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Old 02-20-2009, 07:37 PM   #1
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What is the best way to store magazines? I wish to have them ready for self-defense, but also do not want to shorten the spring life. Will storing them full shorten the life of the magazine spring?

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Old 02-20-2009, 07:52 PM   #2
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By having a magazine full and stored, it wont reduce the spring life.

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The thing that shortens the mag spring life is constant loading and unloading. Simple principle of metal fatigue. I wouldn't worry about keeping your mags fully loaded all the time.

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Keep them loaded it will have no effect on the spring.

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What is the best way to store magazines? I wish to have them ready for self-defense, but also do not want to shorten the spring life. Will storing them full shorten the life of the magazine spring?
Extended storage of fully loaded mags is not a problem with modern era springs.

Not so much with WWII vintage mags. If you have some old surplus mags you may want to re-spring them. The older springs were produced with quantity as job 1, no quality or modern science involvement!
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You need a revolver...

Seriously though, most quality modern magazines will work perfectly even after long periods fully loaded. Just to be on the safe side, you can buy new springs every two years or so.

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Hold on BG, I've got to load my mag, didn't want to compress my springs ya know.......OK, you ready now, lets go.
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All my mags stay loaded 24/7 untill I go to the range then I unload them and reload them when I get to the range and they have worked fine for 8 years.

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What I do is keep them loaded with 1 less than full capacity. It might not be the same as what everybody else does, but is just MY screwy ways. I also have several magazines loaded in this way too.

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I'm the same way with my magazines.

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