Clips Versus Magazines
Clips versus magazines. Many people think these terms are interchangeable, and I’ve read several books where an author states the hero “dropped the clip in his gun”. As a writer, this type of mistake can cost us credibility. The reader, if he or she knows much about guns, may think the author didn’t do his/her research. Most gun aficionados will quickly correct the interchangeable use of clip and magazine. A magazine cannot be used in a clip fed firearm, nor can a clip be used in a magazine fed firearm.
The photo below is of a stripper clip or charger. Notice how the ammunition is open and not enclosed. Weapons such as an SKS utilize stripper clips.
The photo below is a clip.
Magazines are spring fed, and many are detachable. Most semi-automatic handguns and AR rifles use magazines.
When researching guns for your next novel, it’s important to use the correct terms. When in doubt, call a local gun store. Most will be very happy to steer you in the right direction.
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