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    Common Abbreviations you may see here on the forum

    BO...- Bug Out/Bail Out. Basically 'get the hell outta dodge' when bad stuff happens. BO can be attached to a variety of letters in this manner (e.g. BOB, BOL, etc.)
    BOB- Bug Out Bag (AKA "go bag"). In essence, your means of carrying your survival equipment. Military style "assault packs", Hiking backpacks are examples.
    BOL- Bug Out Location. Your planned destination if something goes down. Optimally, you've already got it stocked with what you'll need in a crisis.
    BOV- Bug Out Vehicle (less commonly it can mean Bug Out Vest for those who choose vests over bags). Your means of travel to your BOL/through the wasteland that our world has become.


    PAW- Post-Apocalyptic World
    TEOTWAWKI- The End of The World As We Know It
    SHTF- Shit Hits The Fan (i.e. worst-case scenario, perhaps leading to a PAW or TEOTWAWKI).

    LEO- Law Enforcement Officer
    MIL- short for Military, either as a descriptive term for gear or a current/former member of the military.
    .GOV- Represent the .gov domain extension but is used to represent or mean the governement
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  • #2
    Diesel,

    Those are some great acronyms, all of which I know and heartily support.

    To this, I would add a favorite acronym which embodies the Survivalist ethic well:

    TANSTAAFL--"There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch," made famous by libertarian Science Fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein. Sometimes grammatically corrected and spelled TINSTAAFL ("There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.") Libertarian-minded Nobel Prize-Winning economist Milton Friedman made a book of the same title with some of his economic insights.
    Last edited by TheUnboundOne; 12-19-2008, 09:58 PM.
    "Apocalypse is by no means inevitable." --Jim Rice.

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    • #3
      http://www.survivalblog.com/glossary.html

      Has many many acronyms and their definition :)
      73

      later,
      ZA

      Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
      beat you to death with it because it is empty.

      The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

      Comment


      • #4
        A
        AA: Depending on context, Antiaircraft or Anachronistic Anomaly.
        AAA: Depending on context: American Automobile Association, or Anti-Aircraft Artillery.
        A.A. Flu: Asian Avian Influenza (See also: H5N1 and AAV)
        AAR: After-Action Report
        AAV: Asian Avian Virus
        AB: Ammo Bearer. (From a machinegun or mortar squad.)
        ABAO: All Bets Are Off (a situation synonymous with TEOTWAWKI.)
        ABC: Airway, Breathing, and Circulation
        ABO: Aviator’s Breathing Oxygen
        ABS: Depending on context, anti-lock brake system or asset-backed security
        AC: Depending on context, Alternating Current or Air Conditioning
        ACH: Advanced Combat Helmet
        ACOG: Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (A tritium scope made by Trijicon)
        ACP: Automatic Colt Pistol
        ACT: American College Test.
        ACU: Army Combat Uniform. The U.S. Army's new "digital" pattern camouflage uniform replacing the BDU.
        AD: Depending on context Accidental Discharge, Anno Domini, Active Duty, or Anti- Diarrheal.
        ADC: Depending on context AIDS Dementia Complex or Animal Damage Control
        ADD: Attention Deficit Disorder
        AEC: Atomic Energy Commission
        AED: Automated External Defibrillator. See also: CASA.
        AFAIK: "And For All I Know"
        AFB: Air Force Base
        AFN: Armed Forces Network.
        AFRTS: Armed Forces Radio & Television Service. Also known as "AFN" (Armed Forces Network).
        AG: Depending on context: Assistant Gunner, Attorney General, or Adjutant General.
        AGL: Above Ground Level
        AGM: Absorbed Glass Mat, a modern and very reliable rechargeable battery design that uses saturated absorbent glass mats instead of gelled or liquid electrolyte. Somewhat more expensive than flooded (liquid) type cells.
        AHA: American Heart Association
        AI or A.I.: Depending on context: Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Insemination, or Assistant Instructor.
        AID: See: USAID.
        AIDS: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome--a disease stemming from HIV. See also: HIV.
        AIN: Animal Identification Number. (See also: NAIS.)
        AIT: Advanced Individual Training. See also: MOS.
        AIV: Avian Influenza Virus(es)
        AK: Avtomat Kalashnikov. The gas-operated weapons family invented by Mikhail Timofeyevitch Kalashnikov, a Red Army sergeant. AKs are known for their robustness and were made in huge numbers, so that they are ubiquitous in much of Asia and the Third World. The best of the Kalashnikov variants are the Valmets that were made in Finland, the Galils that were made in Israel, and the R4s that are made in South Africa.
        AK-47: The early generation AK carbine that shoots the intermediate 7.62 x 39mm cartridge.
        AK-74: The later generation AK carbine that shoots the 5.45 x 39mm cartridge.
        AKA or aka or a.k.a.: Also Known As
        AKC: American Kennel Club
        AKO: Army Knowledge Online
        ALICE: All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment.
        Alpha Strategy: Storing extra logistics, as a hedge against inflation, and for use in barter and charity. This term was coined by economics writer John Pugsley. A PDF of Pugsley's book titled The Alpha Strategy is available for free download.
        ALS: Depending on context: Advanced Life Support, Automated Landing System, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
        AM: Amplitude Modulation
        AMA: American Medical Association
        AMC: Depending on context, Army Materiel Command or American Motors Corporation.
        Ammo: Slang contraction for ammunition.
        AMSAT or AmSat: Amateur Satellite. (Ham radio traffic "piggybacked" on commercial communications satellites.
        Anthracite (coal): A hard, compact variety of mineral coal that has a high luster. It has the highest carbon count and contains the fewest impurities of all coals, despite its lower caloric content. Anthracite coal is the highest of the metamorphic rank, in which the carbon content is between 92% and 98%. The term is applied to those varieties of coal which do not give off tarry or other hydrocarbon vapors when heated below their point of ignition. Anthracite ignites with difficulty and burns with a short blue flame, without smoke.
        ANWR: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
        AO: Area of Operations
        AONB: Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. (UK term.)
        AOAP: Army Oil Analysis Program
        AOW: Any other Weapon (BATFE classification.)
        AP: Armor Piercing (ammunition) or Associated Press (news wire service)
        APC: Armored Personnel Carrier. Also the brand name of a manufacturer of short-term backup power supplies.
        Apgar: A scoring system used to evaluate the health of newborn babies, typically taken at one minute and five minutes after delivery
        APHIS: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that provides tasked with ensuring the health and care of animals and plants.
        API: Depending on context, Armor Piercing Incendiary, American Petroleum Institute, Application Programming Interface,or American Pistol Institute (The forerunner of Gunsite, founded by Col. Jeff Cooper.)
        APIT: Armor Piercing Incendiary Tracer
        APO: Army Post Office
        APR: Annual Percentage Rate.
        APT: Army Physical (Fitness) Test
        AQ: Al Qaeda
        AQT: Army Qualification Target
        AR: Automatic Rifle. This is the generic term for semi-auto variants of the Armalite family of rifles designed by Eugene Stoner (AR-10, AR-15, AR-180, et cetera.) See my FAQ on this subject.
        AR-7: The .22 LR semiautomatic survival rifle designed by Eugene Stoner. It weighs just two pounds, and when disassembled, all of the parts fit in the buttstock. The stock is foam filled, so the rifle floats.
        AR-10: The 7.62mm NATO predecessor of the M16 rifle, designed by Eugene Stoner. Early AR-10s (mainly Portuguese, Sudanese, and Cuban contract, from the late 1950s and early 1960s) are not to be confused with the present-day semi-auto only "AR-10" rifles that are more closely interchangeable with parts from the smaller caliber AR-15.
        AR-15: Semi-auto civilian variants of the U.S. Army M16 rifle.
        AR-180: A low cost gas piston-operated .223 made primarily from stamped steel. Designed by Eugene Stoner. Early AR-180s (made in the US, England, and and Japan) use a proprietary magazine, some of which do not interchange with AR-15 magazines, because their narrow magazine catch notches were on the opposite side of the magazine. These are not to be confused with the current production AR-180B rifles that can use standard AR-15 or M16 magazines.
        ARC: American Red Cross (Nicknamed "The Red Curse" by some SurvivalBlog readers) See also: ICRC.
        ARDS: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
        ARM: Depending on context: Adjustable Rate Mortgage or Anti-Radiation Missile
        Arm Chair Commando: An individual that has a one track mind (guns!) and that never trains. Synonymous with: Tommy Tactical, or regarding their fashion style: Mall Ninja
        ARNG: Army National Guard
        ARRL: American Radio Relay League
        ART: Automatic Rangefinding Telescopic sight.
        ARVN: Army of the Republic of Vietnam.
        ASA: Army Security Agency. The U.S. Army’s SIGINT branch, now sadly defunct.
        ASAP: As Soon As Possible
        ASAT: In the context of SurvivalBlog: An anti-satellite missile, laser, or particle beam weapon. In other contexts, the ASAT acronym also stands for All Season All Terrain—a civilian camouflage pattern.
        ASBO: Antisocial behaviour order. (UK) See also: Yob.
        ASL: Above Sea Level
        ASPO: Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas
        ASR: Alternate Supply Route
        ASW: Anti-Submarine Warfare
        Associated Gas: See: Casinghead Gas.
        ATF: Depending on context, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms or Automatic Transmission Fluid. See also: BATFE
        ATM: Depending on context Automatic Teller Machine, Asynchronous Transfer Mode, or At The Moment.
        ATV: All Terrain Vehicle. Commonly called a "quad" in some regions. See also UATV and Quad
        AU: About Uncirculated. (Coin Grade.) See also: MS.
        AUG: See Steyr AUG.
        Aussie: Slang for Australian. See also: Oz and Ozzie.
        Austrian Economics: The school of neo-classical economic thought established in Vienna during the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. It is strongly opposed to Marxism and, more broadly, to the use of economic theories to justify government intervention in the economy. Prominent members included Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises.
        Avgas: Aviation gasoline (Leaded, 100 octane, also known as 100LL)
        AVR: Automatic Voltage Regulator.
        AWB: Assault Weapons Ban (The 1994 U.S. Federal ban on magazines over 10 round capacity and certain "assault" [sic} firearms. The law sunsetted in 2004 and is now null and void.)
        AWD: All Wheel Drive See also: 4WD.
        AWG: Depending on context, American Wire Gauge, the system for indicating the size of electrical wire. (The higher the number, the smaller the wire. Most standard home wiring is #12 or #14 AWG.), or Ad-hoc Working Group (on climate change)..
        Last edited by Zombie Axe; 12-21-2008, 05:45 AM.
        73

