loaded gun storage?


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willyjixx
July 19, 2003, 01:16 AM
how long can you leave a gun loaded before it kills the springs or the ammo is no good? it seems the revolvers of the world would be able to stay loaded up until they rusted shut. and i have heard of 1911s that were left loaded for 10 years an still fired fine. whos got a good real life it happened to you story for me? also what advise to give on leaving (defense weapon mind you) a weapon loaded for a given length of time?

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Hkmp5sd
July 19, 2003, 01:28 AM
Wear on springs occurs during compression/expansion while being used. Leaving them compressed for long periods of time doesn't hurt them. Bullets will remain good for decades if stored correctly.

NukemJim
July 19, 2003, 09:12 AM
There was an article recently about a WW2 1911 that had been left loaded for 50+ years that worked perfectly when fired. No cleaning,cycling or anything else. ( at least per the article).

I would think that a good stainless revolver that was stored in a cool,dry place would probably be good for 100 years ( guess of course )

NukemJim

Darrin
July 19, 2003, 11:03 AM
Last time my Dad and I went shooting, he took his Tec-22 that hadn't been shot in 4 years. The Tec-22 uses the same mags as a Ruger 10-22. He ended up not shooting the Tec-22 because the full-cap mags wouldn't feed. It was as if there were no spring inside the mag. (The mags were loaded and unused for those 4 years.)

What happened? I don't know. Perhaps it was cheap mags. YMMV.

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