If you have a gun, then you are probably aware of the importance of keeping it safe and away from the reach of minors, so as to avoid any accident. But at most times, those in possession of guns forget that safe storage of ammunition is equally important. Being reckless with ammunition is as dangerous as leaving a weapon in the open. In general, the chances of accidents increase when ammo isn’t purchased or stored properly. We’ll go over the best ways of keeping ammo safe. Take a look.
Cheap Ammo may not be the Best
Ammunition is usually available in different price ranges. Though there are a lot of cheap options available on the racks, it is always advisable to buy military spec ammunition. They ensure long term storage and high reliability. However, if they happen to be out of your budget range, then taking extra precautions while storing the ammo that you eventually buy will also go a long way. When you buy ammunition, it is crucial to ensure that the box or carton carrying the ammo isn’t ripped, broken or minus a seal. Do not buy the ones that you get at a high discount since they may be rejects , which come with a high risk of jeopardizing your safety.
Proper Storage is a Must
Once bought, the ammo should be stored in an air-tight/ water-tight box, in a cool and dry area. This will ensure that there is no rusting or damage. Don’t stuff all the ammunition in one box. Rather choose the ones in which all the ammunition can be kept easily and safely. For instance, 20mm ammo can hold about four 50 calibre ammo cans. You can also get bulk ammunition cans that are sealed and can be stored with ease. Do not store the ammunition in hot or wet conditions. Leaving them in places where they can be found easily or packing them in heavy containers can be disastrous. Keep a check on the shelf life of the ammunition too. If there are signs of corrosion, rust or discolouration, the ammo in question should be discarded.
Keep Replenishing the Stock
It’s important to keep replenishing your ammunition. It is advisable to use them for practice or training if their shelf life is ending; instead of letting them rot. Replace the used ones with newer products. For example, the 7.62×39 ammunition has a different shelf life than others. So, if you have an old stock of the same, then it is best to discard it or replenish accordingly. This will ensure that you always have a fresh and reliable batch to use.
Better safe than sorry
With weapons like arms and ammunitions, it is always better to take precautions. Whether it’s about main weapons or their accessories, make sure that you use them properly, without putting yourself or others at risk.