I have a Walther P22 and like to keep the magazines loaded all the time. Use the gun every day, for self protection when walking. Will keeping the magazines loaded have a major impact on the reliability of the pistol?
An unloaded magazine will reliably be as useful as a small metal stick for defense. And an unloaded gun makes for a great paperweight...
Constantly loading and unloading of the rounds in a mag will wear down the spring. Leaving a mag loaded will not. Springs fatigue through "cycling", not constant loading.
Leave them loaded, and in a safe place. A strong spring is a reliable spring. A reliable mag leads to a reliable gun, as most Failures to Fire (FTF) are mag-related.
Then get a nice matching 9mm or bigger for defense, and practice a lot with the P22.
Thanks for the information. I fell better now about leaving the magazines loaded.
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