I've read loads of Preppers' and Survivalists' glossaries and found that most (not all) of them are direct copies of others on the internet, without a thought for a better definition. What I've tried to do here is take the best out of them, simplify the explanations, remove the dross and add things that I believe are essential. If you think that something should be added or better explained then please email me at mal@survival_supplies.co.uk .

ALICE Military Acronym - All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment.
As The Crow
Flies
The shortest distance between two points, i.e. a straight line.
ATL Acronym - Attempt To Locate.
Barter Trading goods or services you have for something you want.
Batoning Splitting wood down the length of the grain using the sharp edge of a knife and striking the back of the knife with a heavy object (such as another log).
BBE Acronym - Best Before End. A date usually printed on processed food packs to indicate the product's end of "Shelf Life" (see below).
BIB Acronym - Bug-In Bag. A kit of essentials designed for use at home.
BOB Acronym - Bug Out Bag.
BOL Acronym - Bug Out Location.
BOV Acronym - Bug Out Vehicle.
Bowie Knife A long fixed blade knife with a cross guard and clip point, although James Bowie's original knife was described as having a straight back.
Bug Out Leave home in an emergency.
Calibre The diameter of a bullet from a gun. The calibre is the measurement (in inches or millimetres) of the inner diameter of the barrel.
E.g. a .22 calibre rifle measures approximately .22 inches from one side of the barrel to the other. The inner diameter of the barrel of a 9mm pistol is 9mm.
Char Cloth A piece of cloth (usually cotton) that has been carbonised by heating in the absence of oxygen, which easily takes a spark to start a fire.
Cluster Fuck Military term for an operation in which multiple things have gone wrong, occasionally replaced by the NATO phonetic acronym "Charlie Foxtrot."
CYA Acronym - Cover Your Assets (or Cover Your Arse).
DIY Acronym - Do It Yourself.
DLP Acronym - Defence of Life and Property
EDC Acronym - Every Day Carry. What an individual person caries on them on a daily basis.
ELE Acronym - Extinction Level Event.
EMP Acronym - Electromagnetic Pulse
EOTW Acronym - End Of The World.
Faraday Cage A shielding enclosure for electronics.
Ferro Rod A rod of Ferrocerium which, when scraped with a steel, can make hot sparks (1,650 C) to start a fire. Often misreferred to as a flint.
Fiat Currency Any currency that is issued by government not backed by gold, silver or other tangibles. These days that includes most currencies, including the US Dollar.
Fire Steel See Ferro Rod.
FIFO Acronym - First In, First Out - used for food and other degradable stock rotation.
FLC Acronym - Fighting Load Carrier
Force Multiplier A capability that, when added to and employed by a combat force, significantly increases the combat potential of that force and thus enhances the probability of successful mission accomplishment.
FUBAR Military Acronym - Fucked Up Beyond All Repair (US version of SNAFU).
Full Tang In knife parlance this indicates that the blade and handle are constructed from one continuous piece of metal. Scales or grips are typically attached to the handle portion for a more comfortable grip. This makes for a very robust knife.
Gauge Refers to number of lead balls the size of the inner diameter of a shotgun that it would take to make a pound. E.g. a 12-gauge shotgun means that it would take 12 lead balls the size of the inner diameter of the barrel to weigh a pound. So, in the case of a 20-gauge shotgun, 20 lead balls the size of the inner diameter of the barrel would weigh a pound.
Get-Home Bag This is a smaller light weight bag you keep in your car to help you get home.
Grid-down A situation where the National Electrical Grid has failed - possibly long-term
GMO Acronym - Genetically Modified Organism
HRC Rockwell scale of hardness. The higher the number the harder the material. Most bushcraft knives tend to have an HRC of 54 to 60.
INCH Acronym - Im Never Coming Home
Isolated Retreat A privately owned stronghold designed to be entirely self-sufficient and self-contained.
Jimping Notches/grooves that are machined into the back part of a knife blade or on the knife handle for better grip and/or thumb control.
Kindling Small dry twigs and sticks used to build a fire.
KISS Acronym - Keep It Simple, Stupid (i.e. avoid unnecessary complexity).
LOS Acronym - Line of Sight. Many communications technologies require an unobstructed path between transmitter and receiver, as in microwave radio, satellite communications, and laser/infrared optical communications links.
MAD Acronym - Mutually Assured Destruction.
MIL-SPEC Military specification. Something made to military standards
MOLLE Military Acronym - Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. MOLLE is a replacement for the All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment system (ALICE).
MRE Acronym - Meal, Ready to Eat (usually term for army field rations)
NBC Nuclear, Biological, Chemical.
Off-Grid Not connected to the power, water and sewage utility grid; self-sufficient.
Potable Water that is safe to drink by humans.
PPPPPP Acronym - Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance
Prep Prepare.
Prepper A person who is prepared for emergency situations.
Preps Preparations.
PSK Acronym - Personal Survival Kit
Retreat A place of refuge that is prepared in advance, usually in lightly-populated rural regions.
Rockwell Scale of
Hardness
The Rockwell Scale is a measurement system used bto determine the relative hardness of a material (such as a knife blade) based on the depth of the dentat made by a heavy object impacting them. For knives they use the C scale in units labelled HRC (see above).
Rule of 3 The Rule of 3 states that you cannot survive much more than:

3 minutes without air
3 hours without shelter in extreme conditions
3 days without water
3 weeks without food

SERE Acronym - Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape.
Sheeple Sheep People - people who mindlessly give up their rights and follow others who they think have authority.
Shelf Life The useful life of a product. In processed foods it is the time that it can be stored before the manufacturer states that the product may becomes inedible. See also "BBE" above.

Also the period of time that a battery can be stored and still have at least 85% of its original charge.

SHTF Acronym - Shit Hits The Fan.
SITREP Situation Report
SNAFU Military Acronym - Situation Normal, All Fucked Up (British version of FUBAR).
SOP Acronym - Standard Operating Procedure/s
SSSSSS Acronym - Sound, Shape, Shine, Shadow, Smell, Silhouette.
STOP Acronym - Stop, Think, Observe, Plan.
TEOTWAWKI Acronym - The End Of The World As We Know It.
Tinder Fine flammable material that will easily catch a spark; used to start a fire.
UXB Acronym - Unexploded Bomb.
WROL Acronym - Without Rule Of Law.
YOYO Acronym - You're On Your Own - when you cant expect help from any of the normal emergency services.

 

 

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