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Gun Designations

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by svtruth, Oct 12, 2005.

  1. svtruth

    svtruth Well-Known Member

    I am a new shooter and I find the manufacturers letter and number designations very confusing. Is there some method to their (apparent) madness that is escaping me?
    Thanks in advance.
  2. atblis

    atblis Well-Known Member

    Not really. Manufacturers usually have their own names for stuff

    Here are some ramblings.

    Often a C in a name means compenstated.
    It might also mean compact though.

    Sometimes P means polymer, sometimes it just means pistol.

    L might mean long (e.g. G17L)
  3. Hawkmoon

    Hawkmoon Well-Known Member


    But it escapes me as well. Get used to it, the industry isn't going to change because you or I find their model designations to be counter-intuitive.
  4. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Nope. Guns are named the same way cars are: by committees of marketing individuals.
  5. rritter

    rritter Well-Known Member

    What Standing Wolf said - the names are what a marketing committee thought would sell the gun, or somehow make it more memorable. Sometimes they're vaguely related to function or caliber. The FN FiveseveN, for example, manages by weird capitalization to get both the company name (FN) and caliber (5.7mm) into the name.
  6. Janitor

    Janitor Senior Member

    Or simply a cutesy version of the caliber alone - like the P3AT.

    Though, this is a good example of where I don't know if the 'P' means Plastic or Pistol. (or Puny?)

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