Starting to collect for my 1919 now that I'm happy with my b.a.r. collection. Looking for a wwii mfg m1 ammo box in vg excellent condition. Original finish and intact rubber a must.
Yes this type of sealer and others that will replace the original gasket if it was the original "sealing compound" gasket. Some really good M1 boxes have terible gaskets. Only a very few M1 boxes actually had rubber gaskets. The only ones I have seen were all made by Owens IL Can Co and only about half of the ones from that company were rubber. Others may have seen some by other makers. Not that the rubber gaskets will be that good either after 70 years.If you find a nice M1 can and the seal needs to be replaced, read this thread: http://1919a4.com/showthread.php?31...er-Gaskets-for-WWII-Era-M1-Steel-Ammo-Box-Can
I used the info supplied by 174th gunner and got some 3M Marine Sealer #5200 to rebuild the gasket on a really nice M1 can. But, if you use this stuff, make sure the sealer dries completely and totally prior to trying the lid. Wait a few days, at minimum, prior to clasping the lid down on the can. If by accident #5200 seals the lid to the can, you will never, ever, get them apart.
Can you post a pic of it pleaseI have a few GP ammo bags. Certainly not mint but absolutely real and currently holding ammo cans. They are the best thing for transporting ammo to the range. They actually work really well without the can, just 250 rds stuffed into the bag. j