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    New to the handgun/OC/CC/2A forum world, I have found myself occasionally spending time chasing down an acronym's definition. I am posting this in hopes that it helps other new folks.

    Please add and correct as needed!


    1. 2A: Second Amendment
    2. ACP: Automatic Colt Pistol (.380 ACP, .45 ACP...)
    3. ADA: Assistant District Attorney
    4. AFAICT: As Far As I Can Tell
    5. AFAIK: As Far As I Know
    6. APA: Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
    7. AHSA: American Hunters and Shooters Association
    8. ARFCOM: AR15 dot com (http://www.ar15.com)
    9. BATF: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (also BATFE, ATF)
    10. BFA: Buckeye Firearms Association
    11. BFR: Big F***ing Revolver (also Magnum's Big Finest Revolver)
    12. BG: Bad Guy
    13. BOL/BOLO: Be On the Look Out
    14. BTW: By The Way
    15. BUG: Back Up Gun
    16. CC: Concealed Carry
    17. CCW: Carry Concealed Weapon
    18. CHP: Concealed Handgun Permit
    19. CPL: Concealed Pistol License
    20. C&R: Curios and Relics (Type 03FFL)
    21. DA: Double Action, District Attorney
    22. DAO: Double Action Only
    23. DA/ADA: District Attorney/Assistant District Attorney
    24. DA/SA: Double Action/Single Action
    25. DFTT: Don't Feed the Troll
    26. EBR: Evil Black Rifle
    27. EDC: Every Day Carry
    28. ETA: Edited To Add
    29. FFL: Federal Firearms License
    30. FMJ: Full Metal Jacket
    31. FTC: Failure To Chamber
    32. FTE: Failure To Eject
    33. FTF: Failure To Feed, Failure To Fire
    34. FTL: Failure To Load
    35. FOIA: Freedom of Information Act
    36. FUBAR - Fouled (?) Up Beyond All Recognition
    37. FUD: Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt
    38. GDHP: Gold Dot Hollow Point (Speer)
    39. GG: Good Guy
    40. GFSZ: Gun Free School Zone
    41. GFSZA: Gun Free School Zone Act
    42. GFZ: Gun Free Zone
    43. GOA: Gun Owners of America
    44. GSL: Gun Saves Lives
    45. IANAL: I Am Not A Lawyer
    46. IDK: I Don't Know
    47. IIRC: If I Recall Correctly
    48. IMHO: In My Humble Opinion
    49. IWB: Inside Waistband
    50. JHP: Jacketed Hollow Point
    51. KWIM: Know What I Mean? (also proceeded by IY (If You) or DY (Do You)
    52. LAC: Law Abiding Citizen
    53. LDA: Light Double Action
    54. LE: Law Enforcement
    55. LEA: Law Enforcement Agency
    56. LEO: Law Enforcement Officer
    57. LMAO: Laughing My A** Off
    58. LTC:License To Carry
    59. LTCF: License to Carry Firearms
    60. LOC: Loaded Open Carry
    61. LOL: Laughing Out Loud
    62. LUCC: Locked Unloaded Concealed Carry
    63. MOC: Michigan Open Carry (sometimes MIOC)
    64. MOU: Memorandum of Understanding
    65. MSM: Mainstream Media
    66. MWAG: Man With a Gun
    67. ND: Negligent Discharge
    68. NICS: National Instant Criminal Background Check System
    69. NRA: National Rifle Association
    70. OC: Open Carry
    71. OCDO: Open Carry dot org (http://www.opencarry.org)
    72. OWB: Outside Waistband
    73. PA: Prosecuting Attorney
    74. PA/APA: Prosecuting Attorney/Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
    75. PAFOA: Pennsylvania Firearm Owners Association
    76. PC: Probable Cause
    77. PFZ: Pistol Free Zone
    78. PM: Private Message
    79. POIDH: Pics (Pictures) Or it Didn't Happen
    80. POTUS: President of the United States
    81. PVC: Philip Van Cleave (President, VCDL)
    82. RAS: Reasonable Articulable Suspicion
    83. RIA: Rock Island Armory
    84. ROTF(L): Rolling On The Floor (Laughing)
    85. RTBA: Right To Bear Arms
    86. RTKBA: Right to Keep and Bear Arms
    87. SA: Single Action
    88. SAF Second Amendment Foundation
    89. SCOTUS: Supreme Court of the United Status
    90. SHTF: S*** Hits The Fan
    91. SA: Situational Awareness
    92. SAP: Speed, Accuracy, Power
    93. SG: Security Guard
    94. SS: Stainless Steel
    95. SSC: State Supreme Court
    96. TEOTWAWKI: The End Of The World As We Know It
    97. TTT: Take To Top
    98. UBG: Ugly Black Gun
    99. UOC: Unloaded Open Carry
    100. USC: United States Code
    101. VCDL: Virginia Citizen Defense League
    102. WVCDL: West Virginia Citizen Defense League
    103. YMMV: Your Mileage May Very
    (ETA: Edited To Add acronyms from various threads.)

