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Old 10-08-2013, 06:27 AM   #11
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Yes, it's the cycling of the springs that weakens and wears them the most. That's why it's important to regularly replace recoil springs, mainsprings, firing pin springs, extractor springs, ect. on heavily used weapons.

By heavily used, I mean fired a lot, not carried a lot.

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Old 10-09-2013, 09:27 AM   #12
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Hi Bob,

Thank you for your reply. I subscribe also to the cycling of springs being the reason for weakening and wearing them out. I have also read the article of the late Mr. Camp in "" and the stated link in there "". However, reading item #5 in the FAQs of Gunsprings "" which states "....Magazines which are kept fully loaded for long periods of time, such as in law enforcement and personal/home defense applications, will generally be subject to more fatigue than the weekend shooter's magazine springs in which the magazines are loaded up only when shooting" renders a bit of confusion. Or maybe I'm reading it incorrectly?

Thanks and regards...

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Old 10-09-2013, 10:46 AM   #13
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If someone haven't seen yet the inners of the Browning Hipower magazine with the mousetrap, you might be interested to see its schematics (under patent 5353537):
Patent US5353537 - Fire arm with mobile loader and loader for such an arm - Google Patents

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Old 06-05-2014, 09:37 PM   #14
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I am a member of the BHP Talk forum, and recently was able to locate an archived version of the Hi Power FAQs (which started this thread back in 2009). A forum user was looking for the FAQs noting the posted link was no longer active.

I also took the image links and copied the acutal images into the new document. It is currently and temporarily in my public dropbox folder. To download the PDF of the Mag FAQs, the link is

So it does not get lost again, interested Hi Power enthusiasts might wish to download and save a local version for future reference. It is easy to save now that is a a PDF and not a webpage/HTML version.
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Thanks for your effort on our behalf...


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Old 07-22-2014, 03:44 AM   #16
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Hi...These patents are nice. Your efforts are awesome..
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