Ammunition Packaging Idea

The cover album of Life Cycles from metalcore band The World Alive shows a medicine tablet bottle containing a small-caliber handgun rounds. I think an oversized faux medicine bottle, or even a tablet box with rounds packaged in aluminum foil blister packs, would make for nifty gimmick ammunition packaging. What do you think?

Steve Johnson

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  • Raoul O’Shaugnessy

    Doesn’t sound too far removed from Fiocchi’s “Canned Heat” series of long-term-storage ammo packaging.

    • David/Sharpie

      Agreed, when I go to the range I sometimes put .22 ammo into one of those excel gum containers and when I kept my Marlin 60 in my truck I put 40 rounds into an M&M tube.

  • Jesse

    EFFIN A that is a good idea.

    • Zach

      What about for the blister packaging? Be pricey, but a decent means to store your ammo. Waterproof, visually discernible, etc. At least it’d hold up in emergency situations.

    • I see what you did there. haha. For those that don’t know already. The Ares Armor Comps come in prescription bottles.

  • mechamaster

    This doesn’t work with pointy bullet.

    • Flounder

      So upgrade to hollowpoints!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • John

    Appears to me .380 Auto

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    • David/Sharpie

      I zoomed in and on the one round that is just coming out of the bottle, it does look like it says .380 to me.

  • FredB

    I like your blister pack idea.

    I have pill bottles that are big enough to take a pistol magazine. That would keep the magazine clean and accessible. I gotta try that.

  • Mike Rachabet

    I’ve been using prescription tubes for about 8 years… i carry a Henry Ar7 ( with me on all my hiking trips. The pill tubes keep my ammo dry. i think the band has used the “Pill-Rounds” as a metaphor. These guys sing about death and suicide and junk like that… Cool music, just not my bag.

    • Rudolph

      I thought this “ammo getting wet” thing was a clichรฉ from old black powder/western movies? Although I’m used to military grade fmj ammo where moisture isn’t a factor unless you stockpile.

      • Witt Sullivan

        Ammo can corrode to the point where it won’t chamber. Comparing military ammo to commercial .22 LR is comparing apples to oranges.

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  • Lemming

    Hm, pretty clever.

  • D

    Pill bottles are handy for all sorts of things.

    Blister packed ammo would be very interesting for a survival type situation; i could totally see an emergency case that would have a handgun or survival rifle and some blister packed ammo in it. You could take out one round at a time without risking the others, and since it’d be a flat “sheet” it’d be easier carry in a pack in a special pocket or something.

  • 6677

    Not so sure how subtle blister packs of bullets would actually be, maybe something small like a .22lr but much bigger and those would be some funny looking pills. As for the utility of rounds in blister packets I can see that happening. If you left enough spacing in each blister (or a few dud blisters even) it might even float, same for the pill bottle if you leave enough empty space. Guess you might need to waste alot of space for that though seeming as you are trying to float pieces of metal.

  • Nater

    Metal core is great in theory, terrible in practice. The exception being Dillinger Escape Plan, probably because a lot of Mike Patton rubbed off on them. They’re excellent, both in the studio and in person.

  • Dave H

    I carry bulk .22 ammo to the range in a plastic specimen jar given to me by my mother-in-law. It’s more durable than the ammo’s original cardboard box, wide enough I can reach into it to pick up individual cartridges, and considering its original purpose it’s guaranteed to be watertight.

  • BombedCarnivore

    It looks like a Wallgreens prescription bottle. I use one to store BB’s for my airsoft gun

  • Vaarok

    I’ve always used an ibuprofen jar for .22LR, and can’t count the number of times a Band-Aid tin has been found in a mixed lot of auction/estate gun-stuff, full of .22 or other small rounds.

    I even store rifle ammo in the big two-quart jars that we get cattle aspirin in, since they’re airtight and durable enough to leave around the farm.

  • patient zero

    Loose-packed ammo (such as the medicine bottle) is not ORM-D approved packaging and would be considered hazmat. The blister pack, however would work fine. I have vacuum sealed spare ammunition that I take duck hunting in the past.

  • Mike Knox

    Used a paintball tube to carry .45 ACP rounds before. It held at least a hundred..

