Originally Posted by samuse
I would never even load a mag to it's full capacity. At least download by two or three rounds.
I also never leave my magazines loaded for any longer than possible. Like when I'm at a match, I unload all of my magazines between stages and only load the magazines I'm going to use when I'm on deck.
If I'm just at the range practicing, I only load two rounds in a magazine at a time, but I only shoot one round. This keeps the tension on the spring at a minimum and prevents follower wear.
As soon as I get done shooting I fully disassemble all of my magazines, clean them with q-tips and store the springs completely relaxed.
I send my mag springs to day spas, so they can relax in total comfort, rejuvenating themselves.