        later,
        ZA

        Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
        beat you to death with it because it is empty.

        The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

        Comment


        • #5
          B
          B100: 100% Biodiesel
          B20: A blend of 80% standard petroleum-based diesel with 20% biodiesel.
          Ball (ammo): See FMJ.
          Ballistic Wampum: Ammunition stored for barter purposes. (Term coined by Col. Jeff Cooper.)
          Band: In analog transmission, the range of frequencies between two defined limits.
          BAR: Browning Automatic Rifle.
          Bastard Crystal: A radio transmitter frequency controlling quartz crystal that is cut to allow out of band transmission. See also: Free Band.
          BATFE: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (a U.S. Federal government taxing agency)
          BBB: Better Business Bureau
          BBC: British Broadcasting Corporation
          BBL or bbl: Barrel.
          BBQ: Barbeque
          BBS: Bulletin Board System
          BCG: Birth Control Glasses. Slang acronym used to describe the US military standard issue eyeglasses, that have frames that are "so ugly that you'll never get married and have kids." Also sometimes called "Buddy Holley Glasses."
          BDC: Bullet Drop Compensator
          BDI: Baltic Dry Index
          BDU: Battle Dress Uniform. Also called "camouflage utilities" by the USMC.
          BEA: Bureau of Economic Analysis
          Benadryl: Trade name for diphenhydramine. This drug reduces the effects of histamine release, which is triggered by an immune response. It is a useful adjunct to epinephrine. It will not prevent airway compromise or vascular collapse! See also: Epi.
          BFO: Depending on context: Beat Frequency Oscillator (the circuitry in an amateur radio that allows you to hear Morse code as tones), or Blinding Flash of the Obvious.
          BHO: Depending on context, Bolt Hold Open or Barack Hussein Obama.
          BIB: Bug-In Bag. A kit of essentials designed for "hunkering down", in place. See also: BOB.
          Big Sandbox: Generic term for the Middle East
          Biochip: See RFID and NAIS.
          Biodiesel: An alternative vegetable oil fuel for diesel engines. Also called Greasel. See also: BTL and Dinodiesel
          BIS: Bank for International Settlements
          Bivvy: Slang for Bivouac.
          BK: Buckshot
          Black Rifle: Generic term for a modern battle rifle with a plastic stock.
          BLEVE: Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion. (Spoken "Blevy")
          BLM: Bureau of Land Management (a U.S. Federal government agency that administers public lands)
          Blog: A Web Log (Internet On-Line Journal)
          BLOS: Beyond Line of Sight.
          BLS: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
          BLUFOR: Blue (friendly) forces. Usually applies to military war games. See Also: OPFOR.
          BMG: Browning Machinegun. Usually refers to .50 BMG, the U.S. military’s standard heavy machinegun cartridge since the early 20th Century. This cartridge is now often used for long-range precision counter-sniper rifles.
          BMI: Body Mass Index.
          BoB, BOB, or B-o-B: Bug-out Bag. Synonymous with G.O.O.D. Kit. See also: BIB, GOOD and INCH.
          BOGO: Variously: Buy one, give one, or Buy one, get one. This acronym started out as a form of charity with the Bogo Light campaign. (Where someone that buys a flashlight also provides one as charity top an African villager.) Sadly, this acronym was twisted by Internet markerteers with other companies, who turned it into "Buy one, get one"--nothing more than a 50% off sale, with no charitable giving.
          BOL, B.O.L., or B.o.L.: Bug-out Location. Synonymous with retreat.
          Bollard: A stout object that is used to confine traffic within or from a given area. These are typically 4 to 6 foot long vertical members made of concrete, steel, or wood set at least 18" in the ground with at least 30" exposed.
          BOLO: Be on the Lookout. (U.S. police acronym.)
          BOP: Bureau of Prisons.
          BoV or BOV: Bug-out Vehicle. Synonymous with G.O.O.D. Vehicle. See also: POV.
          BP: Black Powder
          BRAC: Base Realignment and Closure
          Brady Bunch: Sarah Brady and her civilian disarmament gang
          Bravo Sierra: See: BS
          BS: Depending on context: Bachelor of Science, or Barbra Streisand. Sometimes spoken "Bravo Sierra." Barbra Streisand's name has become synonymous with lying.
          BSA: Boy Scouts of America.
          BSD: Berkeley Software Distribution
          BSE: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (a.k.a. "Mad Cow" disease) See also: TSE and CWD.
          BSN: Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
          BTDC: Before Top Dead Center
          BTL: Biomass-to-liquids. (Biodiesel.)
          BTP: Boston T. Party the pen name of a libertarian writer.
          BTU: British Thermal Units
          BTW: By The Way
          BUIS: Backup Iron Sights
          BW: Biological Warfare.
          BX: Base Exchange. See also: PX.
          Last edited by Zombie Axe; 12-21-2008, 05:48 AM.
          73

          later,
          ZA

          Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
          beat you to death with it because it is empty.

