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Old 11-28-2011, 09:44 PM   #11
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ALL my mags stay loaded till i use them-
Dont care if its a week or 5 yrs


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I also leave my sidearm loaded although it is not at full capacity while hibernating.


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Old 11-28-2011, 10:53 PM   #13
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You always hear one group of people saying leave them loaded won't hurt them and some argue unload them as it destroys the springs. I truly dont have or know the answer but I reside with the group that keeps them loaded and ready if I need them!
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Old 11-29-2011, 01:25 AM   #14
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I read an article a gunsmith wrote concerning the wear on magazine springs. He stated that its not length of time there loaded but the actual spring movement up and down as there used. I know other shooters who have kept them loaded for years without any weakening of the springs.
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I will echo that the emptying of the mags puts the most stress on the springs. Think of it as bending a wire back and forth. The more you bend it, the weaker it gets. I have seen it with officers at work. There was one who just had the springs replaced last year. This year they were short again. I asked him if he left his mags loaded or routinely unloaded them. He stated that he unloaded them all the time on his days off.
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Until they are shot or swapping magazines.
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I have one that I keep loaded with expensive factory rounds that I slap in when I go into public. Been loaded that way for two years now. Once a year I unload it and load it with my own reloads for a function test and it's working just fine. I think I'm going to stop that practice and just leave it loaded because I can't see that it's harming it one darn bit.
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They stay loaded until they are fired. I wonder why this comes up so often. Perhaps we need a sticky?
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The only problem one should have is if the mags suffer any damage, or get dirty or corroded. Extreme temperatures might affect the springs over long periods of exposure.

Never had a problem myself.


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