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Magnets and Guns

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by IdahoSkies, Jul 2, 2012.

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  1. IdahoSkies

    IdahoSkies Member

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    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.
     
  2. rcmodel

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    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
     
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    Only in the cartoons...
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    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.

    Sewing2.jpg


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    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.
     
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    Except magnets are demagnetized by heat and sharp impact.
     
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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    seems like a hell of a lot better Idea the The Smith and Wesson internal lock
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    Could be a potential issue if you had electrical ignition.
     
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    No...........
     
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    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.
     
  23. IdahoSkies

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    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.
     
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    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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