    • Flounder

      That sir is a WIN!

    • 6677

      I’ve only been paintballing once but the field gave us stun grenade pouches with british army tags still attached to hold those tubes. Pretty sure that if you found a stun grenade (or similar) pouch thats meant to attach via molle you could attach it to a hiking bag, one of my mates hiking bags has molle attachments on one side. Stick a container in there, just make sure its a pouch with a flap of some sort on it, don’t want to be dropping the container without realising.

  • Fred

    I’ve used those pill bottles before, but they aren’t watertight, which matters for .22lr rounds.

    I’ve also tried baby food jars, Centrum vitamin bottles, plastic water bottles, & I’ve found the most convenient methods of carriage for those little .22s are the plastic CCI boxes stuck inside a sandwich baggie or the Marbles Catch 22 carrier. I’d imagine the County Comm Tube Vaults would be quite convenient too.

    For long-term ammo storage, besides the standby ammo cans, I use wine bottles, corked & sealed with wax.

  • This is actually how I sort ammunition that gets mixed up! I keep any medium to large pill bottle and just write the caliber on the cap and fill them up. The largest is used for .22LR as none of the factory ammo I use comes in competent boxes that can survive unspilled in a range bag.

  • Lance

    Think this is more of a anti-gun (Drugs and Guns) cover ignore it.

    • Uberyeti

      No dude, it’s a metaphor for various things. Suicide, a nation medicated on violence, or a straight-up subversion of what medicine is supposed to do.

      Snapping to the conclusion that it’s anti-gun is very presumptive.

    • I’m actually in the band and that is not what it is remotely about. The comment below yours hit the nail on the head ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Bandito762

    The Effin A comp I just bought came in a medicine bottle. It had witty quips about how the product may cause lead poisoning and how it will be free under obamacare.

  • Joseph

    Liability…. but I already put bullets in these.

    .22’s usually!

  • Southerner

    Considering how long “gunwriters” have been refering to this or that round as the “best medicine”, a “pill” bottle seems quite appropriate. If memory serves correct, Jack O’Connor popularized this quaint phrasing as a descriptor of note for effective ammunition!

  • Metalhead2508

    I use empty illumination flare tubes to hold .22lr. The have two rubber O-rings and will hold 300 rds each. You can buy 3 for $5 at gunshows.

  • Zermoid

    Ya know those vacuum freezer bags for food storage? The ones that use a bag tube and suck out all the air and heat seal the plastic shut? They work for ammo too! Airtight and vacuum sealed should keep ammo good close to forever as long as the plastic isn’t punctured.

    • BillCa

      Zermoid – yes it does work. best to lay the cartridges flat in the bag material with the noses pointing to the ends of the bag, then vacuum seal. The product is the Tila Food Saver that uses rolls of nylon bag material. Also keeps frozen meats fresh in a freezer for up to 2 years!

  • Rob

    I would have said “That is a stupid gimmick that won’t affect consumers,” but after seeing the recent moronic zombie products craze I think the pill bottles might fare well.

  • Markost

    Paintball pods anyone?

  • BillCa

    Another idea… at least it looks good through the bottom of a beer bottle.
    Since pistol mags generally come with capacities between 15-20 rounds now, let’s modify those 20-round boxes of pistol ammo.

    Start with a plastic box, but hinge it on the “narrow” end of the box. Arrange the ammo in 4 rows of 5 rounds each (20 rds). Instead of using a single-piece perforated plate or tray to hold the ammo, let’s make the ammo removable in 5-round strips. A plastic tab on the end of each strip lets you pull it out of the box.

    Once out of the box, the strip holds on to the cartridge by a molded “finger” shape that includes a “tooth” on each side in the extractor groove. You turn the strip on its side, press the round down into the magazine, then shift the strip over one round and repeat. Pressing down is required to push the cartridge out of the concave molded “fingers”. This way, the cartridges are not loose or wobbling about when removed from the box.

    Another advantage is that spare ammo could be carried in a pocket or small pouch instead of a hard plastic box.

    A plastic stripper clip could be devised but then you’d need some kind of guide tool to get it to work. This isn’t as fast, but wouldn’t require a tool either.