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Posted: 8/2/2009 2:32:14 PM EST
topic says it all
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 2:34:54 PM EST
Its just like the mag being full or the hammer back.

Springs get weak from use.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 2:35:30 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/2/2009 2:39:04 PM EST by Silver-Gun_Superman]
Why would you want to do that? If nothing else, just put a chamber flag in it. Minimal stress on the spring

ETA perhaps you inherited/bought a pistol that was stored in such a manner, and are contemplating if you should get new springs?
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 2:36:02 PM EST
Originally Posted By TC6969:
Its just like the mag being full or the hammer back.

Springs get weak from use.


thats what I figured just wanted to double check
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 2:38:20 PM EST
springs get weak from compression and decompression-lots of it. storing it in slidelock is fine
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 2:47:06 PM EST
I don't think there is any adverse impact on the springs if they are mil spec. The only thing I have ever heard on this topic was a few years ago a lady was clearing out the attic and found a loaded .45 mag from WWII. For some 50 years the mag spring was compressed. The mag fed and otherwise functioned fine.

This is not to say that it is a good practice, but I don't think there is any hard evidence out there that long term mil spec spring compression is no-go.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 2:51:22 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 2:57:02 PM EST
It's certainly not the worst thing you can do for a handgun, but ... why?
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 2:58:28 PM EST

Originally Posted By TC6969:
Its just like the mag being full or the hammer back.

Springs get weak from use.


Use being repeated compression and decompression.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 2:59:38 PM EST
Spring would not be an issue however what holds it in the locked position can take to bending or changing shape.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 3:07:04 PM EST
I do it routinely at work to identify the uncleaned guns. I may be the Armory Sup. but I aint cleanin the damn guns someone else dirtied up! To answer your question, it hasn't hurt any of them. All Beretta M9's
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 3:09:55 PM EST
Why do you want to do this?
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 3:15:01 PM EST
I think the reason you leave the action open on any gun is to be absolutely positively sure its safe. Sure a chamber flag is better, but if you don't have one, leave those actions OPEN after a day of shooting until you can clean them.

I got into this practice years ago after starting to clean a Browning .22 pistol. As always, I cycle and visually inspect the chamber before cleaning...and a round popped out. Damn, and I am really anal about gun safety (ex-USMC).

After this, when I'm done shooting at the range, I case the guns with the actions open. They will sometimes stay like this for a month and I've never had a problem. Worst case...you can always replace a $10 spring (although I've never had to)...you can't replace a life.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 3:52:15 PM EST
Originally Posted By Tomato_Thrower:
I think the reason you leave the action open on any gun is to be absolutely positively sure its safe. .


this

I was planning on keeping all my handguns in the safe on the top shelf locked open just for extra you can never be to sure.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 4:32:57 AM EST
You can't be too safe. You might want to look into some chamber flags...they are really cheap. Until them leave 'em open. Everything has to take a back seat to safety.

Link Posted: 8/3/2009 4:37:01 AM EST
Originally Posted By sirbordsalot311:
springs get weak from compression and decompression-lots of it. storing it in slidelock is fine


This claim is being challenged more and more each day. I found a link one day here to some people who did a 5 year study on magazine springs. Though the magazines still worked flawlessly, the spring tension WAS ACTUALLY WEAKENED.

If I can find it, I'll make a new thread about it...
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 4:39:05 AM EST

Originally Posted By snakes19:
Originally Posted By Tomato_Thrower:
I think the reason you leave the action open on any gun is to be absolutely positively sure its safe. .


this

I was planning on keeping all my handguns in the safe on the top shelf locked open just for extra you can never be to sure.
just buy some chamber flags

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