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Acronyms and Terminology

Discussion in 'FAQs + How To' started by Lunal_Tic, Jun 30, 2006.

  1. Lunal_Tic

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    Battery Related
    CR123 – lithium primary battery, 3V, commonly used in cameras as well as flashlights, 10 year shelf life (also: 123, SF123)
    CR2 – small 3V lithium primary battery
    CR2016 – very thin coin cell lithium battery about the size of a U.S. quarter. 3V Used in Photon micro lights and other keychain lights. Generally two pieces used per light.
    CR2025- thicker version of above often used as backup battery in PDAs
    CR2032 – thickest version of above
    Eneloop – Sanyo NiMH that has a longer shelf life(holds charge longer when not in use) than standard NiMH batteries. They come pre-charged.
    Li-ion - Lithium Ion battery, rechargeable lithium battery 3.7V used in laptops, cell phones and some flashlights. (The numbers in the following chart are in the format xxXX0 where the xx is the diameter in millimeters and the XX is the length in millimeters and the last ' 0 ' stands for cylindrical cell. So an 18650 would be 18mm by 65mm cylindrical cell.)
    Size chart:
    Generic# (old/new) (approx size)
    18650 = Pila 168A / 600P (2CR123 x fat diameter)
    17670 = Pila 168S / 600S (2CR123 x Surefire diameter)
    18500 = Pila 150A / 300P (1.5xCR123 x fat diameter)
    17500 = Pila 150S / 300S (1.5xCR123 x Surefire diameter)
    14500 = AA
    16340 = CR123
    10280 = N cell
    10440 = AAA
    14250 = 1/2 AA
    15266 = CR2

    LR91 – lithium primary AA sized battery, lighter than an equivalent sized battery and holds up better under temperature variation.
    Nicd/NiCAD - Nickel Cadmium, an older but still popular type of rechargeable battery.
    NiMH - Nickel Metal Hydride, a common type of rechargeable battery. Very popular currently.
    Primaries - Non-rechargeable batteries. e.g. Alkaline: AAA, AA, C, D, 9V; Lithium: CR123, CR2, CR2016 etc.
    R123 – a Li ion rechargeable version of the CR123; 3.7V, is not a straight substitute for CR123 cells because of the increased voltage.

    Firearm Related
    .22 NAA = North American Arms
    .45 ACP = Automatic Colt Pistol
    .45 GAP = Glock Automatic Pistol
    CCW = Concealed Carry Weapon
    IWB = inside waist belt
    S & W = Smith & Wesson

