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    TA-1 / TA-312: Older generation U.S. Military hard wire field telephones. They have been superceded by DNVTs. See also: DNVT.
    TA-50: The standard issue U.S. Army field gear (backpack, web gear, tentage, boots, and fatigue uniforms) for active duty and reserve forces soldiers in Troop Program Units.
    TAB and Tabbing: Tactical Advance to Battle. (British army term.) "Tabbing" is slang for moving stealthily.
    TAD: Temporary Additional Duty. See also: PCS and TDY.
    Take The Gap: Emigration under duress. (A term coined in Rhodesia, based on the British Commonwealth football term.)
    Tango Sierra: U.S. Navy lingo for "Tough Schumer!"
    TANSTAAFL: There Ain't No Such Thing as a Free Lunch (Coined by Robert Heinlein)
    Tape Switch: A slim, pressure sensitive DC electrical switch, typically mounted on firearms grips or forends, often used to actuate tactical lights or lasers.
    TARFU: Things are Really Fouled Up.
    TARP: Troubled Asset Relief Program. The bank bailout portion of the Mother of All Bailouts. See also: EESA and MOAB.
    TB: Tuberculosis
    TBD: To Be Determined.
    TBE : 2,4,6-tribromophenol.
    TBI: Traumatic Brain Injury
    T-Bills: U.S. Treasury Bills. (Short-term debt obligations of the U.S. Treasury.)
    TBO: Time Between Overhauls
    TBSP: Tablespoon.
    T-Case: Transfer case.
    TC3: See: TCCC.
    TCCC: Tactical Combat Casualty Care. (First aid course for soldiers, taught by the US Army. Often spoken: "TC3".
    TCE: See: Tri-Chlor
    TCF: See: Claire Files.
    TCP: Traffic Control Point
    TD: Time Dilation or Temporal Displacement. See also: WOT.
    TDC: Top Dead Center
    T&E: Traverse and elevation. (Or in some contexts, Test & Evaluation.) The T&E mechanism is used for aiming some types of belt-fed machineguns in deliberate fire. See also: Free Gun.
    TDP: Depending on context, Technical Data Package or Thermodepolymerization (a process for manufacturing oil from organic waste.)
    TDY: Temporary Duty. See also: PCS and TAD.
    TEL: Depending on context Tetra-ethyl lead (fuel) or Transporter, erector, launcher (mobile missile launchers)
    TELCO, Telco: Telephone Company. See: also: CO.
    TEOTWAWKI: The End of the World as we Know It (Acronym coined by Mike Medintz) (Spoken “Tee-ought-walk-ee”).
    Tertiary (Nuclear) Targets: These are population and industrial centers that probably wouldn't be hit in the first strikes but would be high on the lists for later destruction to further cripple our ability to fight a prolonged war and/or recover and function as a nation. Threats against these targets could also be used following the initial attacks to force our leadership to capitulate.
    TFC: Tactical Field Care (TFC)
    The Crunch.: See: WTSHTF.
    The Gray Nineties: Title of the draft edition of JWR's first novel. It was shareware with 80,000+ downloads. No longer available on-line.
    Thermal Mass: A material that has the ability to absorb, store, and release heat energy. Typically water tanks, concrete, bricks, or tiles.
    Thermite: A mixture of aluminum powder and iron rust, that when ignited causes a vigorous exothermic reaction. Used primarily for welding. Also used by military units as an incendiary for destroying equipment.
    TIA: Depending on context, Thanks in Advance, or Total Information Awareness, or Transient Ischemic Attack. (Commonly called a "mini-stroke" or "warning stroke".)
    TIC: Troops in Contact. See also: ROE
    TIG Tungsten Inert Gas (welding.) Also called Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
    TIM: Toxic Industrial Materials, See also: NBC.
    Timber Cruise: The process of surveying forest stands to predict how many board feet of lumber a stand will yield, as well as its health/maturity.
    TIPS: Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities
    TKO: In boxing: "Total Knockout". In ballistics: Taylor Knockout.
    TLC: Tender Loving Care.
    TM: Technical Manual
    TMEN: The Mother Earth News (magazine)
    TMM: The Mental Militia--The Internet discussion forums formerly hosted by libertarian writer Claire Wolfe and called The Claire Files or TCF.
    TNC: Terminal Node Controller. (An interface device used between a ham radio and a computer for Packet data transmission and reception)
    TNFa: Tumor Necrosis Factor alpha (TNFa)(Reference) A cytokine.
    TNT: Trinitrotoluene. A yellow crystalline compound. Used as a high explosive
    TO&E or TOE: Table of Organization & Equipment
    Tommy Tactical: See: Arm Chair Commando and Mall Ninja.
    Topo: Slang contraction for topographic (map).
    Tor: The onion router
    TOT: Time on target. A carefully coordinated artillery, mortar, missile, and/or rocket strike, where projectiles from several firing batteries arrive simultaneously.
    TP: Toilet Paper
    T-Pack: Tray-packaged U.S. military rations, sized to feed an entire squad.
    TPM: Temporary Paralysis of the Mind
    TPN: Total Parenteral Nutrition. With TPN, the patient's nutrients, liquids, etc, are all administered via a tube in a major vein. In Partial Parenteral Nutrition, the patient's normal food intake is supplemented by a tube in a vein.
    TPTB: The Powers That Be
    Tracker: A rack for a PV array that follows the path of the sun to maximize the solar radiation incident on the panel’s surface. Typically, a single axis tracker will give you 15% to 25% more power per day, and dual axis tracking will add about 5% to that. Depending on the latitude and season.
    Tranny: Slang for transmission.
    TREE: Transient radiation effects on electronics. See also: EMP.
    Tri-Chlor: Slang for the solvent 1,1,1 trichloroethane
    Trickle Charge: A charge at a low rate, balancing through self-discharge losses, to maintain a cell or battery in a fully charged condition.
    Trijicon: A maker of Tritium-lit sights and rifle scopes.
    Tritium: A glowing radioactive gas (a hydrogen isotope) with an 11.2 year half-life.
    Truck Farming/Truck Crops: Farming crops that are not processed before selling and that are directly used or sold fresh such as: lettuce, celery, and flowers.
    TS: Top Secret
    TSA: Transportation Security Administration (Acronym also defined as: "Thousands Standing Around.")
    TSCC: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
    TSE:Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE). See also: BSE and CWD.
    TSHTF: The Schumer Hits the Fan. (See: WTSHTF.)
    TSLF: Term Securities Lending Facility. The Federal Reserve's panic move to shore up banking liquidity with huge cash loans.The TSLF loans are designed to circumvent the Fed's mandate to only take top-grade collateral in exchange for loans.
    TSP: Depending on context teaspoon (measure) or Tri-Sodium Phosphate (cleaner)
    TTB: Tax and Trade Bureau
    TTBOMK: To the Best of My Knowledge
    TTP: Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures
    TTS: Target Tracker System���
    TTSLE: Target Tracker System - Law Enforcement���
    TULIP: Acronym for the the Five Points of Calvinism:

