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Old 11-17-2015, 07:53 PM
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I have a glock 22. 40 caliber of course. How long will the standard clips hold rounds without the spring wearing out?
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Old 11-17-2015, 07:56 PM
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You are correct. US rednecks call em different things
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Google both. Each will show up
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When I had a Glock 17 back 25 years ago, I would relax springs every 4 months and unload the mags.

When I got the Glock 22 20 years ago and the older and lazier I got, I was lucky to unload them every few years. I never had any of my Glock 22 mags fail to fire. My mags were switched once, I believe by the armorer.

They will last a long time even when rarely unloaded....
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If your mags get to where the last round doesn't feed, then replace the springs.... I would not worry about them for 20 years anyway....My dept rarely replace them only if they were malfunctioning.
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Thanks. I unload them at my property at least every 6 months. But always keep It full mag under the mattress the rest
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Spring still strong putting number 12 in
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Old 11-17-2015, 08:34 PM
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Springs in modern mags get worn out by cycling. Not compression for a fixed point of time.

Keep them loaded with one round short in a pistol, on your AR (or other direct impingement weapon), you should pull the mag apart and clean it, because the impingement shoves blowback down through the rounds and the mag catches it, causes feed problems after 300 rounds.
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Originally Posted by outerbanxer View Post
Springs in modern mags get worn out by cycling. Not compression for a fixed point of time.
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This. Leaving a mag loaded doesn't hurt it. You wear the springs more by repeated loading and emptying it.
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If your mags get to where the last round doesn't feed, then replace the springs.... I would not worry about them for 20 years anyway....My dept rarely replace them only if they were malfunctioning.
I bought a Glock 17 brand new about 5 years ago as my first handgun. At first I used it often but then went almost a year without firing it but left a full mag of 9mm HP in it. When i finally brought it back to the range the gun jammed a couple of times. I changed the mag out to one that had been stored with no rounds in it and had no problems. It could have just been a bad mag but ever since then I leave the mag only 3/4 or so full and haven't had a problem since.
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I never unload springs unless it's by pulling the trigger
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I only keep five rounds in each of mine so they don't wear out. I hope like hell I can hit the SOB with five shots




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Forever.

I have a rather nice auto made in 1908 and the original magazine works perfectly.
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Originally Posted by Halfmoon View Post
I only keep five rounds in each of mine so they don't wear out. I hope like hell I can hit the SOB with five shots




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This came up on a handgun forum and a guy quoted Wolff Gunsprings. I looked and it is from their site's FAQ. Seems 1911s are fine and newer mags not so much.

[QUOTE Below is a message from Wolff Gunsprings:

5. How often should I change magazine spring? Should I unload my magazines, rotate magazines, load with fewer than the maximum rounds?
Magazine springs in semi-auto pistols are one of the most critical springs and are the subject of much debate and concern. Magazines which are kept fully loaded for long periods of time, such as in law enforcement and personal/home defense applications, will generally be subject to more fatigue than the weekend shooter's magazine springs in which the magazines are loaded up only when shooting.

Magazine design and capacity also affect the longevity of the spring. In many older pistol designs, maximum capacity was not the always the goal such as with the 7 round 1911 Colt magazines will last for years fully loaded. There was room for more spring material in these guns which reduces overall stress and increases the usable life of the spring.

More recently higher capacity magazine have become popular. These are designed to hold more rounds with less spring material often in the same space. This puts more stress on the spring and will cause it to fatigue at a faster rate. Unloading these magazines a round or two will help the life of the spring. Rotating fully loaded magazines will also help the problem somewhat but it is not always practical.

In applications where the magazine must be kept loaded at all times, a high quality magazine spring such as Wolff extra power magazine springs, will provide maximum life. Regular replacement of magazine springs will provide the best defense against failure from weak magazine springs. Regular shooting of the pistol is the best way to be sure the springs are still functioning reliably. END QUOTE]
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