Magnetized Magazines?

Magnetized Magazines?

This is a discussion on Magnetized Magazines? within the Related Gear & Equipment forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I'm just wondering if anyone else has ever noticed a slight magnetic pull on their magazines or if I somehow magnetized mine? I put a ...

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    Magnetized Magazines?

    I'm just wondering if anyone else has ever noticed a slight magnetic pull on their magazines or if I somehow magnetized mine? I put a new magazine in my coat pocket earlier today, and when I got back to the hotel, it had paperclips (that I forgot were in my pocket) attached to it. Was pretty weird, so I'm just wondering if anyone else has noticed this. =D


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    I have never had this happen, but there was a thread a while back about a magnetized magazine causing an AD.
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    Well, that's no good. Might have to look further into this than I intended too from the get go. Thanks for the heads up!


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    Have you made sure it's actually magnetized and it wasn't something else such as a static charge or some glue residue holding the paperclips to the magazine?

    If it really is magnetized, you have a bit of an issue.

    The only do-it-yourself way I know of to demagnetize metal is to get it *really* hot (read: blowtorch). From my understanding, heating the metal past it's Curie point will re-align enough of the molecules in a random order that the magnetic field will collapse.

    Lots of places have demagnetizer machines - they're essentially alternating current electromagnets that remove the magnetic field. You could try to find someone that has one locally.

    You could try to figure out which polarity your magazines have, and then stroke them for awhile with a same-polarity magnet... That might just make it worse, though. I really don't know. Anyone here remember college physics?

    Another question is... Is the magnetism really hurting anything anyway?

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    You can usually de-magnetize a metal object by striking it or dropping it having a heavy impact on a surface. To see just how magnetized your magazine is---place it real close to your computer screen--if there is distortion, then it's really magnetized. How to totally avoid a magnetized magazine? Stainless steel.
    Your situation could also be static electricity. Wipe your magazine with a Bounce (clothes dryer) sheet.

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    Sliding a steel magazine in and out of a steel frame magazine well sure could slightly magnetize it.

    Since the direction that it got magnetized in was lengthwise...you could try sliding a magnet across the width a few times and see if that negates it.

    I have no idea if that will work but, what is there to lose?
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    Excellent advice so far. I remember hearing somewhere that striking something with a hammer can sometimes demagnetize it. I don't think this little Kahr magazine can take that though, haha. I'm surprised that magazine isn't already stainless steel. Guess I'll have to pick up some dryer sheets on the way back from work, thanks again everyone!



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    I wouldn't heat my mags up because they are extruded and could warp.
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    If it is magnetized, how is that bad? Someone mentioned that it could cause an AD, but how?

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    Maybe its the paper clips that are magnetized.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VtCO View Post
    If it is magnetized, how is that bad? Someone mentioned that it could cause an AD, but how?
    By making a firing pin or other parts move at a slower than normal speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reborn View Post
    By making a firing pin or other parts move at a slower than normal speed.
    I can (barely) imagine that that could cause a failure to fire, but don't see how that could plausibly cause the gun to go off by itself. I'm not aware of any parts in a gun which would move based on the pull of a weak magnet. Can anyone suggest anything that might? Even a strong home magnet could barely pull the slack off most triggers, much less all the way back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dnowell View Post
    I can (barely) imagine that that could cause a failure to fire, but don't see how that could plausibly cause the gun to go off by itself. I'm not aware of any parts in a gun which would move based on the pull of a weak magnet. Can anyone suggest anything that might? Even a strong home magnet could barely pull the slack off most triggers, much less all the way back.
    Took the words outta my mouth.

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    I don't know how it happened...I don't even remember the details. I just remember reading a thread on this where an officer's gun 'went off' by itself. I think they said the magnetization came from a x-ray machine or something like that.
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