The Value of U.S. Military Ammo Cans
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What a used U.S. Military Surplus Ammo Can typically looks like.
First off, technically these are ammo boxes. Let's get that out of the way.
Popular convention compels me to refer to them as cans, as this is what they are mostly called on the Internet.
But a can, by most definitions, is disposable.
And the fact these cans are instead fully reusable has allowed them to become one of the most popular, indeed one of the most stable, reliable products available for purchase in the military surplus world.
Note: I've been told by basically everybody that these are unequivocally cans, not boxes. But I don't know, they still seem like boxes to me. I think the rest of the world will just have to be wrong on this one.
Structure of an Ammo Can
The modern ammo can was perfected at the beginning of the Cold War, as NATO forces looked for better ways to protect and transport large amounts of ammo in case of conventional war with the looming Soviet Empire.
Today's modern overall design eliminates many of the problems encountered with the older riveted steel cans used previously during WWII, and makes each can into a practical redoubt against wear and tear in the storehouse or on the battlefield.
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The inside of the lid, showing the rubber gasket.
The top is flat and relatively featureless, to prevent build up of moisture which could eventually cause corrosion over years of storage. All seams are welded to provide a strong water and air-tight seal. No matter the model of Can, most identical models can be stacked on top of each other thanks to indentations on the top and bottom. Finally, the lid of the can latches shut securely, with a rubber gasket to prevent movement of air and moisture in or out.