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Bullet noses

This report covers:

  • Shame!
  • We know better
  • Ah, so!
  • Wait a minute!
  • Don’t want no silencer
  • But BB…
  • The deal
  • M Rod and P Rod
  • So what?
  • Are you sure?
  • Oh, and by the way…
  • A guy I know

Here’s a funny story that’s only funny because it didn’t happen to you. This Christmas a young wife gave her husband a 9mm Sig P365 pistol. Her mother, who is his mother-in-law, went to a sporting goods store and asked to buy some 9mm bullets. They sold her a box of 100 9mm bullets for $19.95 and she was happy — at least until the presents were opened. That’s when she learned the difference between bullets and cartridges.

Shame!

Shame on the nasty men at that store who sold her 9mm bullets! There was almost a 100 percent chance that she didn’t know what she was saying when she asked for them. After all, aren’t bullets what you put into a gun?

Yet right here in Happy Airgunland we see the same thing. Several years ago a maker of custom airguns who was not a shooter himself made custom big bores and also supplied bullet noses with his guns if the customer asked. But the customer may not have wanted bullet noses. He may only have wanted bullet nose tips. Yes, dear readers, I was actually present when that conversation took place! It was like two kindergardeners discussing a mortgage!

We know better

But we are airgunners and we know better. So, when we buy things to shoot out of our new .45 caliber big bore air rifle, we ask for pellets. Because it is, after all, an AIR gun, and don’t they all shoot pellets? Well, yeah, some of them do shoot BBs. I mean — other than that.

Ah, so!

So here we are in the far east. happily making airguns for those crazy Americans and, what’s this, they want .45 caliber “pellet” rifles? Sure, we say, let’s make some of those. Hey, here is a barrel for a .45 caliber firearm, let’s use this as our starting point. 

Wait a minute!

Golly, the firearms that use these barrels shoot bullets weighing 550 grains. There is no way we are going to get our rifles strong enough to launch “pellets” that weigh that much! Let’s see. Oh, it says here that the .45 ACP pistol cartridge launches a 230-grain bullet at 830 f.p.s. Our prototype air rifle might get a “pellet” of that weight up to around 550 f.p.s. Let’s shave off 30 grains of weight and our rifle can probably get the lighter “pellet” up to around 675 f.p.s. So let’s use barrels that are made for that cartridge. Never mind that the barrel is sized differently on the inside than the first one. It is a .45 caliber, isn’t it? Yeah, that ought to work!

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Don’t want no silencer

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has some laws about silencers that they enforce. Turns out that a silencer is considered a firearm. It is serial-numbered and requires the permission of the local law enforcement officials, the United States government, a background check and a $200 tax stamp for each one you purchase. Okay, okay — let’s not call them silencers. Let’s call them suppressors! Or moderators. Oh, here is a cute one, let’s call them lead dust collectors (LDC for short, but not for long) so no one will know what we mean.

tax stamp
Here’s a stamp you probably don’t want to buy in books!

Ladies and gentlemen — a rose by any other name will get you arrested and thrown into the slammer just as quick!

But BB…

We really do shoot .22-caliber H&N Rabbit Magnum II solid pellets in our pellet guns! They are solid pellets, and they are made the same diameter as .22-caliber diabolo pellets, so even if someone were to try to load them into a .22 rimfire rifle, the accuracy would be lousy! Are you saying they aren’t really pellets?

H&N Rabbit Magnum
Yes, H&N Rabbit Magnum pellets are really solid. You have to know what it takes to stabilize them in flight to make them shoot accurately.

No, what I’m saying is the language hasn’t kept pace with the technology and even the great BB Pelletier, master of all that is airgun, doesn’t know what to call them. Solid pellets is the best he can think of. But there is a “deal.”

