Mag cleaning/maintenance?

Mag cleaning/maintenance?

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    Mag cleaning/maintenance?

    How do you guys clean yer mags?
    or do ya?
    i hear ya'all talking abot replacing springs, etc.
    i dont see how they open?

    do ya lube'em? if so with what?

    please enlighten me.
    this is namely for my 1911 but i do have a Ruger P89 and have NEVER cleaned them either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SOLOLUCKY
    How do you guys clean yer mags?
    or do ya?
    i hear ya'all talking abot replacing springs, etc.
    i dont see how they open?

    do ya lube'em? if so with what?

    please enlighten me.
    this is namely for my 1911 but i do have a Ruger P89 and have NEVER cleaned them either.
    My Wilson mags for my 1911 have a removable baseplate. I just pop that off and wrap some old T-shirt material around the eraser end of a pencil to "jam" it into the inside of the mag.
    I don't lubricate anything, but I wipe the spring and follower down with one of those "silicone gun wipes".
    I do this about once a month.
    Good luck.
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    I took my magazines apart when I first received them and used some old T-shirts strips to wipe them clean. I also inspected all the parts for any abnormalities (burrs and the like). Now my plans are to clean and inspect about every thousand rounds or about once a month just to make sure there are no obvious wear problems or debris to impair correct function. I do not lube them...
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    K9 makes a good suggestion - new mags - inspect and clean.Mine do not get too much attention once I have ''proved'' them - but will periodically, maybe twice or thrice a year - do a strip down.

    I am not in favor of lube in mags - other than minimalist stuff like a wipe (bit like sarhogs scheme) with a lithium grease cloth - meaning - no overt presence of grease just a mere film.

    Max attention should be given to freedom of movement of follower - that is where burr inspection comes in and I think it is worth sometimes using a Dremel mop with polishing compound to slick the follower sides - just enough to smooth a bit more.

    Another thing that I guess we should include is base plate security - now and again some mags have a less than secure baseplate which could result in a sudden and unwanted ejection of the spring!!! Worth a check to know if all is well.
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    Just make sure they're not full of dirt and you're good most of the time.

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    Are the factory mags disassemble-able?
    i have the S.A. stock mags and it looks to me like the base plates are fixed.
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    Look at the baseplates. Is there a screw?

    Sometimes your manual can be of help, I have at least one gun manual that describes how to dissassemble the magazines.

    I've had rare occassion to see a magazine in pieces, and they're really not complicated at all. You're not going to screw it up unless you lose the follower or the spring somehow. Go for it.

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    No, SA 1911 mags are not servicable. Some aftermarkets are, some are not. i leave em clean of anything, even oil. My HK mags are able to take down, so I will lightly coat em with a dry lube.

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    Wow that's kind of weird. I learn something new every day.

    Please tell me that not all 1911 magazines are like that.

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    Every couple hundred rounds

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    Some 1911 mags have removable baseplates, but the cheap 1's I own so far are welded in place. Am gonna get a few Chip McCormick or Wilson mags for carry though.

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    yes the springfield mags can be taken apart

    Push the follower down to 3-4th hole in side then stick a punch or allen wrench though hole and spring..

    Then let go follower tip mag up side down and usually will come out or be shaken out

    After that remove punch being careful spring dont put your eye out clean mag and reassy oppsite way ..


    Clean my springfield mags that way all the time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kompact9
    my plans are to clean and inspect about every thousand rounds or about once a month just to make sure there are no obvious wear problems or debris to impair correct function.
    Man you must shoot alot, every thousand rounds or once a month

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bud White
    yes the springfield mags can be taken apart

    Push the follower down to 3-4th hole in side then stick a punch or allen wrench though hole and spring..

    Then let go follower tip mag up side down and usually will come out or be shaken out

    After that remove punch being careful spring dont put your eye out clean mag and reassy oppsite way ..


    Clean my springfield mags that way all the time
    Thanks Bud, didn't realize ya could do that.

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    Glock magazines are easily disassembled---takes about 5 seconds. So I do that every couple of times I use them and just wipe the parts with a paper towel. If there's just a hint of "dirt" on the towel, I reassemble them. At lengthy intervals, I will clean them with whatever gun cleaner I use on the pistol parts. No lube.

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