Kommander wrote:Jeriah once a mag spring is toast it's toast. Stretching it out is just going to cause more problems.
That's what I figured. I may try stretching one I know is no good, just as a science experiment, but I'll plan on replacing them.
Just replace it, AK mags don't cost that much. You can probably get replacement springs for AK mags, but for what they will cost a new mag would probably be a better idea.
Yeah, my concern though is that if I keep buying the inexpensive used East German surplus mags at ten bucks a pop, I'm going to get more with shot springs. It's sort of like paying $2000 to fix my junk car's transmission, vs. paying $2000 for another junk car: if I fix the tranny, at least I know I've got a junk car with a good tranny. Buy a $2K junk car, and its tranny may be on the way out as well. This, by the way, is not a hypothetical; it's a decision I may have to make in a few days.
Anyway, I thought I'd price out mag springs in case I could bring new life to a bunch of mags rather than replace 'em with others that might be problematic...http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?p ... ber=870880
$22.50 for a three pack, that's over seven bucks a spring...hrmm...http://www.gunsprings.com/index.cfm?pag ... D=2&mID=77
$5.59 if you buy 'em by the ten pack, though...if a few more mags show signs of weak springs, could be worth it.
One factor here is that because I live in Chicago which has a mag cap of 10 rounds, I can't mail order mags; I've got to buy 'em in person and then keep 'em in a remote storage unit. I'm curious, though: if I did want to just replace these mags with other, quality mags, what's the best bargain in AK mags that won't come with worn out springs?