Gun magazines have been a standard functioning piece of the modern firearm since the creation of the semi-automatic gun. Gun magazines hold a good amount of extra ammo for the firearm it is attached to but they are also designed to feed the gun a new round every time one is fired from the chamber.

Rifle magazines have been improved over many years of trial and error. They also been improved from better manufacturing. Have ever wondered how gun magazines work? We have exactly what you are looking for. Let us explain and get a general overview of the pieces and parts that make gun magazines work.

The task of inserting cartridges into a magazine can sometimes be difficult. I wanted to help those of you who struggle with filling your magazines, by putting together a little how-to and include some tools that can make the task easier.

It’s probably good to start with correct terminology. Magazines are by definition different than clips. A magazine holds individual rounds in a tube and feeds them automatically through spring tension. Alternatively, clips hold multiple rounds together as a unit, and that unit is manually fed into the gun. Pistols use magazines, while some handguns like revolvers use clips. Most rifles, like your AR15, use magazines, while some use clips, like the M-1 and Mouser.

Inserting the magazine:

The most intuitive way is to hold the gun in your dominant hand. With the gun pointed in a safe direction, rotate the gun so your palm is facing up. Deliberately insert the magazine until it is fully seated. You may or may not hear a click when this happens. Do not be scared to use force when doing this. You will not break your gun and a firm strike on the base of the magazine will ensure it’s seated properly.

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CZ Factory OEM Rifle Magazine .22LR 10 Round Black 452 ZKM 12004


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Ruger 10/22 Clear Sided BX-25 Magazine Clear / Black .22 LR 25Rd


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Ruger 10/22 Magazine BX-25 .22 LR 25rd Black


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Ruger BX-25×2 Magazine for Ruger 10/22, SR-22, Charger, 77/22 50 Rounds