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Old 05-19-2007, 10:02 AM   #11
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I keep all my 1911a1 mags loaded all the time, never have a problem, I have owned quite a few Auto's and never had a problem with keeping mags. loaded. Mostly this comes from old wivestails, but does have some fact to it where older mags and weapons that were made in mass production for wars come into play.

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Old 05-20-2007, 05:41 PM   #12
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I am an addent fan of Both the 1911A1, Commader and the Browning HI Power, Carried my own 45 or 9MM into a lot of hostile area's! Other than a dent here, a drop there, have never had any magazine fail, and that was Including compbat! All my 1911A1 and BROWNING HI POWER mags were loaded to the max, I would down load to clean them and lube a bit (If not in desert Environment) and load them back up to max! As for the Guy in the Gun store, I'm sure he's just trying to Help you and make sure you have no issies with your new gun, but you really don't need to worry!




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Old 05-20-2007, 11:37 PM   #13
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Good for you, but with my ser. 70 mags i do have to work on the springs every four months...
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Might want to buy some better mags.
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Also a good idea to give the back of the loaded mag a sharp rap against something hard and unyeiling (shop counter works great) to seat the base of the bullets against the back of the mag. Helps to avoid feeding problems.
That, and a periodic cleaning and inspection of the magazine spring will keep you in running order.

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No problem in leaving mags loaded. Like stated before, the problem is with constant compression and decompression. I hate when the commandos at the range assume you know nothing just b/c they haven't seen you before and then start saying the most ignorant things as if they are Yoda and you are young Luke. Im honest eneough to say I dont know everything, but I will keep my mouth shut about stuff I know nothing about. ok, that was a personal rant from me, but Im sure someone feels where Im coming from

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There is alot of mis information floating around on magazines. It all comes down to the quality of the spring. Older cheap mags had springs that would "Take a set" that is to say loose some tension. Newer springs are made from advanced space age steel alloys that will not take a set or at least take a minimal set.

Look at Wolf gunsprings (www.gunsprings.com) for their silicone steel springs. I leave all my mags loaded all the time and none give me any trouble.

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There is alot of mis information floating around on magazines. It all comes down to the quality of the spring. Older cheap mags had springs that would "Take a set" that is to say loose some tension. Newer springs are made from advanced space age steel alloys that will not take a set or at least take a minimal set.
You got that right! But just because a spring takes a set does not mean that it will necessarily cause problems. When my dad died, I found three 1911 mags that were USGI and appeared to have been loaded in 1953 (this was in 1980). I am still using those mags today. The springs are not as strong as they were when new, and you can feel it. They are quite weak compared to my Chip McCormick mags. But I have never had the first problem with them. YMMV.
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It's not the constant compression of the spring that wears it out it's the constant compression and decompression that wears it out.

Load them and leave them loaded until needed. I shot a 1911 mag my dad loaded probably near 20 years ago and it functioned just fine.

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Etho is correct. What wears out a spring is compression and decompression cycles, not sitting in a compressed state. Some years back the late Jeff Cooper did a story about a friend of his who found an old 1911 in his grandfathers trunk up in an attic. The gun had been there for over 40 years. It was loaded with a full magazine. They took the gun to the range and every round fired, and the action cycled every time. Another good example are the springs in your car. It can sit in a garage for years and the springs will remain as good as new. But after thousands of miles, carrying loads on rough roads, the springs will lose tension. Bill T.

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