Sunday, July 15, 2012

Gun Acronyms


There are loads of gun acronyms out there. Some can really stump you without some kind of guide that explains their meaning. I’m going to make a list here that I’m sure will not be complete, but I’ll try to touch on all of the more popular ones. So here goes.

2A - Second Amendment

A
ACP - Automatic Colt Pistol (.32acp or .45acp)
ACOG - Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight
AD - Accidental Discharge
AE - Action Express (.50AE)
AK – (Avtomat Kalashnikova) Kalashnikov Style rifle
AR – AR-15 or AR-10 abbreviated

B
BAR -Browning Automatic Rifle
BATFE - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
BCG - Bolt carrier group
BDC - Bullet drop compensator
BG - Bad guy
BMG - Browning Machine Gun
BOB - Bug out bag
BT – Boat-tail
BUG - Back up gun
BUIS - Back up iron sights

C
C&R - Curio & Relic (Federal Firearm License)
CC - Concealed carry
CCP - Concealed carry permit
CCW - Concealed carry weapon
CHL - Concealed handgun license
CHP - Concealed handgun permit
CLP - Cleaner lubricant preservative
CMP - Civilian Marksmanship Program
COF -Course of fire
CPL - Concealed pistol license
CQB - Close quarters battle
CQC - Close quarters combat
CWP - Concealed weapons permit

D
DA - Double action
DAO - Double action only
DOD - Department of Defense

E
EBR - Evil black rifle
EDC - Every day carry

F
FDE - Flat dark earth
FFL - Federal Firearms License
FMJ - Full metal jacket
FN – Flat nose
FPS - Feet per second
FSB - Front sight base
FTE - Failure to eject or failure to extract
FTF - Failure to feed or failure to fire

G
GAP - Glock Automatic Pistol
Gr - Grains
GSSF - Glock Sport Shooting Foundation

H
H&K - Heckler & Koch
H&R - Harrington & Richardson (i.e. .32 H&R Mag)
HBAR - Heavy barrel
HD - Home defense
HP - Hollow point
HWS - Holographic weapon sight

I
IBZ - Improved battlesight zero
IDPA - International Defensive Pistol Association
IPSC - International Practical Shooting Confederation
IWB - Inside the waistband

J
JHP - Jacketed hollow point
JSP - Jacketed soft point

L
LC - Lake City
LC - Long Colt
LCP – Lightweight Compact Pistol
LCR - Lightweight Compact Revolver
LEA - Law Enforcement Agency
LEO - Law Enforcement Officer
LOS - Line of sight
LRN – Lead round nose
LSWC – Lead semi-wadcutter
LWC - Lead wadcutter

M
M&P - Military and Police
Milspec - Military specifications
Milsurp - Military surplus
MOA - Minute of angle
MRWC - Mid-range wadcutter

N
NFA - National Firearms Act
ND - Negligent discharge
NCIC – National Crime Information Center
NICS - National Instant Criminal Background Check System
NRA - National Rifle Association
NSSF - National Shooting Sports Foundation

O
OAL - Overall length
OD - Olive drab
OWB - Outside the waistband

P
PBR - Point blank range
PC – Probable cause
PD - Police department
POA - Point of aim
POI - Point of impact
PSP - Pointed soft point or plated soft point

Q
QD - Quick detach(able)

R
RAS – Reasonable articulable suspicion
RKBA - Right To keep and bear arms
RN – Round nose
RNFP – Round nose flat point
RO - Range officer
RTBAV – Refuse to be a victim

S
S&W - Smith & Wesson
SA - Springfield Armory
SA - Single action
SAO - Single action only
SA/DA - Single action/double action
SA - Situational awareness
SAAMI - Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute
SAF - Second Amendment Foundation
SASS - Single Action Shooting Society or Single Action Six Shooter
SBR - Short barreled rifle
SBS - Short barreled shotgun
SHTF – S**t hits the fan
SJHP – Semi-jacketed hollow point
SKS - Samozaryadnaya Karabina Simonova
SJSP – Semi-jacketed soft point
SMG – Sub-machine gun
SO -Safty officerSP – Soft Point
SPC - Special purpose cartridge
SpHP – Spitzer hollow point
SS - Stainless steel
STHP – Silver tip hollow point
SWC - Semi-wadcutter

T
TC – Truncated cone
TMJ – Total metal jacket

U
USGI - United States government issue
USPSA - United States Practical Shooting Ass.

W
WC - Wadcutter
WIN - Winchester
WMR - Winchester magnum rimfire
WWB - Winchester white box

Are you still with me? I told you there was a bunch. And this isn’t all of them. Don’t expect to learn them all. You’ll learn what you use on a regular basis. That’s all you need, for now. LOL

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