This is a discussion on Canoeing/River Floating with a Glock within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Carrying while canoeing makes a lot sense to me, anytime in remote areas for that matter....
Carrying while canoeing makes a lot sense to me, anytime in remote areas for that matter.
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Take the glock and quit worrying. Detail strip it when you get home if you think you need to. It's a Glock.
Whenever I'm on a canoe trip, I carry an XD9sc inside an aLoksak element proof waterproof ziplock bag, carried inside a cargo pocket on my shorts.
Yeah, the water won't hurt the gun, but having it kept inside a waterproof bag sure helps avoid having to cleaning the gun every night at camp.
I use several different sized aLoksaks for a lot of different sensitive gear.
They are certified waterproof to 200 meters submersion in salt water for two weeks. Approved by US Navy.
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I've carried everything from revolvers (including a wood-grip Mod 66) to autos to rifles and shotguns on boats, wading in rivers, sitting in duck blinds, slogging through marshes, and in pouring rain. Never went swimming for a long time with them, but I got some of them immersed through unintended short swims. Never had a problem. On overnight camping trips, I usually cleaned/lubed at night. Holsters were more problem than the pistols/revolvers, as I used to carry a lot in leather pancakes, and who remembers to bring saddle soap with them when they're camping?
I've been CC and OC, depending on where, my Sig P250 variants while canoeing and fishing this summer and they've gotten very wet but not immersed (yet). I still clean and lube after every trip. No problems.
I bought a stainless steel 3" Ruger GP100 for this very purpose. Less worry with the SS. I would keep the pistol in a water tight bag as has been suggested. Access might be a tad slower but making sure your ammo functions I think is worth the trade off.
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WD40,spray the internals good after you get home,I use to Duck/goose hunt,we dragged shotguns thru water/mud/crud and as long as we stripped them down and blasted the internals with WD40 before wiping down and then clean and lube like normal we never had any rust,but let bare metal sit unprotected overnight and you will have surface rust in the morning,Hopefully you are talking about "Gun Rugs" and not holsters,Saddle soap will turn a good holster into mushI used to carry a lot in leather pancakes, and who remembers to bring saddle soap with them when they're camping?
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I saw some waterproof fanny packs on the web while researching this some. I think some were for diving. That might be another option. Although a lot slower on presentation.
no problems. just clean it when you get back home. as ammo goes, don't worry. it will work. i have washed a mag full of 380 acp ammo before and it still went bang. it was so nice and clean when i took it out of the dryer. the mag was too.
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This doesn't really contribute to the OP's question but i thought i'd share. My wife and i had a "Drano Bomb" explode by our canoe on our last float trip (Spring River, AR. Red-Neck Holiday). I thought someone had discharged a gun! I looked over and saw the exploded water bottle, tin foil chunks, and the little vapor cloud on the bank. Then we saw/heard the guys about 30 yards down the river in their canoe laughing at us. HA HA! Funny joke. I don't think they meant any physical harm but for that split second I thought the shat was going down...and i had nothing. Next time I will CC (Canoe Carry).
I plan to resume canoe and kayak activity, after nearly a decade of being tied-down caring for an invalid elderly relative. This is one reason I have a Glock G17 on layaway; I figure a properly cleaned, protected, and lubed Glock can handle a few days of being occasionally splashed and briefly dunked, in freshwater, with no maintenance during the trip. In this case, proper protection and lube means the moisture-displacing type. (The other reason for buying a G17 is because it looks like my employer is about to authorize certain 9mm duty pistols; we have been all-.40 for 15 years. My ailing wrist needs a break from sharp .40 recoil.)
OTOH, I would have no problem using my P229 or Les Baer TRS in the same environment. I would feel more of an urge to strip and clean these pistols after a dunking, but historically, SIGs and 1911s have handled foul conditions quite well.
My stainless steel Ruger revolvers would also suit me fine, except that those with wood grip panels would not likely be selected for such a trip, except for being carried inside a waterproof container. I would not select S&W revolvers for carry on the water outside a waterproof container, as detail-stripping such revolvers involves more tools, and more little parts laying about while cleaning. I prefer detail-stripping S&W revolvers only at home, with good light and a nice level working surface.