          The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

          Comment


          • #6
            C
            C1: The Canadian Army's version of the L1A1.
            C2: Command and Control.
            C2H5OH: Ethanol. (Ethyl or "Grain" alcohol.) See also: EtOH.
            CH3OH: Methanol. ("Wood" alcohol .) Toxic to drink, forms formaldehyde in eyes, causing blindness. Can be absorbed through the skin. Also a suspected carcinogen.
            C3CM: Command, Control and Communications Countermeasures
            C4: Depending on context: Command, Control, Communications, Computers or Composition 4 (plastic explosive.)
            C4I: Command, Control, Communications, Computers & Intelligence
            C4ISR: C4, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
            C4N: Command, Control, Communications, Computers & Navigation
            C7: The Canadian Army's equivalent of the US M16.
            C.A.: Central America
            CAD: Computer Aided Design
            CALGLY: Calcium Chloride and Glycerol mixture, used for preserving seeds.
            Californication: The tendency of other states to begin to resemble California (lifestyles, culture, politics, gun laws, and so forth.)
            Camo: Slang for Camouflage
            Can: Common slang for a sound suppressor. See also: Class 3 and Wipe.
            CAR-15: See: M4
            Carb: Depending on context, slang for Carburetor or Carbohydrate
            Carry and Carry Trade: Carry is defined as the difference between return on securities held and financing costs, and "carry trade" refers to institutions and businesses taking advantage of this differential. A positive/negative carry occurs when the financing cost is less/more than the yield on securities that are being financed. (Definition courtesy of OECD.)
            CAS: Close Air Support
            CASA: Cardiac Arrest Survival Act. See also: AED.
            Casinghead Gas: Unprocessed natural gas containing natural gasoline and other liquid hydrocarbon vapors produced from an oil well. Also called Wet Gas or Associated Gas. In contrast, dry natural gas usually comes from dedicated natural gas wells rather than oil wells.
            Cat: Depending on context, short for Caterpillar (tractor) or Category. CAT is also used as an acronym for Computed Tomography ("CAT Scan".) .
            CB: Citizen's Band Radio. A HF 2-way transmission band at (27 MHz, or 11 meters) that requires no license for operation in the United States. Some desirable CB transceivers are capable of SSB operation. Originally 23 channels, the Citizen's Band was later expanded to 40 channels during the golden age of CB, in the 1970s. See also: Free Band and 10 Meter Band.
            CBO: Depending on context, Congressional Budget Office, Collateralized Bond Obligation
            CBOT: Chicago Board of Trade. See also: NYMEX and COMEX.
            CBP: Customs & Border Protection (Division of the U.S. Immigration Service.)
            CBR: Chemical, Biological, and Radiological warfare. This acronym has been largely superceded by "NBC".
            CBRNE: Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive. Spoken "Sea-Burn." See also: CCMRF>
            CCA: Chromated Copper Arsenate
            CCC: Depending on context: Civilian Conservation Corps (a 1930s make-work program), California Conservation Corps (a modern make-work program), Captain's Career Course (U.S. Army officer development), or Commodity Credit Corporation
            CCD: Depending on context: Charge Coupled Device (electro-optics) or Colony Collapse Disorder (Beekeeping.) See also: IAPV.
            CCL: Concealed Carry License. See also: CHL.
            CCMRF: CBRNE Consequence Management Response Force. Spoken "Sea-Smurf". See also: CBRNE.
            CCO: Collateralized Commodities Obligation
            CCRKBA: Citizens' Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
            CC&Rs: Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions
            CCTV: Closed Circuit Television
            CCW: Depending on context: Carrying a Concealed Weapon or Counter-Clockwise. See also: LTC.
            CD: Depending on context: Civil Defense, Certificate of Deposit, or Compact Disc.
            CDC: Centers for Disease Control
            CDER: Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
            CDIC: Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation (A taxpayer guaranteed bailout fund for banks.) See also: FDIC, FSLIC, and NCUSIF.
            CDO: Collateralized Debt Obligation. See also: CDS and Synthetic CDO.
            CDPOC:Credit Derivative Product Company/Companies
            CDS: Credit Default Swap. See also: CDO and Synthetic CDO.
            CEB: Compressed Earth Block
            CEO: Chief Executive Officer
            CEOI: Communications Electronic Operating Instructions. See also: SOI.
            CEP: Circular Error Probability. This term is used in a variety of contexts, such as radio direction finding (where it is more correctly rendered elliptical error probability), and in describing the accuracy of nuclear warheads.
            CERA: Cambridge Energy Research Associates
            CERT: Community Emergency Response Team
            CETME: The Spanish Army's predecessor of the HK G3 (HK91) rifle. Currently being re-built in the U.S. using surplus parts kits and U.S.-made semi-auto only receivers.
            CEWI: Communications, Electronic Warfare, and Intelligence.
            CFC: Chlorofluorocarbon. See also: HFC.
            CFI: Confidence Factor Index
            CFN: Commercial Fueling Network
            CFO: Chief Financial Officer
            Charge Controller: A device that regulates the voltage applied to the batteries from a generator or PV array. A good charge controller is necessary to ensure that batteries reach the maximum charge and have the longest life.
            Channelized Areas: In the context of SurvivalBlog, the most likely routes that the Golden Horde will take WTSHTF. Also called Refugee Lines of Drift. See also: Golden Horde and WTSHTF. The Chartist takes a purely technical view towards the market
            Chartist: A stock, bond, or commodities analyst that takes a purely technical view towards the markets.
            Chartist Gnome: The nickname of a European market analyst that advises JWR.
            Cheek Weld: The contact of a shooter's cheek with the stock of a rifle. For consistent accuracy, the cheek weld must be uniform each time that the shooter shoulders the rifle. A supplementary cheek rest is sometimes needed to obtain correct alignment of the eye with the sights (or scope) with a consistent cheek weld.
            Chemlight: Slang for chemical light stick, such as the Cyalume brand.
            Chinese Parliament: The open session that typically follows a military operational briefing in some organizations, where everyone involved can speak freely, regardless of their rank, to give their input. (British SAS term.)
            CHL: Concealed Handgun License. See also: CCL.
            Chrononaut: A time traveler.
            CHU: Containerized Housing Unit (a CONEX retrofitted with a door, window, top vent, power cabling, and air conditioning unit--as used by servicemen in Iraq.) Spoken "Chew"
            CI/KR:Critical Infrastructure/Key Resource
            CI: Counterintelligence.
            CIA: Central Intelligence Agency
            CIB: Combat Infantryman Badge. See also: EIB
            CIDRAP: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (at the University of Minnesota.)
            CINOs: Christians in name only.
            CIO: Chief Information Officer
            Cipro: Short for Ciprofloxacin, an anti-bacterial drug.
            Civie: US Military slang for civilian.
            Claire Files: The Internet discussion forums formerly hosted by libertarian writer Claire Wolfe. Now called The Mental Militia (TMM).
            Class 3: The Federal tax category for Machineguns, short-barreled rifles, shotguns, and suppressors, mandated by the National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934.
            Class 3 guns are not legal in all states. Regardless, there is a $200 Federal transfer tax, fingerprints, and background check required. See also: AOW, BATFE, NFA, SBR, and SBS.
            CLENS: Camouflaged Long Endurance Nano-Sensors
            CLEO: Chief Law Enforcement Officer
            CLO: Collateralized Loan Obligation
            CLP: Cleaner, Lubricant, Protectant. A Mil-Spec lubricant, sold under the trade name "Break Free CLP"
            CM: Compressed Meals (The U.S. Army' new alternative to MREs, with a freeze dried entree. These are about 2/3s the size and weight of an MRE.
            CMBS: Commercial Mortgage Backed Security/Securities. See also: MBS and RMBS
            CME: Coronal Mass Ejection. (Solar flares.)
            CMP: Civilian Marksmanship Program. (The Federal government agency, formerly called the office of the Director of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM).
            CN: Alphachloroacetaphenone. A variety of tear gas that can also induce vomiting if inhaled in high concentrations. See also: CS.
            CNC: Computerized Numerical Control
            CNN: Cable News Network
            CO2: Carbon Dioxide.
            CO: Depending on context: Commanding Officer, telephone company Central Office, Carbon Monoxide, Correctional Officer, or Conscientious Objector.
            COB or C-O-B: Depending on context, Corn-Oat-Barley mix (for livestock), sweetened with molasses (commonly called "Sweet Feed"), or Contingency Operating Base, or “Close of Business” as in “That report is due by COB today!”
            CO: Telephone company Central Office.
            COG: Continuity of Government.
            COIN: Counterinsurgency
            Combat Tupperware: See: Glock.
            ComBloc: Communist Bloc.
            COMEX: Commodity Exchange (U.S. precious metals market.)
            COMINT: Communications Intelligence
            Comm, Commo: Communications equipment.
            COMSEC: Communications Security
            Condensation Gasoline: See Drip Oil.
            Condition 0: (SA Pistol Carry Condition Code) Ready to fire: A round is in the chamber, hammer is cocked, and the safety off.
            Condition 1: (SA Pistol Carry Condition Code) A cartridge is chambered, the hammer is cocked, and the safety is in the up (safe) position. Also known as "cocked and locked" carry.
            Condition 2: (SA Pistol Carry Condition Code) A cartridge is in the chamber and the hammer is down.
            Condition 3: (SA Pistol Carry Condition Code) The chamber is empty and hammer is down with a full magazine in the pistol. Also known as "Israeli Carry."
            Condition 4: (SA Pistol Carry Condition Code) The chamber is empty, hammer is down and no magazine is in the pistol.
            CONELRAD: Control of Electromagnetic Radiation. The now defunct emergency broadcasting system for the United States. In recent years it has been replaced by the Emergency Alert System (EAS). See also: EAS.
            CONEX: A CONtinental EXpress shipping container. The standard steel or aluminum international shipping containers used on trucks, railpacks, and on ships.
            Usually manufactured in 20, 30, and 40 foot lengths. BTW, they make great weatherproof lockable storage sheds, especially if you weld on a sleeve to protect the padlock from attack by bolt cutters or bullets.
            CONOPS: Concept of Operations
            Contrapreneur: Someone that foolishly invests is a declining market. (Term coined by JWR in October, 2006.) See also: McMansion and Flipping.
            Contrarian Investing: An investing strategy that that run contrary to he popular opinion of the MSM and the Sheeple.
            CONUS: Continental United States
            COO: Chief Operations Officer
            COOP: Continuity of Operations Plan.
            Cooper Corners: Col. Jeff Cooper popularized using the "Vauban Principle", wherein projecting bastion corners would prevent miscreants from being able to approach a retreat's exterior walls in any blind spots. Retreat building corners with this simplified implementation of a Vauban Star are now called "Cooper Corners" by JWR, in honor of Jeff Cooper.
            COP: Combat Outpost.
            COPD: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
            Cord: A cord is a unit of dry volume used in Canada and in the United States to measure firewood. From Wikipedia: "One cord is defined as 128 foot3 (~3.62 m3), corresponding to a woodpile 8 foot wide x 4 foot high of 4 foot long logs. In the metric system, wood is usually measured in steres or cubic metres: 1 stere = 1 m3 ≈ 0.276 cords.
            In the United States, the cord is defined by statute in most states. Wood is also sold by the "face cord" (sometimes called a "rick"), which is usually not legally defined, and varies regionally."
            COSCO: China Overseas Shipping Company.
            COSTCO: An American membership "warehouse" type grocery store chain that sells everything from canned hams to home computers. Most items are sold in case lots. See also: Sam's Club.
            Couple, Coupling: See: EMP.
            CP: Depending on context Candle Power or Command Post.
            CPA: Certified Public Accountant
            CPAP: Constant Positive Airway Pressure. (Some sleep apnea patients require a CPAP machine at night.)
            CPI: Consumer Price Index
            CPR: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
            CPSC: Consumer Product Safety Commission
            CPU: Central Processing Unit
            CQ: Depending on context: Charge of Quarters or the amateur radio code for "Calling any amateur radio station"
            CQB: Close Quarters Battle
            C&R: Curio and Relic (U.S. Federal firearms legal category.)
            CRAF: Civilian Reserve Air Fleet.
            C-Ration: Combat ration. The U.S. Army canned field rations that were replaced by MREs in the mid-1980s.
            CRB: Commodities Research Bureau
            Cred: Short for Credential
            Credit Spread: The difference in yield between low risk U.S. Treasury bonds and more risky fixed-income securities
            Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: (vCJD). A degenerative brain disease of cattle and other hooved animals that is transmissible to man. Also called Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer.
            CRKT: Columbia River Knife and Tool.
            CRNA: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
            CRP: Conservation Reserve Program. A Federal Government program designed to pay farmers to not grow crops; -- leaving their fields fallow. See also: NRCS.
            CRT: Cathode Ray Tube.
            Crunch, The.: See: WTSHTF.
            Crunchies: The humorous U.S. Army tanker's term from dismounted infantry.
            CS: Orthochlorobenzalmalonitrile. A variety of tear gas. See also: CN.
            CSA: Depending on context, Community Sustained Agriculture or Confederate States of America.
            CSAR: Combat Search and Rescue
            CSRS:Civil Service Retirement System
            CSS: Cascading Style Sheets
            CT: Depending on context, Counter-Terrorism or Computed Tomography.
            CTCSS: Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System (also known as Private Line (PL) or Channel Guard). Uses subaudible tones to allow co-channel users to operate without having to hear transmissions directed to other users. “Private Line” [Motorola] and “Channel Guard” [General Electric] are examples of trademarked names for CTCSS. Newer squelch systems that use digital codes are referred to as “digital squelch” as opposed to the sub-audible tones used with the older CTCSS concept.
            CTIS: Central Tire Inflation System
            CTR: Currency Transaction Report. See also: Structuring
            cu. in.: Cubic Inch
            CUCV: Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicle (1980s vintage U.S. Army versions of diesel Chevy Blazers and Pickups, currently being sold off as surplus.)
            CW: Depending on context: Continuous Wave (an operating mode for amateur radio gear, used for Morse Code.), or chemical warfare (NBC defense), or Clockwise (Mechanics)
            CWD: Chronic Wasting Disease. See also : Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, BSE, and TSE. CWD is classified as a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE)
            CWP: Concealed Weapon(s) Permit.
            CYA: Cover Your Assets
            73

