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How To Protect Your Ammo Stockpile

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Even though you may make every effort to become self sufficient,
there are some things that cannot be made without a good bit of
help from modern tools and equipment. Some of the best ammunition
in the world will no longer be available once society collapses and
the technology and skills are lost for making it.

Under these circumstances, you may feel that it is best to store
away as much ammo as possible. At the very least, if you have a
bigger stockpile left, there is a chance that you or your survivors
can command greater resources once societies begin to form

In the meantime, storing ammo properly is also very important so
that you will be prepared for smaller emergencies that require the
use of the items in your stockpile.

Here are some basic guidelines for keeping your ammunition safe
in a world where new technologies may make it a bit more
complicated than expected.

Making Your Ammo Invisible

Ground penetrating radars, X-ray scanners, satellites, and other
devices make it very hard to hide metallic objects even in your own
home or in the ground beneath it. This, in turn, means that making
ammo invisible will be harder than you may have expected. Here are
some things you can try:

  • All of your ammo should be impossible to trace to you. When you
    buy ammo, always pay cash and only divulge your identity to people
    that you can trust. Never buy all your ammo in one place. If
    someone is watching your purchases at one location, they may not be
    able to gauge your stockpile as easily if you buy elsewhere.
  • Pack your ammo into smaller cans that can be harder to spot by
    scanners from above or at ground level. Smaller boxes can be hidden
    among metal pipes or other “scrap” as long as the metals in
    question are similar to those found in the bullets. If there is a
    reason why you would store away bullets with aluminum or steel
    casings over brass ones, this would be it!
  • If you purchase a square or rectangular shaped ammo can, it may
    be very easy to spot on some scanners. You may want to make
    unevenly shaped boxes from polymer or other materials that will
    keep the ammo dry, cool, and safe. When using polymer, do not
    forget to cover the outer surface of the container with rocks, bits
    of metal, or anything else that will help scramble the signature of
    the ammunition hidden within the can.
  • You may also be able to find paints and other materials that
    will absorb scanner signals or reflect them in a way that masks the
    presence of the ammo can. You will need to have a good idea of the
    technologies used to scan for ammo or metal, and then figure out
    which coatings will best suit your needs. While you may be tempted
    to try and jam scanners, the consistent failure of these devices in
    certain areas may draw unwanted attention. It is truly better to
    make the signature of your cache as small as possible so that it is
    overlooked or mistaken for something else.  Just remember that
    it can be harder to fool modern computers that do not get tired,
    bored, or lose focus as a human viewer would.

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Making Your Ammo Stockpile Mobile

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is making sure that you can
move everything around with ease.  Here are some things you
can do to make the task easier:

  • If you have ammo stored away from home or underground, make
    sure that you have pulleys, carts, and other devices to move the
    ammo around with ease.
  • Always make sure that you can clear pathways easily, yet cover
    them back up so that the presence of your ammo remains
  • Have a locus of four or five locations nearby that you can
    rotate each can in and out of. If you have two cans of ammo in your
    home, then you should have at least 10 hiding places that the cans
    can be moved in and out of.
  • Take the time now to practice moving ammo around so that you
    know what to expect. In an emergency, there is nothing worse than
    being pressed for time and unsure how long it will take to
    accomplish a task. Even if something does go wrong or the
    unexpected happens, these time frames will help you make better
    decisions about what to take along and what to leave behind.
  • Never forget that lighter weight is easier to carry around.
    Lighter weight cans are also less likely to break apart or puncture
    when jolted in transit.
  • When you practice moving ammo from one place to another, always
    include awareness of fires, excess heat, and water. Never put ammo
    near heat or flames even if you want to test your skills. It is
    safest to make sure that you are aware as you go through your
    drills. If you truly feel compelled to drill with live fire, then
    use ammo cans filled with sand; this will keep you safe and help
    you gain a sense of what must be done. Don’t forget to include a
    thermometer on top of the can and one that will record temperatures
    inside the can. If nothing else convinces you to avoid drilling
    with ammo in the presence of fire or excess heat, this may well do
    the job.

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Avoid Indirect Damage from EMPs and Nuclear Blasts

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gunpowder to ignite. EMPs are well known for causing fires.

If you have ammo cans stored near wires, cables, or anything
else that might burn up from the EMP, then the heat from that fire
may be enough to cause the ammo to explode. The thermal wave from a
nuclear blast and the fires caused by it can also affect ammo in a
harmful way.

There is only one real way to prevent EMPs and nuclear blasts
from ruining your ammo supply. As with protecting yourself, all of
your ammo will have to be stored in an underground bunker or
shelter. Never hesitate to build additional tunnels or layers of
tunnels so that you can move the ammo around underground.

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, then you can still take
some steps to reduce the risk of ammo related explosions caused by
an EMP. If you decide to stash ammo in the walls of your home make
sure that the cans are far enough away from electrical wiring,
metal pipes, or anything else that might conduct electricity. You
should also avoid storing ammo in any location where only a bit of
plaster or wood stands between an electrical appliance and the ammo
hiding in the wall.

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, make sure that all electronic
devices and conductive materials are stored away in EMP proof bags.
As long as no fires start in the bug out bag, and everything stays
cool and dry, then the ammo should also remain safe.

Safeguarding Your Stockpile

There are many different ways to safeguard your ammo stockpile.
If you are prepping with a group, then you can always look for way
to use conventional guard duty systems. That being said, no matter
how much you trust the people around you, it never hurts to have a
few hidden caches of ammo that only you know about.

If you have ammo stored in remote locations, the geography of
the region itself should be able to deter electronic scanners and
curious people. While you may not be able to actively patrol these
areas, you should still be able to draw adversaries into fire zones
or use traps to neutralize them.

When setting traps in areas you don’t plan on visiting very
often, just make sure you remember what you did. There are few
things worse in life than going to a cave where you hid some ammo,
only to wind up hung up by a snare you set in front of the
entrance, and then forgot about.

Depending on the location of your stockpile, some defense
methods may be more feasible than others. For example, if you rent
an apartment, or have very little room to hide ammo, then decoys,
distractions, and diversions may offer some viable options.

Consider a situation where you have only one room suitable for
storing ammo, you can still put one can in plain view. Even if it
is empty, the invader may well move over to that can first. From
there, you can choose any number of actions.

First, you can detonate traps that will prevent the invader from
taking further action. If there is more than one person, you may
want to use this diversion to grab your bug out bag and run. Should
you be fortunate enough to have several minutes to make your
escape, then you can always try to move one or two ammo cans to
your bug out vehicle.

Without a question, if you have been drilling on moving ammo
from one place to another, you will know pretty much how long it
takes and then make your decision from there. If you feel that you
cannot get the ammo out in time, it is truly better to escape with
your life rather than lose it for the sake of a few rounds of

At its simplest, you can keep your ammo storage plans to
choosing airtight and waterproof cans that will be stored away in a
cool, dry location.

As a prepper, however, it is also important to be able to move,
manage, and care for your stockpile even in extreme circumstances.
Being able to effectively hide ammo, move it around, and use simple
tools will all make it easier to have plenty of ammo on hand for
years to come.

Keeping up with electronic technologies and polymers will also
go a long way towards helping you keep your stockpile safe, sound,
and in good condition.

No matter whether you are storing rounds or gunpowder, following
some basic rules and maintaining a good level of stockpile
awareness will truly be of immense benefit.

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This article has been written by Carmela
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