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Old December 1, 2013, 09:47 AM   #1
Bart B.
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Firearm Glossary

Per FALPhil's request. . .

Clip versus magazine; from SAAMI Glossary

A separate cartridge container to hold cartridges or shells in proper sequence for feeding into a specific firearm. It is a magazine charger, and unlike a magazine does not contain a feeding spring. Sometimes improperly called a Magazine.

1. A building for the storage of either ammunition or its components.
2. A recepticle for a firearm that holds a plurality of cartridges or shells under spring pressure preparatory for feeding into the chamber. Magazines take many forms, such as box, drum, rotary, tubular, etc. and may be fixed or removable.
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Old December 1, 2013, 10:50 AM   #2
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A rather thorough treatise can be found here:

When explaining the difference between "clip" and "magazine" to a newbie, ALWAYS be friendly and courteous. Sneers and scorn merely show that one is really a low-rent sort who should be shunned.
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