The SP-01 | CZ-75 pistol

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I’ve been a long time fan of the CZ-75 pistol. Even Col. Jeff Cooper, who was known for being a 1911 aficionado, admired the CZ-75 for its reliability and accuracy. The SP-01 Tactical is an evolution of the original design. The grip is slightly improved, the trigger is re-contoured and it features a hammer-drop safety. The all steel 18 shot pistol keeps the trademark reversed slide rails (slide rides inside the frame vs. outside) and offers a nice low bore height which translates into very fast follow-up shots. Once you handle one of these pistols you’ll fall in love with how it feels in the hand. It’s easily one of the most ergonomic double action autos ever produced.

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Assembling a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife

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IMG_4074I had to stop at the Victorinox booth at SHOT Show 2014.  Dontrese Brown was assembling Victorinox Swiss Army Knives!  Integral to the construction of a knife is the special mechanical press that mates the component parts together. Only two of these special presses exist:  one in Europe and one in the United States.  Both are for demonstrating how a Victorinox knife is built.  Obviously, production knives are made on large industrial machines.

Brown, who is actually a creative director for the Victorinox company, said he began learning how to build the knives for events and shows about two years ago.  He told me he made nearly 500 knives before he was able to assemble one that he would actually give to someone.  The process looks simple, but it takes some practice to ensure the parts are fitted properly.

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New Timberline BattleHog Folders

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Timberline BattleHogGATCO/ Timberline had a few new knives at their SHOT Show 2014 booth.  The Butch Vallotton-designed BattleHog series was so recent, Timberline’s new-for-2014 catalog insert did not contain the knives.  The BattleHogs are a 3″ bladed tactical knife with a reasonable size and price.

A spearpoint blade and a tanto blade are available, as is plain or serrated versions of either style.  The steel is 9Cr13MoV.  Subduing and protecting the blade is a titanium nitride coating.  Liner locks hold the knives fast in the open position.  I found the examples they showed me had good clean lock up.  BattleHogs have Timberline’s KickStart opening assist technology, which find the sweet spot between

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Article Review on Hunting…

Then and Now...

The article I did my article review on:

http://www.commonsenseforanimals.org/hunting.html

Hunting has been apart of our way of life since man first came onto this earth. Its has been a means of survival, a way of life, a habit, and activity. There’s nothing wrong with the way hunting is being handled.

The article states that some people believe hunting is nothing but animal cruelty. They say that if you hunt enough that it could kill off the deer population or what ever you are hunting. They believe that animals have the same rights as humans and should not be hunted.

This is not true. Hunting has regulated so that the deer population will stay the same. You have to go through a special course to be able to hunt. Also, for moose hunting only a certain amount of people can hunt a year.

Animals have rights, but not the same as…

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A Selection Of Instructional Videos From The National Shooting Sports Foundation

Set up Your Scope for Success – Rifle Shooting Technique – NSSF Shooting Sportscast

NSSF’s Ryan Cleckner shows you how to properly set up your rifle and scope combination so that it naturally aligns with your eye. (NSSF Video)

Understanding Minute of Angle (MOA) – Rifle Shooting Technique – NSSF Shooting Sportscast

NSSF’s Ryan Cleckner explains the measurement term “minute of angle” (MOA) and how to use MOA adjustments on your scope for sighting in and to compensate for bullet drop at varying distances. (NSSF Video)

Understanding Mils (Milliradians) – Rifle Shooting Technique – NSSF Shooting Sportscast

NSSF’s Ryan Cleckner explains the measurement term “milliradian” (mil) and how to use a mil-dot scope to measure the distance to your target at the range and in the field. (NSSF Video)

Wind Estimation and Compensation – Rifle Shooting Technique – NSSF Shooting Sportscast

NSSF’s Ryan Cleckner explains how to estimate wind speed…

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Review: Browning Maxus

I have always had a love of Browning firearms. I’m not sure where this interest has come from perhaps just from the ergonomics and aesthetics of the firearms or perhaps it is the fantastic reputation and innovation that has been shown by John M Browning and the company over the centuries. Unfortunately due to the sad state of affairs of UK firearms law I have thus far never been able to own or fire many of the firearms from this legendary name. It was with my interest in Browning firearms that  I was drawn towards choosing Browning Shotguns for my first purchase.I had shot clays for a few years but only fairly recently did I apply for my SGC.

I can remember being in the shop looking at all the guns when I picked up a Browning 525 O/U(which I will talk about in another article). The length and balance…

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Review: Mossberg 500

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By Blaise Uriarte

The Basics:

The Mossberg 500 has gained a phenomenal reputation among sportsman and law enforcement as a rugged, reliable and inexpensive pump action shotgun. This is an example of the Persuader model with a 20 inch barrel, heat shield, fixed cylinder bore choke, a bead style front sight and an ATI adjustable stock. This weapon holds seven rounds in the tubular magazine and one in the chamber. Mechanically this is very similar to the military Mossberg 590 or 590A1. The 590 has a different magazine design, and features a bayonet lug which this model lacks.

The Ammo

The Mossberg 500 is available in about 5 different chamberings, but this one is the 12 gauge with a 3 inch chamber. The 12 gauge is the most widely available chambering of this weapon, and gives you the greatest variety of commercially loaded ammunition to choose from. This firearm was…

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CRKT Otanashi Noh Ken, designed by James Williams

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CRKT Otanashi Noh KenThe Sword of Silence.  Columbia River Knife and Tool designer James Williams states it is the Japanese translation of Otanashi noh Ken, the name of CRKT’s new folder.  With its large 4.6″ tanto blade in Osoraku style, the Otanashi noh Ken resembles a pocket samurai sword.  I was able to handle and photograph this prototype OnK at the 2013 SHOT Show.

In doing a little research, I discovered that the osoraku-zukuri blade shape has a long kissaki or tip section, which may extend to 2/3 of the blade length.  It makes for a rakish, very pointy blade which has superior penetrating ability.  As a former U.S. Army officer, martial arts instructor, and President of the Bugei Trading Company, Mr. Williams’ designs are steeped in martial prowess.  It is said the OnK was made at the request of SOCOM personnel.

IMG_1432Okay, let’s talk basics.  OnK is a frame lock…

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Coast Products Rapid Response Folder Review

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Coast Rapid Response FolderBecause I legally carry a handgun in my right front pants pocket when I leave the house, I naturally tote a clipped folding knife in my left pocket.  I would never, ever, ever, never place anything into the same pocket as a holstered gun, so my utility knife rides on the opposite side.  A favored blade for this purpose is my Coast Products’ Rapid Response 3.0 folder.

Spoiler alert:  I honestly did not think I would like this Rapid Response knife as much as I do.  I purchased the larger Rapid Response 3.9″ bladed folder first.  It was just a bit big for my own daily tasks.  When the smaller 3″ bladed knife arrived several weeks later, I was immediately pleased.  It had the same rugged construction of its older brother in a package more to my liking.

While the larger knife’s blade thunks open, the blade assist technology…

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Glossary of military abbreviations

List of acronyms and initials related to military subjects such as modern armour, artillery, infantry, and weapons.