            later,
            ZA

            Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
            beat you to death with it because it is empty.

            The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

            Comment


            • #7
              D
              DA: Depending on context: Double Action or District Attorney.
              DAO: Double Action Only. (The type of pistol action used on the Glock and HK VP-70 pistols.)
              DARPA: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (U.S.)
              DB, db: Decibel.
              DBA: Doing Business As. (Fictitious business name.)
              DB, db: Decibel.
              DBDU: Desert Battle Dress Uniform. Also commonly called DCUs.
              DC: Depending on context, Direct Current or District of Criminals.
              DCI: Director of Central Intelligence
              DCM: See: CMP.
              DCU: Desert Camouflage Uniform. The common term for the U.S. military uniform that is officially called the Desert Battle Dress uniform (DBDU.)
              DD: Depending on context, Detroit Diesel or Destructive Device.
              DDS: Doctor of Dental Surgery
              DE: Diatomaceous Earth
              DEA: Drug Enforcement Agency
              Decon: Decontamination
              Deep Cycling: (or deep discharging): Discharging a battery to 20 percent or less of its full charge. This shortens the life of most types of batteries.
              Deep Larder Concept: A pantry stocked with foods and essential oils for a family for 2+ years
              DEET: The active ingredient in most modern topical insect repellents.(N,N-Diethyl-meta-Toluamide.)
              DEFRA: Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs--(the UK's equivalent of the USDA)
              Delta Team: See: SFOD-D.
              DEQ: Department of Environmental Quality
              Det cord, Detonating cord, Primacord: A plastic tube 4 to 7 millimeters in diameter, filled with PETN high-order explosive. Generally used for joining separate explosive charges to make them explode almost simultaneously. See also: PETN.
              Deuce Gear: Slang expression for the obsolete LC-1 and LC-2 "ALICE" web gear that was issued by the US military in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
              DEVGRU: Naval Special Warfare Development Group, formerly known as SEAL Team 6. Roughly analogous to the US Army's SFOD-D, See also: SEAL.
              DEW: Directed Energy Weapon
              DF: Direction Finding
              DFP: Defensive Fighting Position
              DFW: Dallas/Fort Worth (metropolitan area, also the designation for the airport.)
              DGPS: Differential Global Positioning System
              DH: Darling Husband
              DHS: Department of Homeland Security (a U.S. Federal government agency)
              DIA: Defense Intelligence Agency
              DIAS or D.I.A.S. : Drop-in Auto sear
              DIC: Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation. Widespread clotting in the blood vessels, (usually due to poisons and infections) leading to hemorrhage.
              Dinodiesel: Diesel fuel oil extracted from petroleum. See also: Biodiesel, SVO, and WVO.
              DIY: Do It Yourself
              Dirty Bomb: A conventional explosive used to propel radioactive materials--designed solely to cause contamination and incapable of reaching critical mass.
              DJIA: Dow Jones Industrial Average. A New York stock price index.
              DLAB: Defense Language Aptitude Battery-- the "pre-test" for US military personnel applying for foreign language training school.
              DLP: Defense of Life and Property
              DMA: Day Moving Average (commodity or stock price)
              DMSO: Di-Methyl Sulf Oxide. An industrial solvent that is also used as a folk remedy for joint pain.One of its properties is that is a trans-dermal carrier for pharmaceuticals, easily allowing drugs to be transmitted to the bloodstream of an animal or human. DMSO is sometimes used in veterinary medicine.
              DMV: Department of Motor Vehicles
              DNA: Deoxyribonucleic acid
              DNR: Depending on context: Department of Natural Resources or Do Not Resuscitate. (The latter is a common clause in Living Wills.)
              DNVT: Digital Non-secure Voice Terminal. Late generation digital keypad-controlled field telephones. The current U.S. military issue is the AN/TA-1042. See also: TA-1 / TA-312.
              DOA: Dead on Arrival. Traditionally applied to cadavers, this term is now also used for describing a piece of mail-ordered equipment that doesn't work.
              DOD: U.S. Department of Defense. It was more appropriately called The War Department before the onset of political correctness.
              DOE: U.S. Department of Energy (a U.S. Federal government agency)
              DOI: U.S. Department of the Interior(a U.S. Federal government agency)
              Doomer: The Peak Oil crowd's term for someone that foresees a societal collapse when oil supplies get short. See also: Hubbert's Peak.
              DOT: U.S. Department of Transportation. (a U.S. Federal government agency)
              DPDT: Double Pole, Double Throw (electrical switch.)
              DPM: Disruptive Pattern, Marine. The camouflage cloth pattern developed for the U.K.'s Royal Marines.
              Drip Oil: The light oil or hydrocarbon liquids condensed in a natural gas piping system when the gas is cooled. Sometimes also called natural gasoline, condensation gasoline, or simply “drip.” Drip oil can be burned like gasoline in most engines.
              DRMO: Defense Reutilization Management Office (The U.S. Military's "auction yard".) Local military base DRMO offices report to the “Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service” or DRMS.
              Drop Box: In the context of fuel: A container (usually a large tank); that is used to collect drip oil. In other contexts: A commercial mail box, such as those rented at UPS Stores.
              Dry Gas: Depending on context either another name for Casinghead Gas, or generic name for an alcohol-based gas additive used to absorb water. See also: Casinghead Gas.
              DSA: D.S. Arms (The D.S. stands for Dave Selvaggio)
              DSHEA: Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act
              DSL: Digital Subscriber Line
              DSLAM: DSL Access Multiplexer
              DSP: Digital Signal Processor/Processing
              DSS: State Dept. Diplomatic Security Service
              DTPA: Diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid
              DTRA: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
              DTRC: Defense Threat Reduction Center (HQ of the U.S. DTRA.)
              DU: Depending on context Depleted Uranium or Ducks Unlimited
              DUG: Doom und Gloom. (Acronym coined by JWR.)
              DVD: Digital Video Disc
              DWV: Drain, Waste and Vent pipe. Typically black plastic pipe in modern U.S. house construction.
              DX: Depending on context: Long distance radio communication (amateur radio), Diagnosis (medicine), or Direct Exchange (military supply system.)
              73

              later,
              ZA

              Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
              beat you to death with it because it is empty.

