.380 Emergency Stash


October 3, 2008, 08:57 AM
You can fit at least 9 .380 Auto rounds into a 35mm film cannister and still get the top on tight so the container is pretty waterproof. Might make a nice emergency stash for those who live in high crime areas. :)

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October 3, 2008, 09:12 AM
Wouldn't it make better sense to just put them in a spare magazine?

October 3, 2008, 09:46 AM
But... This goes to 11

October 3, 2008, 09:48 AM
who carries a 380 in the first place?

get a real gun, like a 9x18. :)

October 3, 2008, 10:04 AM
Yes, I'd rather carry my spare rounds in a spare mag. But it's been raining here so much lately I wanted to come up with a WATERPROOF stash box.
If a cartridge doesn't test as waterproof Speer won't sell it under their premium "Gold Dot" brand name. They are sold as generic "hollow points" and the box is marked "Not for L.E. Use -Not to be repackaged - Practice Ammunition". In a similar vein, Remington charges more for their rounds that they advertise as having waterproof primers.
I guess when your life is at stake - like a cop - you worry about things like dropping a mag into a puddle during a firefight.

October 3, 2008, 10:05 AM
I think the OP has a pretty good idea.


October 3, 2008, 10:13 AM
wait- who still shoots 35mm?

October 3, 2008, 10:22 AM
Place spare rounds in a magazine, then into a ziplock bag...stash-able and waterproof.
The memory card for my camera wasn't packaged in a blister big enough to even hold 1 round.
I may have a 35mm canister somewhere at home...haven't used film in a decade. ;)

Wes Janson
October 3, 2008, 10:48 AM
I've yet to hear of any incident where ammo in a magazine or inside a weapon was ruined due to water exposure while being carried. If you make a habit of jumping overboard while carrying concealed, that might be an issue. Otherwise, I really truly would not worry about rain..it's not going to affect the ammo unless you really dunk it in water.

October 3, 2008, 11:06 AM
You can fit at least 9 .380 Auto rounds into a 35mm film cannister

Film? Where does one get this mythical stuff? :neener:

October 3, 2008, 11:24 AM
But does it float?

October 3, 2008, 11:45 AM
I am surry to say that I just don't get this. In my not at all high crime area, I have my HD Sig 229 loaded with Corbons in the pistol safe and have 4 magazines nearby. I have my carry gun (Colt .45 ACP) with Corbons and two magazines in the carrier near it.

I do have a .380 as a gun of last resort in my long gun safe, but why in the world would I want to fumble around with cartridges in a film canister?

October 3, 2008, 12:27 PM
You can fit at least 9 .380 Auto rounds into a 35mm film cannister and still get the top on tight
Now *that* brought back some memories. Dad used to keep a snub .38 in the glovebox when we traveled. He kept 5 extra .38's in a 35mm film can as backup ammo. They fit perfectly and didn't rattle around. Back in those days, I guess 5 in the pistol and 5 in reserve were enough. The "old school" bad guys must have been wussies or something :D

Old Grump
October 3, 2008, 12:40 PM
Don't knock the 380 as a back up belly button range gun, I personally will not volunteer to get shot with it as a test to check its ability to take the starch out of an attacker. The advantage of non standard low priority theft targets are that they are less likely to be purloined and be available if needed. if I was the booger man and saw the magazines I'd snatch them but a can of film? As far as ammo needing to be dry, do you want to store your ammo in a high humidity container or a nice dry container. I like the idea.

October 3, 2008, 01:03 PM
They still make 35mm film?

dogtown tom
October 3, 2008, 01:13 PM
Box of ammo + Ten minutes + Bottle of nail polish = waterproof

Are you camping/hiking/backpacking ? If for everday carry you are better off keeping them in a magazine. Worried about getting wet? Put it in a ziplock bag.

Storing .380 rounds in a film can to keep them dry sounds clever until you realize that is a TERRIBLE method of carrying when your life depends on a fast reload. Do you plan to reload a single mag straight from a film can? I can't imagine anything more clumsy than that.

If getting wet is such a concern how are you carrying the handgun itself?

Carrying .38 Special rounds in a film can makes a little more sense, you can reload directly from film can to chamber.

October 3, 2008, 01:16 PM
Well, I certainly wouldn't pay money for your idea but it's an idea, none the less.:confused:

You could also put about 150 cartridges in a used cashew can with a closeable plastic lid and place it under your seat or in the glove box.

