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#1 Post by mrcee12 » Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:46 pm

Does anybody really take them apart and clean them?

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#2 Post by bajajoaquin » Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:53 pm

They can be taken apart?

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#3 Post by SubRosa » Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:27 am

Only when there's more gunk than ammo in them...

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#4 Post by Stiff » Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:39 am

I occasionally disassemble and clean finicky mags used with particularly dirty ammo. I’ve had to disassemble and clean Ruger 10/22 mags, as well as some pocket .380 models. They got so grimy inside that they weren’t feeding reliably anymore.

I have never had to do it with service pistol and AR mags. My Glock mags went through several hundred rounds without any cleaning needed.

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#5 Post by spara » Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:57 am

If you drop them on the ground on reloads, then yes you should clean after they've hit the dirt. You can get a magazine brush or tie a rag with a length of paracord or even a shoe string and just pull it through. Don't use CLP or any cleaner, just brush them out or wipe them with a rag. If they're full of mud, disassemble and wash them out with hot water, dry them out with a rag, then use a hair dryer to make sure all the water is gone to prevent rust if they are metal.

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#6 Post by Bisbee » Wed Dec 11, 2019 2:35 am

And if you don’t drop them in the dirt regularly?
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#7 Post by SubRosa » Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:05 am

Bisbee wrote:
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And if you don’t drop them in the dirt regularly?
Then you aren't doing Run & Gun.

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#8 Post by Bucolic » Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:08 am

Call me OCD but I clean all my mags every February. It’s a good way to wile away the hours on a dreary winter day.

Yesterday I finished scrupulously cleaning all my guns. My only reasonable option for shooting is at an outdoor range so I am pretty much done for the season.
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#9 Post by atxgunguy » Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:31 am

I wipe down factory pistol mags after every range trip and only take them apart if I'm having an issue. I've yet to consider cleaning any Magpul mags as they seem to be fairly resilient to anything and everything.


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#10 Post by bajajoaquin » Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:11 am

That’s a good point. I wipe all steel mags down to clean fingerprints and oils after using.

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#11 Post by spara » Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:20 pm

Bisbee wrote:
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And if you don’t drop them in the dirt regularly?
LOL, my range trips tend to be more dynamic than most folks, so carry on.

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#12 Post by bajajoaquin » Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:26 pm

You lost me at "run"

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#13 Post by K9s » Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:59 pm

Even if you don't drop them in the dirt, wipe them out once in a while in case something does get in there and builds up. You don't want to find out when you need them to work. Sometimes you find out that dirty milsurp ammo means you need to clean certain ones more often. You won't know until you look for it.
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#14 Post by Bisbee » Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:01 pm

spara wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:20 pm
Bisbee wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 2:35 am
And if you don’t drop them in the dirt regularly?
LOL, my range trips tend to be more dynamic than most folks, so carry on.
Do tell... maybe post a video so we can all learn something.
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#15 Post by spara » Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:43 pm

Bisbee wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:01 pm
spara wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:20 pm
Bisbee wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 2:35 am
And if you don’t drop them in the dirt regularly?
LOL, my range trips tend to be more dynamic than most folks, so carry on.
Do tell... maybe post a video so we can all learn something.
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#16 Post by Bacchus » Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:21 pm

I've yet to clean my magazines aside from a swipe on the outside to get the visible dirt off. I've dropped the same ones in the dirt of Florida, Texas, California, and Oregon, and it's been years. That's not that they shouldn't be cleaned, probably, but they haven't malfunctioned.

I say clean 'em if it makes you feel better and if you've got the time. That said, a little grub doesn't hurt anything so long as it isn't causing a malfunction or posing a safety hazard. As with your firearm, magazines should be checked for wear, function, and defect on a regular basis whether you clean religiously or not.
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#17 Post by SubRosa » Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:44 am

Here is one place for 'run & gun' competitions:

https://www.cowtownrange.com/

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#18 Post by NuJudge » Sat Dec 21, 2019 9:30 pm

Yes, especially police or military surplus magazines, and ones used in dirty, dusty environments. I also do some cleaning when I change a magazine spring. I typically change a magazine spring when the slide starts to not lock back on a empty magazine.

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