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Birdmang
July 23, 2009, 12:10 AM
I'm a young guy and think of myself as being very internet and very forum savvy, but there are so many caps locked 4 and 5 character abbreviations on this forum and I don't know what most of them are.

Maybe we can get an abbreviations sticky where everyone can explain their abbreviations, please?

That would be great, I don't like and feel bad asking every single time!

THANKS!

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DoubleTapDrew
July 23, 2009, 12:27 AM
There used to be a link to a THR acronym/abbreviation library but I can't seem to find it now.

COMPNOR
July 23, 2009, 12:27 AM
Perhaps you could mention the abbreviations you're having trouble with?

YMMV = Your Mileage May Very
INAL(I think) = I'm not a Lawyer
IBTL = In Before Thread Lock

I think if you used the search function, you could probably find what you need.

c919
July 23, 2009, 12:27 AM
Here ya go friend. Got this from the TFL library:

2A 2nd Amendment
ACE Alert, Cover, Evacuate [exec protection]
ACOG Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight
ACP Automatic Colt Pistol
AE Action Express
AF Alternative Force
AFAIK As Far As I Know
AIC Agent in Charge
AOP Assault on Principal [exec protection]
AOW Any Other Weapon (zip guns, other non-standard small-bore firearms)
AWB Assault Weapons Ban (part of the 1994 Crime Bill) [legislation]
BAR Browning Automatic Rifle
BC Ballistic Coeffecient
BF BoyFriend
BFF Best Friends Forever
BFO Blinding Flash of the Obvious
BG Bad Guy, or Big Grin
BHP Browning Hi-Power
BMG Browning Machine Gun
BOB Bug-Out Bag (or "Go Bag")
BOHICA Bend Over, Here It Comes Again
BP Black Powder
BPCR Black Powder Cartridge Rifle
BTT Back To Top
BTW By The Way
BUG Back-Up Gun (second or third gun carried in case the primary malfunctions)
CCW Concealed Carry Weapon (may refer to the license, or to the activity itself)
CHL Concealed Handgun License
CIAO This is not an acronym. It's Italian for "bye."
COD Cash On Delivery
COM Center Of Mass
CONUS CONtinental United States
CQB Close-Quarters Battle
CQC Close-Quarters Combat
CRISAT Cooperative Research Into Small Arms Technology
CRPA Certified Royal Pain in the A--
CUP Copper Units of Pressure; a method of measuring chamber pressure, most common with shotguns
DA Double Action
DAO Double Action Only
DARFC Duck And Run For Cover
DD Destructive Device (generally bombs and large-bore weapons)
DFTT Don't Feed The Troll
DOA Dead On Arrival [police]
DPS Department of Public Safety (most states have them)
DVC Diligentia Vis Celeritas (latin for Accuracy, Power, Speed)
EDC Every Day Carry
EDP Emotionally Disturbed Person [NYPD]
EIN Employer Identification Number
EO Executive Order
FFL Federal Firearms License or Licensee
FPS Feet Per Second
FTE Failure to Extract
FTF Face To Face (referring to non-FFL-mediated gun transfers)
FTF Failure to Feed
FTLOG For The Love Of God
FUBAR F---ed Up Beyond All Recognition
FWIW For What It's Worth
FYI For Your Information
GC gas check; a copper-zinc alloy cup used as gilding to protect the base of lead bullets from hot gas obduration during internal ballistics.
GD&R Grin, Duck, & Run
GF GirlFriend
GG Good Guy
GI Government Issue
GMT Greenwich Mean Time (timezone, equivalent to Zulu/UTC)
HAND Have A Nice Day
HD Home Defense
HDC Home Defense Carbine
HMG Heavy Machine Gun
HSP Highly Sensitive Person
HTH Hope That Helps
IANAL I Am Not A Lawyer
IDLE International Date Line East
IDLW International Date Line West
IINM If I'm Not Mistaken
IIRC If I Remember Correctly
IMHO In My Humble Opinion
IMNSHO In My Not So Humble Opinion
IMO In My Opinion
IRL In Real Life
IWB Inside WaistBand
JBT Jack Booted Thug
JMB John Moses Browning
JMO Just My Opinion
KISS Keep It Simple, Stupid
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
LMAO Laughing My A-- Off
LMG Light Machine Gun
LNIB Like New In Box, usually means the item looks new but has been lightly used (see also NIB)
LOL Laughing Out Loud
LOS Line Of Sight
MG Machine Gun
MIM Metal Injection Molding
MOA Minutes Of Angle (angular measurement, 1/60 of a , 360 in a circle)
MOB Middle Of Back
MOS Military Occupational Specialty
MV Muzzle Velocity
NAP Non-Aggression Principle (and criticism)
NIB New In Box, usually means the item has not been used since bought, but can also mean LNIB.
NOYB None Of Your Business
OAL OverAll Length
OMG Oh My God
OODA (loop) Observe, Orient, Decide, Act (coined by USAF Col John Boyd)
OOTB Out Of The Box
ORM-D Other Regulated Materials - Domestic (seen on boxes of shipped ammo)
OT Off-Topic
OTOH On The Other Hand
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)
PITA Pain In The A--
POA Point Of Aim
POI Point Of Impact
POI Person Of Interest
POS Piece Of S---
PSI Pounds per Square Inch
PT Physical Training
PTL&PTA Praise The Lord & Pass The Ammunition
REMF Rear Eschelon Mother F---er (derogatory name for a non-combatant in a combat zone or a military occupational specialty that would keep one from seeing combat)
RINO Republican In Name Only (a liberal in conservative clothing)
RKBA Right to Keep and Bear Arms
ROTFL Rolling On The Floor Laughing
ROTFLMAO Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A-- Off
SA Single Action
SAA Single Action Army (famous Colt revolver design that shows up in Westerns)
SAK Swiss Army Knife
SD Self Defense; Sectional Density (weight [lbs] to cross-section area [in^2])
SHTF S--- Hits The Fan
SKS Samozaryadnaya Karabina Simonova, or Self-loading carbine Simonov. Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov was one of the old Soviet Union's foremost arms designers. The rifle was adopted by the USSR in 1945, and was made both there and in China.
SLR Self-Loading Rifle
SMG Sub-Machine Gun
SNAFU Situation Normal: All F---ed Up
SO Significant Other (boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife)
SOB Small Of Back (6 o'clock carry)
SOP Standard Operating Procedure
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
TIA Thanks In Advance
TID Tax ID number
TLA Three Letter Acronym
TPTB The Powers That Be
TTW Taunting The Wookie (someone known to rip arms out of sockets when inflamed)
TU Tits Up (military origin, meaning f---ed; often spelled phonetically as "Tango Uniform")
URL Uniform Resource Locator
UTC Universal Time Coordinate (timezone, equivalent to Zulu/GMT)
VCA Violent Criminal Assailant
*** What The F---?
WTSHTF When The S--- Hits The Fan
WYSIWYG What You See Is What You Get
YMMV Your Mileage May Vary
Bullet Design
AP Armor Piercing
API Armor Piercing, Incendiary
APT Armor Piercing, Tracer
BBWC Bevel Base WadCutter
BT BoatTail
FMJ Full Metal Jacket
FP Flat Point
HP Hollow Point
J Jacketed
JFP Jacketed Flat Point
JHC Jacketed Hollow Cavity
JHP Jacketed Hollow Point
L Lead
LRN Lead Round Nose
LSWC Lead Semi-WadCutter
LWC Lead WadCutter
RN Round Nose
SJ Semi-Jacketed
SJHP Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point
SP Soft Point
SWC Semi-WadCutter
TC Truncated Cone
TMJ Total Metal Jacket
WC WadCutter

