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Question: PA-70 Ammo cans
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Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 10:32 PM UTC
Legend offers a set of these ammo cans.



Originally intended for 60mm mortar rounds, they appear to have been used for .50 cal ammo also. My question is about the time frame they were used in. Where they around during WW2? Were they used in Korea, or Vietnam, and are they still being used? Any help would be appreciated. Al
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Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 11:04 PM UTC
I'm no expert in these, but I would say these were used in post-Vietnam timeframe.

As you mentioned, these are primarily developed for 60mm mortar cartridges, but the can also hold 225 rounds of 12.7mm ammo. US SF forces were using the cans to feed M2s on their Humvees and guntrucks, in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mario
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Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 12:06 AM UTC
Post Vietnam era.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 03:48 AM UTC
Thanks for the info Mario, Matt. Didn't really think they were WW2,
or Korea. But wasn't sure. Kinda thought they were Vietnam, or later. Appreciate you both clearing it up with your responses. Thanks again. Al
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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 04:13 AM UTC
The end opening lid and latch is from the postwar M2A1 box, and the use of NSN in stenciling dates from around 1960.

KL