Do you keep your mags loaded long term..?

Discussion in 'AK & SKS Discussion' started by dahur, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. dahur

    dahur New Member

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    I would like to keep a couple mags loaded and ready all the time. I posted this question on another forum, do you think it's ok to keep them loaded for long term storage? A few ex military said they were told to keep them loaded, but pull one or two rounds. Some others said it's ok, as long as you don't extend the spring beyond it's designed parameters. In other words keeping it compressed won't hurt it.

    I think maybe every month unloading them, and reloading them should be ok.

    What do you guys do...?
     
  2. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    It is my understanding based on personal discussion and a number of threads like this one that MOST people agree that periodic unloading is not needed or helpful. Some people load one or two short for a variety of reasons usually including oral tradition. I leave them all loaded, but i do load 1 round short.
     

  3. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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    Leaving them loaded for long term doesn't hurt them at all. I've left 20 round M1 carbine magazines loaded for 30 years and found them, used them, and they work well. It's the use of them, loading and unloading, that wears them out. I have herd, however, several comments in the past years, that old BAR magazines are sometimes problematical if left loaded for many years. Don't know if this is true but none of the magazines for the rifles or pistols I've had did it make a difference.
     
  4. rifleman1

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    it depends on who you ask some say its fine to leave a spring compressed some say its not.i would not leave them loaded long term mainly because i like to rotate my ammo every couple years just personal prefrence.
     
  5. Chandler51

    Chandler51 New Member

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    If it has an external mag, it stays loaded. I keep one mag unloaded for pics/malfunction drills with caps.

    I take that back....I do keep my AR10 mags unloaded. They're just too damned expensive to take the chance. Could've bought a nice little pistol for what I have invested in five 25rd ArmaLite mags. :(
     
  6. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Mods, can we sticky this thread for reference?

    {contemplates all the wrong ways that could be understood}
     
  7. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    I leave a few mags loaded. 27 rounds in each. I also keep a bunch unloaded as loaded mags in a car = loaded weapon. Just grab a few empties, toss them in the range bag and away I go.
     
  8. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    It's the movement of the spring that weakens it. Keeping them loaded is better than loading and then reloading them every month.
     
  9. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    An improperly designed spring will fail from being fully loaded and/or being cycled too many times.

    I trust all the big manufacturers to properly design their springs.

    I have asked this question several times before, who has EVER had a gun manufacturers magazine spring fail? I don't want to hear about my neighbors brothers LEO's Glock, and especially don't want to hear about the cheap aftermarket mag.
     
  10. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    There have been many threads on this issue. Some of them got pretty technical concerning the metallurgy of the issue. This isn't quite sticky-worthy IMO.


    An empty magazine is USELESS!!! For some guns I have a few mags that are basically just for the range and I keep empty. But otherwise, every mag I have, including every AR-15 mag, is loaded and ready to go.
     
  11. PISTOLPOPPER

    PISTOLPOPPER New Member

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    Always keep them loaded would you want to get caught in a breakin and be loadn a mag?!?!?!?!?!
     
  12. bartwatkins

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    All are kept fully loaded - all of the time!
     
  13. dahur

    dahur New Member

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    That's what I'm thinking too. Maybe I'll just load them and leave them alone...
     
  14. mjkeat

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    Is that not just an expanded version of what I said? I keep a few loaded but most are not. Mostly PMags but I do have 1 steel AK mag loaded at all times.
     
  15. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I agree with you except for the "useless" part; i have known a couple of people who used them as containers for things other than ammo. Have you ever folded a stack of ones in half and put it beside a 7.62x39 mag, like a Tapco for an SKS? Just sayin, even an empty mag can be useful, just not as a ammo vessel.
     
  16. whiplash316

    whiplash316 New Member

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    In some states its against the law to transport loaded magazines to and from the range. All my magazines are unloaded except my 45acp for home protection. Its all up to you whether you want them loaded or not.
     
  17. CHLChris

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    Are you thinking, as a hiding place? I keep all of my unloaded mags in my range bag, and all of my loaded mags in the safe. If I wanted to hide, cash, I'd just throw it in the safe, so I guess I still don't see the usefulness of lots of unloaded mags.
     
  18. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    One empty mag somewhere other than the safe would be enough for me, but some people might need more than one. A bunch of empties would be worth grabbing, but one, off by itself, isn't an attention grabber without rounds showing at the top. Also, not everybody has a safe to hide their cash in.
     
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  19. Tackleberry1

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    When my father passed away last year I found a loaded 1911 mag for his colt pistol that I had personally loaded and placed there 12 years earlier.

    Took it to the range, slapped into dads colt, and fired all 8 with no problems.

    I think it's bunk, load em up.

    Tack