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Quick question,

Long story short, i will be leaving many of my weapons to sit for the better part of a year. Over winter. In Alaska.

How will cold temps effect my weapons in a safe? especially polymer guns.

Any insight on this would be great.

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Expanding on OP's original question here.... Do you take any further actions to prepare to leave you weapons for a year in the cold?? Would you put extra oil on them for the year or do anything else to keep them safe for a year long hiatus?
 

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I would imagine as long as they are in a safe with desiccants and a golden rod you should be ok.
 

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Give the pistols a nice thin coat of grease on the exterior and well oiled on the interior. Seal them up in something air tight. I keep mine in a ZIPLOCK bags inside PELICAN cases when they're to be stored for awhile.

I'm in northern AZ where we get snow, heat and daily humid monsoon rains during the summers. I have a heated rod in the safes as well as tubs of desiccants which get changed monthly. Not a hint of rust on mine.
 

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Im assuming the safe wont be in a climate controlled room. Im assuming the safe will be inside, at least semi protected from the elements. Im picturing a locked up hunting cabin?

I lived in Valdez, Cooper Landing, Seward, Anchorage and Soldotna for a few years. I do miss Alaska.

Not being a metallurgist, or plastic...urgist, I wonder if, since they wont be used, the plastic under even intense cold, would be fine as it wouldnt be flexing and the change from cold to hot wouldnt be quick enough to cause damage.

Moisture and oxygen would be my primary concerns.

A light coating (can see fingerprints in, but does not pool or collect) rust inhibitting grease over both the exterior and interior surfaces, coupled with an oxygen and moisture absorber, physical protection such as bags or cases could serve you well. Storing with the barrel pointed down can help avoid excess oil and grease pooling in your action, gumming it up even more, if in a standup gunsafe or room.

Im of the opinion that grease serves well for storage and oil serves well for lubrication.

Cosmoline in a plastic bag in a box crate worked well for some folk. A protective plastic case with custom cut foam padding, pressure release valves, wheels, etc etc would probably be nice.
 

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Quick question,

Long story short, i will be leaving many of my weapons to sit for the better part of a year. Over winter. In Alaska.

How will cold temps effect my weapons in a safe? especially polymer guns.

Any insight on this would be great.

thanks
A think coat of WD-40, to retard any rust/moisture.....I've never had a problem....EVER. Store, and relax.
 
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