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loaded gun storage?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by willyjixx, Jul 19, 2003.

  1. willyjixx

    willyjixx Active Member

    Jun 3, 2003
    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?
  2. Hkmp5sd

    Hkmp5sd Mentor

    Dec 24, 2002
    Winter Haven, FL
    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.
  3. NukemJim

    NukemJim Participating Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    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 )

  4. Darrin

    Darrin Active Member

    Mar 27, 2003
    Music City, USA
    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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