The deal

The deal is, unless you understand external ballistics, you won’t do very well with these solid pellets. The boys on the forums all talk as if these are the greatest things since sliced bread. Well, sometimes they do work, but don’t you believe all the hype! A solid bullet/pellet/call-it-whatever is still ruled by the laws of physics and they have to spin fast enough to be stabilized. That, my friends, is why BB sometimes strays over into the firearms world in his reports. If you wanna play the game you gotta know the rules — and there are rules.

And one of the rules is understanding the terminology and using it correctly. It’s not a lead dust collector; it’s a cartridge!

M Rod and P Rod

Goodie! We get to make up new names, so nobody who is not in our Secret Circle will know what we are talking about. It’s not a Marauder — it’s an M Rod. Only I can’t spell M Rod, so I just write Mrod. It sounds right to me.

Yeah, but when you write Prod when you mean P Rod, it looks like the word prod. 

So what?

So, a box of 100 bullets is coming your way. And they cost less than what other people are paying for 50! Fifty what, you ask? Yeah, that’s what.

Okay, BB, lay off! We all know what we are talking about. If other people don’t know, how is that a problem?

Well, let’s see. You get a new pellet rifle and someone calls it a BB gun. Someone else wants to give you a present, so they buy you a box of BBs. Shoot those in your new R7!

Okay, but nobody I know would make that mistake. 

Are you sure?

By the way, Noah Webster, the dictionary guy, was once told that sugar is the only word in the English language in which the letters su make the sound sh. To which he replied…

I declare, we need a snare drum and a cymbal today.

Oh, and by the way…

The husband of the mother-in-law who bought the box of bullets knew that BB Pelletier reloads cartridges, so he told her to contact me and see what could be done to correct her faux pas. Erase, erase. Kindly BB traded her a white box of 100 Winchester 9mm cartridges for her box of 100 Hornady 9mm bullets. BB can turn those bullets into cartridges with some other stuff that he keeps on hand!

He told her to tell her son-in-law to pick up his empty brass cases after he shoots, so they can be reloaded. Why, I even have a new box of 100 full metal jacket 9mm bullets to go into them!

A guy I know

A guy I know bought a multi-stage reloading press, dies, bullets and gun powder to start reloading. I invited him over to my place to see how it is done. He said he wanted to load 100 cartridges as a Christmas gift for a family member. When he arrived I asked him for his cartridge cases. Didn’t have any. You see, back when he was in the Army he was given all the ammunition he wanted, any time he wanted it. Picking up empty cases was beneath him — literally!

Folks, actions have consequences. They may be immediate, they may take time. But they don’t go away simply because we want them to. You really want that new holster for your Prod? Make sure your gift-giver knows it isn’t a cattle prod!

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Tom Gaylord (B.B. Pelletier)
Tom Gaylord, also known as B.B. Pelletier, provides expert insights to airgunners all over the world on behalf of Pyramyd AIR. He has earned the title The Godfather of Airguns™ for his contributions to the industry, spending many years with AirForce Airguns and starting magazines dedicated to the sport such as Airgun Illustrated.

56 thoughts on “Bullet noses”

  1. BB,

    Happy New Year! Hope you enjoyed a relatively quiet weekend. First blog of the year and you are on the soapbox already! I agree proper that terminology and popular terminology don’t always meet eye to eye. Neither do manufacturers, bean counters and end users sit on the same table and speak the same language all the time. A problem I often see is that beginners rarely study before taking up the hobby depending usually on hearsay from friends before driving in. Kind of like Life where the test is given before we learned or lesson. Hopefully a lot more will study before taking up any hobby.

    Siraniko

    • “Hopefully a lot more will study before taking up any hobby.”

      So true Siraniko!

      Everything has its own lingo. I taught IT (information technology… computer stuff) at the college level for a couple of years.

      The first lesson was the importance of learning the “blue words” before trying to understand the text. (Anyone who has visited Wikipedia has seen the blue words with their pop-up explanations sprinkled thru the text.) There was a blue word test on the previous nights assignment first thing every morning.

