FirearmsTalk Acronyms

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    AAC --- Advanced Armament Corporation
    AAR --- After Action Review
    ACC --- Remington ACCelerator
    ACLU --- American Civil Liberties Union
    ACOG --- Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight
    ACP --- Automatic Colt Pistol
    ACR --- Adaptive Combat Rifle (Remington)
    ACS --- Adaptable Carbine/Storage
    AD --- Accidental Discharge NO SUCH ANIMAL! See ND
    AE --- Action Express, i.e.; .50 AE
    AFA --- Armed Females of America
    AFAIK --- As Far As I Know
    AG --- Attorney General
    AH --- Adam Henry/Azz Hole
    AJHP --- Aluminum Jacketed Hollow Point
    AK --- Avtomat Kalashnikova/AK47/AK74/Assault Rifle - Here at FTF, use SUR (Sport Utility Rifle)
    ALM --- Angry Little Man
    AO --- Adjustable Objective
    AOW --- Any Other Weapon
    AP --- Armor Piercing
    APFSDS --- Armor Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot
    API --- Armor Piercing, Incendiary
    APT --- Armor Piercing, Tracer
    AR --- ArmaLite Rifle, AR-15/(See EBR) Assault Rifle - Here at FTF, use SUR (Sport Utility Rifle)
    ART --- Adjustable ranging telescope
    ASA --- Australian Shooting Association
    ATM --- At This Moment
    AW --- Assault Weapon
    AWB --- Assault Weapon Ban​
    B&D --- Bain and Davis
    BALL --- Ball Ammo/FMJ/TMJ
    BAR --- Browning Automatic Rifle
    BATFE --- Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms Explosives
    BBL --- Barrel/Bull Barrel (Rifle barrel that is thicker then the normal hunting rifle barrel)
    BBWC --- Bevel-Base Wad Cutter
    BC --- Ballistic Coefficient
    BCG --- Bolt Carrier Group
    BCM --- Bravo Company MFG
    BFH --- Barrel, Forged, Hammer (BFH)
    BG --- Bad Guy
    BHP --- Browning Hi-Power/P-35
    BIB --- Bug In Bag, like a 711 version of the BOB.
    BM --- Bushmaster
    BMG --- Browning Machine Gun
    BO --- Body Odor/Barry nOboma
    BOB --- Bug Out Bag
    BOD --- Born On Date
    BOF --- Bureau of Firearms
    BOL --- Bug Out Land (a place of retreat for when the Shumer hits the fan)
    BOR --- Bill Of Rights
    BP --- Black Powder
    BPCR --- Black Powder Cartridge Rifle
    BPE --- Black Powder Express
    BPV --- Bullet Proof Vest/Individual Body Armor
    BR --- Bench Rest
    BRB --- Be Right Back
    BRD --- Black Rifle Disease
    BRR --- Bench Rest Remington
    BT --- Boat Tail
    BUG --- Back Up Gun​
    C3S --- C3Shooter - Kindly, harmless old gent that will keep smiling while he steals your wallet, watch, woman, and gets you to pay for the drinks.
    C&R --- Curio & Relic
    CAL --- Caliber
    CAR --- Colt Automatic Rifle/CAR-15
    CARL --- Curio and Relic License, 03 FFL
    CAS --- Cowboy Action Shooting
    CB --- Cast Bullet
    CC --- Concealed Carry
    CCL --- Concealed Carry License
    CCO --- A 1911 Classic Commander slide on an Officer frame
    CCP --- Concealed Carry Permit
    CCRKBA --- Citizen's Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
    CCW --- Concealed Carry Weapons
    CF --- Centerfire
    CHL --- Concealed Handgun License
    CIII --- Class III FFL - dealer of NFA firearms
    CIF --- Cash In Fist
    CIP --- Case In Point
    CL --- Remington Core-Lokt
    CLDF --- Civil Liberties Defense Foundation
    Clip --- A strip of metal that is used to hold cartridges together to facilitate the loading into (usually) an internal rifle magazine.
    CLP --- Cleaner, Lubricant, Preservative
    CMP --- Civilian Marksmanship Program
    CMT --- Continental Machine and Tool Co.
