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TrueNorth 03-09-2011 02:56 AM

New Magazines
Hey all,

magazine question, I've just picked up a new Beretta 92FS Inox, and it came with new magazines and (embarassing moment) I am having trouble loading them! I have two 10rd magazines and I've gotten 7 rounds in one, and 5 in the other. Why am I having this difficulty?

Since it is happening to both I don't think it is a defective mag, but I'm wondering if it's because they're new. Do magazines need to be broken in, or disassembled a few times?

This is my first handgun, although I have used them before, and I HAVE loaded magazines before, so why are these ones so difficult?

All help is appreciated from those with more experience in this matter than me!

marshall 03-09-2011 04:22 AM

spring tension? try leaving whatever amount of rounds you can. leave them for a couple of days and try it out. or just load 5 - 7 rounds, shoot em, reload. the more you use them up, the more they 'break' in. my 2 cents.

IGETEVEN 03-09-2011 04:27 AM

What he said.

I have seen some tight mag springs before, and loaded lots of rounds for an M9 Beretta, but not so tight I couldn't load the mag to capacity. :confused:

I guess we can rule out ammo miscount, foreign debris or spring lockup in mag and week finger strength. You could remove the spring from the mag to visualize it for deformity or tension malfunction.

Or...get one of these.

Maglula UpLULA Pistol Magazine Loader Polymer Black - MidwayUSA

marshall 03-09-2011 01:55 PM

btw, i just got my 1911 a few weeks ago. my stock magazine springs were really tight. couldn't fill her up so i only loaded 7 or 8 rounds. i didn't mind though as i have my tripp research 1911 magizines. heavy duty spring but at the same time, it allowed me to fill her up easily.

new magazines that are hard to load shouldn't be something i'd worry about in the long term.

russ 03-09-2011 02:19 PM

I have the same issue with my M&P40c. The two mags that came with it were tight but OK, but Smith was offering two more mags for free with purchase at the time. When the free mags finally arrived, I could only get 6-7 rounds in each (10 rnd. mags) and my thumbs were screaming after one or two loads. I ended up getting the UPLULA that IGETEVEN showed. That thing is awesome. Bought two more for my dad and sister.

TrueNorth 03-09-2011 06:14 PM

Hey all, thanks for the tips. At least now I know its not necessarily me.

I kept working on it and eventually got them both up to 8rds. So I'll leave them in there for a few days and see if that helps.

That, or I'll have to start doing thumb excercises and get a bicep between my finger joints!

I'll look into those maglula things too, just for the sake of range loading.

Thanks again,

TrueNorth 03-11-2011 03:12 AM


just to help anyone who may read this with a similar problem. The mag springs do lossen up if you leave them loaded for awhile.

If your new mags have super tight springs load them up as much as possible, then leave them for a few days. After that unload them and load them up a few times. That seemed to do the trick.

I have now got them both to full cap.

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