Firearms terms and acronyms

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AAMOF - as a matter of fact

A.R.M.S. = Atlantic Research Marketing Systems

ACOG = Advanced Combat Optical Gunsights (Trijicon)

AFAIAA - as far as i am aware

AFAIK - as far as i know

AG - Attorney General

AK - Kalashnikov style rifle

AOW - any other weapon

AP - armor piercing

AR - AR15 style rifle


ATF - Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (see BATFE)

AW - Assault Weapon

AWB - Assault Weapon Ban


Ball - ball ammo - see FMJ

BATFE - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

BF - boyfriend

BM = Bushmaster (

BOB - bug out bag

BOF - Bureau of Firearms (part of the DOJ)

BOHICA - bend over, here it comes again

Brady Bunch - not the TV show

BRD = Black Rifle Disease

BTT - Back to the Top (Usually to give visibility to a for sale thread)

BUG - back up gun


C&R - curio & relic

CCW - Concealed Carry Weapons permit

CMMG = ??? AR Manuf. (

CMP - Civilian Marksmanship Program

CMT = Continental Machine and Tool Co (maker of Stag and supplier to many others)

CWS - Cold War Shooters


DD = Daniel Defense

DOJ - California Department of Justice

DFTT – Don’t Feed The Troll

DPMS = ??? AR Manuf (

DPMS = Defense Procurement Manufacturing Services

DROS - dealer's record of sale - sometimes used to refer to the 10 day waiting period (e.g., "I just DROS'ed it," etc..)


EBR - evil black rifle

EDC - every day carry


FA - full auto

FCG - fire control group - see HTS

FFL – Federal Firearms License (a dealer)

FMJ - full metal jacket ammo

FN/FNH = Fabrique Nationale (

FNG - f-ing new guy (don't use this - it's offensive)

FS - for sale

FT - for trade

FUBAR- f'd up beyond all recognition

FUD - fear, uncertainty, doubt - bad info


GF - girlfriend

GPU: Gas Piston Upper

GT - Golden Tiger (ammo for AKs)


HP - hollow point ammo

HSC - handgun safety certificate

HTS / HST - hammer, sear, & trigger


IANAL- i am not a lawyer

IBTL - in before the lock

IIRC- if i remember correctly


KAC = Knight's Armament Company


LE = Law Enforcement

LEO = Law Enforcement Officer

LMT = Lewis Machine and Tool (

LRT = LaRue Tactical


Mag – box magazine; ammunition feeding device (sometimes incorrectly referred to as a “clip)

MMG - Monster Man Grip

MI = Midwest Industries


NFA – National Firearms Act


OAL - office of administrative law


PITA – Pain In The @--

POS – Piece Of S---

POST = Peace Officer Standards and Training

PRI = Precision Reflex Inc.


RKBA - right to keep and bear arms

Romy "G" - a type of AK

RRA = Rock River Arms (


SA - semi auto

SBR - short barreled rifle

SBS – Short Barreled Shotgun

SHTF - shi1 hits the fan

SNAFU - situation normal, all f'd up

SP - soft point ammo

SPR - special police rifle, special purpose rifle

SPF - sold, pending funds

SWS = Superior Weapons Systems (


TAN - the "Thread About Nothing"

TPF - ten percent firearms


WTB - want to buy

WTS - want to sell


YHM = Yankee Hill Machine

YMMV - your mileage may vary