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Post By shockwave
Post By NavyVet1959
Post By oscar1
Post By PEF
Post By gasmitty
Post By OldVet
March 30th, 2014 03:51 PM
Is it OK to keep spare mags loaded all times?Should you switch every so often and unload them?Will the springs get weak?
March 30th, 2014 03:56 PM
This question comes up a lot. What wears a spring out is the act of compressing and uncompressing. Thus a mag loaded is not wearing out the spring.
If you do the physic calculations, you can probably make a case that a spring under tension wears more quickly than an unloaded one, but the difference is so little as to be immaterial. If you ever need a mag in an emergency, you'll probably not have the luxury of being able to load it.
I keep all mine fully loaded.
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March 30th, 2014 04:06 PM
Every mag that I own is always kept loaded and every gun in my safe is loaded.
Seems that the rest of my original comment offended someone with its brutal honesty and got censored. Sorry for being so frank.
How about this instead?
"You never know when someone might be breaking down your door (i.e. home invasion or other situation) and you are not going to have time to load your magazines at that point."
Last edited by NavyVet1959; March 31st, 2014 at 01:08 AM.
March 30th, 2014 06:24 PM
Yes it's ok.
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March 30th, 2014 06:28 PM
^^^^ exactly ^^^^
Originally Posted by shockwave
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March 30th, 2014 08:17 PM
Cops keep magazines loaded all the time, so they must be cop proof, which is synonymous with indestructible.
March 30th, 2014 08:56 PM
I have a spare set and rotate them. There's really no need to do so but it comforts my OCD!
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March 30th, 2014 10:50 PM
My hands are exquisitely manicured every week. Loading and unloading magazines quickly sullies my hands so that they are indistinguishable from the hands of those who, shall we say, occupy lesser stations in life.
If you insist on unloading and reloading your magazines, I suggest that you have your domestic help perform this task.
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March 30th, 2014 11:02 PM
OK, I promised to make this a sticky but I never got around to it. One of these days... Meanwhile:
YES - on nearly every modern gun, you may keep your magazines FULLY LOADED with no compromise in function or decrease in spring force.
What "wears out" or weakens your magazine springs is simply using them - the act of hundreds or thousands of loading/unloading cycles over time will reduce the spring force. How soon this happens depends on a number of factors and there is no set number or time at which your mag springs need to be replaced. The gun will tell you.
What is amusing is that the myth persists about "cycling" your magazines or unloading them to let the springs "rest." We've had people post here that they religiously empty their mags every night to save spring life, yet this misguided practice actually shortens the spring's life!
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March 30th, 2014 11:06 PM
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Other than that...ditto what these more experienced folks say. But I do rotate my mags just for fun. But that's just me...YMMV.
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March 30th, 2014 11:31 PM
Some fully loaded mags over time "may" cause the springs to take a set, which may or may not affect performance (per Wolff Spring Co.). Compressing/decompressing springs does cause wear, but the spring doesn't know the difference between being compressed immediately after use or months afterwards. The spring doesn't know the difference between being decompressed by firing or by manually emptying. It makes no difference how you store them.
I keep a couple of mags full for immediate use, the rest are empty until needed. When the first zombies show up, I'll start loading the rest.
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March 30th, 2014 11:42 PM
I recently had this exact discussion with my nephew, currently a US Army Major (WestPoint grad with 5 deployments). Apparently, the "myth" is perpetuated as official Army policy: cycle magazines in order to as he said, verbatim, "let the springs rest."
Originally Posted by gasmitty
Personally, I usually keep magazines loaded for all my carry pistols. Since I have 3-10 mags for each pistol, I might get lazy and not always keep all mags loaded for every gun. I'm more likely to rotate pistols than magazines.
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