I've seen here the emphasis on differentiating between a clip and a magazine. Which is why I found this humorous when I read it. This is a portion of text from Shooter, the autobiography of Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin, one of the top USMC snipers with over 60 confirmed kills. And from a few pages later: Now, I'm not here to fight a war, nor am I trying to say that a magazine is not the proper name for a metal box holding rounds that attaches to your weapon, but I did find it kind of amusing reading this. After all, do I go by what a 60+ kill USMC sniper calls it or, or do I listen to a bunch of guys on an internet message board? Maybe we should all write and correct the Gunny. Actually, I just started reading it and it looks like its going to be pretty good. Those were pulled out of his story about being in Somalia and taking out a couple of anti-aircraft weapons with operators and putting a handful of rounds into the drivers' compartment of a couple tanks with his .50 cal sniper rifle. If you like those kinds of things might want to check it out.