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slowbutsure
May 21, 2011, 11:22 PM
Has anyone got some good advise on how to take some of the tension out of magazines used in semi-auto pistols. Friend of mine has a Ruger (new) P95, that came with 15rd mags, but the most he or I can get in the things, is 12rds.:cuss: sbs

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hershmeister
May 21, 2011, 11:25 PM
Get an uplula to load your mags. Works like a charm

mgmorden
May 21, 2011, 11:28 PM
Get a mag loader tool or just get used to it. Trust me you don't want to take any "oomph" out of the springs any earlier than it comes out naturally. That's like asking to take some tread off your tires :P.

CZ57
May 21, 2011, 11:31 PM
Didn't the P-95 come with a mag loading tool?;)

Onmilo
May 21, 2011, 11:45 PM
Are you sure they are 15 shot magazines and that somebody didn't switch out ten round magazines for the 15 rounders??

Shadow 7D
May 21, 2011, 11:54 PM
Um, that 'tension' is the same tension that shoves bullets into your gun...
so you you really want to have mags that WEAKLY shove bullets, or ones that work?

Strahley
May 22, 2011, 12:09 AM
You have three options

1) run them as 12 round mags
2) buy an UpLULA loader
3) get manlier thumbs

hanno
May 22, 2011, 12:09 AM
Get an uplula to load your mags. Works like a charm

^This.

bigfatdave
May 22, 2011, 01:40 AM
Beyond making sure there isn't some grit in there impeding motion (unlikely if two 15x magazines both top off at 12 rounds exactly) there isn't much you can do.

Think about it, that spring tension is an important part of how the gun functions ... why would you try to reduce it? Load with a tool, don't force anything past a hard stop, you'll know when the follower bottoms out, leaving you with about half a round's width of space (that's room for the feed boss when you insert a full mag into the gun) ... unless you're hitting that definite hard stop the mags aren't full, and you couldn't be hitting that stop unless you has mis-matched followers/floorplates or something (I don't know the P95's mags all that well, but sometimes 15x mags will be nerfed for CA/NY by using a taller follower - or an insert in the bottom - or divots in the mag body to prevent the follower from going all the way down)

slowbutsure
May 22, 2011, 01:47 AM
Well it is good to know guys that we all agree that messing with the spring is not an answer. And I will ask him about the extras he got with the weapon when he bought it. sbs

slowbutsure
May 22, 2011, 01:53 AM
He just gave me the one mag, but I suspect it to will be hard to get past the 12rds.

I will check on a loader next time I am in a shop. Thks sbs

slowbutsure
May 22, 2011, 01:58 AM
Straly....I got the point about buying a loader.....sbs

Ole Coot
May 22, 2011, 09:28 AM
Pick up extra mags. Never have just one.

GRIZ22
May 22, 2011, 12:22 PM
Has anyone got some good advise on how to take some of the tension out of magazines used in semi-auto pistols.

The manufacturer put that tension in the springs so your gun works properly. Get a mag loader as others have said.

bigfatdave
May 22, 2011, 07:39 PM
A side-note ... you have almost the most non-helpful title of any thread currently on THR

If you want attention, edit the thread title to something more descriptive, "magazines" is going to get passed over more often than not.

slowbutsure
May 22, 2011, 07:45 PM
Thanks to all who posted. I have taken your advise, and will be buying a mag loader from Midway. Again thks. sbs

DoomGoober
May 24, 2011, 06:03 PM
What's your magazine loading technique like? Do you grip the mag like a pistol grip with your right hand, push down with your thumb, and guide the bullet with your left hand (gripping both the mag and the bullet with your left hand to keep it in place horizontally?)

That's my technique, but I've seen plenty of people have problems with that technique. After they switch to something else they have no problems.

mister2
May 25, 2011, 07:36 AM
Generally, magazines get easier to load over time. Leaving them fully loaded even when not in use usually helps.

greyling22
May 25, 2011, 04:48 PM
I had some 1911 mags that were very tough to load initially. I loaded them all the way up and left them for 2 weeks and they got better. I suspect they came oversprung and wear into the correct springy-ness. (they were ACT mags and worked 100% when new and after being worn in)

1KPerDay
May 25, 2011, 06:47 PM
You can also load them as much as you can comfortably, then smack them base down on a table/2X4/friend's head/whatever hard surface you can find... that may let you load the final rounds.

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