Leave Your Magazines Loaded Or Unloaded?
I have often wondered if it really mattered one way or the other if magazines should be left loaded or unloaded. I have heard for many years that leaving them loaded is fine and leaving them unloaded is also fine, but that it is the loading and unloading that actually causes the springs to break down and need replaced. Recently I was cleaning out my pistol safe and found a couple of old 10 round Glock 23 magazines that I purchased with my Glock 23 in 1999. The ban on high capacity magazines was in effect at the time so all I could purchase were the 10 round magazines. Shortly after the ban was lifted I purchased a few 13 round magazines and used them to shoot with whenever I would take the Glock 23 to the range. As an unintended consequence the two 10 round magazines got left in the back of the safe and for the most part forgotten about.
This weekend when I found them I started adding up just how long they had been unused and figured it was pretty close to 10 years. possibly as little as 8 or 9 but they had been sitting loaded for a very long time. So I figured taking these 2 magazines to the range would make a great test to see if it really is safe to store magazines loaded for extended periods of time. Check out the video below to see how the magazines performed!
See How These 2 Magazines Perform After Being Loaded For Nearly 10 Years!
Do you leave your magazines loaded or unloaded? Tell us why or why not in the comments below!
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