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    Colt mk iv/series 80, mustang 380

    If the weapon's slide is cocked and locked with the safety on, doesn't that position place a continuing, undue and damaging strain on the spring?

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    Nope.

    Leaving springs compressed does not weaken them. Movement of the spring (compression or release) is what causes "weakening".
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    Got it.

    One more question. I ordinarily keep Federal Hydra-Shok JHP in the weapon and spare magazines. However, I use a regular full metal jacket cartridge for target shooting. I was told by a gunsmith at Bass Pro Shops that I should periodically use the Hydra-Shok. Doing so had something to do with the interior of the barrel. That didn't make a ton of common sense at the time. Is there any consensus on what the guy told me?

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    I was told by a gunsmith at Bass Pro Shops that I should periodically use the Hydra-Shok. Doing so had something to do with the interior of the barrel.
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    I think its a good idea to shoot your defensive ammo once in a while so you know what to expect from it (recoil, point of impact) and to make sure the gun still functions with it, but other than that...
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    Thumbs up

    I've got a couple of Mustangs and a Gov't .380 and I agree with Bruce on all points.

    I don't know what the heck the smith is talking about regarding using the Hydra-Shoks pertaining to the barrel.

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