    CNS --- Central Nervous System
    COA --- Citizen(s) Of America
    COF --- Course Of Fire, shooting stage in pistol event
    COG --- Center Of Gravity
    COM --- Center Of Mass/Center Mass
    CPHV --- Center to Prevent Handgun Violence
    CPL --- Concealed Pistol License
    CQ --- Close Quarter(s)
    CQB --- Close Quarter(s) Battle
    CQC --- Close Quarter(s) Combat
    CRL --- Curio and Relic License, 03 FFL
    CS --- Customer Service
    CTFD --- Calm The Foobar Down
    CTR --- Compact/Type Restricted
    CUP --- Copper Units of Pressure
    CWS --- Cold War Shooters​
    DA --- Double Action
    DAA --- Double Action Automatic
    DAO --- Double Action Only
    DBY --- Day Before Yesterday
    DBA --- Doing Business As
    DB --- Douche Bag
    DCM --- Director of Civilian Marksmanship
    DD --- Daniel Defense
    DEWC --- Double Ended Wad Cutter
    DF --- Drop Free
    DPICM --- Dual-Purpose Improved Conventional Ammunition
    DPMS --- DPMS Firearms, LLC/Defense Procurement Manufacturing Services
    DRN --- Dead Right Now
    DROS --- Dealer's Record of Sale
    DRT --- Dead Right There
    DVC --- Diligentia Vis Celeritas - Latin for Accuracy, Power, Speed​
    EAA --- European American Arms
    EBR --- Evil Black Rifle
    EDC --- Every Day Carry - Knife, gun or that brother-in-law
    EDM --- Electrical Discharge Machining
    EDW --- Every Day Wear
    EMP --- Enhanced Micro Pistol - Springfield Armory
    EOP --- Elevated Optical Platform
    ERC --- Extended Range Carbine​
    FA --- Full Auto
    FATS --- Firearms Training Simulator
    FC --- Forcing Cone
    FCG --- Fire Control Group
    FFL --- Federal Firearms License
    FM --- Farging Magic
    FMJ --- Full Metal Jacket
    FML --- Fully Metal Lined
    FN --- Fabrique Nationale d'armes de'Guerre/Flat Nose
    FNG --- Farging New Guy
    FNH --- Fabrique Nationale d'armes de'Guerre (National Factory of War Arms)
    FOB --- Forward Operating Base
    FOID --- Firearm Owner's Identification Card
    FORS --- Front-Opposite, Rear-Same (Sight adjustment mnemonic.)
    FOV --- Field Of View
    FP --- Flat Point / Firing Pin
    FPS --- Feet Per Second/Firing Pin Spring
    FS --- Front Sight/For Sale / Full Size (5" Government 1911)
    FSB --- Front Sight Block (Gas Block)
    FST --- Front Sight Tower / Winchester Fail Safe Talon (Black Talon)
    FTE --- Failure To Eject
    FTF --- FireArms Talk Forum/Failure To Feed/Failure To Fire/Face To Face (sale)
    FTN --- Failure To Neutralize - penalty
    FTRTB --- Failure To Return To Battery, slide fails to return a new round from the magazine to the chamber and lock
    FUBAR --- Foobared Up Beyond (All Recognition/Any Repair)
    FWIW --- For What Its Worth
    FYEO --- For Your Eyes Only​
    GA --- Gauge -shotgun bore diameter
    GAP --- Glock Automatic Pistol
    GC --- Gas Check
    GCA --- Gun Control Act (of 1968)
    GDHP --- Speer Gold Dot Hollow Point
    GG --- Good Guy
    GI --- Government Issue
    GOA --- Gun Owners of America
    GOOD --- Get Out Of Dodge
    GPU --- Gas Piston Upper
    GR --- Grain
    GTFOH --- Get The Foobar Out of Here!"
    GTG --- Good To Go/Got To Go​
    H&H --- Holland & Holland
    H&R --- Harrington & Richardson
    HBWC --- Hollow-Base Wad Cutter
    HC --- Hard Cast
    HD --- Home Defense/Heavy Duty
    HEAT --- High Explosive Anti Tank
    HP --- Hollow Point/Home Protection
    HPBT --- Hollow Point Boat Tail
    HPJ --- Remington High Performance Jacketed (Golden Saber)
    HS --- Hydra-Shok/Horse Sh1t
    HSC --- Handgun Safety Certificate
    HST --- Hammer, Sear, & Trigger​
    IANAL --- I Am Not A Lawyer
    IAW --- In Accordance With
    IBA --- Individual Body Armor = Bullet Proof Vest
    IBS --- International Benchrest Shooters
    IDK --- I Don't Know
    IDPA --- International Defensive Pistol Association International Defensive Pistol Association
    IIRC --- If I Recall Correctly
    IHMSA --- International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association
    ILA --- Institute for Legislative Action - NRA
    IMBEL --- Indústria de Material Bélico do Brasil (Military Material Industry) a Brazilian state company, founded in 1975.
