Not being very technical, when it comes to firearms, I like precision.
I figure, the quality-manufactured tool helps me do the job. The piece-of-junk, on the other hand, does nothing for me.
I feel the same way regarding terminology. Precision, or rather preciseness wins.
Television and movies are not the place to learn anything specific regarding firearms.
Col. Cooper often referred to the wooden accoutrements (the furniture, if you will) on a pistol or revolver, as one does on a long gun.
They are stocks.
They are not grips. Gripping is the action of holding the stock. (By the grip frame)
This causes much consternation, especially in the firearms accessory world. How many companies have we seen called Ralph’s Brand Gun Grips? And not stocks?
The good colonel also discussed magazines. A magazine is a spring-loaded device which feeds rounds-of-ammunition into the firing chamber.
This is not a clip. Most modern semiautomatic handguns utilize magazines, although there are a few that use clips. A clip is a device which holds a set number of rounds in place, as in an en bloc clip for the M1 rifle.
Yet, in firearms retail, we see names like Ralph’s Brand Clips and Magazines.
(attn: FTC – Ralph gives me no funds for these negative endorsements.)
Finally, some gun parts are proprietary, and as such, have a company-specific name. For example, older model Smith & Wesson revolvers do not have a firing pin!
The part, which is attached directly to the hammer (and does not float), in S&W manuals is referred to as
a hammer nose.
Thus endeth the lesson.