I've been pocket carrying my LCP in a DeSantis Nemesis and I've noticed small amounts of lint at the crown. Could this cause a problem when firing? Is there a way to prevent the lint?
I'd say not at all, especially in a gun meant to be shot at bad breath distance. I have pocket carried an LCP as an off-duty backup for years (10?) and never had a problem. A few times a year, I'll pull it out and clean it. There's usually lint everywhere. When I shoot it, I start out shooting it "cold" as it was carried in the pocket, and usually with quite a bit of lint.
So no issue that I have seen with reliability, and I can't imagine it causing damage.
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The only thing you need to worry about with lint is it getting gummed up in the rails or hammer and even that would be lots of lint.
If you have enough lint to clog a barrel enough to cause an issue there might be a hygiene issue at play.
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I wouldn't think you'd be able to get lint in your gun if you carry in a pocket holster. I've never noticed any in mine (Mika holster). That is, after all, one of the reasons for doing it. Does the holster have a closed bottom? That would let pocket debris in. Is it fabric? Is it possible little fibers are coming off it?
But the MagPacker has closed bottom:
Thanks for the reassuring replies, I'll keep on carrying.
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OK, I misstated my post, I should have said "does it have an open bottom." An open bottom is fine in a belt holster as it lets debris fall out and there is nothing below it to trap it, but with a pocket holster, any lint in the pocket itself could work its way in. I don't think this holster is designed very well.
It will all blow off the gun on the first shot. Try it yourself, wait until the gun is covered with lint and shoot it at the range using your defensive ammo.
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It could cause a nasty infection in the bullet wound that you inflict on the bad guy.
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I wouldn’t shoot a gun with visible lint in the barrel just for practice because of the possibility of something else like hard grit that could cause scratching being there as well. I’ve seen accounts of “torture” testing that involved firing handguns that had been immersed in soupy mud, so if that didn’t do anything significant, I wouldn’t worry about lint or grit in a defensive situation. Any damage to the bore would be the least of my worries.
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go to a weapons inspection in a detective bureau some time. You could knit sweaters from the lint in those barrels.
I'm obviously a 'lint attractive person' because any carry gun I own is shortly covered in it. I always shoot my carry gun 'as is' when swapping ammo and after a single round you can't find any of it.
Its truly a non issue.
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Not to hijack your thread. But. I have carried owb for 30 years. I just can't stand owb. And every gun I have ever carried was a lint magnet. Usually every 2 weeks I delint whatever gun I happen to be carrying. Presently it's a H&k P30 9mm lem. And it's the most lint attracting gun I have ever carried.
Not to overlook a medical issue: lint attracts dust mites. Dust mite allergy is an extremely common ailment. While not generally serious, symptoms can be quite aggravating and may include:
Folks with asthma should also be aware that their condition may be triggered by an allergic reaction to dust mites.
Is it so much to ask that you take a quick swab of your bore before taking that first shot?
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Yup. If you have to shoot somebody, you definitely do not want to give them allergies!
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It will just enhance the muzzle flash...no biggie!
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You could have someone weld a cap over the end of the barrel. I wouldn't worry about the lint, but I do make an effort to clean my pocket guns ever so often just to remove excess lint, dust, etc.
You could always put a condom over the muzzle as some soldiers did with the M-16's in Viet Nam...IF it bothers you that much.
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