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  • The ABC's of Concealed Carry: What do All Those Acronyms Mean?

    2 min read

    If you're just starting out on your concealed carry journey, you are really in luck—there is so much good information out there about self-defense and carrying concealed!

    There's just one downside to that availability of informationit's pretty easy to get overwhelmed with new words, terms, and acronyms that you've probably never seen before.


    OMG, what do all those letters mean?

    We've put together a handy list of some of the most popular acronyms associated with self-defense and concealed carry. Bookmark this page and feel free to refer back to the list any time you get stumped!

    Acronyms for Concealed Carry Permits

    These are all plays on the same thing - it seems like just about every state has named their concealed carry license/permit something just a little bit different. 

    CHL - Concealed Handgun License

    CPL - Concealed Pistol License

    CCW - Concealed Carry Weapon (Permit)

    CFP - Concealed Firearms Permit

    CCP - Concealed Carry Permit

    CWP - Concealed Weapons Permit

    CPL - Concealed Pistol License

    Holster-Related Acronyms

    most holster acronyms have something in common - they usually refer to the position or location of the holster on your body.

    IWB - Inside-the-Waistband

    OWB - Outside-the-Waistband

    AIWB - Appendix-Inside-the-Waistband

    SOB - Small of Back

    MOB - Middle of Back


    Shooting-Related Acronyms

    These terms aren't limited to the concealed carry world, but you're bound to bump into more than one of these when learning about self-defense.

    DAO - Double Action Only

    SAO - Single Action Only

    FTF - Failure to Feed or Failure to Fire

    PCC - Pistol Caliber Carbine (Rifle)

    LOS - Line of Sight

    COF - Course of Fire

    COM - Center of Mass

    AD - Accidental Discharge

    ND - Negligent Discharge

    MOA - Minute of Angle 

    FMJ - Full Metal Jacket (Bullet)

    JHP - Jacketed Hollow Point (Bullet)

    LRN - Lead Round Nose (Bullet)

    TMJ - Total Metal Jacket (Bullet)

    Law and Justice Acronyms

    While these acronyms aren't exclusive to concealed carry, you'll see them a lot in concealed carry and self-defense information.

    LE - Law Enforcement

    LEO - Law Enforcement Officer

    ROL - Rule of Law

    AOW - Any Other Weapon

    FFL - Federal Firearms Licence

    GCA - Gun Control Act (of 1968)

    NFA - National Firearms Act (of 1934)

    RTKBA - Right to Keep and Bear Arms

    2A - Second Amendment

    General Concealed Carry and Self-Defense Related Acronyms

    EDC - Every Day Carry

    BUG - Back Up Gun

    CQB - Close Quarters Battle

    CQC - Close Quarters Combat

    We hope this non-exhaustive list helps you navigate the sea of self-defense and concealed carry related terms. If you run into an acronym that's not on our list and want to know what it means, feel free to contact us so we can help!

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