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    Default "Re-Springing" Handguns

    I have a 2 9mms, a SIG, and A Glock that have been safe queens since the mid 80s (I know - shoot em more!) Both guns have less than 200 rounds thru them, and were not stored with the slide locked back.

    I'm thinking of carrying them in the near future. One friend of mine told me a gun that is over 35 yrs old should definitely have all the springs replaced, if the gun has been sitting around 35 years; if the gun is to be used for concealed carry, where reliability is paramount. Another friend told me this is overkill and a waste of money.

    I'm curious as to what others think on this issue - a good idea or waste of money?

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    Default Re: "Re-Springing" Handguns

    Springs wear from cycling, not sitting idle. With 200 rounds through them, they aren't even broken in yet.

    Upgrading to some Wolff springs might make them run better than stock. It's a cheap upgrade but that's a personal preference and not necessary.

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    Default Re: "Re-Springing" Handguns

    i don't know if i would change the springs, but i would definitely run at least 500 rounds of various ammo thru it to make sure it's reliable. if you need to replace springs the symptoms should show up then.

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    Default Re: "Re-Springing" Handguns

    The first two posts told you all you need to know. Now if these were WW II guns with an unknown round count, I would consider changing springs. But even then I would probably test fire to see how the gun feels and acts. If your slide is hammering the frame then you have to worry. That will be a while, and a lot more rounds for these guns.
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    Default Re: "Re-Springing" Handguns

    I agree as was stated above.
    Springs should be good as is.
    Put 500 rounds through any new carry choice to test reliability and to become familiar with the gun.
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    Default Re: "Re-Springing" Handguns

    Clean and lube. They are fine.

    It's always a good idea to keep new springs on hand, complete sets, even mag springs.

    Buying used guns, I always change out the springs. I can't know the round count.

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    Default Re: "Re-Springing" Handguns

    I fire my 1917 Luger. Springs haven't been changed yet.
    Wheaties aren't made out of the same stuff today as they were 40 years ago.

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    Default Re: "Re-Springing" Handguns

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparks View Post
    I fire my 1917 Luger. Springs haven't been changed yet.
    Yeah, but do you CC it?

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    Default Re: "Re-Springing" Handguns

    Is your glock a gen one? In which case I wouldn't carry it due to the collector value.
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    Default Re: "Re-Springing" Handguns

    I say take them out and shoot them. If not sell the Glock to me and go buy a new one.
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