    Flashlight Related
    Beamshot - a picture of the beam of a flashlight, usually on a white wall, or outside
    Bin Coding - a method of describing the specifications of an LED in a short and simple manor. The code consist of 4 parts: The flux rating, tint, Vf (forward voltage), and color. Sometimes the color code will be left off. Leaving just a 3 part code. e.g. TWOH; where T is flux rating, WO is tint, and H is Vf. The following charts are for Luxeon LEDs:
    [​IMG][​IMG] Please look here for the most recent updates: Bin Coding: Color, Flux, Vf Charts (LuxeonI-III- V-Rebel, XR-E, SSC P4, Ostar)
    CCFL - Cold-Cathode Fluorescent
    cd - candela - a measurement of light intensity
    CFL - Compact Fluorescent
    Clickie – button switch that “clicks” to activate the light
    corona - the area of transition between a beam's central hotspot and the area of spill. The corona becomes more prominent as the reflector surface is made rougher or more heavily textured, and also as the distance of the light emitting surface from the reflector focal point increases.
    CPF – CandlePower Forums
    Cree - maker of high output LED's, competitor of Lumileds and Seoul Semiconductor, maker of the XRE LED
    Direct Drive - (for LED lights) The LED is driven directly by the batteries, there is no circuit but usually only a resistor that limits the current going to the LED. The light output starts to decline almost immediately after it is turned on, similar to a normal incandecent light though it lasts for much longer. (See link for more detailed explanation)
    DIY – do it yourself
    fc - footcandle - The unit is defined as the amount of illumination the inside surface an imaginary 1-foot radius sphere would be receiving if there were a uniform point source of one candela in the exact center of the sphere. Alternatively, it can be defined as the illuminance on a 1-square foot surface of which there is a uniformly distributed flux of one lumen. This can be thought of as the amount of light that actually falls on a given surface. The foot-candle is equal to one lumen per square foot. (Wikipedia)
    FF - FireFly - a limited run single CR123 Luxeon LED light made by Doug Speck (Dspeck on CPF) also FF2 and FF3
    GID - Glow in Dark
    GITD - Glow In The Dark
    HA - Hard Anodized
    HA-III - Hard anodize type 3
    HID - High-Intensity Discharge
    HOLA - high output lamp assembly (SF P61, 91 Etc)
    hotspot - The central and most intense portion of a flashlight beam. Intensity of a hotspot is governed by surface brightness of the light emitter, and the shape, depth, diameter, smoothness and reflective efficiency of the reflector surface. The more intense the hotspot, the greater the flashlight's throw.
    ID – identification
    ID – inside diameter
    Incan - Incandescent
    LA - lamp assembly
    LED - light emitting diode
    LOP - Light Orange Peel - used to describe a type of texture on a reflector
    LOLA - Low output lamp assembly (SF P60, 90 Etc)
    LOTC - Lock Out Tail Cap
    Lumen - a measurement of light output
    Lux - short for Luxeon LED (also Lux I, Lux III, Lux 3, Lux V for different versions of this LED. Often erroneously referred to as 1W, 3W and 5W LEDS)
    Lux - The metric unit of measure for illuminance of a surface. One lux is equal to one lumen per square meter. One lux equals 0.0929 footcandles.
    Luxeon - high output LED made by LumiLEDs. see Bin Code for explanation of flux, tint, etc.
    Normal clickie switch - first press of the button and the light comes on, allows you to "flash" or blink the light from the beginning off position; keep pushing and the light clicks to constant on.
    OD - Olive Drab
    OD – outside diameter
    Pelican – maker of waterproof cases and flashlights
    Pila – flashlights and Li-ion rechargeable batteries (mfg)
    PT - Princeton Tec (mfg)
    Regulated - (LED light regulation) their is a circuit in the light that provides the LED with a constant level of current until the battery is unable to maintain that output then light output drops off dramatically. (See link for more detailed explanation)
    Reverse clickie switch - light does not turn on until the first click then pressing the button slightly allows you to "flash" or blink the light.
    ROP - Roar of the Pelican, generally refers to modified Maglites using, among other things, a Pelican bulb.
    Runtime - a measurement of how long a flashlight will last one a set of batteries, often measured to 50% of the initial output but not always.
    sammie - LED module/LED sandwich often the heart of MiniMag mods and more. The name might have originated here: Sandwich Shoppe and CPF
    SF – Surefire
    SL - Streamlight
    spill - the area of a flashlight beam outside of the hotspot and corona. Light intensity in the spill area is typically low and even, and comes directly from the light emitting surface with little or no contribution from the reflector.
    SSC - Seoul Semiconductor maker of high output LEDs competitor of Cree and Lumileds
    Streamlight- flashlight (mfg)
    Surefire - flashlight (mfg)
    Throw - the ability of a flashlight to place light onto a distant defined area of surface, i.e how well the light is collimated. The throw of a light source of fixed power will be defined by the surface brightness of the light emitter, and the shape, diameter, depth, smoothness, and reflective efficiency of the reflector surface.
    TK – turnkey, something pre-built and ready to use. Not a DIY kit.
    TL - Streamlight Task Light flashlight
    TL – Tiger Light (mfg)
    TT - Streamlight Twin Task flashlight
    UCL - ultra clear lens
    UI - User Interface
    UKE - Underwater Kinetics (mfg)

    CPF Flashlight Related FAQs/info - Additional flashlight related thread links and FAQs on CandlePower Forums.


