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    Weapon / Forum Related Acronyms

    With Military and Law Enforcement careers, acronyms are a part of life. Many times we use an acronym and have no clue what it actually means, but rather the acronym just becomes what the item's name is. Below is a list of acronyms that I have compiled. This is by no means an all inclusive list, but rather a work in progress. Please feel free to add comments for acronyms that you would like to have added in the list and I will put them in the master list. The list is meant to be informational. Most of us know what FUBAR, BOHICA, SNAFU, etc, mean. I would rather not include them within this list.

    *Links are now included for some acronyms.

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    2A – 2nd Amendment [Link]

    AAC – Advanced Armament Corporation [Link]
    AAR – After Action Report
    ACOG – Advanced Combat Optical Gun sight [Link]
    ACP – Automatic Colt Pistol
    ACR – Advanced Combat Rifle
    AD – Accidental Discharge
    AD – Active Duty
    AECA – Arms Export Control Act
    AF – Air Force
    AK – Avtomat Kalashnikova
    ALG – Amy L. Geissele (as in ALG Defense) [Link]
    AOW – Any Other Weapon
    AP – Armor Piercing
    AR – Assault Rifle
    AR – Army Reserve
    ARF – AR15.com
    A.R.M.S. – Atlantic Research Marketing Systems [Link]
    ASA – American Spirit Arms [Link]
    ASAP – Ambidextrous Sling Attachment Point (MagPul) [Link]
    ASAR – Abrams Small Arms Research
    ATF – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (US DOJ)
    ATI – American Tactical Imports [Link]
    AWB – Assault Weapons Ban

    BAC – Bindon Aiming Concept
    BAR – Browning Automatic Rifle
    BATTL – Bilateral Ambidextrous Tactical Transition for Longarms (Galco Sling) [Link]
    BBL – Barrel
    BC – Ballistic Coefficient
    BCE – Battle Comp Enterprises [Link]
    BCG – Bolt Carrier Group
    BCM – Bravo Company MFG [Link]
    BCO – Browe Combat Optic
    BDC – Bullet Drop Compensator
    BDU – Battle Dress Uniform
    BFA – Blank Firing Adaptor
    BFI – Bushmaster Firearms, Inc [Link]
    BG – Battle Grip (made by Tango Down) [Link]
    BL – Bayonet Lug
    BLAC – BOBRO Lever, Auto Compensation [Link]
    BM – Bushmaster [Link]
    BTW – By The Way
    BSZ – Battle Sight Zero
    BUG – Back-Up Gun
    BUIS – Back-Up Iron Sight

    C3 – Class 3 (a class of restricted weapons as defined by the NFA, including machine guns, supressors, short-barrelled rifles, short-barrelled shotguns, etc.)
    CAA – Command Arms Accessories [Link]
    CAR – Carbine
    CAR – Colt Automatic Rifle
    CC – Concealed Carry
    CCL – Concealed Carry License
    CCO – Close Combat Optic
    CCP – Concealed Carry Permit
    CCW – Concealed Carry Weapon
    CD – Charles Daly [Link]
    CH – Charging Handle
    CFR – Code of Federal Regulations
    CIII – Class 3 (See C3)
    CL – Chrome Lined
    CLP – Cleaner, Lubricant, Protectant
    CMP – Civilian Marksmanship Program
    CMT – Continental Machine and Tool
    COM – Center of Mass
    CONUS – Continental United States
    CPL – Concealed Pistol License
    CQB – Close Quarters Battle
    CQC – Close Quarters Combat
    CQD – Close Quarters Defense
    CQM – Close Quarters Marksmanship
    CRKT – Columbia River Knife & Tool [Link]
    CRT – Carbon Removal Tool
    CTC – Crimson Trace Corporation [Link]
    CTM – Collapsing Triangle Mechanism
    CTR – Compact/Type Restricted (stock produced by MagPul) [Link]

    DA – Double Action
    DAO – Double Action Only
    DC – Dust Cover
    DCH – Detachable Carry Handle
    DD – Daniel Defense [Link]
    DI – Direct (gas) Impingement
    DIAS – Drop-In Auto Sear
    DIY – Do It Yourself
    DPMS – Defense Procurement Manufacturing Services [Link]
    DSA – D.S. Arms [Link]

