Keep loaded vs unload magazine ???

Discussion in 'General Bersa Discussion' started by sailordll, May 17, 2013.

  1. sailordll

    sailordll New Member

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    Hi folks,

    Sorry if this has been discussed before and if it has perhaps someone can direct me to the link..... but was wondering what folks do with their concel carry Bersa, with respect to unloading vs keep loaded the magazine on a daily basis.

    I don't carry everyday but perhaps several times a week and have been unloading the magazine every night at the end of the day. Then the next time I carry, I fill the magazine up.

    Would it be better to just keep the magazine loaded??

    Any opinion will be appreciated.

    Regards,
    Daniel
     
  2. David

    David Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Yes, keep it loaded. That consistent repetition of loading and unloading your mag will wear out the spring. Keep it loaded unless cleaning or shooting.

    I always carry +1. My Plus has a capacity of 15 + 1, so it always has 15 + 1, whether on my side or on my night stand.
     

  3. jpshaw

    jpshaw Well-Known Member

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    You have safe guns and carry guns. Safe guns are the ones in the safe and your carry gun, like David said, is either on your person or extremely close by. My carry gun is only unloaded when being cleaned and even then the magazine is only unloaded when its being cleaned and exchanged in a normal mag rotation.
     
  4. millsriver

    millsriver Member

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    A spring should not "wear" if it remains static, whether compressed or extended. In my experience, springs wear out when compressed and extended repeatedly over time.
     
  5. CPSinWC

    CPSinWC Active Member

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    Keep mine loaded all the time. Spare clip is full too. I'm often somewhere where I have to store mine "unloaded in a closed container", which is the biggest reason the Bersa replaced my old .38. It's much simpler to pop out a mag and rack 1 out of the chamber than to unload and reload a revolver. A carry gun is a tool. You don't want to abuse your tools, but you need to be able to use them. In a self-defense situation, a hammer is more useful than an unloaded gun.
     
  6. David

    David Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I honestly mean no disrespect, but its a magazine, not a clip. Sorry, just one of my pet peeves.
     
  7. snakeye

    snakeye Well-Known Member

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    Keep the magazine loaded on the CC or house gun...makes no sense to unload a mag on a ready weapon.
     
  8. sailordll

    sailordll New Member

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    Thanks for info and recommendations...

    Thanks much everyone.

    Will keep the magazine loaded unless cleaning and practicing (firing).
    Thus will not cycle load and unload.

    Appreciate all of your input. Helped very much.

    Enjoy the weekend.
    ....Really loving the Bersa 308 CC. Great carry weapon.

    Cheers,
    Daniel
     
  9. CPSinWC

    CPSinWC Active Member

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    I know. Was on phone and clip was easier to type
     
  10. David

    David Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Ok, but I thought I should apologize for being snobby, though. It did sound bad (on my part).
     
  11. jpshaw

    jpshaw Well-Known Member

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    The problem with using "clip" when you mean magazine is that there are clips and nobody knows what we will call them if the term clip is overused. I keep about 10 stripper clips for an old M1 Carbine in my safe. They don't load the Carbine but can load the 15 round magazine. Have a friend who's hobby is long range shooting with open sights. His rifle is the M1 Garand, which BTW takes 8 round en bloc clips. The Italian Carcano is another rifle that takes en bloc clips. En bloc means it actually fits into the weapon to join with the spring and follower inside to become a magazine. Stripper is a term used to describe a clip that attaches to a magazine so the rounds can be "stripped" off into the magazine. A magazine has a spring and a follower. A clip only holds the rounds. Getting off my soap box now I think it's time for my meds.
     
  12. David

    David Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I didn't mean to start all this.... again.