              The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

              Comment


              • #8
                E
                E85: A fuel blend that 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline
                E911: Enhanced 911. The FCC-mandated capability of cellular phone providers to be able to track the location of their cell phone subscribers.
                E100: 100% ethanol
                EAS: Emergency Alert System.See also: CONELRAD.
                ECB: European Central Bank.
                ECCM: Electronic Counter-Countermeasures
                ECM: Depending on context, Electronic Countermeasures (electronic warfare) or Electronic Control Module (automotive electronic ignition systems.)
                Economatrix: SurvivalBlog's volunteer Economic Ediitor, the trustworthy Cheryl N.
                EDC: Everyday Carry. Usually used to refer to pocketknives.
                EDIS: Electronic Distributorless Ignition System. (Ford Motor Company terminology for an electronic ignition system.)
                E&E: Escape and Evasion
                EEO: Equal Employment Opportunity (anti-discrimination)
                EER: Extended Eye Relief (Scope, typically used with pistols and "scout" rifles/carbines)
                EESA: Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. See also: TARP.
                EFF: Electronic Frontiers Foundation
                EFP: Explosive Formed Projectiles--a.k.a. shaped charges.
                e.g.: Exempli Gratia. Latin for "For example"
                EGS: Enhanced Geothermal Systems
                EIB: Depending on context, Expert Infantryman Badge or European Investment Bank. See also: CIB
                ELB: Depending on context, Electronic Logbook or Emergency Locator Beacon
                ELE: Extinction Level Event
                Eleven Bravo (or 11B): The U.S. Army's MOS for Infantryman.
                Elmer: A volunteer who helps new folks interested in amateur radio. (A mentor or volunteer tutor.)
                EMC: Electromagnetic Compatibility.
                EMCC: Emergency Mass Critical Care.
                EMCOMM: Emergency Communications
                EMCON: Emission Control
                EMD: Electro-Muscular Disruption. The politically correct term for the effect of getting zapped with a Taser.
                EME: Earth-Moon-Earth. EME is shorthand for "moon bounce" radio propagation techniques.
                EMP: Electromagnetic Pulse. Described at Wikipedia. See also: Faraday Cage and TREE.
                EMI: Electromagnetic Interference
                EMS: Emergency Medical Services
                EMT: Emergency Medical Technician
                EMT-A: Emergency Medical Technician - Ambulance
                EMT-B: Emergency Medical Technician - Basic
                EMT-C: Emergency Medical Technician - Cardiac
                EMT-CC: Emergency Medical Technician - Critical Care
                EMT-D: Emergency Medical Technician - Defibrillator
                EMT-FR: Emergency Medical Technician - First Responder
                EMT-I: Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate
                EMT-P: Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic
                EMV: Electromagnetic Vulnerability
                Encryption: The systematic encoding of a message or bit stream before transmission to prevent unauthorized recipients from understanding it. The process of again rendering the information readable is Decryption.
                Enfield: The British Army Enfield Lock arsenal, best known for its SMLE .303 bolt action rifles that were produced for more than 50 years. These rifles are generically called Enfields--even those examples produced at other arsenals. Enfield pattern rifles were also produced in Australia, Canada, and India. See also: Ishapore, SMLE, and Sten.
                EO: Depending on context Electo-optics, Equal Opportunity, or Executive Order
                EOD: Explosive Ordnance Disposal
                EPA: Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. Federal government agency)
                Epi, Epi-Pen: Trades name for Epinephrine. An injectable drug used for treating anaphylaxis. See also: Benadryl.
                EPS: Encapsulated Postscript file format. Can be opened by most Adobe products, including Acrobat Reader
                ER: Emergency Room
                EROEI: Energy Return on Energy Invested. The ratio of the amount of energy needed to generate a unit of energy from a fuel source. When oil was first produced over 150 years ago the EROEI was 40 (or more) to 1. The oil gushed out of the ground. Just 30 years ago it was as high as 20:1. Today, the oil EROEI is variously reported as 2.5 to 1.2 to 1 for light sweet crude. As Peak Oil occurs, oil shale production is expected to see an EROEI of less than 1. That means it takes more than one energy unit to produce a single unit of energy from the oil shale. Thus, it doesn’t matter how much it costs, because the extraction operation will have become an energy sink. See also: Peak Oil.
                ERP: Effective Radiated Power. (The resulting combined output of a transmitter & an antenna with dB gain factor)
                ERRB: Enhanced Radiation Reduced Blast nuclear warhead. Commonly called a Neutron Bomb.
                ESA: Economics and Statistics Administration
                ESD: Electrostatic Discharge
                ESHTF: Economic Schumer Hits the Fan. (See also: WTSHTF and SHTF.)
                EST: Eastern Standard Time.
                ETA: Depending on context, Estimated Time of Arrival or the Basque terrorist group Euskadi ta Askatasuna. (Which means“Basque Fatherland and Liberty” in Euskara, the Basque language.)
                ETF: Exchange Traded Fund
                EtOH or ETOH: Ethanol.(Ethyl or "Grain" alcohol.) See also: C2H5OH
                E-Tool: Entrenching Tool.
                ETS: Expiration Term of Service. (The end of a military duty.) See also: PCS.
                EU: European Union
                Euro: The common currency unit for the European Union. Usually expressed as EU or or € .
                EW: Electronic Warfare
                Ex-pat: Slang contraction for expatriate.
                73

                later,
                ZA

                Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
                beat you to death with it because it is empty.

