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Old March 24, 2013, 01:44 PM   #1
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Cleaning pistol magazine

How often should you clean the magazine on your handguns for optimal performance?
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Old March 24, 2013, 01:47 PM   #2
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When they get visibly dirty is my timing. In general, I find this is a pretty rare PM.
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Old March 24, 2013, 01:57 PM   #3
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When in doubt, clean & lube

With me, it's not a matter of how often, rather circumstance and condition. ...
On a used purchase, I inspect the throat area or whatever it's called and usually tear them down and clean. There are a lot of gun owners out there that seldom or never clean them.
On a new purchase, I seldom clean them as needed. Under usage, I measure the usage visually inspect and If in doubt, tear them down and clean. The magazine will let you know what it needs. I usually apply a protective coating that will last a bit.

Be Safe !!!

One should never be hesitant or aprehensive to tear one down and clean. It adds to the learning curve and preserves performance. ....
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Old March 25, 2013, 10:37 PM   #4
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For magazines that are easy to disassemble, I usually clean them every time I clean the gun, which is not necessarily every time it is fired.

For magazines that are difficult/impossible to disassemble (e.g., Radom) I will slosh the magazine in a pan of cleaner. For in-between difficulty (M1911), I play it by ear.

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Old March 26, 2013, 04:25 PM   #5
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In automatic firearms, the magazine is the weak link.
When the gun gets cleaned, the magazine gets cleaned.
My guns get cleaned every time they get fired, whether one round or 100, so the mags get cleaned too.

If the magazine has picked up lint, dust, carbon from firing, lead bullet lube fouling, or gets dropped, it gets cleaned whether the gun is cleaned or not.
Cleaning magazines is non-harmful. There's no reason at all not to clean them.
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