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Old 12-18-2010, 01:56 PM   #1
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I saw an odd problem the other day. A coworker,we'll call him Joe, bought a used CF380 from another coworker, we'll call him Britt. While firing the CF 380 the magazine spring broke. Joe brought the empty magazine in for me to look at. I showed him Hi Point's website and advised him to e-mail them and they'd probably send him a new spring. I also advised him to go ahead and order an extra magazine if he plans on keeping the piece. Has anyone here ever seen a magazine spring break before? My 995 and C9 are over 10 years old and I've never seen this condition.

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Old 12-18-2010, 02:33 PM   #2
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I have never personally, and don't know of anyone who has, either. But then again I haven't run into a lot of pistols that were "truck or toolbox" guns, I guess. I have read of some guys who literally toss their pistol into the toolbox of a truck and it stays there for who knows how long.

Then there is also that fact that most gun manufacturers don't make their own magazines and have no control over the quality for the most part. I imagine that HP doesnt pay all that much for them since the price of the mag has to be absorbed into the firearms' profit margin.

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Anything made by man will eventually break or wearout. Springs are especially tricky to get right every time, heat treatment, microscopic defect in the steel wire used, etc. can all lead to premature failure. You also don't know how many times it was cycled before it broke, could be twice, could be thousands.
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ive seen some break but its usually the "tail" of teh spring where mounts to the follower or where it contacts teh baseplate. old pistol mags (read that as pre WWII) are prone to failure simply because they were made of inferior materials. HP will make it right. it was likely a flaw in the base material the spring was made of.

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i had a 10 rounder do that on my old model c,,a phone call to mom they shipped me a new magazine,,they only asked that i put the old mag in the envlope and return to sender,,which i happily did,,the spring had two breaks in it,,great service there for sure,,

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