      I wished that all documents had links to explanations to key words in them. It would be so much easier to learn and save me from scribbling notes in the margins.

      Hank

  2. B.B.,

    ROFL Lol!
    I want one of them thingermajigs for my watchamacallit!
    Wonderful start for 2022 AD!

    shootski

    PS: In the Metro Philadelphia area anything that starts with an S is pronounced as SH!

  3. BB,

    I think of waisted airgun projectiles as “pellets”; solid airgun projectiles as “slugs” and solid projectiles for powder burners as bullets.

    So that leaves me with a question… are round projectiles “BBs”? Only the little steel ones? Only for airguns? Round lead projectiles are available in different calibers for both airguns and powder burners. For powder burners (muskets, cannons) they are called “balls”. 2Bs or not 2Bs? …that is the question. 😉

    Happy New Year Tom!

    Hank

    • Hank,

      I just bought some Lead Ball for my Camp & Garden Shot Air Pistol they are spherical and #000, or was that 36 caliber, or was that .36″, or .350″, or .410 ammo, or 8.89mm? …I hope they fit!

      shootski

  4. ROTFWL! What was in those peanuts?!

    Do you know what the scary part is? I understand what you were saying.

    To me, slugs are for shotguns. They are usually hollow, with the balance of the weight forward. Sometimes they have a narrow “waist” and a skirted section. Hmm. Starting to sound a lot like a pellet, isn’t it?

    Those sluggy things for airguns I call cast bullets, but even some of them are hard to fit in that group.

    I really should apologize to all the newbies out there as sometimes at RidgeRunner’s Home For Wayward Airguns I forget there are many out there who think they know what they are doing and then they jump into this and get all discumbobilated, most especially if they are trying to follow a dude who has a habit of making up words as he goes.

    Oh, just in case somebody wants to try some, I have a tin of those H&N Rabbit Magnum pellets/bullets/slugs/lead thingys in .177 around here somewhere.

  5. I actually started to check today’s date to make sure it wasn’t April Fool’s. But years ago, I worked in the retail sector. Customers- God bless them. I had daily reminders of the fact that, while we communicated in the English language, we definitely weren’t speaking the same language. Thank goodness for hand signals, scribbled notes from Hubby, artistic renditions of the tool or assembly, etc. We were usually successful in sending them away with the correct item.

    • pacoinohio,

      About the English language…

      I’m researching British fly fishing methods for use here in Canada and watching a lot of their channels.

      On top of having to learn new terms/names for stuff I’m familiar with, with their heavy accent, it is quite a chore to understand what is being said. I’ve since learned that “otter” means “water”.

      Still interesting though. TTFN! (ta ta for now ) 🙂

      Hank

  6. Happy new year all!
    I would have called them bullets, too. Yes, I have been reading the blog enough to have read that the assembled case, powder, primer and the cast lead projectile (bullet) is called a cartridge, but I don’t think of cartridges as such. Cartridges are bullets in my mind, because I haven’t started shooting firearms (yet) and I haven’t organized my vocabulary properly.
    In what cops and robbers TV show do they say, “I’m out of cartridges!” Probably none. They always say, “I’m outta bullets!” I still have to think twice about the concept of bad or used pellets as being “lead sinker larvae!” There is really a lot to know about this stuff.
    Will

    • Will,

      That is well said! I sometimes call them bullets when I’m around those who don’t know the difference. I guess context plays a big part in this kind of discussion.

      BB

      • When in the Magnificent Seven Yul Brynner was trying to get Steve McQueen to join in helping the Mexican farmers, he said the pay was $20. To which McQueen replied “$20? That won’t even pay for my bullets.”
        So, if Steve McQueen calls them bullets that’s good enough for me.

