How to Repair a Gun Magazine

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There are four parts to most gun magazines. The metal frame, spring, bottom securing plate and the push plate on the top of the spring. A number of things can make a gun's magazine malfunction, but repairing the magazine is a simple job. This is not a difficult job to complete, no matter what is malfunctioning on the gun's magazine. This process should only take you about 15 minutes to find out what is wrong and fix it.

Items you will need

  • Gunsmithing tool set

Remove all of the bullets from the gun's magazine. Place all of the bullets on a flat, clean, dry surface.

Remove a push rod from the gunsmithing tool set that is the correct size for the small button on the bottom of the securing plate on the magazine. Use the push rod to push in the button and slide the securing plate off of the magazine.

Pull the spring out of the magazine. If the spring is bent or broke, replace it with a brand new one.

Inspect the retaining edges on the top of the magazine where the bullets rest under. If the edges are bent, bend them back to their original angle, using the pliers in the gunsmithing tool set.

Replace the push plate on the top of the spring with a brand new one.


  • .50-Caliber Rifle Construction Manual: With Easy-to-Follow Full-Scale Drawings; Bill Holmes; 2002
  • Gunsmithing: a Manual of Firearms Design, Construction, Alteration and Remodelling; Roy F. Dunlap; 1996
  • The Complete Glock Reference Guide--3rd Edition 4th Revision; Glock; 2006

About the Author

Living in Tucson, Ariz., Robert Good has been writing from 2003 on a wide variety of subjects ranging from sports, gardening and cooking to auto repair, home maintenance and travel. Good holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of the State of New York.

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