CLYDE, N.C. – As shoppers for survival gear know, one of the most versatile products on the market is the lowly old military ammo can.
They come in various sizes, delineated by the size ammo they housed. For instance, one common size is the .30 caliber can. It measures approximately 11 inches long by 3 3/4 inches wide by 7 inches tall. It’s popular because it doesn’t allow too much storage, and that keeps it light. Arguably the most common and desired size is the .50 caliber ammo can. It measures approximately 12 inches long x 6 inches wide and 7 inches tall.
It offers a water resistant storage option, can be fashioned as a Faraday Cage to protect against EMPs and has been turned into a stove by the Minuteman Provision Company.
Most educated shoppers certainly understand that retailers depend upon the supply of surplus from the U.S. military. And when can availability and pricing change, it must be a function of the military and those who compete for the surplus products.
But could there actually be a shortage of U.S military ammo cans looming? And if so, why?
Thanks to the Old Grouch Military Surplus Store in North Carolina, we recently learned a little more about the supply and demand of these versatile products.
Ammo Can Update- The Rumors & The Reality
Rumors in this industry are nothing new, and lately it seems like nothing draws more rumors than ammo cans. We keep hearing they are being crushed, they won’t be sold, you can buy all you want for $1 and every wild rumor in between.Here are the facts: ammo cans are not being crushed and still get sold. However, there are a lot less being sold compared to ten years ago. There are several reasons for this. The first is that the military has been simply using less ammo in the last few years, so fewer cans work through the system. The second is that several years ago the military changed the way it ships much of the training ammunition. It used to be, as one example, that all the 5.56 ammo used in training was shipped just like operational ammo: packed in bandoleers in ammo cans. Several years ago they decided it did not make sense to pack ammo destined to be shot by basic trainees stateside like that, so now it comes in cardboard boxes in plastic wrap. That means a lot fewer cans get run through the system, so fewer get sold.That has limited supply and driven prices up. Several things have happened as prices went up: the most notable being the Chinese made ammo cans showing up on the market. The Chinese are faking even the markings, and many less than honest dealers pull the “Made in China” stickers off so watch where you buy.If you see ammo cans in big retailers they are likely Chinese. If you buy from us we only sell real US Military cans, if you buy anywhere else we still want you to know what to look for to get the good stuff.