Artillery Ammo - thoughts appreciated

I posted the message below on the Gunners forum but it was suggested to me to try it here. After thinking on it (a brief second or 2) it seemed a good idea, especially as a lot of the current work in industry is on storage and safety of the ammo.

So over to you lot....any thoughts.




I'm about to take up a new job in a certain previously HMG facility (with a majestic but map related name) but is now part of a larger 'British' 'Systems' company.

The job is based around artillery ammo....specifically the 105mm or 155mm stuff (I think).

As an ex-REME and mainly aviation specialist this is a bit of a change for me and I'm after some info from the hallowed halls of the Gunners to point me in the right direction.

Basically I'm after any problems, issues, dits, tales and woes you have all had with said ammo and firing systems that I can use to inform me when I am placed in a position of power over the furture of said systems (well i can dream).

So lads and lasses 'fire away' the funny and the serious all helpful.


The 4Tonner.
The RLC move ammo and blow it up when it's fcuked. In terms of moving it, they put it onto a flat rack and move it to an ammo exchange point and drop it off. The Gunner MT then picks it up and moves it forward.

On the cheap ammo, a bag system which doesn't fall apart unless it's tied properly.
Belt Fed - if you are an AT, that comment is worthy of a loss of tech pay.

If not, then get back in the cab trogg.

FB has a point.
Jones_the_4Tonner - I am working in a similar environment to where you are/heading. As an Ammo Tech I may be able to assist with any issues/concerns you have. No worries.
Normally the problems occur when the dropshorts break the stuff.

I'd of thought that the company you are about to work for already knows the problems assoiciated with the ammo systems as both have been around for a while.

Feel free to PM me, although I can't guarantee I'll give you an answer.
Thanks for the replies...or at least the sensible ones...;)

I am sure the company have a list of issues, but I am used to working with users in my current job (mainly pilots and aircrew) and what they see as problems are usually different than what thee manufacturers of the aircraft see as problems. I always try and get the word from the coalface if I can as it tends to be the best.

I'll get in touch if I have any thoughts I want to run past people....will be a couple of months before I start the job and find my feet.