    Total Depravity (also known as Total Inability and Original Sin)

    Unconditional Election

    Limited Atonement (also known as Atonement for the Elect)

    Irresistible Grace

    Perseverance of the Saints ("Once Saved Always Saved")
    TUM: The Un-named Mountain. The mountain that adjoins the back property line of the Rawles Ranch. OPSEC dictates that we don't mention the mountain by name.
    TUR: The Un-named River. The river that runs through the back end of the Rawles Ranch. OPSEC dictates that we don't mention the name of the river.
    TUROM: The Un-named Range of Mountains. The Mountain range that surrounds the Rawles Ranch. OPSEC dictates that we don't mention it by name.
    TUT: The Un-named Town. The town closest to the Rawles Ranch. OPSEC dictates that we don't mention the name of the town.
    TUWS: The Un-named Western State. The State "somewhere west of the Rockies" where the Rawles Ranch is located. OPSEC dictates that we don't even mention the State where we live.
    TV: Television. See also: HDTV.
    TVP: Textured Vegetable Protein.
    Two Meter: See: 2 Meter.
    Tzedakah: Hebrew for Charity and Tithing Law.
    TWS: Thermal Weapon Sight. An electronic sight that uses thermal imaging technology. Unlike starlight or infrared, a TWS literally "sees" heat.

