Magazine Tweak

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by EkeM, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. EkeM

    EkeM New Member

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    Does anyone know how to stiffen up the springs in a mag? I have two single stacks and one of them seems to be looser, and has a tendency to stop feeding when there's about 3 round left. Wanted to know if there's a simple fix short of buying a new one.
     
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Welcome to the FTF. Stop by our "Introductions" and give a shout.

    Most springs that loose their tensions are not easily fixed by the end user.
    Most magazines springs can be replaced with new ones cheaper than buying a new magazine.
    A couple of links for you:
    http://www.ismi-gunsprings.com/
    http://www.gunsprings.com/
     

  3. EkeM

    EkeM New Member

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    tnx for the info! defntly checking it out.
     
  4. Polygon

    Polygon New Member

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    Yeah, all you can really do is replace the spring.
     
  5. 70cuda383

    70cuda383 New Member

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    how does it work though? I have a few mags that the springs feel VERY weak in them, but despite the feel, they still feed ammo and don't cause malfunctions at all, so I've left them as is for now.
     
  6. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i usually dont mess with em till they start to have feed issues.
     
  7. EkeM

    EkeM New Member

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    Then what do you do, throw'em out and buy new ones?
     
  8. 70cuda383

    70cuda383 New Member

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    replace the spring with a new one.


    I could go into a lengthy discussion on physics, spring steel, deflection vs the point of permanent deformation, but I'll sum it up as this: a magazine spring is designed to work within the range of "empty" to "full" if the spring is old and worn out, taking the magazine apart and pulling the spring back apart does nothing,because as soon as you load it back full, you've compressed the spring back to where it was before.

    also, USE is what wears out a spring. meaning the transition from empty to full back to empty in a magazine. a magazine left empty and a magazine left loaded, the spring will not "age" and the loaded mag, the spring will not "deform" or "compress" and a magazine that's used on a range, every day, constantly being cycled back and forth from empty to full will wear out the spring in short order.



    Think of a pop can. crease it down the middle. bend it one way. leave it there...nothing happens. bend it the other way, leave it there...nothing happens, but when you bend it back and forth over and over, eventually the metal cracks.

    THATS what wears out a spring.

    anyway, if a magazine spring is worn out, there is no band-aid. simply replace the spring.
     
  9. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    what 70cuda said one post up :)
     
  10. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Replacing the spring is a viable option, but...

    The spring is not the only thing that wears over time.
    When replacing a spring in the mag, that is a good time to look for small cracks in the mag body, bent lips, worn followers, rust, dirt, stones and sand, and any other gremlin that could create problems later.
     
  11. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Most OEM magazine springs (until recently) had a limited life span. They would "take a set" or lose some of their tension. Newer materials like Chrome-Silicon were introduced. The new springs should last a lifetime.