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The part of the firearm that holds the ammunition and automatically feeds the ammo into the chamber. Most pistols have magazines that detach from the pistol. The cylinder of a revolver can functionally be thought of as a non-detachable magazine. Pistol magazines are typically composed of a tubular body, a spring, a follower and a floorplate that holds everything in the tube. Think of the magazine tube as an elevator shaft. The follower is the elevator, the spring is the elevator cable and the cartridge is the passenger being lifted upward toward its destination.

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