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Old 03-11-2009, 01:15 AM   #1
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Is it a good idea to keep your magazines loaded? Will it damage or weaken the spring?



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Old 03-11-2009, 01:26 AM   #2
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Is it a good idea to keep your magazines loaded? Will it damage or weaken the spring?
it weakens the spring but it usually takes a long time to do so.
i've always heard that you should cycle your magazines every few months to prevent this.


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Leaving them loaded won't reduce their performance in your lifetime. Constant loading and unloading will weaken them faster, though. Think about it. What will happen if you bend and unbend a piece of metal enough?

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Leaving them loaded won't reduce their performance in your lifetime. Constant loading and unloading will weaken them faster, though. Think about it. What will happen if you bend and unbend a piece of metal enough?
Correct. Springs will not take a "set" if you leave the mag loaded. It's the loading and unloading that weaken the spring and cause mag failures.
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Thanks everyone!

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+1 that you don't need to cycle or unload magazines.

Here is another thread we had awhile back that discusses this same topic:

Link: http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f17/how-long-can-you-keep-mags-loaded-9783/

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