Protecting Shotguns Afield


Holiday dinners and get-togethers are right around the corner, which of course, means lots of food. I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things to make this time of year is a fresh duck, goose or turkey. That means we’ll be heading afield to harvest birds for dinner.

Find a link to Apricot Glazed Duck below.

We’ll be in boats, creeks and streams, but our friends down south will be in marshes and swamps so we have to make sure to take care of our shotguns.

Before hunting season we go through our gear, making sure we have items that will keep us dry and warm. We also clean our firearms and get them ready. We hunt near moisture because of course, that’s where you find waterfowl, but since it’s winter oftentimes we’re also in some pretty foul weather. It’s important to protect our guns from moisture as well.

One of the instance I’ve seen happen is that you become so busy that sometimes you don’t properly clean and dry the gun as you should. Sometimes it’s because you come in freezing cold and simply hurry to take care of the bird and warm up. You think, “I’ll do that after I warm up.” Then one thing leads to another and the gun becomes hindsight.

Flambeau Outdoors gave me a product to test, and it’s so easy to utilize that guess what? I’m actually using it. I’ve started putting these in my gun cases and float bags. It’s called Stop Rust and it’s a vapor capsule. The effective radius is about two feet, so it’s perfect for a bag or gun case.

These can also be placed inside your safes, tackle and  tool boxes. The capsule attracts moisture vapors to stop rust before it has a chance to start.

Stop Rust prevents rust and corrosion for up to two years. It’s non-toxic. It’s odorless and it is FDA approved.

They also have a gun plug that we put in a couple of the barrels of the firearms in our gun safe. It’s a little peg and it has the Rust Stop element in the bottom of it. You just pop it in the muzzle of your rifle and put the rifle away. You can also keep it in the muzzle of your gun while you have it in the gun case or sleeve.

*Note: Always make sure firearms are safe and unloaded prior to inserting a peg into the barrel.

A big issue for my waterfowl hunting friends down south is that they’re around saltwater. They’re definitely going to have rust-causing moisture around their guns. We need to remember that moisture is not a friend of our guns . We have to clean and dry them as much as possible. With this Rust Stop, once you’ve done that, you simply pop in a peg and you’re ready to store it away.

You can leave the peg in the muzzle while you have it in your float case and
it will help absorb the moisture. Best of luck in bringing home some tasty meals. Remember to dry that gun and keep safe and healthy for a long time.



%d bloggers like this: