Cold Swim in the Swamp Leads to Hot Baer on the Range

Discussion in 'Range Reports & Reviews' started by cwoods, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. cwoods

    cwoods Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2016
    My oldest and I took a quick trip out on the new kayak through the swamp. The water is super shallow and has serval trees and debris under the black water which are really hard to see. After investigating the Bever hut we decided to move up stream at a nice clip in what is typically the deepest run of the swamp. Sure enough my oldest, who was sitting at the very front spotted a tree beneath the surface. It was too late and in her attempt to "dodge" the tree we run right along side it and rolled the yak. We were able to flip it right side up and re-enter the yak and made a dart for the shoreline laughing the whole way. After getting everyone inside, dry and warm I proceeded to survey the damage. Amazingly nothing was lost during the spill, everything just soak and wet, including the 1/2 naked baer.

    Curiously I wondered if she would still flawlessly function. Not one prone to wonder too long I sent 200 rounds down the the pipe and that Baer sang a sweet tune without the slightest of stray of an off tune note. Heck if anything the song was a bit sweeter. Those rounds pushed me 1006 since last clean unless you count the swamp water as a rinse. While it may not be the best "test" to determine supreme functionality it was never intended to be. It was just an actual real world experience with a 1911. A hard fit 1911 at that. And to be honest most of the water had dissipated leaving a hint of mud, bit of water and traces of rust on the mag release and front strap. Just thought I'd share my experience with other 1911 enthusiasts.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2019
  2. Jollyroger1

    Jollyroger1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2015
    Probably the best range trip ever :D

    Y’all stay safe brother!
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  3. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    Rinse, run, repeat.
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  4. ORShooter

    ORShooter Just outsided the realm of Crazy!

    Nov 28, 2018
    :roflmaro: Man I just love adventures! Glad all came out well and the shooting of the Baer was all good!:thumbs:
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  5. khend1

    khend1 Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Mar 10, 2013
    Pretty cool! Glad you and your gear came out unscathed!
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  6. FaaWrenchBender

    FaaWrenchBender Active Member

    Jan 22, 2015
    A bit of dirt, mud and water never hurt a 1911
  7. NPV

    NPV Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2017
    Great report, nice boots. Redwings?
  8. cwoods

    cwoods Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2016
    Yes sir. Mock toes, cant remember the color or number but from the heritage collection. Honestly, once I had my daughter back in the yak and realized I had all our possessions I was more concerned about the boots than the Baer. They dried out just fine with no stench.
  9. tac45

    tac45 What me worry ? Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2012
    There’s a Theme going on here :
    Black Baer
    Moma Baer
    And now Swamp Baer. !
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  10. isialk

    isialk Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Jan 7, 2017
    Pretty cool!

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  11. pandaman25

    pandaman25 Active Member

    Jan 30, 2019
    I want a les Baer so bad!! I love that black with ivory grips look too.
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  12. NPV

    NPV Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2017
    Good to hear, I got a pair of Thoroughgoods that I love.
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  13. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair. Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    Whenever I got leather boots soaking wet they shrunk not expanded if I took them off while wet.
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  14. cwoods

    cwoods Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2016
    @limbkiller not sure if it was a factor but I had just cleaned, treated and buffed them days before with boot cream. Regardless, they seem to be operating fine.
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