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Old 01-26-2012, 11:50 PM   #11
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Marine corps taught us to leave 1 or 2 bullets out of magazines to help spring life
You must have been in a different Marine Corps than me

Leave them fully loaded
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to each his own.
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And, if so, fully loaded, or just a few rounds? I've been keeping my mags fully loaded during storage, but recently decided that might be some unnecessary wear on them so I've gone to half loaded, but I'm starting to wonder if my logic, that leads me to believe having them loaded at all is a good thing to retain spring tension and pliability, is sorely mistaken.

I've read a few threads about it with varying opinions, just figured I'd try and create my own census.
the laws of physics and metalurgy state uncatagorically that springs do not lose strength while compressed or at rest. springs only lose strength through actual compression decompression cycles. when a spring is compressed or at rest it is not doing work. the simple act of unloading a magazine to "let it rest" is what is doing the real harm.

short loading does not increase reliability or spring life but DOES leave you short however many rounds you short load by. those few rounds may mean life or death. if you have a magazine that doesnt function at full capacity throw it in the trash and get a new one, its junk.

the actual myths are:

1: leaving mags fully loaded decreases lifespan
2: short loading helps lifespan
3: springs need to "rest"

all my magazines are kept fully loaded.
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all the prior post confirm what i was trying to say, keep them loaded or not its up to the individual...
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There is a loaded magazine in all my pistols. There is a full cylinder in all my revolvers. All of these are in a safe, except the one that is always with me and I have a spare 18 round mag close at hand for it.

My 12ga pump is loaded and handy.

An unloaded firearm is just a really expensive rock or club. JMHO
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I have several mags that came home from the corp with me in 1971 and other than shooting or cleaning they have been fully loaded all the time. I have not had a problem with any of them.

They might all break tomorrow but I guess I'll have to chance it.
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Keep mine loaded one mag in but no round chambered

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My Mossberg 500, S&W 686, and Glock 27 kept loaded. The G27 is my edc, the 500 for things that go bump in night, 686 in the nightstand and frequently carried in the truck. Everything else is unloaded in the safe.

It really comes down to what you are comfortable doing.
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Can I just start screaming now?

If a spring is properly designed, it will not be hurt by cycling , compressing to it's limits, or any other normal usage you can come up with. Springs are not simple physics and metallurgy, they are complex mechanical devices. I have zero reason to believe any of the big manufacturers did not properly design their magazine springs.

I want to see the "Glock" with the broken magazine spring. Without even looking at it, I'd bet 10:1 it's an aftermarket mag. Last time I heard that, it was "my brothers friend" who's a police officer and everybody in their dept has broken magazine springs. If that's the case, then maybe the dept needs to buy a different brand

Load em up, and leave them loaded! Personally, I put 1o rounds in my 13 round magazine... Why? not because I don't trust the spring, I just don't like to carry the extra weight, and if I got in a firefight that needed more then 10 rounds, I'm probably already screwed, LOL.
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