                The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

                Comment


                • #9
                  F
                  F2F: Face to Face
                  FA: Forward Assist. (A feature on later M16s, AR-15s, and Israeli FAL rifles, designed to push the bolt carrier forward under dusty/dirty conditions.)
                  FAC: Forward Air Controller
                  FAE: Fuel-Air Explosive
                  FAIK: "For All I Know"
                  FAK: First Aid Kit
                  FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
                  FAL: Fusil Automatique Leger --A Belgian 7.62mm NATO battle rifle (+ clones thereof) See also: L1A1 and my FAQ on this subject.
                  FALFiles: The web site for FAL and L1A1 owners. See: http://www.falfiles.com/forums/index.php
                  Fannie Mae: See: FNMA.
                  Faraday Cage: A shielding enclosure for electronics. See: EMP
                  FAS: Depending on context Federation of American Scientists or Financial Accounting Standards.
                  FAS 157: The U.S. general accounting rule that (as of 2008) dictates that banks can no longer conceal Level Three assets. See also Level and. Derivative.
                  FASB: Financial Accounting Standards Board
                  FBI: Federal Bureau of Investigation
                  FBO: Fixed Base Operator. The authorized vendor at an airport that sells aviation fuel and provides services to all the aircraft there. Even large municipal commercial airports have a “FBO”. It is the vendor that won the contract to provide services at the airport on an exclusive basis. In rural areas these are sometimes "mom and pop" operations.
                  FCC: Depending on context Federal Communications Commission (a U.S. Federal government agency) or Food Chemical Codex (USDA).
                  FCSA: Fifty Caliber Shooters Association. See: www.fcsa.org
                  FDA: Food and Drug Administration. (A U.S. Federal government agency)
                  FDIC: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (A taxpayer guaranteed bailout fund for banks.) See also: FSLIC, NCUSIF, and CDIC.
                  FDR: Franklin Delano Roosevelt
                  FEBA: Forward Edge of the Battle Area
                  Fed: Slang shorthand for The Federal Reserve--a private banking cartel and the de facto central bank in the United States.
                  Feds: Slang shorthand for agents of any Federal agency, but most commonly the FBI.
                  FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency. (A U.S. Federal government agency) The acronym is also jokingly defined as "Foolishly Expecting Meaningful Aid."
                  Ferret: Depending on context: 1.) A post-WWII British armored scout car, made by Daimler, in several variants. 2.) A shotgun shell that fires a CS tear gas liquid capsule that vaporizes on impact. 3.) The Ferret .50 single-shot .50 BMG rifle that utilizes an AR-15-type lower receiver.
                  FET: Field Effect Transistor
                  FFA: Future Farmers of America.
                  FFE: Fuel Flame Expedients
                  FFL: Federal Firearms License
                  FFV: Flexible Fuel Vehicle. (Gasoline engine vehicles that are E85 Ethanol compatible.)
                  FFTAGFFR: Food for Thought and Grounds for Further Research (Acronym coined by JWR)
                  FG: Coarse grain black power, normally used only in shotguns and cannon
                  FFG: "Two F" Black power, normally used in rifles with a bore of .50 to .75 caliber
                  FFFG: "Triple F" black power, used in most single shot pistols and percussion revolvers. It is also popular for rifles up to .50 caliber.
                  FFFFG: "Four F" black power. Can be used for priming the pans of flintlocks.
                  FFFFFG: "Five F" extra fine black power--the preferred granulation for priming the pans of flintlock rifles.
                  FHLM: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation. Nicknamed"Freddie Mac". A Federally-chartered corporation that purchases residential mortgages, securitizes them, and sells them to investors; this provides lenders with funds for home buyers. See also FNMA
                  Fiat Currency: Any paper currency that is issued at will, without convertibility to precious metals or other tangibles. (From the Latin "Let it be done.")
                  FICA: Federal Insurance Contributions Act. (The Social Security program tax.) See also: SSA.
                  FIFO: First In, First Out—used for food storage rotation.
                  FIJA: The Fully Informed Jury Association
                  FinCEN: Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. A division of the U.S. Department of the Treasury tasked with stopping money laundering.
                  FIRE: Finance, Insurance and Real Estate--Dubbed the "paper pushing" side of the economy by Charles Hugh Smith
                  Flipping: The process of buying and then quickly reselling an asset in a rising market, to turn a profit. This is often accomplished with borrowed money. See also: Contrapreneur and McMansion.
                  FLIR: Forward Looking Infrared
                  FLOT: Forward Line of Troops
                  FM: Depending on context, Field Manual or Frequency Modulation)
                  FMA: Filipino Martial Arts
                  FMJ: Full Metal Jacket. (A bullet that does not expand when it strikes tissue.) Also called "ball:" ammunition by the U.S. Military.
                  FML: Fully Metal Lined (description of the later generation Glock pistol magazines.
                  FMS: Foreign Military Sales
                  FN: The Belgian arms maker Fabrique Nationale de Herstal.
                  FN-49 or FN49: A post-WWII semi-auto rifle produced by FN, with a 10 round magazine fed from stripper clips. Variants were made in several calibers including 7x57, 8x57, and .30-06. A later arsenal conversion made in Argentine was made in .308, with detachable 20 round magazines.
                  FN/FAL or FN-FAL: See: FAL
                  FNMA: Federal National Mortgage Association. Nicknamed: "Fannie Mae". A Federally-chartered enterprise owned by private stockholders that purchases residential mortgages and converts them into securities for sale to investors; by purchasing mortgages, Fannie Mae supplies funds that lenders may loan to home buyers. See also FHLM
                  FOB: Forward Operating Base
                  Fobbit: Someone who is stationed at a Forward Operating Base (FOB.)
                  FOIA: Freedom of Information Act
                  FOMC: Federal Open Market Committee. A 12-member committee which sets interest rate and bank credit policies for the Federal Reserve banking cartel.
                  Force Multiplier: A capability that, when added to and employed by a combat force, significantly increases the combat potential of that force and thus enhances the probability of successful mission accomplishment. (US DOD definition.)
                  Force Recon: Force Reconnaissance is the U.S. Marine Corp's elite commando force.
                  FOREX: The foreign exchange market, where currencies are traded.
                  Forward (contract): The original and basic derivative contract, a forward transaction is an agreement to buy or sell a certain quantity of an asset or commodity in the future at a specified price, place, and time.
                  FPO: Fleet Post Office. (U.S. Navy/USMC/USCG postal service.)
                  FPS or fps: Feet Per Second. See also: MPS.
                  FPV: First Person View. See also RPV and UAV.
                  FRA: Forward rate agreement. An agreement to borrow or lend a certain amount of principal at a specified interest rate and time. In other contexts: Försvarets Radioanstalt (The Norwegian equivalent of the NSA.)
                  Frag: Short for fragmentation or fragment. In one context a "frag order" or "FRAGO" is an abbreviated military operations order.
                  Freddie Mac: See: FHLM.
                  Free Band: The bands for CB radio frequencies just above and just below the official CB channels. Also known as illicit "out of band transmission." Use of the Free Band is illegal. See also: Bastard crystal.
                  Free Gun: A tripod-mounted weapon that is detached from its T&E mechanism, for greater flexibility of fire. See also: T&E.
                  FRN: Federal Reserve Note(s)
                  FRS: Family Radio Service (A type of UHF-FM walkie-talkie that requires no license in the U.S.) See also: GMRS and MURS.
                  FSB: Federalnaya Sluzhba Bezopasnosti. The main successor of the KGB.
                  FSBO: For Sale By Owner
                  FSK: Frequency Shift Keying. See also: PSK.
                  FSLIC: Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (A taxpayer guaranteed bailout fund for thrift institutions.)
                  FSP: Free States Project
                  FSNH: Free State New Hampshire
                  FSR: First Strike Ration
                  FSW: Free State Wyoming
                  FTE: Failure to Eject
                  FTF: Failure to Feed
                  ft/lbs: Foot/Pounds. A measure of force, defines as "the amount of energy expended when a force of one pound acts through a distance of one foot along the direction of the force." See also: Joules.
                  FTRSS: Flexible Temperature Range Sleep System. Modular synthetic sleeping bags made by Wiggy's.
                  FUBAR: Fouled up beyond all recognition.
                  FUD: Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt
                  Futures (Contract): An agreement to buy or sell a given quantity of an asset or commodity in the future at a specified price, place, and time.
                  FWIW: For What Its Worth
                  73

                  later,
                  ZA

                  Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
                  beat you to death with it because it is empty.

                  The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    G
                    g: Gravity. (Earth's gravity = 1g. Acceleration and deceleration forces are expressed in terms of g ("gees").
                    G1: The West German Army's version of the FN/FAL rifle. G1 parts kits have been used in recent years for building semi-auto only FALs in the U.S.
                    G3: The West German Army's selective fire battle rifle of the 1960s/70s/80s. Its civilian (semi-auto only) equivalent is the HK91
                    G10: The "Group of 10" industrialized nations.
                    G20: Depending on context Glock Model 20 (10mm pistol) or the "Group of 20" industrialized and developing nations.
                    Galil: See: AK.
                    Garand: See: M1.
                    GATA: Gold Anti-Trust Action (GATA.org)
                    GBP: Great Britain Pound
                    GBS: Group B Streptococcus
                    GCA or GCA-68: The Gun Control Act of 1968. The law that first created FFLs and banned interstate transfers of post-1898 firearms, except "to or through" FFL holders.
                    GCC: Gulf Cooperation Council
                    GD: A persistent nerve gas developed for the Soviet army.
                    GDP: Depending on context, Gross Domestic Product or Generally Dumb Public.
                    Gen: Generation
                    Gen 1: First Generation
                    Gen 2: Second Generation
                    Gen 3: Third Generation
                    Genny: Slang for generator.
                    Genset: Generator Set. (U.S. military terminology.)
                    GGGGG: God, Gold, Guns, Groceries, and Ground (farm land). Acronym coined by Richard "Doc" Sweeny.
                    Ghillie, Ghillie Suit: A ragged-texture camouflage suit, originally developed by Scottish game wardens.
                    G.I. or GI: Depending on context, General inductee (draftee), Government Issue (equipment specifications), or Gastro-Intestinal tract. See also: U.S.G.I.
                    GIS: Geographical Information Systems
                    Glazis: Globalist Socialists. Coined by Lawrence Rayburn.
                    Glock: The popular polymer-framed pistol design by Gaston Glock of Austria. Also derisively known as "Combat Tupperware " by their detractors, because they were the first maker to ship their pistols in a plastic box with a snap lid. Glocks are a favorite of gun writer Boston T. Party.
                    GM: Depending on context General Motors or Genetically Modified.
                    GMAW Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW). See also: MIG.
                    GMC: General Motors Corporation
                    GMO: Genetically Modified Organism
                    GMRS: General Mobile Radio A licensed UHF-FM 2-way radio service. Service. See also: FRS and MURS.
                    GNC: Gaz naturel comprimé. See also: LNG.
                    GNIS: Geographic Names Information System. An excellent resource when you are looking for specific areas on a map. See: http://geonames.usgs.gov/ See also: USGS.
                    Gold Cup: The target version of Colt's M1911. Has fully adjustable target sights, a tapered barrel and a tighter barrel bushing than standard M1911s.
                    Golden Horde: In historical contexts, the Mongol Horde of the 13th Century, but in the context of SurvivalBlog, the anticipated large mixed horde of refugees and looters that will pour out of the metropolitan regions WTSHTF. See also: WTSHTF.
                    GOA: Gun Owners of America
                    G.O.O.D.: Get Out of Dodge--the author’s generic acronym for leaving the big city in a hurry WTSHTF. (Acronym coined by JWR). I also use the term “bug out” and the British soccer term “take the gap.” The term Get Out of Dodge kit is synonymous with Bug Out Bag. See also: BOB, INCH, and WTSHTF.
                    Goretex: A patented breathable fabric.
                    GP: Depending on context General Practice (physician) , General Purpose, or General Principal
                    GPA: Grade Point Average.
                    GPH: Gallons Per Hour (usually in the context of diesel marine engine fuel specifications.)
                    GPM: Gallons Per Minute (usually in the context of water wells or springs.)
                    GPO: Government Printing Office.
                    GPS: Global Positioning System
                    gr: Grain. The measure of mass used for firearm projectiles (bullets) is grains. A grain is a unit of lead mass measurement, roughly equal to 1/3 of a carat or 65mg. 16 grains is roughly equal to 1 gram. Note that grains in bullet mass differ from from the " grains" measure of smokeless powder (nitro-cellulose) propellant.
                    Gray: The standard unit of measurement for radiation exposure, that replaced Roentgen, Rem, and Rad. Conversion from Grays are as follows. See also: Rad.

