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Airsoft is, by it’s very nature, very militarised which means that a lot of military terms and acronyms get used. The military love to shorten every word or phrase into a smaller phrase or group of letters and this transfers over to airsoft. For a civilian some of these can be a little confusing, in fact even some ex soldiers, including myself, have struggled to keep up with all of the drifferent acronyms that the military love to use, so here is a list of the most commonly used ones that I can think of. If you can think of more that I have missed then please feel free to comment and I will add them to the list!

Airsoft Acronym List

  • ACU = Army Combat Uniform. Current issued camouflage pattern issued to the American Army (See the Camouflage Patterns Page for examples).
  • AEG = Automatic Electric Gun.
  • AO = Area of Operations (the area in which you will operating/fighting).
  • BB = Ball bullet (not ball bearing). These are what your airsoft guns fire.
  • BFG = Blank Firing Grenade.
  • Blue on Blue = Term used to identify/describe friendly fire.
  • BUND Line = Built Up Natural Defence (A raised dirt wall so to speak that you can find in most parts of the world).
  • CAS = Close Air Support. Unlikely in airsoft, however it can be simulated.
  • Comms = Communications (radios etc.).
  • CQB/CQC = Close Quarters Battle/Combat. This is what it says. Fighting at close quarters. Room to room and house to house.
  • DDPM = Desert Disruptive Patterned Material. The old standard issued camouflage issued to British troops for desert operations (See the Camouflage Patterns Page for examples).
  • DPM = Disruptive Patterned Material. The old standard issued camouflage issued to British troops for day to day use (See the Camouflage Patterns Page for examples).
  • Extraction/Extract = The process of leaving a given area. For example: once a mission is complete on the battlefield, your team will extract from that area by helicopter, land vehicle or foot.
  • FIBUA = Fighting In Built Up Area’s, also known as OBUA (Operations In Built Up Area’s) and nicknamed FISH (Fighting In Someone’s House). It basically refers to urban operations.
  • FOB = Forward Operating Base. A base, generally right out on the front line or amongst enemy territory, used to launch patrols from.
  • FPS = Feet Per Second. This is the measurement used to determine the power of Automatic Electric Guns and Gas Blow Back Guns.
  • GBB = Gass Blow Back.
  • Grab Bag = Small bag (either shaped like a handbag or small rucksack) used for essential kit.
  • Hi-Caps = High capacity magazines. Usually contain a coil spring and allow the user to carry a considerable amount of bb’s per magazine. Generally upwards of 200 bb’s.
  • IDF = In-Direct Fire. This descriptions covers things like mortars or artillery where the weapon system is not aimed at the intended target and is instead aimed using bearings and elevations.
  • IF = Imitation Firearm. This is the definition of an imitation firearm and covers those that are brightly painted.
  • Javelin = Man portable, shoulder fired, Anti tank missile system.
  • Magazine = The part of a weapon that holds your ammunition and feeds it into the gun.
  • Mid-Cap = Mid capacity magazines. These usually utilise a normal compression spring to feed the bb’s and allow the user to store between 70 and 130 bbs per magazine.
  • Milsim = Military Simulation Game.
  • MOLLE = MOdular Lightweight Load carrying Equipment. Those little loops you see on military clothing to attach pouches to.
  • MTP = Multi Terrain Pattern. The current camouflage pattern issued to British troops.
  • Multicam/MC = Multi Camouflage pattern used primarily by special forces and forward operating units from western forces.
  • NATO = Northern Atlantic Treaty Organisation (a group of nations that work together for various common objectives, namely security in the Northern Atlantic region.).
  • PC = Plate Carrier (Assault vest/individual armoured plate carrier,  not something to carry dinner plates with!).
  • Pop Smoke = The process of deploying a smoke grenade to either visually cover your movements or actions from your enemy, or to mark a specific position.
  • Real-Cap/Low-Cap = Real/Low capacity magazines. These are again fed by a compression spring but generally only allow the user to fill the magazine with the same amount of bb’s as the real life counter parts take.
  • Real Steal = Generally refers to the real life counter part of an airsoft gun or part.
  • Real World =  The term used on this website to differentiate between real life tactics and airsoft. For example military operations in Afghanistan, or SWAT operations in America would be refereed to as real world.
  • Recce = Short for Reconnaissance. Reconnaissance is the observation of an area or enemy forces to gather intelligence and information about that area or enemy.
  • RIF = Real Imitation Firearm. This is the definition of a realistic looking imitation firearm and covers all airsoft guns and deactivated guns that appear to be real.
  • RIS/RAS = Rail Interface System/Rail Adapter System. These are rail mounting points that allow users to attach accessories to their weapon. Although the two look very similar they are in fact different and have different methods for attaching to the gun. These are most commonly seen on M4’s.
  • ROF/RPM = Rate Of Fire/Rounds Per Minute. This refers to the amount of bb’s an airsoft gun can fire per minute.
  • Skirmish = Average Sunday game of airsoft with minor attention to simulation.
  • SOPs = Standard Operating Procedures. These are the standard procedures used to carry out a multitude of tasks within the military. For example: A predetermined set of drills to clear a stoppage within your weapon, or a predetermined set of drills for reacting to an enemy contact.
  • STANAG = Standardization Agreement. The NATO  standard agreement for parts and sizes. In airsoft this term is most commonly used to refer to weapon magazines.
  • Stinger = Man portable, shoulder fired, anti-aircraft missile.
  • SWAT = Special Weapons And Tactics. Specialist tactics employed by security details and specialist police units made famous by the American Police SWAT units.
  • UKARA = UK Airsoft Retailers Association. “An association formed as a response to the drafting of the Violent Crime Reduction Bill in 2006 which later became an Act of Parliament.” This association is there to help to try and regulate the sales of RIF’s.
  • VCRA (2007) = Violent Crimes Reduction Act. This act was introduced to regulate the sales of RIF’s.