Guns & Floods

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Hurricane Harvey has put a hurt on Texas that will take quite some time to heal. Hurricane Irma is making its way to Florida and will, no doubt, have similar effects. Behind them is yet another storm. Despite the difficulties, this is life in coastal states.

Folks along the Mississippi River have seen devastating floods, as have other areas. Water will do what water will do.

Among all the other questions that will arise in the aftermath, sportsmen are sure to have questions about their firearms. In an effort to help in whatever way possible, I’d like to post two documents here today. Both are compliments of the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc. There is some great information here that just may come in handy for those impacted by natural disasters, and those who simply have bad luck when in the field.

These links lead to pdf files. Read them, download them, print them, whatever may be helpful in your particular circumstances.

Guidance on Firearms That Have Been Submerged or Exposed To Extensive Amounts of Water

Natural and man-made disasters may result in firearms being exposed to or completely submerged in rain or flood waters. The questions that arise are how best to preserve recovered firearms from further damage and will the firearm ultimately be safe to use again.

Guidance on Ammunition That Has Been Submerged In Water

Torrential rains and storms surges that can result in flooding in areas of the United States bring about several interesting questions. Is it possible to salvage ammunition that has been exposed to water? Can ammunition that has been submerged in water for a period of time be salvaged? Should one set it out and attempt to dry it? What are the potential hazards?

I would hope that these documents are of some assistant.

Author: Daniel D. Lamoreux

As an outdoor writer and freelance photographer, Dan's publishing credits include articles and/or photographs in more than 40 state, regional and national publications and he has authored three books. His expertise on the subject matter has been developed from over 40 years experience pursuing the outdoor sports.

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