A

B

C

  • C3I – Command, control, communications, and intelligence
  • CAB – Combat aviation battalion
  • CAD – Computer-assisted design
  • CAG – Commander of the Air Group
  • CAL – Canadian Arsenals Limited
  • CAP – Civil air patrol (USAF civilian auxiliary)
  • CAP – Combat air patrol
  • CAP – Combustible augmented plasma
  • CARRV – Challenger armoured repair and recovery vehicle
  • CAS – Close air support
  • CASEVAC – Casualty evacuation
  • CAT/FCS – Command adjusted trajectory/fire-control system (US)
  • CAT/LCV – Combined arms team/lightweight combat vehicle (US)
  • CATT – Combined arms tactical trainer (UK)
  • CATT-B – Component Advanced Technology TestBed (US)
  • CAV – Composite armored vehicle (US)
  • CAWS – Cannon Artillery Weapons Systems (US)
  • CAX – Combined arms exercise
  • CBR – Chemical, biological, radiological
  • CBRN – Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear
  • CCC – Combustible cartridge case
  • CCD – Charge-coupled device
  • CCO – Close combat optic
  • CCP – Computer control panel
  • CCR – Crown copyright reserved
  • CCTV – Closed-circuit television
  • CCU – Central control unit
  • CCV – Close combat vehicle
  • CCV – Command and control vehicle (US)
  • CCV-L – Close combat vehicle – light
  • cd – candela
  • CDA – Combat defensive action
  • CDM – Coastal defence missile
  • CDU – Command display unit
  • CDU – Computer display unit
  • CE – Chemical energy
  • C/E – Crew/enlisted (enlisted aircrew member)
  • CECOM – Communications-electronics command
  • CEFO – Combat equipment fighting order (webbing contents)
  • CENTCOM – Central command
  • CENTO – Central Treaty Organisation or Baghdad Pact
  • CEOI – Communications electronics operating instruction
  • CEP – Circular error of probability
  • CEPP – Controlled effect police projectile
  • CET – Combat engineer tractor
  • CEU – Computer electronics unit
  • CEV – Combat engineer vehicle
  • CF – Canadian Forces
  • CF – Controlled fragmentation
  • CFE – Conventional forces Europe
  • CFV – Cavalry fighting vehicle (US)
  • CG – Commanding general
  • CGS – Crew gunnery simulator
  • CHA – Cast homogeneous armour
  • CHARM – Challenger chieftain armament
  • CHIP – Challenger improvement programme
  • CIFV – Composite infantry fighting vehicle
  • CILAS – Compagnie Industrielle des Lasers
  • CIS – Chartered Industries of Singapore
  • CIS – Commonwealth of Independent States
  • CITV – Commander’s independent thermal viewer (US)
  • CIWS – Close-in weapons system
  • CLAMS – Clear lane marking system (US)
  • CLASS – Computerised Laser Sight System
  • CLAWS – Close combat light armor weapon system (US)
  • CLGP – Cannon-launched guided projectile (US)
  • CLOS – Command to line of sight
  • CLU – Command launch unit
  • CM – Colour-marking or “continue mission”
  • CMS – Common missile system
  • CMS – Compact modular sight
  • CMT – Cadmium–mercury telluride
  • CMV – Combat mobility vehicle (US)
  • CNVD – Clip-on night vision device
  • COB – Close of business
  • CO – Commanding officer
  • COG – Course over ground
  • Comp – B Composition B
  • COMVAT – Combat vehicles armament technology (US)
  • COMZ – Communications zone
  • COP – Combat out post
  • COS – Chief of section
  • COSCOM – Corps support command (US Army)
  • CofS – Chief of staff
  • COTAC – Conduite de Tir Automatique pour Char (tank automatic fire)
  • COTS – Commercial-off-the-shelf
  • COV – Counter obstacle vehicle (US)
  • CP – Concrete-piercing
  • CPR – Common practice round
  • CPS – Cardinal points specification (UK)
  • CPV – Command post vehicle
  • CQB – Close quarters battle
  • CQBW – Close-quarters battle weapon
  • CR – Capability requirement
  • CRISAT – Collaborative research into small arms technology
  • CRM – Composite risk management (US)
  • CROWS – Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station
  • CRR – Carro de Reconhecimento Sobre Rodas (reconnaissance tracking scout car)
  • CRT – Cathode ray tube
  • CRU – Cable reel unit
  • CS – Communications subsystem
  • CS – Confined space
  • CS (USAF) – Communications squadron
  • CSB – Combat support boat
  • CSF – Combined service forces
  • CSI – computer-synthesised image
  • CSS – Computer sighting system
  • CSSD – Combat service support detachment
  • CTA – Case telescoped ammunition
  • CTD – Concept technology demonstrator
  • CTI – Central tyre inflation
  • CTIS – Central tyre inflation system
  • CTO – Central Treaty Organisation or Baghdad Pact
  • CTR – Close Target Recce
  • CTRA – Carro de Transporte Sobre Rodas Anfibo (amphibious tracking scout car)
  • CTT – Challenger training tank
  • CV90 – Combat Vehicle 90
  • CVAST – Combat vehicle armament system technology (US)
  • CVR(T) – Combat vehicle reconnaissance (tracked) (UK)
  • CVR(W) – Combat vehicle reconnaissance (wheeled) (UK)
  • CVRDE – Combat vehicle research and development establishment (India)
  • CVT – Controlled variable time
  • CVTTS – Combat vehicle targeting system
  • CW – Chemical warfare
  • CWR – Continuous wave radar
  • CWS – Cupola weapon station

D

  • DA – double action
  • DAHA – dual-axis head assembly
  • DAO – double action only
  • DARCOM – US Army Matériel Development and Readiness Command
  • DAREOD – damaged airfield reconnaissance explosive ordnance disposal
  • DARPA – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (US)
  • DAS – deep air support
  • DAS – defensive aid system/suite
  • DASP – demountable artillery surveillance pod
  • DBMS – dead bodies make sense
  • DC – direct current
  • DCA – défense contre avions (anti-aircraft)
  • DCCT – dismounted close combat trainer
  • DD – Detroit diesel
  • DDA – Detroit Diesel Allison
  • DDS – Department of Defense Support
  • DDU – digital display unit
  • DECA – digital electronic control assembly
  • DEFA – direction des études et fabrications d’armement
  • DERA – Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (UK)
  • DESO – Defence Export Sales Organisation (UK)
  • DFAC – Dining Facility (US)
  • DFCS – digital fire-control system
  • DFSV – direct fire support vehicle
  • DFV – desert fighting vehicle
  • DHSS – data handling subsystem
  • DIA – Defense Intelligence Agency (US)
  • DICON – Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria
  • DIP – driver instrument panel
  • DISA – Defense Information Systems Agency
  • DISCOM – division support command
  • DIVARTY – division artillery
  • DMC – digital magnetic compass
  • DMR – dedicated marksman rifle
  • DMU – distance measurement unit
  • DNRS – day/night range sight
  • DoD – Department of Defense (US)
  • DOIM (US Army) – Directorate of Information Management
  • DOP – Department of Productivity
  • DP – demonstration purpose
  • DP – dual purpose
  • DPA – Defence Procurement Agency (UK)
  • DPICM – dual-purpose improved conventional munition (US)
  • DPTR – diopter
  • DRA – Defence Research Agency (UK)
  • DROPS – demountable rack offloading and pick-up system
  • DS/T – practice discarding sabot/tracer
  • DSACS – direct support armored cannon system (US)
  • DSETS – direct support electrical test system
  • DSO – Defence Sales Organisation
  • DSRV – Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (US)
  • DSWS – Division Support Weapon System
  • DTAT – Direction Technique des Armements Terrestres
  • DTT – driver training tank
  • DU – depleted uranium
  • DV – demining vehicle
  • DVE – driver’s vision enhancer
  • DWFK – deep water fording kit

E

  • EAAK – Enhanced Appliqué Armor Kit (US)
  • EAOS – Enhanced Artillery Observation System
  • EBG – Engin Blindé Génie (armoured combat vehicle)
  • EBR – Engin Blindé de Reconnaissance (armoured reconnaissance vehicle)
  • EBRC – Engine Blindé à roues de Contact
  • EC – Enhanced Carbine
  • ECM – Electronic countermeasures
  • ECOS – Enhanced Combat Optical Sight
  • ECS – Environmental Control Subsystem
  • ECV – Enhanced Capacity Vehicle
  • EDD – Explosive Detonation Disruption
  • EDS – Electric Drive System
  • EFAB – Etablissement d’Etudes et de Fabrications d’Armement de Bourges
  • EFC – equivalent full charge
  • EFCR – equivalent full charge rounds
  • EFM – Explosives Factory Maribyrnong
  • EFP – Expanded Feasibility Phase
  • EFP – Explosively Formed Penetrator
  • EFV – Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (New name for AAAV)
  • EFVS – Electronic Fighting Vehicle System (US)
  • EG – External Gun
  • EGLM – Enhanced Grenade Launcher Module
  • EI – Engineering and Installation
  • EIS – Engineering and Installation Squadron
  • EI SIT – Engineering and Installation Site Implementation Team
  • ELB – Extended Life Barrel
  • ELKE – Elevated Kinetic Energy Weapon (US)
  • ELS – Electromagnetic Launcher System
  • ELSAP – Elektronische Schiessanlage für Panzer (electronic fire system for tanks)
  • EM – electromagnetic
  • EMC – Executive Management Committee
  • EMD – Engineering and Manufacturing Development
  • EMDG – Euromissile Dynamics Group
  • EMEW – Electromagnetically-Augmented High Explosive Warhead
  • EMG – externally mounted gun
  • EMP – electromagnetic pulse
  • EMPG – Electromagnetic Pulse Grenade
  • ENGESA – Engesa Engenheiros Especializados (Brazil)
  • EOC – Essential Operational Capability
  • EOD – explosive ordnance disposal
  • EOR – Explosive Ordnance Reconnaissance
  • EOTS – Electro-Optical Tracking System
  • EPC – electronic plane conversion
  • EPC – Engin Principal de Combat (future main battle tank)
  • EPG – Enhanced Performance Grenade
  • EPG – European Production Group
  • EPG – European Programme Group
  • EPS – Electrical Power Subsystem
  • EPU – Electronics Processing Unit
  • ER – enhanced radiation
  • ER – extended range
  • ERA – explosive reactive armour
  • ERA – extended range ammunition
  • ERC – Engin de Reconnaissance Canon
  • ERFB – extended range full-bore
  • ERFB-BB – extended range full-bore – base bleed
  • ERGFCDS – Extended Range Gunnery Fire-Control Demonstration System
  • ERGP – extended range guided projectile
  • ERMIS – Extended Range Modification Integration System
  • ERP – Extended Range Projectile
  • ERSC – extended range subcalibre
  • ERV – emergency rescue vehicle
  • ERV – Engineer Reconnaissance Vehicle
  • ES – Extreme Spread
  • ESAF – Electronic Safety and Arm Function
  • ESD – Electronique Serge Dassault
  • ESLDE – Eyesafe Laser Daylight Elbow
  • ESPAWS – Enhanced Self-Propelled Artillery Weapon System (US)
  • ESRS – electro-slag refined steel
  • ETA – Estimated Time of Arrival
  • ETC – ElectroThermal Cannon
  • ETD – Estimated Time of Departure
  • ETE – Estimated Time of Endurance
  • ETM – Electronic Technical Manuals
  • ETS – Elevated TOW System
  • ETS – Engineer Tank System
  • EW – electronic warfare
  • EWK – Eisenwerke Kaiserslautern Gцppner
  • EWS – external weapon station

