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My concealed-carry Sig P238 is never unloaded. Am I risking damaging the clip spring by always having it under tension (loaded?)

from fatindian60 on 03.28.11

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from AlaskanExile 8/27/2012 at 04:48am

WC Wolff makes gunsprings for all sorts of guns and magazines. If you are worried about your magazine springs, buy a dozen from Wolff and change those out every so often.
Usually the only thing that happens with a weak magazine spring is that the last round may not feed or the slide may not lock open after the last round. Springs are cheap, and available. Replace those early and often.
My two-cents worth
AKX

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from DSMbirddog 7/24/2012 at 07:53am

I rotate my magazines evry few weeks and leave one unloaded. I don't think you would ever notice a difference in tension on the spring but I am no expert on that. As Oficer Dom pointed out SIG is a quality weapon.

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from TheMaster 5/28/2012 at 02:57pm

no quality gun springs do not take a set. i found a fully loaded 1911 that had been in a closet for over 75 years and it functioned perfect as did the compressed springs in the weapon. the only thing will damage a spring is being flexed in the way it was not made to be like a compression spring being extended out to far

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from officerdom1987 1/26/2012 at 07:53pm

This may not answer you're question exactly, but in police work we switch our mags around every one to two months from the firearm just to let that tiny bit of pressure it has keep in the gun off. I like to take out half the magazine every once in a while for maybe an afternoon then load it back up. Sig doesn't make crappy things so i'm sure that spring can take being compressed for longer than you can imagine before damaging it.

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from fatindian60 3/31/2011 at 02:02pm

Chill Bo, Chill! I asked a simple question. I full well know what a 9mm can or cannot do after carrying a Beretta 9 in the first big sandbox dispute. I'd rather have a concealed .380 in my pocket than a huge 40 in the console of my truck. And I do not worry about the end result with my Sig 238 loaded with eight hollow points. I don't have to be a macho cannon carrier to feel safe!

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from Bo 3/30/2011 at 10:13pm

COrrrection the .380 is called a 9mm Kurz,m not an 8mm Kurz

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from Bo 3/30/2011 at 10:12pm

My first thought is that the gun you have chosen is more likely to get you killed if you ever need to use it in an emergency. Any .380 has less oomph than a 9 mm, that is why it is also called a 8mm Kurz (or short). As a retired inner city ER nurse, I have seen many gunshot victims who have been shot with just about any handgun caliber that you can think of.
I am not a fan of anything that does not start with a 4. I have taken care of many people who have been shot with .25 ACP, .32's .38's, .380, 9mm who were not stopped by the penetration of their bodies by a variety of well placed shots. One man was shot three times in the head and survived.
In my mind, counting on a substandard weapon is like counting on a kiddie pool life raft in a Caribbean hurricane. Someone is going to die and it will most likely be the one who carried an inadequate weapon.
I have seen and cared for too many people who counted on a woefully inadequate weapon who died. You can talk about shot placement all you want. I have shot deer in the heart and they ran more than a hundred yards with no heart left. If you shoot a bad guy in the heart, and he can still beat you to death before he dies. I have seen it happen more that once.

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from fatindian60 3/31/2011 at 02:02pm

Chill Bo, Chill! I asked a simple question. I full well know what a 9mm can or cannot do after carrying a Beretta 9 in the first big sandbox dispute. I'd rather have a concealed .380 in my pocket than a huge 40 in the console of my truck. And I do not worry about the end result with my Sig 238 loaded with eight hollow points. I don't have to be a macho cannon carrier to feel safe!

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from officerdom1987 1/26/2012 at 07:53pm

This may not answer you're question exactly, but in police work we switch our mags around every one to two months from the firearm just to let that tiny bit of pressure it has keep in the gun off. I like to take out half the magazine every once in a while for maybe an afternoon then load it back up. Sig doesn't make crappy things so i'm sure that spring can take being compressed for longer than you can imagine before damaging it.

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from TheMaster 5/28/2012 at 02:57pm

no quality gun springs do not take a set. i found a fully loaded 1911 that had been in a closet for over 75 years and it functioned perfect as did the compressed springs in the weapon. the only thing will damage a spring is being flexed in the way it was not made to be like a compression spring being extended out to far

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from Bo 3/30/2011 at 10:13pm

COrrrection the .380 is called a 9mm Kurz,m not an 8mm Kurz

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from DSMbirddog 7/24/2012 at 07:53am

I rotate my magazines evry few weeks and leave one unloaded. I don't think you would ever notice a difference in tension on the spring but I am no expert on that. As Oficer Dom pointed out SIG is a quality weapon.

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from AlaskanExile 8/27/2012 at 04:48am

WC Wolff makes gunsprings for all sorts of guns and magazines. If you are worried about your magazine springs, buy a dozen from Wolff and change those out every so often.
Usually the only thing that happens with a weak magazine spring is that the last round may not feed or the slide may not lock open after the last round. Springs are cheap, and available. Replace those early and often.
My two-cents worth
AKX

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from Bo 3/30/2011 at 10:12pm

My first thought is that the gun you have chosen is more likely to get you killed if you ever need to use it in an emergency. Any .380 has less oomph than a 9 mm, that is why it is also called a 8mm Kurz (or short). As a retired inner city ER nurse, I have seen many gunshot victims who have been shot with just about any handgun caliber that you can think of.
I am not a fan of anything that does not start with a 4. I have taken care of many people who have been shot with .25 ACP, .32's .38's, .380, 9mm who were not stopped by the penetration of their bodies by a variety of well placed shots. One man was shot three times in the head and survived.
In my mind, counting on a substandard weapon is like counting on a kiddie pool life raft in a Caribbean hurricane. Someone is going to die and it will most likely be the one who carried an inadequate weapon.
I have seen and cared for too many people who counted on a woefully inadequate weapon who died. You can talk about shot placement all you want. I have shot deer in the heart and they ran more than a hundred yards with no heart left. If you shoot a bad guy in the heart, and he can still beat you to death before he dies. I have seen it happen more that once.

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