Acronyms and general terminology used in the forums and general gun speak

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  1. cracnup

    cracnup XDTalk 100 Member

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    I've been reading the forums for a few weeks now. I've been able to figure out some of the acronyms as I've read, but there are others that I am still unsure of. I am fairly new to guns and shooting, and I think it would be good to learn some of this information.

    Are there any sites out there that list common terminology and acronyms used when discussing firearms? One that is specifically getting me is IWB. I see that a lot when people talk about carrying concealed, but I can't figure it out.
     
  2. NamOb

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    IWB = Inside Waist Band - A holster that is worn inside the pants.
     
  3. Shardlow

    Shardlow XDTalk 100 Member

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    I seem to remember someone starting an acronym thread - anyone know what happened to it?

    BTW, IWB = Inside Waist Band (a holster worn inside the pants) as opposed to OWB = outside wasit band.
     
  4. cracnup

    cracnup XDTalk 100 Member

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    Thank you for the quick response. I knew I had to be missing something really simple.
     
  5. cracnup

    cracnup XDTalk 100 Member

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    That might be something worth a sticky. I don't know just how many brand new shooters join these forums, but I would imagine that the number is pretty big. I'll do some more skimming through the forums and see if I can find anything

    Thank you for the response!
     
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    DanTheEldest XDTalk 10K Member Founding Member

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  7. NamOb

    NamOb XDTalk Member

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    cracnup XDTalk 100 Member

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    That one's going in my favorites. Thank you for the welcome!
     
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    cracnup XDTalk 100 Member

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    OMGFSILYPTMWFAEOF = Oh My God, FATSEXY, I love you! Please take my wife for an evening of fun.


    That acronym is taking the internet by storm.
     
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    rwilson452 XDTalk 100 Member

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    Misc. Useful Acronyms (bullet types are at the bottom)

    ACOG Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight
    ACP Automatic Colt Pistol
    AE Action Express
    AF Alternative Force
    AOP Assault on Principal [exec protection]
    AOW Any Other Weapon (zip guns, other non-standard small-bore firearms)

    AP Armor Piercing
    API Armor Piercing, Incendiary
    APT Armor Piercing, Tracer
    AWB Assault Weapons Ban (part of the 1994 Crime Bill) [legislation]
    BAR Browning Automatic Rifle
    BC Ballistic Coeffecient
    BG Bad Guy
    BHP Browning Hi-Power
    BMG Browning Machine Gun
    BOHICA Bend Over, Here It Comes Again
    BTT Back To Top
    CCW Concealed Carry Weapon (license)
    CHL Concealed Handgun License
    CIAO This is not an acronym. It's Italian for "bye."
    COM Center Of Mass
    CONUS CONtinental United States
    CQB Close-Quarters Battle
    CQC Close-Quarters Combat
    CRISAT Cooperative Research Into Small Arms Technology
    DA Double Action
    DAO Double Action Only
    DARFC Duck And Run For Cover
    DD Destructive Device (generally bombs and large-bore weapons) DOA Dead On Arrival [police]
    DPS Department of Public Safety (most states have them)
    EDC Every Day Carry
    EDP Emotionally Disturbed Person [NYPD]
    EIN Employer Identification Number
    EO Executive Order
    FFL Federal Firearms License(e)
    FOPA Firearm Owners Protection Act (of 1986) [legislation]
    FTE Failure to Extract
    FTF Failure to Feed
    GCA Gun Control Act (of 1968) [legislation]
    GD&R Grin, Duck, & Run
    GG Good Guy
    HD Home Defense
    HDC Home Defense Carbine
    HMG Heavy Machine Gun
    HSP Highly Sensitive Person/People
    IANAL I Am Not A Lawyer (Doctor/Rat)
    IDLE International Date Line East
    IDLW International Date Line West
    IWB Inside the WaistBand
    JBT Jack Booted Thug
    KYPD Keep Your Powder Dry
    LDA Light Double Action
    LE Law Enforcement
    LEA Law Enforcement Agency
    LEO Law Enforcement Officer/Official
    LLEA Local Law Enforcement Agency
    LMG Light Machine Gun
    LOS Line Of Sight
    MIM Metal Injection Molding
    MOA Minutes Of Angle (angular measurement, 1/60 of a °, 360° in a circle)

    MOB Middle Of Back
    NAP Non-Aggression Principle (and criticism)
    NFA National Firearms Act (of 1934) [legislation]
    NIB New In Box
    OOTB Out Of The Box
    OT Off-Topic
    OWB Outside the WaistBand
    PASGT Personnel Armor System for Ground Troops
    PBR Point Blank Range
    PDW Personal Defense Weapon
    PHB Pointy-Haired Boss (Dilbert reference, a boss without a clue) POA Point Of Aim
    POI Point Of Impact
    POTUS President Of The United States
    PT Physical Training
    PTL&PTA Praise The Lord & Pass The Ammunition
    RKBA Right to Keep and Bear Arms
    SAK Swiss Army Knife
    SCOTUS Supreme Court Of The United States
    SHTF S--- Hits The Fan
    SLR Self-Loading Rifle
    SMG Sub Machine Gun
    SOB Small Of Back
    SOT Special Occupational Tax license (administered by the BATFE)
    SWAT Special Weapons And Tactics
    SxS Side by Side (i.e. a shotgun)
    TEOTWAWKI The End Of The World As We Know It
    TID Tax ID number
    TU Tits Up (military origin, meaning f---ed; often spelled phonetically as "Tango Uniform")
    BBWC Bevel Base WadCutter [bullet design]
    BT BoatTail [bullet design]
    FMJ Full Metal Jacket [bullet design]
    FP Flat Point [bullet design]
    HP Hollow Point [bullet design]
    J Jacketed [bullet design]
    JFP Jacketed Flat Point [bullet design]
    JHC Jacketed Hollow Cavity [bullet design]
    JHP Jacketed Hollow Point [bullet design]
    L Lead [bullet design]
    LRN Lead Round Nose [bullet design]
    LSWC Lead Semi-WadCutter [bullet design]
    LWC Lead WadCutter [bullet design]
    RN Round Nose [bullet design]
    SJ Semi-Jacketed [bullet design]
    SJHP Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point [bullet design]
    SP Soft Point [bullet design]
    SWC Semi-WadCutter [bullet design]
    TC Truncated Cone [bullet design]
    TMJ Total Metal Jacket [bullet design]
     
  12. Apdl

    Apdl XDTalk 2K Member

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    i use that all te time!
     
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    rodnocker1 XDTalk 500 Member

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    Good listing RW! I have been around for quite awhile and knew what most stood for. Three I didn't know until just recently were JBT (about 2 weeks ago), CONUS (earlier today), and IANAL (I guess I was misreading this one to be IMANAL). :D Anyway, Thanks for posting! I am sure this will help alot of forum newcomers.
     
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    Bidah XDTalk 500 Member

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    I am surprised that BBT did not make it.. Big Brown Truck aka UPS, United Parcel Service... :)
     
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    Krackels XDTalk 25K Member Founding Member

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    CountryShooter XDTalk 100 Member

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    What about LMOA?????????
     
  18. XDerminator

    XDerminator XDTalk 100 Member

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    I think you mean "LMAO" which translates to giggling my patooti away...

    ;)
     
  19. Myk9noseknows

    Myk9noseknows XDTalk 3K Member

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    A few popular ones

    SRT - Special Response Team, (like SWAT) or i guess Sexual Reassignment Therapy:p

    HBT - Hostage Barricade Team

    SNAFU - Situation Normal. All F**ed Up

    SIS- ???
     
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    what is FAL guns
     

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