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How often do you clean your magazines?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by MR.G, Oct 23, 2010.

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  1. MR.G

    MR.G Member

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    I disassemble and clean my magazines every time they are used, same as the gun. My neighbor, who shoots at least once a week, mentioned recently that he has never disassembeled any of his magazines for cleaning. He just wipes them off. Just wondering how others maintain their magazines.
     
  2. Carter

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    Never clean mine. Now if they were dropped in a lot of sand/dust or mud then I would, but just regular use, no.
     
  3. jimmyraythomason

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    Never cleaned mine. Never had need to.
     
  4. millertyme

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    I'm supposed to clean my magazine? Is this after I accidentally or intentionally drop them in something I shouldn't have? My local shooting range is indoors, so even if I did I doubt they'd get anything in them I'd need to clean out.
     
  5. DonRon

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    That is what compressed air is for. You can even buy it in Wal Mart at the computer stuff section. Cheap too!
     
  6. twofifty

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    Anyone who shoots USPSA outdoors drops their mags in the dirt (mud & water on a rainy day), so grit gets in there that's a given. I've had FTFs due to grit fouling up the spring or follower.

    Good idea to strip them down and run a mag brush through the tube from time to time. Follower & spring get wiped with a dry cloth.
     
  7. Sky

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    Dropped one in some muddy water while hunting once and of course it was full of 5.56. I just stuck it in some cleaner water and rinsed it off. Unloaded the mag and wiped the shells off. When I got home I think I ran warm sink water over and through it blew it out with air and shot a quick Breakfree CLP in it. Yea I know I use that stuff for everything except on peanut butter. That was a normal mil issue 30 round mag which I still have and use every now and then.
     
  8. P30shtr

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    I clean mine, not every time I go to the range like I do with the pistols themselves but maybe once a month or so. All you guys that never have, ought to. Gunpowder residue gets in there just like it gets in your firearm. Now, not nearly as bad or heavily but it still does and its a good idea to keep everything in tip top shape, especially a SD weapon. I could see it causing feed issues without cleaning over extended periods of time. Maybe I'm a bit anal but thats my take.
     
  9. SharpsDressedMan

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    Once a year. I have a toolbox full of spares for many different guns, and most get used during the year. I take them all apart, clean with solvent and oil lightly. I rarely replace springs, but some are pretty old, and I should lay out a plan to upgrade springs on a progressive basis. From 90 year old Colts, to 40 year old Walthers, to 30 year old CZ, some have gotten weak, and some HAVE been replaced. Any neglected mag can foil the dependability of your pistol.
     
  10. jimmyraythomason

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    Not neglect...abuse.
     
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    Never...
     
  12. PT1911

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    When they get dirty/rusty... but seeing as that rarely happens, I would say once in a blue moon...
     
  13. jimmyraythomason

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    Magazines don't get dirty from (normal) use however situations as listed above can cause magazines to become soiled requiring a tear down and cleaning. I don't participate in IDPA matches or other types of competition where such magazine fouling can occur so it is a moot point for me. YMMV
     
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    For me I only clean them if they start to give me problems. I may hit them with the air gun once in a while to blow out the small junk also.
     
  15. bds

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    The Glock match magazines that gets dropped in the dirt get inspected regularly and cleaned probably once or twice a years.

    Magazines that are range use only and never get dropped in the dirt just get wiped down on the outside.

    I have yet to experience magazine related failure to feed and I replace the mag followers and factory springs with Wolff 10% extra power springs as needed.
     
  16. Ragnar Danneskjold

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    Maybe once a year, or if they feel especially gritty.

    Magazines are machines with moving parts, just like your firearm. Machines with debris and dirt in them have a higher chance of malfunctioning. If that's something you're OK with, then feel free to never clean them. Personally, I'm not OK with having a piece of my life-saving machine being perpetually dirty.
     
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    I'm another ~once a year type. Magazines definitely do get fouled with powder residue and carbon - not a lot, but it still accumulates over time. Just take one apart and wipe it with a clean white cloth and you'll see the black stuff come out.

    Of all mine, I think 1911 mags tend to pick up the most fouling, but that's just my own experience.
     
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    Only when jamming is an issue. Every time you shoot the gun? That might work if you shoot 1 or 2 guns with 1 or 2 mags. When you go out and shoot 4-5 guns with 4-5 mags each, then you're getting to the point where you need to spend more time cleaning than shooting.
     
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    Cleaned mine today, thanks for reminding me.
     
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    Every couple of months, to maybe a year. When I take a gun completely apart for a detailed cleaning, the magazines will get taken apart as well.
     
  21. Mad Magyar

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    Just slightly after each session. I use a wood dowel pin to depress the springs far enough to use a little oil to clean the black soot inside the mag with cosmetic cotton tips; wipe the follower & lips. Probably not needed, but I feel better....:) A complete disassembly about once a year.
     
  22. DonRon

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    I never put any type of lubrication is any magazine. That can create a real problem of debris collection. I do buff and polish all bearing surfaces to assure low friction follower travel.
     
  23. David E

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    The prudent man cleans them before 'jamming is an issue.'..........:rolleyes:
     
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    Ultrasonic cleaners work great for cleaning mags. I had some M1 carbine mags that still had the cosmoline in them, put 'em in the US cleaner with some solvent, cleaned 'em right up.
     
  25. M2 Carbine

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    I shoot a LOT but I doubt I've cleaned 20 magazines in 50 years, not counting a bunch that were in a fire.
     
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