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Smyth Busters: Is It OK to Lubricate Magazines?

You lubricate other moving parts of a gun, so is it OK to lubricate magazines, too? Some folks say, "No, terrible idea, you should not lubricate your magazines!" A viewer wrote in and asked the Smyth Busters, Brownells Gun Techs™ Caleb and Steve, to give us the straight dope. And the answer is... It's OK to lubricate magazines IF you use a DRY lubricant - because a dry lube won't attract dust, dirt, and lint. (Caleb addresses the Internet Pedants who'll insist oil can't "attract" dust and dirt.) When dirt and dust come in contact with oil, they tend to stick to it, and that's not good for reliable mag operation. But dry, graphite-based lubricants work great in magazines. The best way to apply dry lube is to disassemble the mag, spray the lube on the follower and spring, and reassemble. What about "self-lubricating" polymer mags? The guys have tips for those, too. The myth that you shouldn't lubricate magazines is actually PLAUSIBLE. Don't lubricate them with the WRONG lubricant - oil or CLP. It's totally OK to lubricate them with dry lube.

WARNING: Never attempt to disassemble or reassemble a firearm unless you are absolutely certain that it is empty and unloaded. Visually inspect the chamber, the magazine and firing mechanism to be absolutely certain that no ammunition remains in the firearm. Disassembly and reassembly should follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

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