Leaving a gun "loaded"


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SomeKid
December 2, 2006, 02:16 PM
Does it harm anything to keep an AR15 with a mag inserted, but a round not in the chamber? It is a 30 round mag downgraded a couple of rounds. Is it ok to leave the rifle like this for however long between range trips or whatever? (Could range from a few weeks to a bunch of months.)

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BozemanMT
December 2, 2006, 02:44 PM
Does it harm anything to keep an AR15 with a mag inserted, but a round not in the chamber?

no

Is it ok to leave the rifle like this for however long between range trips or whatever? (Could range from a few weeks to a bunch of months.)

yes

hexidismal
December 2, 2006, 03:57 PM
No, the condition you describe will not damage your firearm. If you do so, there are a few conditions you might consider though. The first, and the obvious one, is safety. While it will not damage your gun to keep a magazine loaded and connected, you must of course keep this gun properly locked away from anyone not fully familiar with it's action and proper safety procedures. The other thing, and although this one is minor and unlikely .. is that if you keep your gun parts heavily oiled, then it might be in your best interest to leave the magazine out for storage, as there is some small possibility of oil damaging the primers and rendering the ammunition unusable if it somehow makes it's way on to the rounds. I've never seen this happen, or known anyone who it has happened to, but I've been told that this is remotely possible.

SoCalShooter
December 2, 2006, 04:08 PM
No damage will come to the rifle by leaving the mag loaded and inserted. Just close the clear the chamber, close the bolt, dry fire and then insert the mag.


As for traveling with it, I dont know what your state laws are but its not a great idea.

BoySetsTheFire
December 2, 2006, 05:03 PM
While it varies with jurisdiction, generally the firearm and ammo must be in separate compartments of the vehicle - like trunk and glovebox or trunk and passenger cabin.

Cosmoline
December 2, 2006, 05:51 PM
While it varies with jurisdiction, generally the firearm and ammo must be in separate compartments of the vehicle - like trunk and glovebox or trunk and passenger cabin.

Only in some states. Many have no such requirement. The best thing to do is learn your local and state laws.

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