the following video explains pretty well.
YouTube - Difference Between a Magazine and a Clip
This is a discussion on Nomenclature within the Reference & "How To" Forum forums, part of the Related Topics category; the following video explains pretty well. YouTube - Difference Between a Magazine and a Clip...
There is something about firing 4,200 thirty millimeter rounds/min that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Ah, fun with guns (and terminology), too much time indeed.
STOP... STOP right there!
This thread is in danger of climbing to the post count of my grammar nazi post about an L.E.O.-- vs -- A LEO.
If I'm a grammar nazi this guy (the OP) is a nomenclature Nomenklatura!
And furthermore, if I find you using the "a" for "an" and "an" for "a"... 'it only solidifies in my mind that you have no grammatical training and I will interact with you accordingly or not at all.'
Sheesh... I don't quit interacting with folk just 'cause they can't talk right... But boyo, watch out if you call a mag a clip! You're doomed to banishment!
Pet PEAVE indeed... Firefox does spell check...
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OP, you'd really love a reporter who wrote an article on the Aurora shooting. He kept referring to the shooter's "assault clip". Which brings me to another point: how do you feel about the term "assault rifle" to mean anything that looks scary to a news reporter?
How about if you clip coupons in the magazine?
Setting Humor aside for the moment.
Using correct terminology has nothing to do with political correctness. It reduces the chance of confusion as long as the listener understands what the terms mean.
The practical application of a language requires discretion. I might not quibble with someone on the firing line saying he was quitting because he was "out of bullets", but that term could cause confusion if you walked into a gun store and said you needed to buy some bullets when you really meant cartridges. The same with clip and magazine.
To address some of the other points:
In .45 auto, the "auto" part doesn't refer to full-auto vs semi-auto capabilities, but to auto-loading, which is why some call them self-loading pistols as that helps preclude confusion among the non-cognoscenti.
Revolvers are indeed a sub-catagory of pistols. My understanding of the handgun termionology goes about like this: hand gonne, to pistol, to revolving-pistol, to just revolver.
So, I try not to nit pick too much and to reserve it for those times when it really annoys me!