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Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by joneb, Jun 21, 2019.

  1. joneb

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    This has not happened to me yet, but I was wondering what would be the best course of action if one were to drop their CCW in the toilet?
     
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    Gotta quick grab it out lol. I'd personally disassemble it, dry it, hit it with lysol, wipe it dry, then oil everything up like I normally would. (And wash hands).

    I've dropped two cell phones in the toilet, they went from the toilet to the trash. A ccw would be an easy save. Unless the toilet was a porta potty...
     
  3. joneb

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    This has not happened to me yet, but I was wondering what would be the best course of action if one were to drop their CCW in the toilet? Would you drain out the water and put gun in sodium silicate?
     
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    Or rice.

    Detail strip and hit with water displacing oil.

    Then proceed to do a regular cleaning and wipe down on it.

    Maybe some compressed air in a few locations.
     
  5. jeepnik

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    It amazes me how fragile folks seem to think firearms are. A little water is inconsequential. Just dry it as best you can. And when you get home clean and lube it.
     
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    Worst case scenario, what if it happened on a big event porta potty .

    No choice. I’m going to go fish it. Find a plastic bag or zip lock. It will have to be fully disassembled, sanitized, oiled and not tell anyone.
     
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    The best way to not break your neck while skiing - don’t ski...

    Make effort to prevent yourself from dropping your handgun into the toilet, then you won’t have to worry about devising a means to rectify the situation thereafter.
     
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  8. Keith G

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    Retrieve it before crapping on it.
     
  9. joneb

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    I know but it seems possible. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
     
  10. edwardware

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    First, if your weapon of choice is rendered unserviceable by a swim in the crapper, you chose poorly.

    Second, speaking of holsters, that must have been another poor choice.

    I'd be much more worried about the toilet surviving than my 1911. . . the flooding could be rather unfortunate.
     
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  11. entropy

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    If it's a Glock, flush. HAH! got it in before the fanboys showed up!
    Seriously, I don't dislike Glocks. But it had to be said. I guess I'd retrieve it, wipe it down, (hopefully it would not have acquired fecal matter. ) re-holster and get home and tear it down and go through it with a fine-toothed comb.
     
  12. Skylerbone

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    If it’s for self-defense I’d also swap ammo after disassembling the magazine if so equipped.
     
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    If I fell out of my canoe, I wouldn't worry about my revolver until I had time to clean it. They've been proven to be good for swimming with. But when I went to clean it, I would remove the stocks, relieve the mainspring and pop the side plate. Then I'd clean it out with a gun cleaner (Ballistol or Breakfree). I like to use compressed air to blast cleaner/oil out of the lockwork since it's not easy to get a patch or brush in all those places. I would not fully strip it just for water, but I would pop the side plate. If it was salt water or silty, I'd be more inclined to fully strip it.

    As for the ammo, I expect it would be fine in the short term after a short dunk. The longer it soaked the less I'd want to depend on it. And any carry ammo that gets wet should be replaced when possible. Some people lacquer the primers and crimp, but I have not seen evidence this improves results. Again, I would expect dunked ammo to work in the short term. If its soaked for a long time, why depend on it when you can change it out?

    I have had primers and powder each fail as a result of water, but the water was in the case when I loaded them (insufficiently dried brass). Wet powder produced a squib and barrel obstruction, so I know the consequences can be serious. Shoot any wetted ammo very carefully and if you can change it out, all the better.
     
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    Drain it, open it up, blow it out, let dry. Then clean and oil. With gloves. It's a rare gun that gets as gross as your average public toilet.
    I wouldn't even worry much about the ammo, just swap it out for fresh stuff just in case and shoot it next time you're at the range.

    I'm in Florida. If a bunch of Florida fishing trips don't cause problems, a quick dunk in some Ty-D-Bol isn't going to bother it much.
     
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    Depends, did it fall in before or after I flushed?
     
  16. DukeConnor

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    I routinely dunk firearms. Hot water, dawn soap, tooth brush. Blow out with compressed air and set in sun or heating vent. Relube.
    Spotless.
     
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    Quit worrying about things that haven’t happened and don’t matter and you will be much happier.
     
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  19. jmorris

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    I have never dumped one in a toilet but have shot a few matches where they were soaked, just take them apart and clean them as normal.

    I suppose my CC pistols this time of year are soaked with sweat, I imagine toilet water minus #1 or #2 part would be easier on them than salty sweat.

    You’d be surprised how well sealed loaded ammunition is. I occasionally have rounds that go through the washer and I remove them from the load when I hear them banging around in the dryer. Set them on top and fire them next time I go out back. I haven’t had one that didn’t fire yet.
     
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    Just dry it out, clean and oil it, and swap ammo.
     
  21. Rule3

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    Wow, this topic is deep.:scrutiny:
     
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  22. AK103K

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    Ive gone into muddy rivers a couple of times while canoeing and kayaking. Just flushed gun with clear water when I got a chance, shook it out and cleaned it later when we camped. When I got home, I tore it down and gave it a thorough cleaning.

    A quick dunk isnt going to hurt the ammo. Ive washed some of my revolvers reloads on more than a few occasions over the years, and they all whet bang when I shot them later.

    If it fell into the toilet, my biggest worry, depending on how it fell in, and what was in there, would be that the bore was clear.;)
     
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  23. Armored farmer

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    Maybe concentrate on taking some measures to prevent that unlikely scenario.
     
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    I like that thinking! When Iowa first passed “shall issue” for cc there were a rash of “toilet guns”; that is, firearms people unholstered and set down in toilet stalls only to walk off without them. A good holster ought to be enough to prevent an unintended dunk.
     
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  25. Texas10mm

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    This happens quite often by uniformed officers. One would think that it would be the first thing they check.

    If I unholster my firearm to use the restroom I always check before I leave the stall. But then again, I paid for it, not the taxpayers.
     
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