A reminder to the non-office dwelling desk jockies

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    A reminder to the non-office dwelling desk jockies

    Check your spare carry mags!

    I had to go run a few errands yesterday, and I forgot to thread my spare mag holster when I was "Suiting" up, so I just took the mag out and put it in my coat pocket. It was a little dusty, and I noticed a bit of grit on the top round, blew it off and away I went.

    I got home and addressed the dust issue and started to empty the mag. Popped out the first round, and the following round stayed right where it was... 1 round low in the mag. Tapped it a couple of times, they followed up, slid out round number 2 and the same thing happened.

    Thank God today was not the day I needed it. Two days prior I was out in the field replacing some brake lines and a valve on a trailer and was rolling around in the dirt for a while. My spare mag carrier is a nylon web knife holster with a velcro flap, with the mag inverted. It still managed to pick up enough grit inside the mag to jam it up.

    I daily wipe down the exterior of my weapon, then re-oil the frame and slide (corrosion issue), and depending on the weekly activities I will do a quick field strip for a wipe down, and re-oil to remove lint and such on the weekend. It never occurred to me to check the mags.

    Lesson learned, fortunately before an emergency.
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    very good argument for carrying condition 1.

    and a good reason to practice failure drills.
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    I cleaned and double checked mine again after I read this.

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    Ditto, did the same with mine.
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    Hmmm, might be time to rotate and clean mags.

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    This happened to my M9 mags in Iraq all the time. Couldn't just clean and lube them cause I didn't have any dry lube, and oil would attract more sand. Hopefully the recoil would be enough to jar the next round free. Tap, rack, bang?
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    Quote Originally Posted by C9H13NO3 View Post
    This happened to my M9 mags in Iraq all the time. Couldn't just clean and lube them cause I didn't have any dry lube, and oil would attract more sand. Hopefully the recoil would be enough to jar the next round free. Tap, rack, bang?
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    I take my gun off if I plan of crawling in the dirt/fixing my truck. Good reminder though, since we can't always avoid dirtying up our gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    I believe Matt Larson says hope is not a plan. :) I think he's right.
    This is true. Lesson learned though, and I'll be taking dry lube this next deployment.
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    Somehow, I just feel compelled to post in this thread. It seems to be calling my name or something...

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    How long do people here keep their mags loaded? I've heard of "permanent compression" and that the springs can become stiff when left loaded for so long, but I've also heard of mags being loaded and shelved for years...and then functioning just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Desk Jockey View Post
    Somehow, I just feel compelled to post in this thread. It seems to be calling my name or something...
    Oop..my bad, ( there had to be one)

    Zach, there was another thread on the issue about the springs in mags. The wear and tear occurs from repeated compression and release.


    I'd say that when the last round in a clean mag is loose and can be gravity dropped out, then it is time to replace it.

    I don't oil my mags. They are dry. The follower is a tough plastic that provides it's own low coefficient of friction to do it's job. If I did need to lube them, then a dry graphite spray would be my choice.

    I carry tucked IWB, so the only thing that I have to deal with on my weapon is lint in the hammer crotch. The loaded mag picks up nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sticks View Post
    I carry tucked IWB, so the only thing that I have to deal with on my weapon is lint in the hammer crotch. The loaded mag picks up nothing.
    Ditto here. But, I will say my XD40 Service is a lint magnet!
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    I rotate my mags usually once a month after my range trip.

    I don't carry when I am working on my house because of the dust, and tight spaces. Both have caused me problems (I don't like getting stuck in a wall or having to clean my carry pistol each evening)
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    I will rotate my magazines every 3 months and let the other ones rest for the same amount of time. I have never had a problem doing this and I also do not lubricate the magazine springs. I use a silicone impregnated cloth to wipe them down and leave them dry as the oil will attract lint and dust in a hurry.

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