M2A1 Ammo Box Ammunition Steel Tool Box (Army Used)

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The steel M2A1 Ammunition Can / Box (also called Chest Ammunition: M2A1 or Box, Metal, M2A1) was introduced during the 1950s for .50 caliber machine gun ammunition.

The M2A1 ammo can was designed to hold link belts of 100 cartridges of.50 cal. ammunition for theM2 Browning machine gun, but was in fact utilized to transport and store many other ammo calibres and packaging.

Construction details of the M2A1 .50 cal. ammunition can / box:

Steel material, seam welded

Latch, hinge, handle spot welded to body

End-opening lid with quick release hinge

Quick release latch

Rubber gasket under lid makes near waterproof seal when latched closed

Flat sides and lid

Metal bar handle attached to the lid by rectangular wire loops so it can fold flat for stacking or lift up for easy carry

Lid skirts protect contents when lid is partially opened

The lid skirts originally angled down from the hinge end then ran parallel to the top as the skirt approached the latch end. Later model M2A1 boxes have a lid skirt that is shorter and parallel to the lid for the full length.

The M2A1 ammo can is painted olive drab. Stamped markings may include the manufacturer's name (eg. SCF, EMCO), the model M2A1, and year made. A cartridge shape may be embossed in the lid to indicate direction of loading. Paint (usually yellow) will be used for stencilled markings identifying the contents.


The M2A1 ammunition box has been used by the U.S. military for small and medium calibre cartridges, for artillery fuses and more, including this partial list:

Cartridge 5.56 mm bandoleers and linked

Cartridge 7.62 mm bandoleers and linked

Cartridge .30 calibre carbine

Cartridge .50 calibre linked

Cartridge .38 special

Cartridge 9mm (20 cartons of 50)

Cartridge .45 ACP

Cartridge 12 gauge shotgun shell

Cartridge .22LR


The M2A1 ammunition can measures 12 1/32 in. (30.56 cm) x 6 3/32 in. (15.48 cm) x 7 1/2 in. (19.05 cm) in its outside dimensions. It is defined by MIL-DTL-3060F (drawing number 7553296, Box, Ammunition, M2A1 Assembly) or earlier specs in the MILB-3060 series. Two M2A1 boxes are packed into a wire bound, wood shipping crate (drawing number 7553347 - Box, Wire bound: Boxes, Ammunition, M2A1). The M2A1 ammunition box is covered by NSN 8140-00-960-1699 and the shipping crate NSN 8140-00-078-8969

External: 300x155x190mm
Internal: 280x140x175mm

Weight: ~2.5Kg

Please note: as these are surplus there may be some colour, quality and style variation to the image shown.


Model # BXG001 EX-ISSUE
Barcode # 9350683002275
Brand Xhunter
Shipping Weight 3.2020kg

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