June 27, 2008, 04:15 PM
I have a paraord P 14-45 that has some mag problems. Lips are sl spread, angles the round up, causing FTF. These mags are upwards of $50 now, and I am nervous about bending around on it myself. Anyone y'all can recommend to do mag rehabs for cases like this?
July 3, 2008, 01:29 PM
Sorry Steve but I haven't heard of anyone who routinely does refurb work on magazines. As for being nervous about trying it yourself, what have you got to lose at this point? Could they become less reliable than they are now? It'd really help if you could obtain one NIB or used magazine that is proven to be reliable of the same model to use as a pattern for your effort.
FWIW, farming the job out to a good pro pistolsmith would probably end up costing you as much or more than new mags. Skilled time costs money and this sort of job can end up eating enough of that to render the whole job extremely cost-ineffective (for you) in short order.
FWIW, some shopping around on the net and a bit of research on cross-compatability might knock some off of that $50/each for new ones. IME, there are often cheaper alternatives to the factory, even for the exact same item. Worth some time exploring, IMO, anyway.
July 3, 2008, 01:47 PM
For the safe and reliable operation of your pistol, when the feed lips go, it's time to toss the magazine.
Even if you are able to bend them back, that doesn't mean that they'll stay that way. Also, the metal may be so fatigued that there are hairline cracks which can cause further failures.
For my Para P13, I regularly service the springs and followers, this may help prolong the life of your mags.
July 3, 2008, 02:04 PM
Even if you re-bend them and get them working, they wouldn't stay that way very long.
Once the metal is bent and straightened, it has lost whatever heat treatment it might have had, and the strength of the steel has been compromised.
(Like bending a wire back & forth to break it)
Time to toss'm and get new ones.
July 3, 2008, 02:05 PM
Lips are sl spread, angles the round up, causing FTF.
Sure you can bend the lips back, but will they will soon spread again. I wouldn't trust these re-worked mags for SD or competition, but practice/range use is fine.