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PMAGS - can be kept loaded?

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by MIJoe, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. MIJoe

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    Greetings and sorry if this has been discussed before.

    Just bought t a few PMAGS after hearing mostly great comments abolut them.

    My question is: can they be left fully loaded for extended periods of time?

    Thanks for input.

    Joe
     
  2. mvician

    mvician Lifetime Member

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    Yes, just keep the cover snapped in place, it take the tension off of the feedlips.
     

  3. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

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    Yep.

    I don't use the covers, except on mags that are in long term storage. My 7 ready mags, and anytime I'm down range, my mags sit open. I've yet to have any issues.
     
  4. javelinadave

    javelinadave Hebrew Hammer

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    I have musket magazines that I loaded in Valley Forge.

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    I would use the covers to save the feed lips on a P-Mag but other than that they should outlast you.:whistling:
     
  5. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr CLM

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    'Stick,.....do you down-load them, or keep them at 30?
     
  6. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

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    30.

    I've never seen a reason to download magazines. If I'm going to be in a gunfight, I want to bring every round I can get my grubby little fingers on. And I've yet to have a mag go bad from storage.

    I do have a female CE who loads 28' so she can chamber magazines in her M-4 though. It makes life easier on her, so she runs with it.
     
  7. MIJoe

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    Thanks guys for all input
     
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    faawrenchbndr CLM

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    I never could figure that out,.......Years ago we had al old crusty
    MSgt that always preached about down-loading mags.
    Of course he cut his teeth in Viet Nam, so he had MANY wierd habits.
     
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    AK_Stick AAAMAD

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    With the older USGI mags, springs and followers, it can help reduce double feeds. For weaker shooters or inexperienced guys, it can help if you don't ram a mag home well enough on a closed bolt. Some of the older guys who were in charge when I first showed up were hard about that.

    With the new springs and magpul followers, its really a concern of the past. I've run 27 rounds of ball, 3 rounds of tracer in the bottom in every duty mag I've ever carried. I've yet to have a problem attributed to loading to advertised capacity.
     
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    I keep the Pmags in my active shooter rig loaded with 28 and have not had any problems. I guess I would use the cover for long term storage, but don't think it would really be necessary.
     
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    faawrenchbndr CLM

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    That all maks perfect sense,..... most of us didn't listen to Big Mac much.
    He was a great guy but way superstitious. He did save my azz from a viper
    in '90
     
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    RMTactical Battle Born CLM

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    I keep mine loaded. No problems so far.
     
  13. Ljunatic

    Ljunatic On The Fringe

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    IIRC, the Pmag was designed specifically to overcome the issue of fully inserting a magazine filled to capacity
     
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    What would you gentlemen consider to be "long term"? A few weeks? 10 years?

    I always download one just to make it easier to seat the mag on a closed bolt.
     
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    RMTactical Battle Born CLM

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    6 months or longer?
     
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    I keep mine loaded to 30 all the time. If I use it, I'll reload them when I get home. I don't like empty mags. I've never had issues loading them with a closed bolt either.
     
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    AK_Stick AAAMAD

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    I've got 7 P-mags that are my home "duty mags" they've been loaded about a year now. I'll probably take them out, shoot them, and reload them in the next few months.

    I have another P-mag thats been my first in the gun mag, for over two years now.

    The rest get loaded and stored till they go to the range, usually every 3-6 weeks, and then the cycle starts over.
     
  18. reaper8154

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    You wont have issues with a tac reload and pmags. I have had and seen a few issues with tac reloads and USGI mags.

    I load my pmags to 28 partly from habit, and partly because I also have loaded USGI mags in my patrol car. When you shoot somebody they count all of the rounds left in your mags to figure out how many times you shot. Just simpler for me to keep them all at 28.
     
  19. RossBotha

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    P-mags are great, 28 per mag makes sense. Seats easier and it's still plenty.
     
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    Yeah, I do the same thing, only at 30. With the some bean counters around, they don't strike me as smart enough to realize or remember that a 30 round magazine was downloaded to 28. So I load to 30, and forget about them. Plus, I like all the ammo I can bring.

    I haven't had problems seating USGI magazines fully loaded into my rifles. I just give them a little pressure/bump, and give them a tug to make sure they seated.

    Been thinking about PMAGs now for a while, but I don't know if they will fit in my S&W. Been looking for somebody that has them to test it out.