F

  • FAAD – Forward Area Air Defense
  • FAAR – Forward Area Alerting Radar (US)
  • FAARP – Forward Area Arming & Refueling Point
  • FAASV – Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicle (US)
  • FAC – Forward Air Control(er)
  • FAC-A – Forward Air Control(er)-Airborne
  • FACE – Field Artillery Computer Equipment
  • FAL – Fusil Automatique Légère
  • FAPDS – Frangible Armour-Piercing Discarding Sabot
  • FARP – Forward Area Refueling Point
  • FARS – field artillery rocket system
  • FARV-A – Future Armored Resupply Vehicle – Artillery (US)
  • FAST – Forward Area Support Team
  • FAV – Fast Attack Vehicle (US)
  • FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • FBRV – Future Beach Recovery Vehicle (UK)
  • FCC – Fire Command Centre
  • FCC – Fire-Control Computer
  • FCCVS – Future Close-Combat Vehicle System (US)
  • FCE – fire-control equipment
  • FCLV – Future Command and Liaison Vehicle (UK)
  • FCS – fire-control system/subsystem
  • FCS – Future Combat System
  • FCU – Fire Control Unit
  • FDC – fire direction centre
  • FDCV – fire direction centre vehicle
  • FDSWS – Future Direct Support Weapon System
  • FEBA – Forward Edge of the Battle Area
  • FEP – Firepower Enhancement Programme
  • FET – Future Engineer Tank
  • FFAR – Folding Fin Aerial Rocket
  • FFE – Fire for Effect
  • FFSS – Future Fighting Soldier System
  • FG – field gun
  • FH – field howitzer
  • FIBUA – Fighting In Built-Up Areas
  • FID – Foreign Internal Defenses
  • FIFV – Future Infantry Fighting Vehicle (US)
  • FIRM – Floating Integrated Rail Mount
  • FIS – Fuze Interface System
  • FISH – Fighting In Someone’s House (UK) (Colloquial. Slang term for FIBUA)
  • FIST – Future Integrated Soldier Technology (UK), Fire Support Team (US)
  • FISTV – Fire Support Team Vehicle (US)
  • FITOW – Further Improved TOW (US)
  • FLEA – Frangible Low-Energy Ammunition (i.e. a fragmentation grenade or a low-yield IED)
  • FLIR – forward-looking infra-red
  • FLOT – forward line of own troops
  • FLSW – Future Light Support Weapon
  • FM – U.S. Army Field Manuals
  • FM – Titanium tetrachloride (code designation)
  • FMBS – Family of Muzzle Brake/Suppressors
  • FMC – Food Machinery Corporation
  • FMF – Fleet Marine Force
  • FMJ – Full Metal Jacket
  • FMJBT – Full Metal Jacket Boat Tail
  • FMJLF – Full Metal Jacket Lead Free
  • FMPDS – Frangible Missile Piercing Discarding Sabot
  • FMS – Foreign Military Sales
  • FMTV – Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles
  • FN – Fabrique Nationale (Manufacturer)
  • FO – Forward Observer
  • FOB – Forward Operating Base
  • FOC – Full Operational Capability
  • FOD – Foreign Object Damage (i.e., damage not caused by enemy fire. Includes bugs, dirt, etc.) (Aviation)
  • FOG – Fibre Optic Gyro
  • FOM – Fibre Optic Missile
  • FOO – forward observation officer
  • FORTIS – Forward Observation and Reconnaissance Thermal Imaging System
  • FOTT – Follow On To TOW
  • FOV – field of view
  • FPA – Focal Plane Array
  • FRAG – fragmentation
  • FRAGO – FRAGmentary Order. (see OPORD)
  • FRES – Future Rapid Effect System
  • FROG – free rocket over ground
  • FSCL – fire support coordination line
  • FSCM – fire support coordination measure
  • FSCV – fire support combat vehicle
  • FSE – fire support element
  • FSED – full-scale engineering development (US)
  • FSSG – Force Service Support Group
  • FST – Future Soviet Tank/Follow-on Soviet Tank
  • FSV – fire support vehicle
  • FSV – Future Scout Vehicle (US)
  • FTA – Frangible Training Ammunition
  • FTMA – Future Tank Main Armament
  • FTS – Future Tank Study
  • FTT – Field Tactical Trainer
  • FUBAR – Fouled/Fucked Up Beyond All Reason/Recognition/Repair
  • FUE – First Unit Equipped
  • FUG – Felderitц Usу Gépkosci
  • FV – fighting vehicle
  • FV/GCE – fighting vehicle gun control equipment
  • FVDD – Fighting Vehicle Development Division
  • FVRDE – Fighting Vehicle Research and Development Establishment (UK)
  • FVS – Fighting Vehicle System (US)
  • FVSC – Fighting Vehicle Systems Carrier (US)
  • FY – fiscal year

G

  • g – gramme(s)
  • G – gendarmerie
  • GAMA – Gun Automatic Multiple Ammunition
  • GAO – General Accounting Office
  • GAP – Gun Aiming Post
  • GBAD – Ground Based Air Defence
  • GCE – gun control equipment
  • GCT – Grande Cadence de Tir (high rate of fire)
  • GCU – Gun Control Unit
  • GCW – Gross Combat Weight
  • GD – General Dynamics
  • GDLS – General Dynamics Land Systems
  • GDU – Gun Display Unit
  • GFE – Government Furnished Equipment
  • GH – gun-howitzer
  • GIAT – Groupement Industriel des Armements Terrestres
  • GL – Grenade Launcher
  • GLATGM – Gun Launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile
  • GLC – gun lay computer
  • GLDNSM – Grenade Launcher Day-Night Sight Mount
  • GLH-H – Ground-Launched Hellfire-Heavy (US)
  • GLLD – Ground Laser Locator Designator (US)
  • GLS – Gesellschaft für Logistischen Service
  • GM, MVO – General Motors, Military Vehicle Operations
  • GMC – General Motors Corporation
  • GMG – Grenade Machine Gun
  • GMLRS – Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System
  • GMS – Gun Management System
  • GOCO – government-owned, contractor-operated (US)
  • GOP – General Out Post
  • GP – General Purpose
  • GP – guided projectile
  • GPMG – General Purpose Machine Gun
  • GPO – gun position officer
  • GPS – Global Positioning System
  • GPS – gunner’s primary sight
  • GPSS – Gunner’s Primary Sight Subsystem
  • GREM – Grenade Rifle Entry Munition
  • GRU – Glavnoe Razvedyvatel’noe Upravlenie, meaning Main Intelligence Directorate
  • GSR – General Staff Requirement (US)
  • GSRS – General Support Rocket System
  • GST – General Staff Target
  • GST – Gesellschaft fьr System-Technik
  • GTCS – Gun Test and Control System
  • GTI – German Tank Improvement
  • GVW – Gross Vehicle Weight
  • GW – guided weapon

