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Old 10-17-2019, 09:52 AM   #1
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I was reading Precision Small Arms website. They are a FN licensed maker of the Browning Baby pocket pistol. Exact copies, 27 versions from $ 800 (original, basic blue) to six thousand (gold plate and engraved).

Besides rather frequent replacement of several springs, they recommend replacing a magazine after 500-750 rounds. That sounds a bit extreme. Their reasoning is that mags aren't heat treated so are more subject to cracks, dents, and burrs. Wear makes this more likely.

Their mags are made by Mec-Gar, considered high quality. That makes their recommendation sound more squirrely......
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Old 10-17-2019, 10:59 AM   #2
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I was reading Precision Small Arms website. They are a FN licensed maker of the Browning Baby pocket pistol. Exact copies, 27 versions from $ 800 (original, basic blue) to six thousand (gold plate and engraved).

Besides rather frequent replacement of several springs, they recommend replacing a magazine after 500-750 rounds. That sounds a bit extreme. Their reasoning is that mags aren't heat treated so are more subject to cracks, dents, and burrs. Wear makes this more likely.

Their mags are made by Mec-Gar, considered high quality. That makes their recommendation sound more squirrely......
Sounds to me like they are just wanting to sell more mags.
I can't imagine a magazine only lasting for 10 or 15 boxes of ammo.

Mine is a FN Baby Browning that my Grandpa bought in the 30s. It has the original FN marked mag., and another one just marked "Made in Italy". They both look to be heavily used, but both work fine. No tellin how many rounds have been through them.

My buddy has a Baur .25. He bought a nickel Triple-K mag about 15 years ago. He shoots his quite a bit, and never had a problem with it.

https://www.brownells.com/magazines/...prod84179.aspx

and a black one:

https://www.brownells.com/magazines/...prod71620.aspx
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From the Mec-Gar website:

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Heat treated carbon & stainless steel tubes: made from Certified Carbon Steel ASI or 17-7 aircraft-grade stainless steel, our magazines are the result of the finest precision stamping.
Seriously doubt they will fail after 750 rounds or 7500 rounds .
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750 rds for a magazine is ridiculous. I have never once had to replace a magazine for any reason. My Ruger 22/45 still has the original 2 mags it came with, no more. That pistol has 25,000 rounds through it. I DID replace the mag springs not too long ago. My Springfield P9C came with one magazine 30 years ago when I bought it, and that's what it has now. I've never been able to figure out what mags would fit it. It's a CZ clone, and I was assured by the CZ chat board that CZ-75 compact mags would fit it. Nope. I suppose if it's a gun you really rely on for self defense it doesn't hurt to change mags. On the other hand, it can take a couple of hundred rounds to break in a new mag, and then you're starting to think about replacing it already.
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My NAA Guardian mags are total stainless except for the base plate, which is Delrin. They are made by Mec-Gar. I can't imagine them wearing out in years.
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That would be a red flag to me. Does not inspire confidence in that company. That's just nuts.
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My Sig mags are Mec-Gar made in Italy.
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