Birdmang
July 23, 2009, 01:41 AM
Why thank you!

Oro
July 23, 2009, 01:45 AM
The only one obviously missing form that list is "TFHC":

the Tin Foil Hat Crowd. ;)

jojosdad
July 23, 2009, 01:49 AM
There is still a link to the library on .us http://www.thehighroad.us/index.php

scottaschultz
July 23, 2009, 02:52 AM
LGS = Local gun shop
TRB = Tap, Rack, Bang = After a jam in a sem-automatic pistol, the act of tapping the magazine into the gun with the palm of your hand to make sure it is fully seated, racking the slide to eject the cartridge, and bang is hopefully the noise you will hear the next time you pull the trigger after completing this procedure.
FTF = Can also mean Failure to fire.

Scott

heviarti
July 23, 2009, 12:12 PM
So *** is AHSA?

I think if the same Acronym is used five times in a row, It's time to spell it out at least once.

texas bulldog
July 23, 2009, 12:27 PM
american hunter and shooter association.

avoid them like the plague. wolves in sheep's clothing.

waterhouse
July 23, 2009, 12:29 PM
So *** is AHSA?

http://www.huntersandshooters.org/

Hotly debated organization. They backed Obama because he "clearly demonstrated his commitment to the 2nd Amendment," and they used to have a whole page where they back legislation to make .50 caliber rifles NFA, but they seem to have taken it down.

