MTM 4-Can .30 Cal Ammo Crate
Ever since the lock down started I’ve been working in my garage on projects and looking at storage plans for tools, guns, and ammunition. One day when I was out at my local Sportsmans Warehouse I came upon something I remembered seeing on Amazon, the MTM Case Gard 4-Can Ammo Crate. I tend to use alot of the old school metal ammo cans and figured why not try stepping into the 21st century and picked one up, in the interest of the site, of course. So why exactly did this particular set up catch my eye ? Let’s Break it down.
Domestic Manufacturer with Good Ideas
The first thing that jumped out at me is that MTM Case Gard produces their products in Dayton, Ohio which means this purchase kept the lights on for an American family. Another great thing that stood out to me was the small details of the build quality once I got my hands on them. Each case as well as the storage base that locks all four cans in is made of polypropalyene to withstand the elements. Add this to the O Ring and lockable lid that each one features and you can see things are adding up in a positive way. This version that we purchased was the four can model, MTM Case Gard also makes these available in 3 and 5 can versions.
Manufacturer: MTM Case Gard
Place of Manufacture: Dayon, Ohio
- AC3C: Three Can Version
- AC4C: Four Can Version
- AC5C: Five Can Version
Color: Brown & Green
- Height Outside: 7.2″
- Height Inside: 6.1″
- Width Outside: 11.3″
- Width Inside: 8.9″
- Length Outside: 5″
- Length Inside: 3.4″
Weight Capacity: 15 lbs of Ammunition Each
- O Ring Seals
- Two tab lock tabs
- Stackable Storage Base
- Heavy Duty Latching System
- 5 Year Warranty
- AC3C: $27.99
- AC4C: $44.00
- AC5C: $42.92
IMPRESSIONS AND USE
I’ve only loaded up three of the four cans in my MTM 4-Can Ammo Crate because I need to get some more steel cased 9mm ammo so I can our readers how much 9mm will fit comfortably in one of these cans. I wanted to get this review out as soon as I could so In the interest of writer integrity I wanted to put that out there first. When I get more 9mm I will update the review.
All of that being said I really am impressed with these, to the point I am waiting for more to come into my local shop so I can grab them up. Let me start this impression breakdown by saying these cans are very light and I enjoy how well they not only secure and keep your ammunition or supplies safe and dry but how well they lock into the base station they come with. These cans once placed will not rock or slide around on their own at all.
The handles on each can allow easy access to the cans contents but snap down to prevent accidental opening. If you need extra security on your cans each one features two points where a small padlock can be affixed. It wont be Ft Knox but it will keep people from grabbing a quick look or access to the contents.
One nice feature I would like to mention is that the lids while having O-Ring seals also feature a hinge on the rear side that can be unfastened if you want completely remove the lid. This doesn’t happen accidently like it sometimes does on metal ammo cans but it can happen. I really like the idea of a lid that doesn’t like to randomly fall off when I open a container.
Shown in our above file photo you can see all of the MTM Ammo Cans can stack on top of each other. This makes storage in sheds, bunkers, garages etc much easier than traditional metal ammo cans that may shift or slide off each other. Part of this is due to the design of the top of the cans and the base stations they sit in. There is another small feature on the base stations that might get over looked by some users, but not by us.
Each base features four tie down points that allow users to strap the containers either individually or in groups to ATV racks or other surfaces if needed. The base stations also feature handles that are easy to grasp and make maneuvering a fully loaded four or five can set up effortless. MTM Case Gard really seem to have listened to the needs of it’s end users on these designs and I hope users are taking notice.
All in all my experiences the last few weeks with loading, unloading these cans with different types of ammunition and dragging them from my shop to the range several times has made me appreciate them even more. They are well built and very utilitarian. I am curious however to see how they hold up when our Alaskan sub zero temperatures arrive in December or January.
REPLACEMENT FOR METAL AMMO CANS ?
Are these MTM Ammo Crates a replacement for the tried and true metal ammo cans that so many of us acquired when we served in the military ? No they are not to be very honest, they should be considered as a complimentary accessory to them. These cans stack incredibly well and allow you to transport ammunition and gear to the range with very little concern about them sliding around or clanging into the interior of your car or SUV.
Knowing what you want to use these for and their intended role as well as being honest with your shooting needs will go along way in determining of the MRM Ammo Crates will fit your shooting lifestyle. In my current shooting style most of my ammo sits in bulk and then is sorted into smaller 300-400 round increments and taken to the range. When you add that to the fact I usually only take 2 or 3 calibers to the range at any one time the benefits of this type of set up really stand out to me.
These may not be for everyone, but the chance to purchase a product made in Ohio by a company who gives back to the 2nd Amendment community in the form of donations to the Hunting & Shooting Sports Heritage Fund who also employed Americans was too strong for me to ignore. That’s why I put my money towards the cause.
THOUGHTS ? IDEAS ?
What do you think of the MRM Case Gard Ammo Crates ? Is it something you would explore if the price was right ? Drop us a line and let us know. Thanks for supporting the site, be sure to get out and support your local mom and pop gun shops this holiday season