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I have had this around for quite a while but just ran across it when cleaning the garage last week. It is a brownish color and that is the original color. The locks on each end twist. Inside it still has what appears to be a leather pad inside, molded to fit the bottom. Any ideas on what it is? It says 30 cal and has the ordnance bomb on the end, but it doesn't look like any other ammo can I've seen.

 

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I think these were used in armored vehicles in the mid WW II era. I've seen them painted white also. They are uncommon.

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I concur with Brian, from information I got when I asked on another forum. I picked one up for $8.00. I have not seen what they go for but I was also told they are rare.

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Well I found a website which describes these as "1919A5/M-37 Ammunition Chest, .30 caliber for use in Tanks" and apparently the fact the top can be totally removed made it more suitable for use in tanks (it whas latches at each end, unlike most ammo cans which have a hinge at one end). Based on what I found on ebay and non-ebay websites, these are valued at anywhere from about $75-125 (one just sold for $89 on ebay) - that amazes me because the typical ammo can is hard to give away.


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Dang. I thought I had all style cans. Now I have to keep an eye out for this one.

 

I had this for a quite a while and found it when doing a recent major garage cleanout (our homeowners association has decided to rally crack down on their rules about no parking in driveways). I've put it on ebay http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...em=300247674792


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This is the famous T4 can, and there are other versions, the T4E1 with a canvas carry handle and the T8 (similar can with different latching). This one is fairly common but the latter is not. These were thought to be used in tanks but there is no evidence to that effect. In fact, since the M1 can was not introduced until later, this was the can available. Other then these, wood chests were the only other option for belted ammo. All info courtesy of Jon at Browningmg. I recently purchased one from Ebay for about $10 in very good condition. Congrats on your find and realizing it was different and worthy of protecting.

 

 

 

I have had this around for quite a while but just ran across it when cleaning the garage last week. It is a brownish color and that is the original color. The locks on each end twist. Inside it still has what appears to be a leather pad inside, molded to fit the bottom. Any ideas on what it is? It says 30 cal and has the ordnance bomb on the end, but it doesn't look like any other ammo can I've seen.

 

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I stand corrected, the price was more like $30. Should not rely on memory for such things. The can was all Bob said and I am very happy with the deal. Now to find the E1, A1 and T8 somewhere.

 

John:

 

You bought the one shown here, from me :)

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