  7. B.B.,

    “Sugar is the only word in the English language in which the letters ‘su’ make the sound ‘sh'”? I am pretty sure that is not the case, but unsure what other words might qualify. Forgive my cloudy mind. I slipped on some ice shoveling as I was not sure on my feet. Regardless, it sure has me pondering. Surely there must be some other words besides sugar? (Yes, but stop calling me Shirley, says Leslie Nielsen.) ;^)

    Michael

      • B.B.,

        Are you, ahem, SURE? ;^)

        I typically ignore headings if I intend to read the whole text of something. To me headers are to be read only when I skim. Therefore, I confess I missed that.

        Well played, Sir.

        Michael

        • Michael,

          So seldom in this blog do I get the opportunity to really write, that today I took all the lisence I wanted. I guess that was where the “word vomit” remark came from. No matter — I had a good time!

          BB

          • B.B.,

            The penultimate drummer in “This Is Spinal Tap” is asked what he would want inscribed on his tombstone. He pauses and then replies, “Have a good time all of the time.” Wisdom from an unlikely source.

            Michael

  8. B.B.,

    As a reloader, would you say the distinction between a bullet and a cartridge has become more important now that reloading is popular?

    Also, does “round” refer to a bullet or cartridge? Or is “round” to firearm ammunition as “vessel” is to watercraft?

    Michael

    • Michael,

      Round to me has always meant cartridge, as in, “How many rounds are left?”

      Interestingly, Black Hand Kelly, the hired gun in the Tremors 4 movie, referred to cartridges as cartridges and bullets as lead plumbs.

      BB

      • I tend to agree with you, but I often hear or read phrases such as, “How many rounds did you send down-range?” One sends bullets, not cartidges.

        (Hmmm. I love wordplay a bit too much, probably. I also have an affection for parenthesis so great I will sometimes write entirely parenthetical paragraphs.)

        Michael

  9. BB, You hit the cartridge on the cartridge on the a, ‘ double hockey shtiks’, once again.
    I weighed some .22 boolits I pulled from missfired .22lr brass this weekend. I paid for 40grns,
    I got 38. Hmm, I notice the same thing with my milky way mini bites, sign of the times I suppose, but hardly a new thing. Glad you survived amateur hour this year. Happy new year everybody.
    Rob

  10. “Shame on the nasty men at that store who sold her 9mm bullets! ”
    B.B.,
    If I was the gent who received that 9mm as a present, I would ask my mother-in-law which store sold her those bullets; then I would go there and see if I could get someone to “fess up” to being the guy what actually sold them, and “give that boy a good talkin’ to” as he really should be ashamed of himself! However, that incident did pave the way for a most interesting blog, so thank you.
    Take care, and here’s looking forward to another great year of reports,
    dave

    • It just struck FM every time cartridges are fired, reports follow. Unless there is a moderator in the room, of course…

      May we all enjoy a light-hearted, health-and-humor rich year. Oh, there is plenty of humor out there and it is very easy to find. Just turn on the TV and see.

  11. In Germany, blank firing guns were called “Gaspistole” (gas pistol) because they could fire cartridges filled with tear gas. Back in the day, there was only firearms, blank firing guns and spring powered air pistols.
    Now in the year 2022 you got CO2 pellet pistols, Airsoft, BB guns, blank firing, paintball, tear gas dispensers shaped like a pistol, pneumatic pellet pistol and the term *Gaspistole” leads to horrendous confusion, with sometimes fatal outcome.

  12. I always like it when B.B. calls everyone out for using incorrect terminology. Precise language and terminology is critical if we are to be able to communicate effectively and convey correct meaning especially when safety is concerned.

