Rotating Mags

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    Rotating Mags

    Hey all, I was wondering how often everyone changes their mags out. At my CCDW training I asked the instructor what he did and he said just switch mags every 30 days. I'm guessing he does this to save the springs in his mags.

    Can you all please let me know what steps you take to insure your equipment stays at its strongest?

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    I don't rotate my mags. metal fatigue happens with the repeated bending of metal, or in a springs case, the repeated compressing and relaxing of the spring.

    Plus, I have never had a spring take a "set" or develop a memory in any of my mags that stayed loaded for an extended period of time so I don't really worry about it. And Mags are cheap, if I find one that starts to get weak, if that ever happens, I'll buy a new one or a new spring for it.
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    I don't load a magazine fully unless I'm at the range. My 12 rd mag (which stays in my carry weapon) has 1 in the chamber, and 11 in the mag. My 10 rd mag usually only has 9 in it. (I might be paranoid about it, but, it's a $40 magazine. And, unfortunately, with the money I make I can't afford to be spending extra money on replacing mags. I also unload the magazines for about 12 hours every 30 days. Not to mention the breaking-down and cleaning powder off of and oiling them after the range.
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    What TNMike said is completly true. You weaken the metal by constsnt on and off pressure.
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    No, but I have carry mags and range mags and they are not mixed.
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    For the life of me, I can't understand why this old wive's tale about "rotating the magazines" and "unload them to prevent spring fatigue" has a half life longer than uranium.
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    I personally have mags dedicated strictly for carry and NOT for training. I've run each of them several times to make sure they function correctly and keep them STRICTLY for carry. I have mags that are strictly for training. They get dropped, filled to capacity, in the mud, in the dirt, in the dust, on concrete, on gravel, cleaned on occassion, and back in the training routine. That's how I rotate my mags... I don't worry about leaving them loaded. IMO it doesn't hurt them, at least not that I have observed...As for oiling mags, I believe no oiling is necessary...Clean them yes, oil them no. JMO
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    Probably because once a something false is passed around as gospel, it's hard to kill. Secondly I thinks it's natural for people to worry about spring set, since we know most failures in firearms are magazine related.
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    gman, you're right. I live in a technical world and what is perfectly obvious to me and the people I deal with professionally on a daily basis may just not be common knowledge to folks outside that narrow sphere. Long day, tough week, my patience was in short supply. Always good to have the reins pulled in on occasion.
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    I number my mags and pay attention to any failures at the range. If I find that a certain mag is having more than it's share of failures I'll re-spring it or trash it.
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    EDC: FN FNP-9 w/ three 16 rnd magazines. Mini Maglite.

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    OK so I understand that its not so important to rotate mags now. But in reading the replies I have another question.

    Is it a good idea not to load the mags all the way to full capacity?

    On another note I am going to use First Sgt. as a good example as to how I am going to use my mags wisely. When I buy new mags I will obviously test them with a couple hundred rounds then turn them into strictly carry mags. The magazines that I "retire" will be my beat up mags that I can drop and not have to worry about them failing on me in a life or death situation.

    Thanks to all who are being patient with me on the forums. I am new to all of this and I read this site and learn something new every single day.

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    i dont think it matters, although I would not carry around a half empty mag. I think the way you look at it is this. The more the spring moves the shorter life it will have.
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    I have never had a problem with max loaded mags on my Berettas
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    Once again I agree with the Gloveman. Also agree with TN_Mike--it is all about compression/decompression of spring. Can see a possible reason to just "clean" the mag if you carry it around 24/7 and it ends up with miscellaneous lint etal.

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