Modifying medium and large ammo cans

During my career in the USAF I was given many ammo cans, here is my favorite mod for the medium and large ammo cans; these are the ammo cans with the removable lids that close on each end.

 

What's in the can?

Opportunity!

 

 

For this project you will need a medium or large ammo can, a drill, multiple sharp drill bits including a 1/2" bit, two 1/2" eye bolts each with a washer and two nuts, a sharpie or pencil, and some eye pro.

 

 

With the lid closed lightly mark the center of the center slot, eyeball it and darken your mark, adjusting it as needed.

 

 

Eye pro goes on here!  Remove the lid and drill a small pilot hole on your mark, then a medium sized hole, and finally use your 1/2" bit; using three sizes of drill bits this way will make your work both easier and cleaner.  Take your time, use oil if needed, I used Slip 2000 EWL.

 

 

For easier clean up I like to put a super magnet in a bag and clean up as I work, when I am done I turn the bag inside out and discard the bag and the filings.

 

 

Install the eye bolt, thread on the washer and one of the nuts, tighten the nut and then add and tighten the second nut.  You could cut the unused portion of the bolt off if you wish; repeat for the remaining eye bolt.

 

 

Clean up any remaining metal shavings, add the lid and a couple locks and you are done!

 

 

Here are a few of my modified ammo cans, full of small arms ammo.  A large can full of small arms ammo easily weighs 150 lbs; having all the cans tied together like that makes it more difficult to steal.

 

These modified ammo cans are also great for locking up tools in the back of your truck.  If you have expensive first aid kits at work paint a can white with a red cross on it; stuff the fist aid kit into the can and instead of using a lock use a serially numbered plastic seal.  Now instead of inventorying the entire first aid kit every few months you can just verify the serial number on the intact seal.

 

 

 

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Original Post

Nice. Am I missing where the second eye bolt goes?

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Malpaso posted:

Nice. Am I missing where the second eye bolt goes?

My bad, I forgot to add the pic below.  One eye bolt on each end in identical positions.

 

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Nice job, I gave a 20mm can to my father twenty years ago. He mounted it to his utility trailer to store the ball, bungees etc and padlocked it similar to your can. He still uses it. I was using mk19 cans to store ammo until I dropped one on my foot. Then  I bit the bullet and bought a pallet of fat 50/ saw cans from property surplus. I might rethink the big cans for my long term "retarded laws" ammo supply


 

As a guy who drills a LOT of holes in metal, the magnet in a bag idea is genius...and I'm shamelessly stealing it.

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Thank you everyone for your kind words. I have been making these mods to ammo cans for a number of years and thought that I was good to go until I picked up a few thousand rounds of ammo due to the ammo thread below and suddenly needed another ammo can.  Stray Round:  When I return from Afghanistan I will post my mod for old Samsonite hard sided luggage.

 Ammo thread:

http://www.lightfighter.net/to...48#39729918555280948

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NURSETIM:  "-if you want to Darwin yourself, jump out at me dressed as a clown. I'm to fat to run."

 

Maskirovka:  "He was shootable, and therefore runthehelloverable."

 

bjw182005:  "Unfortunately this world is not populated entirely by Lightfighters."

 

 

It's been a while since I've seen a real, LF-worthy post in the spiriting of sharing knowledge in a logical and well-photo-documented manner.

Well played, sir!

 

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I've just gotten into ammo can  arts and crafts- I'm in the middle of making a portable wood burning stove out of a .50 cal ammo can. 

These lockable mods are gonna be a staple. Thanks!

Geo

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Anyone see the ammo can battery pack? I picked up the two pack of ammo cans from Costco the other day to do this (http://www.instructables[DOT]com/id/Ammo-Can-Power-Pack/) so I could make some battery packs. Will be going to get a few more two packs to make some long term storage.

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Truckie posted:

Anyone see the ammo can battery pack? I picked up the two pack of ammo cans from Costco the other day to do this (http://www.instructables[DOT]com/id/Ammo-Can-Power-Pack/) so I could make some battery packs. Will be going to get a few more two packs to make some long term storage.

That's an old HAM radio mod for portable comms, except with a rigrunner and powerpoles for DC power.

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It's gone now, I wish you could've seen it"
- Moustache_6 quoting a WWII vet

 

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More arts and crafts, MilSurp-style.  I wanted a unique Christmas gift for my FIL, who has pretty much lived a bucket-list checking life.  Hard to shop for, hard to surprise, but he has a flaw...he is not mechanical at all.  He can tie flies, and work leather and bone, but can't fix loose screw to save his life.

I don't recall where I first saw this type of project, but want to be sure to say that I'm not claiming this as an original idea.  I have updated it with LED lights and other features detailed below.  All parts were sourced as local surplus store or Amazon.com.  Hardware and wiring supplies are all shit I keep on hand for working on emergency vehicles.

I give you the 7.62 work light:

Two prototypes, including the first one built with parts that were all lying around.  THe one plugged in is the final design.

So the basic concept is that I've made a portable LED worklight in the 2500 lumen range.  Inside the can is the power source, a 12v, 6Ah SLA battery like you would find in a battery back-up for a computer, emergency exit/staircase light, or an alarm system control panel.  It also has a seperately-switched 12v, 10A output, DC socket outlet (like in cars) for use charging phones or whatever.  There is a voltmeter on board to monitor/check battery charge, active only if one of the two switches is on.  An external charger port is built-in, and the charger stores inside the can so it's handy.  Finally, I added a 2qt canteen carry strap because it's heavy, about 7-8 pounds, and the strap lets you sling it and still use the light.

Anyway, if anyone's curious about the construction, I can provide details on parts and wiring.  It's a pretty simple DC project, but I did use diodes and a relay, so that might take some explaining.

"It's when you fuck up that you will hear from your peers, not when you are doing your job. We expect people to do their jobs, and don't praise them like six year olds who successfully tied their shoes when they do. " - Fatty

 

If in doubt about the tone of my post, please refer to avatar.

BadMonkey130U posted:

For this project you will need a medium or large ammo can, a drill, multiple sharp drill bits including a 1/2" bit, two 1/2" eye bolts each with a washer and two nuts, a sharpie or pencil, and some eye pro.

 

Add gaskets or silicon goop to keep them air/water tight?

Magnet a great idea.

Linz posted:

Add gaskets or silicon goop to keep them air/water tight?

Magnet a great idea.

An awesome idea!  I'd never even considered using gaskets or silicone caulk as all my cans are indoors with the exception of one large can in the bed of my truck and that is protected from the elements by my bed topper but that is an excellent idea which I will incorporate on future ammo can builds, thanks.

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NURSETIM:  "-if you want to Darwin yourself, jump out at me dressed as a clown. I'm to fat to run."

 

Maskirovka:  "He was shootable, and therefore runthehelloverable."

 

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TNYankee posted:

[ Cool electrical project ]

I consider myself decent with carpentry, but have minimal ability with electronics. I am quite jealous of this.

 

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It's not that life is so short, it's that you're dead for so long.

The .45-70 is the only government I trust

"I was raised in a place called America...
It's gone now, I wish you could've seen it"
- Moustache_6 quoting a WWII vet

 

Joined: 1/30/06 3:34 PM - Location:MA

I would love to see a step-by-step on making the ammo can light

Do you reckon it would be possible to double up everything in a .50cal can (regular, tall or fat)?

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