Video: Importance of Magazine Rotation


Making certain a defensive firearm is in working order is imperative, but simple. They need cleaning, lubrication and, if magazine fed, magazine rotation. What’s that last one, you say? Magazine rotation? Yes, like any mechanical device, a magazine is prone to ware. Particularly, if loaded consistently, the springs can soften and eventually lead to a failure to feed. In turn, it’s important to give the magazines a rest and call a fresh one into action. Firearms instructor and member of Colt Combat Unit Ken Hackathorn goes over a simple magazine rotation system in the above video that ensures they perform when they’re called into duty. Granted, the system costs a little extra money, given it requires having extra magazines on hand. But it will get more life out of each magazine and, more importantly, ensure they function flawlessly if ever called into duty.

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  1. Very good video on magazine rotation. I wish you would have had this video back in 2014. I used to carry 3 automatics for self-defense. Back in the summer of 2016, I went out to the farm for target practice. 2 of the 3 automatics failed to feed. I had carried them for over 2 years without rotating magazines. I purchased a Ruger LCR, 38 Special snub-nose revolver. 3 months later my wife and I were carjacked. Jesus & 2 shots from Ruger in less than 3 seconds at less than 2 feet stopped carjacker. I would carry a Glock and 2 snub-noses if I were a police officer. However, since I am a civilian ONLY interested in self-defense I carry 3 concealed-hammer Ruger snub-noses in 357 Magnum and 38 Special. I experienced crimp-jump with my Ruger LCR 9mm and only use it for range practice. Make sure you ALWAYS fire a full cylinder of your carry ammo to make sure you do not get crimp-jump.

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