You will often seen Prepping and Survival sites using acronyms when describing something. This is a list of some of the more common acronyms to make understanding what you are readying a little easier.
ACOG – Advanced Combat Optic Gunsight. Combines magnification, red dot and is self illuminating so no batteries are needed.
AK – Automat Kalashnikov. Rifles well known for their robustness.
AK-47 – Early generation AK carbine that shoots the 7.62 x 39mm cartridge.
AK-74 – Later generation AK carbine that shoots the 5.45 x 39mm cartridge.
ALICE – All – Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment.
AP – Armor Piercing. Refers to bullets with a steel or tungsten core that penetrates steel armor. Bullet’s tip is usually painted black for easier identification.
AR – Automatic Rifle (generic term).
AR-15 Semi-auto civilian variant of the U.S. Army M16 rifle.
ARB – Armed Response Bag.
ARK – Armed Response Kit.
BIB – Bug In Bag. Contains essentials for hunkering down in place.
BK – Buckshot.
BOB – Bug Out Bag. Contains essentials for evacuation.
BUIS – Back Up Iron Sights. These are the post and fork iron sights common on many weapons.
CCW- Carrying Concealed Weapon. Usually refers to a permit to do so.
CQB – Close Quarters Battle. Usually within 25 yards.
CS – Carry strap for your rifle which is not the same thing as a rifle sling.
EDC – Every Day Carry
FA – Forward Assist. A feature on an AR-15 rifle designed to push the bolt carrier forward under dusty, dirty conditions.
FF – False Flag. An operation made to look like it was perpetrated by another country’s armed forces.
FMJ – Full Metal Jacket. A cartridge that does not expand when striking a target.
GH – Golden Horde. Refugees and looters that will pour out of the city into the surrounding areas during a crisis situation.
GOOD – Get Out Of Dodge. A term for leaving the area in a hurry.
HP – Hollow Point. Refers to cartridges with a concave shaped tip that facilitates rapid expansion of the round upon impact.
L1A1 – Semi automatic rifle available in inch or metric patterns which can fire a .308 cartridge out to distances of between 800 to 1000 yards.
LP – Listening Post
MBR – Main Battle Rifle.
MOLLE – Modular Lightweight Load – Carrying Equipment.
MRE – Meal Ready To Eat.
MZB – Mutant Zombie Bikers. Generic term for thugs and looters.
NVD – Night Vision Device.
OP – Observation Post
OPSEC – Operational Security.
POA – Point of Aim. Where you point your weapon.
POI – Point of Impact. Where the cartridge actually strikes.
PRD – Personal Radiation Detector.
R&R – Rest and Recuperation.
SHTF – Shit Hits The Fan.
SKS – Samozaryadnyi Karabin Simonova. Semi auto rifle firing the 7.62×39 cartridge.
SOP – Standard Operating Procedure.
SQ – Safe Queen. Firearms that are almost never used and rarely leave the gun safe.
TEOTWAWKI – The End Of The World As We Know It.
WROL – Without Rule Of Law.