Assault Clips And Bullets

Yea this is how it goes:


Source – Critical Mass

There are two camps when it comes to this type of thing.  The first, where it’s not acceptable to call a magazine a “clip” or a cartridge a “bullet” (this is the camp I’m in), because those just aren’t their names.  Camp #2 argues that “Language evolves bro”.  Oh language evolves?  So that means we should be OK with calling AR-15s “assault rifles” too, even though by definition they are not?  Whatever… I really don’t care that much but if you say “clip” around me when referring to a magazine I’ll LOL inside and know that you’re a newb.


Hat tip: Castro



Brannon LeBouef February 8, 2014 at 12:47 am

It is a combination of the two. Things in most sub-cultures have specific meanings based on how they are used among those people. Technical aspects also have their own vernacular. A magazine is a magazine. That said, language does evolve, and over times words tend to mean completely different things.



Language changes bro, but when there is a nomenclature or specific term, use it. At the same time, do not be a pandactic jerk who tries to correct everyone when you know exactly what they are referring to.


MattV2099 February 8, 2014 at 01:36 am

camp three:
Those of use who are in camp 1 but use terms such as “assault clip” and “bullet” instead of cartridge to intentionally piss people off in camp 1 who appear to care too much.


HMPlatinum February 8, 2014 at 11:09 am

MattV2099 hit it perfectly on the mark…with a bullet.

Need a fresh clip, Matt?


MattV2099 February 8, 2014 at 11:50 am

Pass me fresh clipazine, holmes.


HMPlatinum February 9, 2014 at 04:30 pm

I need a strippermag to re-up the rounds, first.


Seb February 8, 2014 at 04:46 am

The evolution of my operationally tactical jargon:

So I was at the boom boom room the other day and was all like: Yo peeps I needs some more of dem primers so I can pewpew my boomstick in the boom boom room smore! And don’t be nuzzlin’ me with your gat or I’ll smack you in the mooseknuckles mufakkas!

Translated for those not tactically elite:

So I was at the range the other day and exclaimed: Hello my fellow elite friend operators…I need to procure some more cartridges so I can continue to put rounds downrange with my rifle while continuing to occupy said range. And don’t muzzle me with your firearm or I’ll punch you in the balls motherfuckers!

But really…I call cartridges ammo. But ammo is ammunition. Which isn’t strictly correct. And I call propellant powder. Which it is…but still it could be called an incorrect term I suppose.

I also call tattoo’s ink. Even though it is pigment. So once again yeah yeah I’m wrong…but I digress.

So I guess I am not really tier 1 elite as of yet. But hey I roll my own and have a beard. I mean fer Christ sake my boots are blood-borne pathogen resistant…that’s got to count for something right?!

But I still get annoyed when someone calls a magazine a clip. What can I say that shit just bugs me. But if I know you are just saying it to bust my balls then I suppose the proper response is to return the favor right?


Taofledermaus February 8, 2014 at 06:54 am

People have been calling magazines, “clips” longer than any of us have been alive. I saw an old ad in a magazine from the 50’s for a .22 rifle that used the term “magazine clip”. All we can do is use the proper terms and try not to roll our eyes too much when people use the wrong terminology.


fargo February 9, 2014 at 11:41 am

As a Swiss, why is an AR-15 not an assault rifle? Because if we buy the SIG 550 (civ. version) here, we will still refer to it as an assault rifle, even though the military designation is Stgw 90…or am I confusing something?


Manny Fresco February 9, 2014 at 01:41 pm

Fargo, because here, an assault rifle is a military definition of a intermediate caliber weapon that is select-fire, meaning it can fire in semi-automatic and fully automatic modes. If an AR15, no matter how similar to an M4 or M16, cannot fire in fully automatic, then technically, it is NOT an assault rifle.


Manny Fresco February 9, 2014 at 01:39 pm

“Language evolves bro”.. OK, it is now acceptable to call women bitches and to replace “bro” with asshole


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