Magnets and Guns


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IdahoSkies
July 2, 2012, 05:42 PM
This may be an odd question and that maybe why I have not found an answer when I have looked around but, will a magnet have any adverse effects on a firearm, such as a pistol, or its ammunition.

I am building an maxpedition style holster for my backpacking pistol and would like to secure the flap with a set of magnets as opposed to zipper, snaps, or velcro. Thanks for the feed back.

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rcmodel
July 2, 2012, 05:50 PM
Certainly no adverse effect on ammo as it is totally non-ferrous metal unless you use steel case ammo.

But my personal feeling is that there could be some residual magnetism transfered to the gun from the powerful super magnets available today.

That in turn would tend to trap ferrous metal particles in the gun left from normal wear.
And that would accelerate wear.

Then there is also this that happened to me.
And you don't want that.
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=590697&highlight=magnetic+spring

rc

sig228
July 2, 2012, 05:54 PM
Only in the cartoons...

SharpsDressedMan
July 2, 2012, 06:06 PM
Check this out. A magnet used as part of a safety for a revolver. http://www.tarnhelm.com/magna-trigger/gun/safety/magna1.html

we are not amused
July 2, 2012, 08:31 PM
It should have absolutely no effect. Many alloys are not even magnetizable, and simply having magnets in close proximity should have no effect.

Even if the metal becomes weakly magnetized, a normal cleaning should eliminate any filings that become attracted.

we are not amused
July 2, 2012, 08:40 PM
In reference to rcmodel's magnetic spring incident, that is why we have holsters, and even when we do carry a gun in the pocket, we use a pocket holster.

Although, I will admit my previous concern was lint, paper, keys and coins fouling the gun, I will have to add magnetic springs to the list.

T Bran
July 2, 2012, 08:51 PM
The only reason I do not carry a liter in my pocket is that the darn things get full of lint and wont work when you need them.
I do keep one in my watch pocket but never the main.
I use strong little magnets to keep my spare primer arms stuck to the side of the press so I am not worried about any issues with your bullets.
Might I suggest using a piece of steel on the holster and a magnet on the flap as a compromise.
Luck

rcmodel
July 2, 2012, 08:57 PM
Or a Lift-The-Dot snap.

Way less chance of a stray tree snagging your holster magnet and the gun falling out on your Maxpidition in the woods.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j219/rcmodel/KTOG/Sewing2.jpg


rc

fatcat4620
July 2, 2012, 09:04 PM
I dont see an issue with what you are planning. Think about this- a magnetized slide barrel for a delayed blowback system instead of a tilting barrel.

TurtlePhish
July 2, 2012, 09:46 PM
I dont see an issue with what you are planning. Think about this- a magnetized slide barrel for a delayed blowback system instead of a tilting barrel.


Except magnets are demagnetized by heat and sharp impact.

Gottahaveone
July 2, 2012, 11:57 PM
Any more questions? :-)

http://quickdrawgunmagnets.com/

jeepnik
July 3, 2012, 12:04 AM
Check this out. A magnet used as part of a safety for a revolver. http://www.tarnhelm.com/magna-trigger/gun/safety/magna1.html
Now there's a blast from the past. They started doing these in, what, the 60's. I remember Mas Ayoob was a big booster of them. I didn't know they were still around. Sure wouldn't work on you Glock.:D

JustinJ
July 3, 2012, 12:42 AM
Even if a gun were to be magnetized the forces of shooting would demagnetize it. High heat and strong impacts will demagnetize metals and can even demagnetize magnets.

captain awesome
July 3, 2012, 12:42 AM
seems like a hell of a lot better Idea the The Smith and Wesson internal lock

Kernel
July 3, 2012, 02:04 AM
Might be a problem with some types of optics or electronics: like red-dots, illuminated reticules, laser sights, LED lights... stuff like that that runs on batteries.

The_Next_Generation
July 3, 2012, 04:22 AM
Hey all,

I posted a while back about my CZ 452 being magnetized after the a 2"x2"x1" N52 grade Neodymium magnet (layman terms: Big friggin' magnet that will pull over 250lbs). That was about six months ago, and paper clips still stick a little :banghead:...not to mention the bolt has a tiny magnetic feel to it when you try to pull it back off the chamber face, but you wouldn't notice it unless you knew it was there :what:

I'd keep magnets away from your firearms, if nothing else but to prevent them from acquiring annoying attractions to those metal bits lying around.

Note: I've put about 1,000 rounds through my 452 since "the incident".

- TNG

huntnshooter
July 3, 2012, 05:27 AM
This guy shot one out of a barrel, didn't really achieve much but as a matter of interest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARU85n6Gafs

I wonder what electro/magetic forces were in play driving that up a rifled barrel.

JShirley
July 3, 2012, 06:07 AM
Could be a potential issue if you had electrical ignition.

303tom
July 3, 2012, 09:22 AM
No...........

W L Johnson
July 3, 2012, 10:46 AM
Just keep them away from an MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging) device

Spontaneous Discharge of a Firearm in an MR Imaging Environment
http://www.ajronline.org/content/178/5/1092.full

Owen Sparks
July 3, 2012, 11:00 AM
Here is a strong magnet made to hide a gun under a table.

http://www.amazon.com/PS-Products-Quick-Draw-Magnet/dp/B003CSZYO4

This is a really nifty idea!

RedAlert
July 3, 2012, 11:09 AM
There should be no problem with the use you describe as holding the flap closed on a pack. Even stronger magnets in closer contact with a weapon should have no effect either.

IdahoSkies
July 3, 2012, 11:52 AM
Wow I did not know this would be such a hot topic. Thanks for the feedback. I'm just looking for an easy to use innocuous looking bag like holster that can be easily and quickly accessed when needed. To many prying eyes on the trail. Thanks for the feedback. A lot to think about.

GEM
July 3, 2012, 12:40 PM
About knives - I noticed that one of my Benchmades was highly magnetic. I asked and found out it was because when the knives are made, they are picked up by very strong magnetics to be moved around and thus magnetized.

Or so I was told. Makes you think about having one in your pocket near credit cars or other magnetic media.

Sold the Benchmades for another reasons.

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