"Waterproof" Gun for Floating Down the River

"Waterproof" Gun for Floating Down the River

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    "Waterproof" Gun for Floating Down the River

    I want a handgun that I can take on extended canoe/floating trips that can survive getting wet. Is the Glock as impervious to water as I've read or any more so than my XD Subcompact or Ruger Security Six would be. I've read of people who canoe will swim while wearing their Glocks and will just clean them nightly...or maybe not nightly. Is this truly possible with the Glock? Is it just as possible with my XD, Sec Six, PF9 or any other handgun. I've seen suggestions of stainless gun but what about all the internal parts. If using a Glock, would you have to disassemble down to the smallest part to clean and oil. For this particular question, I'm not looking for advice on dry bags, ziplock bags, etc. Only being able to wear a handgun on my hip while floating all day down the river and stopping to camp on the shore at night. I would appreciate any advice and especially real world experience.


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    I took my G26 on vacation and immersed it repeatedly with no issues in sea water. It doesn't get any worse than that. The Glock will be fine, can't speak for the others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    I took my G26 on vacation and immersed it repeatedly with no issues in sea water. It doesn't get any worse than that. The Glock will be fine, can't speak for the others.
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    I have had a Ruger Stainless out in prolonged wet (wet for days) with no rusting at all. Not even a trace of surface rusting.
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    You just found the perfect excuse to purchase Glock maritime cups. As Mr.Colion Noir states is his "You Know You're A Gun Nut When": "you ACTUALLY bought maritime cups"...

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    A glock hould do fine.... but so should any wheel gun for that matter. lubricate it properly, keep it clean and you should nhave zero problems. I would learn how to detail strip whatever you choose before heading out just to be safe. Also, durability is not an excuse to not clean your gun
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    Not that I am against a good stainless sixgun, but I'll have to add another vote for the Glock. There are a significant number of police maritime units that use it because of these same characteristics. Also, there are a LARGE number of military units world wide that utilize the Glock in waterbourne operations / special forces operations due to Glock's ability to function in these environments without issue.
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    Thanks guys. To clarify, I am talking about full immersion and swimming not just exposure to wet conditions.

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    I think that a Glock would the perfect choice, but any firearm that you choose to take with you on your trip should be carried inside a dry bag or waterproof case and it would be best if you cleaned it every night.
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    I would say that a Ruger Stainless revolver could handle prolonged full water immersion.

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    A Glock should work just fine , repeated sumergings may not be the best for the ammo though . I have carried a HK USP in all sorts of weather and kayaking without worry.
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    Wouldn't want to go swimming with a blued gun, butwet ammo is a bigger concern for me and my Glock.
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    No worries with any quality gun these days as long as you dry them up afterwards. When I am on water and do not need immediate access to my gun, I just place it in a waterproof bag or box depending on if there is a chance of it going overboard or not. An internet search will turn up companies that make boxes that float for guns that may be dropped off a boat.

    However, having waded through lots of water in Vietnam with an M-16 and 1911, I can attest to the fact that they work when wet. We used to put a condom over the barrel of our rifles to keep out mud.
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    I always wear a pair of shorts with cargo pockets when I go on canoe or rafting trips.

    I usually carry an SP-101 or XD9sc inside an an industrial strength zip-lock bag called aLOKSAK and buttoned up inside one of my cargo pockets.

    Trust me, these bags are worth the extra couple dollars. A regular zip lock freezer bag is no comparison to these.

    I swim, jump off cliffs, and do just about anything else you do on a float trip and my guns always remain bone dry. Never an issue.

    I always bring my Otis cleaning kit anytime I travel with a gun. But using the zip lock bag, I've never needed to strip, clean and lube my gun when back at camp.
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    Most plastic squirt guns will float............
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