How long can I keep my magazines loaded?

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  1. ysacres

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    Andrew
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    (2/20/02 1:44:38 pm)
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    I am making the switch from a revolver to auto and am concerned that if I keep my pistol loaded all the time for self defense that the mag springs won't function when I need them. Assuming that I use gov issue or better 7 round mags, is this a viable concern? Would I need to switch mags every month or so? I have read/heard different things and I am confused

    AntiqueDr
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    With newer, high-quality magazines that should not be a concern. However, some of us old-school types still rotate our mags each month out of habit.
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    rayra
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    (2/20/02 8:19:26 pm)
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    ^-- what he said.


    shooter45 us
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    (2/20/02 11:57:05 pm)
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    Yep.

    Zigzag2
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    (2/21/02 6:49:45 am)
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    yep yep

    Xracer
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    (2/21/02 8:58:06 am)
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    A couple of years ago, while cleaning out some stuff in the garage, I found an old fishing tackle box that I kept small gun parts in. In it was also a fully loaded GI M1911 magazine. Thing must've been in there for 20 years.....and it still worked fine.

    That having been said, I still like to give 'em a rest after a month or so.

    Alphamale
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    yup
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