Clip vs. Magazine

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Seen at SayUncle. It gave me a good laugh!

(Photo of PlasmaFox’s AR-15)

Repeat after me “clips are used to hold cartridges together for quick loading, magazines are used to hold cartridges for feeding into the guns’ chamber” 😉

The best explanation of the differences that I could find is at The Gun Zone.

The terms are NOT interchangeable!

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Jim Jim on Apr 23, 2013

    Then why is there a powder magazine on a ship in the Navy? and the "bullets" called shells

  • Obersaber Obersaber on Jan 19, 2014

    The Boberg Arms company just released a bullpup pocket pistol called the XR45-S that feeds 45acp and 45 SUPER ammo though a "magazine clip". The magazine has clip rails built into the end to index the cartridge rim for smooth feeding with a reduced resistance magazine spring. The 5.75" gun has a 3.75" gain twist rifled barrel and 7 other recoil reducing features needed for crazy powerful self protection loads.