Clip Vs. Magazine

July 31st, 2014 Marty Zatrapa

Hello again,

Time after time, we talk to our customers and see or hear people talking about guns and refer to magazines as clips. I would like to take some time and clear this up.

Here is a definition of a clip: “A clip is a device that is used to store multiple rounds of ammunition together as a unit, ready for insertion into the magazine or cylinder of a firearm. This speeds up the process of loading and reloading the firearm as several rounds can be loaded at once, rather than one round being loaded at a time. Several different types of clips exist, most of which are made of inexpensive metal stampings designed to be disposable, though they are often re-used.”

Here is a definition of a magazine: “A magazine is an ammunition storage and feeding device within or attached to a repeating firearm. Magazines can be removable (detachable) or integral to the firearm. The magazine functions by moving the cartridges stored in the magazine into a position where they may be loaded into the chamber by the action of the firearm. The detachable magazine is often referred to as a clip, although this is technically inaccurate.”

“Magazines come in many shapes and sizes, from those of bolt action express rifles that hold only a few rounds to those for machine guns that hold hundreds of rounds.” Eight U.S. states as well as some U.S. counties and cities have magazine bans according to the magazine capacity. Those are often referred to as high capacity, which is not correct either, due to the fact that those magazines are manufactured and sold as standard with the gun they come with. We seem to be stuck in a fad of the government’s efforts to make our hobbies, passions and favorite past times as painful as possible. Why? I wish I knew, we can all draw our own conclusions.

In closing, the main difference between a clip and a magazine is the magazine has mechanical parts, which help feed the ammunition into the gun. The clip is only a clip to hold ammunition together for a speedy loading into a magazine.

For more information, please see the article we used to put together this post:

Written by Marty Zatrapa

Marty Zatrapa

Marty is the founder and craftsman at zZz Custom Works. With experience in the USMC infantry, US Army infantry, cavalry, intelligence, Nuclear security he is one to trust when creating custom gun accessories.

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