I had been training getting ready to go to a class. I got there and my magazines were sticking and would not feed, being all jammed up with grit and gunpowder. I felt so embarrassed that I was that guy having problems during a class. I ran a cleaning towel down into the magazine and got through the class but when I got home, I dropped them into my sonic cleaner then scrubbed and cleaned them and my oh my they were a lot dirtier than I had imagined.
I am sharing this in hope that someone does not fall victim of my mistake of grit and gunpowder residue.
So, I have to ask, how often do you clean and maintain your magazines?
Every time I clean my pistol I at least thumb out the rounds and check.
I change out my carry mags once a month or so, I have them numbered so it’s easy to keep track,
then I clean them for the next rotation.
My mags are all numbered so when I feel one “stick” or do anything funny I note the number in my head and throw it to the side and make a mental note to do some maintenance on it. But for the most part I don’t really go out of my way to clean my mags with any regularity. I would never leave my bench…
I have heard that it works very, very well; however, you have to remember to replace a light coat of lubrication. I would simply wipe down the spring with rag that was used to wipe off excess oil, that should suffice.
About every 1,000 to 1200 rounds. I just wipe the inside out finish with the silicone rag same with the spring and follower. If I’m cleaning my firearm for the third time that’s about right for me to check the mags.
I rotate my mags every month. For each pistol I have a minimum of six mags. Once a year I disassemble all of them & clean them. It’s amazing how much crud accumulates in them while they’re mostly in a ziplock
I learned in Iraq I really like the 92 and it works in most conditions but the magazines they issued us were garbage. You could clean them 3 times a day and they would not work, so we had Beretta mags sent to us and that cleared up the problem on a side note the issue mags worked fine in the States but couldn’t handle the dust over there.
That is the God’s honest truth about the M9 mags. Most of us did what you did and bought our own. The issued mags were so old and beat up you really could not count on them. Iraq had a way of quickly showing a Soldier what worked and what wouldn’t. Good times, lol.