H

  • h – hour(s)
  • H&K – Heckler and Koch
  • HAB – Heavy Assault Bridge (US)
  • HAG – Heavy Artillery Gun
  • HALO – High Altitude Low Opening, High Activity/Low Observable
  • HAMS – Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron – Marine Aircraft Group (USMC)
  • HAWK – Homing-All-the-Way-Killer (US)
  • HB – heavy barrel
  • HBAR – Heavy Barrel Assault Rifle
  • HC – Hexachloroethane/zinc
  • HC – high-capacity
  • HC – Hollow Charge
  • HCER – high-capacity extended range
  • HCHE – high-capacity high-explosive
  • HCT – HOT Compact Turret
  • HDS – HOLOgraphic Diffraction Sight
  • HE – high-explosive
  • HE-APERS – high-explosive anti-personnel
  • HE-FRAG – high-explosive fragmentation
  • HE-FRAG-FS – high-explosive fragmentation – fin-stabilised
  • HE-FS – high-explosive – fin-stabilised
  • HE-S – high-explosive spotting
  • HE-T – high-explosive tracer
  • HE/PR – high-explosive practice
  • HEAA – High-Explosive Anti-Armour
  • HEAB – High-Explosive Air Burst
  • HEAP – High-Explosive Armor-Piercing
  • HEAP-T – high-explosive anti-personnel – tracer
  • HEAT – high-explosive anti-tank
  • HEAT-FS – high-explosive anti-tank fin-stabilised
  • HEAT-MP – high-explosive anti-tank multipurpose
  • HEAT-MP(P) – high-explosive anti-tank multipurpose (practice)
  • HEAT-T – high-explosive anti-tank – tracer
  • HEAT-T-HVY – high-explosive anti-tank – tracer – heavy
  • HEAT-T-MP – high-explosive anti-tank – tracer – multipurpose
  • HEAT-TP-T – high-explosive anti-tank – target practice – tracer
  • HED-D – Hybrid Electric Drive – Demonstrator
  • HEDP – high-explosive dual-purpose
  • HEER – High-Explosive Extended Range (US)
  • HEF – High-Explosive Fragmentation
  • HEFT – High-Explosive Follow Through
  • HEI – high-explosive incendiary
  • HEIT – high-explosive incendiary tracer
  • HEL – High-Energy Laser (US)
  • HEL – Human Engineering Laboratory (US)
  • HELP – Howitzer Extended Life Program (US)
  • HEMAT – Heavy Expanded Mobility Ammunition Trailer (US)
  • HEMP – High-Explosive Multi-Purpose
  • HEMTT – Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (US)
  • HEP – high-explosive plastic
  • HEP-T – high-explosive practice – tracer
  • HEPD – high-explosive point detonating
  • HERA – high-explosive rocket-assisted
  • HESH – high-explosive squash head
  • HESH-T – high-explosive squash head – tracer
  • HET-PF – high-explosive tracer – percussion fuze
  • HETF – High Explosive Time Fuzed
  • HETS – Heavy Equipment Transport System
  • HFCC – Howitzer Fire-Control Computer (US)
  • HFHTB – Human Factors Howitzer TestBed (US)
  • HFM – Heavy Force Modernisation (US)
  • HIFV – Heavy Infantry Fighting Vehicle
  • HIMAG – High-Mobility Agility Test Vehicle (US)
  • HIMARS – High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System (US)
  • HIP – Howitzer Improvement Program (US)
  • HIRE – Hughes Infrared Equipment
  • HITP – High-Ignition Temperature Propellant
  • HIU – Heading Indicator Unit
  • HMC – Howitzer Motor Carriage
  • HMD – Helmet-Mounted Display
  • HMG – Heavy Machine Gun
  • HMH – Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron
  • HMLC – High-Mobility Load Carrier
  • HML/A – Marine Light/Attack Helicopter Squadron
  • HMM – Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron
  • HMMWV – High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle
  • HMX – Marine Special Mission Helicopter Squadron
  • HOE – Holographic Optical Element
  • HOT – Haute subsonique Optiquement Téléguidé
  • How – Howitzer
  • HP – High Power; Hollow Point
  • hp – Horsepower
  • HPFP – High-Performance Fragmentation Projectile
  • HPS – Helmet Pointing System (or Sight)
  • HPT – high-pressure test
  • HRU – Heading Reference Unit
  • HS – Headquarters Squadron – Marine Wing Support Group (USMC)
  • HSS – Hunter Sensor Suite
  • HSTV(L) – High-Survivability Test Vehicle (Lightweight) (US)
  • HTTB – High-Technology TestBed (US)
  • HVAP – high-velocity armour-piercing
  • HVAP-T – high-velocity armour-piercing tracer
  • HVAPDS-T – high-velocity armour-piercing discarding sabot – tracer
  • HVAPFSDS – high-velocity armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot
  • HVCC – High Velocity Canister Cartridge
  • HVM – Hypervelocity Missile
  • HVSS – horizontal volute spring suspension
  • HVSW – Hypervelocity Support Weapon
  • HVTP-T – high-velocity target practice – tracer
  • HWSTD – High Water Speed Technology Demonstrator
  • HYPAK – Hydraulic Power Assist Kit

I

  • I – Incendiary
  • IAFV – infantry armoured fighting vehicle
  • IAI – Israel Aircraft Industries
  • IAL – Infra-red Aiming Light
  • IASD – Instant Ammunition Selection Device
  • IBAS – Improved Bradley Acquisition System
  • ICC – information co-ordination centre
  • ICM – improved conventional munition
  • ICM – BB improved conventional munition base bleed
  • ICV – Infantry Combat Vehicle
  • IDF – Israel Defense Forces
  • IDF – Indirect fire
  • IDW – Individual Defence Weapon
  • IED – Improvised Explosive Device
  • IEPG – Independent European Program Group
  • IFCS – Improved/Integrated Fire-Control System
  • IFF – Identification Friend or Foe
  • IFV – infantry fighting vehicle
  • IFVwCM – Infantry Fighting Vehicle with Integrated Countermeasures (US)
  • IGLS – Individual Grenade Launcher System
  • II – image intensification/intensifier
  • IIR – Imaging Infra-Red
  • ILL – illuminating
  • ILMS – Improved Launcher Mechanical System
  • ILS – Integrated Logistic Support
  • IM – Insensitive Munition(s)
  • IMMLC – Improved Medium Mobility Load Carrier
  • IMU – Inertial Measurement Unit
  • INSAS – Indian Small Arms System
  • InSb – Indium-antimonide
  • IOC – initial operational capability
  • IOF – Indian Ordnance Factory
  • IPB – Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield
  • IPF – Initial Production Facility
  • IPO – International Programme Office
  • IPPD – Integrated Product Process Development
  • IR – Infra-Red
  • IRBM – Intermediate-range ballistic missile
  • IRU – Inertial Reference Unit
  • IS – internal security
  • ISD – In Service Date
  • ISGU – Integrated Sight and Guidance Unit
  • ISR – Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance
  • ISU – Integrated Sight Unit
  • ISV – Internal Security Vehicle
  • ITAS – Improved Target Acquisition System
  • ITOW – Improved TOW
  • ITPIAL – Infra-red Target Pointer/Illuminator/Aiming Laser
  • ITT – Invitation To Tender
  • ITV – Improved TOW Vehicle (US)
  • IVPDL – Inter-Vehicle Positioning and Data Link (US)
  • IW – Individual Weapon
  • IWS – Improved Weapon System

J

  • JBMoU – Joint Ballistic Memorandum of Understanding
  • JDAM – Joint Direct Attack Munition
  • JERRV – Joint Engineer Rapid Response Vehicle
  • JGSDF – Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force
  • JHP – Jacketed hollow point
  • JLTA – Javelin Composite Launch Tube
  • JMAC – Joint Medium-calibre Automatic Cannon
  • JPO – Joint Project Office
  • JSC – Joint Steering Committee
  • JSCS – Joint Service Combat Shotgun
  • JSDFA – Japanese Self-Defence Force Agency
  • JSP – Jacketed Soft Point
  • JSSAMP – Joint Services Small Arms Master Plan
  • JSSAP – Joint Services Small Arms Programme