    Flashlight Manufacturers and models
    Fenix
    L0P - 1 x AAA light
    L1P - 1 x AA light

    Pila
    GL2 -
    GL3 -
    GL4 -

    Surefire
    Incan:
    E1E – 1xCR123
    E2E – 2xCR123
    E2D – 2xCR123 strike bezel
    G2 – 2xCR123 Nitrolon
    C2 - 2xCR123
    6P – 2xCR123
    G2Z – 2xCR123 same as Z2 but Nitrolon
    Z2 – 2xCR123
    A2 – 2xCR123 LED+Incan
    M2 – 2xCR123 shock isolated
    C3 – 3xCR123
    9P – 3xCR123
    M3 – 3xCR123 shock isolated
    M3T – 3xCR123 shock isolated turbo head
    M4 – 4xCR123
    M6 – 6xCR123 but actually is a 9V light

    LED:
    E1L – 1xCR123 Lux III
    L1 – 1xCR123 hi/lo
    L4 – 2xCR123 Lux V
    E2L – 2xCR123 Lux III
    L2 – 2xCR123 Lux V hi/lo
    L5 – 2xCR123 Lux V
    L6 – 3xCR123 Lux V
    L7 – rechargeable Lux V
    U2 – 2xCR123 Lux V six power levels

    Rechargeable:
    8AX –
    8NX – Nitrolon
    9AN –
    10X – hi/lo Nitrolon

    Forum
    AFAIK – as far as I know
    BBS - Be Back Soon
    BRB - Be Right Back
    BST - Buy, Sell, Trade
    BTT - bump to top
    BTTT - back to the top
    BTW - by the way
    Bump - to add a post to a thread to make it show up as recently edited and be "bumped" to the top of the forum index
    FAQ - frequently asked questions
    FS - For Sale
    FT - For Trade
    FWIW - for what it's worth
    GM - Grammar Marm (scríbhneoir/Karen) corrector of all things written ;D
    IIRC - if I recall (remember) correctly
    IMHO - in my humble opinion
    IMO - in my opinion
    j/k - just kidding (joking)
    LOL - laughing out loud
    NP - no problem
    OP - original poster; the person who started a thread
    OT - off topic
    PM - private message
    Post - a single entry in a thread created by a forum member
    RL - real life
    ROFL - rolling on the floor laughing
    RW - real world
    SPF - sold pending funds
    SWMBO - "she who must be obeyed"
    Thread - a compilation of individual posts on a certain topic
    TIA - thanks in advance
    TMI - too much information
    Ty - Thank you
    vbg - very big grin
    WTB - Want to Buy
    WTS - Want to Sell
    WTT/WTTF - Want to Trade (for)
    YMMV - your mileage may vary