    IMHO --- In My Humble Opinion
    IMO --- In My Opinion
    IMR --- Improved Military Rifle
    IOW --- In Other Words
    IPSC --- International Practical Shooting Confederation International Practical Shooting Confederation
    IRL --- In Real Life
    IWB --- Inside the Waistband, holster
    IYO --- In Your Opinion​
    JBB --- Jack Bauer Bag
    JDJ --- J. D. Jones
    JHC --- Jacketed Hollow Cavity
    JHP --- Jacketed Hollow Point
    JMB --- John Moses Browning
    JMHO --- Just My Humble Opinion
    JPFO --- Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
    JRS --- Jon R. Sundra
    JSP --- Jacketed Soft Point​
    K98 --- German Mauser 98 in karbine length
    KAC --- Knight's Armament Company
    kB --- kaBOOM!
    KMA --- Kiss My Azz
    KYPD --- Keep Your Powder Dry​
    LAC --- Law Abiding Citizen
    LC --- Long Colt
    L-C/T --- Hornady Lead Combat/Target
    LCP --- Elsie Pea - Lightweight Compact Pistol
    LCR --- Elsie Ahrrrr - Lightweight Compact Revolver
    LDS --- Latter Day Saints
    LE --- Law Enforcement
    LEA --- Law Enforcement Agency
    LEAA --- Law Enforcement Alliance of America
    LEO --- Law Enforcement Officer
    LF --- Lethal Force
    LFI --- Lethal Force Institute
    LGS --- Local Gun Shop
    LHP --- Lead Hollow Point
    LMFAO --- Laugh My Foobaring *** Off
    LMT --- Lewis Machine & Tool Co.
    LOS --- Line Of Sight
    LR --- Long Rifle/Lower Receiver
    LRN --- Lead, Round Nose
    LRPK --- Lower Receiver Parts Kit
    LRT --- LaRue Tactical
    LSR --- Light Sniper Rifle
    LSWC --- Lead Semi-Wad Cutter
    LSWCHP-GC --- Lead Semi-Wad Cutter Hollow Point -Gas Check (Keith, hollow cavity)
    LTC --- Lead Truncated Cone
    LTL --- Less Than Lethal
    LV-JHP --- Low Velocity-Jacketed Hollow Point
    LWC --- Lead Wad Cutter
    LWRCi --- LWRC International, LLC
    M193 --- 5.56x45mm 55-grain ball cartridge.
    M195 --- 5.56x45mm grenade launching blank.
    M196 --- 5.56x45mm 54-grain tracer cartridge, red cartridge tip.
    M202 --- 5.56x45mm 58-grain FN SSX822 cartridge
    M755 --- 5.56x45mm grenade launching blank specifically for the M234 launcher.
    M855 --- 5.56x45mm 62-grain FN SS109 ball cartridge, green tip w/steel penetrator and a lead core.
    M855 LF --- 62-grain green tip w/tungsten penetrator and a steel core. Lead Free
    M856 --- 5.56x45mm 64-grain FN L110 tracer cartridge
    M995 --- 5.56x45mm 52-grain AP cartridge, black cartridge tip.
    MAG --- Box Magazine/Magnum
    MC --- Metal Cased
    ME --- Muzzle energy/Middle East
    Mils --- Milliradians
    MIM --- Metal Injection Molding/Powder metal processing
    Mk262 --- 5.56x45mm 77-grain Open-Tipped Match/Hollow-Point Boat-Tail cartridge.
    MK318 --- 5.56x45mm 62-grain Open-Tipped Match/Hollow-Point Boat-Tail cartridge.
    MLU-26 --- Early USAF designation for 5.56x45mm ball cartridge produced by Remington.
    MM --- millimeter
    MMA --- Mixed Martial Arts
    MN --- Mosin Nagant
    MOA --- Minute Of Angle
    MOB --- Middle Of Back
    MOD --- Moderator
    MOE --- Magpul Original Equipment
    MRWC --- Mid-Range Wad Cutter
    MSH --- Main Spring Housing
    MV --- Muzzle Velocity ​
    NAA --- North American Arms
    NATO --- North Atlantic Treaty Organization
    NBRSA --- National Benchrest Shooters Association
    NCIC --- National Crime Information Center
    ND --- Negligent Discharge
    NDF --- Non-Drop Free - original glock magazines were designed to stay in the gun if the magazine release was pressed and there were rounds remaining in the magazine
    NEF --- New England Firearms
    NFA --- National Firearms Act (of 1934 )
    NFML --- Non-Fully Metal Lined magazines also known as Non-Drop Free (NDF)
    NGT --- New Gun Test
    NPR --- National Public Radio
    NRA --- National Rifle Association
    NSSF --- National Shooting Sports Foundation
    NRMA --- National Reloading Manufacturers Association
    NSSF --- National Shooting Sports Foundation​
    O/U --- Over/Under
    OAL --- Office of Administrative Law
    OODA --- OODA Loop, Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act. It takes ~0.25 of a second to cycle through this decision making process.
