I read the article on magazine springs are have to disagree somewhat. I am one of those “someone” you referred to who has had a spring go bad due to long term compression. An AR magazine had been kept loaded for almost 8 years prior to my attempting to fire it and it failed to feed the round consistently. It was not the fault of the magazine lips because I switched springs with another magazine and it fed just fine. But, even if this was an “exception to the rule,” what’s the matter with keeping unused magazines unloaded until needed? I rotate my magazines monthly as part of my normal maintenance routine and have taught my children and grandchildren, as well as members in my circle of friends, to do the same.
By the way, the problem magazine spring I mentioned earlier was stored by another and I was trying it out prior to buying it. I did buy it, replaced the spring and it’s now part of my monthly rotation after being tested for reliability. You do as you please, but just in case, I NEVER keep ANY of my magazines loaded for longer them a month. Yes, I’m old school. But who ever said old school was bad?
Thanks, Mr. Simpson, for writing. We’ll let others discuss the pros and cons on this one. For our readers, the article you referenced can be read here.