Useful Acronyms

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Note: While the majority of these acronyms are common across Internet forums and when discussing firearms, not all of them are well known, or directly related to firearms.

Note that items in BOLD are specific to (or originated at) Calguns.net.

Firearms Terms

Manufacturers and Dealers

Forums and Organizations

  • ARFCOM - AR15.com
  • CGN - Calguns.net
  • CGF - Calguns Foundation
  • CMP - Civilian Marksmanship Program
  • DOJ - California Department of Justice

Firearms Parts

  • ACOG = Advanced Combat Optical Gunsights (Trijicon)
  • 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
  • AWCA - Assault Weapons Control Act
  • AWB - Assault Weapon Ban
  • Ball - ball ammo - see FMJ
  • BATFE - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
  • BB - Bullet Button
  • SA - semi auto
  • SBR - short barreled rifle
  • SBS – Short Barreled Shotgun

Internet Terms

Calguns Terms

  • AM - Alison Merrilees (from the DOJ) note spelling (two r's and two e's)
  • OAL - office of administrative law
  • OLL - off list lower
  • OLR - off list rifle
  • OLU - off list upper (like on a FAL)
  • LTC - license to carry (a handgun), we also call this a "carry license"

Generic Terms

  • AAMOF - as a matter of fact
  • AFAIAA - as far as i am aware
  • AFAIK - as far as i know
  • AG - Attorney General


Unsorted

  • BF - boyfriend
  • 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
  • BUG - back up gun
  • C&R - curio & relic
  • CCW - Concealed Carry Weapons permit (on Calguns we now prefer to call this a "carry license," see LTC above)
  • DFTT – Don’t Feed The Troll
  • 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
  • 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
  • IC - Iggy Chinn (from the DOJ)
  • IIRC- if i remember correctly
  • LE = Law Enforcement
  • LEO = Law Enforcement Officer


  • Mag – box magazine; ammunition feeding device (sometimes incorrectly referred to as a “clip)
  • MMG - Monster Man Grip
  • MI = Midwest Industries
  • MOA = Minute of angle
  • NFA – National Firearms Act
  • NeRF / NRF - non-rosterable firearm
  • PC - Penal Code
  • PITA – Pain In The @--
  • PM - Private Message
  • POS – Piece Of S---
  • POST = Peace Officer Standards and Training
  • RAW = Registered Assault Weapon
  • RKBA - right to keep and bear arms
  • Romy "G" - a type of AK
  • 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


  • TAN - the "Thread About Nothing"
  • WTB - want to buy
  • WTS - want to sell
  • YMMV - your mileage may vary


Some slang:

  • Ant Burners - people outside of Cali who like to put us down because of our gun laws
  • Post Whore - someone who posts a lot (too much)
  • Troll - someone who posts to get a rise out of other people
  • Ban - what happens when you break the rules here
  • Mod - moderator - the folks who enforce the rules here
  • Tacticool – Something that looks cool, is useless, and was probably expensive
  • The Right People - the law firm of Trutanich * Michel and sometimes also bweise and hoffmang and artherd and Don Kilmer