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Old 09-02-2013, 02:50 PM   #11
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Question from a newbie here:
In terms of spring function and longevity, how bad is it to leave ammo loaded in the mags and/or the chamber? How long would you have to leave those springs compressed in order for them to possibly not function properly?
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:13 PM   #12
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Compression is not what wears out springs. Cycling between compressed and relaxed states is what does it. There have been reports of M1911 magazines that were left loaded for fifty years, and functioned with perfect reliability when fired.

Load 'em up and leave 'em that way with confidence.
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:41 PM   #13
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Exactly. My Colt 1911's original mag had been loaded except for range time and cleaning since I bought it 30 yrs ago. No issues.
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:33 PM   #14
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Compression is not what wears out springs. Cycling between compressed and relaxed states is what does it. There have been reports of M1911 magazines that were left loaded for fifty years, and functioned with perfect reliability when fired.

Load 'em up and leave 'em that way with confidence.
Thanks guys. Good to know. It makes perfect sense as most police firearms probably spend most of their life loaded against the springs in a state of readiness.
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Old 07-13-2015, 12:11 AM   #15
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This thread is making me laugh.

It is truly a thread to keep on going here.

I found a spring in a handgun (semi auto) inserted wrong and immediately corrected it. The nose has to be supported to feed the ammunition.

Without significant nose support no ammunition is delivered into the chamber....
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Exactly. My Colt 1911's original mag had been loaded except for range time and cleaning since I bought it 30 yrs ago. No issues.

Mine goes back to 1972 . Still working I got 1 WWII mag I never changed in . Its now a range mag .
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wait, are we still talking about magazines?
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Old 12-16-2018, 06:07 PM   #18
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I took apart one of my PPK/S magazines, the one with the flush fitting plate and correct me if I am wrong but it looks like there is only one way the spring can go in there. It should be totally obvious if you've got in in the wrong way.
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...correct me if I am wrong but it looks like there is only one way the spring can go in there. ...
There are four possible ways. Two are correct.

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There are four possible ways. Two are correct.

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I guess I got lucky then. It didn't seem like it was easy to screw up. If you turn the spring in the opposite direction from the magazine lip it's pretty obvious that it's not seated right.

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