I recent became aware of a new-ish product on the market from Global Ordnance call Canmunition. According to the “About” section on the website, Canmunition provides a completely sealed, waterproof, lightproof, oxygen-free environment to keep the moisture out and your ammo in tip-top shape until you’re ready to use it, even if that is decades from now”. The can is approximately 3 inches in diameter and 6 inches high
There are two different calibers currently offered – approximately 90 rounds of Fiocchi 9mm (124 grain FMJ) or approximately 40 rounds of Fiocchi .223 (55 grain FMJ Boat Tail).
I went ahead and ordered four cans of the 9mm ammo to test at $24.95 a pop (yes, I did not receive these for free – I bought them out of pocket to ensure no bias). I decided I would test it in three different ways:
- Submerged in water for 6 months
- Sitting in a hot shed for 6 months, and
- Using NC Scout’s recent article on Caching with PVC as a guide, inside a PVC cache for 6 months and 12 months (meaning I will have to dig up and reseal it in 6 months). This would also allow me to get some practical experience with building a cache using my new knowledge.
A quick trip to the local hardware store allowed me to get the materials for my “time capsules” (at least that is what the attendant was told when he asked).
From there, I built two caches – one for the ammunition test, and another for an upcoming gear cache test.
I slid the two cans into the cache and sealed the threads with thread tape as well as moisture sealing thread locker.
I then filled up a small container with water and submerged the third can. The container was placed inside the corner of a seldom used kitchen cabinet where it will sit. For full disclosure, the water may get changed out at some point if it becomes gross. The fourth I just simply set out in my shed where it can endure the heat of the upcoming summer.
I am personally very interested in the results of this test. Doing a quick DuckDuckGo search shows me that the BulkAmmo website has Fiocchi 9mm 124 grain FMJ at 1000 rounds for $184, meaning 100 rounds for $18.40. If you factor in the cost of the other components you need for long term ammo storage, the price point may become similar enough to Canmunition that it attracts people to obtain it for specific purposes such as underground caches. Do I think it will necessarily be the replacement for other methods of bulk ammo storage? No, I do not, But I hope the results of this test will show that it is good to go for caches – even if the cache is exposed to the heat or gets flooded for whatever reason (Murphy’s Law always strikes at inopportune times). Once the ammo is pulled out, I will give an update on how it performs down range as well.
Check back in 6 months for the results!
UPDATE: My additional can arrived today (5/28) and was placed in my freezer. It will be pulled out with the rest of them.