How often should you unload your concealed carry firearm magazine?
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    How often should you unload your concealed carry firearm magazine?

    How often should you unload your concealed carry firearm magazine?
    These questions seems to pop up a lot; How often should I empty my magazine? Should I alternate magazines? What happens to my springs?

    The truth is this; If you are running a modern firearm, keeping your magazines full will not hurt them in the long run. A well-manufactured spring in your magazine is designed to hold the load of rounds for long periods of time and should not weaken the spring to the point of being useless. Some manufacturers will say to alternate magazines x-amount of months, but it is our understanding that most do not even mention it in their literature.

    There are benefits to unloading your magazines, such as cleaning. If you carry the same magazine with the same rounds on a daily basis, dirt and debris will naturally start to build up. Every once in a while, it is recommended to unload and give everything a nice cleaning. This includes the rounds that are in the magazine. A quick wipe with a towel (make sure not to leave debris from the towel on any rounds) should do the trick.

    Another thing to keep in mind if you live in a warmer climate; Remember that your body sweats, and sweat can make its way into a magazine. While most modern manufactured ammo is extremely well put together, you always run the risk of moisture making its way into a round. We personally cycle through carry ammo every few months, especially during the summer, but that is completely up to you. It’s more of a ‘better safe than sorry’ mentality for us.

    So there you have it. After much research and personal experience, that is our two cents on the subject.

    Carry On.

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    Mine Never Stay Loaded Very Long

    I tend to "unload" my magazines at the range, and I unload them as often as I can get there.

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    I have no weapons that are unloaded. ONLY when cleaning or changing out to range ammo are they unloaded. Even at the range I always have one on me that's Cocked & Locked with SJHP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mappow View Post
    I have no weapons that are unloaded. ONLY when cleaning or changing out to range ammo are they unloaded. Even at the range I always have one on me that's Cocked & Locked with SJHP.
    As to the question, a lot of ideas I do not know what is the best, I have had no issue with Glock or 1911's. I use Factory Glock and MecGar 1911's and keep them full. Now as to the issue of at the range cocked and locked, you bet. I would not be on a range with out a back-up for just in case. I may use my Glock to punch paper but I will have another on my hip. I think uloading and loading the mags are a reason for spring faults but I do not know.
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    The only deterioration that takes place is the continuing loaded and unloaded stress on the springs in the magazines, whether this happens because you like to unload your magazines or you do so when shooting your firearm. It is the contrasting stress on the magazine spring in the loaded and then the unloaded position that ultimately is the problem. Kind of like taking a piece of metal and continually bending it back and forth--it eventually will fail, but if left in a bent position it will just stay bent and will remain so. As far as the cartridges are concerned, they are nice and "comfy" like "pigs in a blanket' albeit dangerous pigs.

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    Metal has memory. If the design is high tensile strength then it should not be a problem. If you have some off brand Chinese type there could be problems.
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    The OP is correct... but for those who still don't believe... look at it economically: A new Glock magazine costs $30.00, a new Glock magazine costs $6. Your life is priceless. Always have extra mags, always keep extra springs. If you find a magazine starting to act up at the range, replace the spring. End of story.


    EDIT: I meant to say a new magazine costs $30 and a new magazine SPRING costs $6. Sorry for the confusion.
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    Mine gets unloaded every time it gets cleaned. Which means that it is frequently unloaded and reloaded.
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    I load and unload mine carry when I go to the range. I have had mags that have not been unloaded for years and they still work fine. But I also agree, keep a few extra springs on hand and change out if the mag gives any problems.

    At either the indoor or outdoor I use you cannot bring loaded weapons in. It is for safety that both ranges that they do that.

  11. I keep all my magazines loaded. Only time they are not is a range session with target ammo loaded. I don't make it to the range much any more, so carry ammo is the order of the day. Same for pmags for the long gun. Don't worry, be happy!
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