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CCW In The HOT, HUMID Climates?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Ala Dan, Aug 15, 2007.

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  1. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

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    Hello Everyone-

    Here in the southeastern part of the United States we are currently in our
    ninth day of temps running well over the 100 degree mark; with very high
    humidity. My question is for all of our member's that pack the standard,
    old blued gun on these kind's of days. What precautionary steps or
    measures do you take too insure that your favorite carry piece doesn't
    rust or corrode from all the salty bodily fluids that our bodies release
    during these times. I know, I use Break Free CLP on a daily basis on
    all of my carry weapons; even the stainless steel ones to cut down
    on possible problems. Once home, I store all of 'em in a cool dry place
    that is under the climate control of the home central AC unit~! :scrutiny:;)
     
  2. bamabluesman

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    Sorry Dan this has nothing to do with your post but its getting close to football season and I just had to say ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  3. 45shooter

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    I ended up refinishing my pistol blued Series 70 Colt Government model with Norrell bake on moly finish inside and out. It solved the rust problem. Now I just wipe it down the exterior with silicon cloth at the end of the day. Once a month I field strip it and clean and oil it, change the mags and load up with fresh ammo.
     
  4. teknoid

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    Stainless, and a holster with a shield between the gun and skin. No problems, yet. I'm just slightly north of you.

    We have a team too, (And it ain't Kentucky (except in basketball season, then we have two).

    GO CARDS!
     
  5. Ford

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    Casey's Gun Sheath is good for corrosion resistance if you dont use that already.
     
  6. rolltide

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    In AL I found the shields under the holster to help some, but still insufficient for pocket carry or IWB carry (which is my primary means of carry.) For pocket carry, took a piece of vinyl, much like they make banner signs out of, and simply sewed it into a pouch deep enough to completely cover the gun with about 1" of extra pouch at the top that actually closes over the gun. I left the pouch unsewn on the grip side of the pouch, but made the pouch wide enough to completely cover the grip. Sewn only half way up, it is easy to slip your fingers in the ppouch to draw the gun. You can even shape the pouch to cover your favorite pocket holster easily. I usually made the outside shape of the pouch rectangular and sewn a nylon webbing filler to fill out the space under the barrel and in front of the trigger guard. This pouch has the added advantage that in shallow pockets or if the gun rides up toward the mouth of the pocket, the pouch still covered the butt of the gun and concealed it from view. I used black vinyl so that any exposed part of the pouch just looked like a checkbook cover sticking out of the pocket. While larger guns still "print" some, it looks more like a checkbook case or wallet in your pocket than a gun. Since using this pouch, I have never pulled a damp gun or holster from my pocket at the end of the day, which was a common occurence before. The SE US is a terrible place for trying to keep blued carry guns. Good luck.

    Rooooooooooooll TIDE, ROLL!!!!!!

    Ala Dan, You could loose your Alabama citizenship over a signature line like that. :neener: :neener: :neener:
     
  7. denfoote

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    What you are experiencing is nothing different then what we, in Arizona, go through every summer during the monsoon.

    I have had to take no special protective measures in all the years I've carried. I do, however, switch to pocket carry rather than belt or IWB just for the comfort factor. I use Kydex, nylon, or thermo plastic holsters year around, so I don't have to worry about sweat bleed through with leather.

    My pocket holster is the DeSantis Nemisis.
     
  8. sig228

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    I normally stay on topic, but......

    Bla bla bla.....



    GO GATORS!!!!!!
     
  9. 10-Ring

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    When the weather gets nasty, I reach for one of my poly guns and try to remember to wipe things down before the day is done...
    That is of course my hypothetical answer since concealed carry in CA is a big no-no :rolleyes:
     
  10. Guitargod1985

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    Rust and corrosion... hmmmm. Sort of makes you wish that those "all-plastic guns" that Rosie always talks about actually existed. :rolleyes:
     
  11. 1911 guy

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    Normal maintenance.

