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Cleaning a rain soaked gun?

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Old 10-21-2010, 04:52 PM   #1
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Question Cleaning a rain soaked gun?

I have an USPSA Match this Sunday and it's suppose to rain pretty much the hole day so I know my gun is going to most likely get pretty soaked. When it's on my hip I have a shower cap i'm going to put over it to help a little but when I'm done shooting what should I do?

Can anyone give me a step by step for cleaning a rain soaked gun. To dry it do you just do a simple field strip and let it sit or do you take it farther and take out the trigger grip/locking block and sear and stuff?

Blow dry it? I have heard of coating the gun with wd40 but i'm not so sure about that.

Any info would be great.
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Old 10-21-2010, 05:10 PM   #2
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I would blow it out with a air compressor. You could use a hair dryer too. I would soak it in a water displacement oil like WD40 or Kroil for a while. Then remove all the WD 40 with something like Gun Scrubber. Spray it down really well with the Gun Scrubber. Then clean and oil like normal with something that has good rust preventives. I like Break Free but to each there own on that. Eezox also works really well.
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Old 10-21-2010, 05:14 PM   #3
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Take the grips off, field strip it, put in the oven on a cookie sheet at, say, 350 degrees or so for ten minutes.
Voila. Dry gun. Let cool, lube and eat... Err... Reassemble.
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Old 10-21-2010, 05:30 PM   #4
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I agree with a detailed stripping and letting it sit overnight. I have always done this with my long guns after a rainy hunt. Better safe then sorry I always say!

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Old 10-21-2010, 05:30 PM   #5
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I would blow it out with a air compressor. You could use a hair dryer too. I would soak it in a water displacement oil like WD40 or Kroil for a while. Then remove all the WD 40 with something like Gun Scrubber. Spray it down really well with the Gun Scrubber. Then clean and oil like normal with something that has good rust preventives. I like Break Free but to each there own on that. Eezox also works really well.
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A. Dry it off
B. Oil it up
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You didn't mention the type of gun but, a combination of all the above. Field strip it, remove the grips, maybe the striker and springs, use canned air or compressor then blow dry it. Then the normal lube job.

I have put my black powder revolver frame and cylinder thru the dishwasher then in the oven at 200. 350 is way too hot. You're not baking a potato. Not sure I'd want to bake a polymer frame at any temp. ;>)
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If it is an Xd simply lube it up with CLP...
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I have an USPSA Match this Sunday and it's suppose to rain pretty much the hole day so I know my gun is going to most likely get pretty soaked. When it's on my hip I have a shower cap i'm going to put over it to help a little but when I'm done shooting what should I do?

Can anyone give me a step by step for cleaning a rain soaked gun. To dry it do you just do a simple field strip and let it sit or do you take it farther and take out the trigger grip/locking block and sear and stuff?

Blow dry it? I have heard of coating the gun with wd40 but i'm not so sure about that.

Any info would be great.
I have the earth and stainless steel xd45 and im thinking of bringing out my glock instead of rusting up my xd. It wont mater how many shower caps you put on that xd its going rust really quick if you dont get it dry and oiled as soon as posible after being in the rain. Glocks are a lot more suitable for the rain than xd's are.
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Im kinda skepticle about the oven thing also, a hair dryer and normal oiling and cleaning might be mor appropriate. i saw a guy put a cell phone in an oven to dry it out and it melted! i would stay away from the oven thing
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