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5 thoughts on “Should You Store Your Magazines Loaded Or Unloaded?

  1. Dude.

    I haven’t had a failure of a spring yet, and some of my mags date back to the mid eighties….

  2. Left loaded for how long ?

    The old east block AK mags, steel, ribbed, are fine left loaded for years. Usually all steel pistol / rifle / carbine mags are fine left loaded for years. Keep in mind, the ammo should be checked from time to time for corrosion.

    If concerned try this. Remove the mag spring and compare it to a new mag spring in terms of length. When spring has shrunk about 3/4 to an inch, I just buy new springs. Wolff makes the best springs, and longest lasting springs.

    Some polymer mags should not be left loaded for a long period of time – I’m talking about a year or so. Case can stress and bulge over time. Feed lips might deform a bit too.Just about all firearms manufacturers will tell you just about the same thing.

    One last thing. If the last couple rounds are real hard to load, that is a good sign to short load the mag. Otherwise that will have an impact on the life of the spring and might also impact on normal bolt cycling in stripping off the top couple rounds. These mags should not be fully loaded for extended period of time.

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