Rain, lawn sprinklers, kids with water pistols...

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by Balota, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. Balota

    Balota ... but I used to play keyboards.

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    You are carrying (open or concealed) and get caught in wet weather of some kind. You and your gun get a little wet. Besides the obvious (dry off ASAP) what should be done to handle this situation? How long after exposure do you need to break the gun down and clean/relube thoroughly? What special details do you need to consider while the gun is wet? Shooting in the rain? Is there any impact on leather parts of a holster?
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Did no one tell you? Guns are all water soluble. Get one wet, it melts away like the Wicked Witch when Dorothy hit her with a bucket of water.

    Proof- the horrible boating accident several of us were in, where all of our guns went overboard, and dissolved. :rolleyes:



    To give you a serious answer- dry your pistol when you can. It is NOT a panic situation. Shooting in the rain worked last time I was in the Monsoon season in SE Asia. No real effect unless you are shooting at several hundred meters. Which generally, you can't SEE several hundred meters in heavy rain.

    Got a light coat of oil on your pistol? Stainless or polymer- even less of a problem. Holster? wipe it off. If it has been REALLY wet, remove gun, wipe holster, dry in warm moving air (NOT A BLOW DRYER! TOO HOT!)
     

  3. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Unless you are in a shootout at the time the rain starts just get under cover-
    Most do "weather" they're armed or not :confused:
     
  4. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Funny and true.
    I rarely see people just hang out in the rain unless their job requires it.

    My mama said "even a chicken's got the sense to get in outta the rain."

    If your required to be out in it, for a job, or because you are out in the boonies, C3's advice holds. Just dry out when you can.
     
  5. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    C3, have you sought therapy to get over the boating accident? It seems to be on your mind a lot. I know you lost more guns than most but you need to move on. I was fortunate to join the forum just as all you guys were swimming to shore. Not that I would have gotten on a boat with all you guys in the first place. :cool:

    Well, I believe the rifles you had in the Monsoon season where the kind you could drag through the mud, drop in the sand and they'd still shoot. Right?
     
  6. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I like the title here, Balota. If you're caught getting wet from a lawn sprinkler I know it's not your lawn getting watered. ROFL

    Just for the record, everyone. Balota is a lawn hater and a lawn killer. But the problem is........

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  7. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Hey! Quit passing out on my lawn, I'll stop turning the sprinklers on! :D
     
  8. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    damn that water melting all those dangerous firearms
     
  9. Dizzll

    Dizzll New Member

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    Just buy a Glock. That way even if you're in a sandstorm, crawling through mud, and jump into a cyclone it will fire perfect every time without any action on your part. 1911, pocket lint will cause FTF haha..
     
  10. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    I clean my carry guns weekly regardless of weather.

    If I get into wet weather, or sweat a lot I will generally do a field strip and light oil wipe down before putting them away.

    I just moved from Georgia to Washington (the rainy one, not the political cess pool). So, My guns have experienced water and sweat exposure with no long term problems. I mostly do synthetic holsters partly for the reduced worry about exposure to moisture.
     
  11. Balota

    Balota ... but I used to play keyboards.

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    That's cause you've only been keeping score for a couple seasons... Lived here since '83, lawn 20 - balota 0. :(
     
  12. JeeperSC

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    A few years ago on the day I had to qualify at an out door range with my Glock it rained. it was soaked for a about an hour and a half. I wiped it down as soon as I could and then cleaned it thoroughly as soon as I got home. No issues!
     
  13. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    ROFL...............is there anywhere that you can just rent a back hoe?
     
  14. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

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    If you're taking care of the gun in the first place there is no need to panic. Clean and oil it at your first opportunity.

    It's the leather I am more concerned about. I wouldn't use it until it is completely dry. Damp leather is more likely to expand and contract with temperature changes than dry leather is. I've also seen holsters get green and fuzzy if they are allowed to stay damp.
     
  15. HOSSFLY

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    I like the way green moss grows on any brass rivets or snaps 'n such :D