K

  • KAAV – Korean Armoured Amphibious Vehicle
  • KAC – Knight’s Armament Company
  • KE – Kinetic energy
  • KEC – Kaman Electromagnetics Corporation
  • KEM – Kinetic Energy Missile (US)
  • kg – kilogramme(s)
  • KIA – Killed in Action
  • KIFV – Korean Infantry Fighting Vehicle
  • KPA – Korean People’s Army

L

  • LAAG – light anti-aircraft gun
  • LAAM – Light Anti-Aircraft Missile
  • LAAW – Light Anti-Tank Assault Weapon
  • LACA – Landing Craft Air Cushion
  • LAD – light aid detachment
  • LADS – light air defense system (US)
  • LAG – Light Artillery Gun
  • LALO – Low Altitude Low Opening
  • LAM – Laser Aiming Module
  • LAPES – Low-Altitude Parachute Extraction System
  • LAR – Light Automatic Rifle
  • LASER – Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
  • LASIP – Light Artillery System Improvement Plan
  • LATS – Light Armoured Turret System
  • LAU – Light Armoured Unit
  • LAV – Light Armored Vehicle (US)
  • LAV – Light Assault Vehicle (US)
  • LAV-AD – Light Armored Vehicle – Air Defense
  • LAW – light anti-tank weapon
  • LB – Long Barrel
  • LC – Laser Collimator
  • LCD – Liquid crystal display
  • LCS – Loader Control System
  • LCU – Landing Craft Utility
  • LCV – Light Contingency Vehicle (LCV) (US)
  • LD – Low drag, Line of Departure
  • LE – Law Enforcement
  • LED – light emitting diode
  • LEP – Life Extension Programme
  • LEU – Launcher Erector Unit
  • LF – ATGW Light Forces’ Anti-Tank Guided Weapon
  • LF – Linked Feed
  • LFHG – Lightweight Fragmentation Hand Grenade
  • LFL – Light Fighter Lethality
  • LIA – Linear Induction Accelerator
  • LIMAWS – Lightweight Mobile Artillery Weapon System
  • LION – Lightweight Infra-red Observation Night sight
  • LIW – Lyttleton Engineering Works
  • LKP – Loader Keyboard Panel
  • LLAD – low-level air defence
  • LLLTV – low light level television
  • LLM – Launcher Loader Module
  • LMAW – Light Multi-purpose Assault Weapon
  • LMG – light machine gun
  • LNS – Land Navigation System
  • LNS – Laying and Navigation System
  • L/O – Liaison Officer
  • LOAL – Lock-On After Launch
  • LOBL – Lock-On Before Launch
  • LOC – Line Of Communication
  • LOS – Line Of Sight
  • LOSAT – Line Of Sight Anti-Tank
  • LP – Liquid Propellant
  • LP – Listening Post
  • LPC – Launch Pod Container
  • LPC – Launcher Pod Carrier
  • LPG – Liquid Propellant Gun
  • LPO – Leading Petty Officer
  • LPT – Low-Profile Turret
  • LPTS – Lightweight Protected Turret System
  • LR – Long Rifle
  • LR – Long-Range
  • LRAR – Long Range Artillery Rocket
  • LRASS – Long-Range Advanced Scout System
  • LRAT – long-range anti-tank
  • LRBB – long-range base bleed
  • LRD – Long Range Deflagrator
  • LRF – laser rangefinder
  • LRF – Low Recoil Force
  • LRHB – long-range hollow base
  • LRIP – Low-Rate Initial Production
  • LRM – Laser Rangefinder Module
  • LRN – Lead Round Nose
  • LRN – Low Recoil NORICUM
  • LRRP – Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol
  • LRSA – Long Range Sniper Ammunition
  • LRSU – Long Range Surveillance Unit
  • LRU – Launcher Replenishment Unit
  • LRU – Line Replacement Unit
  • LRU – Line-Replaceable Unit
  • LSB – Landing Support Battalion
  • LSS – Lightweight Shotgun System
  • LSVW – Light Support Vehicle, Wheeled (Canada)
  • LSW – Light Support Weapon
  • LTA – Launch Tube Assembly
  • LTD – Laser Target Designator
  • LTFCS – Laser Tank Fire-Control System
  • LTP – Laser Target Pointer, Luminesant Training Projectile
  • LUTE – Lightweight Uncooled Thermal Imager Equipment
  • LVA – landing vehicle assault (US)
  • LVS – Lightweight Video Sight
  • LVT – Landing Vehicle Tracked (US)
  • LVTC – Landing Vehicle Tracked Command (US)
  • LVTE – Landing Vehicle Tracked Engineer (US)
  • LVTH – Landing Vehicle Tracked Howitzer (US)
  • LVTP – Landing Vehicle Tracked Personnel (US)
  • LVTR – Landing Vehicle Tracked Recovery (US)
  • LWC – Lead Wad Cutter
  • LWIR – Long Wave Infrared
  • LWL – LightWeight Launcher
  • LWML – LightWeight Multiple Launcher
  • LWMS – LightWeight Modular Sight
  • LWS – laser warning system
  • LWT – light weapon turret
  • LZ – landing zone

