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    Mag question

    I've got a question about mags and please forgive my if this sounds "ignorant".

    When ever I'm not carrying, ie at home, and my gun is on the nightstand, I usually take the first couple of rounds out of my mags to release some of the tension. I do this so that the springs do not develope a "memory". My first Sgt when I went into LE always told me to do this and I always have. Is this "bunk"?

    I carry a S&W 457 .45 with factory mags.

    Thanks for the insight

    Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by huntermedic
    I've got a question about mags and please forgive my if this sounds "ignorant".

    When ever I'm not carrying, ie at home, and my gun is on the nightstand, I usually take the first couple of rounds out of my mags to release some of the tension. I do this so that the springs do not develope a "memory". My first Sgt when I went into LE always told me to do this and I always have. Is this "bunk"?

    I carry a S&W 457 .45 with factory mags.

    Thanks for the insight

    Jeff
    Taking the rounds out is causing more spring wear than leaving them in. Cycling a spring is what wears it out leaving it under tension doesn't.

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    It's not the mag being loaded that wears the springs, it's the loading and unloading that does it. I have heard of WWII 1911 mags that have been loaded for 50+ years that the springs were just fine.

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    As said removing the rounds and reinserting them is more wear than leaving them full loaded the cycling does it ..

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    yep:
    Bunk!!
    leave them loaded all the way up.
    It won't hurt 'em.

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    This is another one of those "Urban Legends". I heard it alot when I was in the Army. Usually from a 45 year old NCO with only 3 stripes.
    ""If I shoot all the ammo I am carrying, I either won't need more or, more won't help me.""

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    Load'em and leave'em, because the wear comes when you are constantly loading and unloading.
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    I leave mine loaded for reasons already stated but also I believe that most mags today are of superior quality than those 50 years ago; and those mags 50 years ago don't seem to have problems....get my drift. Occasionally I hear about a bad mag here or there. Mags are meant to be used, when they go bad just replace them.

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    Ditto what everyone else said. Loan them and leave them.

    I have a magazine that is 16 years old for my PT-99. It stayed loaded for 5 years with the same rounds because it somehow fell behind the shelf in the gun safe. I thought I had left it on a range years ago but when I did find it, I took it to the range the next time I went and it, and the ammo stored in it for those 5 years, worked flawlessly.

    Magazines are made to be loaded. Compressing and releasing the spring tension is what causes metal fatigue, not compressing it and leaving it. The whole "spring devoloping a memory" concept is a myth.
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    I believe that most mags today are of superior quality than those 50 years ago; and those mags 50 years ago don't seem to have problems....
    I'm still using some M. S. Little, Scovill Mfg. Co and Risdon Tool & Machine Co magazines (W.W.II magazine contractors).
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