I was cleaning a couple safe queens the other day and I never thought about this before but, if a pistol is stored for say 5 or 6 months should it be stored with a empty mag installed or not or does it really matter either way. The reason I ask is that I have two Ruger SR9C's. I like to keep all mags loaded for the pistol I carry. Thanks
I don't have a safe queen. Hell, I don't have a safe...
But, if I were no kidding storing a gun, meaning I had no intention at all of using it for quite some time, I would put it in "shipping" condition.
Liberally coated in a protective coating, mag removed and empty, con 4-whatever that is for your chosen gun. For me, and my 1911, mag removed, chamber empty, hammer down, safety off.
By, "no intention of using it for quite some time", I mean, if I don't intend to carry or take it to the range, for any period that could go on indefinitely. Lets face it, you don't "plan" to store a gun for 6 months, 1 week, and 2 days. You either gonna carry it, or you ain't. Personally, I also don't keep a gun I don't know I'm gonna be using. When I inherit my grandfather's Colt, I'll be singing a different tune though.
My handguns are generally in their cases in the gun room with the magazines out and unloaded. I might leave a mag in the gun if I can't find room in the case.
Rifles are in the rack with the bolt closed and unloaded. Shotguns are same condition if in gun room.
Home defense guns are loaded with mags in and one in the chamber. Safety is engaged on both handguns and shotgun. Somebody breaks in my house and they're not going to get a chance to hear an action being worked. Maybe they'll hear the safety being dropped right before the shooting starts.