Monday, October 15, 2012

Max Speax Followup (Joe Speax To)

Joe at Prepping to Survive had a followup comment to the question posed to Max regarding mags that I thought warranted a post:

5. Would like some advice on how long magazines for the AR15 and M1A should remain loaded (less one round left out while stored away.).

Anonymous - That's a great question and one that's frequently asked. There's seems to be a lot of misinformation out there about it.

I've done a fair amount of research and experimenting of late and have found that there is a difference in spring fatigue and spring creep

Spring fatigue (the continued compression and expansion of a spring) is a real concern for magazines. The more you shoot, reload, and shoot, the quicker your magazine springs will begin to fatigue.

However, spring creep (simply keeping the spring compressed for a long period of time as in a storage situation) is not a concern.

So, the short answer is, keep them loaded. If you're interested in a long discussion, I've written about it here:


(Archer Adds: Thanks Joe for the followup on an eternally relevant topic)

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