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December 19, 2000, 00:54
I have been using the internet for about two years, and I have had it. PLEASE tell me what IMHO and BTW mean! Are there any others I should know?Everybody uses these in their posts and I am getting frustrated.

December 19, 2000, 01:07
In My Humble Opinion

By The Way

Having defined those two, can someone define IIRC for me?

December 19, 2000, 01:08
IMHO - in my humble opinion

BTW - by the way

BTT - back to top

Bruce J
December 19, 2000, 01:09
That's an easy one. A lot easier than figuring out if FAL is pronounced as an acromnym or and a phonetic word.

I suppose someday these internet abreviations will become a part of our kids English class, much like carbon copy became "CC". Ask a 16 year old what a carbon paper is and they'll think you're talking about some sort of chemistry test strip.

IMHO -> In my humble opinion
BTW -> By the way
BTT -> Back to top
OT -> Off topic
FUBAR -> well that's from a different generation..

Bruce J
Kansas City

December 19, 2000, 01:14
Bruce, you got that right! http://www.fnfal.com/forums/smile.gif

What was that stuff...mimeograph! Remember when the teacher brought in tests or handouts and the paper was lousy with isopropyl alcohol!! Man, I remember once a teacher was smoking and lit the mimeograph room up. What a mess.

Yep. There was atime before calculators. I was in a math class and asked the professor if I could use a slide rule (no calcs allowed on test) he said no. After class a couple kids asked me what a slide rule was. Ha!

December 19, 2000, 01:20
I'm glad someone is asking this stuff. What the hell does NTXT (?) and a few others that I see in the subject line??? http://www.fnfal.com/forums/confused.gif

[This message has been edited by Bruce (edited December 19, 2000).]

Dan at VOW
December 19, 2000, 01:26
Ok Wadman, since no one else answered your question.
IIRC; If I Remember Correctly
YMMV; Your Mileage May Vary
LMAO; Laughing My A$$ Off
ROTFLMAO; Rolling On The Floor LMAO
TEOTWAWKI; The End Of The World As We Know It
And here is a link to a page that is chock full of these little tidbits. http://www.thefiringline.com/Misc/library/TFL_Primer.htm HTH or Happy To Help, Dan at VOW.
Hey Bruce, go ahead and slap yourself, NTXT= No Text, CTXT= See Text, http://www.fnfal.com/forums/biggrin.gif

[This message has been edited by Dan at VOW (edited December 19, 2000).]

December 19, 2000, 01:30
NTXT- No Text (posts with only a title and no content)

December 19, 2000, 01:31
Originally posted by gman:
. . . There was a time before calculators. I was in a math class and asked the professor if I could use a slide rule (no calcs allowed on test) he said no. After class a couple kids asked me what a slide rule was. Ha!

Here's another one for you: In '73 my wife was a secretary at a motorcycle shop. She brought payroll home sometimes and once she brought a little hand calculator that the shop let her take. It was quite amazing to play with!

Add, subtract, multiply and divide -- that was it. And no floating decimal. It was fixed at two places from the right. If you were doing something other than dollars and cents, you had to figure out where the decimal went.

It cost around $125, and in today's dollars that would be what, $400-$500?? Amazing.

December 19, 2000, 01:31
Thank you, BTW, your response was fast.

Enquiring Minds
December 19, 2000, 03:54
... and of course on any firearms/camping/political forum, you're going to have to know that

