Loaded Magazine

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by jhughe11, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. jhughe11

    jhughe11 New Member

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    I keep my Rock Island Armory 45 ACP in my nightstand with 8 rounds in the magazine. My question: How long can you leave a magazine loaded before it damages or ruins the magazine? Or will it hurt it at all? This is why I want a 357 magnum revolver for the night stand lol. Any advice will be appreciated :) I also have my carry piece (sigma 9mm) loaded all the time.
     
  2. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    Keep my mags loaded at all times in my glock and 1911 haven't had any issues at all I do load one round short to put less stress though
     

  3. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    I've heard of guys that have had mags loaded since the Vietnam war, they aren't hurt...

    My 1911 has been loaded 99.999% of 3 years and works better now than when I bought it.
     
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  4. rhyno13

    rhyno13 New Member

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    I have a couple of 1911 handguns, so I switch them up every other month.
     
  5. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    If you keep your mags loaded you should check them every 5 or 10 years.
     
  6. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    Leaving your mags loaded will NOT hurt them, the loading and unloading of them wears the springs more than keeping them loaded.
     
  7. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Loading and unloading your mags does more harm than leaving them loaded.

    The springs have no issues remaining compressed or relaxed. Cycling them is what wears them out.

    ALSO, a mag that is used often, like your range mags vs. your carry mags MUST be cleaned and lightly lubed (for protection, NO grease!) when dirty. This depends on how dirty the ammo you use is and how many rounds you've cycled.

    Get a caliber specific mag tube brush. Think of it as an investment.

    Magazine Brushes - Brownells
     
  8. bartwatkins

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    Listen to Wray & Cane on this. But the only reason I quote Wrays post is to give him a shout out on that awesome Kermit Zombie avatar pic!!!!
    That is sweet!!!
     
  9. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    Haha, thanks brother. Im pretty fond of it myself, i wanted to keep my zombie theme going :)
     
  10. HOSSFLY

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    Not to argue that repeated cycling cannot wear a spring, but how many thousands (or millions) of cycles would it take before a magazine spring would lose enough elasticity to matter?
     
  12. rhyno13

    rhyno13 New Member

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    Exactly. Loading and unloading a magazine to the point of spring failure would take decades.
     
  13. jhughe11

    jhughe11 New Member

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    Well guys I appreciate the advice. I bought 3 extra magazines for my 45 and only have 2 for my 9mm. I didn't want to wear any of them out...now I won't worry about it lol
     
  14. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    That really depends on the mag-
    Thats why you should have quality mags for carrying-
    Plinking don't matter -
     
  15. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Ah......you guys must shoot glocks. Us rednecks mostly talk bout our 1911's. :p
     
  16. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    You could call it superstition but even though I have eight round clips I was raised on 1911s hold 7 in clip one in chamber 8 rounds with one in the chamber ain't right. It that it really matters lol so I just keep 7 in all mine
     
  17. rigjumpr

    rigjumpr New Member

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    i was thinking the same thing