Ha! I SCOFF
at your moisture!
Yesterday I was at the battlefield standing without a poncho holding my cap-lock Lorenz in a steady to driving
rain for over 2 solid hours. Paper-rolled blank cartridges were safely tucked in my 2-flapped leather cartridge box on my belt and caps in my leather cap-pouch on the belt. After 2 hrs., I put it to the test and loaded the blank 60 grs 3F charge, capped, and waited another 2-3 mins as the ranger finished his talk before the order "Ready-Aim-Fire!" was given. BANG! Loaded and fired again, and again, and again, 16 straight shots in all without misfire.
We used the incident to show how the Civil War era guns were the 1st truly 'all-weather' guns used in warfare. The cannons also fired without misfire with their friction-primers. I was the butt of jokes from the other guys wondering why I was doing it, but my answer was that once sokaed there was no reason to run for cover only to come back out and get soaked again - and I had decided to put the Secure-Arms position (see attachment) to the ultimate test.
I have learned to do this by using the "secure-arms" hold. Simply put, the gun is flipped upside down and angled muzzle down & forward with the lock tightly pinched under an armpit. The lock, being upside down and under the armpit is thus protected from water and any dop that happens to reach it through staturated clothing cannot get up into the upside-down cone/nipple. With the muzzle angled down gravity alone protects it from getting water up the barrel. I have used this hold numerous time while hunting and yet to experience a misfire due to moisture. Now, I do place 1 stip of electrical tape across the muzzle when going out for added insurance because while stalking through wet brush I want to help keep any droplets from getting in, but it is not really necessary. The old-timers knew these things that we today have just forgotten. We are rather careless in how we handle our guns today relying on technology to save us from our own lack of care or knowledge. In the days of the fur-traders and longhunters the man usually carried his gun in a woolen or oiled-canvas sleeve until ready to use. You'd not have seen Dan'l Boone casually stomping through the snowy KY hills or soaked forest with his longrifle casually slung muzzle-up on a shoulder. It was carried in its sleeve/case until he was ready to make the final stalk on a taraget and then was un-sleeved, readied and put to use.