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    Curious does it weaken the mag spring to store your mag loaded for an extended time.


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    I've heard and read no but, common sense says yes. I still rotate every weekend.
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    NO, NO, NO.

    What weakens the mag springs is cycling from loaded to unloaded, i.e. USE.

    Too many uninformed people unload their mags in an attempt to minimize spring wearout, but work against themselves in so doing.

    Want to leave the mags loaded? Go ahead with impunity. Won't hurt a thing.

    And if you need an engineering/science-based reason, PM me. I've posted it here numerous times.
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    I leave mine loaded all the time untill range day and i've had no problem so far so they will stay loaded.
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    No. There is an initial break in where stiff springs normalize to be slightly lighter once it is loaded full and left there a few days. but after that what wears out metal is being repeatedly stressed and de-stressed, not being in a constant state of stressed or un-stressed.

    Ironically, rotating your mags every weekend increases your spring wear, not decreases it. There are people that have left fully loaded mags in an ammo box where they wouldn't corrode for 50-60 years and they fire great. On the other hand, a magazine used regularly will wear out eventually. Storing in a charged state does not wear them out, using them does. Rotating through them unnecessarily will only quicken them wearing out.
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    I used to rotate mags like that but ive seen an awful lot of folks here with engineering degrees etc that say wont hurt em to leave em charged which is what I do now.

    If I want to rest a mag Ill leave it unloaded for a month or so. I dont know if that actually helps or not. Might be a total waste of time. They just feel a bit stiffer after a few months being unloaded. I dont do it much though now.

    So I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks, or at least one new trick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    no, no, no.

    What weakens the mag springs is cycling from loaded to unloaded, i.e. Use.

    Too many uninformed people unload their mags in an attempt to minimize spring wearout, but work against themselves in so doing.

    Want to leave the mags loaded? Go ahead with impunity. Won't hurt a thing.

    And if you need an engineering/science-based reason, pm me. I've posted it here numerous times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    NO, NO, NO.

    What weakens the mag springs is cycling from loaded to unloaded, i.e. USE.

    Too many uninformed people unload their mags in an attempt to minimize spring wearout, but work against themselves in so doing.

    Want to leave the mags loaded? Go ahead with impunity. Won't hurt a thing.

    And if you need an engineering/science-based reason, PM me. I've posted it here numerous times.
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    My God. Just clean them some times after using em. If you are really worried............. take the sping out and pull it like a slinkly............... don't really matter.

    What is more important is that there is no crud or rust inside the Mag and its components = well lubed for love!

    I have M 1911, M9 and A2 Mags that are all approching 30 years............... I keep em clean an lubed, and they are always stuffed to the limit = never had an issue with any of them. Just give the springs a little pull beyond speck when you lube em.
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    If it is a good quality magazine, I don't think it would hurt a thing. I have heard of people leaving magazines loaded for years at a time with no issues. If you have more than one mag just switch them out every so often.

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    I must have 25 or so for the 1911s, Loaded, Maby rotate them over a two year or so span, But whenever I shoot they work just fine.

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    NO. I've had magazines loaded for several years with no problems when shoot.
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    Loaded, unloaded, somewhere in between--it takes a lot to "wear out" a mag spring. It's not going to happen over night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    NO, NO, NO.

    What weakens the mag springs is cycling from loaded to unloaded, i.e. USE.

    Too many uninformed people unload their mags in an attempt to minimize spring wearout, but work against themselves in so doing.

    Want to leave the mags loaded? Go ahead with impunity. Won't hurt a thing.

    And if you need an engineering/science-based reason, PM me. I've posted it here numerous times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    NO, NO, NO.

    What weakens the mag springs is cycling from loaded to unloaded, i.e. USE.

    Too many uninformed people unload their mags in an attempt to minimize spring wearout, but work against themselves in so doing.

    Want to leave the mags loaded? Go ahead with impunity. Won't hurt a thing.

    And if you need an engineering/science-based reason, PM me. I've posted it here numerous times.
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