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Mag springs

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by G21MAN, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. G21MAN


    Jul 9, 2005
    Gilbert, AZ
    Hey Mas:

    I have a G26 that is loaded minus one in the mags and shot very little. How many years can I leave those springs compressed before changing them?
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

    Nov 6, 2005
    The research of scientist Mike Izumi showed that downloading by one greatly reduces stress load on springs. Some folks have kept their Glock mags full up for 20 years and experienced no problem; some Glock armorers tell me they routinely find mags that need new springs upon inspection.

    Best bet: have a new mag spring handy (you'll need it eventually anyway.) Each time you clean your mags, compare the springs to the new one. When the old ones are 2 coils shorter, change.