Weapons and Bullets and Clips…Oh, My
If you grew up watching war movies, reading the mesmerizing copy in Sgt. Rock comic books, and playing with toy soldiers, then it’s probably safe to say that you had an interest in the army or at the very least, the idea of what it’s like to be in the army. Yet do you truly understand all of the jargon in relation to any of the firearms?
Unless you grew up on a military base or have family in the army, then you might be surprised to find that you’re using a lot of the wrong words to label certain objects.
When it comes to the use of words like weapons, bullets, or clips, most people tend to use them inappropriately without even realizing.
Author Beth Alcazar shares what appears to be some insider secrets about what words you should clearly get rid of in order to avoid these mistakes in “Weapons and Bullets and Clips…Oh, My,” on USConcealedcarry.com:
“And speaking of spending too much time watching the big screen, you can blame those moving pictures for the improper use of the word ‘clip,’ too.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)
For future reference, the weapon is the gun itself. A bullet is the smallest article, being the tiny piece of metal that fits into the chamber and is fired upon pulling the trigger.
The clip is not the magazine, such as you would find in a semi-automatic handgun. In fact, the clip has no springs and tends to hold bullets on a strip in order to charge the magazine.
This should be language that the everyday concealed carry practitioner should know and understand. If you’ve made mistakes, own them, and educate yourself. You can only share this knowledge in the future and educate others who might be misusing the language.