Updated Prepper Acronym List

Posted: December 26, 2013 in Preparedness
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List of Prepper Acronyms

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 idfentification.

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.

BOV – Bug Out Vehicle.

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.

FAK – First Aid Kit.

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.

FSA – Free Sh*t Army – People who think they are entitled to free stuff that isn’t theres.

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.

IFAK – Individual First Aid Kit

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

LWS – Lone Wolf Syndrom

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.

SERE – Survival Evasion Resistance Escape

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.

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  1. Thyhadras says:

    The Acog is probably one of the best multi-use optics that you can put on an AR platform on the market at this time. There is a problem however, as true close quarters combat becomes a bit harder with it because of the zoom in the optics. From 100 meters to three hundred meters it is amazing, however at less than 100 meters, say at 50 meters your sight picture becomes limited, which forces to you to shoot with both eyes open (which is prefered anyway).

    However, using a quick detach scope mount can solve these problems as if the fighting gets that close you can easily cover yourself, pop the optic off, and revert to the iron sights.

    My personal recommendation would be to have the acog on a mid range platform, and have another firearm dedicated to ranges closer than one hundred meters.

    Another good optics option (which requires a battery, is the vortex strikefire optics, it is a red dot optics with very open sight picture that still has a bit of zoom which using the magnifier.

    Great blog post as we really should all understand the Acronyms that go along with a SHTF scenario.

    • rmactsc says:

      I tend to use my iron sights for close range target acquisition and my scope mounted above the iron sights for longer range work. I’m waiting for the day a good quality ACOG becomes available at significantly lower prices then what they sell for now. I find the prepper acronym list keeps growing and I tend to update it on roughly a monthly basis.

      • Thyhadras says:

        Yea 1400-1500 for optics that is essentially a red dot with no batteries is a bit pricey. However, trijicon makes an amazing product, and it may very well be worth that price. Of course like I said, I love my vortex strike fire.

      • rmactsc says:

        The Vortex Strike Fire seems very reasonably priced. I’ve been shooting with a 3-9×40 scope mounted on my carry handle for so long that switching over to the Vortex might take some adjusting. I know many people say zeroing can be an issue with a sciope mounted that high but I’ve never had an issue getting the point of aim to equal the point of impact. I have a cheek riser on the stock that folds up and down quickly depending on whether I am using iron sights or scope and that makes a significant difference.

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