Ammo cans and desiccants


When you get into shooting one of the things you have to think about is ammo storage and ammo transport. Before I started shooting more than once or twice a year on my own I would just head to the store buy the ammo I wanted to shoot and keep it in the store bag until I got to the range.


If I didn’t shoot up all my ammo, the leftover loose ammo would just get thrown in my range bag and I’d be on my merry way.  Now that I shoot more, I have bulk ammo that I buy months before a range day and keep it locked up in storage until I need it.

I have seen people use everything from plastic bags to cardboard boxes to ammo cans to 10 gallon Rubbermaid containers filled with loose .223 as storage.   But in my opinion, one of the best and most common loose ammo containers is the ammo can.


Army surplus stores use to sell them on the cheap for under $5 for a .50 BMG can. Not to depress anyone reading this but 10 years ago when wolf ammo was $45 for 500 rounds of 7.62x39mm they even sold them to you in .30 caliber ammo cans.

Now we are seeing them for about $10-$20 per can for metal or plastic cans.



There are two types of cans.  The metal “Army Surplus” cans and the plastic ammo storage cans. Both have their place but they also have their own downfalls. When I started I was using the plastic cans which worked fine for a few months but the weight would get to them and break the handles. I switched over to the metal cans which are clearly harder to “break”. I like the plastics for the simple reason that they can’t rust or corrode and destroy the ammo. So, as I said each have their pros and cons.


If you are looking at ammo storage and thinking about ammo cans something you need of be mindful of is moisture. I have parents who take vitamins and most of the vitamins come with little desiccant packs.  I have asked them to save them for me.  I just fill my ammo cans with about 1 or 2 boxes of ammo and throw in one or two desiccant packs between the layers of ammo to keep my ammo dry and fresh.

If you are more of the hobby type you can go to your local hobby store and pick up silica gel beads used for drying flowers.  Fill coffee filters with the silica gel with just enough to be able to close and staple the filler shut.  Just keep one on top of your ammo under the sealed lid.

Written for – Which caliber is best?

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(Atticus James) I was asked which caliber I think is best out of the 9mm, .40 S&W and the .45 ACP.

This is not an easy question for me to just flat out say one is better than the other as I own and love all three calibers. Sure the 9mm is cheap to shoot and has low felt recoil so it is fun for most all shooters. The .45 acp has that manly “I eat my steak bloody and get into boxing matches with bears” feel. The .40 S&W is a middle of the road round as it was designed to have as much of the best of both the 9mm and the .45 acp.

Before I get to what I feel is the best of the three calibers I would like to give my view points on all three

.45 ACP Review


The first caliber of the three I ever owned was a Glock 21 chambered in the .45 acp and I have shot so many rounds of .45 acp  that I am very comfortable with the weight and felt recoil.

When I think of the .45acp I think of the Colt 1911 as they are both very iconic together.

Just some of my thoughts on the .45 acp

· In the middle of the cost range between the .40 and 9mm

· Heavy on the felt recoil. After firing the first shot your arms may move so much that it will take longer to get back on target for the follow up shot.

· The ammo is very common and when not in an ammo shortage very easy to find the ammo at competitive prices.

· An all around good caliber to carry as a secondary when hunting.

· Not all shooters are comfortable with the size and felt recoil of the .45.

The sizes of a lot of .45 handguns are large so they are not as easy to conceal. Not that there are not small frame .45s but when you are shooting a .45 you want to have as much grip on that firearm as possible.

9mm Review


The 9mm is a good all around caliber. The round is not a clear winner to me in any one category so I believe the round should be looked at overall rather than broken down.

The round can have improved ballistics in some categories with a change in bullet weight or bullet type (ball to Hollow-point) depending on what your end goal for the round is.

When moving up in the caliber world from .22lr, one of the next steps to the general shooter might be to the 9mm.

· The ammo (Target or non defensive rounds) tends to be less expensive than the .40 or .45.

· The small round generally means less felt recoil (means better follow up shots)

· The market is flooded with different brands and models of 9mm so the average handgun is not going to be as expensive.

· More rounds can fit into a magazine.

