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    Bad to leave your magazines full for extended period of time?

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    I believe this was answered before but I couldnt find anything on it.

    I have a PX4 Storm, 9mm, two 10 rd mags.

    I usually have one full of hollow points Hornady selection, is this bad if I leave like this for months at a time?

    Thanks guys!

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    Leave um loaded. I've done so for years at a time. Never had any feeding issues with them.

    Oh wait.....I think I hear the footsteps of someone coming that's gonna disagree with me.

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    Its compression and decompression that wheres them out. Loaded all the time doesnt hurt them at all...

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    There has actually been a long and heated debate about this issue in the past year. There are 2 camps when it comes to keeping them loaded or rotating the mags every few months....... We're all in one or the other. And, people tend to take their side to heart (sometimes too much so).

    If I can find the last thread on this, I will and will post the link. But, in anticipation of what might come... Please keep it civil..... I myself have previously fallen into this topic, and it's easy to have things turn into an argument...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
    There has actually been a long and heated debate about this issue in the past year. There are 2 camps when it comes to keeping them loaded or rotating the mags every few months....... We're all in one or the other. And, people tend to take their side to heart (sometimes too much so).

    If I can find the last thread on this, I will and will post the link. But, in anticipation of what might come... Please keep it civil..... I myself have previously fallen into this topic, and it's easy to have things turn into an argument...
    What do you mean an argument? People start physical threatening each other?

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    I thought I read somewhere on the internet, that arguing about anything and everything, is mandatory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paratrooper View Post
    I thought I read somewhere on the internet, that arguing about anything and everything, is mandatory.
    That's just as good as you saying that you made it up. Internet doesnt have every answer amigo!

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    I have a quirky sense of humor.....so I've been told.

    Some say strange actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paratrooper View Post
    I have a quirky sense of humor.....so I've been told.

    Some say strange actually.
    I tend to agree with those peeps!

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    Bad to leave your magazines full for extended period of time?

    Simple, I believe leaving them loaded won't hurt them a bit, BUT, I still rotate my mags simply because I can. That way if any one mag develops any kind of operational problem I know it - and can remedy or replace it. I also know they get cleaned, lubed and maintained on a regular basis. Nobody gets forgotten.

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    I don't believe you should ever lube a magazine. I don't anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paratrooper View Post
    I thought I read somewhere on the internet, that arguing about anything and everything, is mandatory.
    Yes, if it is on the internet, it must be true

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    Quote Originally Posted by rayf View Post
    I don't believe you should ever lube a magazine. I don't anyway.


    A very good point, and not one that is often brought up. Kudos to you!

    Clean them, but NEVER lube them.

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    Why never lube them?

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    Re: Bad to leave your magazines full for extended period of time?

    What is there to lube? Springs don't rub against each other so nothing to lube there. Is the piece inside plastic or steel? If steel then I guess they do rub and there is a chance of some rust. Guess I never really thought about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLAGuy View Post
    Why never lube them?

    Because lube will attract and hold dirt and stuff. Nothing in a magazine needs to be lubricated. The follower is typically made of a plastic or nylon blend, and is self lubricating. The base plate is either metal or plastic. Although the spring does move, it doesn't do it so fast that it builds up any friction and creates heat.

    I don't like any kind of lube around any of my ammo. Lube just doesn't belong in a mag.

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    The magazine in my nightstand gun stays loaded all the time. The other ones I leave empty. I don't rotate my mags. Between my nightstand gun and the shotgun which I also always keep loaded, I think I have all my bases covered.

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    I'd be interested to hear a view on this from those in the military. Surely they have a protcol for sidearms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2AFan View Post
    I'd be interested to hear a view on this from those in the military. Surely they have a protcol for sidearms.
    True, has anyone here outta curiosity had a magazine issue in a pinch?

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    leave them loaded.

    if you feel the need to unload them, go to the range.

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