The SHTF == The Sh*t Hits The Fan

Dan at VOW
February 03, 2001, 00:45
Ok these came from The Firing Line list. Hope you will enjoy.
ACLU - American Civil Liberties Union
AF - alternative force; military: Air Force
AFAIK - as far as I know
Anti - an individual who opposes the RKBA for private citizens
ASA - Australian Shooting Association
BG - bad guy; big grin (as in <BG> or a smiley)
BOHICA - bend over here it comes again
BOR - Bill Of Rights
BTT - back to top
BTW - by the way
CCRKBA - Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
CAS - cowboy action shooting
CHL - concealed handgun license
CLDF - Civil Liberties Defense Foundation
COA - Citizens Of America
COD - cash on delivery
CONDITION RED - Under attack.
CONDITION ORANGE - Heightened awareness; alert to potential threats.
CONDITION YELLOW - Normal awareness of ones environment.
CONDITION WHITE - Unawareness of ones environment.
CPHV - Center to Prevent Handgun Violence (an enemy of the RKBA)
CQB - close quarters battle
CQC - close quarters combat
CRPA - certified royal pain in the a__
DAISNAID - do as I say, not as I do
DFTT - don't feed the troll
DVC - Diligentia Vis Celeritas - Latin for Accuracy, Power, Speed
FFL - federal firearms license
Flame - insults... mud slinging. Not permitted on TFL.
FOP - Fraternal Order of Police
FOUP - Firearm Owners Unification Project
FUBAR - fouled up beyond all recognition
FWIW - for what it's worth
FYI - for your info
GG - good guy
GI - government issue
GOA - Gun Owners of America
HCI - Handgun Control Incorporated (an enemy of the RKBA)
IDPA - International Defensive Pistol Association
IINM - if Im not mistaken
IIRC - if I remember correctly
ILA - Institute for Legislative Action (Div. of the NRA)
IMO - in my opinion
IMHO - in my humble opinion
IMNSHO - in my not so humble opinion
IPSC - International Practical Shooting Confederation
IRL - in real life
IYDMMA - if you dont mind me asking
JMO - just my opinion
JPFO - Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
KISS - keep it simple stupid
KYPD - keep your powder dry
LEO - law enforcement officer
LEAA - Law Enforcement Alliance of America
LEA - law enforcement agency
LFI - Lethal Force Institute
LMAO - laughing my a__ off
LOL - laughing out loud
Member - registered TFL member with less than 15 posts
MMM - Million Mom March
NOYB - none of your business
NRA - National Rifle Association
NSSF - National Shooting Sports Foundation
OF - old fart
OFIT - old fart in training
OMG - oh my gosh
OTOH - on the other hand
POS - piece of s___
PTL&PTA - praise the lord and pass the ammunition
REMF - rear echelon mother f_____; derogatory name for a non-combatant in a combat zone or a military occupational specialty that would keep one from combat duty were
hostilities to be engaged
RKBA - right to keep and bear arms
ROTF - rolling on the floor
ROTFL - rolling on the floor laughing
ROTFLMAO - rolling on the floor laughing my a__ off
RPA royal pain in the a__
SAF - Second Amendment Foundation
SAS - Second Amendment Sisters; Special Air Service (British military special operations unit)
SASS - Single Action Shooting Society
SATF - Second Amendment Task Force
Senior Member - registered TFL member with 15 posts or more
SHOTShow - Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Travel Show
SHTF - s___ hits the fan
Sic Semper Tyrannis - death to tyrants
SNAFU - situation normal, all fouled up
SOP - standard operating procedure
SSAA - Sporting Shooters Association of Australia
SWAT - special weapons and tactics
TANSTAAFL = there ain't no such thing as a free lunch
TEOTWAWKI - the end of the world as we know it
TFL - The Firing Line (Simply the Finest Firearms Information Site on the Web)
TIA - thanks in advance
TLA - three letter acronym
Troll - someone posting with the purpose of inflaming or starting an emotional
response... basically done by jerks with nothing better to do with their spare time.
TRT - Tyranny Response Team
TTHR - take the high road
TTW - taunting the wookie
URL - uniform resource locator
USPSA - United States Practical Shooting Association
WTF - what the f___
WTF2 - what the f___ was that for?
WTFO - what the f___, over
WTSHTF - when the s___ hits the fan
WYSIWYG - what you see is what you get
YMMV - your mileage may vary