    What “hit my trigger” and caused me to post is his reference to the “Secret Circle” lingo and acronyms that we so accustomed to using. I’m guilty. I’m also trying to unlearn this habit since I know it alienates new airgunners and I want to encourage people to join our ranks not discourage them from communicating because they don’t know our language. Here’s an attempt to correct the barrier I’ve helped to create:

    AA – Air Arms (British airgun manufacturer)
    AGN – AirgunNation
    AO – Adjustable Objective (Scope)
    AOA – Airguns of Arizona
    BAR – Metric unit of pressure (1 BAR = 14.5038 PSI)
    BC – Ballistic Coefficient
    BP – Bullpup
    BR – Bench Rest
    BSP – British Standard Pipe (British standard set of screw thread sizes)
    CF – Carbon Fiber
    CHRONY – Chronograph
    CLP – Cleaner, Lubricant, Preservative
    CONUS – Continental US
    CP – Center Point Scope or Crosman Premier Pellets
    CPHP – Crosman Premier Hollow Point
    CTC – Center To Center
    DIN – Deutsches Institut für Normung (the English translation is German Institute for Standardization).
    DISCO – Benjamin Discovery Air Rifle
    EBR – Extreme Bench Rest (Annual competition held in Arizona by Airguns of Arizona)
    FAC – Fire Arm Certificate
    FFP – First Focal Plane
    FOV – Field of View (Scope)
    FPS – Feet per Second
    FPE – Foot Pounds of Energy (ft-lbs)
    FT – Field Target
    FX – Swedish airgun manufacturer
    GR – Grain (weight)
    H&N – Haendler & Natermann (German pellet manufacturer)
    HFT – Hunter Field Target
    HPA – High Pressure Air
    HS – Hammer Spring
    HW – Hans Weihrauch (German airgun manufacturer)
    IR – Illuminated Reticle
    JSB – Josef Schulz Bohumin (Czech pellet manufacturer)
    LDC – Lead Dust Collector (silencer)
    LEO – Law Enforcement Officer
    LOP – Length of Pull
    MCT – Map Compensated Technology
    MIL – Mil Radian
    MOA – Minute of Angle
    MOD – Moderator (Forum moderator)
    MPS – Meters per Second
    MROD – Benjamin Marauder Air Rifle
    MSP – Multi-Stroke Pumper
    MV – Muzzle Velocity
    NV – Night Vision
    OCONUS – Outside the Continental US
    OP – Original Poster (Person that started the thread)
    PA – Pyramyd Air
    PB – Powder Burner (Fire Arm)
    PCP – Pre-Charged Pneumatic
    POA – Point of Aim
    POI – Point Of Impact
    PROD – Benjamin Marauder Air Pistol
    PSI – Pounds per Square Inch
    RAW – Rapid Air Weapons (US airgun manufacturer)
    RFD – Registered Firearms Dealer (UK)
    SCB – Small Caliber Ballistic (Type of reticle)
    SF – Side Focus (Scope)
    SFP – Second Focal Plane
    SPRINGER – Spring compression or break barrel rifle
    SPF – Sold Pending Funds
    ST – Smooth Twist (type of barrel manufactured by FX)
    SYNROD – Synthetic Benjamin Marauder Rile
    TDR – Take Down Rifle
    TP – Transfer Port
    UNF – Unified National Fine (threading for silencers)

    And more:

