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Old 03-20-2017, 9:34 AM
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Default Pistol Class - RAIN! Suggestions?

I'll be attending a pistol class soon and rain is in the forecast. We're shooting rain or shine. Anyone have any experience/suggestions/words of wisdom for shooting in the rain?

And if anyone can recommend a good rain jacket, I'd appreciate that as well.
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I just take my hunting rain gear, then I am dry

Suggest Big 5 or Bass Pro Shops or a similar store for the rain gear.
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Agree, I use my hunting rain gear and pack my all weather guns..
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https://www.tacticaldistributors.com...nt=35841428682

Worth every penny. You will thank me when done.

I've taken several classes in the rain with that jacket and it has performed much better than the 4 I tried before it (that cost more when added together).
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Worth every penny. You will thank me when done.

I've taken several classes in the rain with that jacket and it has performed much better than the 4 I tried before it (that cost more when added together).
Wow. I'm sure it's great but way over my budget. I'm trying to keep it around $100
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what is the course of fire? will you be static or moving?

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Wow. I'm sure it's great but way over my budget. I'm trying to keep it around $100
I think my current rainsuit I got from the closeout rack at Sportsmans warehouse for about $40. Its been awesome.
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get rain coat, doesn't have to be tactical based. get a dedicated raincoat that you can wear over your jacket if need be and have it include a hood too so you don't have to worry about a cold/wet head.

as for when it comes to the gun, make sure to bring a dry towel to wipe it down and clean/oil it right when you get home.
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what is the course of fire? will you be static or moving?

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I'll be moving.
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To me, my base layer is more important than my coat. And my shoes/boots and socks when it's an all day rainy class. I'd much rather have a coat that doesn't get in the way of drawing my pistola.

-multiple pairs of socks to change during lunch.
-rainx or anti fog treatment on my glasses or eye pro.
-hand warmers
-pro grip
-separate plastic bags for mags. 1 to clean them in and one to store them in after cleaned.
-snacks that are good in wet weather ie not crackers. for caloric heat and personal comfort.
-shower cap to put over my gun while in my holster and just waiting
-multiple hats so that i am not wearing something wet on my head for 8 hours.
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Seems like good practice to train in inclement weather. Have fun.
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Gortex if you can find it. When you get wet, you'll get cold, and once you get your fingers cold, shooting loses the fun factor ... unless your class is in Florida or something where it'll be 80 degrees
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I recommended these to my friends for a pistol class in the rain last month and they were happy with them.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Oh and watch out for your electronic ears, my Howard Leights got zapped and died while shooting in the rain.

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Get one of those big bright pull over road worker type suits for $20 at home depot.

I knew a instructor who wore one of these on a real cold & windy & raining day, he said he looked like Big-Bird.

Some of your best training days happen in bad weather.
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Rain coats are scarce in my area (probably because it hasn't rained in CA for 10 yrs--until recently). I bought what I could find. Seems good. The North Face Stinson.

Thanks to all. Some good ideas/suggestions. Keep it coming.
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Consider a rain poncho.

When it comes time to shoot, flip it over your shoulder like Clint Eastwood.
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Rain coats are scarce in my area (probably because it hasn't rained in CA for 10 yrs--until recently). I bought what I could find. Seems good. The North Face Stinson.

Thanks to all. Some good ideas/suggestions. Keep it coming.
I have shot in the rain the last 5 3-gun matches I have done. You should have seen the mud on the shotgun follower when I cleaned it...
My observation are:

Make sure you use the right shooting glasses, some glasses will trap your breath under them and fog, which makes seeing your sights harder than usual. Anti-fog is a good idea, but just getting the right ones is a good plan.

Bring at least one microfiber towel. Even when wet they can be wrung out and will absorb moisture from your hands etc.

Bring spare shoes and socks for the ride home. I wear my Salamon Speedcross rather than a rain boot etc. and really like having dry feet on the way home.

Dont freak out if you drop your mags in the mud, just clean them out with a brush or towel. Same goes for ammo.

A billed hat makes a difference when its raining.

If you have hunting gloves bring them if its going to be cool to keep your hands warm when resetting and when not shooting
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You can do many things .. I was at a 5 days class in Front Sight with my family and was raining 4 days (Except the last day - go figure).

We didn't wear anything fancy or rain poncho (my whole family have our BOB with all waterproof items). We just used the waterproof jackets, shoes, pants and hats from our BOB. It was cold so we double up on our shirts.

All you need is to waterproof your jackets, shoes, pants, and hat using something like this (https://www.amazon.com/Kiwi-Camp-Hea.../dp/B00QVL2L5E). This is what I used to waterproof our stuff .

Other than that, have fun.
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I don't have much experience with shooting in rain, but have been snowboarding for many years.

A $100 jacket is typically coated with a chemical water repellent and does not have a waterproof membrane built in. The coating eventually wears off and water will soak through the jacket.

The more you wear equipment over it or otherwise move around and rub against things, the faster it wears out.

The good news is that these days if you look around carefully you can find good deals on quality waterproof/breatheable gear at a discount because ski season is starting to wind down.

However, you'll probably need to spend more than $100 for something that will last you more than a few of outings, although you can get very lightweight membraned rain jackets at Costco these days. I have a couple of those just for commuting. They're thin and not very comfortable, not remotely close to the same league as my snow stuff.

Arcteryx is very high quality but imo way overpriced. The top line jackets from any of the major manufacturers will be comparable. It all comes down to the fit and features that you want. They all also generally have lifetime warranties, and you can pay a little more at REI or backcountry.com for no-questions-asked returns even after years of use.

Goretex is generally more expensive because the licensing fee is very high, but they also mandate a high minimum quality so if you're not sure what to look for, goretex is usually safe. Many of the manufacturers will have their own type of membrane which will be less expensive but the effectiveness will vary.

I have a Marker brand goretex jacket from sierratradingpost.com that has turned out to be my favorite heavy snow jacket. It's not a big name, but for me, more waterproof and warm than any high-end north face or marmot jacket I've owned.
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