Do Glocks rust when exposed to human perspiration?

Do Glocks rust when exposed to human perspiration?

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    Do Glocks rust when exposed to human perspiration?

    I've seen where people in here post that their Glocks are rust proof, others say "rust resistant", and yet others say that if it isn't wiped down after sweat exposure a very light coat of rust can form in a couple of days.

    That is quite a range of experiences. I don't know what to think. Glocks website is of no help.

    If a Glock is rust proof then that would be a very important factor in a future purchase. Does anyone know for sure?


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    Its never happened to any of mine and I have carried Glocks for a while.
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    This guy did some pretty extensive torture( nothing compared to rectal rehydration), some of the smaller parts had surface rust after he left the weapon in salt water. I think he scrubbed it all off, idk it probably says in there?

    I think my 21 has proven its durability - Glock Talk
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    I heard glocks rust when exposed to smith and wessons.
    Better to have the .22 with you than the .45 you don't.

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    Mine hasn't. And it's been on me in the Ky heat and humidity.
    I'm not saying we should kill all the stupid people. I'm saying remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zerosoma View Post
    I heard glocks rust when exposed to smith and wessons.


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    Quote Originally Posted by glockstar View Post


    This guy did some pretty extensive torture( nothing compared to rectal rehydration), some of the smaller parts had surface rust after he left the weapon in salt water. I think he scrubbed it all off, idk it probably says in there?

    I think my 21 has proven its durability - Glock Talk
    Very impressive test. Thanks for posting that.

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    dude you are thinking this to death, any firearm you carry needs some routine maintenance or it will fail you, I had a mag release button on my shield rust because I was slack on taking care of it and wiping it down when I took it off in the evening,a glock is tuff as hell but if you don't keep it taken care of it will fail you, either one or most other modern pistols will serve you well with just a minimum maintenance routine. Pick a gun , learn to use it to the best of your ability, take care of it, and it will return the favor when you need it to.
    If it needs to be done, do it.

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    Yes, all guns with any metal will rust, pit, or corrode with moisture.

    Only a Glock 7 doesn't have to be cleaned and lubricated.
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    I've been issued a Gen 2, 3, and 4 and actually carried the 2 and 3 while I was uniformed both on and off duty. I never took any special care, carried IWB with no sweat guard, and Georgia heat and Florida heat. They got sweated on off duty and got rained on on duty. Didn't any of them rust. The Gen 4, I was plainclothes before I got it and it sits in the safe except for mandatory qual days so no idea if its the same finish durability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LimaCharlie View Post
    Yes, all gun with any metal will rust, pit, or corrode with moisture.

    Only a Glock 7 doesn't have to be cleaned and lubricated.



    But it costs more than you make in a month.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoveman View Post
    But it costs more than you make in a month.......
    You guys are going to make me want to go watch 1 &2 this week. Hey it is getting to be Christmas time.
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    I think there is enough guns used in crimes sitting at the bottom of the East River, San Francisco Bay , and the Puget Sound to prove once and for all no gun is "rust roof". Yes, many of today's guns are far more rust resistant than your grandfathers revolver he kept in his nightstand, but if you want to keep them that way, don't ignore them. Give them a wipe down if they been in your pocket all day. Maybe once in a while with a rem-oil wipe.
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    Lots of reports on the newer treatment not being as resistant/durable as the earlier Melonite Treatments. GLOCK has also changed the spray on black coating a few times, some of those wear more than others, but that isn't what protects the metal, it's only a coating.

    I haven't had any issues with my Gen. 4 G23 and it's carried against my skin most days, all day.
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