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A better way to open spam cans

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by klyph, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. klyph

    klyph Well-Known Member


    Now I have a cool tin to store whatever, spare parts, cleaning supplies, brass...
  2. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Well-Known Member

    something about the power tool, heat, sparks, and paper inside covering all the ammo ...

    ... yes, something about it makes me pucker up

    it is a remarkably well preserved tin, though
  3. Centurian22

    Centurian22 Well-Known Member

    Yea Dave beat me to it about the paper and sparks. But very nicely done.
  4. klyph

    klyph Well-Known Member

    If you only go through the first layer of metal, the paper never meets the sparks, and even if it did, there wouldn't be enough oxygen for a fire. The heat generated is a small fraction of what a chamber reaches after a mag dump. It's one of those things that's only dangerous if you are woefully incompetent, at which point you shouldn't be handling firearms anyway.
  5. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Lots of people own angle grinders compared to the number of people that know how to use them properly. I can't recommend the approach considering the skill needed to carry out the operation properly and safely.

    IOW, not everyone with a Home Depot card is any more skilled with the tools they purchase than the folks with carry permit cards.
  6. animator

    animator Well-Known Member

    I can still do it faster with those can openers... :)

    But yes, they make great storage tins. I keep gun cleaning supplies in one, misc extra parts in another, etc...
  7. C0untZer0

    C0untZer0 Well-Known Member

    I feel let down

    I thought there was going to be real SPAM.
  8. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Well-Known Member

    What about the commercial/kitchen can opener style that goes on the side of the can in the first place?
  9. klyph

    klyph Well-Known Member

    There really isn't much skill involved. Anyone who's handled an angle grinder long enough will have the scars on their hands to prove that they're a "skilled operator". That's how you learn to use one, every time it bites you, you've learned a new lesson. I'd recommend anyone who has zero experience pick one up and go to town with it, you'll figure it out.

    I thought about that, and even tried one, but the metal was too thick for the one I had.
  10. BigN

    BigN Well-Known Member

    My first question was going to be "Who's being forced to eat the spam??"
  11. clamman

    clamman Well-Known Member

    A palm sander with a sheet of 60 grit paper does the job without sparks to worry about.
  12. akodo

    akodo Well-Known Member

    I recall a few years back when there was legislation introduced that all ammo had to be stored 'behind the counter' and even when behind the counter it had to be stored in it's own section with a large empty 'buffer zone' around it and anything else. The law would have made it impractical for most places to sell ammo. The reasoning behind the law (at least the official reasoning) was they didn't want someone walking to the ammo aisle and take out their lighter and light the ammo on fire. :eek: Someone going to the toilet paper aisle would be a lot bigger threat. Ammo doesn't light on fire that easy.

    Heck the paper wrappers inside the spam can aren't going to light on fire that easy, not from sparks. I've had paper that has been pelted with sparks from grinders. Little holes are singed in it, it doesn't go up in flame. And that is when it is out in the open with lots of oxygen.
  13. j1

    j1 Well-Known Member

    I never saw or held one of those cans. It looks like a common kitchen can opener would work. Would it?
  14. r1derbike

    r1derbike Well-Known Member

    I was traumatized by the title of the post. It brought back memories of fried Spam sandwiches we had to endure as kids, because there were 8 of us, and not a lot of money coming-in from my teacher parents, one who held a doctorate in music, and the other a masters in music.

    They both taught at a local fine arts college.

    Now, I'm going to buy a can of Spam, and open it with some 5.56 NATO surplus can openers. I'm certain that will ease the pain.

    BTW, where is your full-coverage eye protection?
  15. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    No. Look at the rim closely and compare it to the rim on a can from your cupboard. There is way more height on the ammo can, too much for the common can opener to span and have its cutter pierce the lid.

    If that would work, all the threads and videos we see on how to open a spammo can would have never existed.
  16. rodinal220

    rodinal220 Well-Known Member

    So I guess oxy-acetylene or plasma torch is right out then:eek:
  17. ExTank

    ExTank Well-Known Member

    ^ Give it a shot. Let us know how it goes. :evil:
  18. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

    The OP has some skill. He is a careful practitioner. That said.
    My retirement job is at an internet ammo supplier. With the supplied can opener I can zip open a can with ease.
  19. Rob G

    Rob G Well-Known Member

    It's interesting but it's never taken me more than a minute to open one of those with a standard Russian issue can opener. But I guess if you've got an angle grinder and need a reason to use it...
  20. klyph

    klyph Well-Known Member

    The point was not to open it quickly, but to preserve the container.

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