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Why can't we call a magazine a clip?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by PursesRHolsters, May 23, 2011.

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  1. At the risk of ruffeling some feathers, Im just wondering why sooooo many people get mad when others refer to magazines as "clips"?
    I have been shooting all my life and just wondered why it's such a big deal? :cuss:
  2. Ed4032

    Ed4032 Well-Known Member

    Good question. Tomato Tomato let's just forget the whole thing.
  3. Deanimator

    Deanimator Well-Known Member

    You can call a magazine a "clip".

    You can also call a porpoise a "fish".

    It's just a question of whether you want to use words by their correct meanings and be perceived as knowledgeable.
  4. thump_rrr

    thump_rrr Well-Known Member

    Because it is not the correct terminology.
  5. Sav .250

    Sav .250 Well-Known Member

    Different strokes for different folks..........

    I guess if you get their drift..... it`s all good. :)
  6. effengee

    effengee Well-Known Member

    Because a clip feeds a magazine.

    But a magazine doesn't feed a clip.

    HOWEVER, if you and I are talking about guns and you say you have a full clip in your 1911, I'll know what you are talking about...
  7. sig220mw

    sig220mw Well-Known Member

    You can call it what you like but effengee nailed it.

    The original meaning of "double action" referred to a handgun that could be fired in two different ways.
    Hand cock or trigger cock thus 2 modes of fire or double action. Over the years the meaning has changed and now trigger cocking means double action. I remember this all changing when back in the early 90's or maybe late 80's some manufacturers came out with semi autos that they called DAO or double action only pistols. It may have changed before then but I remember this taking hold especially at that time.

    Jeff Cooper commented about it in his book "To ride shoot straight and speak the truth". He said we understand what they mean even though it is incorrect.

    Lots of things have changed over the years and clip and magazine are just one of them.
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  8. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    'Cause some folks just flat-out worry too much. Gotta make careers of picking fly-poop out of pepper. Not very remunerative, but that's life, I guess...

    Sure, using proper nomenclature is to be preferred, and a courteous, polite explanation can be appropriate at times. Unfortunately, however, most corrections are given in an arrogant manner--which doesn't make for friendliness from the recipient.

    Not that I'd ever deliberately use the word "clip" around some arrogant snob, you understand. :D
  9. Jolly Rogers

    Jolly Rogers Well-Known Member

    Because it isn't one.
  10. pockets

    pockets Well-Known Member

    I call all of mine 'Leroy'.
  11. Mags

    Mags Well-Known Member

    Can you call an en bloc clip a magazine?
    I just wonder if the point would be successfully communicated if you were armed with a 1911 and M1 Garand.

    Guy needs ammo for the Garand: "toss me another clip"
    Guy needs ammo for the 1911: "hand me a mag"

    Probably wouldn't work to well when his 1911 runs dry and he asks for a clip and gets an M1 Garand en bloc.

    Proper terminology will yield the desired result. IMHO it's just unprofessional for a fellow military member to not use the correct nomenclature.
  12. Vonderek

    Vonderek Well-Known Member

    What Deanimator said. We all rightly find fault when the press refers to Glocks as "service revolvers" and any semiauto rifle as an "AK47". Using incorrect terminology betrays the speaker as misinformed. I know a lot of gun-people take issue at being corrected so if you want to call a magazine a "clip", feel free to do so but don't be so offended when other well-meaning people try to point out your error.
  13. mopar92

    mopar92 Well-Known Member

    Did you put diesel in your tank or fuel? You might have put diesel fuel in, but you did not just put "diesel" in... It's all terminology . A clip is a stripper. A magazine holds the ammo, bla bla.. I'm tolerant of it.
  14. mgmorden

    mgmorden Well-Known Member

    As said, we don't call a magazine a clip because it ain't one.

    Clips don't have springs inside them. They are typically clamp-like devices built to feed rounds INTO an integral magazine.

    It's kind of like when computer people get mad at people for calling the whole box sitting beside the monitor the "hard drive". No, that's the system unit. The hard drive is a tiny 3.5" to 2.5" box inside of that big box that contains some spinning magnetic platters.

    How do you think most mechanics would look at you if you called a crescent wrench a "ratchet"?

    Or a gardener if you called a post-hole digger a shovel?

    People who are into a particular profession or hobby tend to frown upon using flat out wrong words when referring to things like that.

    Just an example, in the pic below this Steyr pistol uses actual clips as shown. Notice that they look different from a magazine. They're inserted from the top and the rounds stripped off into the magazine that's built into the pistol.

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  15. Vonderek

    Vonderek Well-Known Member

    It's all good until someone borrows your diesel truck and puts gasoline in it.
  16. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    I don't really care what shooters say as much as when anti-gunners use it incorrectly in a derogatory way. "Shooting a high powered automatic assault weapon at point blank range with cop-killer hollow-points from a high-capacity clip." Like that.
  17. merlinfire

    merlinfire Well-Known Member

    Plus you can clip your magazines together with a clamp!
  18. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    All my life I called mags clips or mags, either one, because that is what folks I knew called them. Not until I joined THR did I learn the proper usage. I still sometimes slip and call a mag a clip. Whoops. :)
  19. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    I find a lot of people willing to correct me on "magazine" versus "clip" but who have no problem loading their ammunition feeding device of whichever sort with "bullets."
    Somebody wants to correct me on jargon, he better get it ALL right.
  20. Frank Ettin

    Frank Ettin Moderator

    The Chinese say, "The first step toward wisdom is calling things by their right names."

    Words have meanings. You can choose to understand the meanings of the words you use and to use those words correctly. Or you can choose to ignore the meanings of words and to misuse them. Which you choose tells others something about you.
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