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Old 08-15-2012, 23:58   #1
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Glock 23 - HELP! hard to load new mags

I have two new .40 mags, and have a hard time loading them.

OK, I'm a girl and have girlie hands. But I can't fully load the mags even with a speed loader. Is that normal? Will the springs relax a bit with use?
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Old 08-16-2012, 00:11   #2
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Its normal, new mag springs can be stiff at first. Usually after a couple of times of use they "loosen" up. Leave the 12 rounds in the mags for a few days and, you should be able to top them off.
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Old 08-16-2012, 00:18   #3
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Ah, good suggestion. It didn't occur to me to leave rounds in the mags to compress the springs a bit.

* sigh * only 10 round mags here in sunny California....
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:03   #4
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Yeah like Glock40 said, load em up and let them sit for a few days. The spring will take a set and soon they will load up easier. I just went through the same thing with my 23 and they are much easier to load (13 rounds) now. Good luck.
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:10   #5
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It is fairly typical to underload a new glock mag 1 round until it breaks in. No worries. Just load 11 for the first couple range trips until it loosens up.
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:55   #6
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Not all magazine loaders are created equal. http://www.maglula.com/PistolMagLoad...45ACPmags.aspx Demonstration clip
You will not ever regret purchasing the Maglula,I don't. I have found that the one 10 round magazine I have to be harder to load than the standard capacity magazines,even though they hold more rounds. SJ 40
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:37   #7
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I WANT ONE ! Magula Rules. Thanks SJ !
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:57   #8
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I have two new .40 mags, and have a hard time loading them.

OK, I'm a girl and have girlie hands. But I can't fully load the mags even with a speed loader. Is that normal? Will the springs relax a bit with use?
It's normal and they will relax in time.
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:56   #9
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Also, at the range. I find that only loading 10 rounds helps break it in too. And has the added bonus of letting you space your ammo a little bit.
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:15   #10
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BonnieB, I'm also in Kalifornia. I've got a couple G21 10 rd mags that I've had loaded for about a year, and they're STILL hard to load!!! Dang politians!!
You're going to love the Maglula, it makes loading my G21 mags LOTS easier.
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:52   #11
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I have two new .40 mags, and have a hard time loading them.

OK, I'm a girl and have girlie hands. But I can't fully load the mags even with a speed loader. Is that normal? Will the springs relax a bit with use?
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BonnieB, I'm also in Kalifornia. I've got a couple G21 10 rd mags that I've had loaded for about a year, and they're STILL hard to load!!! Dang politians!!
You're going to love the Maglula, it makes loading my G21 mags LOTS easier.
Shoot the guns,it"ll help.I got right at 40 10rnd G23 mags.Range use and round count helps.'08.
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:50   #12
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http://vickerstactical.com/tactical-tips/magazines/

On tough to seat mags, download at least 1 round.
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:18   #13
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+1 on Maglula.
I've also found that sometimes when I can not get that last round in, I unload and then reload. I do not know why but it seems as though the spring compresses differently. Does not work every time and your mileage may vary!
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:32   #14
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The most difficult thing about a new glock getting the last rd in a new mag
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:55   #15
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no no, the last round in a 22rounder is hard to load..lol..ive only ever used the speedloader that comes with the glock, never the other..heard of them, jsut never had the desire to try i guess..other than a black thumb after loading i usually never have troubles..except that pesky 22rounder
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Old 08-16-2012, 11:35   #17
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I have two new .40 mags, and have a hard time loading them.
Are they Glock mags,,, or Asian Glock mags? I've never had any issues loading my Glock 17 mags by hand,,, no loader. I recently purchased a couple of the Asian knock-offs and found that they get stupid hard to load after only 5 or 6 rounds,,, and progressively get worse as they fill up.

I purchased them as a test since I've read many good things about them. They are crap IMO after having both. No comparison in how different they are to load.

Just a thought when I read your post.
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Old 08-16-2012, 11:44   #18
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Maglula is worth DOUBLE what they charge for them!
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Old 08-16-2012, 13:38   #19
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Are they Glock mags,,, or Asian Glock mags? I've never had any issues loading my Glock 17 mags by hand,,, no loader. I recently purchased a couple of the Asian knock-offs and found that they get stupid hard to load after only 5 or 6 rounds,,, and progressively get worse as they fill up.

I purchased them as a test since I've read many good things about them. They are crap IMO after having both. No comparison in how different they are to load.

Just a thought when I read your post.
Verrot,

That's the behavior I'm getting, a few rounds, easy in. After about 5, it gets seriously difficult to impossible. Both mags say "Glock Austria" on them, one has a serial (?) number one doesn't.

How do you tell if they're non US or non Austrian manufactured, other than behavior. If my shop sold me non-official Glock stuff, I'm taking it back.

Thanks for the tip,

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Old 08-16-2012, 13:53   #20
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As mentioned, it'll get easier with use/spring set.

Also: load 12/13, tap baseplate three times on a table, then tap rear of the mag tube (witness holes facing down) another three times on a table.
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