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Balota 06-19-2012 11:55 AM

Leaving gun in hot/cold car
 
I know I've seen a thread on the site somewhere that talked about the effects of heat buildup (or cold weather) on a gun stored in a car. I tried searching the forums and could not find it. Any suggestions? Links?

My concern is that my employer does not allow carry on the premises. I have to store my (polymer) gun in the vehicle. Hot weather can get car interior well over 120-130 degF. Of course, cold weather can get as low as the current conditions. How does heat/cold in the vehicle affect the gun and the ammo? How does cycling the temperature of the gun from normal room temperature to the extremes every day affect it?

mountainman13 06-19-2012 12:06 PM

Wouldn't worry about it unless you are getting condensation on it. The only thing 130 degrees might affect is the lube depending on what you use.

JonM 06-19-2012 12:10 PM

Cars cant get hot enough to affect a gun other than drying light gun oils out over the course of the day.

Temperature has an effect on ammunition in that hotter temps increases chamber pressure colder can make some powders difficult to ignite. Its one reason i dont like +p or +p+ type ammo as they tend to be getting close to dangerous pressure levels. Especially stuff like buffalo bore brand.

Early glocks had issues with extreme heat and cold. No current production xd/m glock ruger sw etc have issues with heat or cold. Some super cheap poly guns might but im not aware of any.

I keep my carry gun in the center console while at work. No idea how prolonged heating-cooling affects ammo as i shoot the old and buy new sd rounds at least once a year.

PanBaccha 06-19-2012 12:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Balota (Post 841556)
I know I've seen a thread on the site somewhere that talked about the effects of heat buildup (or cold weather) on a gun stored in a car. I tried searching the forums and could not find it. Any suggestions? Links?

My concern is that my employer does not allow carry on the premises. I have to store my (polymer) gun in the vehicle. Hot weather can get car interior well over 120-130 degF. Of course, cold weather can get as low as the current conditions. How does heat/cold in the vehicle affect the gun and the ammo? How does cycling the temperature of the gun from normal room temperature to the extremes every day affect it?


I have a Nano car vault I leave my firearm in when going to work at airport. Hope this helps.


Balota 06-21-2012 03:25 AM

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Originally Posted by PanBaccha (Post 841569)
I have a Nano car vault I leave my firearm in when going to work at airport. Hope this helps.

Awesome! Checked out several other reviews of these vaults. All were thumbs up. Ordered one online tonight. Thanks! And thanks for your service, sir!

PanBaccha 06-21-2012 08:39 PM

You're mighty welcome! :)

ROYALE-W-CHEESE 06-23-2012 08:51 AM

If our military can store, operate and fight with arms and munitions packed in their humvees all day in the blazing desert heat, I'm confident my gear will perform.

Daoust_Nat 06-25-2012 11:01 PM

Same issue with my employer and have kept either my 38 or my Ruger 8 mm in the center console for years without any problems. And I am in Florida. I also shoot up my personal defense ammo about once a year. What a good idea, it is about a year, I better go shoot!

Balota 06-26-2012 12:07 AM

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Originally Posted by PanBaccha (Post 844647)
You're mighty welcome! :)

Got it today. Took all of 5 minutes to install it. I'm always nervous about getting involved with a dashboard. This time not a single hiccup. Used to worry about leaving the gun in the car. Now I don't have to worry. Hoistin' a Sam Adams in your honor as we speak!

dragunovsks 06-28-2012 12:17 AM

I leave my 1911 and my bersa .380 in my truck for long periods of time without any trouble with ammo or the weapon.

I have noticed that when i leave my 870 or NEF pump in the truck for more than a week it starts to develop some surface rust which is easily removed with a rag with gun oil on it.


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