.40 S&W Review


As I said before, this round was designed with the thought of trying to take the best of the 9mm and the .45 acp and build a new round altogether.

The .40 S&W has become one of the more popular conceal carry rounds only surpassed by the 9mm (in a recent poll conducted buy and followed by the .45 ACP.

Even with the popularity the .40 it is still the most expensive (per factory) round of the three.

· Slightly lower to equal to the 9mm when looking at magazine capacity

· Similar ballistics of the .45

· Less felt recoil than the .45

· Larger round (to the 9mm) means bigger hole.


Generally speaking, when people compare the 9mm to the .40 to the .45 acp they are comparing gun to gun to gun vs. ammo to ammo to ammo. When you factor out the gun and solely look at the ammo your opinion may change based on the type of shooting you plan to use the ammo for.

I love that the 9mm is inexpensive to shoot and still has felt recoil (unlike the .22lr)

I love the .45 ACP because of the manly “I eat my steak bloody and get into boxing matches with bears” feeling.

And I love the popularity and ballistics of the .40 S&W.

Written by Atticus James
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Press Release: Introducing New Win1911™ Ammunition Line

Press Release: Introducing New Win1911™ Ammunition Line

The Model 1911 pistol is an American icon. Since its wide use in World War I, the M1911 pistol has become one of the most popular pistols of the last century – being made by almost every American firearm manufacturer. Winchester® Ammunition has now released The Win1911™ line as a functional ammunition line to accompany the M1911.

The .45 ACP rounds will be available with either a flat nose full metal jacket (FMJ) or jacketed hollow point (JHP) design. The flat nose FMJ rounds are built for high accuracy and exhibit precision groups. The JHP rounds are designed to shoot to the same point of impact as their FMJ counterparts, and the ballistics are also matched in velocity and trajectory. Together, both products in the Win1911™ line are perfect for practice and personal defense.

Both the FMJ and JHP designs feature nickel-plated bullet jackets for easy identification and 230 grain bullets.

“The M1911 pistol is one of the most recognizable and iconic firearms on the market. We at Winchester have undertaken significant testing to maximize functioning and accuracy with these new offerings to create an ammunition line that lives up to the name of the legendary pistol,” said Brett Flaugher, Winchester Ammunition vice president of sales, marketing and strategy.


About Winchester Ammunition

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Walther Arms– Colt Government 1911 A1 Rail Gun .22lr Review

Walther Arms– Colt Government 1911 A1 Rail Gun .22lr Review


Caliber:   .22 Long Rifle
Mag Capacity:    10 or 12 rounds
Weight w/out Mag:    2.25 lbs
Overall Length:    8.6 in
Barrel Length:    5 in
Barrel Twist:    1 in 13-3/4 in
Grooves:    6
Operation:    Blowback
Trigger:    Single Action, 5.5 lbs
Rear Sight:    Drift Adjustable
Front Sight:    Removable, Drift Adjustable
Safety:    Manual Thumb Safety, Grip Safety, Disconnector
Extractor:    Internal + Pinned Ejector
Muzzle Thread:    M8x.75mm


Last year I reviewed the Colt Government 1911 A1 .22lr that was made by Carl Walther and distributed by Walther Arms (distributed by Umerex when the review was written). At SHOT 2013 Walther introduced the FDE 1911 Rail gun.


I wanted to get my hands on one to review so I contacted Walther a few months back to see if we could review the FDE (Flat Dark Earth) but due to a shipping error we got the black rail gun instead (same gun just different paint jobs).

Short history of the name:

The Colt 1911 as suggested by the name was formally adopted by the US Army March of 1911 and given the designation M1911.


Since this is a replica of the real 1911, Walther made this gun to look and feel like a full .45 ACP 1911 straight down to the weight which matches the the real colt rail gun.

I think the 1911 is a work of art that has clearly passed the test of time.


The gun is not made of plastic so it doesn’t feel like a toy in your hand. This feels like a real Colt 1911 because it is one. 


The Colt 1911 Rail Gun chambered in .45ACP retails for around $1,200 where as the Walther Colt Rail Gun chambered in .22LR MSRP is $449.99 for the black and $499.99 for the flat dark earth.

