Help me out


October 20, 2006, 02:32 AM
:confused: First I would like to say that I am not very smart , so someone is going to have to help me out . What does all of these mean , and if you can think of more please add them to the list . :banghead:


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October 20, 2006, 02:38 AM
Close Quarters Battle
Concealed Carry Weapons (permit)
Minute of Angle
Women I Like to Meet at Bars:)

October 20, 2006, 03:20 AM
What does Minute of Angle mean . I see this when guys are talking about shooting good groups . I know what a minute of angle is , I don't know what it has to do with shooting good groups .

October 20, 2006, 03:29 AM
RKellogg, one of the better places to go is The Urban Dictionary ( It provides a search utility so you can enter the term you are looking for and it has a most but not all of the terms used here. Don't be embarrassed, because this dictionary is not shy about using everyday language. However, some acronyms might not be the same as its intended meaning at THR. For instance, MOA stands for minute of angle when sighting in scopes, but it also means military operational area.

Another dictionary you can try is Wikipedia List of Internet Slang ( It does a very good job but does not have a lot of the acronyms that are used in this forum.

Wikipedia also will give you a good definition or a discussion on topics. Look at MOA ( in Wikipedia for a discussion on it.

got cope?
October 20, 2006, 04:50 AM
Yes, I myself have been refraining from asking but there are a ton of acronyms I dont understand either.

I think an acronym thread stickied would be helpful to some of us lingo noobs.

Dr. Dickie
October 20, 2006, 07:04 AM
Go to the dictionary, as OldBill was cleaning up the meaning of MILF:evil:

October 20, 2006, 07:50 AM
List of common The High Road acronyms:

Also minute of angle as been discussed/explained in several THR threads, all can be found with the search function.

(Edited to add: I see Moderator Justin took the last acronym out of the first post. And you all thought I was a spoil sport.)
October 20, 2006, 11:46 AM
And in case you don't want to keep coming back to this thread to get the link that LaEscopeta posted.

In the upper right hand corner, go to THR Library and go to the section of Acronyms. They're all there.

October 20, 2006, 01:12 PM
You can always look at if you just want to know what an acronym is. They show you all the meanings to start, but you can narrow by military, gov't, business, etc.

Mr White
October 20, 2006, 02:07 PM
In easy terms, Minute Of Angle is a measure of accuracy which basically means 1" @ 100 yd, 2" @ 200 yd, 3" @300 yd and so on.

Mathematically... Imagine you are standing in the center of a circle that is 200 yards across. You are 100 yards from edge of the circle and are shooting at a target at teh edge. The diameter of the circle is then 7200" and the circumference is pi* the diameter, or 22619.4671". 22620" for simplicity's sake. The circle has 360 degrees around its circumference, so 1 degree is 22620/360 , or 62.83". a minute is 1/60 of a degree, so 1 minute of angle at 100 yd would equal 1/60*62.83", or 1.047"

If you do this math on a circle of 200, 300,... yards, you'll see that it roughly equates to an inch per 100 yards.

So if someone tells you they're shooting sub MOA groups, they're shooting <1" groups at 100 yards, <2'" at 200 yd, <3" at 300, and so on. If a scope features 1/4" MOA adjustments, one click will mive your group 1/4" at 100 yd, 3/4" at 300 yd, and coming back in the other way, 1/8" at 50 yd.

October 20, 2006, 03:33 PM
Mr. White, that is the most useful post I've read all week. Thanks!

October 20, 2006, 04:12 PM
Plus MOA is easier to type than "pi/10800 radians" or "1/60th of a degree of arc".


October 20, 2006, 05:50 PM
In all the time I have been here I never clicked on the THR Library. It is full of cool and useful information as well as links. Thanks for the infromation.

October 20, 2006, 06:04 PM
Wow, I never noticed the THL Library feature, either. A funny one on that page is PTL&PTA = Praise The Lord & Pass The Ammunition . :neener:

October 21, 2006, 02:03 AM
Wow, I never noticed the THL Library feature, either.
In all the time I have been here I never clicked on the THR Library. It is full of cool and useful information as well as links. Thanks for the infromation.[sic]
I have seen several posts where people were told to go the THR Library and I never found it either. I began to think it was a feature from before I joined and was discontinued. Guess that shows how aware I am. Scary. :uhoh:

October 21, 2006, 11:46 AM
Oh. IHATDAA = "I Hate All Those Darned Acronyms Anyway."

Actully, just sticking an Acronym in the Google Search window usually brings up a list of where you can find it. The beauty is you don't have to click on any links to get the definition --it's usually right there in the blurb anyhow. Seems real fast.

When Morse code was the only way to communicate by "wireless," it was justifiable to use a lot of abbreviations and specialized signals to communicate meanings --as with the radio operators' Q-signals. QTH = location, QSY = I'm changing frequency, or HIHIHI for laughter. or XYL for "Wife." ("Ex-Young Lady.")

So abbreviations were necessary then. Nowadays, though, to this OM (Old Man) it seems to be either a sign of laziness or an attempt to be "in" more than anything else. In my humble opinion, although I guess with 'phone text messaging, there's some justification for it.

Oh, well.

DE wd0xxx FB OM K

(There, see? Now I'm "in" with the brass pounder crowd.) [And this "brass" has nothing to do with what comes out of your firearm on ejection. It's what most old Morse Code Keys were made out of and the users thereof pounded upon.]

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