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Posted: 8/22/2004 8:58:37 PM EDT
Is it a good idea to store loaded magazines? Does this set the spring in the mags? How long should the magazines stay loaded to avoid damage?
Link Posted: 8/22/2004 9:01:43 PM EDT
yes. no. who knows.



this subject has been covered.....alot
Link Posted: 8/22/2004 9:11:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/22/2004 9:12:36 PM EDT by Sharpshot]
Some say yes, some say no. And like Absolut says, "who knows"? I don't keep all my mags loaded but I do usually keep at least 2 loaded, and with 28 rounds, not 30.

edit to add: welcome to the club
Link Posted: 8/22/2004 10:25:39 PM EDT
I keep 1 loaded up..
Link Posted: 8/22/2004 10:28:22 PM EDT
I always have at least 30 that are loaded up, sometimes more that 30.

I have never had any problems with leaving them loaded
Link Posted: 8/22/2004 10:35:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/23/2004 11:20:11 AM EDT by chewbacca]
I too keep a USGI loaded next to my carbine. It is not the compression that causes springs to wear out but the compression cycles. Meaning, if you keep a mag loaded, you're fine, but if you load it and unload it every day for ten years it will die...basically thats it.
Link Posted: 8/22/2004 10:44:53 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/22/2004 10:44:54 PM EDT
American Handgunner did a big article on this a few months ago. The upshot is that storing a mag loaded does absolutely no harm to the springs.

I swapped my elderly mother a chief's .38 for dad's old .45 last year, 'cause she can't comfortably manipulate a slide anymore. We figured out that the mag had been loaded since at least 1979. Functioned flawlessly.
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 1:03:35 AM EDT

Originally Posted By tommytrauma:

I swapped my elderly mother a chief's .38 for dad's old .45 last year, 'cause she can't comfortably manipulate a slide anymore. We figured out that the mag had been loaded since at least 1979. Functioned flawlessly.

Huge difference between a 7rd single stack and 30rd double stack though.
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 3:45:53 AM EDT
I have 20 USGI thirty rounders that have been fully loaded since Valentines Day (Feb. 14th) of this year. That's six months. I'll be heading out to the range in a couple of hours. I don't expect any problems. I'll give a full report later on today. My mags are a mix of Sanchez, Cooper, Parsons, La Belles and Adventurelines. None of these mags have ever given me any problems, but this is the longest stretch between loading and firing since I bought my first AR.

HS1
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 3:56:43 AM EDT
Load them up, and set them back....

All of my mags for my ARs` and my Kimbers are LOADED, and they stay that way, until I shoot and empty them, then I get to load them again.....

Got to love it......

Leaving a mag loaded willl not hurt the springs, if that was the case, then springs that set on shelfs for years un-used would go bad, just by setting there, with no load/compression on them at all.

As with anything else in this world, USE makes them wear out, repeated use, many times over, and over and over and over and over.....well you get the idea......
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 7:09:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/23/2004 7:10:17 AM EDT by _DR]
expecting a zombie attack or lawless anarchy?

I just keep mine in bandoliers and stripper clips, and load mags as needed.
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 7:26:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By _DR:
expecting a zombie attack or lawless anarchy?




HEY, you never know....Just wait till you wake up one morning to have ZOMBIE chowing down on your throat, its` teeth riping open your jugular, Ya, then you will wish you would have paid attention in the GD area........
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 8:39:33 AM EDT
I remember a similar question a while ago, one respondant posted that at his army base they stored loaded magazines for years with no ill effects.

So I started loading mine up and stopped worrying about it. I keep 2 loaded USGI mags in the safe. My Sig 229 sits on the nightstand with 10 rounds in the mag plus 1 in the spout.

If it is the compression/decompression of springs that eventually kills them, then mine will last longer than I will- I don't go shooting often enough.

madkiwi



Link Posted: 8/23/2004 9:23:15 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 9:36:38 AM EDT

Originally Posted By _DR:
expecting a zombie attack or lawless anarchy?

I just keep mine in bandoliers and stripper clips, and load mags as needed.



No one expects the Spanish inquisition a zombie attack!



Stupid as it is, I left the theatre after seeing the movie that shall not be named, fighting the urge to buy more mags.
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 9:44:03 AM EDT

Huge difference between a 7rd single stack and 30rd double stack though.


Really? Doesn't seem like it to me. In both cases the spring will be compressed as far as it is designed to be. the spring in the 30rd just happens to be a little longer, wider, and probably heavier gauge metal.

I've also heard that overloading the spring will damage it, so if you manage to load 31 into your 30 then leave it, the spring will gradually lose compression.
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 11:11:35 AM EDT

Originally Posted By HighStrung1:
I have 20 USGI thirty rounders that have been fully loaded since Valentines Day (Feb. 14th) of this year. That's six months. I'll be heading out to the range in a couple of hours. I don't expect any problems. I'll give a full report later on today. My mags are a mix of Sanchez, Cooper, Parsons, La Belles and Adventurelines. None of these mags have ever given me any problems, but this is the longest stretch between loading and firing since I bought my first AR.

HS1




Did your Valentine piss you off???
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 11:18:15 AM EDT
grandpa's springfield 1911 has a mag that was loaded from probably the late 60's til 89. works fine. damned mag has a lanyard loop.
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