Loaded Kimber Pro Carry II Found in a River

Kimber Pro Carry II with Surefire flashlight

Remember that StG-44 found in an attic in Poland we posted about last week? Well here’s another post about a gun that was stumbled upon, this time by some guys on YouTube who search for treasure in rivers. Finding firearms in rivers is surprisingly common. Earlier this year I posted about a possible murder weapon that was found by a diver in Georgia.

Recently a father and son in the UK dredged up a cache of weapons while searching for scrap metal with a magnet. They found an AK, two M16s, a Bren, Enfield, M1 Garand and some StG-44s as well as a bunch of pistols. There was also that time when a bunch of machine gun parts were found in a river a few years back. The guys in the video below were having a good haul for the day, they found some Ray-Bans, Bluetooth speakers, a hearing aid and even a functioning Go-Pro Hero Plus. Then they stumbled on a military bag and inside was a loaded Kimber Pro Carry II (the picture of the Kimber above was actually from our review of the Pro Carry II). Also with the bag was a watch, an extra mag, a knife, some cash and car keys. The guy that found it contacted the police and turned the gun over to them, they ran the serial number and the Kimber wasn’t reported as stolen.

Guys, when we say we lost our guns in an unfortunate “boating accident” it’s a joke. Right?





Ray I.

Long time gun enthusiast, archery noob, Mazda fan, Sci-Fi nerd, Whiskey drinker, online marketer and blogger. My daily firearms musings can be found over at my gun blog ArmoryBlog.com and Instagram.

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  • Joshua Graham

    I thought this was staged until the guy gave it to the cops. It must’ve only been in there for a short while since Kimbers rust like hell without being submerged in water.

    Also, this was stupid. Should’ve cleaned it up, held onto it for a year, then sold it.

    • Timmah_timmah

      Some of us might do that, but this kid seemed like the type to be irrationally fearful of inanimate objects and ran to the Police like he has been told by the leftist media. Sadly, we gun literate folks are a small minority in modern America.

      • Kyle

        Or he wanted to do the right thing and try to get the gun back to the original owner while not being in possession of something potentially reported as lost or stolen. Nah, couldn’t be something that simple.

        • iksnilol

          It was the Jewish lizardfolk, I tells ya!

          • Tinkerer

            Which lizardfolk? The ones from outer space or the ones from inside the hollow Earth?

          • iksnilol

            The Jewish lizardfolk from the inner outer space.

          • Major Tom

            That’s surrounded by the hollow earth?

          • iksnilol

            Duh-doy.

          • Tinkerer

            The inner outer space surrounded by hollow earth? You mean San Francisco?

          • iksnilol

            I don’t know, I’m sober now.

          • Tinkerer

            You’re no fun when sober.

          • iksnilol

            No, I’m definitely fun when sober. I’m just not fun when I’m alone… like when I’m on the internet.

            Life is hard, mammaries are soft
            World is cold, boobs are warm

            I ain’t got nothin.

        • AlDeLarge

          Or possible critical evidence in a murder.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            ….Law & Order noise….

          • iksnilol

            G’luck murdering somebody with a Kimber unless you plan to bludgeon them with it.

        • ozzallos .

          Nah, he pretty clearly stated his desire to keep the thousand dollar gun. And it didn’t seem the rest of the pack, watch and knives were part of the deal. Not buying the altruism angle.

      • Ryfyle

        That’s a gross misconception. Those people are simply not Americans.

    • Brett baker

      If it was your gun that got lost, wouldn’t you want it back?

      • Joshua Graham

        If I lost a gun that expensive in the river, along with cash and other stuff, I’d be scouring the thing for days looking for it.

        • Joshua Graham

          Also this is why dry bags rock. They float and are waterproof.

    • ozzallos .

      You’d be surprise how well some waters preserve metal, depending on the makeup and temperature. Not saying it’s cosmoline, but it could stay intact for a while under the right circumstances.

