True- but it’s stored inside a sealed bedside safe. Not super concerned with dirt and grime in there. More curious about any effects it might have on the springs?Actually, it is a good way to let dust, dirt and grime (or other larger objects) into the exposed chamber.
I’ve got a buddy that’s an amputee. He doesn’t wear his prosthetic when he sleeps, which makes it difficult to rack one-handed. He can open his safe one handed, and able to grab the gun out of the safe, but in a SHTF scenario, is concerned with accidentally discharging the weapon in the safe if it loaded, as the only safety is the trigger safety on this weapon.Is there any reason to store it that way? If there is, I'd like to hear the reasoning behind it.
The reason I would think not to, would be the recoil spring. That is the only part that may wear by doing this.
Here is the recommendation from Wolff Springs:I was under the impression just sitting loaded, or unloaded won't do any harm to the magazine. It's repeated compression and decompression that wears it out eventually.
https://www.gunsprings.com/index.php?page=FAQ#question55. 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.
During this initial phase, I also wore out several sets of magazines, noting that the follower springs tended to get soft after a month or so if the magazines were left fully loaded with 17 rounds. As a result, after replacing the springs, I decided to experiment a bit, loading them with only 15 rounds instead of the usual 17.
https://www.tactical-life.com/combat-handguns/glock-17-9mm-torture-test/Within a short period of time, it became obvious that the remedy worked. The magazines functioned perfectly even after extended time periods when so loaded. In fact, though they’re the old type that didn’t drop freely from the weapon, I still have four of them and even after thousands and thousands of rounds, and they still work reliably.
After talking with Wolff and FN I have to say the article is absolutely correct. I asked Wolff if they had and were willing to share test data that demonstrated the "average" life of their magazine springs. The lady I spoke with went to the owner and returned with a response that the information was proprietary which suggests to me their springs are not materially superior compared to OEM springs. The individual at FN came much closer to confirming what the article described re material, production, maintenance and environmental factors. Their bottom line was the springs could last a very long time....years if conditions were good.Acknowledging the OP was originally speaking about leaving a slide opened, again this is all about the physics of a spring and hope the magazine discussion will apply as well.
Your link does not open with me... Is there another?Good stuff all of this... https://www.luckygunner.com/lounge/magazine-springs-and-ammo-cycling/
So, to your point, any idea what percentage of load a spring would be under in the locked open position?Your link does not open with me... Is there another?Good stuff all of this... https://www.luckygunner.com/lounge/magazine-springs-and-ammo-cycling/
The material is a lot, but not all.
We live in the real world, and s*** happens...
Even a reliable manufacturer can have deviations in quality.
There may also be local damage to the surface of the spring. Scratches, dents, corrosion marks. All these are possible causes of problems.
This especially applies to such heavily operating springs as the recoil springs.
Therefore, in any case, the recoil springs should not be left for a long time in a compressed state.
Mag. springs operating in relatively light conditions are less prone to problems. But if, for a long time, there is no way to verify them, it will be better to store them in a state of not more than 50-70% of the full load.