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PostSubject: Winter Solutions   Sun Dec 09, 2007 8:14 am

Alright let me try to get things rolling around here.

I know some people have to deal with extreamly cold weather and gas guns do not operate to the highest standard under cold weather.

Hand wamrers I have heard can be taped or rubber banned around the protruding mags, such as in the Tanaka rifles.

please share your methods of keeping your gas warm!

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PostSubject: Re: Winter Solutions   Sun Dec 09, 2007 8:55 am

Well, I think easiest would just be to keep the mags warm until you use them, that way when you put them in your gun, your hand will then keep them warm.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Solutions   Sun Dec 09, 2007 11:57 am

Being from Alaska and being a fan of GBB's (I run POR) I have run into this issue quite a bit.

I find that the best way to combat cold is to stash mags all over my person and keep switch them out when ever I have a second.

I have also found that I get much better performance out of all all plastic pistols. They don't feel great but they don't hold cold like metal does either.

When I was using KSC Glocks I would always swap out upgraded recoil springs for stock soft ones so that the gun would continue to chamber BB's even when there wasn't much juice going to the slide.

The other cardinal rule of winter shooting is no rapid fire. It cools the gun down so fast that it will normally vent gas.

(Note that I am talking about guns being used below 32 F (0C))
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Solutions   Sun Dec 09, 2007 12:10 pm

I like the idea, but not alot of people use plastic pistols.

How does Co2 react to cold weather?
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Solutions   Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:27 am

Co2 is actually better in the cold then green/propane. But it still has to fight the same issues, ie if the gun is cold it wont perform to spec's
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Solutions   Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:29 am

that's true. However, I normally use propane all year long.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Solutions   Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:37 am

Would puting the mag in a pocket close to your body do any good?
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Solutions   Wed Dec 12, 2007 8:36 am

i just rubber band a Hand Warmer to my sidearm, and throw a couple Warmers in my mag pouches. typically i never need my handgun, but when and if i actually do, i like to be able to draw them successfully and be able to shoot without having to pop a mag into my gun tongue
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Solutions   Wed Dec 12, 2007 10:34 am

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Would puting the mag in a pocket close to your body do any good?

Yes it does, but not that much. I actually spend most of the evening with at least one mg in my pocket at home.

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PostSubject: Re: Winter Solutions   Wed Dec 12, 2007 10:52 am

I have to agree that pockets themselves don't do that much.

I have found that the armpit is much more useful.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Solutions   Wed Dec 12, 2007 10:58 am

It may be possible to line m16 or mp5 or any other SMG or rifle mag pounch in a vest with furry fabric and put hand warmers around them. Then they would be warm when you are ready!

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PostSubject: Re: Winter Solutions   Sat Dec 15, 2007 3:47 pm

When playing in winter, I (when using the pistol as a primary) often just ejected the magazine and carried it in my hand and inserted the magazine as needed. Kept it warm that way.

Option two: There are those cheap as chips 'bio-heat' packs that you can buy for under $2NZ. (well, they may cost more there, but these are in the shape of cute little hearts Suspect )
A couple of those will give some heat when you need.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Solutions   Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:56 pm

Cute little hands? Sweet, and lame at the same time. I haven't seen those up here, but then again I haven't been snowboarding in like 4 or 5 years, so I really haven't needed hand warmers and such... sad thing is I worked in the rental shop at the local hill only two years ago. I'll have to go out there and see if anyone I know is working so I can aquire some hand warmers for cheap. Gotta love friends in low level positions who give you deals.

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