Given the way things are looking, we may all be living in the Dark Ages by next winter. So I thought this excerpt from Ivanhoe would not go amiss. Might give everybody some ideas on designing their keep for after the anticipated collapse! The story is appropriate to our times, since the Saxons were oppressed by the Normans, much as we will certainly be when Hillary and her adherents are running this country.
"I was born a native of these parts," answered their guide, and as he made the reply they stood before the mansion of Cedric;---a low irregular building, containing several court-yards or enclosures, extending over a considerable space of ground, and which, though its size argued the inhabitant to be a person of wealth,differed entirely from the tall, turretted, and castellated buildings in which the Norman nobility resided, and which had become the universal style of architecture throughout England.
Rotherwood was not, however, without defences; no habitation, in that disturbed period, could have been so,without the risk of being plundered and burnt before the next morning.
A deep fosse, or ditch, was drawn round the whole building, and filled with water from a neighbouring stream. A double stockade, or palisade, composed of pointed beams, which the adjacent forest supplied, defended the outer and inner bank of the trench. There was an entrance from the west through the outer stockade, which communicated by a drawbridge, with a similar opening in the interior defences. Some precautions had been taken to place those entrances under the protection of projecting angles, by which they might be flanked in case of need by archers or slingers.
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There's not much time.
This has been on the internet as long as there has been an internet. It’s very old, but still valid. I post it for those who are just beginning to give some thought to the subject.
There has been much debate on what is the best way for long term storage of ammo, and while I can’t say it’s wrong to place your ammo in a bucket and suck out all the air and replace it with nitrogen I can say it is a waste of valuable resources.
O.K. if you plan being cryogenically frozen for hundreds of years then maybe. The rest of us just need to know what is the best way to properly store ammo so that it doesn’t degrade over a period of time and that it functions as designed when put into use.
Now I need to give you some background on how and for what condition ammo is built. Military cartridges are designed so that they can withstand storage temperatures from minus 65 degrees F. to 122 F. So as long as you don’t keep them in an oven you’re fine. They’re made for soldiers to use in battlefield conditions under the most horrible conditions conceivable and still function.
The manufactures (OLIN, Winchester, Remington Etc.) know this and they also know they will lose a big fat Govt contract if they don’t pass this criteria. Here is one for you, the same folks that make 5.56mm make the exact same cartridge and call it a .223 change the label and sell it civilian. Same with .308 (7.62 NATO). So now you know that there is hardly any difference between civilian and military ammunition manufacturing. Let's get down to storage. (NOTE: there are minor differences. If you are interested in the technical aspects there are lots of discussions on the net.)
Shelf life refers to how long an item can remain in storage and still be functional. Well , all military small arms ammunition has an indefinite shelf life. This means as long as it is properly stored it will never go bad.
Service life refers to how long a item can remain in a operating configuration and still be functional. Small arms ammunition should be good from anywhere from 6 months to 18 months before you need to inspect it. If the ammo has some corrosion on it take some copper wool or steel wool and take it off, then it’s good to go unless it is to the stage of pitting then get rid of it.
Now most ammo comes in a wooden outer container with metal inner packs that holds the ammo. We store it on at least two inches of dunnage to keep off the floor. It is inspected every five years and then only ten percent is checked for defects and then thrown back into storage for another 5 yrs. (if nothing is wrong).
So now what can you do as a civilian to store your ammo? Your number one enemy is moisture; as long as you have a waterproof container you are fine. I use empty 20mm ammunition containers that you can get from any surplus store although PVC pipe will do. Try and keep the cartridges in the original packing and try and keep away from metal to metal contact. To ensure that the ammo has no moisture I throw in a couple of dehumidifier packages. This is strictly optional as we don’t even do that in the military. Whether its military ammo you got at a gun show or .22 shells from K-mart it's all the same.
Before you store it make sure it’s clean, dry( and wiped off if you touched it) and that’s it! Wow, almost too simple. You don’t need to vacuum seal it, and you don’t need to store it at any particular temperature just keep it dry and out of the elements and leave it alone. I have been working with munitions for over 11 years, and this is what they have trained me. I hope this sheds some understanding on storage.