Which Gun to take on rafting trip???

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    Which Gun to take on rafting trip???

    I need some input. I'm traveling to Colorado in a month for a trip with some friends down the Colorado river - we'll be camping along the banks and the trip will take 3-4 days. Since Co recognizes my FL license and am definately carrying.

    The big question is wich gun? S&W M&P 9mm, Kimber Ultra CDP .45, S&W 1911? Or should I use this as an opportunity to expand the collection?

    Consderations will be: - which will stand up best to the elements and rough treatment ( I will have it with my gear in a dry bag).

    Thanks for any advice.
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    Sounds like a great opportunity (read excuse) to buy a Glock in your favorite caliber!
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    i would suggest something with a all weather finish. Glock and HK come to mind first and foremost. My HK USP has gone on countless camping & kayaking trips year round as well as hunting ,ect too.
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    yeah...glock or ....how 'bout a ploymer kahr ?
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    Mossberg 590 Mariner - $469.99

    Nickel-plated, comes with a pistol grip, holds 8+1 of 12 gauge... Could one ask for a better camping gun? I think not.

    Otherwise, any tupperware pistol would do. On the other hand, I've gone hiking/camping with a nickel-plated Ruger .357 revolver quite a few times and it's no worse for the wear.

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    Two(new) choices to look at. A Glock is a good all-around choice. Also, A Ruger SP101 would be an excellent sidearm as well. I had a SP101 for many moons and the stainless revolver in .357 was my favorite "outdoors" (boating, camping, "snake-charming") sidearm.

    My Glock has replaced all others as my "all-around", go-to EDC, but I'll be getting a pair of SP101's again this summer ....... one for my soon-to-be 21 year-olds birthday present along with his CCP application, and one for Daddy!

    Either one would be perfect for your trip. Have Fun!
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    I'd stay away from revolvers in the water. It can build up under the side plate and really cause some problems. While I detest them, I'd recommend a Glock 30 or the new 30SF in this case. It's a thick thing, but fairly short and hold eleven rounds of .45acp. Water runs right out.
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    I would recommend any Glock in my collection.

    I hope you not only have a Florida license, but are a Florida resident... otherwise Colorado does not recognize a Florida license if you are not a Florida resident.
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    How about a supersoaker?

    I would use this as an opertunity to buy a Glock in your favorite caliber.
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    I'll start out admitting I'm an HK guy. If there isn't a 12 step program there should be! A USP, P2000, P30 etc. should all be fine on a rafting trip. But would NOT be my first choice.

    Honestly I'd buy a used Glock 19. Or similarly sized Glock in your preferred caliber. It will also hold up in that environment. And should you lose it if your boat capsizes you will have lost 1/3 - 1/2 the value in money.

    In other words, the Glock is nearly as good as the HK in my opinion, and costs less. Making the price for performance ratio, especially when the potential for losing it is higher than normal in the Glock pistols favor.
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    I don't have one but I'd wanna bring an SP101!
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    I'm going kayaking tomorrow...my Glock-36 is going along.
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    Thanks for all the input. I'm thinking I'll have to go with either a Glock 30 - I already use .45 or pick up a G26.
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