    Knife Related
    Blade Shapes
    Clip Point - a drop point with a cut-out at the tip resulting in a sharper point, e.g. bowie, Buck 110
    Dagger - a blade made for piercing usually having two sharp edges that comes to a very thin point.
    Drop point - traditional blade type with sloped spine and/or sloped edge
    Hawkbill: Blade with a downward curving tip, like a claw.
    Rescue: Blade with a totally blunted tip, designed to cut seatbelts or clothing in an emergency situation without harming a victim.
    Reverse S: Blade with two curves which make a backward "S"
    Sheepsfoot - a blade with a straight edge and a curved spine that meets the edge so that there is no point.
    Tanto - blade type with two straight front edges, chisel point, traditional Japanese sword blade style
    Wharncliffe - blade type with one straight front edge and arched back
    Carry Positions
    IBL: Inside belt loop
    IWB: Inside waist band
    LB: Left back pocket
    LF: Left front pocket
    RB: Right back pocket
    RF: Right front pocket
    SOB: Small of back
    Edges
    CE: Combination edge
    PE: Plain edge
    SE: Serrated edge
    Knife locking mechanisms
    Slipjoint: A knife with no locking mechanism; the blade is held in position either by friction or a small spring. To fold the knife, pressure is placed on the back (spine) of the blade (e.g., most SAKs).
    Lockback: The knife has a sprung bar running across the back of the frame. When the blade is deployed, this bar presses on a flat area of the blade pivot, preventing closing. To close the blade, pressure is placed on the other end of the bar, raising it (e.g., buck 110).
    Linerlock: A section of one of the liners of the knife is shaped so that when the knife is opened, it springs out into the frame, preventing the knife from closing. To close the knife, the liner must be pushed back to the side.
    LAWKS and AutoLAWKS: A modification of the linerlock, where a separate device prevents the liner from being moved without the second lock being de-activated first. AutoLAWKS - a variant where the device engages automatically; conventional LAWKS - has to be engaged by the user.
    Framelock: Similar to the linerlock; however, instead of a liner moving across, the frame of the knife has the cutout required; considered stronger as it usually uses more metal than a linerlock.
    AXIS® Lock: "A patented Benchmade exclusive, 100-percent ambidextrous design; a small, hardened steel bar rides forward and back in a slot machined into both steel liners. The bar extends to both sides of the knife, spanning the liners and positioned over the rear of the blade. It engages a ramped, tang portion of the knife blade when it is opened. Two omega style springs, one on each liner, give the locking bar its inertia to engage the knife tang, and as a result, the tang is wedged solidly between a sizable stop pin and the AXIS bar itself." Benchmade site - locking mechanisms
    Ball Bearing Lock: "A compressive lock wedging a stainless steel ball bearing between a fixed anvil and the blade tang. The ball is also utilized to detent the blade into the closed position." Spyderco Glossary
    Handle Materials
    CF: Carbon fiber
    FRN: Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon
    G-10: Woven fiberglass in an epoxy. Very strong
    Micarta: Layers of fabric in phenolic resin
    SS: Stainless steel
    Other Knife
    AO - assisted opening
    BM – Benchmade
    DA - double action, auto open and auto close (e.g. MT UTX70)
    Flipper - a protrusion on the spine of the blade that allows the knife blade to be deployed with a simple push of the index finger.
    HAK - HideAway Knife
    LM - Leatherman
    MOP - mother of pearl
    MT - Microtech
    NKP - non-knife person
    OAL - overall length
    OTF - out the front (e.g. MT UTX70)
    SAK - Swiss Army Knife
    Steel Chart
    Wave – blade spine shape that catches the top of the pocket and opens the blade as it is drawn





    Other
    Addy - address
    BG - Bad Guy
    BOB - Bail-out Bag (or Bug-out Bag), an emergency bag
    BOE - Bag of Evil, bag containing gear, guns, & knives
    CC – credit card
    CONUS - Continental U.S.
    EDC - Every Day Carry
    EOTW - end of the world
    EOTWAWKI - end of the world as we know it
    FAK - First Aid Kit
    FF or F&F - fit and finish
    FMA - Filipino Martial Arts
    Fob - A short bit of cord or braided lanyard connected to a knife, flashlight, or other tool that goes in your pocket. Often the fob part will be left hanging out of the pocket to facilitate the retrieval of the item to which it is attached.
    GF - girl friend
    Group Buy - an organized purchase in bulk by one person for distribution among paying participants
    GTG - Good to Go
    IHA - I hate acronyms
    KISS - Keep it super simple.
    LEO - law enforcement officer
    LCF - Look cool factor
    LSI - life sometimes intervenes
    MSDS - Material Safety Data Sheet
    Murse - man purse
    NIB - New in Box
    OCD - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    OOTB - out of the box
    OTB - outside the box (as in thinking outside the box)
    OTOH - on the other hand
    OTT - over the top
    Passaround - a coordinated hand off of a product from person to person, for personal evaluation purposes; normally you just pay the shipping to the next person on the list and the product gets handed off until it reaches its owner in the end
    POV - personally owned vehicle, or point of view
    PP – Paypal
    PSK - personal survival kit
    QFT - QUOTED FOR TRUTH - Used on internet forums when quoting someone with similar views as yours.
    RFQ - request for quote
    Sap- a bludgeon with a short, flexible shaft or strap, used as a hand weapon also sometimes used interchangeably with the term "blackjack."
    SAR - Search and Rescue
    SASE - self addressed stamped envelope
    SD - Self-Defense
    SO - significant other
    SRB - Side Release Buckle
    Ti - Titanium
    TiG - Titaniacs Guild
    TKD - Tae Kwon Do
    TANSTAAFL- there ain't no such thing as a free lunch (also TNSTAAFL - There's No Such Thing As A Free Lunch; TINSTAAFL- there is no such thing as a free lunch)
    TSA - Transportation Security Administration
    UPS - United Parcel Service
    USPS - U.S. Postal Service
    WTH - what the heck
     