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    UA 571-C: Nomenclature of the Remote Sentry Weapons that are used for perimeter security at the Rawles Ranch.
    UATV: Utility All Terrain Vehicle. An ATV with extra cargo capacity. UATVs are typified by the John Deere Gator and Buck models.
    UAV: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
    UAVIED: UAV Borne Improvised Explosive Device. (Acronym coined by JWR, in December, 2006)
    UB: Underground Burial. The rating for data or power cable that is designed to withstand being buried for extended periods.
    UCC: Unincorporated Church Coalition. (In other contexts: Uniform Commercial Code)
    UCMJ: Uniform Code of Military Justice
    UFC: Uniform Fire Code
    UGR: Unitized Group Ration
    UHF: Ultra High Frequency. (Radio and television frequencies in the range 300-3000 MHz)
    UHT: Ultra High Temperature milk pasteurization. Used for retort packaged milk.
    UK: United Kingdom
    UL: Underwriter's Laboratory.
    ULSD: Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel (fuel).
    UMTBF: Unacceptable Mean Time Between Failures. See also: MTBF.
    UN: United Nations
    UNE: Urban Northeast
    Unhardened (electronics): See: EMP.
    U.P.: Depending on context: Upper Peninsula of Michigan or Union Pacific Railroad. Residents of the U.P. are often called Yoopers.
    UPS: Depending on context: Uninterruptible Power Source or United Parcel Service
    URI: Upper Respiratory Infection
    URL: Uniform Resource Locator. The actual written “address” of a given Internet site.
    USAID: United States Agency for International Development
    USAR: U.S. Army Reserve
    USB: Depending on context, Universal Serial Bus or Upper Sideband (an operating mode for CB and amateur radio gear.) See also “LSB” and “SSB”.
    USBP: U.S. Border Patrol
    USCG: U.S. Coast Guard
    USD: United States Dollar
    USDA: United States Department of Agriculture
    USDX: United States Dollar Index
    USFS: United States Forest Service
    USFWS: United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
    USG: United States Government.
    USGS: United States Geological Survey. See also GNIS (Geographic Names Information System)
    USGPO: U.S. Government Printing Office.
    U.S.G.I.: United States Government Issue (equipment specifications)
    USMA: United States Military Academy (at West Point, New York.) See also: ROTC.
    USP: Depending on context, United States Pharmacopoeia or Universale Selbstladepistole ("universal self-loading pistol")
    USPS: United States Postal Service. Sometimes jokingly called the "Unbearably Slow Postal Sloths".
    USPSA: United States Practical Shooting Association
    USWS: United States Weather Service. See also: WX.
    UTI: Urinary Tract Infection
    UTMA: Uniform Transfers to Minors Act
    UV: Ultraviolet (commonly called "Black Light")
    UXO: Unexploded Ordnance
    Uzi: The compact 9mm submachinegun designed by Uziel Gal of Israel.

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    VAC: Volts, Alternating Current
    Valmet: A Finnish conglomerate, that formerly made firearms. During WWII they made everything fron 9mm pistols and Mosin-Nagant rifles (marked("VKT") to 20mm man-packed light cannons. They are best known as the makers of Kalshsnikov-type battle rifles. They also made over & under shotguns and combination guns in the 1980s. Valmet now makes a wide range of products including industrial machinery, aircraft, and log harvesters. See also: AK.
    VaR: Value at Risk.
    VAT: Value Added Tax.
    Vauban Star: See: Cooper Corners.
    VBAC: Vaginal Birth After Caesarean.
    VBIED: Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device
    VBT: Very Bad Thing
    VC: Depending on context Viet Cong or Venture Capital
    VCI: Vapor Phase Corrosion Inhibitive. (A rust preventative desiccant.) VCI products are often produced as a coated paper, for metal parts storage. See also: RIG and Silica Gel.
    vCJD: See: Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.
    VDC: Volts, Direct Current
    Vet: Depending on context, short for veteran or veterinarian.
    VFD: Volunteer Fire Department
    |VFR: Visual Flight Rules. See also: IFR.
    VHF: Very High Frequency. (Radio and television frequencies in the range 30-300 MHz)
    VIN: Vehicle Idetification Number
    VLF: Very Low Frequency. (Radio frequencies in the range 3-30 kHz)
    VOA: Voice Of Amdrica
    VOIP: Voice Over Internet Protocol (Internet telephone service.)
    Vortex: Trade name of a flash hider that uses spirally-milled slots to break up a rifle’s muzzle flash.
    VOX: Voice Operated (Switch). or “Voice Operated Transmit”, a 2-way radio feature.
    VW: Volkswagen. (Literally: People’s Wagon)
    VX: A variety of nerve gas.

