Ease Up On The Upper Receiver
Everyone likes that “clink-clunk” noise an upper receiver makes when it slams down on a round. That said, the lighter you set down the upper receiver onto the round in the magazine, the lighter the impact on the cartridge casing. If you’re at the range and planning on expending that ammunition — there’s very little to worry about. Modern munitions and most handguns are designed within those tolerances. The biggest obstacle we run into is the repeated impact of the upper receiver onto the same bullet casing multiple times.
One or twice? No problem. You can potentially keep the same round chambered in your handgun for several months (or longer) depending upon how gently you chamber that round.
Here’s the ugly part: every time a handgun bullet gets loaded into the chamber, it is going to take the force of the slide hitting it. Every handgun is going to be slightly different in terms of wear-and-tear on the bullet itself. There’s no all inclusive set of rules governing when a round should be cycled out. So, we’re going to have to use common sense on this one.
Weekly Assessment Of Cycle Round
Concealed carriers tend to use specialized self-defense rounds. These are rounds designed to expand when they hit soft tissue and, thus, have a greater impact on potential bad guys in a self-defense situation. These rounds are usually quite a bit more expensive than standard full metal jacket rounds so gunowners are understandably more hesitant to “throw away” (shoot at the range) an expensive self-defense round.
When we unload our carry guns, we have a tendency to eject the round and then put it right back in at the top of the magazine. It’s time expedient and convenient. Before you throw that round right back at the top of the magazine, take an honest look at it.