  2. Lunal_Tic

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  3. Lunal_Tic

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    This is a work in progress.  Please post any additions, ideas, or corrections here and I will update the first post as needed.

    Also please understand that not everything will make the cut. Some items will be more appropriate than others. Some items may end up being deleted from the current list.

    Consider as well that we have a family and work friendly place here and off color acronyms/terms, while common elsewhere, will not be included.

    Thanks for your help and understanding,
    -LT
     
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    CONUS - Continental U.S.
    USPS - U.S. Postal Service

    FAK - First Aid Kit
    BOB - Bail-out Bag (or Bug-out Bag), an emergency bag

    Tanto - blade type with two straight front edges
    Wharncliffe - blade type with one straight front edge and arched back
    Drop point - traditional blade type with sloped spine and/or sloped edge
     
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    Nice job!
     
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    Wow! Thanks Lunal Tic! That's some helpful info! Great reference!
     
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    DH,
    SAK is under Knives, I'll put LM there too. What's with "Pinky"? Thought that was greenLED's nic.

    -LT
     
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    On knives:
    Edges
    PE: Plain edge
    SE: Serrated edge
    CE: Combination edge.
    Carry Positions
    RF: Right front pocket
    LF: Left front pocket
    RB: Right back pocket
    LB: Left back pocket
    SOB: Small of back
    IWB: Inside waist band
    IBL: Inside belt loop
    Blades
    Hawkbill: Blade with a downward curving tip, like a claw.
    Revers S: Blade with two curves which make a backward "S"
    Rescue: Blade with a totally blunted tip, designed to cut seatbelts or clothing in an emergency situation without harming a victim.
    Handle Materials
    SS: Stainless steel
    CF: Carbon fiber
    G-10: Woven fiberglass in an epoxy. Very strong.
    FRN: Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon.
    Micarta: Layers of fabric in phenolic resin.


    That's about all. I'll add some if I think of it.
     
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    What does EDC and EDCF mean? :jester: ;)
     
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    I think
    UPS is United PARCEL Service
    not to be confused with
    USPS United states Postal Service

     
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    Broker and broker! :p :-X
     
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    Did I write that?  OK, I'm an idiot.  I get a package about every week from them.  You would think I would know what was written on the side of their truck or on the hat the guy wears. :laugh:
    On the nose! :lolhammer:
     
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    Thanks for the catch. Maybe I should read the stuff I copy and paste more carefully. Hmm, to me UPS is "uninterruptible power supply" but I guess that's not exactly EDC material. ;D

    -LT
     
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    What is "Hot linking"?
     
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    From the FAQs:

    -LT
     
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    Thanks. I have an edit to do elsewhere...
     
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    I just found one hot link that I did and deleted it.   I will edit more as I find them. :)
     
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    Thanks guys. O0

    -LT
     
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    For those not so well versed in firearm acronyms (myself included) :

    .45 GAP = Glock Automatic Pistol
    .45 ACP = Automatic Colt Pistol
    .22 NAA = North American Arms
    CCW = Concealed Carry Weapon
    LEO = Law Enforcement Officer
    S & W = Smith & Wesson
     
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    ive got another 2 for flashlights

    HOLA - high output lamp assembly (SF P61, 91 Etc)
    LOLA - Low output lamp assembly (SF P60, 90 Etc)