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    Thumbs up Bullet Acronyms

    Being a novice, I was doing research on meanings of the many acronyms. I wasn't able to find it here but found them on Wikipedia. I figured I'd post them for those like myself, who are new to this world. Hope this helps!

    Bullet acronyms
    AP — Armor Piercing (has a steel or other hard metal core)
    ACC — Accelerator
    BBWC — Bevel Base Wadcutter
    BEB — Brass Enclosed Base
    BT — Boat-Tail
    BTHP — Boat Tail Hollow Point
    CB — Cast Bullet
    CL — Core-Lokt
    DEWC — Double Ended Wadcutter
    FMJ — Full Metal Jacket
    FN — Flat Nose
    FP — Flat Point
    FST — Fail Safe Talon
    GD — Gold Dot
    GDHP — Gold Dot Hollow Point
    GS — Golden Saber
    HBWC — Hollow Base Wadcutter
    HC — Hard Cast
    HP — Hollow Point
    HPJ — High Performance Jacketed
    HS — Hydra Shok
    J — Jacketed
    JFP — Jacketed Flat Point
    JHC — Jacketed Hollow Cavity
    JHP — Jacketed Hollow Point
    JSP — Jacketed Soft Point
    L — Lead
    L-T — Lead Combat
    L-T — Lead Target
    LFN — Long Flat Nose
    LFP — Lead Flat Point
    LHP — Lead Hollow Point
    LRN — Lead Round Nose
    LSWC — Lead Semi-Wadcutter
    LSWC-GC — Lead Semi-Wadcutter Gas Checked
    LWC — Lead WadCutter
    LTC — Lead Truncated Cone
    MC — Metal Cased
    MRWC — Mid-Range Wadcutter
    +P — Plus P (10-15% overpressure)
    +P+ — Plus P Plus (20-25% overpressure)
    PB — Lead Bullet
    PB — Parabellum
    PL — Power-Lokt
    PSP — Plated Soft Point
    PSP — Pointed Soft Point
    RN — Round Nose
    RNFP — Round Nose Flat Point
    RNL — Round Nosed Lead
    SJ — Semi Jacketed
    SJHP — Semi Jacketed Hollow Point
    SJSP — Semi-Jacketed Soft Point
    SP — Soft Point
    SP — Spire Point
    SPTZ — Spitzer
    ST — Silver Tip
    STHP — Silver Tip Hollow Point
    SWC — Semi Wadcutter
    SX — Super Explosive
    SXT — Supreme Expansion Talon
    TC — Truncated Cone
    TMJ — Total Metal Jacket
    VLD — Very Low Drag
    WC — Wadcutter
    WLN — Wide Long Nose
    WSM — Winchester Short Magnum
    WSSM — Winchester Super Short Magnum
    XTP — Extreme Terminal Performance
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    Lightbulb Bullet types

    Here are bullet types also which may help answer some questions.


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    That's pretty much most of them. My favorite defensive pistol bullet profile is the LSW(C)HP(Lead Semi Wadcutter Hollow Point, can be abbreviated with or without the "C"). I'm sure there's more with the different bullet/ammunition manufacturers' own lines but you can't get them all.

    "Armor piercing" is subjective. There's the legal definition which has absolutely nothing to do with the projectile's ability to penetrate armor and there's the actual projectiles that may have the ability to penetrate armor which may or may not meet the legal definition of "armor piercing" due to it being constructed of a small list of materials.
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    "FP" means "Flat Point"? Darn. All this time I thought is was "Fat Piercing," and I've been carrying them in case I got attacked by a plus-size goblin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FallGuy View Post
    Here are bullet types also which may help answer some questions.


    Good photograph!

    Bob Wright

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    Are "TMJ" and "Plated" the same thing?

    Hello.

    I am new to cartridge handguns (used shoot black powder revolvers a lot) and just got into "modern" handguns. I have picked up a Sig 229 and have been researching ammo. One question I have about the types, that I imagine you folks can help me with is this: are plated bullets the same thing as "Total Metal Jacket"?

    There is a range near me that doesn't allow jacketed ammunition, but apparently allows "plated". When I search for "plated" ammo online, I really don't find anything in .40 S&W: only 22LR for the most part. So I am thinking that there is a different "code name" for "plated" and that is is probably "TMJ". Is this correct?

    Thanks,
    Scott
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    Good information, thanks for posting.

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    This is great info, now I just have to figure out what gun I will get and what ammo it will like the best, I will keep this thread in mind.

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    Are "TMJ" and "Plated" the same thing?

    Thanks,
    Scott
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    Can anyone tell me what FTX means ? I have some Hornady .40 S&W 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds. They have a Red Rubber Ball in the Hollow point if that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brydawg View Post
    Can anyone tell me what FTX means ? I have some Hornady .40 S&W 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds. They have a Red Rubber Ball in the Hollow point if that helps.
    FTX = Flex Tip eXpanding.

    http://www.hornady.com/bullets
    http://www.hornady.com/store/critical_defense

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    Quote Originally Posted by DjSaneR View Post
    Thanks for the info DiSaneR.
    I was just looking at ammo over at Midway USA and found what it stood for not even 10 minutes ago.

    Thanks again tho...

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