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I recently had my Dad pick up a few Fat 50 Ammo Cans for me and when he brought them to my house I noticed that some of them had "unserviceable" or "unserv" or (some other abbreviation to that effect) handwritten on them. I opened most of them and they seemed fine (seals looked ok, no rust, ect.). I guess I would consider them "very good" conditon. They came from what I think is a reputable place and I have actually purchased some regular 50 cal cans from them and they were what I would call "excellent/like new" condition. I would have certainly at least asked about the "unserviceable" markings before buying but I didn't say anything to Dad because he was at least nice enough to pick them up for me while I was at work. I would rather not say where he got them as my purpose of this post is not to bad-mouth what could be a good company.

Does anyone know anything about these "unserviceable" markings? Are the cans just what the writing says: unserviceable/defective/junk or is that something that could have been written as part of the surplus sell-off process.

I posted this in another forum but I thought I would post it here also.

Thanks in advance.
 

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DOD uses the cans once, then scraps them to us. The unserviceable is probably put on the cans at the range or at DRMO to keep them separate from full cans. If they look good and the seals are intact that's all you need.
 

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What are those cans running now if you don't mind me asking? I haven't been able to find any for less than $30 right now.
Free. My son-in-law brings me several every time they come for a visit. :)
 

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I got the Fat 50's for $14.99 and the regular 50's for $10.99. I'm kinda lucky that I am able to pick them up at the store and not have to pay for shipping.
Yeah that's pretty convenient, I don't think there's a single store here that carries them it's usually some guy at the local flea market with his outrageous markup.
 

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DOD will reject them if they have superficial flaws. Leaky hinges are on the extreme end of the flaws. Usually its for something stupid like a hard to open latch or a paint run or scratch. Soemtimes the seals will be intact but the upper rim out of spec and the can leak slightly when they dunk test them.
 
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