M

  • m – metre(s)
  • m/s – metres per second
  • MAB – Marine Amphibious Brigade
  • MABS – Marine Air Base Squadron
  • MAC – Medium Armored Car (US)
  • MAC – Military Airlift Command
  • MACS – Modular Artillery Charge System
  • MACS – Marine Air Control Squadron
  • MADLS – Mobile Air Defence Launching System
  • MAF – Marine Amphibious Force
  • MAG – Marine Aircraft Group
  • MAGTEC – Marine Air/Ground Training & Education Command
  • MAGTF – Marine Air/Ground Task Force
  • MAHEM – Magnetohydrodynamic Explosive Munition
  • MALOS – Miniature Laser Optical Sight
  • MALS – Marine Air Logistics Squadron
  • MAMBA – Mobile Artillery Monitoring Battlefield Radar
  • MANPADS – Man Portable Air Defense System
  • MAOV – Mobile Artillery Observation Vehicle
  • MAP – Military Aid Programme
  • MAPS – Modular Azimuth Position System
  • MAR – Micro Assault Rifle
  • MARDI – Mobile Advanced Robotics Defence Initiative (UK)
  • MARDIV – Marine Division (US)
  • MARS – Military Amateur Radio Station
  • MARS – Mini Assault Rifle System
  • MARS – Multi-purpose Aiming Reflex Sight
  • MARS – Multiple Artillery Rocket System
  • MASS – Marine Air Support Squadron
  • MATCS – Marine Air Traffic Control Squadron
  • MATSG – Marine Air Training Support Group
  • MAU(SOC) – Marine Amphibious Unit (Special Operations Capable)
  • MAV – maintenance assist vehicle
  • MAVD – MLRS Aim Verification Device
  • MAW – Marine Air Wing (US)
  • MBA – main battle area
  • MBB – Messerschmitt-Bцlkow-Blohm
  • MBC – Mortar Ballistic Computer
  • MBT – main battle tank
  • MCLOS – Manual Command to Line Of Sight
  • MCRV – Mechanised Combat Repair Vehicle
  • MCS – Microclimate Conditioning System
  • MCS – modular charge system
  • MCSK – Mine Clearance System Kit (US)
  • MCT – Medium Combat Tractor (US)
  • MCT – Mercury Cadmium Telluride
  • MCV – Mechanised Combat Vehicle
  • MCWL – Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory
  • MCWS – Minor Calibre Weapons Station (US)
  • MDMP – Military Decision Making Process
  • MDU – Map Display Unit
  • MEB – Marine Expeditionary Brigade
  • MEDEVAC – Medical Evacuation
  • MEF – Marine Expeditionary Force
  • MENS – Mission Element Need Statement (US)
  • MEP – Modular Explosive Penetrator
  • MEPS – Military Entrance Processing Station
  • METO – Middle East Treaty Organisation; CENTO or Baghdad Pact
  • METL – Mission Essential Task List
  • METT-TC – Mission, Enemy, Terrain and weather, Troops and support available—Time available, Civilians
  • MEU(SOC) – Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable)
  • MEV – medical evacuation vehicle (US)
  • MEWS – Mobile Electronic Warfare System
  • MEWSS – Mobile Electronic Warfare Support System
  • MF – multifunction
  • MFC – Mortar Fire Control(ler)
  • MFCS – Multi-Fire Control System/Mortar Fore Control System
  • MFCV – Missile Fire-Control Vehicle
  • MFF – munition filling factory
  • MG – machine gun
  • MGB – Medium Girder Bridge
  • MGL – Multiple Grenade Launcher
  • MGS – Mobile Gun System
  • MGTS – MultiGun Turret System
  • MGU – Mid-course Guidance Unit
  • MI – Military Intelligence
  • MIA – Missing In Action
  • MICOM – Missile Command (US)
  • MICV – mechanised infantry combat vehicle
  • MILAN – Missile d’Infantrie Léger Antichar (light infantry anti-tank missile)
  • MILES – Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (US)
  • MILSPEC – Military Specification
  • MILSTAN – MILitary STANdard
  • MILSTAR – MILitary Strategic and Tactical Relay (US)
  • MIPS – Medium Integrated Propulsion System (US)
  • MLA – Manufacturing Licence Agreement
  • MLC – Military Load Class
  • MLC – Modular Load Carrier
  • MLF – Marine Logistics Force
  • MLR – Marine Logistics Regiment
  • MLI – Mid-Life Improvement
  • MLO – Muzzle Loaded Ordnance
  • MLRS – Multiple Launch Rocket System (US)
  • mm – millimetre(s)
  • MMBF – mean miles between failures
  • MMG – Medium Machine Gun
  • MMS – mast-mounted sight
  • MMS – Modular Mounting System
  • MNVD – Monocular Night Vision Device
  • MoA – Memorandum of Agreement
  • MOA – Minute Of Angle
  • MoD – Ministry of Defence
  • MODA – Ministry of Defence and Aviation
  • MOLF – Modular Laser Fire Control (Germany)
  • MOLLE – MOdular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment
  • MOPP – Mission Oriented Protective Posture (US)
  • MOS – Military Occupational Specialty (US)
  • MoU – Memorandum of Understanding
  • MOUT – Military Operations in Urban Terrain (urban warfare) (US)
  • MP – Machine Pistol
  • MPBAV – MultiPurpose Base Armoured Vehicle
  • MPC – MultiPurpose Carrier (Netherlands)
  • MPDS – Missile Piercing Discarding Sabot
  • MPGS – Mobile Protected Gun System (US)
  • MPI – Mean Point of Impact
  • MPIM – MultiPurpose Individual Munition
  • MPM – MultiPurpose Munition
  • MPS – Maritime Prepositioning Ships (US)
  • MPV – Multi-Purpose Vehicle
  • MPWS – Mobile Protected Weapon System (US)
  • MR – Medium Range
  • MRAP – Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (Vehicle)
  • MRAR – MultiRole Assault Round
  • MRAV – MultiRole Armoured Vehicle
  • MRBF – mean rounds before failure
  • MRBS – mean rounds between stoppages
  • MRE – Meal Ready to Eat
  • MRS – multiple rocket system
  • MRS – muzzle reference system
  • MRSI – Multiple Round Simultaneous Impact
  • MRV(R) – Mechanised Recovery Vehicle (Repair)
  • MRVR – Mechanised Repair and Recovery Vehicle (US)
  • MSSG – MAU/MEU Service Support Group (USMC)
  • MSR – Missile Simulation Round
  • MSR – Main Supply Route
  • MSTAR – Man-portable Surveillance and Target Acquisition Radar
  • MSV – Modular Support Vehicle
  • MT – mechanical time
  • MTB – Mobility TestBed
  • MTBF – Mean Time Between Failure
  • MTI – moving target indication
  • MTL – Materials Technology Laboratory (US)
  • MTR – Mobile Test Rig (US)
  • MTSQ – mechanical time and super-quick
  • MTSQ – Mechanical Time Semi-Quick
  • MTU – Motoren- und Turbinen-Union
  • MTVL – mobile tactical vehicle light
  • MUGS – Multipurpose Universal Gunner Sight
  • MULE – Modular Universal Laser Equipment (US)
  • MUSS – Multifunctional Selfprotection System
  • MV – muzzle velocity
  • MVEE – Military Vehicles and Engineering Establishment (UK)
  • MVRS – Muzzle Velocity Radar System
  • MWCS – Marine Wing Communications Squadron
  • MWHS – Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron
  • MWS – Manned Weapon Station (US)
  • MWS – Modular Weapon System
  • MWSG – Marine Wing Support Group
  • MWSS – Marine Wing Support Squadron

N

  • NATO – North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
  • NBC – Nuclear, Biological, Chemical
  • NBMR – NATO Basic Military Requirement
  • NCIS – Naval Criminal Investigative Service (US)
  • NCO – Non-Commissioned Officer (US, E-4 – E-9)
  • NCOIC – Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge
  • NDI – Non-Developmental Item
  • NDU – Navigation Display Unit
  • NFOV – Narrow Field Of View
  • NG – New/Next Generation
  • Ni/Cd – Nickel Cadmium
  • NLAW – Next Light (weight) Anti-armour Weapon
  • NLOS-C – Non-Line Of Sight-Cannon
  • NLOS-M – Non-Line Of Sight-Mortar
  • NOD(s) – Night Optical Device(s)
  • NRF – NATO Response Force
  • NS – Network Services
  • NTC – National Training Center (USA)
  • NUGP – nominal unit ground pressure
  • NV – Night Vision
  • NVD – Night Vision Device
  • NVE – Night Vision Equipment
  • NVESD – Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate
  • NVG – Night Vision Goggle
  • NVS – Night Vision System
  • NZDF – New Zealand Defence Force
  • NZEF – New Zealand Expeditionary Force (in WWI & WWII)
  • ‘”NZSAS‘” – New Zealand Special Air Service

O

  • OBR – Optical Beam-Riding
  • OCC – Obus à Charge Creusé (shaped-charge shell)
  • OCOKA – Observation and fields of fire, Cover and concealment, Obstacles, Key terrain, and Avenues of Approach.
  • OCSW – Objective Crew-Served Weapon
  • OCU – Operational Centre Unit
  • ODE – Ordnance Development and Engineering (Singapore)
  • OEG – Occluded Eye Gunsight (a type of Collimator sight)
  • OEO – optical and electro-optical
  • OFSA – Objective Family of Small Arms
  • OFSA – One Size Fits All
  • OFW – Objective Force Warrior
  • OHWS – Offensive Hand Weapon System
  • OIC – Officer In Charge
  • OICW – Objective Individual Combat Weapon
  • OOTW – Operations Other Than War
  • OP – Observation post
  • OP – Operators Panel
  • OPCON – OPerational CONtrol
  • OPDW – Objective Personal Defense Weapon
  • OPORD – OPerations Order
  • OPSEC – OPerational SECurity
  • OPV – Observation Post Vehicle
  • OSW – Objective Sniper Weapon
  • OSS (USAF) – Operational Support Squadron
  • OSW (USAF) – Operational Support, Weather
  • OT – operational test
  • OTA – overflight top attack
  • OTEA – Operational Test and Evaluation Agency (US)

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  • P – How pack howitzer
  • P3I – Pre-Planned Product Improvements
  • PAR – pulse acquisition radar
  • PAT – power-assisted traverse
  • PC – Personal Computer
  • PCB – printed circuit board
  • PCC – Police Compact Carbine
  • PCI – Pre-combat inspection
  • PD – Point Defense
  • PD – point detonating
  • PD – Point of Departure
  • PDNA – Positioning Determining/Navigation Unit
  • PDRR – Program Definition and Risk Reduction
  • PDW – Personal Defence Weapon
  • PE – MoD Procurement Executive (UK)
  • PE – Peace Enforcement (US DoD)
  • PEC – Printed Electronic Circuits
  • PFD – proximity fuze disconnector
  • PFHE – prefragmented high explosive
  • PLF – protective line of fire
  • PFPX – prefragmented proximity fuzed
  • PGMM – Precision Guided Mortar Munition
  • PH – Probability of Hit
  • Pi – Probability of incapacitation
  • PIAT – Projector, Infantry, Anti Tank
  • PIBD – Point Initiating Base Detonated
  • PID – Positive Identification
  • PIE – pyrotechnically initiated explosive
  • PIP – Product Improvement Programme
  • PL – Phase Line
  • PLA – People’s Liberation Army
  • PLARS – Position Location And Reporting System (US)
  • PLC – Programmable Logic Control
  • PLO – Palestinian Liberation Army
  • PLOS – Predicted Line Of Sight
  • PLS – Palletised Load System (US)
  • PM – porte mortier (mortar carrier)
  • PM – Product Manager
  • PMCS – Preventative Maintenance Checks and Services
  • PMEE – U.S. Air Force abbreviation for Prime Mission Electronic Equipment
  • PMO – Program Management Office (US)
  • PMO – Provost Marshall’s Office
  • PMOD – Platform Modifications
  • PMS – Pedestal-Mounted Stinger
  • PNU – Position Navigation Unit
  • POA&M – Plan Of Action & Milestones
  • POF – Pakistan Ordnance Factory
  • POS – Postes Optiques de Surveillance
  • POW – Prisoner(s) of War
  • PPI – plan position indicator
  • PPS – Precise Positioning Service
  • PRAC – practice
  • PRAC-T – practice tracer
  • PRI – projector reticle image
  • PRP – Personnel Reliability Program (screening and monitoring of individuals with access to “special” weapons)
  • PSD – Propulsion System Demonstrator
  • PSO – Peace Support Operations
  • PSS – Primary Sight System
  • PTO – power take-off
  • PVP – Petit Véhicule Protégé
  • PW – Prisoner of War
  • PWI-SR(GR) – Panser Wagen Infanterie-Standaard (Groep)
  • PWP – Plasticised White Phosphorus