    EA – Essential Arms [Link]
    EBR – Evil Black Rifle
    EBR – Extended Bolt Release
    EE – Equipment Exchange
    EMG – Enhanced Magazine Grip (Rainier MFG and Gaylean Tactical Product) [Link]
    EMOD – Enhanced Mod-Stock (VLTOR) [Link]
    ERS – Emergency Rear Sight (Midwest Industries) [Link]

    FA – Firearm
    FA – Forward Assist
    FA – Full Automatic
    FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
    FAR – Featherweight Assault Rifle
    FCG – Fire Control Group
    FDE – Flat Dark Earth
    FF – Free Float
    FFL – Federal Firearms License [Link]
    FH – Flash Hider
    FIRSH – Free-Floating Intergral Rail System (Olympic Arms) [Link]
    FMJ – Full Metal Jacket
    FN – Fabrique Nationale [Link]
    FNMI – FN Manufacturing, Inc [Link]
    FOIA – Freedom Of Information Act [Link]
    FP – Firing Pin
    FP – Flat Point
    FPS – Feet Per Second
    FS – Flash Suppressor
    FSB – Front Sight Base
    FSP – Front Sight Post
    FST – Front Sight Tower
    FTB – Firearms Technology Branch (ATF)
    FTE – Fail To Extract / Eject
    FTF – Fail To Feed
    FTF – Fail To Fire

    G17 – Glock 17 - 9mm Standard [Link]
    G17L – Glock 17 - 9mm Standard Competition
    G19 – Glock 19 - 9mm Compact [Link]
    G20 – Glock 20 - 10mm Standard [Link]
    G21 – Glock 21 - .45 ACP Standard [Link]
    G21SF – Glock 21SF - .45 ACP Short Frame
    G22 – Glock 22 - .40 Standard [Link]
    G23 – Glock 23 - .40 Compact [Link]
    G24 – Glock 24 - .40 Competition [Link]
    G25 – Glock 25 - .380 ACP Compact [Link]
    G26 – Glock 26 - 9mm Sub-Compact [Link]
    G27 – Glock 27 - .40 Sub-Compact [Link]
    G28 – Glock 28 - .380 ACP Sub-Compact [Link]
    G29 – Glock 29 - 10mm Sub-Compact [Link]
    G30 – Glock 30 - .45 ACP Sub-Compact [Link]
    G31 – Glock 31 - .357 Sig Standard [Link]
    G32 – Glock 32 - .357 Sig Compact [Link]
    G33 – Glock 33 - .357 Sig Sub-Compact [Link]
    G34 – Glock 34 - 9mm Competition [Link]
    G35 – Glock 35 - .40 Competition [Link]
    G36 – Glock 36 - .45 ACP Slimline [Link]
    G37 – Glock 37 - .45 GAP Standard [Link]
    G38 – Glock 38 - .45 GAP Compact [Link]
    G39 – Glock 39 - .45 GAP Sup-Compact [Link]
    GCA – Gun Control Act of 1968 [Link]
    GG&G – Guns, Gear, and Gadgets [Link]
    GI – Government Issue
    GOA – Gun Owners of America [Link]
    GSE – GunSmoke Enterprises [Link]
    GSG – German Sports Guns
    GTG – Good To Go
    GTS – Global Tactical Supply [Link]

    HBAR – Heavy Barrel
    HD – Home Defense
    HK or H&K – Heckler and Koch [Link]
    HTS – Hammer, Trigger, Sear

    IAD – Immediate Action Drill
    IBZ – Improved Battlesight Zero
    ID – Inside Diameter
    ID – Involuntary Discharge
    IIRC – If I Recall Correctly
    IM – Instant Message
    IMHO – In My Honest Opinion
    IMO – In My Opinion
    ITAR – International Trafficking in Arms Regulations [Link]

    JHP – Jacketed Hollow Point
    JSP – Jacketed Soft Point

    KAC – Knights Armament Company [Link]
    KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid
    KMC – Knights Manufacturing Company

