How to Clean Pistol Magazines

Many people spend a lot of time learning to how to clean their firearm, but don't know how to clean pistol magazines. Of course you know that how to clean pistol magazinesthe magazine is a key part of the firearm and if you don't take care of them will let you down when you need it.

I know from personal experience how important magazine maintenance is. We shot a ton of ammo when I was in the military and our magazines took a beating. I have had rounds tumble inside the magazine, the spring stick, and even the bottom fall out of the magazine. You need to inspect them and maintain them.

We found a good video that goes over the basics of cleaning the standard pistol magazines out there. The only thing I would add is to inspect your springs.I tended to stretch them out a bit when I disassembled the magazine. This was because we kept our magazines loaded quite a bit and they tended to develop a memory for being compressed. If you don't like stretching them consider buying new springs every once in awhile.

Check out the video and share any magazine cleaning tips in the comments.


  1. What video? Video is not about cleaning magazines. Some motivational video about goals. WTF!!!

  2. L Anderson says:

    Normally what I do is when I bought a new gun, I disassembly the magazine, then took a ruler and a piece of paper, then draw a line at the start and the end of the spring on the paper, then use the ruler to measure the size, Then write on a notebook that measurement. Then when I disassembly again the magazine verify the measurement, if It’s small than the original one, I just stretch the spring to allow to get the same original measurement. With that I never had to change any part or buy new magazines, they always keep in good operation, since you don’t want any troubles when you needed most to protect yourself or your family.

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