    OOS --- Out Of State
    OC --- Open Carry
    OM --- Oscar Mike/On the Move
    OP --- Original Post(er)
    opaww --- Hard core Azz Hole, commenly known as a hate monger, Radical right wing gun nut, Pro-American/pro-Constitution/pro-Bill of Rights
    O/S --- Over/Sized
    OT --- Off Topic
    OTB --- Out of The Box
    OTD --- Out The Door (Usually means tax, title and dealer prep.)
    OTF --- Out The Front (Auto knife)
    OTM --- Open Tip Match
    OTOH --- On The Other Hand
    OWB --- Outside the Waistband, holster​
    PAFOA --- Pennsylvania Firearms Owners Association
    PB --- Lead/Lead Bullet
    PBR --- Point Blank Range
    PBS --- Powdered Butt Syndrome (ask C3)
    PEBKAC --- Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair
    PEBTAH --- Problem Exists Between Trigger And Holster
    PDS --- Piston Driven System RRA
    PDSC --- Piston Driven System Carbine RRA
    PDSP --- Piston Driven System Pistol RRA
    PDSR --- Pistol Driven System Rifle RRA
    PDW --- Personal Defense Weapon
    PERP --- Perpetrator, criminal
    PIRC --- Pre-Incident Response Conditioning
    PIRT --- Pre-Incident Response Training
    PITA --- Pain In The Azz
    PK --- A 7.62 mm general purpose machine gun designed in the Soviet Union and currently in production in Russia
    PKM --- It (ПК Модернизированный: "Kalashnikov's Machine-gun Modernized") is the current, modernized, product-improved version of the PK model
    PL --- Remington Power-Lokt
    PMS --- Pass My Shotgun/Punish Men Severely/Pardon My Sobbing/Packing My Sh1t/Pre Marital Sex
    POA --- Point Of Aim
    POI --- Point Of Impact
    POS --- Parent Over Shoulder/Piece Of Sh1t
    POST --- Peace Officer Standards and Training
    POV --- Privately Owned Vehicle
    PPC --- Pindell-Palmisano Cartridge
    PRI --- Precision Reflex Inc.
    PRS --- Precision Rifle/Sniper
    PSA --- Palmetto State Armory/Public Service Announcement
    PSI --- Pounds Per Square Inch
    PSP --- Pointed Soft Point/Plated Soft Point
    PUSH --- Practical Utility Shoulder Hold/Push Pack
    PWP --- Pistol Whipping Potential
    P&R --- Pinned barrel and Recessed cylinder
    Q --- Torque
    QA --- Quality Assurance
    QC --- Quality Control
    QFT --- Quoted For Truth
    QTY --- Quantity​
    RBC --- Rifle Bore Cleaner
    RDK --- Rapid Deployment Kit
    RDS --- Red Dot Sight
    RE --- Receiver Extension (Buffer Tube)
    REM --- Remington
    REMF --- Rear Echelon Mother Foobarer
    REN --- Charles Rensing & Jim Rock
    RF --- RimFire
    RFB --- Rifle, Forward-ejecting Bullpup
    RIA --- Rock Island Arsenal
    RKBA --- Right to Keep and Bear Arms
    RN --- Round Nose
    RNL --- Round Nosed Lead
    ROI --- Return On Investment
    RR --- Range Report
    RRA --- Rock River Arms
    RTFM --- Read The Foobaring Manual
    RUM --- Remington Ultra Mag​
    S&G --- Sh!ts and Giggles
    S&H --- Sharpe & Hart
    S&W --- Smith & Wesson
    SA --- Semi Auto/Springfield Armory/Springer
    SAA --- Single Action Army
    SAAMI --- Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute
    SAF --- Second Amendment Foundation
    SAM --- Shooters Arms Manufacturing (in the Philippines)
    SAR --- Search And Rescue
    SAS --- Second Amendment Sisters
    SASS --- Single Action Shooting Society
    SBR --- Short Barreled Rifle
    SBS --- Short Barreled Shotgun
    SCAR --- Special Operations Forces (SOF) Combat Assault Rifle
    SCBS --- Shooter's Choice Bore Solvent
    SCSA --- Steel Challenge Shooting Association SCSA
    SD --- Self Defense/Sectional Density
    SDG --- Self-Defense Gun
    SE --- Special Edition
    SHTF --- Sh1t Hits The Fan
    SJSP --- Semi-Jacketed Soft Point
    SKS --- Samozaryadniy Karabin Simonov
    SLR --- Self Loading Rifle
    SMDH --- Shaking My Damn Head
    SM --- Supporting Member(s) - and some of the best damn people on the interwebz
    SMG --- SubMachine Gun
    SMLE --- Short Magazine Lee Enfield- the .303 caliber British Army rifle
    SN --- Serial Number
    SNAFU --- Situation Normal, All Foobared Up
    SO --- Significant Other
    SO(A)B --- Son Of A Beach
    SOB --- Small Of (the) Back
    SOP --- Standard Operating Procedure
    SP --- Soft Point/Spire Point
    SPC --- 6.8 Special Purpose Cartridge
    SPL --- Sound Pressure Level
    Spl. --- Special - As In .38 Spl.
