September 21, 2008, 08:20 AM
When I first started posting, I saw a lot of acronyms that I didn't understand. I would ask or would eventually figure them out. I thought it would be good to have a list to refer to if and when someone comes across one they don't understand. Feel free to add any I may have missed.

TEOTWAWKI - The End Of The World As We Know It

SHTF - Doggie Do Hits The Fan

FTF - Failure to Feed

FTE - Failure to Eject

IMO - In My Opinion

IMHO - In My Humble Opinion (Harder to Find :D)

YMMV - Your Methods May Vary

IANAL - I Am Not A Lawyer

LEO - Law Enforcement Officer

FOIA - Freedom Of Information Act

CWP - Concealed Weapons Permit

CHP - Concealed Handgun Permit

This is all that are coming right now. I'm sure there will be more later.

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September 21, 2008, 09:09 AM
You're such a hardcore operator you even double tap your threads :)

September 21, 2008, 09:13 AM
Yeah I know. Too quick on the trigger finger.

September 21, 2008, 09:36 AM
Uh.....THR Library, left hand bottom....lots of acronyms saved and easier to find then this list......

September 21, 2008, 09:49 AM
That proves my point. 700 posts and just now finding out about it.

Although on mine, it is in the upper right hand corner.

September 21, 2008, 10:00 AM
Oh hey! Wouldja look at that...

First time I've ever seen the THR Library, it's in the upper right for me.

September 21, 2008, 10:09 AM
I'd like to add
CPL - Concealed Pistol License
which is what we get in Washington State.

September 21, 2008, 10:35 AM
....and it's a Lending Library at that! Woohoo! No more late fees!

September 21, 2008, 12:16 PM
FTF may also mean fail to fire
BP black powder
BPCR black powder cartridge rifle

September 21, 2008, 12:45 PM
Yup, FTF is context sensitive.

If you're in the semi auto forum it's "failure to feed".
If you're in the revolver forum it's "failure to fire".
If you're in the "for sale" areas it's "face to face".
If you're on the X-files fan site it's "fight the future".

September 21, 2008, 12:55 PM

Try the above link; you can find a lot of acronyms / abbbreviations.

September 21, 2008, 12:59 PM
This thread is full of HSLD acronyms
(High Speed Low Drag)

September 21, 2008, 12:59 PM
Yup, FTF is context sensitive.

If you're in the semi auto forum it's "failure to feed".
If you're in the revolver forum it's "failure to fire".
If you're in the "for sale" areas it's "face to face".
If you're on the X-files fan site it's "fight the future".
you are so right. everyone once in a while i will see a gun for sale. and see FTF. Being an active reloader i think. Fail to fire then think why would i want to buy a gun that cant shoot.

Mal H
September 21, 2008, 01:49 PM
YMMV - I think that's from the old TV car commercials: "Your mileage may vary". IOW [in other words] your results will depend on your circumstances.

I'm sure the berettaprofessor meant the acronym section of the library is in the lower left portion of the page; the link, as noted, is in the upper right corner.

September 21, 2008, 02:20 PM
Thanks for showing me the acronym finder, have always wanted something like that.

I did NOT find one near and dear to the hearts of all us Vietnam vets, IHTFP, meaning, of course, I Have Truely Found Paradise!! ;)

Duke Junior
September 21, 2008, 02:39 PM
OTOH -On the other hand
BTW-By the way
FWIW-For what its worth
SNAFU-Situation normal,all fouled up
TDY-Temporary duty
PCS-Permanent change of station
CCW-Concealed carry weapon

September 21, 2008, 02:45 PM
CMON, 16 posts and no IBTL:D

In before the lock, or In before thread lock


Duke Junior
September 21, 2008, 02:54 PM
CMON, 16 posts and no IBTL:D

You got us,John!:D

September 21, 2008, 02:56 PM
Never mind.

Fat Boy
September 21, 2008, 04:57 PM
IIRC If I recall correctly...

September 21, 2008, 05:06 PM
Library is upper right for me.

Duke Junior
September 21, 2008, 05:14 PM
A few more,please.:)

OT-Off topic
GFSZ-Gun free school zone

and my all time favorite being a military guy:

ETS-End tenure of service.:D

September 21, 2008, 07:05 PM
IBTL (perhaps refers to this thread?)

September 21, 2008, 11:18 PM
QC - Quality Control

WWB - Winchester White Box (ammo)

+p and +p+ (I know it means extra strong ammo, but not sure of any specifics. Maybe somene could better explain?)

September 21, 2008, 11:24 PM
not one mention of FUBAR? its what happens to items that have tannerite strapped to them!:D

September 22, 2008, 12:34 AM
Forgot about:
EBR--evil black rifle
and the soon to have:
BRD--black rifle disease

September 22, 2008, 12:38 AM
and for those (usualy female) who have a condition simaler to BDR, PDR (Pink Rifle Disease)!

