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Old 03-28-2019, 01:37 PM
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I keep getting offered free (except shipping & handling) Pistol holding MAGNETS that screw onto flat surfaces, by an online firm.
I'm sure they could be pretty useful, but I'm not comfortable with MAGNETIZING a steel handgun. Some while ago I kept parts in a magnetic
parts dish, while working on a pistol, & didn't like the way they picked up filings & stuck to each other, where I was working. I am unsure of possible metallurgic changes that could occur, & can't prove magnetizing a handgun would hurt it, but I can't see doing it - unless proven - it was good for it. Since there's no data. i've decided to just use a brass rod down the barrel to hang a pistol - if I ever need to.
If this seems silly - then have a laugh on me. Not having steel case ammo & particles - stuck to my pistol.
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Old 03-28-2019, 01:44 PM
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I think you have a valid concern. I've seen magnetic magazine organizers, but avoided them for the same reason.
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Old 03-28-2019, 02:00 PM
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Fire the gun 300 times, the slide recoil abutment will be magnetic for a while. Impact can temporarily magnetize steel, making the gun magnetic will not effect any function.
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Old 03-28-2019, 03:25 PM
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Fire the gun 300 times, the slide recoil abutment will be magnetic for a while. Impact can temporarily magnetize steel, making the gun magnetic will not effect any function.
I think the concern is the gun will attract bits of metal and accumulate in moving parts causing reliability issues and premature wear.

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Old 03-28-2019, 04:23 PM
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I keep getting offered free (except shipping & handling) Pistol holding MAGNETS that screw onto flat surfaces, by an online firm.
I'm sure they could be pretty useful, but I'm not comfortable with MAGNETIZING a steel handgun. Some while ago I kept parts in a magnetic
parts dish, while working on a pistol, & didn't like the way they picked up filings & stuck to each other, where I was working. I am unsure of possible metallurgic changes that could occur, & can't prove magnetizing a handgun would hurt it, but I can't see doing it - unless proven - it was good for it. Since there's no data. i've decided to just use a brass rod down the barrel to hang a pistol - if I ever need to.
If this seems silly - then have a laugh on me. Not having steel case ammo & particles - stuck to my pistol.
I don't think snapping the slide onto a magnet will result in (much) magnetism if any at all. I remember from high school science class that in order to magnetize steel, you need to stroke in one direction with a really strong magnet in order to get the atoms to align in one direction. I remember my science teacher magnetizing a screw driver using this method to get it to pick up screws.

Why don't you test it out, by snapping on off a slide, then sprinkling metal filings and see if they are attracted?
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Old 03-28-2019, 06:48 PM
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I think the concern is the gun will attract bits of metal and accumulate in moving parts causing reliability issues and premature wear.

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No, you will be fine. I have individual guns over 10k and 30k rounds fired with some parts practically always magnetic from impact. Nothing magnetic will pile up from shooting and as long as you keep it out of say.....a cloud of steel shavings nothing will really find its way to the gun/magnet.

I have one of them, I use it to remove parts from the ultrasonic tank that I drop on accident. It just kinda sits when not in use and doesnít attract anything.
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Old 03-28-2019, 10:29 PM
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I have half a dozen guns that have been hanging somewhere handy from powerful magnets for over 10 years, and have no issues whatsoever with them being magnetized.

I havenít, however, tried them on that old childís toy, Etch-a-Sketch, that has steel filings inside a plastic case that you move around to make drawings.

My normal life has no such small steel filings that might be attracted to the innards of my guns. Even though I shoot a lot of steel case ammo.
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Old 03-30-2019, 01:46 PM
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I have half a dozen guns that have been hanging somewhere handy from powerful magnets for over 10 years, and have no issues whatsoever with them being magnetized.

I havenít, however, tried them on that old childís toy, Etch-a-Sketch, that has steel filings inside a plastic case that you move around to make drawings.

My normal life has no such small steel filings that might be attracted to the innards of my guns. Even though I shoot a lot of steel case ammo.
Etch a Sketches are filled with powdered aluminum and mini styrofoam balls to create a static electric charge to get the aluminum powder to stick to the inside of the glass.
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Old 03-30-2019, 02:10 PM
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Etch a Sketches are filled with powdered aluminum and mini styrofoam balls to create a static electric charge to get the aluminum powder to stick to the inside of the glass.
Iím incorrect on the name, then...Iím thinking about the old glass/plastic screen with a little magnetic ďpencilĒ or stylus that was used to pick up steel filings and move them around, dropping them in piles/shapes to make images.

My childhood recollections are starting to fail me. I had to look up Etch-a-Sketch a minute ago, but thatís not the toy I was thinking of.
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Old 03-30-2019, 02:24 PM
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Iím incorrect on the name, then...Iím thinking about the old glass/plastic screen with a little magnetic ďpencilĒ or stylus that was used to pick up steel filings and move them around, dropping them in piles/shapes to make images.



My childhood recollections are starting to fail me. I had to look up Etch-a-Sketch a minute ago, but thatís not the toy I was thinking of.
You're not the only one, I vividly remember Berenstain Bears being spelled Berenstein instead.

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Old 03-30-2019, 07:49 PM
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Iím incorrect on the name, then...Iím thinking about the old glass/plastic screen with a little magnetic ďpencilĒ or stylus that was used to pick up steel filings and move them around, dropping them in piles/shapes to make images.

My childhood recollections are starting to fail me. I had to look up Etch-a-Sketch a minute ago, but thatís not the toy I was thinking of.
I know what you are talking about, but for the life of me I cannot recall the name either.

Edit: Got it, ďWooly WillyĒ....

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Old 03-30-2019, 11:36 PM
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Ha! You got it!

Iím going to magnetize my 1911 and go back and enjoy a simpler time...
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