.22 Caliber:

The .22 caliber 1911 has a few benefits really worth talking about.

1. You can train with the .22 version at the range if you plan to carry a full frame 1911 and not worry about spending the $18 for a box of 50 .45acps

2. You can train with use of a new laser or flashlight that you plan to attach to your full frame 1911 rail gun.

3. Smaller children can shoot this gun without worrying that the recoil is going to hurt them.

4. .22 LR is a fun round to shoot all day without worrying about how much it is costing you.


This gun shot every type of .22LR rounds that we could find without malfunction.  I really enjoy going to the range with this gun.  It feels like a real Colt 1911. 

Overall Thoughts:

The 1911 is one of my favorite pistols of all time.

The Walther Colt 1911-22 is a great addition to anyone’s collection who is looking for a quality .22 version of the iconic 1911.


Walther Arms H&K MP5SD Review PT:2

Walther Arms H&K MP5SD Review PT:2

Last year I came across the replica MP5SD that was made by Carl Walther of Germany and I read up on my reviews to see what others thought on the product and I saw pretty much the same thing from post to post, this was a GREAT replica and that no matter what you fed the gun it worked.


As you can see on our Product Review page we had this gun back in 2012. Both Panzer and Gun Bunny gave a short review on how they loved the gun. I ran out of time with the gun and had to send it back to Walther before I got to write a review.  

The ammo we have found to run through the gun was:


Federal .22 LR 40 Grains (100 rounds no misfires or jams)
Remington Thunderbolt High Velocity .22LR 40 Grains (50 rounds no misfires or jams)
Remington 22 Target Standard Velocity .22LR 40 Grains (100 rounds no misfires or jams)
Winchester Wildcat 22 .22LR HV 40 Grains (1000 rounds no misfire or jams)
Blazer 22 Long Rifle 40 Grains (50 rounds no misfires or jams)
CCI Mini Mag 22 LR 40 Grains Copper Plated round nose (100 rounds no misfires or jams)
Winchester Super X .22 LR super speed round nose (100 rounds no misfires or jams)
Remington Golden Bullet HV Plated Round nose 40 Grains (1000 rounds no misfires or jams)
Eley Target .22 LR (200 rounds no misfires or jams)

For a total of 2700 rounds. We shot over 2000 before the gun was ever cleaned.

I said that there were not misfires or problems with the ammo but I have had one operator error that I would like to note. When shooting I forget to keep my fingers out of the magazine speed loader channel which stops the follower from pushing up the rounds so it feels like a misfire. The spent brass is ejected but the bolt and follower cannot push the next round into the the chamber since my finger is stopping it. I am the only gears crew that has had this issue. 



Caliber: .22 L.R.
Capacity: 10 or 25 rounds
Mode of Fire: Semi-Auto
Barrel Length: 16.2 in (412 mm)
Barrel Twist: 1 in 13-3/4 in
Rifling Grooves: 6
Rifling Length: 13.78 in (350 mm)
Front Sight: Interchangeable Posts
Rear Sight: Adjustable – Windage & Elevation
Overall Length: 26.5–32.5 in (675-825 mm)
Overall Height w/Mag:10.6 in (270 mm)
Overall Width: 2.2 in (55 mm)
Stock Style: Single Point Adjustable Telestock
Trigger Type: Single-stage
Trigger Pull: 6.6-8.8lbs
Safety Type: Manual
Principal of Operation: Blowback
Muzzle Thread: M8x.75
Length of Pull: 6.5 – 12.375 in
Sight Radius: 13.2 in (335 mm)
Diameter Rear Sight Aperture: .24 /.13 / 0.11 / 0.1 in
Front Sight Width: .07 in (1.8 mm)
Weight w/out Mag: 7.45 lbs (3400 g)
Weight of empty Mag-25: 2.5 oz (70 g)
Metal Receiver and Compensator

Safety and Magazine:

The MP5sd has a large ambidextrous safety selector.

The gun has both a magazine release button similar to the AR platform and the ambidextrous paddle release like that of an AK platform.


The suppressor is just a weighted tube on the end of the gun to help mimic the weight of the real 9mm MP5SD.


