Some “Gun Guys” get a burr up their asses when someone who knows little about guns, says “Clip” instead of “Magazine”. Some gun guys turn into pedantic asshats about this and regardless of the situation just can’t help but to go into full lecture mode to make sure that they beat the “proper terminology” into their heads. And it wouldn’t be so bad if you just said something like “If it has a spring, it’s a magazine,” and move on… But interjecting your “Knowledge Bomb” with the whole looking down your nose, half sneer, and eye rolls only makes you look like a complete jackwagon.
Instead of rolling easy, you guys have to puff out your chest like a Male Sage Grouse trying to impress a Mate. Then once you’ve beaten your point into the ground like your driving railroad spikes, you then act smug as if you’ve fixed some part of the world that was broken and now can be healed thanks to your blessed wisdom dispensation.
Some times I’ve observed the results of this… and it’s not good. You’ve taken a new and curious shooter that wants to learn… and turned them off completely. I’ve seen this happen at Ranges. I’ve seen this happen at Gun Counters. I’ve seen Customers do this to other Customers… and I’ve even seen Gun Counter Guys do this to someone who was a Customer, but suddenly are no longer one. And then they don’t want to go back. Because people don’t like being talked down to. This does us no good and seriously – Who the hell really cares? This isn’t important.
Clips vs Magazines – It doesn’t matter. Both are devices that hold ammunition… That’s close enough. It’s not “Shoulder Thing that Goes Up” level of ignorance… So let’s let this shit slide and then offer some educational training in a more subtle way, okay?