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Take a trip to the range. Load it +1 and see if you see any failures in a controlled environment. If keeping the firearm in this condition universally caused failure our LEO and MIL folks wouldn't carry in such a fashion all the time.
Regarding the spring fatigue... Being totally compressed or totally relaxed is the same wear on the spring. It's the act of compression/relaxing that wears it. Loading a mag and keeping it loaded isn't an issue, constant loading and unloading will eventually wear out a spring. Even so, a worn spring doesn't make the mag body trash as replacement springs can be purchased and magazines are usually pretty easy to take apart and rebuild.
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Regarding the spring fatigue... Being totally compressed or totally relaxed is the same wear on the spring. It's the act of compression/relaxing that wears it.
Every pressure vessel out there (hi/low pressure boilers etc., residential water heater) are equipped with spring loaded safety devices which fortunately hold constant pressure, and relieves only if the pressure is exceeded.
No one had proven one way or the other that it's good or bad. All I know is that the life cycle of a magazine spring is like...forever (vs. recoil spring which needs to be replaced every so often).
What I would be more concerned about (from personal and others' experiences) is how often you cycle the same round in the chamber. I have had rounds where the bullets fall off after 4 - 5 cycles. I've seen rounds with the bullet significantly recessed into the case after repeated cycling. Keep this in mind, try to cycle the same round to 3 times max and put that round aside for range practice.
The cumulative effect of both of these concerns is that you MUST practice malfunction drills...tap, rack, fire, etc. (see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64WM9861Xtk). Even if your gun is 100% at the range so far, it does not mean that it won't fail in the future and at ungodly time; therefore, you must account for failures.
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