They are regarded by many in the gun community as a wolf in sheep's clothing for the antis; if you search the threads about them here you can find information about the heads of the organization and make your own decision about them.

DHJenkins
July 23, 2009, 12:33 PM
Just went to the site (for the first time). Looks to me like they're not even bothering with the sheep's clothing.

trailgator
July 23, 2009, 01:43 PM
SWMBO- She Who Must Be Obeyed ;)

searcher451
July 24, 2009, 12:39 AM
A Sticky notice is in order here, IMO. This is good stuff, IYKWIM. :)

Oh, SPF: Sold pending funds

toivo
July 24, 2009, 03:16 AM
It doesn't come up here that often, but there's also...

NIMBY: Not In My Back Yard

Also....

POTUS: President of the United States
SCOTUS: Supreme Court of the United States

RoostRider
July 24, 2009, 03:28 AM
I personally think that an acronym should be spelled out the first time it is used in a thread.... thats just my personal opinion (TJMPO).... lol

zombienerd
July 24, 2009, 03:30 AM
I've seen this one a few times, had to look it up myself :)

TNSTAAFL - There's no such thing as a free lunch.

cambeul41
July 24, 2009, 07:31 AM
http://www.acronymfinder.com/

rainbowbob
July 24, 2009, 03:54 PM
I think if you used the search function, you could probably find what you need.

I may be an old fud, but...

...Why on earth should we have to do searches, scroll through page-long lists of acronyms, and waste even one brain cell attempting to decipher a post?

Is it really THAT hard to write what you mean to say? Writing SHOULD be about communicating your thoughts clearly - not creating puzzles.

ISIITMH (I'm sure I'm In The Minority Here).

So many of the acronyms are stand-ins for trite cliches anyway. Why would I waste my time?

While I'm at it...how about starting sentences with capital letters, using commas and periods, and hitting the return button occasionally to break it into paragraphs?

You might write a brilliant post, one that would change the hearts and minds of everyone here - but if you don't have the time to make it readable, many of us here aren't going to take the time to attempt to read it.

Communicate!

Suicide*Ride
July 24, 2009, 04:54 PM
So many of the acronyms are stand-ins for trite cliches anyway. Why would I waste my time?

While I'm at it...how about starting sentences with capital letters, using commas and periods, and hitting the return button occasionally to break it into paragraphs?

You might write a brilliant post, one that would change the hearts and minds of everyone here - but if you don't have the time to make it readable, many of us here aren't going to take the time to attempt to read it.

My favorite: TATDOW - Talk about thread drift, oh well. :neener:

SR :)

flying_gage
July 24, 2009, 04:57 PM
She who must be obeyed

That's good! I like it!

oneounceload
July 24, 2009, 05:02 PM
COL and COAL - cartridge overall length

MN - Mall Ninja

VGC - video game commando

Shadow 7D
July 24, 2009, 06:31 PM
Not Fair,

When talking about old war horses (Last century's battle rifles) MN can stand for Mosin-Nagant, which is a cheap, effective, overbuilt, Russian rifle.

Mall Ninjas would most likely know nothing about them

KenWP
July 24, 2009, 06:55 PM
I was thinking the same thing today as IMHO made no sense to me untill now. Ask and you shall receive they say.In this case TAYSR

DoubleTapDrew
July 24, 2009, 10:36 PM
EBR = Evil Black Rifle (or Enhanced Battle Rifle depending on who you ask)
DRT= Dead Right There

sohcgt2
July 24, 2009, 11:31 PM
IAWR I Agree With Rainbowbob. If the acronym is too dificult to decipher the person who posted it failed to get their point across, or if you prefer ITAITDTDTPWPIFTGTPA. This is afterall a forum for the printed word.

Erik M
July 25, 2009, 01:41 AM
Thanks for posting that list, its now copied and saved to my machine.

preachnhunt
July 25, 2009, 10:08 AM
WWAI (while we're at it) what does it mean when someone simply writes "bump"?

Uncle Mike
July 25, 2009, 11:19 AM
So many of the acronyms are stand-ins for trite cliches anyway. Why would I waste my time?

While I'm at it...how about starting sentences with capital letters, using commas and periods, and hitting the return button occasionally to break it into paragraphs?

You might write a brilliant post, one that would change the hearts and minds of everyone here - but if you don't have the time to make it readable, many of us here aren't going to take the time to attempt to read it.



Right you are....LMAO!

Use SOME, but I have seen posts that you would have to have British intelligence decipher.

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