Since I'm bored and have nothing to do, and no life to speak of..... does the Monkey need a glossary of commonly used terms and abbreviations? If not, just let me know and I'll go play a game or something instead. I started one anyway. 1911 - The M1911 semi-auto pistol. It has a devout following. 1984 - Book written by George Orwell. Pretty much required reading for anybody suspicious of the government. AFAIK - As Far As I Know AK - A type of rifle, based on the AK-47 assault rifle. Alphabet Agency - FBI, CIA, BATF, DNS, etc. AR - A type of rifle, based on the M-16 assault rifle. Also called "Black Rifle". ASAP - As Soon As Possible AWB - Assault Weapons Ban BATFE - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (a U.S. Federal government taxing agency). Not a favorite agency around here. Black Rifle - The AR series of rifles Black Rifle Disease - The urge to buy a black rifle, then another, then another. BOB - Bug Out Bag - Bag with needed items you can quickly grab and leave with in case tshtf. BOV - Bug Out Vehicle - Vehicle maintained specifically for the purpose of "bugging out" BRD - Black Rifle Disease. CCW - Concealed Carry Weapon. CDC - Centers for Disease Control Class 3 - Firearms that are required to have a federal tax stamp. Examples would be fully- automatic weapons, silenced weapons, weapons with barrels shorter than the law allows. Condition 0- Ready to fire: A round is in the chamber, hammer is cocked, and the safety off. Condition 1- A cartridge is chambered, the hammer is cocked, and the safety is in the up (safe) position. Also known as "cocked and locked" carry. Condition 2- A cartridge is in the chamber and the hammer is down. Condition 3- The chamber is empty and hammer is down with a full magazine in the pistol. Also known as "Israeli Carry." Condition 4- The chamber is empty, hammer is down and no magazine is in the pistol. CONUS - Continental United States CQB - Close Quarters Battle EMP - Electro Magnetic Pulse - Usually referred to in the context of a weapon designed to disable the electronics of the enemy. Faraday Cage - An enclosure designed to protect it's contents from electrical fields. Fed - 1)Federal, usually referring to a federal law enforcement officer 2)The Federal Reserve. The central banking system of the US, that, unknown to most people, is not a government entity, but privately owned, and not working in the best interest of the American people. FMJ - Full Metal Jacket - A type of ammunition projectile that tends to keep it's shape better upon impact and penetrate deeper (as opposed to hollow points which expand more). FRN - 1)Federal Reserve Note - The paper money you use and the Fed continues to devalue. 2)Flat Round Nose - A bullet with a relatively large meplat 3)Foolproof Redundant Network H5N1 - The deadliest form of the "Bird Flu". Hard Crash - The economy crashing in an abrubt manner, leading to mass civil unrest, starvation, etc. As opposed to a "Soft Crash". IIRC - If I Recall Correctly IMO/IMHO - In My Opinion/In My Humble Opinion IWB - Inside The Waistband. A handgun holster JATO - Jet Assisted Take Off Knob Creek - A gun range in Kentucky that holds a large "machine gun shoot" twice a year. Many survival Monkeys usually attend. LEO - Law Enforcement Officer MOA - Minute of Angle - A measurement of accuracy for firearms. 1 MOA = 1 inch at 100 yards. MRE - Meal Ready to Eat (U.S. Army field rations). Also called "Meal Rarely Eaten". MZB - Mutant ZOMBIE Biker. Sometimes just "ZOMBIE". Can refer to the ZOMBIES you see in movies, or the general population after tshtf, wandering around looking for food or to victimize those of us who prepared ahead of time. NBC - Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical NV or NVG - Night Vision or Night Vision Goggles NWO - New World Order OPSEC - Operational Security Orwellian - Referring to author George Orwell's vision of the future. Generally from his book, 1984. Parrotheads - Fans of Jimmy Buffet. Peak Oil - For a full explanation see THIS THREAD. RATO - Rocket Assisted Take Off Red Pill - From the movie "The Matrix". "Taking the red pill" is used as a metaphor for becoming aware of how government and the media controls us. Opening ones eyes to an often disheartening reality. Republicrat - A portmanteau of "Republicans" and "Democrats". Generally a pejorative, inferring that both parties are nearly identical. RFID - Radio Frequency Identification. SBR - Short Barreled Rifle. Barrels shorter than 16" require a tax stamp and approval from the BATF. SHTF - Also TSHTF. S**t Hit The Fan. Societal breakdown or war. Soft Crash - A slower crash of the economy over time as opposed to a "Hard Crash". Survival Monkey - See http://www.survivalmonkey.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5303 Tactical Wheelbarrow (or Tacbarrow) - A long running joke stemming from a reference made by a rather extreme member who is now in prison. Tannerite - An explosive mixture used as a firearms target. Tin Foil Hat - Generally used "tongue in cheek" to denote a conspiracy theory that's "a little far out there", or paranoia. TEOTWAWKI - The End Of The World As We Know It TSHTF - Also SHTF. The S**t Hit The Fan. Societal breakdown or war. War of Northern Agression - The U.S. Civil War. Seen by many as an attempt by the federal government to unconstitutionally assert control over the southern states.