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Long Term Storage by ZorinDenu Long Term Storage by ZorinDenu
Contrary to popular belief, any knowledgeable Armorer or Gunsmith will tell you to ALWAYS store your magazine either fully loaded or empty. Never half loaded or a few rounds short of fully loaded. If you do, then your spring will obtain a “Memory” and may not work reliably beyond the point that you had them stored……………
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Mindwerkz Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This gunsmith agrees. If you don't like the eventual warping of the feed lips that fully loaded storage will cause, store them empty. If you want them ready to go, you've just gotta deal with it. If it really bothers one, they can keep extra mags that they store empty and rotate the ammo between them, giving a couple mags a break every once in awhile. Magpul sells a solution for AR15/M16 style mags: A cover that pushes the rounds down just enough to relieve the pressure on the feed lips. This also makes said loaded mags legal to keep in your locked and declared hard-sided luggage and/or guncases on commercial flights in the USA.

Interesting note on flying with guns - If you have a lockable hard-sided suitcase or w/e it is you fly with (and the laws where you're going allow you to have it), toss an unloaded gun in with your luggage and make sure to declare such when you check your bag. That way you get to stand there and watch as TSA searches your bag, locks it and seals it. No more "lost" electronics or valuables accompanied by a friendly letter from DHS saying "o hai we opened your bag and decided you're not a terrorist or drug smuggler. we totally swear we didn't steal nothin". The whole process takes 5 minutes or less at most airports.

Also, I love how perfectly those fit in there. I'm totally going to start doing that. =P
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ZorinDenu Apr 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the back up brother! I rotate mags every 6 months. I have so many Glock mags that this long term storage solution works perfectly! I label the date and caliber on the outside of the can with simple labels, then I simply slap on a new label with the new date after I rotate them. The picture does not show the internals of the can very well. But I actually made a grid out of black foam, with a solid foam base, and foam about half way up the sides as well, This adds some padding and keeps them standing up straight. I used ¼ inch foam and some quick setup up spray adhesive.


Great tip on flying!
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Mindwerkz Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow. You're really ready to go.
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ZorinDenu Apr 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
I get bored and I have this uncontrollable urge to find fun gun related projects. But I have a feeling you know exactly what I am talking about LOL
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Neukhia Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Both awesome and educational. If only those two things could be combined more often.
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ZorinDenu Apr 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much! I find things are often more easily learned when they are entertaining =)
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:icondarksamuraix1999:
Yup good thing I learned that lesson early before anything regrettable happened. I was almost tempted to leave 5 snap caps in my 1911 mag in storage.
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ZorinDenu Apr 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
It would probably take a a few years left loaded like that before you would notice any problems. It also depends on the type of mag spring you have. There are some modern mags springs that are made of interesting compounds, that last almost forever. But those types of springs are usually found in your higher end magazines. And they are also sold as replacement springs for current factory mags. I use mainly chrome silicon springs, I like the consistent pressure and reliable feeding these types of springs offer
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:icondarksamuraix1999:
Ah okay figures the mags wouldn't have problems that fast. Right now I got the factory ACT mag and two Chips for my 1911.
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ZorinDenu Apr 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
I really like the Chip power mags. They seem to work awesome. One of my former partners carried a set of 1911 mags that remained loaded for 10 years. One day I convinced him to shoot his gun. And they worked fine. And they were just standard GI 7 round Colt mags. I own the mags now, since I bought the gun, darn mags still work LOL
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