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    What to carry in dirty conditions?

    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?

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    either get a glock or clean your gun very often

  4. Could you carry at 4o'clock with a tuckable hybrid and tuck an undershirt in over it to protect it? Or perhapse some form of off body carry, such as a 'day planner' holster just set down nearby for easy access.

  5. Ok, forgive me if this idea is too out there to sound like it would work, but could you put your current choice, Nano, in a thin plastic bag (think sandwich style zipper bag but not a thick plastic, not freezer bags) - with the extra air removed and sealed? If you're putting it in your pocket, it would still be accessible, but kept clean. And, you could just grab it and fire through the plastic bag, if necessary. Just a thought!

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    I use a PJ holster currently. An undershirt probably wouldn't work. Even my underwear is red from the dye from time to time. especially when it is hot and I sweat a lot. Plus in the heat of the summer I don't want anymore clothing to heat me up. As far as placing it somewhere that won't work either. The room is about 50 feet long with two large sliding doors big enough to maneuver a forklift into on either end. Also there is a narrow path between the wall and machinery to get from one side to the others.

    Good idea's though. Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by JacobSMcClain View Post
    Could you carry at 4o'clock with a tuckable hybrid and tuck an undershirt in over it to protect it? Or perhapse some form of off body carry, such as a 'day planner' holster just set down nearby for easy access.

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    I do this with my iphone. Works reasonably well. I just wonder how practical it would be to use if someone surprised me. The machinery is fairly loud so it wouldn't be hard to sneak up on me.

    My current idea is a LCP, Bodyguard or a Pico when it's finally released in my back pocket or get tactical pants and put in the leg pocket.

    Quote Originally Posted by MsPnVA View Post
    Ok, forgive me if this idea is too out there to sound like it would work, but could you put your current choice, Nano, in a thin plastic bag (think sandwich style zipper bag but not a thick plastic, not freezer bags) - with the extra air removed and sealed? If you're putting it in your pocket, it would still be accessible, but kept clean. And, you could just grab it and fire through the plastic bag, if necessary. Just a thought!

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    The plastic bag idea sounds like it might work well. Make sure the pistol is holstered, and the bag does not cause a negligent discharge going into the holster. (don't test on loaded gun)

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    Glocks have long been touted as a gun which will work in the nastiest of conditions, and they are reasonably priced.....& no, I don't currently own one.

    Using a plastic flap/wrap might be a good idea, but I'd be wary of doing it until I had time to work on drawing the weapon in practice sessions....

    Depending on how you dress for your dirty working conditions, you may want to consider one of the 'body t-shirt holsters'... I only know of one person who uses this, and when its on him, with his handgun, this type of rig is invisible... His is the underarm draw type, but he also uses the front draw type at times... I would think your Nano would also be undetectable with one of these.

    http://www.undertechundercover.com/

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AIT81PE

    http://members.sti.net/thebrsfamily/buildertech/

    http://www.wearccw.com/index.php?rou...9#.UgJKiW3KE1I

    There are several more out there if you want to google 'holster-shirts' or 'shirt-holster' and wade through the results...

    Good luck...

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    Quote Originally Posted by apvbguy View Post
    either get a glock or clean your gun very often
    Can't remember when I last cleaned my Glock. Everyone else gets cleaned regularly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MsPnVA View Post
    Ok, forgive me if this idea is too out there to sound like it would work, but could you put your current choice, Nano, in a thin plastic bag (think sandwich style zipper bag but not a thick plastic, not freezer bags) - with the extra air removed and sealed? If you're putting it in your pocket, it would still be accessible, but kept clean. And, you could just grab it and fire through the plastic bag, if necessary. Just a thought!
    Absolutely not. Guns aren't made to be carried in ziplock bags. When a gun is carried in the pocket it must be in a pocket holster and nothing else goes in that pocket. The rules are the rules are the rules... for good reason. Otherwise you might have to change your name to Wun Hung Lo.
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