Glossary of Tactical Terms


We have compiled a list of some of the more common abbreviations and some terms that you may run across while visiting our website. Hopefully you will find it to be helpful. ACU: Army Combat Uniform


  • ALS: Automatic Locking System

  • A-TACS: A type of camouflage.

  • BDU: Ready for combat – Battle Dress Uniform

  • BM: Benchmade – knife manufacturer

  • Camo: Another common abbreviation for camouflage.

  • CB: Carabiner – the metal loop with a flip opening – handy clip with many uses

  • CCW:  stands for – Concealed Carry Weapon

  • CF: Carbon Fiber

  • CQC: Close Quarters Combat – as in house to house

  • CQT: Close Quarters Tactical

  • CT: Coyote Tan (color) – also could be Composite Toe

  • Cuff(s):  Common abbreviation used for handcuffs.

  • E&E: Escape & Evasion

  • EDC: Every Day Carry – could refer to a weapon

  • ELS: Equipment Locking System

  • EMS: Emergency Medical Services (Supplies)

  • FG: Foliage Green (color similar to OD)

  • GTG: Things are “Good To Go”

  • IR: InfraRed

  • IWB: Inside WaistBand

  • LED: Light Emitting Diode – generally used here referring to flashlights

  • Level 1 Retention: A holster where the pistol retention method is friction.

  • Level 2 Retention: A holster where the pistol retention method is friction as well as a push button release.

  • Level 3 Retention: A holster where the pistol retention method is friction, a spring loaded cap device that snaps in place.

  • LRT: Long Range Tactical

  • LRP: Long Range Patrol

  • Mag:  Abbreviation for pistol/rifle magazines.

  • MLS: Molle Gear Locking System

  • MOLLE: Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (ex. strap system on packs)

  • MRT: Mid Range Tactical

  • NRA: National Rifle Association

  • OD: Olive Drab (commonly known as Army Green)

  • PALS/PAL: A term for molle compatible attachment straps or items.

  • QD: Quick Disconnect

  • QLS: Quick Locking System

  • S.T.R.I.K.E.: Soldier Tactical Retro Integrated Kit Enhanced

  • SERPA: This refers to a type of holster, named after Michael Serpa (inventor)

  • SLS: Self Locking System

  • ST: Steel Toe

  • USAF: United States Air Force

  • USMC: United States Marine Corps

  • USN: United States Navy

  • WP: WaterProof

  • ZK: Zombie Killer

  • ZT: Zero Tolerance – knife manufacturer

  • ZK: Zombie Killer

  • Zulu Time: Universal Time (24 hour clock at the Prime Meridian)