Loaded mags??

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    Loaded mags??

    Is it OK to keep spare mags loaded all times?Should you switch every so often and unload them?Will the springs get weak?

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    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.

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    Every mag that I own is always kept loaded and every gun in my safe is loaded.

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    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."
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    Quote Originally Posted by shockwave View Post
    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.
    ^^^^ exactly ^^^^
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    Cops keep magazines loaded all the time, so they must be cop proof, which is synonymous with indestructible.
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    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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    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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    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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    Sticky! Sticky! Sticky!

    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    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!
    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."

    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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