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Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by mikiep, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. mikiep

    mikiep

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    Mas,

    Everyone has their own opinion on this question so, I need one answer from an expert. I'm interested in your take about rotating magazines so, not to wear out or weaken the mag spring. Is there rule of thumb? I have heard so many answers it's like you ask 10 people you get 10 different answers.
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  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

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    Mike, as you know, it's a contentious topic. It breaks down to folks who were told in metallurgy class that in theory springs shouldn't take a set from compression; people who haven't experienced mags taking a set; and people who have. I take from that, that some people HAVE had problems. That's reason enough for me to take a conservative route and swap out mags. So, of course, is the fact that I've seen long-loaded mags take a set, and talked to armorers who've seen it, too.

    So, taking a "belt and suspenders" approach of "erring on the side of caution," I try to empty out mags and let them rest at six month intervals.

    best,
    Mas