On an autoloading
or pump shotguns, the
tube from which the shells are fed is referred to as the magazine.
This term dates back hundreds of years, and derives from the French word
magasin (meaning storehouse), which comes down from the Old French
magazin, possibly from the Old Italian magazzino. The Italians
got the word from the Arabic mahzin, where it derived from the
Aramaic massen - which means to hoard or store.
When the French used it in its most current from, it was usually used to
describe a place where ammunition is stored, or the ammunition itself. It
follows that the container built onto a gun, in which multiple rounds
of ammunition are placed in advance of their use, would also come to be
known as a magazine.
Here's an important point: depending on the
state or jurisdiction in which you're going to be bird hunting,
you may need to have a plug in the magazine to prevent it from holding more
than a certain number of shells. Certain seasons, game, and/or areas mandate
only a certain capacity - often three rounds total.
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