It has been said that it is equally important to store your ammunition safely, as it is to store your guns. Corroded or damaged ammunition can cause harm. Such can lead to frequent misfires which for some who might need to defend their own or a family member’s life, a failure to fire is one of the worst scenarios one could face. Poor condition of ammunition can also damage firearms and hurt those firing the gun. This is why you will want to put some consideration when it comes to storing your ammunition. Shooting Range Industries has a few tips for the proper storage of your ammo.
Humidity Control of Stored Ammo
Humidity often destroys ammo stored in those conditions. Excessive moisture and brass don’t mix well. Casings and primers can be easily corroded and be considering greatly unsafe to be used. When you are considering a certain area for storing your ammo, make sure it is in a dry area. Laundry rooms or closets in bathrooms are not a good idea. It is also a good idea to use ammo cans or storage containers designed to store ammo because they are designed to seal ammo and keep moisture out. However, even with ammo storage cases, you still want to avoid rooms near high humidity areas. Perhaps ammo has been exposed to moisture but there is no sign of corrosion. You may wish to take the chance and use them. If so, you should lay out your ammo and consider placing a dehumidifier next to them and allow them to dry before use.
Label & Rotate Ammo Storage
When you buy ammunition and you’re not going to the range right away, it is wise to write the date you bought them on the packaging. When you plan on going to the range for some practice, make sure to use the oldest ammo first. This habit maintains fresh and better quality of ammo on hand. It is also good to use separate storage containers for each caliber of rounds. You may want to label each storage container with the caliber to prevent mixing up your rounds.
Don’t Store Bullets in a Magazine
Unless you are using a gun for self defense, either in your home or for conceal carry, you should never store ammunition inside a magazine. One; a child could load the gun more easily and two; your ammo is exposed to more elements. Additionally, it is bad for the magazine. Some experts believe that keeping rounds in your gun magazine wears out the spring that feeds the next round into the chamber of your gun. This means your bullets might not chamber correctly. They could jam or not load at all. Neither is a good thing when it comes to self defense. Some experts believe if you’re keeping one magazine loaded for quicker self defense, it’s a good idea to rotate between at least two magazines one loaded and one unloaded to maintain proper function of your magazines. Standard law enforcement practice is to rotate magazines every 90 days.
Secured Ammunition Storage
Finally, a big part of gun ownership is proper safety habits. This means you should secure your ammo by either locking the ammo in a case or safe. Too many accidents occur with young children finding a loaded gun or figuring out how to load a gun. With so many Hollywood block buster action movies full of awesome gun fights; they can put misleading ideas into the heads of our kids about using them. It is important to properly teach our little ones how firearms work and how they are dangerous. However, the next step is to store and prevent unauthorized users from both your guns and the ammunition used.
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Without ammunition in good condition, guns are useless. Be smart on where and how you store your ammo. Shooting Range Industries hopes we were able to show how to safely and properly store ammunition. For all your range design and building needs, contact Shooting Range Industries today.