New to the survival scene? Confused by some of the terms that are thrown around on certain survival forums? This list has been put together to help you out.
ABC – Airway Breathing Circulation (order of check when dealing with a first aid situation).
AK-47 – is a gas operated 7.62mm assault rifle developed in the Soviet Union by Mikhail Kalashnikov in 1947.
AMFYOYO – Adios Mother f**ker, you’re on your own.
AO = Area of Operations
AR-15 – Is the civilian version of the military M-16 and M-4 rifle.
AR-7 – .22 cal rifle that comes apart and can fit into its floatable stock.
ASAP – As Soon As Possible
BATFE – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. A government agency known for its heavy handed abuses towards US Citizens and murdering of innocent civilians. One such murder was the wife of Randy Weaver – Vicki Weaver. Vicki was unarmed, in clear view of the BATF agents, holding her 10 month old child and was shot in the head by a BATF agent. Another example was the burning alive of innocent children at the Branch Davidian church in Waco, Texas in April of 1993. Also see JBT.
BCL – Basic Combat Load
BIB – Bug In Bag (Similar to a BOB, but is designed to get you home – like if you are traveling).
BFG – Big F@%king Gun.
BFTOG – Big Fat Tub Of Goo.
BHO – Bubba Hatin Obama.
BOB – Bug Out Bag. This is some kind of duffle or back pack equipped with emergency supplies.
BOL – Bug Out Location (A predetermined (hopefully well stocked) location that you would head to in case of an emergency).
BOV – Bug Out Vehicle (Get you to your BOL).
Bugging in – Shelter in place.
Bugging out – Another term for evacuation.
B.Y.O.B. – This term can have 2 meanings. 1 – bring your own beer. In other words, dont be a mooch. Go ahead and spend a couple of bucks on your own booze before you show up at my party. 2 – Bring your own babe. Dont be trying to score with my wife or girl friend.
CCW – Concealed Carry Weapon.
CCWP – Concealed Carry Weapon Permit.
CIA – Central Intelligence Agency. Government agency of jack booted thugs whos main base of operations is overseas. Most of the CIAs activities, such as water boarding and torture violate basic human rights. Because of their crimes against humanity the agency mainly operates outside the USA so they can not be held accountable for their actions.
ComCon (HQ) – Command and Control (Head Quarters).
CQC – Close Quarter Combat.
CRS – Can’t remember Shit.
CYA – Cover Your Ass(ets).
DFI – Different F*cking Idea.
DGI – Don’t Get It.
DHS – Department of Homeland Security. Government agency with the responsibility of securing the borders of the USA, but can not do so. The DHS has been criticized that if they can not stop millions of illegal immigrants from entering the USA, how are they supposed to stop terrorist.
DUMAS – It’s French.
DYODD – Do Your Own Due Diligence.
EDC – Every Day Carry (this can be used to refer to items you always have with you: firearm, knife, mult-tool, etc.).
Eagles, Silver Eagles – Coins issued by the US mint with One dollar denominations in 1 oz. silver coins. Real money.
EOTWAWKI – End Of The World As We Know It. This means that the world as you know it has come to an end – some kind of world wide event has happened, kiss your old life good-bye. The event can be on a localized, regional, national or international level.
ETA – Estimated Time of Arrival.
E-Tool – Entrenching Tool. Small collapsible shovel that can fit into a Bug Out Bag.
FAK – First Aid Kit.
FITFO – Figure it the fuck out.
FOF – Friend Of a Friend.
FRN – Federal Reserve Note. Fake money printed by the federal reserve system. The value of the money is not supported by anything real, such a Gold.
FRS – Federal Reserve System. A private company that has control over the US monetary system. Also see IRS.
FUBAR- F*cked Up Beyond All Recognition.
GHB – Get Home Bag. A bag of supplies kept at work or in the car or truck. This usually contains enough supplies for someone to walk from where they work, all the way back home.
GTFO – Get the fuck out. Forum term used to tell someone to stop posting in the thread.
GTFOOD – Get the F**k Out Of Dodge. Another term for bugging out or evacuation.
HDR – Humanitarian Daily Ration. This is a cheaper version of the MRE. The contents of an HDR contain n0 animal by products. This is so the HDR can be dropped into areas where the local populations have certain religious beliefs about eating animal meat or products.
HTH – Hope this helps.
IBA – Individual Body Armour.
IBAHTROW – Incoming bullets always have the right of way.
IIRC – If I Remember Correctly.
IMAO – In My Arrogant Opinion. Internet forum term of when the poster thinks their opinion is better then anyone elses.
IMHO – In My Honest Opinion.
IMO – In My Opinion.
IMHO – In My (not so) Humble Opinion.
