Question about fully loaded vs half loaded clips

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  1. Wraith1031

    Wraith1031 XDTalk Member

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    Someone told me the other day that I shouldn't keep my clips fully loaded unless I was getting ready to go shoot because of them weakening the springs. I can see what they are saying, but have never had or at least never noticed this happening before. Just curious as to what you guys might think about this. Half loaded clips vs fully loaded clips.....what do ya think?
     
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    Mercmar XDTalk 5K Member

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    There's absolutely no problem with leaving clips loaded, as there are no springs that might be affected. Some even say that it's o.k. to leave magazines fully loaded...probably a corrrect assumption. :)
     
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    Cannibul XDTalk 5K Member Founding Member

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    The one on the left is a clip. The one on the right is a magazine. It's very likely that your pistol uses a magazine.
     
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    I leave my magazines full all the time. The way a spring works, it will lose its return force (the spring force) really slowly over time. It will lose more force if it is compressed/stretched beyond its limitations. So as long as you dont take it out and really bend it or try to smash it, it should be fine.

    On a related note, I have heard people say that you should never fully load your magazines, ever.
     
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    Mercmar XDTalk 5K Member

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    I've heard people say that man never really visited the moon! :mrgreen::rolleyes:
     
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    rtparso XDTalk 1K Member

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    I have heard all kinds of "stuff" but I know lots of people that have left their mags loaded for years. The overload of springs is spot on.
     
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    lies!
     
  8. Wraith1031

    Wraith1031 XDTalk Member

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    I meant mags! Lol! Sorry guys but thanks for the imput! Yeah its a brand new XD 40 so it has mags! Lol!
     
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    BigD_htl XDTalk 1K Member

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    ALL LIESSS!!! Secrets and lies! secrets and lies!!! :mrgreen:
    (someone will get where that is from)

    whats the point of having a 13 or 30 round magazine if i'm only gonna put 10 rounds in em

    Load em up
     
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    amishclark XDTalk 2K Member

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    input
     
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    Mine are all fully loaded, I have a hard time imagining myself asking the BG to wait while I load my mags. but that's just me.
     
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    Deadcenter XDTalk 3K Member Founding Member

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    well, I personally fired a M1911 magazine that had been loaded in WW1 ( canvas mag pouch ) and every round went BANG and the magazine worked flawlessly

    Springs wear out from use, compressing and decompressing is what I have been told and read.
     
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    From the metallurgist who I worked with at Sturm Ruger:

    "It doesn't matter. Stress on the springs only occurs during the actual compression/decompression.... Leave 'em loaded forever, and it won't do a thing."

    I trust his opinion on the matter.
     
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    LOL!:p
     
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    s&w22aellafrits XDTalk 2K Member

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    Its all good, keeep them loaded, BUT in a safe place.
     

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