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Old 10-27-2010, 01:31 PM  
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What do all the letters mean?

Some (forum) common letters and meanings:

ACC - Remington ACCelerator
ACOG - Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight
ACP - Automatic Colt Pistol (.45 ACP, .32 ACP)
AD - Accidental Discharge
AE - Action Express (.41 AE, .50 AE)
AF - Alternative Force
AFAIK - As Far As I Know
AOP - Assault On Principal (Executive Protection)
AOW - Any Other Weapon [zip guns, other non-standard small-bore
AP - Armor Piercing
API - Armor Piercing, Incendiary
APT - Armor Piercing, Tracer
ATM - At The Moment
AWB - Assault Weapons Ban (part of the 1994 Crime Bill) [legislation]
BAR Browning Automatic Rifle
BATFE - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; see also F-
BBWC - Bevel-Base WadCutter
BC - Ballistic Coefficient
BD or B&D - Bain and Davis (.357/44 B&D)
BG - Bad Guy
BHP - Browning HiPower
BMG - Browning Machine Gun
BR - Bench Rest Remington 6mm BR, 7mm BR)
BT - Boat-Tailed
BTT - Back to the Top
BTW - By the Way (seen a lot in on-line forums)
BUG - Backup Gun
Bullet - The projectile portion of a cartridge. (N.B. Should not be confused with a cartridge (or round) that consists of all components, unfired.)
Caliber Sometimes spelled Calibre (British). See Caliber - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia for an in depth discussion of caliber types and caliber dimensions.
Cartridge Ammunition for a gun consisting of a bullet, casing, powder, and primer
CB - Cast Bullet
CC - Concealed Carry
CCH - Concealed Carry Handgun
Ciao - (Not an acronym ? Italian for bye-bye)
CCW - Concealed Carry Weapon (includes gun, knife, nuclear device, etc.)
CHL/CCL Concealed handgun license/concealed carry license
CL - Remington Core-Lokt
CF or CofF - Course of Fire
COM - Center of Mass
CONUS - Continental US
CPL - Concealed Pistol License
CQB - Close Combat Battle
CQC - Close Quarters Combat
CRISAT - Cooperative Research into Small Arms Technology
CRS - Can't remember squat (stuff old age disease)
CWP - Concealed Weapon permit
CYA - Cover Your Alternative Front
DA - Double Action. Pulling the trigger cocks the hammer and releases it. The weight of the trigger pull is usually higher than Single Action (SA).
DAO - Double Action Only. See DA (Double Action) and SA (Single Action). DAO means the gun will fire only in Double Action mode and has no Single Action mode. This configuration is often considered an additional safety feature.
DARFC - Duck and Run for Cover
DCM - Director of Civilian Marksmanship
DD - Destructive Device
DEWC - Double Ended Wadcutter
DOA - Dead on Arrival
DPS - Department of Public Safety
DRT - Dead Right There
EBKDDERSFSCCFRTDACHSIBSDXTMELAWKITNBT ? Evil-Baby-Killing Death-Dealing-Emergency-Room-Surgeon-Finger-Shredding-Crime-Causing-Flesh-Ripping-Too-Dangerous-for-Average-Citizen-Heat-Seeking-Innocent-Bystander-Search-and-Destroy-eXploding-Tearing-Maiming-End-of-Life-As-We-Know-It-Thermo-Nuclear-Black-Talon, which, due to an unfortunate corporate decision, was the name that these particular bullets got instead of the name 'Winchester Safety Blossoms' suggested by Chris Luchini (rec.guns Tue Nov 23 1993).
EDC - Every day carry
EDP - Emotionally Disturbed Person (NYPD)
EFMJ - Expanding Full Metal Jacket
EIN - Employer Identification Number
EO - Executive Order
FFL - Federal Firearms License
FMJ - Full Metal Jacket
Foot-pound - The effort required to lift 1 lb. to a height of 1 ft. at sea level. (ft.-lb.) This term is used to describe the energy of moving objects, including bullets (Guns&Ammo, p. 18, May, 2007).
FOPA - Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 [legislation]
FP - Flat Point
FST - Winchester Fail Safe Talon (Black Talon)
FTDR - Failure to do right
FTE - Failure to Eject
FTF - Failure to Feed; Failure to Fire; Face-to-Face (used in gun sales to describe an in-state sale of a gun as opposed to an interstate sale, which must be accomplished through an individual with a Federal Firearms License
FTN - Failure to Neutralize F-Troop BATFE
FUBAR - Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition. [The Oxford English Dictionary lists Yank, the Army Weekly magazine (1944, 7 Jan. p. 8) as its earliest citation: "The FUBAR Squadron ... FUBAR? It means 'Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition.'"] In the 1944 U.S. Army animated short The Three Brothers (directed by Friz Freleng), a character named Fubar is a brother of Private Snafu (Situation Normal, All Fouled Up)[2] and Tarfu (Things Are Really Fouled Up, or Totally and Royally Fouled Up).
FWIW - For What It?s Worth
GA or G&A - Guns & Ammo Magazine (.40 G&A, .460 G&A)
Ga., ga. - Gauge. Refers to the bore of a shotgun. See Shotgun shell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia for an in depth discussion of shotgun shells and shotgun gauges.
GAP - Glock Automatic Pistol
GCA - Gun Control Act of 1968 [legislation]
GDAR - Grin, Duck, and Run
GDHP - Speer Gold Dot Hollow Point
GG - Good Guy
GOA - Gun Owners of American GSSF Glock Sport Shooting Foundation (for Glock owners who don't want to compete with, and risk being beaten by, owners of another brand of gun). chuckle
HBWC - Hollow-Base WadCutter
HD - Home Defense
HDC - Home Defense Carbine
HH or H&H - Holland & Holland (.375 H&H)
HMG - Heavy Machine Gun
HP - Hollow Point. This means that the bullet in a cartridge has a hollow place in the nose. This aids in expansion of the round when it enters the target. (See also, Ballistics, Bullets).
HPJ - Remington High Performance Jacketed (Golden Sabre)
HR or H&R - Harrington & Richardson (.32 H&R Mag
HSP - Highly sensitive person
IANAD - I Am Not A Doctor
IANAL - I Am Not A Lawyer
IANAR - I Am Not A Rat
IBS - International Benchrest Shooters
IDLE - International Dateline West
IDLW - International Dateline West
IDPA - International Defensive Pistol Association
IFF - Identification ? Friend or Foe
IHMSA - International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Assoc. (7mm IHMSA)
IIRC - If I Remember Correctly
IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
IMNSHO - In My Not So Humble Opinion
IMO - In My Opinion
IMR - Improved Military Rifle (Originally, DuPont's name for some of its canister powders.)
IPSC - International Practical Shooting Confederation
IWB - Inside [the] Waist Band (a carry position for a holster)
J Jacketed
JBT - Jack Booted Thug
JDJ - J. D. Jones (.375 JDJ)
JFP - Jacketed Flat Point
JHC - Jacketed Hollow Center/Jacketed Hollow Cavity
(to be continued)