    LCW – Lauer Custom Weaponry [Link]
    LE – Law Enforcement
    LEA – Law Enforcement Agency
    LEO – Law Enforcement Officer
    LHP – Lead Hollow Point
    LMT – Lewis Machine & Tool [Link]
    LOP – Length Of Pull
    LOS – Line Of Sight
    LPK – Lower Parts Kit
    LR – Long Rifle
    LULA – Loader/UnLoader Accessory [Link]
    LWRC – Leitner-Wise Rifle Company [Link]

    M1 – Model 1
    M4 – Model 4
    M16 – Model 16
    MAD – Mulitple Aperture Device (GG&G Rear Sight) [Link]
    Mag – Magnum
    MALICE – Modified All-purpose Lightweight Carrying Equipment
    MARS – Multipurpose Aiming Reflex Sight
    MATEN - Mega Arms Tactical ENforcer
    MAV – Modular Assault Vest (Tactical Tailor) [Link]
    MBUS – MagPul Back-Up Sights [Link]
    MIAD – Mission Adaptable (a modular grip manufactured by MagPul) [Link]
    MIL – Military
    MILSPEC – Military Specification
    MOA – Minute Of Angle (a measure of angular displacement equal to 1/60 of one degree, usually used when discussing group sizes[/B] - 1 MOA is roughly 1" at 100 yds)
    MOE – MagPul Original Equipment [Link]
    MOLLE – Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment
    MOUT – Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain
    M&P – Military and Police (A trademark of Smith and Wesson for a line of pistols and AR-15 rifles) [Link]
    MRF – Modular Rail Forend (Troy Industries) [Link]
    MRP – Monolithic Rail Platform (LMT) [Link]
    MS2 – Multi-Mission Sling (MagPul) [Link]
    MUR – Modular Upper Receiver (VLTOR) [Link]
    MWS – Modular Weapon System

    NATO – North Atlantic Treaty Organization [Link]
    NFA – National Firearms Act of 1934 [Link]
    NFRTR – National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record
    ND – Negligent Discharge (more likely than a AD)
    NG – National Guard
    NOD – Night Observation Device
    NOOB – Newbie (one who is new to a topic and doesn't have much knowledge of it)
    NRA – National Rifle Association [Link]
    NSSF – National Shooting Sports Foundation [Link]
    NSW – Naval Special Warfare
    NTCH – Nose To Charging Handle
    NVD – Night Vision Device
    NVG – Night Vision Goggle

    OA – Olympic Arms (also OlyArms) [Link]
    OAL – Overall Length
    OBI – Open Bolt Indicator
    OCONUS – Outside Continental United States
    OD – Olive Drab
    OEG – Occluded Eye Gunsight
    OEM – Original Equipment Manufacturer
    OICW – Objective Individual Combat Weapon
    OP – Original Post / Poster
    OPS – Operations
    OTAC – Offset Tactical Aiming Laser

    PAFS – Permanently Attached Flash Suppressor
    PALS – Pocket Attachment Ladder System
    PD – Police Department
    PDW – Personal Defense Weapon
    PC – Performance Center
    PM – Preventative Maintenance
    PM – Private Message
    PMAG – Polymer Magazine (made by MagPul) [Link]
    POA – Point Of Aim
    POF – Patriot Ordinance Factory [Link]
    POI – Point Of Impact
    [B]POTUS[B] – President Of The United States
    PRI – Precision Reflex Incorporated [Link]
    PRS – Precision Rifle/Sniper (MagPul Stock)
    PSD – Personal/Protective Services Detail
    PSP – Pointed Self Point
    PWA – Pac West Arms

    QCB – Quick Change Barrel
    QD – Quick Detach

    RA – Rainier Arms [Link]
    RA – Robinson Armament [Link]
    RAS – Rail Adaptor System
    RDIAS – Registered Drop-In Auto Sear
    RE – Receiver Extension
    Rem – Remington
    RIS – Rail Interface System
    RKBA – Right to Keep and Bear Arms [Link]
    ROF – Rate Of Fire
    RR – Registered Receiver
    RRA – Rock River Arms [Link]
    RTB – Return To Base

