The issue is not ignorance, and a person who is not into guns saying it wrong. I couldnt care less about a non gun person not knowing about them in passing conversation. If the conversation gets more in depth though, correction is in order IMO.
The issue in my mind is someone who IS into guns looking like a retard saying it wrong, then after being politely corrected insisting on saying it the other way just because they feel like it, making themselves look like bumbling retards with deadly firearms, rather than someone who is educated in the firearm they are handling.
When someone who owns or handles a firearm is ignorant to the names of its parts, procedures, policies and practices of handling it, it makes that person look incompetent, and to be honest I am not sure I want that person around me with a firearm if they are incompetent.
Sound familiar chris
That is a problem with society today in my eyes. Willful ignorance. It runs rampant. People not saying what they mean, or meaning what they say lowers the collective IQ of our entire country.
Your Kleenex analogy is not the same by the way. A brand name becoming synonymous with a product (Kleenex, Bandaid,Qtip) is not the same as calling one thing something completely different.
Your analogy would be more like calling my Kahr, a Glock, because it is half plastic. It has happened..... and guess what, I politely corrected the dude, and everything was fine. Had he referred to the magazine, I would have corrected that too.