Difference Between Gun Magazine vs Clip: Don’t Be a Noob

One of the most often misused terms are gun magazines versus clips.  It boils down to what feeds what.

Magazine vs Clip

magazine feeds the gun, while a clip feeds the magazine.

Gun Magazine vs Clip, Firewoodhoardersclub
Gun Magazine vs Clip, Firewoodhoardersclub

Clips make loading multiple rounds into a magazine easier.  And sometimes you have to use the clip for a gun to work.  One example is the “en bloc” clip above for the older M1 Garand, where you leave in the clip.  It gives it the characteristic “ting” that you might have seen in movies such as Saving Private Ryan.

While for some other old school guns such as the Mosin Nagant, you can use a stripper clip to feed the internal magazine.

Loading Mosin Nagant with a Stripper Clip
Loading Mosin Nagant with a Stripper Clip

For regular modern guns with removeable magazines, there are still stripper clips and some fancier alternatives like the StripLULA for AR magazines.

Stripper Clip Feeding a Magazine
Stripper Clip Feeding a Magazine

Here’s a great video from Hickok45 which shows you a ton of different examples.

Who Really Cares?

Personally, I believe everyone knows what you’re talking about if you confuse one with the other.  But there’s still plenty of people out there (especially online) that will try to bite your head off if you say it wrong.  What’s your opinion?

Batman Clip vs Magazine
Batman Clip vs Magazine

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3 Leave a Reply

  • Bobby

    Even easier to distinguish: a magazine has a spring; a clip does not have a spring. The same is true of a "follower." A magazine has a follower but a clip does not. But most non-gun people know what a spring is, though probably don't know what a follower is.

    7 months ago
  • Dennis Evans

    Do you know if Thordsen makes the stock for the AR10 or just for the 15's. Changing the stock to a standard on the AR10 still leaves the pistol grip which California doesn't allow.

    3 years ago
    • ehung

      I believe there's a stock adapter but it might only work for DPMS profile AR-10's. Let me know what you find out.

      3 years ago
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