View Full Version : Storing magazines loaded damage?

06-13-2010, 12:29 AM
Can storing my mags loaded make the springs wear out pre mature?

06-13-2010, 1:06 AM

I stored several magazines fully loaded for 20 months. They all worked and still work 100%.

06-13-2010, 1:11 AM
ditto..springs will only function less if you keep placing wear on them by loading and unloading the mag

06-13-2010, 3:27 AM
It isn't the wear on the springs from loading and unloading. A mag spring under constant tension from being loaded will loose some of its force. After long, loaded storage, it may not be able to push up the first couple of rounds. Loaded mags need to be taken to the range and cycled to make sure their springs aren't dead.

I recommend leaving one round out of a stored, loaded mag. Leave out 2 if you are fortunate enough to have pre-ban hi-caps.

06-13-2010, 6:32 AM
Leaving the magazine loaded will not hurt anything new. The springs only wear when they're in motion, i.e. loading and unloading. I've had magazines loaded for years and never had an issue with the spring force diminishing.

Besides, a new spring is really cheap, and worth having your mags loaded and ready to go.

06-13-2010, 6:48 AM
Just to be on the safe side, I only put one round less than half in loaded magazines. Would have to grab a bunch of mags in a "situation". Hopefully, authorities will be called neighbors and be there in before I run out of ammo.......


06-13-2010, 6:56 AM
Had a set of Smith & Wesson 459 9mm factory magazines loaded continuously for roughly 24 years. Took them out to the range one day and they fired without a hitch.

06-13-2010, 9:31 AM
All of my magazines for every pistol I own stay loaded. It doesn't hurt anything & even if it did the replacement springs are cheap.

06-13-2010, 9:48 AM
I've never had any problems while shooting with the mags that I keep continuously loaded.

06-13-2010, 4:56 PM
In the good old days, spring steel was not what it is today---I have personally left quite a few reasonably modern magazines fully loaded for many years at a time with no ill effects---however, older mags may lose their spring tension.