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Silencer Acronym Guide

Silencer Shop Acronym Guide

 

The firearm world is wrought with acronyms.  Much of this carries over from a strong influence from the military community (who has an undeniable affinity for shortening bothersome things like writing and speaking). The suppressor industry – as a subset of the much larger firearm industry – is not immune to these shorthand abbreviations. In fact, we have some of our very own.  Some basic, some not so basic. Below is a list of common silencer-related shortcuts for your reference.

 

2A: Second Amendment… The reason that we have all these awesome acronyms

41F/41P: ATF Final Rule 41F – Background Checks for Responsible Persons – Effective July 13, 2016

AL:  Aluminum

AOW: Any Other Weapon

ASA: American Suppressor Association

ATF (BATFE): Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

BBL: Barrel

BCG: Bolt Carrier Group

BIL: Silencer Shop’s Buy-It-Local program

CLEO: Chief Law Enforcement Officer

COO: Chief Operating Officer… We love you Gary.

CQB: Close Quarters Battle

Db:  Decibel (A measurement of sound)

DDs: Destructive Devices

DI: Direct Impingement (reference to a gas system common to AR’s)

DT: Direct-Thread

(F)DE: (Flat) Dark Earth.  A light brown or “earthy” color.

FFA: Federal Firearms Act of 1938

FFL: Federal Firearms License (License required to sell firearms)

FH: Flash Hider

FOPA: Firearm Owners’ Protection Act of 1986

FPS: Feet per Second

FRP: First Round Pop

FS: Flash Signature

GCA: Gun Control Act of 1968

Gr: Grain (a reference to grain weight of projectile/powder)

HPA: Hearing Protection Act of 2015

ID: Inner Diameter

K: An abbreviation for the German word: “Kurtz.”  Meaning “Short”

LH: Left-Hand (common reference when describing thread pitch) see also: RH

MB: Muzzle Brake

MOA: Minute of Angle

NFA: National Firearms Act

NFAFA: National Firearms Act Freedom Alliance

NICS: National Instant Criminal Background Check System

NRA: National Rifle Association

NSSF: National Shooting Sports Foundation

OAL: Overall Length

OD(G): Olive Drab (Green) or Outer Diameter

PBSS: Powered By Silencer Shop

PDW: Personal Defense Weapon

POA: Point of Aim

POI: Point of Impact

PSI: Pounds Per Square Inch

Q:  You’ll have to wait on this one… We’re pretty excited to start using it though.

QA: Quick-Attach

QD: Quick Disconnect

QDC: Quick Disconnect Coupler

RH: Right Hand (common reference when describing thread pitch) see also: LH

ROF: Rate of Fire

SAAMI: Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute

SBR: Short-Barreled Rifle

SBS: Short-Barreled Shotgun

SHOT (SHOT Show): Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show

SID: Secure Identity Documentation

SOCOM: Special Operations Command

SOT: Special Occupational Tax (License required to sell class 3 firearms in addition to FFL)

SPR: Special Purpose Rifle

SS: Stainless Steel

SURG: Suppressor Upper Receiver Group

TI: Titanium

TIFF: Texas International Firearms Festival

TPI: threads per inch

 

So, there you have it. Although not a comprehensive list, it’s a start. Feel free to comment with acronyms that we may have missed.  As always, we appreciate your support!

2 Responses to “Silencer Acronym Guide”

  1. Tom Appell says:

    1. Ft. Lbs. ( Foot pounds)

    2> BC (Ballistic coefficient)

  2. Jacque Eagon says:

    My favorite acronym from my military days – we’d gotten a new post commander who was not familiar with all the post’s acronyms. So, after a couple of weeks he sent a memo out to everone on post. The contents read “DUA”. After a few days a junior officer finally had enough to drink at the Officer’s Club to ask the general what DUA meant. The general replied, “Don’t Use Abbreviations”.

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