    .22LR. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Caliber Long Rifle and its Bullets
    AA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Air Arms
    AFAIK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . As Far As I Know
    AG. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Air Gun
    AGD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Airgun Depot
    AGF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Air Gun Fever
    AO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adjustable Objective (Scope)
    AOA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Airguns Of Arizona
    Bandit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Raccoon
    BC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ballistic Coefficient
    BIL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brother-In-Law
    Bisco. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bottle Disco (Discovery)
    BP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bullpup
    BPHP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Benjamin Premier Hollow Point
    BR. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bench Rest
    BTW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . By The Way
    Bugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bunny or Rabbit
    Bushy Tailed Tree Rat . . . . . . . Squirrel
    CCW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carrying a Concealed Weapon
    CDT Trigger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CharlieDaTuna Trigger (Gooood Stuff)
    CF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carbon Fiber
    Chipper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chipmunk
    Chrony. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chronograph
    CLP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cleaner, Lubricant, Preservative
    CONUS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Continental US
    CP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Center Point Scope or Crosman Premiers
    CCP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Concealed Carry Permit
    CPHP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Crosman Premier Hollow Point
    C-Rat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Opossum (Possum)
    CTC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Center To Center
    DAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sheridan
    Disco. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Benjamin Discovery Air Rifle
    Diss (ing) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Disrespect or Disrespecting
    DPV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Disco Power Valve
    DRT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dead Right There
    EDC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Every Day Carry
    ETA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Estimated Time of Arrival
    FAC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fire Arm Certificate
    FC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Feral Cat
    FFP SFP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . First Focal Point Second Focal Point
    FPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Feet Per Second
    Flying Rat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Starling (Flying Rat is also known as being a pigeon)
    FPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Foot Pounds of Energy
    FT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Field Targets or Flat Top (piston)
    FWIW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . For What It’s Worth
    Grinner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Opossum (Possum)
    GTA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gateway To Airguns
    GF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Girl Friend
    HND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Havea Nice Day
    HO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hunter Orange
    HOSP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . House Sparrow
    HPA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . High Pressure Air
    HS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hammer Spring
    IIRC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . If I Remember Correctly
    or If I Really Cared
    IMHO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . In My Humble Opinion and In My Honest Opinion
    Jack. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Rabbit
    JMO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Just My Opinion
    LDC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lead Dust Collector
    LEO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Law Enforcement Officer
    LOL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Laugh Out Loud (also Lots Of Luck)
    LOP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Length Of Pull
    LRF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Laser Range Finder
    LWH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Light Weight Hammer
    MIL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mother-In-Law also A unit of length equal to 0.001 inches
    MOA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Minute Of Angle
    Mods. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Moderators or Modifications
    MM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mike Melick of Flying Dragons Air Rifles
    MOSH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Minute Of Squirrels Head
    Mrod. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Benjamin Marauder Air Rifle
    MSP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Multi-Stroke Pumper
    Munk. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chipmunk
    NP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nitro Piston Pellet rifle that gets its power from Nitrogen compression
    NSNM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No Shots No Misses
    NUTTER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Squirrel
    OP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Original Poster (Person originating the thread)
    PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pyramyd Air
    PB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Powder Burner (Fire Arm)
    PCP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PreCharged Pneumatic (Air Rifle)
    PETA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . People Eating Tasty Animals
    Pics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pictures
    PMO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Postal Money Order
    PMPCP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Poor Man’s PCP
    POI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Point Of Impact-
    PPL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . People
    PRod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Benjamin Marauder Air Pistol
    PSI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pounds per Square Inch
    RMA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Return Merchandise Authorization
    ROFL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rolling On the Floor Laughing
    RSII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rainstorm 2
    RVA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rear Velocity Adjuster
    SF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Side Focus (as apposed to AO) when talking about scope attributes
    Silly Wets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Silhouette
    Song Dog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coyote
    Springer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pellet rifle that gets it power from spring compression
    SPF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sold Pending Funds
    SRod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Synthetic Marauder
    SSP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Single-Stroke Pumper
    SWMBO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . She Who Must Be Obeyed
    TCB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taking Care of Business
    TMI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Too Much Information
    TP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Transfer Port
    Tree Rat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Squirrel
    TYD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . To Your Door
    WFO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wide Freaking Open
    Whistle Pig. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ground Hog (GHog)
    Whistle Dog . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prairie Dog
    Yellow Bill or Beak. . . . . . . . . Starling
    Yote. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coyote
    YMMV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Your Mileage May Vary
    YRMV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Your Results May Vary

  13. That’s a good reference or “cheat sheet.” I recall during job training we were told “do not use acronyms with the clientele when giving explanations.” Of course, few complied – seems it comes natural for people to try and abbreviate though sometimes there are consequences for doing that, some funny and some not so much.

    “What we have here is a failure to communicate.”

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