Hunting this season, on an un-named river, scooting a canoe over a logjam, wearing slippery soles, I took a dunking...well, actually 2 dunkings...(I don't learn real fast). If I'd been wearing hip boots, I could have faced the necessity of abandoning the hippers to survive, resurface and climb out....but I was wearing "water shoes" over neoprene socks, my new favorite hunting boots...light, comfortable, like mocasins.
Once I climbed out the second time, I checked all my gear, including my pistol...a S&W M396...and then continued up river.
By the time I got home nine days later, my little Smith was almost bound up. I cleaned it, and then took off the side plate, and hosed the interior out with "Breakfree." I used Q-tips, etc, to clean up the interior and left the pistol open for 24 hours. Upon replacing the side plate and the grips, everything works A-ok. I had never taken the side plate off of one of my Smiths before...have always been reluctant to do so.
Out in the woods, right after the dunking, how should I have cared for the pistol properly, and should I carry a screwdriver small enough to remove the side plate? And what lube? I'm very concerned about dropping a screw if I take it apart out there.
BrownBear, Murphy and all....what would you do?