If you are a firearm enthusiast, you will likely have some amount of ammunition on hand that you need to store safely. You can do some things to ensure the 9mm ammo you have in your home is safe, stably, and protected so it will be ready to use when you need it and it stays out of reach of anyone that should not be in contact with it.
Keep Your Powder Dry
The old saying, "keep your powder dry," still applies to modern 9mm ammo and means just what it says. While modern ammunition is often more resistant to moisture, it is vital to store it so that it stays dry, so the casings do not corrode, the primers work correctly, and the gun powder inside the casing fires when you need it to.
If you are going to store your 9mm ammo in your home, you can ensure that it stays dry by putting it in a water-tight package. This can be as simple as putting the boxes in large air-tight plastic food storage bags or buying a water-tight ammo box to store the ammunition. You can get ammo boxes from most gun shops or sporting goods stores that sell guns and gun accessories or order them online from several large retailers and have them shipped to your door.
When you have a large amount of 9mm ammo you are storing, you may want to develop a system that allows you to track the oldest ammunition you have to use first. Modern ammunition has a long shelf life, so for most gun owners, using the ammo before it gets too old is not a big concern, but rotating your ammo stock to maximize its life is an excellent practice to get into with bulk lots.
Marking the boxes with the date you purchased the ammunition is the simplest way to ensure you use the oldest ammo first. If you put it in bags to protect it from water, there is often a spot on the outside that you can write on with a marker to label what is in it.
Once your 9mm ammo is marked, put it high up on a shelf in a closet or other spot in your home and put the new boxes to the back of the shelf and the old ones closest to you. The next time you grab a box of ammunition, you will automatically be taking the oldest stuff first and leaving the newer product on the shelf.
As you replace the boxes you are using, put them in the rear and move the rest forward. If you don't have a shelf high enough to keep the ammo out of reach, lock it in a gun safe so you are the only one with access to it.
Reach out to a company like The Armory to learn more.