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    28. RTBA: Right To Bare Arms (Bear)

    No-one wants to see your naked guns. The Filth! What about the Children?!?!

    Hirsute, quadruped guns are, however, perfectly acceptable in even the most refined portions of society...



    :P Sorry, it's been that kind of week....

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    PavePusher wrote:
    28. RTBA: Right To Bare Arms (Bear)

    No-one wants to see your naked guns. The Filth! What about the Children?!?!

    Hirsute, quadruped guns are, however, perfectly acceptable in even the most refined portions of society...



    :P Sorry, it's been that kind of week....
    *Too funny*! Thanks for the catch!!!
    (Edited to correct!)

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    This would be an excellent candidate for a sticky post in one of the general reference forums.

    I would add some clarification to one or two, namely:

    CHP is typically used in Virginia, since it's the specific name of our permit.

    You sometimes see RTKBA, Right to Keep and Bear Arms

    I have seen LTC mean License to Carry, not necessarily Conceal. Many states it means carry, but manner (open / concealed) is optional.

    I think some states have a LTCF License to Carry Firearms.

    The IWB OWB are usually meaning Inside and Outside, I is usually for concealed, O is usually for open carry.

    GFSZA is the Act (federal law) we all love to hate.

    BUG: Back Up Gun (among others)

    Some use IMHO for In My Humble Opinion

    VCDL Virginia Citizens Defense League, and a number of other fine organizations could be included. You could probably have a separate section for just these, there are so many, especially when you start to consider other states: WVCDL, PAFOA, etc, etc, etc.

    TFred



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    FTF can also = Failure to Fire

    PC = Probbable Cause

    RAS = Reasonable Articulable Suspicion

    USC = United States Code (EG: 18 USC section 242)

    SCOTUS = Supreme Court Of The United States

    SSC = State Supreme Court

    DA/ADA = District Attorney/Assisant DA

    PA/APA = Procecuting Attorney/Assistant PA



    Not acronyms but worth knowing:



    Terry = Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1(often refenced in conjunction with 'Terry' stop detainments)

    Hiibel = Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court of Nevada, 542 U.S. 177



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    TFred wrote:
    This would be an excellent candidate for a sticky post in one of the general reference forums.

    I would add some clarification to one or two, namely:

    CHP is typically used in Virginia, since it's the specific name of our permit.

    You sometimes see RTKBA, Right to Keep and Bear Arms

    I have seen LTC mean License to Carry, not necessarily Conceal. Many states it means carry, but manner (open / concealed) is optional.

    I think some states have a LTCF License to Carry Firearms.

    The IWB OWB are usually meaning Inside and Outside, I is usually for concealed, O is usually for open carry.

    GFSZA is the Act (federal law) we all love to hate.

    BUG: Back Up Gun (among others)

    Some use IMHO for In My Humble Opinion

    VCDL Virginia Citizens Defense League, and a number of other fine organizations could be included. You could probably have a separate section for just these, there are so many, especially when you start to consider other states: WVCDL, PAFOA, etc, etc, etc.

    TFred

    Added and Corrected!

    Regarding VCDL and others - might as well keep it simple and add everything to one list. I don't mind adding items - I just don't know the definitions!