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    WAAS: Wide Area Augmentation System. An array of satellites and ground stations that provide GPS signal corrections. These correcting signals gives a GPS receiver improved position accuracy which averages up to five times better than a non-WAAS or disabled WAAS unit.
    WAFA: Wilderness Advanced First Aid
    W.A.L.L.S.: Water, Access, Location, Light, and Security. (Acronym coined by Todd Savage.)
    WAP: Wireless Access Point
    WAPI: Water Pasteurization Indicator
    WD-1: U.S. military issue two conductor insulated field telephone wire.
    WD-40: A commercial spray cleaner/lubricant. Not recommended for most firearms cleaning tasks. Deadens ammunition primers.
    WDNNSB Mode: “We Don't Need No Stinkin' Badges” (Acronym coined by JWR, based on a quote from a famous Humphrey Bogart movie.)
    WEP: Wired Equivalent Privacy
    Weaver Grip, Weaver Stance: The handgun shooting techniques developed by Jack Weaver in the 1950s and 1960s and widely adopted by law enforcement and the military in the 1980s. The shooter uses a system of hand counter pressure and body alignment to steady a handgun during firing. The shooter uses both hands to hold the gun, the firing hand pushing slightly forward and the other hand placed over the firing hand pulling slightly back. The gun is aimed at an oblique angle to the body almost to the side opposite the "strong" hand, using the "strong" arm bone structure to serve as a form of "stock" for the gun. (Definition courtesy of
    Web Gear: Generic term for tactical load bearing equipment such as pistol belts, Y-harnesses, magazine pouches, vests, and so forth.
    WECSOG: Wylie E. Coyote School of Gunsmithing (amateur gunsmithing) Coined at The FALFiles.
    WEMSI: Wilderness Emergency Medicine Services Institute
    WEMT or W-EMT: Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician
    Wet Gas: See: Casinghead Gas.
    WFA: Wilderness First Aid
    WFR: Wilderness First Responder. See also: SOAP.
    WGA: Writer's Guild of America
    WGS-84: World Geodetic Survey of 1984.
    WHO: World Health Organization
    Wi-Fi: Wireless Fidelity. Used generically when referring of any type of 802.11 network.
    Wipe: The final baffling stage of some firearms sound suppressors. The "wipe" is sometimes a perforated sheet of high melting point rubber.
    WMA: Wilderness Medical Associates
    WMD: Weapons of Mass Destruction
    WMS: Wilderness Medical Society
    WORD: Wide rows, Organic methods, Raised beds and Deep soil
    WOT: Depending on context: War on Terror or Wide Open Throttle. See also: TD.
    WPA: Works Project Administration. (A make-work program in the US during the Great Depression.)
    WRT: With Regard To
    WSM: Winchester Short Magnum.
    WSSM: Winchester Super Short Magnum.
    WTB: Want To Buy
    WTC:World Trade Center. One of the sites of the 9/11/01 radical Islamic terrorist attacks. See Also: AQ and OBL.
    WTO:World Trade Organization.
    WTS: Depending on context Want to Sell or Williams Trigger Specialties
    WTSHTF: When the Schumer Hits the Fan. (I formerly said "Stuff" hits the fan, but I think that the implied smell of Congressman Chuck Schumer's voting record is more descriptive. BTW, I also synonymously use the terms TEOTWAWKI, The Crunch, worst case, and the old military saying “when the balloon goes up.” See also: Schumeresque and TEOTWAWKI.
    WTT: Want To Trade
    WTTF: Want To Trade For
    WVO: Waste Vegetable Oil. See also: SVO.
    WWCR: World Wide Christian Radio.
    WWV: An international shortwave radio time coordination station, in Fort Collins, Colorado, operated by the NIST.
    WWVH: An international shortwave radio time coordination station, in Hawaii, operated by the NIST.
    WWI: World War I
    WWII: World War II
    WWWF: Weapon, Web gear, Water, and Food. (Acronym coined by FDG.)
    WX: Weather. The designated U.S. Weather Service frequencies are often called WX channels. These are between 162.400 MHz and 162.550 MHz. See also: USWS.

