I came across a post over on EpicTactical.com that asked just one question: Do you keep your magazines loaded or unloaded when you store them? The author of the post shares my exact worry in this issue: “Part of me wants to say the more prepared the better and the other half worries about wearing out my springs.”
To see where other people stood on the issue there was a poll. As of the time I viewed the post, there were 33 votes; 29 voted for loaded and 4 voted for unloaded. That’s pretty much what I was expecting when I saw the question.
As I mentioned in the comments of the post, I like to keep some of both. I keep about 75% of my magazines loaded and the remaining 25% unloaded. Just eases my mind a little. If the springs begin wearing out in the ones I keep loaded, I can start using the other ones more. I also rotate them now and then.
I’m just more comfortable knowing that most of my magazines are loaded while others remain in unused condition. And don’t worry, I keep the loaded and unloaded ones in separate locations so I don’t mix them up in a panic.
Maybe I’m just being paranoid. Maybe I could keep them all loaded and nothing would happen. I don’t know. What do you think? How do you store your magazines, loaded or unloaded?