As I worked this week on my Firearms FAQ (it ended up being firearms 101), one thing that became clear was that offering a firearms primer for non-shooting general public in 1,000 words is tough. As I told my wife last night, “You need a book.”
I have gotten one mild complaint this morning. A reader wished I had pointed out the difference between “magazine” and “clip.” I wrote that magazines are sometimes called clips. That’s accurate. But the two are different and I know it’s an annoying pet peeve of some firearms folks to hear magazines called “clips.” But as I pointed out to this reader, who was nice about it, if you go to the firearms glossary at the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s website and look up “clip,” the definition is “See magazine.”
Anyway, please give my piece a read if you get a chance and feel free to offer suggestions on other items and issues that I and others who cover firearms should keep in mind as we write about this for the general public.