Doctorr Fabulous wrote: gun toting monkeyboy wrote:
"A battle rifle is a military service rifle that fires a full-power rifle cartridge, such as 7.62×51mm NATO or 7.62×54mmR. Usually because of the harsh recoil, they are only semi-automatic (though there are some exceptions), and the larger size of the full-power rifle cartridge means that the capacity will be much lower usually around 10 to 20 rounds, though they usually compensate for this with much more power, range, and accuracy."
You can call your pop gun anything you like. Though I doubt your instructors would have let you call a magazine a "clip" while you were at boot camp, or any time after that. I was under the impression that Marines were kind of funny that way. That said, your calling it that doesn't actually make it that.
Rifles were generally either "muskets" for the M16 or generally filed under "bangstick" or "killrod" with sniper rifles being given the "death ray" designation. Anyone who got bent out of shape over made-up designation like "battle rifle" or "assault rifle" would have been pelted with rocks and made to sit in the corner. Same with magazine and clip. Copy-pasting the uncited intro to a wikipedia article is like quoting an anonymous reddit user as fact, in that it's utterly meaningless.
There's nothing more that grinds my gears (except for maybe missing the clutch... get it??) than the whole "magazine" vs "clip" business. I get it, in recent years, there has been a dictionary-like distinction between the two.... which means internet experts love to jump on people who misuse the form of the word to show dominance. In my mind, it's metaphorical dog humping.
My grandfather served in 2 wars as a sniper in the Corp. (medals, confirmed kills, the whole 9 yards). He called them "clips". He shot guns and hand loaded until the day he died. He taught my dad how to shoot. My dad says "clips". I talk to many other old timers: gun shop owners, old vets, old hunters, outdoorsman.... in fact, most call them "clips". I guess the Greatest Generation is wrong.
But some internet expert will come in, and say, "Hey Jeeper, that's because they all trained or were familiar with the Garand... which used clips, so they are just old fashioned". And to that, I say, "Wanna see me flex my arm muscle?? I'm sorry, I should call it a bicep instead."
So do I call them "magazines"? Yep, mostly to keep little experts from trying to metaphorically hump me for dominance, because in the end, I don't feel like dropping a rant on a fool in public.
Besides, the whole "you called it a clip" argument is an Ad Hominem debate... it doesn't solve nor prove anything. Except that some people like to try to hump others.