As we head into summer, more and more of us are headed outside for some fun in the sun. Many of you might be heading on a family vacation, going hiking and camping, boating, and etc.
One thing we haven’t really covered here on Concealed Carry Chops are some tips about concealed carrying while on a boat, or a smaller vessel. There are a few things you need to remember, and also some things to consider.
Secure Your Pistol
Some of you may have concerns about losing your pistol in the water. Accidents happen: the kayak tips over, or you accidentally sink your canoe—whatever. When this happens, we have more potential to lose a CCW in the water, but it is unlikely that you’ll have trouble finding it if it does sink even in a large body of water. But to help prevent that all together there are a few things you can do:
1. Use a high retention holster with a secure clasp.
2. Utilize the lanyard loop on your CCW’s grip as a tether to your belt.
3. Use an IWB (inside-the-waistband) holster with clasps that you can thread your belt through.
These can help, but one of the best things is to have a reliable, secure holster—period. Essentially you should be able to stand on your head without worrying about your pistol falling out. If your weapon can fall out, you definitely need a new holster.
Problems with Water
Many of you already know this, but I feel I should cover it briefly: water is not necessarily damaging to your pistol initially because of modern designs, but it can make the grip slippery. The best way to prevent any mishaps caused by wet grips is a slow but firm grip on your pistol as you take it out of a holster.
I will remind you all that saltwater is the worst for your pistol. So be sure to check it after a day or two out on the ocean and rub it down with a thin layer of oil on all outside surfaces to help stave off the corrosion.
Have you ever had a pistol find its way in the water (salt or fresh)? How did that go? Tell me your story in the comments!