Canoeing Floating Wet Weather XD Compact vs Glock

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    Canoeing Floating Wet Weather XD Compact vs Glock

    I've been considering getting a Glock for water activities like canoeing and floating and where it would be submerged in water. However I prefer my XD subcompact. I've see torture tests on both. Would the XD be more susceptible to damage in these situations or would it fare just as well if cleaned after a weekend of activities? Can it take being in the water or for that matter can either? I've tried the plastic and dry bags and don't like that option.

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    Personally, I've never wanted an XD. I have been fishing in the middle of a flowing river many times with my Glock submerged. What it amounts to is how you care for your pistol before and after your ordeal. Metal, water, etc..... Torture tests are done under certain conditions no matter what they want you to think in the end. To me, the Glock and the XD are so very similar in construction as to not make much of a difference to my thinking. It's maintaining your firearm after the fact that will make everything okay in the end. Honestly......I think you're over-thinking things here. One thing is for sure....plastic baggies are out for a weapon that may need to be immediately deployed. We agree on that point for sure. My Glocks go anywhere with me. If you love the XD, it will go anywhere with you.
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    I take my Glock canoeing with me. I have never submerged it, and I don't have the marine spring kit in it, but it has done just fine for me.
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    I can't say for the XD, but I can say based on personal experience that the Glock can take it in stride! Several times during the course of my career in hot humid coastal salt air FL my Glock got dunked. Once was in brackish salt water. They suffered no ill effects. I can also add that 2 of my leather holsters and a set of handcuffs were RUINED from said dunkings! BTW, don't forget to disassemble your magazines and clean them out! Enjoy your trip!
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    I would say go with the Glock because it is easier to completely take apart for a detailed cleaning and drying.
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    I really don't see a difference either way myself. It is more of a state of mind if anything. Drying each one out, to me anyway, would be equally the same. Dry it, clean it, lubricate it and carry on. I guess if you were really concerned you could get a small water proof Pelican (or similar) case for the pistol and additional ammo or even a suitable bore snake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khukuri View Post
    I've been considering getting a Glock for water activities like canoeing and floating and where it would be submerged in water. However I prefer my XD subcompact. I've see torture tests on both. Would the XD be more susceptible to damage in these situations or would it fare just as well if cleaned after a weekend of activities? Can it take being in the water or for that matter can either? I've tried the plastic and dry bags and don't like that option.
    Hey, long time canoeist, ww kayaker. I have run the Buffalo River up in your neck of the woods, as well. My opinion, for what its worth, is that you dont want your gun or ammo getting wet. At least not submerged, and certainly not submerged for prolonged periods of time.

    I have carried on the Buffalo River, in Arkansas, as well as other rivers, but I secured my weapon in waterproof dry bags, or a dry box. If you ever body surfed a class 4 rapid, (that one happened to me on the Ocoe River), I can tell you straight up you dont want the gun on you when that is happening. At least if you want to keep your gun.
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    Wow, small world. I canoed the Buffalo River in Arkansas many times when I was a kit. My Grandpa would take me and two of my cousins every year. We did from the time I was about 11 til I was about 18. Lots of memories on that river. Of course, I was too young to carry a pistol at that time but we did have plenty of long guns at the camp sight.
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    I can't imagine there would be any difference between getting a glock or xd wet over a weekend trip. And if anything, the XD is easier to field strip and clean than a glock. Although, I would consider the difference completely negligible. Just properly grease it beforehand.

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    I enjoy going to the river or a lake every chance i get, especially during the summer. I have an XDS and a Glock.I usually carry the Glock mainly because it's just a little easier to break down should i need to.

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    Never ever had problem with XD and water and have had it underwater for long periods and I agree with others who says care is prime and both Glock and XD do fire underwater that's about all I can say.

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    You are, IMHO, picking the fly scat out of the pepper. While there are some design differences, the basics between an XD and a GLOCK are near identical. Pick what you like & carry it. Lube, rinse, clean and repeat.
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    Thanks for all the advice. I guess I'm good to go. Just wish the XD was a little lighter.

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    Nah, it's just right.

    We have a canoe. I've canoed the Paluxy and Brazos rivers here in Texas on several occasions with nothing more than a steel Colt Model 1911 smeared with RIG. The canoe doesn't sink due to the pistol's weight and rust stays back, even with the inevitable wetting. No big deal to do a quick field strip and re-lub at the end of the day. Well ... maybe it's a bit of a big deal when one's arms, back, and leg muscles are sore from all that paddling and portaging.
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    Not to venture too far from the point of this thread, however can bullets be submerged and then be reliable?

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