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Old 10-27-2010, 01:31 PM  
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JHP - Jacket Hollow Point. This means that the bullet in a cartridge has a hollow place in the nose and the entire pullet is jacketed, usually with copper. (See also HP (Hollow Point), Ballistics, Bullets.)
JMB - John Moses Browning
JMHO - Just My Humble Opinion
JPFO - Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
JRS - John R. Sundra (7mm JRS)
JSP - Jacketed Soft Point
KYPD - Keep Your Powder Dry
L - Lead
LC - Long Colt (.38 LC, .45 LC)
L-C/T - Hornady Lead Combat/Target
LDA - Light Double Action
LE - Law Enforcement
LEA - Law Enforcement Agency
LEO - Law Enforcement Officer/Official
LLEA - Local Law Enforcement Agency
LHP - Lead Hollow Point
LMG - Light Machine Gun
LOS - Line of Sight
LR - Long Rifle (.22 LR). N.B. The .22 caliber rimfire cartridges consist of the short (S), long (L) and long rifle (LR). The most commonly sold cartridge is the LR. S & L are not defined elsewhere in this list.
LRN - Lead, Round Nose
LSWC - Lead Semi-WadCutter
LTC - Licensed to Carry (considered to be less controversial than terms including the term “concealed.”)
LTCF - Licensed to Carry Firearm(s)
LWC - Lead WadCutter
Mag - Magnum (.357 Mag, .41 Mag, .44 Mag)
or MAG
mag - Magazine
MC - Metal Cased
MIM - Metal Injection Molding mm millimeter (5.56mm, 7.62mm, 9mm, 10mm, 7mm Mag, etc.)
MoA - or Angular measurementMinute of Angle: 1/60th of one of the 360-
MOA - degrees in a circle
MOB - Middle of Back
MRWC - Mid-Range WadCutter
NAA - North American Arms Corp.
NAP - Non-Agression Principle (and criticism)
NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization (7.62 NATO, 5.56 NATO)
NBRSA - National Bench Rest Shooters Association
ND - Negligent Discharge
NFA - National Firearms Act of 1934 (legislation)
NIB - New In Box
NIMBY - Not In My Back Yard
NRA - National Rifle Association
NRMA - National Reloading Manufacturers Association
NSSF - National Shooting Sports Foundation
NOW - New World Order
OC - Open Carry (your weapon is not hidden from view)
OMO - Only My Opinion
OODA - Observe, Orientate, Decide, Act (and then do it again) Loop
OOTB - Out of the Box
OT - Off Topic
OTOH - On The Other Hand
OWB - Outside [the] Waist Band (a carry position for a holster) NB: This carry position is more visible to others unless covered by a shirt, vest, jacket, etc.)
Para - See Pb. Parabellum (9mm Para.) from the Latin expression "si vis pacem, para bellum," ("if you would have peace, prepare for war").
PASGT - Personnel Armor System for Ground Troops
PB Lead Bullet - Pb is the Table of Periodic Elements symbol for lead and is sometimes used by some gun writers to describe cast lead bullets or the lead in bullets. It is also sometimes used to describe Parabellum, as in 9mm Pb for the 9 millimeter Parabellum (or Luger) round (see Para, above).
Finally, Pb is sometimes used to denote a vitamin deficiency in BG (see above), as: “The BG was cured of his antisocial tendencies with a series of deep body injections of Vitamin Pb in dosages of 2 to the thorax and 1 to the cranium.
PBR - Point Blank Range
PDW - Personal Defense Weapon
PHB - Pointy-Haired Boss (Dilbert reference; boss without a clue)
PL - Remington Power Lokt
PM - Private Message (often seen in on-line forums)
POA - Point of Aim
POI - Point of Impact
POTUS - President of the United States
POV - Point of View
POX - Point of Aim
PPC - Pindell-Palmisano Cartridge (.22 PPC, 6mm PPC)
PSP - Pointed Soft Point or Plated Soft Point
PT - Physical Training
PTL&PTA - Praise The Lord and Pass The Ammunition
Rem - Remington (.223 Rem, .35 Rem)
Ren - Charles Rensing & Jim Rock (.270 Ren)
RKBA - Right to Keep and Bear Arms
RM - Rangemaster
RN - Round Nosed
RNL - Round Nosed Lead
RTBV - Refuse To Be a Victim!
RTC - Right to Carry
SA - Single Action. Single action requires first cocking the hammer and then releasing it with the trigger. The weight of the trigger pull is usually much lighter than Double Action.
