Care And Handling

When necessary to store ammunition in the open, it must be raised on dunnage at least 6 inches from the ground and protected with a cover, leaving enough space for air circulation. Since ammunition and explosives are adversely affected by moisture and high temperatures, the following must be adhered to:

• Do not open ammunition boxes until ready to use.

• Protect ammunition from high temperatures and the direct rays of the sun.

• Do not attempt to disassemble ammunition or any of its components.

• Never use lubricants or grease on ammunition.


Rifles subject to capture or abandonment in the combat zone are destroyed only by the authority of the unit commander IAW orders of or policy established by the Army commander. The destruction of equipment is reported through regular command channels.

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