INSPECTING OUTDOOR STORAGE
Outdoor storage of ammunition is not desirable and should be used only as temporary storage
because keeping ammunition outside exposes it to the natural elements (i.e., rain, snow) that can
cause rapid deterioration of ammunition and ammunition packaging.
Usually ammunition stored outdoors is contained in either barricaded-uncovered or unbarricaded-
covered type areas. Barricaded storage sites have berms built around three or four sides of the site.
Unbarricaded sites are usually covered by tarpaulins stretched over an A-frame structure. See Figure
Figure 10. Unbarricaded and Barricaded Storage Areas.
The outdoor storage site should have a raised prepared pad. The pad can be constructed of
crushed rock or perforated steel planking. In a more stable situation, the pad could have a paved
Outdoor storage sites should have suitable firefighting equipment and fire symbols should be
posted at the site. Water barrels with at least two pails per barrel will be maintained. Inspect the
barrels for leaks and check to see that they are filled with water. An adequate supply of grass beaters
and other similar equipment to fight fires will be maintained throughout the area.
When inspecting outdoor storage areas, look for loose projectiles, broken pallets, and mixed lots.
Check to see that all ammunition stored at the site is compatible.