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  • Shotgun Jeremy

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    Often times, I hear people say not to keep your AR mags loaded because it wears out the spring. I even hear it be said not to fully load a mag because it wears them out. So when you guys carry, do y'all swap out mags? How long do you think a mag can stay loaded before its time to swap? Do you keep your hammer fired weapons cocked and locked?
     

    TXARGUY

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    I keep a ton of mags loaded in all calibers. Some have been loaded for years. I've never had a single problem with the springs wearing out or forming "memory".

    Leave 'em loaded. You're fine.
     

    Major Kong

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    I keep a ton of mags loaded in all calibers. Some have been loaded for years. I've never had a single problem with the springs wearing out or forming "memory".

    Leave 'em loaded. You're fine.

    Agreed.

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    rsayloriii

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    Often times, I hear people say not to keep your AR mags loaded because it wears out the spring. I even hear it be said not to fully load a mag because it wears them out. So when you guys carry, do y'all swap out mags? How long do you think a mag can stay loaded before its time to swap? Do you keep your hammer fired weapons cocked and locked?

    It's not the compression that wears out springs. It is the use (loading/unloading) that wears the springs out. As long as you don't over compress or stretch a spring, then leaving it loaded isn't going to ever wear it out. So, if the magazine is designed for 10 rounds, and you put 10 rounds in it, then you should not have any problems leaving it there and then it being ready when you need it. If you were to put 11 rounds in a 10 round magazine, however, then you're over compressing the spring and can cause it to not rebound correctly.

    As far as cocked and locked, yes. The worst thing you'd want in a situation of need is to either have to cock the hammer, or to chamber a round. I wouldn't, however, have it cocked without the safety on if it has an external safety. Glocks et al, without external safety/hammer, are a totally different thing. I'd have no problem carrying them with a round in the chamber without a safety.
     

    Shotgun Jeremy

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    Dammit! You guys and your knowledge are being buzzkills! I already know mags are just fine staying loaded - I'm constantly trting to educate others about this. :D I was hoping to catch some people who believed the loaded mag myth and have fun with them!

    You guys suck :p lol

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    jrbfishn

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    Had that same discussion with a customer this morning. He is going to leave them unloaded, hope he dont need them in a hurry


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