Area 52
October 4, 2008, 07:59 PM
FUBAR = fouled up beyond all recognition

Does IBTL mean It'll be thread locked?

October 4, 2008, 08:02 PM
In Before The Lock. :)

October 4, 2008, 08:12 PM
BOHICA--bend over, here it comes again
also for fubar--the usual milspeak--you will require a reversed chastity belt (or keep your back to the wall)
TDAA--total dumb a$$ attack

October 4, 2008, 08:30 PM
Many more of these, and we'll have to assign an ACO just to keep track.
IBTL can also be "I Beat The Lock!"

ACO = Acronym Control Officer

October 4, 2008, 10:06 PM
Our favorite battle cry in the 24th ID back in the day....BOHICA!

(bend over here it comes again)

October 4, 2008, 11:43 PM
Personally, I like it when people use REAL words in their sentences unless it is 'not allowed' because of the politically correct stance that has taken over so many gun and political boards. I call that the 'weenie factor'! NO offense. Pity party folks, sniff, sniff, tears welled up in the poster's and readers eyes. Gag a maggot time.

I would rather have someone explain an incident instead of SNAFU - my late husband used to say that sometimes among OTHER things. Wink, wink!

I do like the KISS method though...

Keep it simple stupid.

Some of the symbols or 'smilies' are fine but I think that SOME of them are rather childish. Oh yes, NO offense.


October 5, 2008, 12:22 AM

Stop Using Acroynms Because No One Knows Them.

October 5, 2008, 12:39 AM
I don't mind the smile :) one and some other ones but their are a FEW smilies on this board, other boards too, that just want to make me S C R E A M!

GRIN. Wink = ; . ) I like my own wink with eyelashes batting against my eyeglasses. ; . ) Wink and a grin.

I had to look some up not too long ago because I did not know what my old political buddy in Maine was talking about with ***. Now if he had just used the F word to me in our emails - NO problem. Ha!

I can handle that in his writing especially when it comes to the leeches and bottom feeders in the District of Criminals = D.C.! We are VERY politically incorrect and BLUNT at times. We can be a lady and gentleman in our mail, our conversations and IN person too!


October 5, 2008, 12:44 AM
Surprised nobody's mentioned COMWEC* yet...
*COmplete Meltdown of WEstern Civilization, time to break out the Zombie Guns and the heaviest of heavy artillery--when this happens, it's "bring what ya got, fight what ya brought and every person/family for themselves"...

Now playing: John Williams - Main Title - Approaching The Death Star - Tatooine Rendezvous (
via FoxyTunes (

October 5, 2008, 12:50 AM
Do they have a blunt one for:



No, never mind now. ; . )


October 5, 2008, 12:59 AM
LOL= laughing out loud

October 5, 2008, 01:07 AM
Catherine, only thing I could think of would be "BIO!" Personally, I prefer that expression face-to-face, with no words and just one gesture: arm out, palm up and fingers together, move grouped fingers back toward yourself. Works really well when backed up with a single raised eyebrow...

Now playing: Basil Poledouris - Red Route 1 (
via FoxyTunes (

October 5, 2008, 01:11 AM
I still do not know that many of them.

When I used to 'chat' years ago and was NEW to all chats... I did not know what LOL was or LMAO or ROFL or ASL.

I had this explained to me and some did not like it when I asked them why the heck they wanted to know about my age, sex and location. Obviously, I was a woman talking about politics and guns and used Catherine or Cate, I spoke about older times, things, my husband (Late husband now.) and dogs - some of my close friends knew where I lived back east... anyway... it was WELCOME TO THE INTERNET time! Ha ha!

Catherine ; . )

October 5, 2008, 01:14 AM
Diamondback 6:



October 5, 2008, 01:29 AM
'Course, the other part that makes my way fun is if you're close enough to see it, you're also close enough to see that I'm "not, ah, entirely sane...":what:lol which only adds to the mindscrewage. (My Psych profs used to love having me in their classes...:D)

Appropriate acro for such questions: NDBBM (Nobody's D... Business But Mine) or NYDB (should be obvious) have usually worked very well for me. Of course, I'm also the type that likes to fill in all the profile blanks with "CLASSIFIED" and tell the curious to "See Profile"...:neener:

There's always period period shift-backslash period period, too, when you really need to "salute" somebody... (Type it and see what it looks like.:eek:)

Now playing: Danny Elfman - The Chase (
via FoxyTunes (

October 5, 2008, 01:41 AM
From my Army days: FIDO ( f@#$ it, drive on!) used usually when you just removed your finished setting up a CP.You were told your company had a new mission that needed to be done ASAP and your squad was it.:D Or things were so snafu'd it could'nt get worse. Yet you still had to complete the mission.:what::evil:
Damn I miss that sometimes... most of the time not.:D

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