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    Hot Weather Carry

    Now that hot weather is here, I'm having a familiar issue with concealed carry. I sweat, and not just a little. The other day I put my Bersa .380 under the floorboard (stow & go seating) while we visited Sea World. When I got it back out it had rusted at the back of the slide.

    I cleaned that up and oiled everything, but am thinking a nickle plated slide may be a viable solution. Any one have the Bersa nickle slide? Anyone else have advice?
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    You're going to ask my advice? Get your current pistol dura coated or something. Might also start using something better for protecting the finish like Gunzilla. Apply and wipe leaving a thin coating. Next day, wipe dry and reapply.....then let it set for a day or two and I swear the stuff penetrates below the surface a bit.
    My Glocks seem to like sweat actually. You're going to have quite a time keeping any regular blued metal from rusting under those conditions. Even stainless will rust around slide serrations and such. I'm not much of a fan of NP³ especially thinking tactically sound thoughts if you know what I mean.

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    An Old Faithful hybrid and a Remora holster with sweat shield have allowed me to carry my Glock 30 all summer without the usual comfort and sweat exposure problems. I usually switch to a pocket-carried snubbie in summer, but not this year. Try a different holster.
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    Another vote for the Gunzilla here...
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    +1 on the Remora holster. I live in ATL with high humidity. The holster allows for comfortable carry while protecting the finish.

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    Keep an oily rag in a Ziploc bag for those times when you need to wipe the gun down in between holstering’s

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    Wipe down your gun or change holster option.
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    If you are carrying a blued weapon IWB, sweat is its enemy. You will have to wipe it down almost daily if you expose it to sweat. With that said, I have a G23 and a G30 that I have carried IWB and OWB at work and play in the Texas heat of summer, exposed to sweat, salt air, dirt, dust, grime, sand, water, and a lot more. I am bad about wiping them down too, sometimes going a few days without, and not one hint of rust. Glocks are like that.
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    I carry a Sig P238 with the stainless slide, I wipe it down every night with some #9 field wipes, it was 107° here in Texas today, there's no way any of my carry guns would go a day with out being wiped down with something.
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    It was 95 here today and so hot and humid that my sweat was sweating. I played 18 holes of golf in the hottest part of the day and didn't have a dry spot on my when I finished. I drank 11 20oz bottles (4 gatorade and the rest water) and must have sweated every drop out because it leave anywhere else. I carried my XD40sc IWB all day and you would have thought I dropped in in a bucket of sweat. I clean it with Gunzilla exclusively. I stripped it down this evening and cleaned it good and still not a sign of rust anywhere inside or out. It repels dust too. I don't worry about sweat and rust anymore using this stuff. It cleans, lubes, and coats in one step.
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    Add one more vote for Gunzilla. I received a free sample at the NE Sportsmans show two years ago, and just purchased a bottle at this years show. It goes a long ways and protects your firearms well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodstock View Post
    Now that hot weather is here, I'm having a familiar issue with concealed carry. I sweat, and not just a little. The other day I put my Bersa .380 under the floorboard (stow & go seating) while we visited Sea World. When I got it back out it had rusted at the back of the slide.

    I cleaned that up and oiled everything, but am thinking a nickle plated slide may be a viable solution. Any one have the Bersa nickle slide? Anyone else have advice?
    Were you running the A/C prior to parking and storing the gun? If so, the cold gun sitting in a vehicle that was heating up with very humid air would form condensate and promote rust. If so, try turning off the A/C a few minutes before parking to give the gun time to warm to the ambient temperature. It's a real Florida problem for a large portion of the year. However, any humid, hot climate will promote this problem.

    Edit: Just read your post again, I see that sweat is the deciding factor since it has salt content. I used to use a lubricant impregnated cloth and wipe the gun down before storing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BugDude View Post
    It was 95 here today and so hot and humid that my sweat was sweating. I played 18 holes of golf in the hottest part of the day and didn't have a dry spot on my when I finished. I drank 11 20oz bottles (4 gatorade and the rest water) and must have sweated every drop out because it leave anywhere else. I carried my XD40sc IWB all day and you would have thought I dropped in in a bucket of sweat. I clean it with Gunzilla exclusively. I stripped it down this evening and cleaned it good and still not a sign of rust anywhere inside or out. It repels dust too. I don't worry about sweat and rust anymore using this stuff. It cleans, lubes, and coats in one step.
    I'm curious. What holster you were using?
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    Another vote for Gunzilla

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    Two options if you want to go with the same pistol.

    1. Have it Dur-Coated or Cera-Plated.
    2. Get a good holster with a sweat shield. I use the Remora Holster with a sweat shield. Works great.

    I have had a nickel plated PPK and it still got some rust. A good holster is the best and cheapest.

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