shame they didn't have digital cameras back then...
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« Reply #18 on: July 09, 2010, 06:57:24 PM »
It's a shame they didn't have digital cameras back then...

Yeah, but they did have film cameras. I understand they were quite popular, despite being so clumsy and archaic.
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« Reply #19 on: July 09, 2010, 06:59:55 PM »
It's a shame they didn't have digital cameras back then...
NO it is not. What they can't prove, won't be charged. And Bud, you and I gotta get togeather for some cold suds and good Irish one of these days.
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« Reply #20 on: July 09, 2010, 07:24:58 PM »
Oh, we had cameras.

This is Jim Visel flying on the right side with me. Jim is signed on here as "Blivet" but he rarely posts.

He is a stone hero, I will have to write stories about him.

The stud on the left side is me about 130 pounds ago (I was a sickly child)

Notice Jim is firing his M60 upside down. That is to keep the brass and links inside the ship so they wouldn't go through the tail rotor.

Notice the camera go flying at the end wehen the pilot notices we are making movies instead of shooting back:



I have about 3 hours of movies converted to videotape and now digitized
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« Reply #21 on: July 10, 2010, 01:21:06 AM »
 Bud, we're lucky to have you here  ;D  (Not that all you other guys are boring).

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« Reply #22 on: July 10, 2010, 02:02:18 AM »
This thread wins.   :clap :clap :clap
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« Reply #23 on: July 10, 2010, 02:07:51 AM »
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« Reply #24 on: July 10, 2010, 07:15:35 AM »
Bud, that looked like the nosebleed altitudes. How do you expect to sniff out the enemy from all the way up there?
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