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.

BOL – Bug Out Location.

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.

CERT – Community Emergency Response Team.

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.

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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.

FRS – Family Radio Service.

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.

GMRS – General Mobile Radio Service.

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.

REK – Roadside Emergency Kit.

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.

VBC – Victim’s By Choice.

WROL – Without Rule Of Law.


  1. I was hoping to see what rmactsc stood for. 🙂

  2. May I add USMC- Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children? Semper Fi!

  3. TamrahJo says:

    I look through your list and smile, as I, myself have my own internal plan for avoiding the GH – change that occurs to stave off total collapse is never pretty and I fear it will come to that before we wake up and try, once again, to create and live the “Great American Experiment” (as our country’s founding was known, 200 some odd years ago…)

    And yet, I secretly hope that you and I are wrong – that this does not play out as we envision and that beneficial change can take place without chaos and bloodshed.

    I’ve been chided in the past for wishing for a peaceful revolution – reminded that few have ever taken place in the recorded history of our planet and species –

    But still I hope…

    Thank you for visiting my slice of cyberspace – I hope my visit and comments here are not offensive to you in their fence-sitting nature…For though I dream and work for peaceful change, I also hope I’m up to the task of standing strong if it turns out otherwise.


    • rmactsc says:

      Thank you for taking the time to comment and visit my blog. I do appreciate it and look forward to reading more of your comments 🙂

      • TamrahJo says:

        “Whew!” she says, as she wondered if perhaps she was too forward…


      • rmactsc says:

        Not at all. I enjoyed reading your comments and I have just subscribed to your blog as well 🙂

      • TamrahJo says:

        Um..okay…boy are you in for a bunch of fence-sitting – wishy-washing writing! LOL

        There are so many things I feel so strongly about, yet hesitate to stand firm, knowing that slavery was once considered okay, the world was flat and leeches were considered state-of-the-art medical care… 🙂

        In other words, “I know I’m right” and “I may be wrong”


        Hence, I tend to hedge my bets and take a ‘wait and see’ attitude….LOL

      • rmactsc says:

        You have an excellent sense of humor and writing style so I look forward to your fence sitting posts. You mean leeches are no longer state of the art medical care; where have I been lately lol 🙂

  4. Ray Daley says:

    I was always taught a false flag was a fake surrender where a hostile force pretends to surrender only to open fire on you under a white flag. Clearly the meaning has changed since I served.

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