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Old 10-23-2011, 10:35 PM   #1
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While carrying you should be cocked and locked but should you leave it cocked and locked 24 7. Is that ok for the gun?

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Being compressed within design specs does not damage a spring. Consider, if you will, that just about ALL striker fired pistols, semi auto rifles and shotguns ARE stored cocked.

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Is there anytime during the 24/7 that you are sure you will not need to use your gun for self defense?

The time you are sure you won't need your gun, unload it.

Otherwise, if it's loaded it should be in condition one!

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Mine are loaded, cocked & locked even when stored in my safe.

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Mine are loaded, cocked & locked even when stored in my safe.
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I have never practiced saying to a home invader, "Wait until I load my gun."
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I have never practiced saying to a home invader, "Wait until I load my gun."
I believe it was J.B. Wood, who I have the utmost respect for, spoke to that issue and to leaving magazines loaded for long periods of time. His conclusion was that it didn't hurt a thing. If I remember correctly he was talking about having a 1911 brought to him that had been in someones attic for 50 years with loaded mags. He found that the gun, the mags and the ammo were functional.
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While carrying you should be cocked and locked but should you leave it cocked and locked 24 7. Is that ok for the gun?

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Is there anytime during the 24/7 that you are sure you will not need to use your gun for self defense?

The time you are sure you won't need your gun, unload it.

Otherwise, if it's loaded it should be in condition one!
Question... ive always been told that leaving a magazine loaded 24/7 is bad for the mag spring, therefore I cycle my magazines every other week. Have I been misinformed or am I doing something right?
I carry my 1911 anytime I go out, but for home protection I always have my revolver at the ready in case I dont have the magazine loaded for this reason ive been told about.
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Question... ive always been told that leaving a magazine loaded 24/7 is bad for the mag spring, therefore I cycle my magazines every other week. Have I been misinformed or am I doing something right?
I carry my 1911 anytime I go out, but for home protection I always have my revolver at the ready in case I dont have the magazine loaded for this reason ive been told about.
You'll inflict more wear on the mag springs by loading and unloading them than leaving them full. The other reason I often leave carry guns with a round in the chamber (when not carrying) is that unloading/rechambering the same couple of rounds time and again can potentially compromise the seating of the bullet.
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Some of these posts remind me of some western movies.
"If you have 2 guns, only clean one at a time" I think that was "Gunfighters Moon" It might have been my Grandad.

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