Arms Preservation VCI Storage Bags Vs. Marine Corps. Order 4030.1F
The following descriptions and pictures illustrate how weapons are packed after they have been refurbished or cleaned per Marine Corps. Order 4030.1F. This method is labor-intensive and yields a one-time use package as opposed to the fast, simple, and re-usable Arms Preservation Storage Bags.
Step One: Materials are gathered, including a weapon, VCI paper, foil barrier material, scissors and a handheld heat sealer.
Step Two: Foil barrier material is unrolled and cut to a length appropriate for the weapon.
Step Three: VCI paper is unrolled and cut to a length that will fit on the foil barrier material.
Step Four: VCI paper is crumpled and weapon is place on top of VCI paper.
The second piece of VCI paper is then cut to the same length as the first piece.
Step Five: The second piece of foil barrier material is cut to the same size as the first piece.
Step Six: The two pieces of foil barrier material with the weapon and VCI paper between them are then sealed together with the handheld heat sealer.
Step Seven: The barrier packaged weapon is then labeled according to the applicable specifications.
Arms Preservation Packaging Method Value
- The simple to use process of inserting a clean firearm and pressing an installed closure shut drastically improves on the method spelled out in MCO 4030.16F general packaging instructions for small arms weapons section 5. Packaging.
- Arms Preservation Storage Bags are manufactured with electronically controlled pneumatic machines offering consistent high-quality heat seals eliminating the need for the military to purchase and maintain heat sealing machines and reduces the risk of inconsistent/ poor quality heat seals. • The use of Arms Preservation Storage Bags also reduces the amount of roll stock materials a base must purchase and store.
- Arms Preservation Storage Bags reusable closures also help reduce waste and the need to continuously purchase additional materials.
Step 1: Clean the firearm: Firearms should always be cleaned per the manufacturer's specifications before being placed inside the storage bag for short or long-term storage. Once the firearm has been cleaned, it can be stored lubricated enough to be functional or completely dry. It is not necessary to wipe firearms down with excessive oils or greases however, firearms can be lightly wiped down fi desired. Other items such as optics, electronics, stocks, and grips do not require any other treatment.
Step 2: Insert the clean firearm:
Open the Velcro closure and gently slide the firearm into the bag. Once the firearm is inside the bag simply press the Velcro closure shut and the firearm is ready to be stored. Firearms can be stored with optics and electronics still mounted as well as loaded fi desired.
Step 3: Removing the firearm:
When it is time for the firearm to be removed from the bag simply open the Velcro closure and gently remove the firearm from the bag. Once the firearm is removed from the storage bag, the protective VCI molecules dissipate from the metal surface leaving behind no messy residues allowing the firearm to be used directly out of the bag.