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    Phssthpok wrote:
    FTF can also = Failure to Fire

    PC = Probbable Cause

    RAS = Reasonable Articulable Suspicion

    USC = United States Code (EG: 18 USC section 242)

    SCOTUS = Supreme Court Of The United States

    SSC = State Supreme Court

    DA/ADA = District Attorney/Assisant DA

    PA/APA = Procecuting Attorney/Assistant PA



    Not acronyms but worth knowing:



    Terry = Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1(often refenced in conjunction with 'Terry' stop detainments)

    Hiibel = Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court of Nevada, 542 U.S. 177

    Added/corrected - thanks. (had to look up 'articulable'...!)

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    If it makes a pronounceable word, it's an acronym (NASA, LASER)
    If it's not pronounceable, it's simply an abbreviation (CIA, FBI).

    I have an abbreviation to add: ND = negligent discharge.

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    Regular_Joe wrote
    Added and Corrected!

    Regarding VCDL and others - might as well keep it simple and add everything to one list. I don't mind adding items - I just don't know the definitions!
    Well off the top of my head,

    WVCDL - West Virginia Citizens Defense League (see there could be many of these!)
    NRA - National Rifle Association (although if you don't know that one, your pre-newbie... )
    PAFOA - Pennsylvania Firearm Owners Association
    SAF - Second Amendment Foundation
    GOA - Gun Owners of America


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    MWAG - Man with a gun
    TEOTWAWKI - The end of the world as we know it

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    TFred wrote:
    Regular_Joe wrote
    Added and Corrected!

    Regarding VCDL and others - might as well keep it simple and add everything to one list. I don't mind adding items - I just don't know the definitions!
    Well off the top of my head,

    WVCDL - West Virginia Citizens Defense League (see there could be many of these!)
    NRA - National Rifle Association (although if you don't know that one, your pre-newbie... )
    PAFOA - Pennsylvania Firearm Owners Association
    SAF - Second Amendment Foundation
    GOA - Gun Owners of America
    Added. Not National Republican Association...?

    Although, I do admit, I've only just joined the NRA. As did my wife. And our three boys. And I'd like to take this moment to thank our President for inspiring me to reclaim my 2nd Amendment!

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    N00blet45 wrote:
    MWAG - Man with a gun
    TEOTWAWKI - The end of the world as we know it
    'TEOTWAWKI'? Is that an acronym or an abbreviation...?

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    Overtaxed wrote:
    If it makes a pronounceable word, it's an acronym (NASA, LASER)
    If it's not pronounceable, it's simply an abbreviation (CIA, FBI).

    I have an abbreviation to add: ND = negligent discharge.
    Added ND - thanks!

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    It's an acronym.

    An acronym is a word that is formed from the initial letter of each word. An abbreviation is a shortened form of a word or phrase.

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acronym
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abbreviation

    Here's another one, SHTF - expletive hitting the fan.

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    This needs to be a sticky.

    TNTBAS?
    Why open carry? Because 1911 > 911.

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    FTL = failure to load.... shouldn't that be FTC = failure to chamber?

    When i think of loading, i think of either hand-loading (making new cartridges from old brass), or loading live rounding into the magazine.

    Just a thought.

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    UNA....use no abreviations
    EMNofSeattle wrote: Your idea of freedom terrifies me. So you are actually right. I am perfectly happy with what you call tyranny.....

    “If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”

    Stand up for your Rights,, They have no authority on their own...

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    it is their right and duty to be at all times ARMED!

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    1245A Defender wrote:
    UNA....use no abreviations


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    AH= people who think they are internet savy by using acronyms

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    CPL = Concealed Pistol License, what we have for CC and vehicle carry here in MI

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    xd-40 wrote:
    CPL = Concealed Pistol License, what we have for CC and vehicle carry here in MI
    Added.

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    Regular_Joe wrote:
    Overtaxed wrote:
    I have an abbreviation to add: ND = negligent discharge.
    Added ND - thanks!
    Also:

    AD = negligent discharge

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    architect wrote:
    Regular_Joe wrote:
    Overtaxed wrote:
    I have an abbreviation to add: ND = negligent discharge.
    Added ND - thanks!
    Also:

    AD = negligent discharge
    "Accidental"?

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    Regular_Joe wrote:
    architect wrote:
    Regular_Joe wrote:
    Overtaxed wrote:
    I have an abbreviation to add: ND = negligent discharge.
    Added ND - thanks!
    Also:

    AD = negligent discharge
    "Accidental"?
    see http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum65/33612.html

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    Excellent thread - good discussion. A = N!

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