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Handguns hanging on rods? Bad for muzzle crown/rifling?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by brekneb, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. brekneb

    brekneb Well-Known Member

    I am wondering about gun stores that have their handguns on display by using steel rods inserted down the bore muzzle first?

    I can't see how this could possibly be a good thing for the rifling let alone the muzzle crown. It just seems like there's too much potential to knick the crown or scrape the bore. Am I right or wrong?

    Do note, I am very much a new-guy when it comes to shooting/firearms. So correct me if I'm wrong about this.
  2. Berg

    Berg Well-Known Member

    I've seen those rod hangers made of plastic and wood, not steel. Are you sure they are metal?
  3. PT1911

    PT1911 Well-Known Member

    I could see the potential issue, but it would depend on the manner of which they were placed on the rod... also, most of the rods I have seen used to display in such a manner are coated with a sort of plastic... in which there would be no worry...
  4. brekneb

    brekneb Well-Known Member

    Yes, pretty certain. Looks like metal to me. At least at one particular store that is.
  5. B yond

    B yond Well-Known Member

  6. brekneb

    brekneb Well-Known Member

    Could be aluminum. If it was aluminum, the rods would have to have been anodized.

    I say that because the rods I saw were a dark color. (Didn't think to ask while I was there.)
  7. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    I see no reason why a soft metal like brass or aluminum or plastic coated steel would damage the rifling or crown. I use brass hammers and punches in my work when I don't wish to mar or dent steel all the time.
  8. Nugilum

    Nugilum Well-Known Member

    They did this at the gun shop I worked at.

    And yes, bare metal rods in barrels. I never bought a used gun there.
  9. BruceB

    BruceB Well-Known Member

    For long-term storage on rod-in-the-barrel racks, metal-to-metal contact can lead to a galvanic (atomic) reaction. This amounts to a pitting of one or both of the metals.

    Using some sort of isolator on the rods, such as heat-shrink plastic tubing, will protect the metals from each other. Even a good electrical tape will provide enough protection, but heat-shrink is "more elegant"! Wooden dowels also allow safe storage.
  10. brekneb

    brekneb Well-Known Member

    Alright. I have my answer. Thank you everyone for helping me out.

    And I'm going to closely inspect the hangers (rods) next time I go in.
  11. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    "...Am I right or wrong?..." Depends on the steel of the rod. Mild steel will never bother the steel of a barrel. It's not hard enough.
    "...rods would have to have been anodized..." Anodizing is an Al colouring thing, not a protective coating. Al won't bother steel anyway. Too soft.
    "...can lead to a galvanic (atomic) reaction..." One would suspect/hope that a firearm, for sale, wouldn't be on the rod long enough.
  12. Harve Curry

    Harve Curry Well-Known Member

    I use fiberglass rod like from tent poles. I thought of using wood but that holds moisture.
  13. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    The glass fiber in fiberglas tent poles would be more abrasive then steel rods if it becomes exposed.

    Whatever happened to hanging them up by the trigger-guards on vinyl coated steel hooks?
    Works for me after 40+ years with no gun or finish damage.

  14. Geno

    Geno Well-Known Member

    My holders are steel rods, but the tips have rubber caps.
  15. Harve Curry

    Harve Curry Well-Known Member

    Yikes! I guess I'll change to hooks from my wifes coffee cup rack.
  16. svtruth

    svtruth Well-Known Member

    Has anyone

    heard of a kaboom with one of those setups?
    I've seen them advertised as a way to keep a SD gun handy.
    Seems firing with the rod still in the bore would be bad news.
  17. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    My work uses steel rods that USED to have rubber coatings. Those coatings wore off years ago. I'd hate to 'scope those bores now.
  18. TheBandit

    TheBandit Active Member

    Anodizing is not a "colouring" thing. Anodizing is a protective finish for aluminum, yes it does come in colors, but the color is not the important part of the process.

    The reaction referred to, galvanic corrosion, can happen rather quickly and has been a problem with aluminum products for a long time. Hence another reason for anodizing it prevents metal to metal contact.
  19. raz-0

    raz-0 Well-Known Member

    Anodizing is a chemical reaction that changes the surface of aluminum. The anodized surface, depending on the process used is between the hardness of ruby or sapphire.

    Harder than the steel in your barrel for sure.
  20. Zoogster

    Zoogster Well-Known Member

    That was my first thought. Keeping a loaded gun with something down the bore for storage seems like a poor idea. I can just see someone reaching out at night after hearing something, pulling on the gun at the wrong angle causing the rod to resist them, with thier finger in the wrong spot or a slip when it resists, and boom. Gun grenaded.

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