                    1 Gy = 100 rad
                    1 mGy = 100 mrad
                    1 Sv = 100 rem
                    1 mSv = 100 mrem

                    Greasel: See: Biodiesel
                    Greenlight, Greenlighted: The Hollywood and Bollywood term for the "go" decision to produce a movie.
                    Grid Down: An extended period of time when the power grid is non-functional
                    Grid Up: A situation where the national power grids stay functional except for brief interruptions.
                    Group Therapy: Slang term for full automatic fire. See also: Rock-'n-roll.
                    GSE: Government-sponsored enterprise. American GSEs include Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Bank System. They are indirectly backed by the full faith and credit of the Federal government, which inevitably means taxpayer money.
                    GSM: Global System for Mobile Communications
                    GTAW: Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), See also: TIG.
                    GTG: Good To Go
                    gtt: Drop. (Medicinal dropper measure, from the Latin gutta.) The plural (drops ) is written gtts
                    GU: Genitourinary
                    Gunsite: The firearms training school in Arizona founded by Col. Jeff Cooper.
                    GVW: Gross Vehicle Weight
                    GWB: George Walker Bush
                    GWOT: Global War on Terror
                    73

                    later,
                    ZA

                    Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
                    beat you to death with it because it is empty.

                    The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      H
                      H2H: Human to human (disease transmission.)
                      H5N1: The CDC's designation for one of the current strains of the Asian Avian Flu Also called Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). See my article on the subject: http://www.SurvivalBlog.com/asianflu.html
                      Hadji: Slang for an Iraqi native-born resident.
                      Ham: (A slang term for an amateur radio operator. It is not an acronym and therefore should not have all the letters capitalized (HAM" , as is often seen in print.).
                      HARM: High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile
                      Haole: The Hawai’ian word for Anglos.
                      Hardened (electronics): See: EMP.
                      Hard Money: Currency that is either redeemable in precious metals, or issued in the form of precious metals.
                      Ha-Shem, Hashem: Hebrew for “His Name.” My Jewish friends use it in reference The Creator. (They consider it disrespectful to use His name directly.)
                      Hazmat, HazMat, or HAZMAT: Hazardous Material(s)
                      H-BAR: Heavy Barrel.
                      HD or H.D.: Heavy Duty.
                      HDPE: High Density Polyethylene is used in milk, juice and water containers in order to take advantage of its excellent protective barrier properties. Most five gallon "food grade" buckets are made from HDPE.
                      HDR: Humanitarian Daily Ration
                      HDTV: High Definition Television
                      Helicopter Ben: A derogatory nickname for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. In 2002, when the word "deflation" began appearing in the business news, Bernanke gave a speech about deflation. In that speech, he mentioned that the government in a fiat money system owns the physical means of creating money. Control of the means of production for money implies that the government can always avoid deflation by simply issuing more money. (He referred to a statement made by Milton Friedman about using a "helicopter drop" of money into the economy to fight deflation.) Bernanke's critics have since referred to him as "Helicopter Ben" or to his "helicopter printing press". In a footnote to his speech, Bernanke noted that "people know that inflation erodes the real value of the government's debt and, therefore, that it is in the interest of the government to create some inflation." (Definition courtesy of Wikipedia.)
                      Heller: The DC v. Heller US supreme court decision in June, 2008 affirmed that the "right to keep and bear arms" is an individual right of all citizens.
                      HEI: High Energy Ignition. (Patented by General Motors.)
                      Helo: Short for helicopter.
                      HEPA: High Efficiency Particulate Air (Filter). In the context of SurvivalBlog, I refer to HEPA filters used to trap the dust from the air pumped into fallout shelters. Some of the best (and most expensive) HEPA filter systems are made by Luwa of Switzerland.
                      HERF: Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation to Fuel
                      HERO: Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation to Ordnance
                      HERP: Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation to Personnel
                      HF: High Frequency
                      HFC: Hydrofluorocarbon. HFCs are now often being used as replacements for Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), because they are thought to be less damaging to the Earth's ozone layer.
                      hh or HH: Hands High. The abbreviation for the unit of measurement for horses, donkeys, ponies, et cetera. One hand equals four inches.
                      HHS: Health and Human Services
                      High Acid: Foods that have a high acid content that inhibits spoilage.
                      H.I.P.S.: Hide In Plain Sight. This often refers to urban survival or the construction of discreet hiding places. (Acronym coined by JWR.)
                      Hitlery: JWR's nickname for Hillary Rodham Clinton
                      HIV: Human Immunodeficiency Virus. See also: AIDS.
                      HK: Heckler und Koch, the German gun maker
                      HK91: Heckler und Koch Model 91. The civilian (semi auto-only) variant of the 7.62 mm NATO G3 rifle.
                      HMG: Heavy Machinegun.(Such as the M2 Browning .50 Caliber.)
                      HMMWV: High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, also commonly called a Humvee
                      HOA: Homeowners association. Sometimes called a landowners association (LOA)
                      Hoplophobe: Someone that fears firearms.(Term popularized by Col. Jeff Cooper.)
                      Hotel Sierra: Aviator lingo for "Hot Stuff!"
                      H.P., h.p., HP: Depending on context: Horsepower, hollow point (bullet), High Power (as in High Power Rifle Target Competition) or Hi Power, as in Browning P-35 Hi Power 9 mm pistols.
                      HPAI: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Called "high path" in epidemiologist slang. See also: LPAI and H5N1
                      HPBT: Hollow point boat tail (bullet)
                      HR: Human Remains. In other contexts, Human Resources.
                      HRC: Hillary Rodham Clinton
                      HRT: Hostage Rescue Team. (FBI). Often spoken "Hurt Team."
                      HSA: Health Savings Account
                      HSS: High Speed Steel (Machining term.)
                      HTF: (Schumer) Hits the Fan.
                      HTH: Hope This Helps. (E-mail and text messaging acronym.)
                      HTTP: Hypertext Transfer Protocol
                      Hubbert’s Peak: The presumed peak in oilfield production that is expected to occur +/- 2015. See also: LATOC.
                      HUD: Housing and Urban Development (U.S. Federal government agency)
                      HUMINT: Human Intelligence
                      HVAC: Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.
                      HVACR: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration
                      Hydrometer: An instrument for measuring the density of liquids in relation to the density of water. Used to indicate the state of charge in lead-acid cells by measuring the specific gravity of the electrolyte. Also used in commercial food canning.
                      73

                      later,
                      ZA

                      Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
                      beat you to death with it because it is empty.

                      The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

                      Comment


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                        IANSA: International Action Network on Small Arm). The umbrella lobby group for all the anti-gun groups at the United Nations.
                        IAPV: Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus. A disease linked to honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder. See also: CCD
                        IAW: In Accordance With
                        IBA: Interceptor Body Armor--the current U.S. Military issue Kevlar body armor. The base vest weighs 6 pounds. The front and rear trauma plates are additional 6 pounds each. Additional shoulder armor and groin protectors add even more weight.
                        IBS: Irritable Bowel Syndrome
                        IC: Depending on context Integrated Circuit, Independent Contractor, or Internal Combustion.
                        ICBM: Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
                        I.C.E.: Depending on context Institute for Christian Economics (Founded by Dr. Gary North), or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (a Division of the DHS), or “In Case of Emergency”.
                        ICF: Insulated Concrete Form. (House construction method.)
                        ICRC: International Committee of the Red Cross/Red Crescent. See also: ARC.
                        ICS: Incident Command System (See also: FEMA.)
                        ICU: Intensive Care Unit
                        ID, I.D., i.d.: Depending on Context: Identification or Inside Diameter
                        IDF: Depending context, Israeli Defense Force or Indirect Fire
                        IDI: Indirect Injection (diesel fuel engines).
                        IDIQ: Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity
                        IDPs: Internally Displaced Person(s)
                        IDPA: International Defensive Pistol Association
                        i.e.: Id Est. Latin for "That is"
                        IED: Improvised Explosive Device
                        IEDTF: Improvised Explosive Device Task Force
                        IEEE: Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers
                        IER: Intermediate Eye Relief (Scope, typically used with "scout" rifles/carbines)
                        IEW: Intelligence and Electronic Warfare
                        IEWCS: Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Common Sensor
                        IEW&S: Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors
                        IFV: Infantry Fighting Vehicle. See Also: M2 Bradley.
                        IG: Depending on context, Instructor Greg (who teaches "Tac Tuesday"), or Inspector General
                        IIRC: If I Recall Correctly
                        IM: Depending on context, Instant Messenger or intramuscular (drug injection).
                        IME: Institute of Makers of Explosives
                        IMF: International Monetary Fund
                        IMHO: In My Humble Opinion
                        IMO: In My Opinion
                        INCH: I'm Never Coming Home (kit). An "INCH" kit is the gear that you would take in the event of a worst case, wherein you would only have one trip "Out of Dodge." See also BOB, GOOD, WTSHTF, and INCH.
                        ING: Iraqi National Guard
                        The Insider: The nickname of SurvivalBlog's source inside the investment banking community.
                        In-Town Retreat: A retreat inside or adjoining town limits that depends on some local infrastructure. See also: Isolated Retreat.
                        Inverter: A device that converts DC electricity (anywhere from 12 to 600 VDC) to AC electricity (typically 120/240 VAC.)
                        IOU: "I Owe You". An informal note of indebtedness, usually without any interest charged.
                        IP: Internet Protocol
                        IPB: Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield
                        IPCC: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
                        IPO: Initial Public (stock) Offering.
                        IPSC: International Practical Shooting Confederation.
                        IQ: Intelligence Quotient
                        IR: Infrared
                        IRA: Depending on context: Individual Retirement Account or Irish Republican Army. See also: 401(k).
                        IRR: Depending on context: Internal Rate of Return (bonds and CDOs) or Individual Ready Reserve (U.S. military.)
                        IRS: Internal Revenue Service (a U.S. Federal government taxing agency)
                        Isolated Retreat: A privately owned stronghold designed to be almost entirely self-sufficient and self-contained. Also, often called a Remote Retreat. See also: In-Town Retreat.
                        ISAF: International Security Assistance Force
                        ISB: Interact System B. The Dodge/Cummins Diesel term for their proprietary fuel injection systems.
                        Ishapore: The Indian Army arsenal, best known for its 7.62mm NATO variant of the Enfield bolt action rifle. See also: Enfield.
                        ISID: International Society for Infectious Diseases
                        ISR: Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
                        ISS: International Space Station
                        ISTAR: Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance
                        IT: Information Technology
                        IV or i.v.: Intravenous
                        IWB: Inside-the-waistband (pistol holster design)
                        IWBA: International Wound Ballistics Association
                        Izzy: Slang for Israeli
                        73

