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    Default Abbreviations and Terms


    ACU - Army Combat Uniform
    AED - Automated External Defibrillator
    ALICE - All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment
    Ammo - Ammunition
    AOW - Any weapon restricted by a ban which is NOT the assault weapon ban
    APC - Armored Personnel Carrier
    ATF - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
    ATT - Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division of the IRS (the pre-68 administrators of the NFA)
    AW - Assault Weapon
    AWB - Assault Weapon Ban
    AWB - Assault Weapons Ban


    BAR - Browning Automatic Rifle
    BDU - Battle Dress Uniform
    BDU - Battle Dress Uniform
    BFSC - Basic Firearms Safety Card (a CA-specific certification)
    BHO - Bolt Hold Open
    BI -Bug In
    BIL - Bug In Location, (essentially the same as a BOL with the implication that you are already at your BIL)
    BO - Bug Out
    BO - Bug Out, Bail Out, Bugging Out
    BOAT - Bug Out Altoids Tin
    BOB - Bug Out Bag
    BOL - Bug Out Location
    BOV – Bug Out Vehicle
    BTW - By The Way
    BUG - Backup Gun


    C&R - Curio and Relic
    Camo - Camouflage
    CB - Citizen Band Radio
    CCL - Concealed Carry License
    CCP - Concelaed Carry Permit
    CCW - Concelaed Carry Weapon
    CERT - Communication Emergency Response Team
    CFR - Code of Federal Regulations
    – Calcium Hypochlorite (Bleach in tablet form used for water purification)

    CMP - Civilian Marksmanship Program
    COE - Certificate of Eligibility (a CA-specific certification)
    Commo - Communications
    CONUS – Continental United States
    CQB - Close Quarters Battle
    CQC - Close Quarters Combat
    CWP - Concealed Weapons Permit


    DA - Double Action
    DAO - Double Action Only
    DD - Destructive Device
    Decon – Decontamination
    DEWAT - De-activated War Trophy
    DIY - Do It Yourself
    DOJ - Department Of Justice, usually for the state in question


    E&E - Escape and Evasion
    EDC - Every Day Carry
    EMP - Electro-Magnetic Pulse
    EMS - Emergency Medical Services

    EMT - Emergency Medical Technician
    E-Tool - Entrenching Tool


    FA - First Aid
    FAIK - For All I Know
    FAK - First Aid Kit
    FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
    FET - Federal Excise Tax
    FFL - Federal Firearms License
    FIFO – First In First Out (food rotation)
    FMJ - Full Metal Jacket (bullet)
    FRS - Family Radio Service
    FUBAR - Fouled Up Beyond All Repair
    FWIW - For What Its Worth
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    Abbreviations and Terms G - S

    GCA - Gun Control Act
    GHB - Get Home Bag
    GMRS - General Mobile Radio Service
    GMT - Greenwich Mean Time (see also ZULU)
    GOOD – Get Out of Dodge (i.e. good kit = BOB)
    GPS - Global Positioning System
    GTG – Good To Go
    GW – Global Warming


    HBAR - Heavy Barrel (rifle)
    HP - Hollow Point (bullet)
    HSC - Handgun Safety Card (a CA-specific certification)


    IFAK - Improved First Aid Kit or Individual First Aid Kit
    IIRC - If I ReCall
    IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
    INCH - I'm Never Coming Home bag


    JHP - Jacketed Hollow Point (bullet)
    JIC – Just In Case
    JMHO - Just My Humble Opinion


    KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid


    LBE - Load Bearing Equipment
    LBV - Load Bearing Vest
    LDS - Latter Day Saints (Mormons)
    LE - Law Enforcement
    LEGR - Law Enforcement Gun Release (a California-specific form)
    LEO - Law Enforcement Officer
    LGS - Local Gun Shop
    LIA – Little Ice Age
    LRG - Long Range Gun
    LRW - Long Range Weapon


    MBR - Main Battle Rifle
    MOLLE - Modular pouches that fit a LBE/LBV/Pack
    MRE - Meal Ready to Eat
    MSDS - Material Safety Data Sheet
    MURS - Multi-Use Radio Service


    NBC – Nuclear Biological Chemical
    NFA - National Firearms Act
    NEWBY - Newly Registered Forum Member
    NRA - National Rifle Association
    Numpty - A reckless, absent minded or unwise person


    OP - Original Poster


    PAW - Post Apocalyptic World
    PC - Penal Code, an abbreviation brought up whenever citing sections of law.
    PFD - Personal Flotation Device
    POTUS - President of the United States
    POV – Personally Owned Vehicle (also Point Of View)
    POW – Personally Owned Weapons (alternatively, Prisoner of War)
    Prepper – one who practices preparedness, a survivalist
    PSA - Personal Sidearm
    PSK - Personal Survival Kit



    ROTTW - Running Off To The Wilderness
    RPG - Rocket Propelled Grenade, Roll Playing Game


    SAK - Swiss Army Knife
    SBR - Short Barreled Rifle
    SCOTUS - Supreme Court of the United States
    SERE - Survival, Evasion, Resistance, & Escape
    SH – Sodium Hypochlorite (Bleach used for water purification)
    SHTF – Stuff Hits The Fan
    SNAFU - Situation Normal, All Fouled Up
    SNIVEL GEAR - U.S. Army slang for gloves, scarf, things to keep you warm, e.g.
    SOT - Special (Occupational) Taxpayer
    SSDD- Same Stuff, Different Day

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    Abbreviations and Terms S - Z

    TARFU - Things Are Really Fouled Up
    TEOTWAWKI - The End Of The World As We Know It
    The Crunch – Same as Stuff Hits The Fan (SHTF)
    TPTB - The Powers That Be
    TROLL - One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument.
    TSHTF - The Stuff Hits The Fan


    UL - Ultra Light (as in Ultra Light Camping)
    U.S.C. - United States Code
    UV – Ultra Violet


    VOK - Ventilated Operator Kit
    VOM – Voice Operated Microphone


    WMD – Weapons of Mass Destruction
    WOOBIE - (US, military slang) A poncho liner.
    WTSHTF – When The Stuff Hits The Fan



    Zulu - Refers to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), also refers to Zombies


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