If you would have heard the terms “clip” and “magazine” 75 years ago, you would have thought we were referencing news reels. But when you’re talking guns, they are definitely very specific items that are often confused.

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A Clip

A clip is mainly a cartridge holder. It has no spring and does not feed directly into the chamber of your firearm. A clip usually goes into your gun’s stock and waits to be used. Some clips are fed into magazines. However, most of the time, once you fire your weapon, you have to reload it from a clip one cartridge at a time.

A Magazine

A magazine holds shells, cartridges, or bullets under pressure, which will then be fed into the firearm’s chamber once there is room i.e. once a bullet or shell has been fired. There are many different types of magazines, many of which can be removed in order to be reloaded. When buying a holster or carrying concealed, many people like to carry an extra magazine so they will have an extra magazine pouch that can be clipped to their belt. Holster Builder sells magazine drones for various types of firearms for your use. We also sell magazine shells as well for use on your belt. Handguns use magazines; clips are usually used with rifles and shotguns.


It’s important to know the difference between a magazine and a clip so you understand how your firearm works. While both have the same function (to hold ammunition for later use), both work inherently differently. If you want to operate your firearm correctly, then you need to know how yours works at the very least. Holster Builder notes that if you are a new gun owner, this is something you will pick up very quickly.


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