                        later,
                        ZA

                        Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
                        beat you to death with it because it is empty.

                        The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

                        Comment


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                          J
                          JBT: Jack Booted Thug
                          JHP: Jacketed Hollow Point (ammunition)
                          JIT: Just In Time. See also: Kanban.
                          JMHO: Just My Humble Opinion
                          Joules: A measure of force. See also: ft/lbs.
                          JP4: High grade aviation kerosene.
                          JPFO: Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
                          "Junk" Silver: 1964 or earlier mint date circulated U.S. silver dimes, quarters, or half dollars with little or no numismatic value. These coin have a silver content of 90%.
                          73

                          later,
                          ZA

                          Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
                          beat you to death with it because it is empty.

                          The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            K
                            K-1: "Water Clear" grade Kerosene
                            KADE: The acronym used as a mnemonic memory aid, for the fat-soluble vitamins Vitamins K, A, D, and E. It is important to avoid overdosing any of these vitamins!
                            Kalashnikov: See: AK.
                            Kali, Kalifornia: California. See also: PRK.
                            Kanban: The Japanese term for a Just In Time (JIT) inventory control system. See also: JIT.
                            KBR: Kellogg, Brown and Root.
                            KD: Known Distance
                            KE: Kinetic Energy (Ballistics.)
                            KGB: Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti. Committee for State Security. Now defunct, the Soviet KGB has been succeeded by the Russian FSB. See also: FSB.
                            Keynesian: Those who believe in the socialistic economic theories of John Maynard Keynes. Keynesians advocate government intervention, or "demand-side management" of the economy, ostensibly to achieve full employment and stable prices.
                            KG or kg : Kilogram
                            KI: Potassium Iodide
                            KIO3: Potassium Iodate
                            KHz: Kilohertz
                            KIA: Killed In Action.
                            Killer Caravans: Kurt Saxon’s term for Rover Packs.
                            KISS or K.I.S.S. : "Keep it Simple, Stupid!"
                            KJV: King James Version of The Bible
                            Klick: Slang for Kilometer (km)
                            Kludge or Kluge: Slang for an expedient "crude, but effective" fix to a problem. Spoken "klooj". An ugly fix ix often described as "kludgy."
                            km: Kilometer
                            KR: Key Resource. See also: CI/KR.
                            KT or Kt: Kiloton. Most commonly used in describing the yield of nuclear weapons.
                            Kva: Kilo Volt Amp. This term describes power in a relationship of thousands of volts (voltage) and amperage.
                            KW or Kw: Kilowatt
                            KWh: Kilowatt Hours. One KWh is one thousand watts acting over a 1 hour period.
                            KYPD: Keep Your Powder Dry
                            73

                            later,
                            ZA

                            Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
                            beat you to death with it because it is empty.

                            The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

                            Comment


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                              L
                              L1A1: The British and Australian "Inch" measurements versions of the metric FAL Rifle. Also known as the SLR (Self-Loading Rifle.) See my FAQ on this subject.
                              LATOC: Life After The Oil Crash. See: LifeAfterTheOilCrash.net, a blog edited by Matt Savinar. See also: Hubbert's Peak
                              LAV: Light Armored Vehicle
                              LAW: Light Anti-Tank Weapon
                              LBE: Load Bearing Equipment. A generic name for military style suspenders or vest used for carrying magazine pouches, canteen, pistol holster, et cetera. Also called Web Gear, or in some cases Deuce Gear.
                              LBO: Leveraged Buyout
                              LBV: Load Bearing Vest.
                              LC-1: Load Carrying, Type 1. (U.S. Army Load Bearing Equipment, circa 1970s to 1990s.)
                              LCD: Liquid Crystal Display.
                              L&D: Labor and Deliver. (Childbirth.)
                              LD: Lunar Distance
                              LDPE: Low Density Polyethylene is used in grocery shopping bags and trash bags. Not all LDPE is "food grade." See also: HDPE.
                              LDS: The Latter Day Saints, commonly called The Mormons. (It the opinion of JWR they have flawed doctrine but a great family food storage program.)
                              LDT: Depending on context: Light Duty Truck, Light Displacement Tonnage, or Lowest Dose Tested.
                              LED: Light Emitting Diode
                              LE: Law Enforcement
                              LEO: Depending on context: Law Enforcement Officer, "Law Enforcement Only" (product sales restriction), or a Low Earth Orbit satellite.
                              LER: Long Eye Relief (Scope, typically used with pistols and "scout" rifles/carbines)
                              Level 1 Asset: Under US banking general accounting rules, Level 1 Assets are investments such as stocks and bonds. See also FAS 157 and Derivative.
                              Level 2 Asset: Under US banking general accounting rules, Level 2 Assets investments include some mortgage-backed securities. See also FAS 157 and Derivative.
                              Level 3 Asset: Under US banking general accounting rules, Level 3 Assets are obscure and exotic investments such derivatives. See also FAS 157 and Derivative.
                              LGD: Livestock Guardian Dog or Large Guardian Dog
                              Li: Lithium
                              LIA: Little Ice Age
                              LIBOR: London Interbank Offered Rate
                              LIC: Low Intensity Conflict
                              Lines of drift: See: Channelized Areas.
                              LLC: Limited Liability Corporation
                              LLDPE: Linear Low-Density PolyEthylene
                              LMG: Light Machinegun.(Such as the M249 SAW.)
                              LNG: Liquefied Natural Gas. See also: GNC.
                              LOA: Depending on context Length, over all. (Sailing ship term.) or Landowner's Association See also: HOA.
                              LOL: Laughing out loud.
                              LOS: Line of Sight. Many communications technologies require an unobstructed path between transmitter and receiver, as in microwave radio, satellite communications, and laser/infrared optical communications links.
                              Low Acid: Foods that have little acid and therefore can contain food poisoning bacteria if poorly processed.
                              LOX: Liquid Oxygen.
                              LP: Depending on context: Liquid Propane (fuel), Long Playing (record album), or Lumbar Puncture (Spinal tap).
                              LPA: Log Periodic Antenna
                              LPAI: Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (LPAI). Called "low path" in epidemiologist slang. See also HPAI and H5N1
                              LPCs: Leather Personnel Carriers (A humorous reference to boots.)
                              LPI: Low Probability of Intercept
                              LPM or lpm: Liters Per Minute
                              LP/OP: Listening post/observation post: Usually the same position, used for observation in daylight hours and for listening and use of Starlight devices at night. See also: Starlight
                              LR: Depending on context: Lactated Ringers (Or Ringer's Lactate) an IV support fluid. or Long Rifle (as in .22 LR rimfire.)
                              LRP: Long Range Patrol (See also: MCW/LRP)
                              LRRP: Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol
                              LRRS: Long Range Reconnaissance and Surveillance
                              LSA: Depending on Context, Lubricant, Small Arms, or Logistics Support Area
                              LSB: Lower Sideband. One of the two “single side bands” that can be selected on a suitably-equipped radio transceiver. See also “SSB” and “USB”.
                              LSD: Depending on context: Low self discharge (batteries) or Lysergic acid (illicit hallucinogenic drug.)
                              LSE: Depending on context: London Stock Exchange or London School of Economics.
                              LTC: Depending on context: Lieutenant Colonel or License to Carry. See also: CCW.
                              LTCM: Long-Term Capital Management. The infamous derivatives hedge fund that went bankrupt in 1999. LTCM had only about $4 billion in net asset value, with assets totaling over $100 billion but they had about $1.4 trillion in derivatives bets on the table when the house of cards collapsed.
                              73

                              later,
                              ZA

                              Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
                              beat you to death with it because it is empty.

                              The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

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