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Flick427 06-14-2011 12:51 AM

Extended Semi-auto handgun storage

So I just bought a new handgun, my first, and it is a semi-auto. I have to store it while I'm away at school, in another state, since it is not allowed in the rooms.

My question:
When storing a semi-auto for an extended period of time is it better to remove the recoil spring or any other springs that are easily accessible?


JonM 06-14-2011 01:05 AM


if your worried about unauthorized usage get a gun lock from walmart or a sporting goods shop or gunstore

c3shooter 06-14-2011 01:26 AM

Springs can be left as is. They do not lose their range of flexion from being left under compression- My 85 Ford pickup has had a load on the suspension springs since the day it rolled off the production line. Wipe it down lightly with a good preservative oil, store securely NOT in a gun rug or foam lined case (that attracts moisture)

Flat4sti 06-14-2011 02:02 AM

I was wondering the same thing. Is it ok to keep my extra mags loaded to capacity while its in the safe?

WDB 06-14-2011 06:13 AM

The springs are fine compressed or relaxed. No need to remove them. swing by the intro page and share a bit about yourself.

Flick427 06-14-2011 01:26 PM

Thanks for the responses.
I was simply concerned about compressing the springs for a long period of time but based on the replies I will not worry about it so much.

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