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Old 05-15-2019, 03:58 PM   #1
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How long can a magazine sit loaded before you need to replace the spring?

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Old 05-15-2019, 04:15 PM   #2
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A long time. Magazine springs wear from use (cycling), not from sitting compressed.
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Many years, keeping a spring compressed isn't what wears it out, loading and unloading the magazine will wear the spring much faster.
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17 years, plus 11 months, plus 18 weeks, plus 97 hours.....give or take a little.
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It's a non-issue - don't worry about it.
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Old 05-15-2019, 04:39 PM   #6
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17 years, plus 11 months, plus 18 weeks, plus 97 hours.....give or take a little.
Cool! Spring wars!!!

I say 19 years, 8 months, 4 days, 8 hours!

lol!!!


Seriously, as has been said, cycling causes wear not sitting idle.
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I'm an Old Fart. I have never changed a magazine spring.

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Think of it this way, as a LEO I had my Sig P220 loaded 24/7/365 From 1992 when I started carrying it as a duty sidearm, until 2009 when I finally replaced it with a 226. During that time I did upgrade from 7 round mags to 8, changed the night sights and such but it was always loaded with 1 in the chamber. Yes I would clean it and use it for practice, but I didn't unload it when storing it after shift, don't recall any other officers doing that either.
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Is this like the “what sound does a falling tree make in the forest when no one is around to hear it.”
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Thanks all, I appreciate it
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Forever + 1 day.
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17 years, plus 11 months, plus 18 weeks, plus 97 hours.....give or take a little.
Indefinitely, if kept in a mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnalls' porch.
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Echoing what Sarge 1998 said about his P220. I was issued a new P229 in 1995 that I carried as my duty gun until my September 2014 retirement. It had the German mags, one of which split at the weld at the lip after ten years of use, and had to be replaced with a newer Italian made magazine. During all that time, I kept six fully loaded magazines, and as an agency firearms instructor/trainer I conservatively fired over 30 K rounds through that gun using the same magazines. I never changed out magazine springs, and the only magazine problem I had was when a synthetic base plate cracked from repeatedly hitting concrete floors at the FLETC range.
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Spring has sprung.
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