I've always been skeptical of that claim. Keeping springs compressed doesn't stress the metal out, constantly compressing and uncompressing does.Compare it to a paper clip. You can undo the paper clip once, and it's just fine, and you may even be able to bend it back into shape once, but do that multiple times and it will break along the places where you're bending it.
@BrosephBrostar Its not about stress, its about energy.When you compress the spring, you are storing energy, the spring wants to spend that energy and return back to its extended length, but it can't because its not strong enough so it just pushes all the time and fights this constantly losing battle and over time its strength / energy is used up.This surely must be the case because otherwise it would have to have an infinite amount of energy, right?So it isn't a question of whether or not it will fail, it must eventually fail, the question is what is the time frame before it has lost enough of its energy that it can no longer perform sufficiently well to avoid there being some kind of operational problem.This might be a long time, I dont know what the time frame is and if you did know what it was you could presumably swap out the magazine for a new magazine with a fresh spring every X period of time.However, this introduces a requirement that that actually happens and that is a problem because people are imperfect and failure to keep up with the maintenance schedule could result in a critical failure at a critical moment.Now Im sure the revolver wouldn't mind having a bit of maintenance itself once in a while, unload it and open it all up, move all the bits and pieces that move etc, but I would expect the time frame for the revolver failing to be far longer than that of the magazine spring.
I guess I can't say for certain. The general consensus among the first few results for "keeping magazines stored spring" seems to be that magazine springs are designed to be stored full for long periods of time, but consensus doesn't mean true. I haven't seen any empirical testing on the matter.
@BrosephBrostar Its possible that it is old information which no longer applies, perhaps magazines are manufactured to higher standards now, I really have no idea, its just what I read on the subject when I was looking at guns.
Really? I had a snub-nosed.38 before the tragic boating accident that befalls every single gun owner on the internet, but my grouping with them was always worse than when I switched to a fullsized polymer or even a metal-framed gun like a 1911. I love (d) that gun, but I find heavier ones easier to handle due to less recoil.
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Very insightful thank you. Would you say its a good fun for home as self defense?
There are better options.
what do you recommend?
Just something for home for self defense you know?
I'd still really recommend a shotgun with birdshot so it doesn't go through walls and kill your kids or neighbors.I'd only agree with a pistol if you were highly trained and highly skilled.Cops are highly trained but not all are highly skilled. Cops miss SO much. It's embarrassing.I'd stick with a shotgun.Plus, racking the shotgun so an intruder hears it... psychologically it's powerful.They know you're less likely to miss and they will get shredded.
Revolvers are solid guns.Handguns are for experts.
Do you own any guns?
@blondfrog No, but my late grand-dad was a former deputy sheriffhe had 38 and should have bought it off of him