I was at work the other day, and was watching some workers taking bags of protective clothing and vacuming out all the air, thus making the bag and contents smaller for storage and disposal. When i saw them doing this, it hit me would this work for those machines that you use to seal meals up in? The theroy is that you take your ammo,maybe toss in some dessicant and seal it up maybe even double bag it?
The idea is to protect from moisture and make it more easier to store and grab,perhaps in your BOB? Comments and suggestions?
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November 20, 2003, 05:00 PM
sounds like a lot of work. a waterproof container would probably be better to store ammo in. besides, if you are inspecting your BOB once a year, that should take care of any concerns about moisture and whatnot.
November 20, 2003, 06:46 PM
if you can line the cartridges up and get 50rds arranged neatly in a bag it might be pretty cool. dessicant wouldnt be required.
November 20, 2003, 06:48 PM
intended for kitchen use should work out fine for such an application.:)
November 20, 2003, 07:13 PM
sounds like a lot of work. a waterproof container would probably be better to store ammo in.
Storage bags that have the air emptied out of them by a normal household vacuum cleaner are commonly available now.
They're marketed as a means to store clothes and other compressable items.
Coleman sells Space Savers (http://www.coleman.com/coleman/colemancom/detail.asp?product_id=CR6830&categoryid=3500&submittingpage=subcategory.asp), in which the air is pushed out manually through a one way valve, rather than sucked out with a vacuum cleaner.
I have no idea how well any of this works.
November 20, 2003, 07:52 PM
Kinda sounds like an interesting idea but my first concern would be, any plasticizers in the bag could migrate into the primers. Maybe if the rounds were wrapped in archival paper first?
November 20, 2003, 08:00 PM
I just use surplus ammo cans.
November 20, 2003, 08:17 PM
I have been doing that for about 3-4 years with the " food saver" kitchen appliance. Works quite well. If you toss in dessicant though make sure it is in a container such as paper or cloth where it will not leak out. Otherwise the dessicant crystals will puncture the bag if moved around.
Also you can if your situation allows it seal up a entire gun by using the roll of material instead of the premade bags but I wrap the gun in some cloth or preservative paper first. May not be needed but it helps the bag resist tearing/puncturing and I am not sure of the long term effect of plastic on metal.
You can also make custom size bags with a little practice for meds, matches, firestarters etc.... but it does take practice.
As for the clothes storage bag I have tried several brand have not been too impressed with them but they do work ok. Some of them have odd size fittings for the vacuum cleaner fittings but I find if you sit on the bag and close it it works ok.
November 21, 2003, 04:44 AM
I believe was the first comsumer model vacuum sealer on the market was the "Daisy Seal-A-Meal".
I recall watching the commercials for them, over 10 years ago and they showed someone sealing several shotgun shells and they said something to the effect of, "It's great for hunters to keep out water."
The woman doing the demo for the Tilia Food Saver at Sam's Club a few weeks ago was telling people that you could seal ammunition with it. That got her a few funny looks. :D