I just acquired a U.S. military ammunition can of the general .50 Caliber size. This one is for "600 Cartridge 7.62 MM NATO (Symbol of an oval with breaks in the line at 12, 3, 6 and 9 O’Clock) M82, CARTONS LOT LC 12757.
The can opens from the side, not from the end, and the lid is removable, have four lociking pins to hold the lid on and form the hinge. On the side opposite of the markings (the side that the lid opens on) along the bottom in large letters pressed into the metal is “AMM BOX CAL. .50” perhaps with some smallers marked after it, but I cannot read them. On one end is “AWH” above U (Ordnance Bomb) S. On the other end is a wired handle. In yellow paint, the same basic color as the markings for the 600 rounds of 7.62, is “FOR CONUS USE ONLY.” I don’t recall ever seeing this marking on an ammo can, although between the Army and selling these things for 36 years in a gun shop, I amy have and have just forgotten. I am assuming that the marking restricts the ammo to use in the Continental United States (CONUS), not the ammo can.
Am I right?