Ammunition, Technical, Gun-Related

Accurate Arms - modern gun powder manufacturer
ACP - automatic Colt pistol
AE - action express
Anneal - To soften metal by heating. Used to extend the useful reloading life of brass cartridge case necks by softening them and permitting more reloading operations to be
performed before the work hardening effect of the cold, forced reshaping of the resizing operation causes metal fatigue in the neck area and makes the brass case
unusable for further reloading. Brass and copper are annealed by fast cooling, usually by quenching, from a heated condition. Steel is annealed by a slow cooling.
Quenching of steel from high heat has the opposite effect from the same treatment of brass and copper.
AP - armor piercing
API - armor piercing, incendiary
APT - armor piercing, tracer
AR - assault rifle
BAR - Browning Automatic Rifle
Bearing Surface - that portion of a bullet that contacts the bore of the barrel as it travels from chamber to muzzle. Sufficient bearing surface is required for good accuracy.
BBWC - Bevel Base Wadcutter (bullet design)
BC - ballistic coefficient: indexed measure of a bullets ability to overcome resistance in flight relative to the performance of a standard projectile used to compute ballistics
tables. (mathematically: ratio of bullet's SD to its coefficient of form, or the ratio of bullet's weight to the product of the square of its diameter and its form factor
(coefficient of form)).
Bedding - material and/or methods used to fit rifle action to a stock.
BMG - Browning machine gun
Bore - the inside of a firearm's barrel.
Bore sight - to align the sights of a firearm by sighting through the barrel bore
BP - black powder
BPCR - black powder cartridge rifle
Brisance (brissance) - the "shattering" effect of explosives; the burn rate, in terms of acceleration, i.e., how quickly is the maximum burn rate of an explosive mass reached?
BT - boattail (bullet design)
Bullet - the projectile which is expelled from a firearm's barrel at firing
Burn rate - the relative speed at which gun powders burn (explode) This is determined by the size and shape of granules, amount and nature of any coatings and, in some
cases, specific physical design of the granules, such as perforations, tubes, rods, ball (beads) or disk shapes (flattened beads).
Cal. - Caliber (inches or millimeters); projectile (bullet) diameter or diameter of some specifically defined point in the bore of a barrel; the nominal or approximate diameter of a
bore expressed similarly. NOT the same as a cartridge chambering! Caliber is diameter only. .223 Remington is not a caliber. It is a chambering. The number .223 alone,
however is understood to mean the .223 Remington, but literally is a caliber. There are several chamberings that use the .223 caliber of bullet or bore. .30-'06 is a
chambering. It uses a .308 caliber bullet.
Cartridge - completed assembly, comprised of a case (the central component), primer (for ignition), powder (primary energy source) and bullet (projectile). The cartridge is
placed into the chamber and confined by a breech device for firing.
CCW - concealed carry weapon
Chamber - the portion of a firearm which contains the cartridge at firing.
Chambering - i.e., "This rifle is available in the following chamberings: "; Specific machined dimensions to the interior rearmost portion of a barrel which results in a
chamber that will accept and safely fire one cartridge design only, i.e., .30-'06 Springfield, .270 Winchester, .223 Remington, .38-55 Winchester-Ballard, .45-'70
Government, etc. Although acceptable chamber dimensions are defined and accepted throughout the firearms industry by the ANSI-approved SAAMI, there are many
"wildcat" and "improved" variations of standard SAAMI chamberings in use.
Charge - quantity of powder; usually in grains. One avoirdupois pound equals 7,000 grains.
Choke - in a shotgun, the taper in the last few inches of the barrel. This is usually a tightening of the bore to a slightly smaller diameter from the actual gauge measurement of
the barrel. Some typical choke names, from least to most taper, are: cylinder (no taper), improved cylinder (or simply: "improved"), modified cylinder ("modified") and
full choke ("full"). This is not a complete list, but typical.
CLASS III - Refers to the Class III FFL required to deal in NFA items (full-auto, suppressors, etc.)
Clip A strip of metal that is used to hold cartridges together to facilitate the loading into (usually) an internal rifle magazine.
CONDITION 1 - Pistol: Full magazine, cartridge in chamber, hammer cocked, safety on. AKA "cocked and locked."
CONDITION 2 - Pistol: Full magazine, cartridge in chamber, hammer down, safety off.
CONDITION 3 - Pistol: Full magazine, chamber empty.
CONDITION 4 - Pistol: Full magazine separate from gun, chamber empty.
Components (reloading) - individual components that make up the "recipe" for a hand loaded cartridge. The four components are: primer, case, bullet and powder.
CRUISER READY - Shotgun: Full magazine, chamber empty, hammer down, safety off.
CUP - copper units of pressure; a method of measuring chamber pressure, most common with shotguns
Cylinder Gap - the distance between the front of the cylinder and the rear of the barrel in a revolver.
DA - double action, as opposed to single action (SA), DA cocks the hammer and positions a cartridge for firing with a single pull, through full travel, of the trigger
DAO - double action only
DEWC - double ended wadcutter (bullet design)
EAA - European American Arms, a manufacturer of firearms