Q

  • QCB – Quick Change Barrel
  • QE – Quadrant Elevation
  • QRF – Quick Reaction Force

R

S

  • s – second(s)
  • S&W – Smith & Wesson
  • SABCA – Société Anonyme Belge de Constructions Aéronautiques
  • SABR – Selectable Assault Battle Rifle
  • SABS – Stabilizing Automatic Bomb Sight
  • SAC – Small Arms Collimator
  • SACLOS – Semi-Automatic Command to Line Of Sight
  • SADA – Standard Advanced Dewar Assembly
  • SADARM – Sense And Destroy Armor (US)
  • SADF – South African Defence Force
  • SAE – Society of Automotive Engineers
  • SAF – Small Arms Fire
  • SAFCS – Small Arms Fire Control System
  • SAFIRE – Surface-to-Air Fire
  • SAL – semi-active laser
  • SAM – surface-to-air missile
  • SAMM – Société d’Applications des Machines Motrices
  • SANDF – South African National Defence Force
  • SANG – Saudi Arabian National Guard
  • SAP – Semi-Armour-Piercing
  • SAPHEI – Semi-Armour-Piercing High Explosive Incendiary
  • SAPI – semi-armour-piercing incendiary
  • SAS – Special Air Service
  • SASR – Special Air Service Regiment
  • SAS-EAS – Sealed Authenticator System – Emergency Action Procedures (Nuclear Weapons Release Control)
  • SASR – Special Application Sniper Rifle
  • SAT – Small Arms Trainer
  • SATCP – Systиme Anti-aérien à Trиs Courte Portée (very short-range anti-aircraft system)
  • SAVA – Standard Army Vectronics Architecture
  • SAW – Squad Automatic Weapon
  • SAWS – Squad Automatic Weapon System
  • SB – Short Barrel
  • SCORE – Stratified Charge Omnivorous Rotary Engine
  • SD – self-destruct(ion)
  • SEAL – Sea/Air/Land
  • SEALOCK – Search, Locate, and Communicate or Kill
  • SEATO – Southeast Asia Treaty Organisation
  • SEME – School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
  • SEN – shell extended range NORICUM
  • SEP – Soldier Enhancement Programme
  • SFCS – Simplified Fire-Control System
  • SFIM – Société de Fabrication d’Instrument de Mesure
  • SFIRR – solid fuel integral rocket/ramjet
  • SFM – Sensor Fuzed Munitions
  • SFMG – Sustained Fire Machine Gun
  • SFSW – Special Forces Support Weapon
  • SFW – Special Forces Weapon
  • SGTS – Second-Generation Tank Sight
  • SH/PRAC – squash head practice
  • SHORAD – Short-Range Air Defence System
  • shp – shaft horsepower
  • SIC – Second in Command
  • SICPS – Standard Integrated Command Post Systems
  • SINCGARS – Single Channel Ground/Air Radio System
  • SIP – System Improvement Plan/Programme
  • SIPS – Small Integrated Propulsion System
  • SJFN – Semi-Jacketed Flat Nose
  • SJHP – Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point
  • SKOT – Sredni Kolowy Opancerzny Transporter (armoured personnel carrier)
  • SLAP – saboted light armor penetrator
  • SLAW – Shoulder-Launched Assault Weapon
  • SLEP – Service Life Extension Program (US)
  • SLR – Self-Loading Rifle
  • SLR – Super Low Recoil
  • SLWAGL – Super Light Weight Automatic Grenade Launcher
  • SM – smoke
  • SMAW – Shoulder-launched Multi-purpose Assault Weapon
  • SMG – sub-machine gun
  • SMK – Smoke
  • Smoke – BE smoke base ejection
  • Smoke – WP smoke white phosphorus
  • SMP – Surface Mine Plough
  • SNAFU – Situation Normal, All Fouled Up
  • SNCO – Staff Non-Commissioned Officer (USMC, E-6 – E-9)
  • SNCOIC – Staff Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge (USMC)
  • SOCOM – Special Operations Command
  • SOF – Special Operations Force(s)
  • SOG – Speed Over Ground
  • SOP – Standing/Standard Operational Procedure(s)
  • SP – Shore Patrol
  • SP – self-propelled
  • SP – Soft Point
  • SPAAG – self-propelled anti-aircraft gun
  • SPAAM – self-propelled anti-aircraft missile
  • SPAG – self-propelled assault gun
  • SPARK – solid propellant advanced ramjet kinetic energy missile
  • SPAS – Special Purpose Automatic Shotgun
  • SPATG – self-propelled anti-tank gun
  • SPAW – self-propelled artillery weapon
  • SPG – self-propelled gun
  • SPH – self-propelled howitzer
  • SPL – self-propelled launcher
  • SPLL – Self-propelled Loader Launcher
  • SPM – self-propelled mortar
  • SPP – Special Purpose Pistol
  • SPR – Special Purpose Rifle
  • SPS – Standard Positioning Service
  • SPSM – Sensorgezundete Panzerabwehr SubMunition
  • SPW – Special Purpose Weapon
  • SR – Short Rifle
  • SR – Staff Requirement
  • SRAW – Short Range Assault Weapon
  • SRC – Space Research Corporation
  • SRG – shell replenishment gear
  • SRI – Short Range Insert
  • SRTS – Short Range Thermal Sight
  • SRU – Shop Replaceable Unit
  • SRU – Slip Ring Unit
  • SRV – Surrogate Research Vehicle (US)
  • SSA – Special Spaced Armour
  • SSG – Single Shot Gun
  • SSK – Single Shot Kill
  • SSW – Squad Support Weapon
  • ST – Staff Target
  • STA – shell transfer arm
  • STAB – Steered Agile Beams
  • STAFF – Small Target Activated Fire-and-Forget (US)
  • STANAG – STANdardisation Agreement
  • STARTLE – Surveillance and Target Acquisition Radar for Tank Location and Engagement (US)
  • STE/ICE – Simplified Test Equipment/Internal Combustion Engine (US)
  • STOVL – Short Take Off and Vertical Landing
  • STUP – spinning tubular projectile
  • SUB – SUBstitute
  • SUC – Square Ultra Compact
  • SUIT – Sight Unit Infantry Trilux
  • SUSAT – Sight Unit Small Arms Trilux
  • SWARM – Stabilised Weapon and Reconnaissance Mount
  • SWAT – Special Weapons And Tactics
  • SWC – Semi WadCutter
  • SWS – Sniper Weapon System

