In repeating firearms, the magazine is the place that stores the ammunition that has not been fired. When you work the action, a cartridge is picked up from the magazine and placed in the chamber ready to be fired.
- Magazines may be detachable or fixed.
- Detachable magazines allow you to remove extra ammunition from the firearm simply by removing the magazine.
- Fixed magazines require the ammunition to be removed manually from the gun itself. These include tubular, hinged-floorplate, and revolving magazines.