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Camping & Survival

Throwback Thursday: 50 Survival Uses for Ammo Cans

The first and obvious use for these metal and plastic new and surplus ammo cans are to keep your ammunition in. However, there are limitless uses for ammo cans whether in a survival situation or not. Ammo cans are perfect for the garage, workshop, camp, hunting, boating, cache, the shooting range, a 72-hour bug out kit, and as extra storage in your vehicle. I have seen people make space heaters, barbeque grills, mailboxes, and even radios out of ammo cans. The gasket lids and o-ring seals create a water-resistant seal and are perfect for caching valuable items. The plastic ammo cans offer durability, the same water-resistant seal and are undetectable to metal detectors. Bury them along a fence line, as most treasure hunters won’t search there. Items in metal ammo cans can rust, so throw in a desiccant or store your gear in a waterproof bag first to prevent moisture damage to the contents.

Picture shows a 55-gallopn drum filled with #10 cans of food

Camping & Survival

Throwback Thursday: The Essential Preppers Guide to Storage

Storage is always a concern for preppers. Stockpiling a six-month supply of food, water, batteries, and supplies is not an easy task. For those living in apartments and small urban spaces, storage is a problem. Some have found solutions by masking storage containers as furniture. Others have buried their cache. Either way, Cheaper Than Dirt! presents 10 storage solutions to keeping food, firearms, ammunition and water safe for when you need it most in The Shooter’s Log’s Essential Preppers Guide to Storage.

Picture shows rifle rounds vacuum-sealed in a clear plastic bag

Camping & Survival

Throwback Thursday: Keeping Your Powder Dry—How to Store Ammunition Using a FoodSaver

A big part of prepping is stocking up self-defense supplies—not only to protect your life-saving food and water, but to barter and trade for other goods and services. In addition, a huge part of prepping is OPSPEC—not letting others know what you have. Stockpiling guns and ammo isn’t exactly easy. Where to put it all without others finding out? Using a FoodSaver vacuum sealer, I have started packing my ammo in various sized packages for a more organized and orderly storage of my long-term preps.

Metal military surplus ammo cans stacked up


Ammo: How Much do You Need?

Natural disasters, civil disobedience, economic collapse, zombies…These are all good reasons to stock pile ammo, but guest writer, Eve Flanigan has a good point. Firearms and ammo have come under attack lately and we predict it will get worse as we close in on the presidential election. How much ammo is enough to stockpile? This post helps you figure out which calibers you need to start hoarding now.

Image shows a desert tan plastic box that holds AR-15 magazines

Gear, Parts and Accessories

Five New Accessories You Don’t Need

There are plenty of times we buy stuff we do not need. “Because it’s cool” is a valid reason to buy a new gun, accessory or survival item. Sometimes a product that seems silly comes in handy during competition, survival, camping, hunting or hiking. Some of the weirdest items have gotten me out of a pinch when I’m out in the middle of nowhere and forgot an essential piece of my gear. These five new accessories include a magazine can for your cache, magazine koozies, a harpoon, a deck of “tactical” playing cards and LaserLyte’s newest trigger guard laser for Hi-Point pistols. Check out this week’s newest products from Cheaper Than Dirt! Be prepared to be surprised how useful many of these accessories can be.

Picture shows the inside of a 55-gallon drum filled with #10 cans of food.


How to Properly Store #10 Cans

If you do not have a basement, your long-term survival food might be in jeopardy! Storage is key to keeping your long-term food supplies good for disaster strikes. In this easy seven step how-to, I show you how to stockpile food for when SHTF properly so you do not spoil your preps.

Store a variety of grains, cans and freeze-dried items.

Camping & Survival

Survival Meal Planning

Most survival or prepping blogs and websites—FEMA and CDC included—recommend storing a three day supply of non-perishable food items for emergencies. But what is a three-day supply exactly? Does that mean you need to store three meals a day for each person in your household or does that mean you need to buy three cans of food per person per day? Neither is necessarily correct. Stockpiling a three-day supply of food is a little more complicated than that. To help you get started, Mountain House provides a four-day meal planner. Based on a 3,000 calorie a day diet for one person, Mountain House’s meal planner suggests using a 40:30:30 ratio—a close variation of the recommended percentage mixture of our total needs of carbs, fats and proteins. The meal planner has simple instructions how to plan your meals.

This picture shows a black plastic burial case.

Camping & Survival

Ammo Can 72-Hour Bug Out Kit

Can you pack a 72-hour bug out survival kit in such a small area? You sure can. Working with a small space means you eliminate heavy and unnecessary items. When you gotta get outta Dodge quickly food, water and shelter are your main priorities. These three essentials, plus a few extras all fit in a .50 caliber ammo can. Why an ammo can? Ammo cans take up little space, can be stored virtually anywhere and are stackable. I have seen ammo cans used as center consoles in vehicles and as alternative to saddlebags on motorcycles. An ammo can, be it metal or plastic can withstand temperature extremes and have water-resistant O-ring and gasket seals. So storing them in basements, attics, crawl spaces, and even buried underground means the gear inside stays dry. Metal military surplus ammo cans are durable, while new plastic ammo cans are untraceable to metal detectors—in case you want to cache your gear.