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Used Pistol/Magazine Tune ups?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Shrinkmd, Jul 19, 2008.


What to do for a used pistol/magazine?

  1. Replace the recioil spring and mag springs now. Why wait?

    5 vote(s)
  2. Buy the replacement springs, but don't install untill needed.

    2 vote(s)
  3. Send pistol to manufacturer or smith, have everything changed and checked.

    0 vote(s)
  4. Shoot it, it's fine, don't worry. Buy another Mosin!

    4 vote(s)
  1. Shrinkmd

    Shrinkmd Participating Member

    Jul 1, 2005
    Austin, TX
    I'm curious how people handle replacing springs or other parts on used autopistols (not machineguns Mr. Fenty:eek:)

    I know you are supposed to replace the magazine spring and recoil spring every 5,000 or so on full size pistols, and maybe every 1 or 2k for smaller pocket type pistols.

    So, for a gun destined for range use only, and NOT for HD/CCW, would you do anything until it has a failure?

    For example, used S&W 9mm 15 rnd mags go for around $20, and a new magazine spring from midway is $5.49 (a wolff extra power is another dollar or so). A new follower is $2.99, Floor plate $1.99 (but special order). This is compared to the factory new magazine, which costs $37.99. So it looks like even if you replaced the spring, follower, and floor plate (and I'm assuming that followers and floor plates don't wear out, or do they?) you still are getting mags for easily $7 or so off of new, right (30 bucks vs 38). How many rounds does it take for the feed lips to get bent or wear to the point you wouldn't want the mag?

    And again, this is for range use only, not the "good" stuff for other purposes. Since they don't sell "new" Smith 3rd gen pistols anymore you can't do the new/used calculation on that. Luckily most police trade ins appear to have been carried a lot and shot very little!
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2008
  2. Eric F

    Eric F Senior Member

    Jul 23, 2007
    for what you discribe as a range gun only, I would have the springs in hand so to speak but not replace anything until it is broken or does not work sufficiently. Like for a 1911 I would wait until the recoil spring was so weak that it was sailing brass 30 ft and barelt going back into battery.
  3. 357wheelgunner

    357wheelgunner Active Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    Rural South
    I don't think of any gun as "range only". What if something bad happened on the way to the range, or while you were shooting?

    Guns should always be ready to address a serious problem.
  4. Mad Magyar

    Mad Magyar Participating Member

    Jun 8, 2005

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