(2) Vegetation around ammunition storage sites must be controlled-usually a 50-foot firebreak is
(3) Components or loose rounds (not boxed or palletized) should not be stored in the same
magazine with properly packaged items.
(4) Conveyors, pallet jacks, equipment, tools, empty boxes, and so forth will not be stored in a
magazine with ammunition or explosives.
(5) Doors and locks on magazines must be kept in good working condition.
(6) Magazines will be kept locked at all times except when personnel are working in them.
(7) The door(s) of a magazine must be kept open when a crew is working inside. The number
of crews must not exceed the number of doors.
(8) Ammunition will be placed or stacked in a magazine according to the applicable drawings.
(9) The lot number and marking must be placed so that they can be read without moving boxes
or climbing stacks.
(10) At least 2 inches of dunnage is required under and between boxes for magazine storage.
(11) Always stack ammunition from the back to the front, large lots first.
(12) When more than one lot is stored, all items of a lot should be stored together. A clear line of
separation between lots must be indicated.
2. Outdoor Storage.
a. Outdoor storage principles: Outdoor storage in a magazine storage area is neither desirable nor
recommended. It is a field expedient method and should be used in emergencies only. When it
amount of ammunition possible should be covered by rain and fire resistant tarpaulin over a
b. Outdoor storage sites should be level, well-drained, and free of flammable material. At least
Keep the stacks separated to allow free air circulation. An air space of at least 18 inches is
needed between the top of the stack and the overhead cover.
c. Perform frequent inspections to prevent accumulation of trash and unstable stacks. When
stacking munitions, ensure that dunnage awaiting use is located at least 50 feet away from the
stacks. Excess dunnage in the immediate work area may become a fire hazard.
3. Determination of Storage Location. When the stock control section receives an advance shipment
notice, this information is shared with the storage section for planning purposes. The stock records
are checked to determine if the ammunition due-in is similar to ammunition already stored.
a. Use of the planograph. At this time, pallet dimensions can be used to plot the planned storage
on a planograph. When planning storage, the largest lot is stored in the stack section located in
the rear of the magazine, as shown in Figure 6. There must also be space for equipment to turn