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How often do you cycle magazines to save the spring?

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    How often do you cycle magazines to save the spring?

    My mags are all loaded all the time... I do not empty them but for shooting and to clean them 3 to 4 times a year
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    I file a notch in my mags when I cycle them. When the notch gets deep enough that the mag breaks in half, I get a new one.

    Actually, I don't pay any attention to it at all. I don't count how many times I switch on a light bulb either. I'm still waiting for one of my mag springs to fail. It's been a while.
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    Spring steel loses its spring by compression and decompression. It's better to leave them either compressed or decompressed. I hate to sound like a broken record, but, your mags are fine either loaded or unloaded. Clean them with an air compressor to knock out the dust and forget about them.
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    i only have 3 mags. 1 in my gun always, 1 in the holster and 1 22 round clip in the nightstand incase multiple people have a problem getting into the wrong house. if they wear out ill just go buy more. ill probly buy extra springs and mags tho to store back

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1911_Kimber View Post
    My mags are all loaded all the time... I do not empty them but for shooting and to clean them 3 to 4 times a year
    Same here. I've read about vintage 1911 mags still loaded from ww2 still functioning perfectly.

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    I think this has been beaten to death here....but never a stupid question. Cest la vie!

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    Every time I unload my carry pistol (which is rarely), I rotate the chambered round to avoid bullet setback. Every year, I fire off my loaded mag just to get rid of cartridges that have been loaded/unloaded and get fresh rounds in the mag. This is the only time I cycle my carry mag.

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    How often do you cycle magazines to save the spring?

    I do not do it intentionally, it happens consequentially when I go to the range.
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    I use a paint marker on mine...makes X's and O's...that way I keep them straight.


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    I usually don't recycle the ammo in my mags. I have 2 of them & one is always in the gun, the other either on my belt or occasionally I just leave it in the drawer, loaded.
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    I asked my local gun shop about this very issue and they said, "springs are made to be compressed", you can keep your mags filled for years and not worry about the springs.
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    Not an empty mag in the house. Carry mags get used during regular range sessions.
    A while back I ran across four loaded 1911 mags that got packed away in the late 80's and they all worked just fine, despite a little surface corrosion.
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    I loaded a magazine in 1994 and set it in the closet. I fired all the rounds out of it in 2010, and have used that magazine often since then with no issues. My daughter even qualified for her CHL using that magazine. As the others have said, you don't need to cycle them to save the spring, just keep them clean and you'll be good. Cycling the mags actually causes the spring to wear out faster.

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    How often do you cycle magazines to save the spring?

    NOT cycling them is how to save the springs.
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    How often do you cycle magazines to save the spring?

    Quote Originally Posted by dV8r View Post
    NOT cycling them is how to save the springs.
    Exactly, springs only wear out when you compress and decompress them. Keeping them loaded and never using them is how you keep it like new.

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