T

  • T – Tracer
  • TACBE – Tacbe
  • TACMS – Army Tactical Missile System (US)
  • TACOM – Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (US)
  • TAD – Temporary Additional Duty (Naval Services term)Temporary Duty
  • TADDS – Target Alert Display Data Set (US)
  • TADS – Target Acquisition and Designation System (US)
  • TAM – Tanque Argentino Mediano
  • TAS – Target Acquisition Subsystem
  • TAS – tracking adjunct system
  • TAS – Turret Attitude Sensor
  • TBAT – TOW/Bushmaster Armored Turret (US)
  • TC – Tank Commander, also Truck Commander (US Army)
  • TCO – Tactical Combat Operations
  • TCTO – Time-Compliance Technical Order
  • TCU – tactical control unit
  • TD – Tank Destroyer
  • TDCS – Tank Driver Command System
  • TDD – Target Detection Device
  • TDR – Target Data Receiver
  • TDY – Temporary Duty
  • TE – Tangent Elevation
  • TEL – Transporter-Erector-Launcher
  • TELAR – Transporter-Erector-Launcher And Radar
  • TES – Tactical Environment Simulation
  • TES – target engagement system
  • TGMTS – Tank Gunnery Missile Tracking System
  • TGP – Terminally Guided Projectile
  • TGP – Targeting pod
  • TGS – Tank Gun Sight
  • TGSM – terminally guided submunition
  • TGTS – tank gunnery training simulator
  • TI – thermal imaging/imager
  • TIC – Troops In Contact
  • TICM – thermal imaging common modules
  • TIIPS – Thermal Imaging and Integrated Position System
  • TIM – Thermal Imaging Module
  • TIPU – Thermal Image Processing Units
  • TIRE – Tank Infra-Red Elbow
  • TIS – thermal imaging system
  • TLC – Transport Launching Container
  • TLD – Top Level Demonstrations
  • TLE – Treaty Limited Equipment
  • TLP – Troop Leading Procedures (US)
  • TLR – Tank Laser Rangefinder
  • TLS – Tank Laser Sight
  • TM&LS – Textron Marine & Land Systems
  • TMBC – Turret Management Ballistic Computer
  • TMP – Tactical Machine Pistol
  • TMS – Turret Modernisation System
  • TMUAS – Turreted Mortar Under Armor System (US)
  • TNT – Trinitrotoluene
  • TO – Technical Order
  • TOE – table of organisation and equipment
  • TOGS – Thermal Observation and Gunnery System (UK)
  • TOP – Total Obscuring Power
  • TOPAS – Transporter Obrneny Pasovy
  • TOTE – Tracker, Optical Thermally Enhanced
  • TOW – Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire command link guided (US)
  • TP – Target Practice
  • TP-FL – target practice flash
  • TP-S – or TPS Target Practice-Spotting/Signature
  • TP-SM – target practice – smoke
  • TP-SP – target practice – spotting
  • TP-T – target practice – tracer
  • TPCM – Target Practice Colour-Marking
  • TPDS – Target Practice Discarding Sabot
  • TPFSDS-T – target practice fin-stabilised discarding sabot – tracer
  • TPTF – Target Practice Time Fuzed
  • TR – Triple Rail
  • TRACER – Tactical Reconnaissance Armoured Combat Equipment Requirement (UK)
  • TRACKSTAR – Tracked Search and Target Acquisition Radar System (US)
  • TRADOC – Training and Doctrine Command (US)
  • TSFCS – Tank Simplified Fire-Control System
  • TSQ – time and super-quick
  • TSR – Tavor Sporting Rifle
  • TT – transport de troupes (troop transporter)
  • TTB – Tank TestBed (US)
  • TTD – Transformation Technology Demonstrator
  • TTG – Time To Go
  • TTS – Tank Thermal Sight
  • TU – Terminal Unit
  • TU – Traversing Unit
  • TUA – TOW Under Armor (US)
  • TUR – Tiefflieger-Ьberwachungs-Radar (low-level surveillance radar)
  • TV – Television
  • TWD – Thermal Warning Device
  • TWMP – Track Width Mine Plough
  • TWS – Thermal Weapon Sight
  • TYDP – Ten Year Defence Programme (Australia)

U

V

  • V – Volt(s)
  • VAB – Véhicule de l’Avant Blindé (front armoured car)
  • VAB – Vickers Armoured Bridgelayer
  • VADS – Vulcan Air Defense System (US)
  • VAE – Vehiculo Armado Exploracion
  • VAK – Vehicle Adaptor Kit
  • VAPE – Vehiculo Apoyo y Exploracion
  • VARRV – Vickers Armoured Repair and Recovery Vehicle
  • VARV – Vickers Armoured Recovery Vehicle
  • VBC – Véhicule Blindé de Combat (armoured combat vehicle)
  • VBCI – Véhicule Blindé de Combat d’Infanterie
  • VBL – Véhicule Blindé Léger (light armoured vehicle)
  • VBM – Véhicules Blindés Modulaires
  • VC – Vehicle Commander
  • VCA – Véhicule Chenillé d’Accompagnement (tracked support vehicle)
  • VCC – Veicolo Corazzato de Combattimento
  • VCG – Véhicule de Combat du Genie (armoured engineer vehicle)
  • VCI – Véhicule de Combat d’Infanterie; Vehiculo combate infanteria (infantry combat vehicle)
  • VCP – Vehicle Check Point
  • VCR – variable compression ratio
  • VCR – Véhicule de Combat à Roues (wheeled combat vehicle)
  • VCR/AT – Véhicule de Combat à Roues/Atelier Technique (salvage)
  • VCR/IS – Véhicule de Combat à Roues/Intervention Sanitaire (stretchers)
  • VCR/PC – Véhicule de Combat à Roues/Poste de Commandement (HQ)
  • VCR/TH – Véhicule de Combat à Roues/Tourelle HOT (turret with four HOT ATGW)
  • VCR/TT – Véhicule de Combat à Roues/Transport de Troupes (troop carrier)
  • VCTIS – Vehicle Command and Tactical Information System
  • VCTM – Vehiculo de Combate Transporte de Mortero (armoured mortar carrier)
  • VCTP – Vehiculo de Combate Transporte de Personal (armoured personnel carrier)
  • VDA – Véhicule de Défense Anti-aérienne (anti-aircraft defence vehicle)
  • VDAA – Véhicule d’Auto-Défense Anti-aérienne
  • VDC – Voltage Direct Current
  • VDM – viscous damped mount
  • VDSL – Vickers Defence Systems Ltd
  • VDU – visual display unit
  • VEC – Vehiculo de Exploraciòn de Caballerie
  • VEDES – Vehicle Exhaust Dust Ejection System (US)
  • VERDI – Vehicle Electronics Research Defence Initiative (UK)
  • VHIS – visual hit indicator system
  • VIB – Véhicule d’Intervention du Base
  • VIDS – Vehicle Integrated Defence System
  • VINACS – Vehicle Integrated Navigation and Command System
  • VIRSS – Visual and InfraRed Smoke Screening System
  • VITS – Video Image Tracking Systems
  • VLAP – Velocity-enhanced Long-range Artillery Projectile
  • VLC – Véhicule Léger de Combat (light armoured car)
  • VLI – Visible Light Illuminator
  • VLSMS – Vehicle-Launched Scatterable Mine System
  • VMA – Marine Light Attack Squadron
  • VMA(AW) – Marine All-Weather Attack Squadron
  • VMBT – Vickers Main Battle Tank
  • VMF – Marine Fighter Squadron
  • VMFA – Marine Fighter Attack Squadron
  • VMFA(AW) – Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron
  • VMGR – Marine Aerial Refueler/Transport Squadron
  • VMFP – Marine Aerial Reconnaissance Squadron
  • VMR – Marine Transport Squadron
  • VMAQ – Marine Electronic Warfare Attack Squadron
  • VMS – Vehicle Motion Sensor
  • VNAS – Vehicle Navigation Air System
  • VRL – Véhicule Reconnaissance Léger (light reconnaissance vehicle)
  • VSEL – Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd
  • VT – variable time (fuse)
  • VTOL – Vertical Take-Off and Landing aircraft
  • VTP – véhicule transport de personnel (personnel carrier)
  • VTT – véhicule transport de troupe (troop transporter)
  • VVSS – vertical volute spring suspension
  • VXB – Véhicule Blindé à Vocations Multiples (multipurpose armoured car)

W

  • WAAC – Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps and individual members of; obsolete
  • WAC – Women’s Army Corps and individual members of; obsolete
  • WAF – Women (in the) Air Force and individual members of; obsolete
  • WAM – Wide Area Mines (US)
  • WAMI – Wide Area Motion Imagery (US)
  • WAPC – Wheeled Armoured Personnel Carrier (Canada)
  • WASAD – Wide Angle Surveillance and Automatic Detection Device
  • WAV – Wide Angle Viewing
  • WAVES – Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (USN); obsolete
  • WES – Wing Engineer Squadron (USMC)
  • WFOV – Wide Field Of View
  • WFSV – Wheeled Fire Support Vehicle (Canada)
  • WHA – Weapons Head Assembly
  • WHSA – Weapons Head Support Assembly
  • WLR – Weapon Locating Radar
  • WM – Woman/Women Marine(s)
  • WMD – Weapon(s) of Mass Destruction
  • WMRV – Wheeled Maintenance and Recovery Vehicle (Canada)
  • WP – white phosphorus
  • WP-T – white phosphorus – tracer
  • WSM – Winchester Short Magnum
  • WTS – Wing Transportation Squadron (USMC)

X

  • XO – Executive Officer

Y

  • YMRS – Yugoslav multiple rocket system

Z