I hope that if you are worried about needing to reload in an emergency then you have one or two spare magazines preloaded.

October 3, 2008, 02:27 PM
Yes, I defintely will carry a spare loaded magazine.

Yes, keeping it in a ziplock baggie had occured to me. I'm going to look for some of the smaller ones like jewelers use for earrings. I'll bet there's one that's the perfect size for a P3-AT magazine.

Yes, I'd anticipated that some of you would figure out I'm having a hard time letting go of my trusty 35mm camera. I did finally get a digital one. It's much easier for sending pics to someone over the Net of course.

I have a friend who's a gorgeous blonde that's half my age. I plan on taking pictures of her in BOTH mediums.

Who said "Dirty Old Man" ? :)

October 3, 2008, 04:49 PM
As hundreds of geocachers have discovered, the 35mm film cans are not waterproof.

Pure Kustom
October 3, 2008, 05:35 PM
wait- who still shoots 35mm?

LOL I shoot digital. It's cheaper!!!

October 3, 2008, 07:12 PM
You can be sure if someone mentions 380 someone else is going to belittle it.

October 3, 2008, 08:49 PM
LOL I shoot digital. It's cheaper!!!

Yeah, but where do you get a digital handgun?:D

Steve Raacke
October 4, 2008, 01:11 AM
You can be sure if someone mentions 380 someone else is going to belittle it. Darn shame too. My Bersa .380 is my daily OC piece. I stock it with Cor-Bons and can drive tacks with it at 20 feet.

October 4, 2008, 02:25 AM
good idea, but not for carry imo

October 4, 2008, 12:59 PM
Yeah, but where do you get a digital handgun?
call of duty 4:cool:

loose cannon
October 4, 2008, 01:51 PM
380acp is a good round for those not fans of 9mm muzzle blast and the recoil
of the larger calibers.with the right hollow points and placement it will end the festivitys as well as any handgun would.

handguns are weapons of convenience not choice.none of them are as good as a 20 guage and up shotgun or modern centerfire rifle.

ive used film cannisters before for oddball calibers like .32 s&w long.but when i carried a p3at i used a spare mag in a vinyl pocket cover of my own making.

one day we wont be able to use a"real gun"due to age or disability.baretta used to make a 380acp model 86 which was a blowback pistol with a tip up barrel.you could load a magazine and chamber without operating the slide and cock the hammer for a light trigger pull.wish they'd bring it back.

happily i can still carry and use my glock26 effectively.

October 4, 2008, 02:02 PM
This is why I keep my ideas to myself...to many but holes in this world....:banghead:...jcb

October 4, 2008, 08:51 PM
back in the day film canister stash boxes were common...

oh never mind.

October 5, 2008, 08:43 AM
Older posters will remember the film canisters as containers that held any number of "survival pieces" in our packs years ago. It was more to keep them in one place than to protect them from immersion.

The problem with baggies is that they aren't designed to hold metallic objects, and will easily tear, allowing small objects to migrate into your gear, and water resistance to equal zero.

When packing, a small container holding a re-load for a revolver is nice. A film container, with a rubber band around it, is good, as are some other small plastic containers. The idea of needing a blindingly fast reload in the wild is a bit far-fetched. An animal attack that absorbs five or six rounds, and still keeps coming is going to be on you before you can reload, unless you're Jerry Miculek. Against humans, the same thing pretty much applies.

As for the .380, to each their own. No pistol will reliably work. Better hang onto a rifle if you're really serious about self-defense.

October 5, 2008, 09:10 AM
who carries a 380 in the first place?

a BUNCH of us carry a 380! why do you think the Ruger LCP is selling so well! i know it is not the 1 shot stopper that our 45's are, but there is a bunch of places you CAN conceal a 380 that you could not conceal a 45. as for the 35mm film can goes, good idea. i used a similar idea. i scarfed up a couple of flip top M&M's containers from the kids. it holds way more that a 35mm can will, still easilly carried/stashed, and there is (at this time) an unlimited supply of them at any candy counter. plus the kids really like it when you say "suprise!" plus if you drop it in front of people, they have no clue there is something in there besides candy. if anybody ever asks for an m&m, i just say i have "medicine" in there. not a lie, it is just a different type of "medicine" than they are thinking of!

October 5, 2008, 10:39 AM
Heck, I carry a P32 Keltec most of the time...

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