The iron sights out of the box were dead on at 50 yds. The rifle does not come with a picatinny rail for the top but you can pick one up for about $100 from


The trigger is one of my cons for this gun. The trigger is plastic and feels like a toy. This rifle is a .22lr and with that in mind it isn’t really a problem but for the sake of a balanced and unbiased review I have to make a note of that. 


It is a replica of the real H&K MP5SD. I like the looks and think it has a cool factor that says to everyone at the range “Yeah, I’m the bees knees”. (as to why your gun is talking to people and telling them you are the knees of a bee I have yet to figure out). All joking aside the MP5 is a very iconic gun that has been around since the mid 1960’s and has been on many peoples wish list since they first laid eyes on one.

.22 Caliber

For those of us who like the look of the real H&K MP5 (from $5,000 to $30,000), Walther has made one chambered .22LR that is more affordable to the everyday shooter.

With the gun chambered in the cheaper .22LR you can spend all day at the range without needing a bank loan for the 9mm.

.22 LR is one of my favorite rounds since I can shoot it without the recoil pains the next day or guilt that I shot 100 rounds in under 2 minutes.


It is a single position adjustable stock meaning it is in pistol form with the stock retracted or in rifle mode with the stock at it farthest point for a length of pull around 12.3 inches.


There were no malfunctions outside of the operator errors which I was the only one of the crew to have.
We ran over 5000 total rounds between the two guns  (this time out and the previous review period) and both of the guns did better than expected with no malfunctions.


The MSRP is $549.99 but can typically found online for around $500.  This is a higher end .22 LR. I believe that  this is a case of you get what you pay for; quality.

Overall thoughts: 

I love this gun and in the next few months we will have a follow up review out on our 5000th round.



Ammo Review: PPU 5.56x45mm

Ammo Review: PPU 5.56x45mm

A few weeks back we were talking with our friends at about getting some ammo for our reviews.


They were happy to help us out with Prvi Partizan 5.56x45mm rounds.


The ammo shot a little dirty which I expected out of PPU as it is not match grade ammo. PPU is made in Serbia and is fairly close to milspec US ammo.

The SU-16CA, the ZA-15 and the SIG556 all shot without any problems.

A few reloaders who follow us have told us they have never had problems with reloading the PPU Brass. 

Range Report:

55 Gr
Full Metal Jacket Boattail
Boxer Primer
Annealed case neck

From the 100 yd. bench with the ZA-15 I was finding I was getting groupings of about 1/2 inch (12.7mm) groups.

The ProMag and Lancer used this ammo in the reviews.

Overall thoughts:

The ammo is great range ammo. The ammo never had any problems so we plan to continue using PPU for reviews when we can get our hands on it.

I would like to thank for shipping us out this ammo for us to review.

Their website is easy to navigate and find what you are looking for. They have a friendly group of people working for them and I am always happy to do business with them.

 Check them out for all great deals on ammo.

Remington .22lr Thunderbolt ammo recall

Consumer Product Notification

Remington Rimfire: 22 Thunderbolt® TB-22A

22 Long Rifle Ammunition

Remington has determined that two specific lot codes of Remington 22Thunderbolt® ammunition may contain rounds with an insufficient crimp on the bullet. This issue is specific only to lot numbers: S22BB1237 and S22BC1237. Handling or loading this 22 Thunderbolt® ammunition could result in the separation of the bullet from the shell casing. In certain situations, this occurrence could render the firearm inoperable.

If you have recently purchased a box, brick, or case of Remington 22Thunderbolt® ammunition with the specific lot numbers: S22BB1237 or S22BC1237, Remington will exchange this ammunition at no charge. For questions, or to arrange for exchange and replacement of this 22 Thunderbolt® ammunition, please contact the Remington Customer Service staff at: 1-800-243-9700

Remington would like to apologize for any inconveniences or concerns that this issue may have created for our customers. We thank you for your continued support of Remington firearms and ammunition products.


Video Tuesday!!! TDSA and X Products

Atticus testing the X-products X-15 magazine at the TDSA range in Ferris TX.

If you are interested in visiting the range call them and tell them Atticus sent you!

