Saturday, March 20, 2010
Praxis: Repacking the Brit 7.62 NATO
Most of you will recall my post "They don't grow on trees. . ."
Well, a fellow Irregular who understood my poverty but sensed my hunger for this primo stuff kindly offered to do a trade for something he needed. The deal is half-done, because I received a crate of this stuff the day I came back from Florida. I was surprised that UPS delivered "ORM-D" without a signature, just dumped 750 rounds on my front porch when nobody was home.
The Brit shipping crate.
Anyway, pursuant to reports that some folks have received this particular manufacture of Brit 7.62 and opened the packages only to find rusted stripper clips and corroded rounds, I immediately inspected every clip.
What great stuff. Truly primo.
Brit crate opened, showing green vacuum-packed sleeve.
Anyway, having broken open the green vacuum-packed sleeve, I tried to substitute a very large zip-lock bag and repack the bandos in the same wire-bound container they came in.
Thirty-minutes later, I gave up and went to find a SAW can (larger than an M2A1 "fifty-cal" can), which seemed to be about the same size.
Worked great, accepting all ten 75 round bandoleers.
Remember, boys and girls, the Brits do not include "spoons," also known as "chargers" or "stripper clip guides," with their ammo, so you'll need to get some of those (I suggest one per bandoleer).
Also, remember to take off or black out the original markings (I use acetone to remove them completely) and remark the can with the new contents in paint or magic marker so there is no doubt what is inside without having to open it.
Now all I have to do is disperse it in an off-property cache. If the ATF raids me, they're going to come up disappointed.