    SA – Single Action
    SACL – Self-Aligning Compression Lock
    SAR – Small Arms Review
    SBR – Short Barreled Rifle
    SCAR – Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle
    SD – Shell Deflector
    SF – Special Forces
    SF – Surefire [Link]
    SGN – ShotGun News [Link]
    SHOT - Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade (as in SHOT Show) Link
    SIR – Selective Integrated Rail (A.R.M.S.) [Link]
    SITREP – SITuation REPort
    SJHP – Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point
    SJSP – Semi-Jacketed Soft Point
    SMG – Sub Machine Gun
    SOCOM – Special Operations Command
    SOPMOD – Special Operations Peculiar Modification
    SOT – Special Occupational Taxpayer
    SP – Soft Point
    SPC – Special Purpose Cartridge
    Spl – Special
    SPLP – Same Plane Low Profile (Midwest Industries) [Link]
    SPR – Special Purpose Rifle
    SPW – Special Purpose Weapon
    SRT – Special Response Team
    SS – Stainless Steel
    ST – Sight Tool
    STR – Storage/Type Restricted
    S&W – Smith and Wesson [Link]
    SWAT – Special Weapons and Tactics

    TCH – Tactical Carry Handle
    TD – Tango Down [Link]
    TDP – Technical Data Package
    T&E – Test and Evaluation
    TM – Technical Manual
    TNVC – Tactical Night Vision Company [Link]
    TRB – Tap Rack Bang
    TT – Tactical Tailor [Link]

    UBR – Utility/Battle Rifle (a general purpose adjustable stock by MagPul) [Link]
    UD – Unintentional Discharge
    USA – United States Army [Link]
    USAR – United States Army Reserve [Link]
    USC – United States Code
    USGI – United States Government Issue
    USMC – United States Marine Corps [Link]
    USN – United States Navy [Link]
    USP – Universal Self-loading Pistol (Heckler & Koch) [Link]

    VFG – Vertical Fore Grip
    VG – Vertical Grip
    VIS – Versatile Interface Structure (VLTOR) [Link]
    VTAC – Viking Tactics [Link]

    WEVO – Weapon Evolution
    Win – Winchester
    WMD – Weapons of Mass Destruction

    XCR – eXchangeable Caliber Rifle (Robinson Armament’s Modular Battle Rifle) [Link]
    XD – Extreme Duty (Springfield Armory Handgun series) [Link]

    YHM – Yankee Hill Machine [Link]

    Z – Zero
    ZT – Zero Tolerance (Knives) [Link]
    Z7O – Zero7One (I had to throw that one in)
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    Nice Job... But one more...

    AAR- After Action Report
    "God made Cops, so Firemen could have Heroes."
    "We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."

    Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. Psalm 144:1

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAPT KIRK View Post
    Nice Job... But one more...

    AAR- After Action Report
    Added. Thanks for the suggestion.
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    More:
    TOS-The Other Site (Ar15.com)
    DD-Daniel Defense

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    I have added about 20 or so more acronyms. Keep sending them if you have them. Thanks.
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    MUR - Modular Upper Receiver (Vltor)
    VIS - Versatile Interface Structure (Vltor)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 12131 View Post
    MUR - Modular Upper Receiver (Vltor)
    VIS - Versatile Interface Structure (Vltor)
    Added, thank you.
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    Links have been added to most of the products and manufacturers.

    Please advise me if there are any broken links or if you would like to suggest any additional acronyms or links.

    Thanks.
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    What about M4C - M4carbine.net

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    BZO: Battlesight Zero

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    SOP: standard operating procedure

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    Posted SNAFU, FUBAR, and BOHICA, then realized you listed that you didn't want to put them on the list. So I deleted the post. My bad for not reading instructions fiirst.
    -Los

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    mlosi762, thank you for editing your post.
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    New to the forums, and these are very helpful, but I noticed you don't have BOB listed. I only recently found out that it stands for "Bail Out Bag" as I hadn't heard that term before.

    Edit:
    Also, I don't know how much this comes up on here but in Tennessee the term HCP is often used for "Handgun Carry Permit" because that's what it says on our permits, rather than CWP or CCP.

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    Hello,

    With all due respect - AR actually stands for ArmaLite, not assault rifle.
    http://www.nssfblog.com/‘ar’-stands-for-armalite/
    "LONG LIVE THE FN-BROWNING-SAIVE HIGH POWER"

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    Fighting Anti-Gun Tyrants & Traitors is a 24/7 Job that Must be Done!

    I'd rather beat a bad guy to death with my Browning High Power, than shoot him dead with a plastic pistol.

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