A magazine is an ammunition storage and feeding device within or attached to a repeating firearm. magazines may be integral to the firearm or removable. The magazine functions by moving the cartridges stored in the magazine into a position where they may be loaded into the chamber by the action of the firearm.
Government Printing Office The Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1895)
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