Cold-Weather-Specific guns?


September 28, 2005, 07:58 PM
With things beginning to cool down around these parts (if only for little while, anyway), I was wondering if y'all have guns you prefer for cold weather (as in =>32-F/ 0-C). Mosin-Nagants/AKs? Tokarevs? General Russian hardware? Or does your trusty AR/FAL/whatever treat you just as well no matter what the weather? Or do some guns just shoot better when the mercury's low?

Personally, I think a 91/30 and a 4" Uberti top-break revolver in .44 Russian would be nice for those nice, snowy days. :)

What about y'all?

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September 28, 2005, 08:08 PM
Fortunately, I don't think its gets cold enough here to worry about extreme cold, although we do come pretty damn close some winters, so for me a cold weather gun would be my Beretta 92FS or the Glock 19.

September 28, 2005, 08:36 PM
Boston gets colder than Oklahoma does. :uhoh:

September 28, 2005, 08:47 PM
To me, a "cold weather gun" is a larger one, since winter clothing facilitates concealment of full-size pistols better than tee shirts and jeans. Never had a reliability issue related to temperature. I suppose it might be something to consider if you live in the arctic circle, but the coldest ambient temps we get here are ~5 below Farenheit. Sometimes 15 Below up at 13,000 feet during late rifle seasons, but still not cold enough to cause problems.

James T Thomas
September 28, 2005, 09:29 PM
The coldest military experience I had was Ft. Lewis, WA. Certainly not above the Artic Circle, however, it did cause difficulties.

From my observations there, and having done some hunting in the PA winters; the lubricant coating on your firearm has more effect than the mechanism.

I would recommend a good solvent -degreasing of the metal components with some nonflammable liquid to spray on and stream off, or perhaps a dip bath if you can do it. Automobile brake cleaner, provided you keep it off the non metal parts?

There are several commercial lubes that are freezing weather specific, but sorry, I can't name you any. Perhaps others will help us out on that. How about a dry graphite film lube?
I do know that the lube must be of a type that displaces moisture, and in general, a very sparse amount used is better.

Hunters know to store the cold firearm in the cold rather than bring it into a warm area and have condensation form in it.

Just a thought...I never did this, but would the automobile door lock defroster be good to unfreeze, at least at the moment, your frozen stuck gun?

September 28, 2005, 10:48 PM
Lay down the LAW.

Lubricant, Arctic Weapons that is. :)

If you cannot find any surplus you might try motor oil of an appropriate weight for the temperature.

If you are really desperate bacon fat and chicken grease worked for folks in the Battle of the Bulge.

I suspect CLP will work fine for your environment (in OK).

M-16 lubed with LAW seems to work fine according to folks I have talked to.

James is right to point out the problems with condensation.

For emergency unfreezing of your firearm you can always pee on it, has worked in every war I have ever read about and for every person I have ever talked to who had problems like that.

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