Check your mags

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    Check your mags

    I got a new carry gun several weeks ago, Bersa Thunder CC, and I've been carrying it back and forth to work and as a secondary access weapon (Primary XD40sc). After a couple of weeks of carry, I decided to check my spare magazine (which I had taken apart and cleaned after my initial range trip). So I flip the first round out and the next round did not advance. I held it uside down and got the rest of the rounds out but the follower stayed down. Took it apart and miniscule number of grains of sand had somehow gotten into the magazine (It's Florida, sand finds its way into everything). I guess some sand had gotten in one of my pockets somehow because I have not otherwise dropped it. Anyway, took it apart, cleaned it, wiped down the rounds, loaded it and unloaded it several more times to make sure it was working right. Lesson learned: check and clean your mags often, especially when you live in a sandy area.
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    Never had that problem but I cans sure learn from your experience. Thanks for posting this.

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    What made you clean the mag in the first place? And this is a great reason to carry your mags in a mag carrier rather than loose in a pocket.

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    Hmm. I've have been tempted to try a tap n rack to see if it would have freed up the follower.
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    Good tip it pays to keep your carry guns and gear in tip top shape.
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    Re: Check your mags

    I have 5 mags for my, soon to be, daily carry (when my permit arrives). As mentioned in a different thread, I try to make a habit out of rotating them every few months. That way I can test function and condition when I'm not making regular trips to the range. Might seem like a bit much, but it works for me toward peace of mind.

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    I seen a thread about em just being dusty and such, but not malfunctioning.

    Good post bugdude, glad you found out on your terms. I wear my EDC at work where it gets pretty dusty, try to clean atleast once every other week. Now I'll definitely make sure to clean both mags also.
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    Thats why I carry my mags in mag carriers,carrying loose in a pocket can introduce lint or other crap into the mag causing the problem you had
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    Thanks for the reminder!
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    Good reminder. This is the reason I've generally stripped down the magazines each time I clean the gun. I hate the idea of a stray bit of sand, lint or something gumming up the works.
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    Good reminder. Spare magazines are exposed to more dirt and grime than the actual carry gun, but often get overlooked when cleaning and maintenance takes place.
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    Good tip, you should check your carry gun and accessories pre-carry . I have never had a mag problem with my S&W 642!
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    Not a bad idea to check your spare mags at least once a week.

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    I wish Glock mags were not so damn hard to take apart. I have the hardest time getting the base plate off.

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    Spare mags in my truck are in zip lock bags

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