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SAK - Swiss Army Knife (refers to a tool that does a lot of things)
SAAMI - Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute
SAO - Single Action Only. There is no double-action capability.
S&H - Sharpe & Hart (7x61 S&H)
SCOTUS - Supreme Court of the U.S.
SD - Self Defense
SHTF - Sauerkraut (or other stuff) Hits The Fan
SJ - Semi-Jacketed
SJHP - Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point
SLR - Self Loading Rifle
SMLE - Short Magazine Lee Enfield Rifle
SOB - Small of Back
SOCOM - Special Operations COMmand
SOL - Soooo Out of Luck
SOT - Special Occupational Tax license (administered by BATFE)
SP - Soft Point
STHP - Winchester Silver Tip Hollow Point
SJHP - Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point
SJSP - Semi-Jacketed Soft Point
SMG - Submachine Gun
SNAFU - See FUBAR, above
SO - Safety Officer; Sheriff’s Office(r)
SP - Soft Point or Spire Point
Spl or SPL - Special (.38 Spl. .32 Win Spl.)
Sprg - Springfield Armory (.30-06 Sprg.)
SPTZ - Spitzer
STA - Shooting Times Alaskan
STE - Shooting Times Easterner
Stop and A - type of LEO “search” of a suspicious person authorized by the
Frisk SCOTUS case of Terry v. State of Ohio. A LEO may stop and perform a cursory search of a person when he/she has a reasonable suspicion that they are involved in some illegal activity. The suspicion must be “articulable” (that is, it cannot be just a hunch).
STW - Shooting Times Westerner (7mm STW)
S&W - Smith & Wesson (.40 S&W, .32 S&W)
SWAT - Special Weapons and Tactics
SWC - Semi-Wadcutter. A type of bullet characterized by a general wadcutter shape but with a cone or curve at the front, often with a flat tip. Used, generally, for target shooting.
SX - Hornady Super eXplosive
SxS - Side by Side (as in shotgun barrels)
SXT - Winchester Supreme eXpansion Talon (Black Talon)
TARFU - See FUBAR, above
TC - Truncated Cone
TCU - Thompson/Center and(Wes)Ugalde (7mm TCU, 6mm TCU) Terry or See Stop and Frisk Terry Search
TEOWAWKI - The End of the World As We Know It
TID - Tax ID Number
TMJ - Totally Metal Jacketed. The bullet shape may be anything (e.g., ogive, flat point, round nosed, etc.) but is coated completely with metal, usually copper.
TSW - Team Smith & Wesson (.356 TSW)
TTIWWP - This Thread Is Worthless Without Pictures
USPSA - United States Practical Shooting Association
VCA - Violent Criminal Actor/Violent Criminal Assailant
VLD - Very Low Drag
WC - Wadcutter. A type of bullet that has the same caliber at the front as it does at the back. Used, generally, for target shooting.
WCF - Winchester Center Fire (.25-20 WCF, .32-20 WCF)
Win - Winchester (.308 Win, .32 Win Spl)
WMR - Winchester Magnum Rimfire (.22 WMR)
WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get
XTP - Hornady eXtreme Terminal Performance
YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary
YRWV - Your Results Will Vary

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Old 10-31-2010, 07:08 AM  
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Thanks for that post. Very informative.
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Old 11-01-2010, 12:10 PM  
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unless (of course) you're not referring to weaponry, in which case many of those terms refer to somehting completely different.

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Old 11-02-2010, 03:28 AM  
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sad thing is i could add another list just as long of ones i use daily
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Old 11-23-2010, 01:19 PM  
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Good Info. Worth CTM (commiing to memory)
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:45 PM  
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LOL, great post. Not sure if it is useless information but does explain a few of the forum acronyms I have seen and been confused of in the past. Thanks much.


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