commonly used terms/abbreviations

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    Check the catagory for what context the abbreviation might be under to make sure you are getting the correct definition.
    Example: FTF, regarding purchase of a gun is Face To Face; Regarding the function of a gun is Fail To Feed; Regarding the shooting of ammo is Fail To Fire

    2 cents = :2cents: = Someones opinion
    BTT = Back To Top. A rather annoying way to "bump" sale threads.
    BTW = By The Way
    CF / Charlie Foxtrot = Cluster :censored:
    FUBAR = :censored: Up Beyond All Recognition
    FTFY = Fixed That For You (when you've changed another's quote to correct a mistake or for humor value)
    FTW = For The Win. Celebratory, used when something good happens.
    FTL = For The Lose (wrong way to do things)
    FWIW = For What Its Worth
    FYP = Fixed Your Post (see FTFY above)
    IIRC = If I Recall Correctly
    IMO / IMHO = In My Opinion / In My Humble Opinion
    OH NOES = Oh No!
    OMG = Oh My God!
    OP = Original Poster (the person who started the topic)
    OTOH = On The Other Hand
    RTFA = Read The :censored: Article
    RTFM = Read The :censored: Manual
    SHTF = :SHTF: = :censored: Hit The Fan
    SNAFU = Situation Normal, All :censored: Up
    TY / TYVM = Thank You / Thank You Very Much
    WTF = What The :censored:
    YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary
    YW = Your Welcome

    C&R / FFL03 = Federal Firearms License for Collectors of Curios and Relics
    FFL = Federal Firearms License (firearms dealers)
    GWCL = Georgia Weapons Carry License (as a Georgia resident, this is what you need to carry a firearm openly or concealed outside of your home, car, and place of business)
    GFL = Georgia Firearms License (old name for the GWCL)
    CWP = Concealed Weapon Permit (See GFL)
    CCL = Concealed Carry License (See GFL)
    CHP = Concealed Handgun Permit (See GFL)

    AD = Accidental Discharge (rare, often misrepresented)
    BUG = Back Up Gun
    CC / CCW = Concealed Carry / Concealed Carry Weapon
    EDC = Every Day Carry
    FTE = Failure to Extract/Eject
    FTF = Failure to Feed (when talking about a gun) / Failure to Fire (when talking about ammo)
    IWB = Inside Waist Band (regarding holster carry)
    MF = MisFire
    ND = Negligent Discharge
    OC = Open Carry (or oleoresin capsicum, which is the fancy way to say "pepper spray")
    OWB = Outside Waist Band (regarding holster carry)
    SA = Situational Awareness

    AG = Attorney General
    AOW = Any Other Weapon (NFA - disguised gun, shotgun-pistol)
    AWB = Assault Weapon Ban (though the federal ban on evil looking semi-auto guns is no more, some states have their own as well as the near yearly effort since 2004 to get it passed again)
    AIFTG = Am I Free To Go? (question to ask law enforcement to know if you are being detained or are free to leave)
    BATF, ATF, BATFE -- all are referring to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
    BOR = Bill of Rights
    CLASS 3 = Type of weapon regulated by the NFA '34
    CLEO = Chief Law Enforcement Officer
    FTF = Face to Face (regarding selling a firearm where the seller and buyer of a firearm are both present for the sale)
    IANAL / INAL = I Am Not A Lawyer / I'm Not A Lawyer
    LEO = Law Enforcement Officer
    MG / SMG = Machine-gun / Submachine gun (SMG uses pistol ammo)
    MWAG = Man With A Gun (law enforcement term for someone carrying a firearm, usually regarding a response to a 911 call)
    NFA = National Firearms Act (of 1934)
    NICS = National Instant Check System (background check that is run when you try to purchase a firearm to determine if you are prohibited from owning firearms)
    OCGA = Official Code of Georgia (Georgia's state laws)
    PC = Probable Cause / Politically Correct
    PG = Public Gathering (referring to the old law against carry that was found in 16-11-127, PG is no longer found in GA code)
    POTUS = President of the United States
    RAS = Reasonable Articulable Suspicion (for more on PC and RAS see
    RKBA = Right to Keep and Bear Arms (the 2nd Amendment)
    SBR = Short Barreled Rifle
    SBS = Short Barreled Shotgun
    SCOGA = Supreme Court of Georgia
    SCOTUS = Supreme Court of the United States
    SOT = Special Occupation Tax

    AJC = - Atlanta Journal-Constitution Newspaper
    ARFCOM =
    GCO = GeorgiaCarry.Org
    GP/GPD/GPO/GPDO = (you're looking at it)
    TFL =
    THR =
    VCDL = - Virginia Citizens Defense League

    AK = ??????? ??????????? (Russian for Automatic Kalashnikov), referring to the AK-47, AK-74, AK-101, AK-103, RPK, AKM family of rifles and their clones
    AR = ARmalite, referring to the AR-10, AR-15, M-16, M-4 family of rifles and their clones
    BG = Bad Guy
    BOB = Bug-Out-Bag (Something with weapons, first aid, survival gear, and a few days worth of food and water that you grab on your way out the door when evacuating or heading into a shelter.
    BOLO = Be On the LookOut (a term used for when police are told to look for someone)
    BUIS = Back Up Iron Sights (On guns with a red dot sight or scope and that also have regular iron sights to use if red dot stops working)
    EBR = Evil Black Rifle
    GG = Good Guy
    JBT= Jack Booted Thug (Commonly referring to any person that in an official capacity acts in a manner that is excessively oppressive, violent or unconstitutional)
    OP = Observation Post (lookout position)
    ZPAW = Zombie Post Apocalyptic World

    Don't forget Abbrieviations for the states.

    Israeli carry=carry of a loaded semi-auto pistol without a round in the chamber.
    Mexican carry=carry of a pistol in your waisteband without using a holster.
    Printing = Printing is when an observer can see the shape of your gun thru your cover garment. Nothing is really exposed.
    Reciprocity = means that 2 states have signed an agreement that says each state will honor the other's carry license as its own

    Condition 0: round in chamber, hammer cocked, safety Off
    Condition 1: round in chamber, hammer cocked, safety On
    Condition 2: round in chamber, hammer uncocked
    Condition 3: empty chamber, hammer uncocked, loaded magazine in weapon
    Condition 4: empty chamber, no magazine in weapon
    (note: not all conditions may apply to all firearms)

    1.All guns are always loaded.
    2.Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
    3.Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
    4.Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
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