Short, Easily Digested Firearms Education Lecture #1 – The CLIP and the MAGAZINE

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11 Responses to “Short, Easily Digested Firearms Education Lecture #1 – The CLIP and the MAGAZINE”

  1. Distinctly clear… nice.

  2. […] Short, Easily Digested Firearms Education Lecture #1 – The CLIP and the MAGAZINE […]

  3. Gary Carbone says:

    I had heard the terms “clip” and “magazine” used interchangedly, and may have mixed them before, but not anymore. Thanks Randy

  4. Gary Carbone says:

    I meant interchangeably……

  5. […] Short, Easily Digested Firearms Education Lecture #1 – The CLIP and the MAGAZINE […]

  6. Mike Martin says:

    Good things to know, if you didn't know already.

  7. […] This is the second in my Short, Easily Digested Firearms Education Lecture series – the first being my article on the clip and the magazine. […]

  8. Robert Buzum says:

    What about the revolver scenario? Having no spring, the revolving chambers are not a magazine. Would you call it a clip? What if it could be removed and you had two more spares just like it on your belt?

    • Randy says:

      An excellent point Robert. Speaking for myself, I put the revolver situation into an entirely different category. The revolver concept predates all this semantic gobbledegook and stands apart, I believe, so that the extra rounds it offers are more of a reserve supply in the form of pre-chambered rounds. The cylinder, after all, is nothing but an array of chambers that are brought into battery one at a time, and so are actually an integral part of the firearm.

      The idea of pre-loaded cylinders carried for a muzzle loading revolver is really little different, although slower to load, than carrying speed loaders for a modern revolver. A speed loader certainly qualifies as a clip. That fish or fowl status of the pre-loaded cylinder as it transitions from clip off the gun, to reserve and integral part of the gun when mounted, is probably a pointless exercise to consider, UNLESS of course, the discussion involves beer.

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