Pro's and Con's of leaving your magazines loaded, help settle a debate

This is a discussion on Pro's and Con's of leaving your magazines loaded, help settle a debate within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I agree with OldVet. Loading and unloading the mag will wear out the spring but you probably can't do that enough to make any real ...

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    I agree with OldVet. Loading and unloading the mag will wear out the spring but you probably can't do that enough to make any real difference. As for me, most of my mags stay loaded. If I won't to grab an extra one to carry I don't want to have to load it.

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    Pro's and Con's of leaving your magazines loaded, help settle a debate

    It's true that flexing is the culprit, not sitting stationary in storage. So if you aren't going to be exercising them at the range better to keep them loaded and at the ready.

    After all, an unloaded gun is just an expensive rock.
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    This thread is very helpful for a newbie. I'm just worried that if I ever need to replace a spring on my 15-rd mag, I might not be able to locate one (if they become illegal)

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    Pro's and Con's of leaving your magazines loaded, help settle a debate

    Quote Originally Posted by AlDente67 View Post
    This thread is very helpful for a newbie. I'm just worried that if I ever need to replace a spring on my 15-rd mag, I might not be able to locate one (if they become illegal)
    While the magazines might (certainly hope not), the springs won't. There will always be industrious providers of machined parts in a free market economy (again, I hope).
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    Quote Originally Posted by BugDude View Post
    I keep all of my mags for all of my guns loaded to the gills all the time. An empty magazine isn't doing me any good.
    I have to say this just pretty much converted me. I just actually loaded my spare mags. My life isnt worth saving a magazine spring .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taurahe View Post
    I have to say this just pretty much converted me. I just actually loaded my spare mags. My life isnt worth saving a magazine spring .
    Same here. I spent some time loading my empty mags yesterday for the same reason as you.

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    For most quality, OEM mags from major firearms manufacturers, spring fatigue is rarely, if ever an issue. An empty magazine is like a screw with no threads.....not much use.
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    I keep everything loaded. At least once month I go to the range and empty them. If anything bad ever happens, You're ready to go in every way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlDente67 View Post
    This thread is very helpful for a newbie. I'm just worried that if I ever need to replace a spring on my 15-rd mag, I might not be able to locate one (if they become illegal)
    If that is your worry, buy spares now. They are not that expensive.

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    90% of my mags are always loaded, the others are not simply for training/troubleshooting purposes. It's a pain to unload a mag if I just wanted to practice mag changes because I'm bored.

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    the spring weaken over time with "cycles", the process of loading and unloading. So the more you use them to load and unload, the faster they wear out. I typically keep one magazines loaded for HD and use that magazine for range while keeping the other magazine (if it comes with 2) unused for future.

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    Two came with my gun. I don't have a mag holster so the extra does me no good. I keep one loaded and rotate them every so often.

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