If you’re a bit new to the gun thing, or if you just didn’t know this, you have to maintain your magazines too.
The good news is that it’s easy and you really don’t need much in terms of supplies. The other good news is that it’s also a way to save some cash, which we’ll get to in a bit here.
As most people are aware, the Achilles’ Heel of magazine-fed semi-autos is the magazine itself.
Of course, there are other flaws, hiccups, peccadilloes and so on that can cause malfunctions, though these tend to be design deficiencies native to a particular make and model of pistol, and that would be a trip into the weeds that we just don’t need to take.
Let us instead concentrate on just the issue of magazines themselves.
There are only a few components to the typical box magazine. You have the magazine body itself, the magazine spring, the follower, a locking plate (if applicable) and the base plate.
This is different for drum magazines and rotary box magazines.
Maintenance is rather simple. All you need is a clean rag, an old toothbrush and a bit of all-in-one