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The Nine Millimeter

This pistol round is probably the first thing a person would think of when someone talks about handgun ammunition. There is a very good reason for this. The Nine millimeter (9mm was First created by an Austrian accountant named Georg Luger. In 1901 Mr. Luger created the 9mm for the German Empire and was first widely used during the World War. The round is being used today. This was the first pistol round used in an automatic gun that birthed a new class of firearm, the “submachine gun”. The MP18 was introduced using the 9mm. The Mp18 was developed by Theodor Bergmann and was used by troops who specialized in trench combat.  This prompted the Allied forces to create the Thompson and was countered by the Germans in WW2 to create the MP40.


The design of the 9mm was new in the fact that it was small, cheap and had no bottle neck design. If you were to look at the side of the round, you would see one slight bump but it has a streamlined contour. It has a diameter of 9.01 millimeters (mm), or 0.355 inches (in) with a length of 29.69mm or 1.69 in. The grains of gunpowder are different based on the desired usage with 115, 124 and 147. With a control barrel length of 150mm or 5.91 in, a 9mm round will fire with a max psi of 34,084. With a weight of 7.45 grams (g), the bullet will fly out of the barrel at 390 meters per second (1300 feet per second) and will hit a target with 420 pound force. With a breaking point of 300-700psi, it will perform well.

The usage for the round in four categories, targets, hunting, home defence and war is important. I believe that for target shooting and practice, this round is excellent. It is cheap, reliable and can be put into a large magazine. Hunting is a poor choice for this round. Unless you are hunting snakes with snake shot, you should use a rifle. It is much preferable to use it as a back up to defend yourself. For hunting, I suggest a larger round for self defence against larger animals. Home defence is the perfect useage for this round. The small size combined with its excellent penetrating power and its typically high magazine count is accessible to all ages and genders making one clip better than a larger round. The cost effectiveness of the 9mm is the main reason, countries and police forces worldwide ship them a crate per person. You can carry four 19 round magazine verses four 8 round magazines giving you 44 more rounds.


New staff writer and the 7.62x54mmR

For a quick introduction, my name is John Bullet. I will be creating a “one stop shop” for reference and information on as many varying types of ammunition as I can get a hold of or research. I will be dividing each subject into three parts, objective, personal subjective and local interviews. From time to time, internet links will be provided to videos and references.

I will start off with my personal favorite round, the 7.62x54mmR. The round was first created in Russia in 1891 and is still in use today. It is a rimmed; this means that the base of the round has a lip. This is one of the oldest types of cartridge and was created to hold the round in place while it is chambered. It is also bottlenecked; the bullet has a smaller diameter than the diameter of the cartridge where the gunpowder is stored. This has two purposes, to hold it in the chamber and to give the same bullet more gunpowder.

The total height of the round is 77.16mm or 3.03 inches. The diameter of the bullet is 7.92 millimeters (mm) or 0.312 inches (in) while the casing has a diameter of 12.37 millimeters or 0.487 inches. The cartridge carries 180 grains of gunpowder and when fired has a maximum pressure of 52,000 pounds per square inch (psi). With a control barrel of 73 centimeters (cm) or 28in, a bullet from a standard 7.62×54 will leave the barrel at 797 meters per second (m/s) or 2610 feet per second (fps) and carry a weight of 11.3 grams (g) and hit a target with 3,593 joules (j).

The round can be fired with a plethora of different firearms. The original usage was designed for the Mosin-Nagant but can be used with the Winchester 1895, AVB-7.62, AVS-36, Dragunov and the SVU redesign in 1991, JS-7.62, STV-38/STV-40, PSL, M91, Berkut-2M1, SV-98, Alejandro and the Russian Vepr. Even though the round was designed for a bolt action, it has been adapted for automatic rifles. These include the 2B-P-10, Degtyaryov, DS-39, GShG-7.62 mg, Hua Qing Minigun, Madison mg, the Pecheneg or the “PKP”, PM M1910, PV-1 mg, Slostin mg, savin-narov mg, SG-43 Goryunov, SHKAS mg, Type 53/57, Type 67 and 80 mg, Uk vz. 59 and the zastava M84.

For the video for my personal thoughts,×54mmR


What caliber do you conceal carry?