    SPR --- Special Police Rifle/Special Purpose Rifle
    SPRG --- Springfield Armory
    SPTZ --- Spitzer
    SRT --- Special Response Team/Swift Response Team
    SS --- Stainless Steel
    SS109 --- NATO code for the M855 (US CODE) 5.56x45 62 grain FMJ
    SSA --- Single Action Army (Colt's SA Revolver/Colt 45)
    SSAA --- Sporting Shooters Association of Australia
    SSS --- Shooting Southern Style (canebrake style)
    STA --- Shooting Times Alaskan
    STE --- Shooting Times Easterner
    STHP --- Winchester Silvertip Hollow Point
    STW --- Shooting Times Westerner
    SUR --- Sport Utility Rifle
    SWAG --- Scientific Wild Azz Guess
    SWAT --- Special Weapons And Tactics
    SWC --- Semi-Wad Cutter
    SWMBO --- She Who Must Be Obeyed
    SWS --- Superior Weapons Systems
    SX --- (Hornady) Super eXplosive
    SXT --- (Winchester) Supreme eXpansion Talon (Black Talon)​
    TANSTAAFL --- There ain't no such thing as a free lunch
    TBH --- To Be Honest
    TC --- Truncated Cone/Thompson Center
    TCFM --- Too Close For Missiles
    TCU --- Thompson/Center and (Wes) Ugalde
    TDI --- Tactical Defense Institute
    TEOTWAWKI --- The End Of The World As We Know It
    TFL --- The Firing Line
    TMJ --- Total Metal Jacketed
    TOT --- Time On Trigger
    TPF --- Ten Percent Firearms
    TRO --- Temporary Restraining Order
    TRP --- Tactical Response Pistol
    TTTP --- Thread Title and Tagging Project
    TU --- Tango Uniform​
    UBR --- Utility/Battle Rifle
    UPLULA --- Universal Pistol Loader UnLoader
    USPSA --- United States Practical Shooting Association
    USRAC --- U.S. Repeating Arms Company​
    VCDL --- Virginia Citizens Defense League
    VLD --- Very Low Drag​
    WAGC --- Women Against Gun Control
    WC --- Wad Cutter
    WCF --- Winchester Center Fire
    WIN --- Winchester
    WMR --- Winchester Magnum Rimfire
    WP --- White Phosphorus/Willy Pete/Whiskey Papa
    WRT --- With Respect To
    WTB --- Want To Buy
    WTF --- Whiskey Tango Foxtrot/What The Foobar?
    WTH --- What The Hell?
    WTS --- With That Said/Want To Sell
    WTT --- Want To Trade/Willing To Trade
    WWB --- Winchester White Box/Wally World Bullets
    WWFY --- What Works For You
    WYP --- What's Your Point​
    XM287 --- 5.56x45mm 68-grain ball cartridge produced by Industries Valcartier, Inc. An Improved version was also produced designated XM779.
    XM288 --- 5.56x45mm 68-grain tracer cartridge produced by Industries Valcartier, Inc. An Improved version was also produced designated XM780
    XM777 --- 5.56x45mm ball cartridge.
    XM778 --- 5.56x45mm tracer cartridge.
    XM996 --- 5.56x45mm so-called "Dim Tracer" with reduced effect primarily for use with night vision devices.
    XTP --- (Hornady) eXtreme Terminal Performance​
    YHM --- Yankee Hill Machine
    YMMV --- Your Mileage May Vary
    YOM --- Year Of Manufacture​
    Z --- Zed/Zero/0/Nothing/Nought/Naught/Nil/Zilch/Zip/Ought/Aught​
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