IRS – Internal Revenue Service. Strong arm division of the federal reserve system. If you do not pay your taxes to the federal reserve, the IRS takes everything you have and throws you in prison. Also see jack booted thugs.
JBT – Jack Booted Thug. Refers to a comparison of law enforcement or government officials and Nazi Schutzstaffel (SS). Its an example of how certain “law enforcement” personal and agencies and act outside the law and not be held accountable for their actions. Also see BATFE.
JFC – Jesus F’ing Christ.
JIC- Just in Case.
K.I.S.S. – Keep it simple stupid.
LBE – Load Bearing Equipment.
LBV – Load Bearing Vest.
LOL – Laugh Out Loud – For when you realize they weren’t zombies you saw, but merely sheeple roaming in your front yard.
LRRP – Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol.
MAG – Mutual Assistance Group, or Mutual Aid Group. An agreement between groups that they will assist each other.
MBR – Main Battle Rifle.
Multi-tool – This is a combination survival knife, pliers and will usually have a wide assortment of tools built in. One example is the Gerber Multi-tool.
MRE – Meal Ready To Eat. This is a military ration. Its normal shelf life is several years. The contents are sealed in a tough plastic coating.
NWO – New World Order. One world government where nations will no longer be able to print their own money or make their own laws.
OBTW – Oh by the way.
ODT – Or die trying.
OMG! – Oh My God! OMG, there is a mushroom cloud over New York.
OMGTKKYB=Oh My God, they Killed Kenny, you B**tards.
OPEC – Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. A group of countries that have joined together to control the price of oil. Some of the member nations include Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela.
OPSEC – “operational security” or secrecy. Keep you mouth shut about your plans. Not to be confused with OPEC.
OSP – On-site procurement. Acquiring anything in the field or on location.
OTW – On The Way.
OZ – Obama Zombie. Someone who voted for Barack Obama, but can not explain “why” they voted for him.
PAO – Possible Area of Operations.
PDW – Personal Defense Weapon (similar to MBR).
POI – Point(s) Of Interest.
POS model – Piece of sh!t. POS can sometimes be confused with Price of Silver.
POS/POG/POO – Price of Silver, Gold, Oil
PPMP – Only Perfect Practice Makes Perfect.
PPPPPP (also called 6P) – Proper Preparation Prevents Pretty Poor Performance
PSK – Personal Survival Kit.
RadOp or ComsOp – Radio Operator or Communications Operator.
ROFL – Rolling on the floor laughing.
ROTFLMAO – Rolling on the floor laughing my ass off.
RTFM – Read the f***ing manual.
SAK – Swiss Army Knife.
SAW – Squad Automatic Weapon
SBR- This term can have two meanings. The first is secondary battle rifle. The second is Short Barrel Rifle, which requires special licensing from the BATFE to own (i.e. shorter than 16″).
SERE – military Survival Evasion Resistance & Escape training class.
SHTF – Shit Hit The Fan. This means that some kind of event has happened. This is a term used in relation to your location. A SHTF situation is not normally world wide.
SIP – Shelter In Place. Also see Bug In.
SKS – a rifle developed by Russia during World War II. The full name for the SKS is the, Samozaryadniy Karabin sistemi Simonova. Most SKS rifles are chambered in the 7.62X39.
SNAFU – Situation Normal, All F*cked Up.
SOL – Sons of Liberty
SOP – Standard Operating Procedures.
S.S.D.D. – Same “Stuff” Different Day.
STFU – Shut The F*ck Up. Please be quiet for a few minutes.
Survivalist – Someone who practices survivalism.
Survival knife – A multi purpose knife.
Survivalism – term used for the preparedness strategy of individuals (or groups) making preparations for future possible disruptions in local, regional, national, or international social or political order.
SWAG – Scientific Wild A$$ Guess. In other words, I dont have the slighest idea, but I’am gonna take a guess.
TANSTAAFL – There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.
TGIF – Thank God it’s Friday.
TLDR – Too long, didn’t read. The article was too long and I did not want to take the time to read it.
TLDW – Too long, didn’t watch. The video was too long. I either did not have the time to watch it, or did not want to take the time.
TOI – Target Of Interest.
Troll – Someone that starts trouble on internet forums.
URAA – U R An Azz.
WILCO – ‘Will Comply’, never proceeded by Roger (affirmatory).
WOFTAM. Waste Of F##kn Time And Money.
WTF – What The Fuck.
WTH – What The Hell.
YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary.
ZAMN – Zombies Ate My Neighbors.
A special “Thank You” goes to everyone at the Survivalist Forum that made this list possible. If there is anything you would like to add to this list, visit the survival acronym list thread at the forums and post your comments there.