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See How These 2 Magazines Perform After Being Loaded For Nearly 10 Years!

See How These 2 Magazines Perform After Being Loaded For Nearly 10 Years!

 

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!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlaBPm2-2ZU&feature=youtu.be

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Dude.
LOADED.

I haven’t had a failure of a spring yet, and some of my mags date back to the mid eighties….

I agree!

I like your info. I too have been around a variety of guns, wilderness reloading etc
Thanks.

Left loaded for how long ?

The old east block AK mags, steel, ribbed, are fine left loaded for years. Usually all steel pistol / rifle / carbine mags are fine left loaded for years. Keep in mind, the ammo should be checked from time to time for corrosion.

If concerned try this. Remove the mag spring and compare it to a new mag spring in terms of length. When spring has shrunk about 3/4 to an inch, I just buy new springs. Wolff makes the best springs, and longest lasting springs.

Some polymer mags should not be left loaded for a long period of time – I’m talking about a year or so. Case can stress and bulge over time. Feed lips might deform a bit too.Just about all firearms manufacturers will tell you just about the same thing.

One last thing. If the last couple rounds are real hard to load, that is a good sign to short load the mag. Otherwise that will have an impact on the life of the spring and might also impact on normal bolt cycling in stripping off the top couple rounds. These mags should not be fully loaded for extended period of time.

Good stuff! Thanks for commenting. The mags I tested were loaded for 10 years. They were doing great! Of course results will vary.

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Preparing a Safe Room

Preparing a Safe Room

Having a Safe Room built into your home or vacation home, survival retreat or bug out bunker is a great option for those who are serious preppers.

A Safe Room is a room that is either built in place during the construction phase of the home or a room that has had reinforcements added to it that will make it strong enough to withstand major weather events or even to keep intruders out and keep you safe from harm.

If you are in a position to build a Safe Room into your new home or want a Safe Room added to your current home this builder may be able to help you out.

www.Ready.Gov offers the following advice to consider when building a Safe Room:

Extreme windstorms in many parts of the country pose a serious threat to buildings and their occupants. Your residence may be built “to code” but that does not mean it can withstand winds from extreme events such as tornadoes and major hurricanes. The purpose of a safe room or a wind shelter is to provide a space where you and your family can seek refuge that provides a high level of protection. You can build a safe room in one of several places in your home.

Safe rooms built below ground level provide the greatest protection, but a safe room built in a first-floor interior room also can provide the necessary protection. Below-ground safe rooms must be designed to avoid accumulating water during the heavy rains that often accompany severe windstorms.

To protect its occupants, a safe room must be built to withstand high winds and flying debris, even if the rest of the residence is severely damaged or destroyed. Consider the following when building a safe room:

The contents of a Safe Room will vary from person to person, but I would recommend having the following items as a minimum for basic survival inside of the Safe Room.

I would also recommend having the following items in the Safe Room to help you extricate yourself incase the door is jammed or debris is blocking your exit or in case the entire house has fallen down on top of your Safe Room.

More likely than not a Safe Room will be utilized for shelter during a high wind extreme weather event, but the possibility does exist that it also could be used to keep yourself or your family safe from intruders or looters (zombies) after a major catastrophe as well.  So be sure to consider the wall thickness, placement of the locks and whether or not the Safe Room looks like a Safe Room from the outside or does it just look like another closet or even a built in cabinet with a hidden door.

For 25 more great tips on how to improve your home security please click the following link to read an article I wrote at: https://www.realitysurvival.com/25-tips-for-increasing-security-at-home/

 

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For building a room in an existing house, what kind of door would be best? Also thanks for the supplies list. Never thought about that.

I would go with a thick steel insulated door on heavy duty hinges. Then I would add additional steel to the back side of the door because a 9mm will shoot right through a regular steel door. Cheers JJ

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