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    Boat gun

    Based on the number of threads in the truck and barn gun thread figured why not.

    the perimeters are a bit different here ,water mud and rust are almost a given and the chance for loss is higher but you guys and ladies are a resourceful "out of the box" bunch the type who if something isn't readily available or cost effective you just make your own or improve upon what you already have.

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    When on the boat, I carry either:

    Stainless S&W model 60

    or

    Stainless S&W model 65

    or

    Kimber Stainless 1911
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    3" SP101 with (2) shotloads and (3) JHPs in my tacklebox...wife has a "thing" about snakes and some of the backwaters we often canoe have an abundance of the critters.

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    Mossberg makes the Mariner Shotgun, should that be what you need.

    Or at least they did.....
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    I got a Hi Point .45 pistol specifically for this purpose. After having lost dozens of guns over board, I wanted a cheap one to lose next time.
    The solid soft lead bullet is undoubtably the best and most satisfactory expanding bullet that has ever been designed. It invariably mushrooms perfectly, and never breaks up. With the metal base that is essential for velocities of 2000 f.s. and upwards to protect the naked base, these metal-based soft lead bullets are splendid.
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    I keep loosing all my guns in tragic boating accidents, so I would recommend not taking a gun near a boat at all if you want to keep it.
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    One that floats.

    Seriously, I'm with waksupi.
    A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms *shall not be infringed*.

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    "While the people have property, arms in their hands, and only a spark of noble spirit, the most corrupt Congress must be mad to form any project of tyranny."
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    Need more criteria.

    Handgun?

    Rifle?

    Shotgun?

    Big/little boat ?

    Fresh water/ Salt water ?

    A friend of mine carries an old Glock 19 in a canoe or kayak on a river. Fairly rust resistant, lightweight and no big deal if lost.

    In a former life in South Florida; you would be considered insane to go to sea without a pump action shotgun. There were maritime models made but you could do better if you made one yourself. A Remington 870 that has been sent to Robar for a NP3 finish on ALL of the steel parts, remains hard to beat.

    The AR-7 has a lot of merit in back country around water.

    If you might end up on shore in bear country, a stainless steel rifle in 45-70 may be a better option. Plus the ammo is a bit more water proof than shotgun shells (although I've seen some ingenious methods to make shotgun shells water resistant).

    If your potential threat is human, the gun needs to be on you at all times. If your threat is on shore and maybe has four legs, a long gun is a better way to go.

    In any event, rust is the first enemy and loss is the second.

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    Flare gun with sub caliber inserts.
    Lanyard tied to a float.
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    I'm not a Tupperware gun fan at all but I have a glock 30 for all the reasons you listed. It stays in my Jeep or gets thrown in the tackle box.

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    HiPoint C9 9mm... $129 new...

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    Back when I was regularly on RIBs we kept an M2HB forward, two M240s amidships and for OMG a Mk19 aft.
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    2" bore punt gun mounted in the boat. Actually some thing reliable and rust resistant, I would also perfer a chrome lined bore for as much protection as possible. A the least a good pump gun finished in one of the bake on paints heavily sand blasted before application of the paint. Stainless is good or a plating over a rough surface. There are floats thatrelease when it hits the water so if its dropped over board chances are better for a recovery. maybe attached on front of forearm or under barrel. Offside of buttstock might work also. If a wood stock I would epoxy ( one of the bar top epoxies would be good here) finish all surfaces of it. A fiberglass or synthetic stock set would be even better.

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    I don't go boating anymore - but what fit the bill in the past

    .410 snake charmer


    Stainless Remington 870 12 ga


    Stainless Ruger Mini-14


    Ruger Stainless 357 Revolver

    Revolver because I don't want to slip on an ejected round/case

    Important thing is rust resistance

    If you are going up against something and you need to shoot an engine
    I'd be wanting a stainless bolt action in at least 375 H&H Mag

    Ruger / Savage whatever
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    I hunted the great salt lake for 25 years.
    one or two times I had to use the gun as a paddle.
    ruger red labels are not the best gun for that.

    I had the best luck with Winchester black shadow type shotguns.
    the superX-2, Browning gold, and the 1300 lasted the longest, I still have both of them [second X-2 now] the Browning got traded in [kind of miss that one]

    for just lake fishing I like the Ruger MK-2 target, it has accounted for a few rock chucks and a Turkey from the boat.
    it has a lanyard which I like, and it fits in the tackle box just fine.
    it's all an educated guess,,,, till the trigger is pulled.

    this opinion brought to you by mister low-tech solution..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artful View Post
    Stainless Remington 870 12 ga
    That SS would be nickel plating
    https://www.remington.com/shotguns/p...-marine-magnum

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    +1 on the 870. Stainless would be nice but it is nickel plated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokeywolf View Post
    One that floats.

    Seriously, I'm with waksupi.
    I actually bought one that floats just for that purpose, at the time they were put out as a charter arms ar7. It was one of the firearms that I can count on one hand that went down the road. The only thing about it that suited my needs was it floated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outpost75 View Post
    Back when I was regularly on RIBs we kept an M2HB forward, two M240s amidships and for OMG a Mk19 aft.

    Sounds like your underarmed; need to go back to the 106 recoils rifle to "Plus Up" that load.
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