Beretta 96 factory mags, springs wore out very quickly in storage?
I bought my Beretta 96fs at a gun show back in november, around a month ago. The gun was in good condition, and came with 2 factory, silver colored, 10 round mags. I do believe it was used, and not new, but in great condition.
At the same gun show I also bought 2 18 round mags. Both the 10 and 18 rounds are the same size, but the guy told me the 10 rounds were probably designed that way for other state restrictions...anyways, my problem..
When I first started loading my magazines, the 10 round magazines were EXTREMELY hard to load. I felt like I almost broke my thumb when loading them. The 18's on the other hand, which were unused, loaded very easily.
I have kept all my magazines loaded for a couple weeks, shot them all about one or twice. Anyways, today when cycle testing my gun, I got bad problems with the 10 round mags. It's as if almost every single bullet was getting stuck on the metal in the magazine, as if the spring was weak or something. I got failure to feed on every single round in the 10 round magazines. The last time I shot them about 2 weeks ago, I had no problems though.
Why could this be? If my 10 round mags are jamming on every round, I might as well throw them out. I have kept my 18 round mags loaded and have had no such problems with them.
My friend is a machinist and insist that springs will not be worn out by sitting idly in a gun, and even so manufacturers design the springs to be stronger than they need to be. He explained that loaded mags sitting wont cause the spring to weaken because there is no movement, and that only compression and decompression will weaken it. He basically said, how can you even think a spring can become weaker if there's no movement occurring with it, it would defy physics almost?
Another theory I had is that maybe the mags need to be oiled? Though I wouldn't know how to do this, or why they would wear out in such a short time
Re: Beretta 96 factory mags, springs wore out very quickly in storage?
+1. The beretta mags should have a little "pb" stamped on the bottom of the floor plate
Originally Posted by paratrooper