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  1. #11
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    There are some interesting torture tests on Youtube. The plastic bag sounds good, but I'd try it out at range first.

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  3. i work with a sandblaster, and i also OC. what i do is i leave my carry in my truck which i am never far from but my BUG is CC and i never have to do anything with it. i am not a CC person but if you do CC then that will keep you firearm cleaner.

    i carry a Ruger 95. pretty much an indestructible gun. it will always go bang when you pull the trigger

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    Consider this:

    Military personnel who carry pistols are issued either Berettas or Glocks. The Beretta is the standard issue weapon, and various Special Forces members are allowed to choose to carry a Glock sidearm. They have been deploying to the worst environment for guns known to man for the last 11 years or so. I don't know about anyone else, but I don't recall hearing about a lot of dust/sand/debris types of failures being reported from Iraq or Afghanistan with either of those brands of handguns. I have heard several reports of dissatisfaction with the 9mm round from military circles, but not with failures of the type the OP is concerned with.

    I would suggest a trip or three to the range before cleaning your weapon after work before replacing a weapon that you like to carry. If it malfunctions before cleaning, but runs fine after cleaning, you've answered your question, you need to figure out something to address the conditions your weapon is subjected to. But if it runs fine even when dirty, there ya go, your Beretta is as reliable in tough conditions as the Berettas issued to our military.

    The dye may be another problem, depending on what chemicals it contains. If it has no corrosive or acidic chemicals in it, you may just have to live with a red tinge being on whatever weapon you carry. If it is harmful to either the steel, alloys or polymers in your gun though, you've got a problem that I don't have a good solution for. I do NOT like the idea of zip-lock-bagging your weapon. Not only could that make access to your trigger tricky, it could impair the slide from fully actuating, making follow-up shots impossible.

    In short, if it's just dust/debris/discoloring that's getting on your weapon, I don't think you need to do much but clean it more than most of us have to, and you can take a handful of trips to the range after work to determine if it causes performance problems. If it's harmful to the finish and/or integrity of the materials your weapon is made of though, you're going to have to find an expert to get advice from, because the vast majority of posters here would be guessing at best to give you viable solutions.

    Blues
    No one has ever heard me say that I "hate" cops, because I don't. This is why I will never trust one again though: You just never know...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrantlyJ View Post
    So I just started carrying a few weeks ago. Right now my EDC is a Nano. I'm still getting used to wearing it but overall it's going well.

    However in the evenings I work at my family's business. I'm alone, it's somewhat noisy and its a dirty job. I make livestock feed but mainly make a baseball field product. It uses sand, clay , glue and dye. At the end of the night I am quite dusty and when I take a shower it's a river of red.

    The first week I didn't carry while working because I didn't want to get my gun filthy. But the more I thought about it the more I realized that even though the police station is only 4 blocks away I need protection more than any other situation. Mainly because I am alone and it's dark. Since I have exterior doors open I get at least one looky-loo a week wondering what I am making.

    Anyways I carried once this week and at the end of the night I inspected the gun. I was filthy. Completely covered in dust. The butt was red from the dye, the night sights completely packed with dust. I did not strip it but I could tell dirt got in there.

    So my thoughts are I need something a little more resistant to dirt. I'm thinking because of all the moving parts a semi-auto is not ideal. Especially if I get a grain of sand in there. So maybe a revolver? I was thinking of a LCR because its cheap and I could just toss it in my pocket and wont get in my way.

    Any other suggestions?
    I echo Blues thoughts. Try your firearm while it is dirty from work at your range. If it functions reliably after several different trials at the range, then you do not need to look for a new firearm.

    If you are dead set on looking for a new firearm anyway, then I would definitely go with any Glock if you prefer a pistol. They have been referred to as the AK-47 of the handgun world. They are made to run through many horrific conditions and still function. If you prefer a revolver, they are made simply with little moving parts, so dusty is not a problem. Personally, I like anything from S&W in a revolver.
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    Get a Glock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrantlyJ View Post
    So I just started carrying a few weeks ago. Right now my EDC is a Nano. I'm still getting used to wearing it but overall it's going well.

    However in the evenings I work at my family's business. I'm alone, it's somewhat noisy and its a dirty job. I make livestock feed but mainly make a baseball field product. It uses sand, clay , glue and dye. At the end of the night I am quite dusty and when I take a shower it's a river of red.

    The first week I didn't carry while working because I didn't want to get my gun filthy. But the more I thought about it the more I realized that even though the police station is only 4 blocks away I need protection more than any other situation. Mainly because I am alone and it's dark. Since I have exterior doors open I get at least one looky-loo a week wondering what I am making.

    Anyways I carried once this week and at the end of the night I inspected the gun. I was filthy. Completely covered in dust. The butt was red from the dye, the night sights completely packed with dust. I did not strip it but I could tell dirt got in there.

    So my thoughts are I need something a little more resistant to dirt. I'm thinking because of all the moving parts a semi-auto is not ideal. Especially if I get a grain of sand in there. So maybe a revolver? I was thinking of a LCR because its cheap and I could just toss it in my pocket and wont get in my way.

    Any other suggestions?
    How are you carrying? and IWB and a shirt over shouldn't be able to attract to much. A lube like ballistol will lube but not attract dust. Have you considered something like smartcarry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by apvbguy View Post
    either get a glock or clean your gun very often
    I agree, in nasty conditions a Glock is the way to go.

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    Heck, you know what I'm going to say. I was assimilated before there were generations. Go Glock.
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    Get a Beretta. Glocks suck...
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  11. Actually I like the idea of the 380, either an LCP or Bodyguard. I think a thin baggy with a bread wrapper tie slid in the back pocket would work fine. I have a BG and it fits nicely in the back pocket and your trigger finger can easily poke through if you needed it. Ideal... No but nothing is ideal in this work environment. Make this gun your work gun.

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