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    PT709: Do striker springs get weak from being in the cocked position?

    I realize this question has been going on for years, mostly about whether magazine springs get weak (set) from keeping a magazine fully loaded for a long time, or whether they only get weak from expansion and compression.
    What about striker springs in the fully cocked position, like on the PT709 with a chambered round? Some say it will weaken the spring, while others say the spring only gets weaker from being used.
    Are there any educated answers out there?

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    Re: PT709: Do striker springs get weak from being in the cocked position?

    I would say, no they do not. My 9mm 24/7 Pro and .45 24/7 OSS have been kept Cocked/Loaded with a Round in the Chamber, for extended periods of time, with no problems with their Striker Springs. Have not heard of any such problems on Glocks or Springfield XD's, either. Not a problem with 1911's kept Cocked and Locked for extended periods of time, either. In my opinion, Striker Springs will only wear out with full cycling, not compression.

    As preventive maintenance, I would replace Magazine, Striker and Recoil Springs every 10,000 rounds, whether they need it or not. But that's just me!
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    Re: PT709: Do striker springs get weak from being in the cocked position?

    Everything have read states that the cycling is what wears out or weakens the springs, not extended times of compression.
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    Re: PT709: Do striker springs get weak from being in the cocked position?

    Think about this: What wears out a paperclip? Does the paperclip wear out when you put it on a couple of sheets of paper and leave it? Does it wear out when you flex it back and forth a few times?

    Think about this now: Take a paperclip and bend the clip into an "S" and then put it on the table. If you come back in a week will it have broken? Not if you haven't touched it. Same idea with springs. If you compress it and leave it alone no further wear will occur.
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