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    X, The: In the tactical realm, "The X" means the danger area, the line of attack, the place where the grenades are landing, the bullets are zipping through, and the bombs are going off. Small unit soldiers often say "get out of the X" or "Get off the x" The only place you want to be on the X involves a treasure map, otherwise you are in grave danger. (Definition courtesy of
    XD: Extreme Duty. Most often refers to the excellent Springfield Armory polymer frame autopistols imported from Croatia.
    XDR-TB: Extensively Drug Resistant Tuberculosis. See also: MDR-TB.
    XM: Experimental Model
    XM177E2: See: M4

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    Y2K: Year 2000 (Coined by David Eddy). The scare associated with the millennial (“Year 2000”) date change that took place at 0001/01/01/2000.
    Y2Y: Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.
    YAMA: You Are Much Appeciated.
    YBIC: Your Brother In Christ
    YHWH: Yahweh (Jehovah.)
    YMCA: Young Men's Christian Association
    YMMV: Your Mileage May Vary. Commonly used to describe procedures with variable results. This also means "Try this at your own risk."
    Yob: An aggressive, rowdy, and/or violent young man. (UK slang.) Possibly derived from "boy" spelled backwards. See also: ASBO.
    Yooper: See: U.P.
    YOPI: The acronym used by healthcare providers to summarize those at greatest risk of great harm or death because of disease: Younger than 5 years old, Older than 65 years old, Pregnant, and Immune-compromised.
    YOYO: You're On Your Own. (When government ceases to provide essential services such as fire department and police department protection, and when utilities no longer provide water, sanitation, electricity and phone service.) Acronym coined by David Weed.
    Yuppie Survivalist: A term of derision used to describe any survivalist who makes more than minimum wage. JWR has been branded a Yuppie Survivalist by at least two other bloggers.

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    Zener Diodes: See: EMP.
    Zeroing, Zeroed: The process of adjusting a weapon's elevation and windage to an individual user so that a firearm, when fired, will hit the point of aim. A rifle is said to be “zeroed” when this is done. (Definition courtesy of The FALFiles.)
    Zero Time: A complete restoration of a vehicle (bringing it back to like-new condition, i.e. "Zero time on the meter.")
    ZIRP: Zero Interest Rate Policy.


    • #17
      Sorry about the multiple posts but it is the only way that I know to get the info out there to those that asked for it.
      One of these days I might know what I am doing with all these fancy computer things,*L*


      • #18
        Originally posted by tbkbtk123 View Post
        Sorry about the multiple posts but it is the only way that I know to get the info out there to those that asked for it.
        .... thus the adage "be careful what you ask for".

        Originally posted by Echo2 View Post
        it's a Smithy CBL 12/14.....3n1....lathe/ mill/ drill combo....

        They changed the designation on them....
        Thanks for the explanation Echo .... I hate it when I feel like I'm missin out on sumthin.

        Things are seldom what they seem.


        • #19
          Originally posted by Oscar Wilde View Post
          .... thus the adage "be careful what you ask for".

          Thanks for the explanation Echo .... I hate it when I feel like I'm missin out on sumthin.

          If I offended anyone by taking up so much space, that is the only way that I had to get the info out there.


          • #20
            Great stuff!
            A government that can give you everything you need is also strong enough to take it away!


            • #21
              Great post! Thanks for doing the legg work!


              • #22
                Originally posted by tbkbtk123 View Post
                If I offended anyone by taking up so much space, that is the only way that I had to get the info out there.
                You didn't .... Ize jus razzin ya. I appreciate the info too and the time you took to do the work .... is that it?

                Things are seldom what they seem.


                • #23
                  Definately NOT A DUMB QUESTION!

                  I'm glad you asked.