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Old 04-24-2014, 05:15 PM   #1
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Loaded Magazines

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I have not been able to shoot too often but want to have a ready to use 1911 on hand.

Does it "damage" a magazine to have it loaded for extended periods…like weeks? Should it be not a full mag to preserve the spring? Should I routinely cycle my mags?

Just don't want to have to need it and have it mis-fire due to stressed spring etc.

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Old 04-24-2014, 05:19 PM   #2
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No it doesn't harm a magazine to keep it loaded for extended periods of time. I've found 2 loaded magazines in the back of my gun safe that have probably sat there for a couple of years, the next time I went to the range I shot them and they functioned perfectly.
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I always leave at least one magazine fully loaded in case the unthinkable happens. I don't think spring steel is hurt by being under pressure....that's what it is designed to do. And I sure don't want to be trying to load a magazine while under attack.
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Originally Posted by PorscheVille View Post
I always leave at least one magazine fully loaded in case the unthinkable happens. I don't think spring steel is hurt by being under pressure....that's what it is designed to do. And I sure don't want to be trying to load a magazine while under attack.
Agreed. I have at least one, usually two or three, of every caliber I own loaded and sitting in the gun safe. As PorcheVille said, in case the unthinkable happens.
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I keep at least two magazines loaded. As was said "just in case!"
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Old 04-24-2014, 06:22 PM   #6
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Thanks guys,

Seems like I read somewhere about springs being fatigued and having to be replaced.

I will always shoot with said mag but just find I am unable to get out as much as I'd like and it's been sitting for ~ 3 weeks now!

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Fatigue comes from compression + release + compression + .....
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Full magazines are under static pressure. Static pressure does not fatigue a spring. Little engineering lingo. LOL. I was a manufacturing engineer in a previous life.
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Originally Posted by Dude22 View Post
Full magazines are under static pressure. Static pressure does not fatigue a spring. Little engineering lingo. LOL. I was a manufacturing engineer in a previous life.
Before you became a full time beer drinker and part-time smartass? LOL
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Originally Posted by Dude22 View Post
Full magazines are under static pressure. Static pressure does not fatigue a spring. Little engineering lingo. LOL. I was a manufacturing engineer in a previous life.
Yeah. Static pressure. That's what I meant!
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