Back in the early 1990s, I was the Chief of the Environmental Flight at Randolph AFB TX, here in San Antonio. Among a lot of other responsibilities, one was the disposal of condemned ordnance. Randolph, being primarily a training facility for instructor pilots and navigators, happily (for me) generated very little such material, and in fact there was only one time that I needed to dispose of any munitions. It involved several cases of 9mm M882 from a lot that had been declared defective for some reason which I do not remember. None of the local USAF bases had an EPA-permitted Open Burn/Open Detonation (OB/OD) disposal range, but there was such a range at Dyess AFB in Abilene TX, so that’s where the ammunition was sent for disposal. While I did not make the trip, I had been told that the disposal procedure used there for small arms ammunition was to put it into a closed metal container, build a fire around it, and cook off all of the rounds. I haven’t even thought about that incident for years, but it popped into my mind yesterday. I was wondering if anyone knows what the current military procedures are for demilling small arms ammunition?
I know there is (or was) was some privately-owned facility in Paw Paw WV that took old/surplus US military ammunition and disassembled it for components, and I think they even re-loaded it for civilian sale using the same components.