FMJ - full metal jacket (bullet design)
FN - There are several arms factories in different countries which use the initials "FN", standing roughly for National Factory. The best known FN is the Belgian arms
manufacturer, Fabrique Nationale d'Armes d'Guerre or National Factory of War Arms, in Leige and Herstal, Belgium.FN was the developer of the Fusil Automatique
Leger or Light Automatic Rifle, commonly called the FAL or FN-FAL. FALs are or have been the standard service rifle of a number of countries, including most of the
British commonwealth, and were manufactured in several countries. Several semi-auto only versions are available on the U.S. market.Also: flat nose (bullet design)
FP - flat point (bullet design)
FPS - feet per second
FTF - failure to feed/failure to fire
G&A - Guns & Ammo (print magazine)
GA - gauge (also: ga.)
GCA - Gun Control Act (1968)
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.
H&R - Harrington & Richardson, a manufacturer of firearms
HBWC - hollow base wad cutter (bullet design)
Headspace - measurement between two points in a chamber which are the confining boundaries of cartridge movement during chambering and firing. Insufficient headspace
hinders complete chambering of the cartridge. Excessive headspace permits case stretching and can permit case separation, which will permit high pressure gas leakage
during the firing/pressure cycle. Very dangerous to equipment and shooter. Headspace is defined and measured differently for each case design. Rimless, rimmed and
belted bottleneck cases each have a method unique to the design and a measurement specific to the chambering. Straight walled cases, rimless and rimmed, also have
unique methods and cartridge-specific measurements.
HD - Home Defense
Hodgdon - modern gun powder manufacturer
HP - hollow point (bullet design)
IMR - modern gun powder manufacturer: Improved Military Rifle; formerly DuPont
JHC - jacketed hollow cavity (bullet design)
JFP - jacketed flat point (bullet design)
JHP - jacketed hollow point (bullet design)
JMB - John Moses Browning. The designer of some of the best guns ever made.
KYPD - keep your powder dry
LOS - line of sight
LRN - lead round nose (bullet design)
LSWC - lead semi-wad cutter (bullet design)
LWC - lead wad cutter (bullet design)
Mag. - magazine; magnum; also: mag.
Magazine- ammunition holders that are equipped with a spring to move the ammo, these are not clips.
MM - Millimeters; also mm
MV - muzzle velocity, usually in fps. Velocity of the bullet at or very near the muzzle of the barrel
MOA - minute of angle
NAA - North American Arms, a manufacturer of firearms
NEF - New England Firearms, a manufacturer of firearms
NFA - National Firearms Act (1934)
O/U - over/under (shotgun)
OAL - overall length
Ogive - a measure of the curvature forward portion of the bullet. The radius of the ogive is usually expressed in multiples or fractions of the caliber.
PBR - point blank range
PDW Personal Defense Weapon
POA - point of aim.
POI - point of impact.
PPC - Cartridge designed in 1974 by Dr. Louis Palmisano and Ferris Pindell. Based on the 220 Russian case with a head diameter of .441 - .445. Considered to be the most
efficient cartridge design available, the .22 cal PPC and 6mm PPC virtually dominate benchrest accuracy competition in the world today.
PSI - pounds per square inch; also: psi. This is the normally accepted measure of pressure exerted on the inside wall of the chamber of a modern rifle or handgun during the
firing cycle. By convention and tradition, a shotgun pressure rating is in CUP. PSI is slowly replacing the use of CUP as a standard reference of pressure in all firearms
testing and pressure proofing.
RN - round nose (bullet design)
S&W - Smith & Wesson
SA - single action, as opposed to double action (DA), SA releases the trigger for primer contact and firing AFTER cocking of the hammer and positioning of the cartridge for
firing by means other than pulling the trigger.
SAA - Single Action Army; a famous design of revolver by Colt used in early America and credited with finalizing the popularity of mass produced, brass cartridge handguns.
This is the cowboy revolver of Hollywood Western Motion Pictures.
SAAMI - Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute; an accredited standards developer for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
SAF - Second Amendment Foundation
SD - sectional density; ratio of bullet's weight, in pounds, to its cross-sectional area, in inches.
SJHP - semi-jacketed hollow point
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
SP - soft point (a bullet design)
SWC - semi wadcutter (a bullet design)
TC - truncated cone (a bullet design)
Throat - leade, freebore. That portion of the barrel bore immediately forward of the chamber. In some rifle chamber designs, the throat may be long and may transition into a
relatively slow taper to full depth of lands and grooves (rifling). In other rifle designs the throat is relatively short and the transition to full depth rifling is abrupt,
although all barrels have some taper from throat to full depth rifling. The immediate effect of the two extremes in design is to determine the maximum distance a bullet
may protrude out the front of the case. This determines the final overall length of the loaded cartridge, for a given bullet shape.
TMJ - total metal jacket (a bullet design)
WC - wad cutter (a bullet design)
USRAC - U.S. Repeating Arms Company; firearms, ammo and reloading component manufacturer


