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nosaj 09-25-2012 01:56 AM

How much xtra wear is placed on spring from keeping magazine loaded?
Just wondering what's recommended. Whether it's a pistol, rifle, or shotgun...... I like to to feel prepared but paranoid of wearing out the mag spring. I don't even keep the gun under my mattress loaded for that reason.

Dillinger 09-25-2012 02:01 AM

You can do some searches on this same topic as it's been discussed several times.

Basically a spring gets worn out from being stressed and released. If you leave it unstressed, it's fine. If you load it once and leave it loaded in a compressed state, it's fine.

Shooting 10,000 rounds through the same magazine is going to cause wear and tear to worry about.


B5Dan 09-25-2012 02:02 AM


Now, I'm no pro, but keeping the mag loaded is not an issue. What wears mag springs out is cycling them (i.e. load/unload, load/unload), and since that's what they are made to do, they ant going to wear out anytime soon. Do you have the sidearm around for home/self defense! If that's the case, the lives of you and your loved ones render the cost of the $10 mag spring down into abysmal insignificance.

In any event, it isn't going to hurt your spring. I've had the mag on my CZ83 laded for 2 years, and it had been loaded for about five years before that. No problems at all! Load 'em up with confidence!

canebrake 09-25-2012 02:02 AM


Exercising a spring wears it out, not leaving it in a static condition. You can not fatigue something that is standing still.

nosaj 09-25-2012 02:05 AM

Awesome! Thanks guys....going to load up now :)

B5Dan 09-25-2012 02:11 AM


Originally Posted by nosaj
Awesome! Thanks guys....going to load up now :)

It's a good question, and one I asked when I started shooting. As is, I keep every mag for every firearm I own loaded at al times. It's good for impromptu range sessions, and, God forbid, should the worst happen. My firearms are all either under lock and key or on my hip (not all on my hip at once, necessarily lol), but they are all ready to go.

nosaj 09-25-2012 02:20 AM

I had a feeling i was being overly cautious. Since my kids go with me to the range they have proper respect for firearms so im not worried about having loaded guns around the house.

nosaj 09-25-2012 02:27 AM

I think a bad dream last night prompted me to ask this....haha

7point62 09-25-2012 11:50 PM

This question comes up now and again. I've never had a mag spring go bad on me but I inspect them often. Like any other product, there are some poor quality mags on the market.

Dillinger 09-26-2012 12:08 AM


Originally Posted by canebrake (Post 953499)
You can not fatigue something that is standing still.

Oh yeah? I can be sitting perfectly still and become down right fatigued and agitated every time you use the word Colt. :D


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