      • Dougscamo

        True, as long as it stays in water….found a truck while diving (seriously!) that had been reported stolen 20 years before and it was in remarkably good shape.

      • Swarf

        Yeah, it’s not the water, it’s the air.

        That’s part of why hauling up first growth timber from the wrecks in rivers and lakes is such a lucrative business.

        • iksnilol

          But there’s air in water.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Yeah right.
            Then how come we cant breathe underwater, Einstein??

  • Timmah_timmah

    Very cool. That must have ruined someone’s day when they dropped it! Hope the original owner gets it back. This makes me want to dust off my scuba gear and go hunting.

    • TalbotFarwell

      I want to believe this has a happy ending, but the cynical side of me makes me think it’ll end up languishing for the next forty or fifty years in a police evidence storage locker until someone remembers that it exists and it gets auctioned off, long after the original owner kicks the bucket.

      • pistol pete

        the vid says the police destroyed it after 30 days of not being unclaimed

        • Gus Butts

          Of not being unclaimed? 😛

        • TalbotFarwell

          Ah, I was thinking that at best it’d end up like those vintage M1928 Thompsons that one PD out in Ohio had faithfully maintained in their arsenal since the days of John Dillinger, Bonnie & Clyde, and “Machine Gun” Kelly.
          It’s an undignified end for a fine pistol that’s likely never harmed even a fly.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I would have gone to the cops and said “Hey guys, heres a wallet and a few bucks I found on the river. And that is all. Have a nice day.”

    • Kyle

      Meh, its just a Kimber.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Still a free shootin’ iron.

  • ozzallos .

    Srsly. AZ law mandates law enforcement resell firearms turned into them, not destroy. And the police officer supposedly doesn’t know what will happen to the gun? Yeah, skeptical cat is skeptical.

    Also hmmm about how the kid seems to barely know enough about firearms but takes it on himself to clear the gun.

    • CountryBoy

      And “checks” by holding it pointed at *something* and pulling the trigger!

      • ozzallos .

        …Seemingly cringing in that moment as if he wasn’t sure wether he had actually done it correctly or not. Yeah, this video is full of all kinds of bad vibes.

        But that Suunto watch… /thumbsup!

        • CountryBoy

          Yeah, I’m partial to Seiko watches myself, having a fairly large collection of their dive and pilot watches from automatics to solar, but I understand the Suuntos are popular now. Seiko solar dive watches are my favorites though I seldom dive now, but their heavy cases and crystals pretty much mean they’re going to keep working no matter what.

          I was a bit surprised that no one else called him out for his “point and shoot” method of ensuring an empty chamber though.

          • Klaus Von Schmitto

            Long live the 7002!

  • Marc

    The moron actually thought the cops would let him keep it. “Hello, we’re the Gov’t and we’re here to help you”.

  • Jim B

    Back in the late 80’s my wife was on her way to work and spotted a brief case along the side of a country road. She stopped and picked it up and found a S&W 28 Highway Patrolman & 66 Combat Magnum. Both were in excellent condition. We called the locals and gave them the serial numbers and placed an add in the local newspaper, but never heard back. She still has those revolvers.

  • conrad

    Tough spot, finders keepers unless having it opens the kid up to transfer issues.
    The worst part of Kimbers is that the barrels rust easily, kind of like that very cool knife made of 52100.

  • ozzallos .

    Since we’re all here, what is your legal obligation to turn in a lost firearm? I’ve been trying to find the law for AZ since I live here (and the PD in that video sounded less than certain himself) but really haven’t found anything that says one way or the other.

    I mean, I certainly don’t want a stolen gun on my hands, but I don’t want to play PD shenanigans either, especially when their stance directly conflicts with state resell laws.

  • lowell houser

    I have complete faith the $900 1911 will be cut up and melted down and totally not find it’s way into a cops gymbag going home with him after his shift.

  • Michael Lindner

    Illegal for the police to destroy it after 30 days. It is property.

  • Banana Xango

    They found Aquaman’s bugout bag.