AG - Attorney General
BATF - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (also ATF)
CIA - Central Intelligence Agency
CMP - Civilian Marksmanship Program (formerly DCM)
DCM - Dept of Civilian Marksmanship (now defunct as an organization; see CMP)
DOD - Department Of Defense
DOJ - Department Of Justice
EO - Executive Order
FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation
HUD - Housing and Urban Development
IRS - Internal Revenue Service
JAG - Judge Advocate General
JBT - jack booted thug
NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NFA - National Firearms Act (1934)
NSA - National Security Agency
OSS - Office of Strategic Services (predecessor to the CIA)
VA - Veterans Administration
WPA - War Powers Act

February 03, 2001, 09:34
hey dan, you sure seemed to put a lot of time into this , thanks . you cleared up a lot of ?? here's one more,"FOAD" . F*&K OFF AND DIE.. also i did'nt see what a mouse gun was ??!! thanks bud.


February 03, 2001, 10:16
HOw about PITA-Pain in the A**.

Dan at VOW
February 03, 2001, 13:46
Can't take credit for someone else's work. This list was posted on The Firing Line Forums, all I did was copy pasted. Took me about a minute, to a minute and a half. I knew where it was, went and got it and posted it. Dan.

Enquiring Minds
February 03, 2001, 20:30
A couple more:
DMC = Dominant Media Cartel
LMM = Liberal Mainstream Media

Rick B
February 03, 2001, 20:51
That is sick he must be very board or somehow copy and pasted it. I dont have sex that long haahahahahaha. Rick B

March 30, 2002, 21:30

March 30, 2002, 22:05
Ah, yes--the Wile E. Coyote School of Gunsmithing.

March 30, 2002, 22:11
WECSOG: Wile E. Coyote School Of Gunsmithing. This usually involves a LARGE hammer and a Dremmel tool.
see Gary Jeeter as an example. He's king of the Dremmel, and has a pic. of Wile E himself under his name.

[ March 30, 2002: Message edited by: withergyld ]

March 31, 2002, 02:25
Thanks for explaining "WECSOG"!
That one's a classic!!!

April 05, 2002, 01:01
Lest we forget our Military Training.....
SNAFU - Another generation for Situation Normal, All F@*ked Up!
WETSU - We Eat This Shit Up
LAGNAFA - Lets All Get Naked And Fool Around
BOHICA - Bend Over, Here It Comes Again
IITYWYBMAB - If I Tell You Will You Buy Me A Beer
WMAMASAN - Where Men Are Men And Sheep Are Nervous
AHDTATG - A$$ Hole Deep To A Tall Giraffe

And finally.... SWALCAKWS - For envelope backs on letters to your 'main squeeze' - -
Sealed With A Lick Cause A Kiss Wouldn't Stick!!!
-=[ Shadow Walker ]=-
* Remember: Nothing is so smiple it can't get foule dup!

CATM Larry
April 05, 2002, 08:01
Originally posted by goalie35:
<STRONG>Ah, yes--the Wile E. Coyote School of Gunsmithing.</STRONG>

I thought it was School of Gunsmiffin' :D


April 05, 2002, 08:26
Take a look at Archives July 2001 it specifically deals with acronyms Very interesting :D