    Wipe your carry gun down every time you put it away. I work nights, so when I get home in the morning I unholster and unload, then wipe it down. Every week, strip, clean and re-lube. I've got a handgun I've carried for years, it has almost no finish left due to holster wear. I follow this routine and have never had an issue. It's even been water ballooned at a family picinic. Cleaned and lubed when I got home, no worries.
     
  12. Pearl's Dad

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    I second the GO CARDS....BEAT WVU
     
  13. TennVOL

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    Or hard chrome the gun.

    Round the bowl, down the hole, roll Tide....roll.
     
  14. Billy Sparks

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    I carry a stainless Commander, with a Milt Sparks horsehide (I think) holster. I have been lucky so far.
     
  15. SaxonPig

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    Casual wear in August means T-shirt and shorts. I can't carry a gun dressed like that. So I carry a shoulder bag with wallet, keys, and a S&W M659. Nobody gives the bag a second thought as shorts lack pockets so the bag makes sense. Not as fast as from a holster but at least it's with me.

    And it doesn't get bathed in sweat in the bag, either.
     
  16. amprecon

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    Bought Glocks....... ;)
     
  17. tydephan

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    My strategy is brilliant, I must say. Dan, I'm surprised you do not employ the same tactics:

    I keep my behind inside, where this is air conditioning. :neener:

    LOL.

    Aside from that, I carry an ugly polymer pistol in a kydex holster. I leave my pretty guns and their leather holsters in the safe.

    I wipe them down as usual once a week to remove lint and add protective oil as needed.

    We haven't gotten the heatwave that you guys south of us have. We haven't gotten over 105 yet, but we share the same number of days in triple digits. Crazy crazy weather.

    Stay cool in the "ham.

    John - who is drooling and going into convulsions from a lack of college football...Roll Tide!
     
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    Save up ~$150.00, send the gun and the money to Walt Birdsong for his Black-T finish and don't worry about sweat, salt water, fresh water or damn near anything else causing problems.
     
  19. deputy tom

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    Dan,I wipe my pocket pistols down daily with Tuff-cloth Marine treatment.Seems to work well.tom.

    Oh and Go Stillers N@ ! he-he.:p
     
  20. HiWayMan

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    I pocket carry. And while I don't live in the South, Ohio gets damn humid this time of year. I wipe my blued babies down with Penzoil 10W-40 weekly. When I've really been out in it I wipe it down with a rag soaked with 10W-40 and 3 in 1 household oil that stays in the basement stairwell for just such a purpose. I usually have to hit the blades on my carbon steel pocket knives as well or they rust up something terrible.
     
  21. FM12

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    Get a S&W M60,stick it in a pocket, and be done with it!
    (Anyone with a "Go Vols" in their by-line deserves rusted handguns, anyway!)
    Ramma, Jamma!
     
  22. Richard.Howe

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    First, let me say War Eagle.

    Second -- my summertime carry piece is a G19, specifically selected because 1) I live in a seriously humid, coastal town, and 2) poly and Tennifer tend not to rust!

    In the fall, I stick with my P220, slide and most internals hardchromed by Tripp. Sweat has not become a major problem yet.

    Rich
     
  23. Ragnar Danneskjold

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    Get a nice polymer compact.
     
  24. Jason_G

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    Not much you can do other than get a good lube that is also good at rust prevention, and keep it coated. It helps if your vehicle has decent AC, mine doesn't. It gets pretty warm. Anyone know if kydex is better than leather to this end?

    I don't know how this transitioned to football, but...

    Go Tigers.
    LSU

    Jason
     
  25. Peter M. Eick

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    I use a P7PSP that has been teflon coated by Briley. I am not sure what vendor of teflon/np3/whatever they used, but here in hot and humid Houston it has good over 5 years without any rust or even noticeable wear to it.

    Truly amazing stuff!

    Don't forget to get a couple of mags zapped while your at it to avoid them rusting also.
     
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