how often and how long do you unload your magazines?

how often and how long do you unload your magazines?

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    how often and how long do you unload your magazines?

    I'm thinking that leaving magazines loaded all the time is not a good idea. I now have enough magazines that I don't want to empty all of them at the range.

    Do I need to "rest" them from time to time? If so, how often and how long?

    Thanks!


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    I think there was a similar topic going on about this and I believe the consensus was that frequent unloading/reloading of magazines was worse for them than leaving them loaded all the time.
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    I look forward to emptying all my mags at the range, and I do my best to do so as often as possible.
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    I have a Ruger Mk II. Its magazine has been loaded continuously for 30 years. It works just as well as it did when it was new.

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    All our mags are loaded to capacity and stay that way until we "unload" them at the range.
    Periodically we'll leave them unloaded after a day at the range (except the carry weapons of course) for cleaning/maintenance when we get home, but they're loaded up again after that.
    So far, no problems.
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    Keeping them loaded is not harmful at all. Its the movement of the spring the wears it out.

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    An empty magazine is useless, that goes for both paper and firearms versions.

    The only time mine get unloaded is at the range.

    That's just my opinion based on the University of the Internet.

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    The spring does not care if it is under compression or not, it is being compresses and uncompressed that wears it out. Leaveing mags loaded will not wear them out.
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    Here's a recent one that will say the same thing:
    how often do you swap out your carry magazine?
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    I've had this question when I first bought a gun, most people said it's a lot better to leave them loaded all the time than unloading/loading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder71 View Post

    That's just my opinion based on the University of the Internet.
    this comment is full of win.
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    hehe. Sweet! Thanks everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgiaDawg View Post
    I think there was a similar topic going on about this and I believe the consensus was that frequent unloading/reloading of magazines was worse for them than leaving them loaded all the time.
    Yep, that's ends up being the result, without fail...

    That said, the only time I unload my carry mags is their monthly lint removal. Other than that, they always stay loaded. Only my range mags get loaded and unloaded more often.

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    never. always loaded unless I'm at the range unloading the gun by shooting it
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