340pd/386pd best revolver for water?


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Carbonator
September 5, 2005, 03:01 AM
Got a few questions about the S&W 340pd/386pd or similar Scandium/aluminum and titanium revolver. I'm trying to find out how much water exposure these things can take. I often get drenched with sweat for hours at a time, and I also go fishing and kayaking where I might fall in. So basically the gun would probably be exposed to a lot of wetness at some point (this will be my always gun), and possibly even submerged. I don't plan on abusing my guns as I take very good care of my stuff. I always conceal my guns in pocket or IWB, never open carry.

Are there any parts on these guns that will rust easily? Could the gun stand up to being in my pocket while I am drenched in sweat? If the gun is totally submerged in fresh or salt water would that require me to have the gun disassembled for cleaning the internal parts?

Thanks!

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Fatelvis
September 5, 2005, 11:30 AM
Personally, under those circumstances, I would go with a Ruger GP100, or SP101. The reason being, is the trigger mechanism is easier (to me) to access for drying, cleaning and apply rust preventative to the "guts".

MillCreek
September 5, 2005, 11:40 AM
I know that the Taurus 'Total Titanium' series has all the major parts of titanium, with only various small parts and springs made out of steel. I would think that one of those, or the S&W titanium/scandium revolvers would be about as corrosion-proof as you can get, except for perhaps some of the pieces in the lockwork.

Having has the pleasure of falling into saltwater while carrying, the first thing I do to clean it is to hose out the lockwork, inside and outside with WD-40 to displace the water. I then spray BreakFree CLP up into the lockwork and use it to wipe down the outside. I never remove the sideplates on my S&W and Taurus revolvers, having heard way too many horror stories about this. This method has worked well for me, but I should point out that in the three times that I have submerged or been drenched with saltwater while carrying, it was with a stainless SP-101 or one of my Taurus titanium revolvers, so they should already have good corrosion resistance.

Carbonator
September 5, 2005, 07:37 PM
Yea I sure don't want to get into taking a revolver apart, especially during a camping trip. I'm gonna look at the "total titanium" series, thanks.

Trying to go as light as possible so I'm gonna stay away from the heavier stainless steels.

Jim March
September 5, 2005, 11:46 PM
If you DO have to take a revolver apart in the field, the Ruger DAs are tops. They're designed to come apart easily.

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