Tactical Terms Glossary Below you will find a list of common abbreviations and terms seen on the LA Police Gear website along with their definition. If you see another term on our website that you are unsure of the meaning for, and it is not on this list, please contact us and we will help you out!
ACU: Army Combat Uniform
ALS: Automatic Locking System
A type of camouflage. A-TACS:
BDU: Battle Dress Uniform
CAA: Command Arms Accessories
Camo: A common abbreviation for camouflage.
CCW: Concealed Carry Weapon
CF: Carbon Fiber
CQC: Close Quarters Combat
CQT: Close Quarters Tactical
CT: Composite Toe OR Coyote Tan
Cuff: A common abbreviation for handcuffs.
E&E: Escape & Evasion
EDC: Every Day Carry
ELS: Equipment Locking System
EMS: Emergency Medical Services
GTG: Good to Go
IWB: Inside WaistBand
LE: Law Enforcement
LED: Light Emitting Diode
Level 1 Retention: Referring to a holster, the weapon retention method is friction.
Level 2 Retention: Referring to a holster, the weapon retention method is friction and a push button release.
Level 3 Retention: Referring to a holster, the weapon retention method is friction, a push button release, and a spring loaded cap that snaps in place over the rear of the slide.
LRT: Long Range Tactical
Mag: A common abbreviation for pistol/rifle magazines.
MLS: Molle Locking System
MOA: Minute of Angle
MOLLE: MOdular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment
MRT: Mid Range Tactical
NTOA: National Tactical Officers Association
OD: Olive Drab (commonly known as Green)
PALS/PAL: A term for molle compatible attachment straps or items.
PDU: Patrol Dress Uniform
QD: Quick Disconnect
QLS: Quick Locking System
RLS: Rapid Light System
S.T.R.I.K.E.: Soldier Tactical Retro Integrated Kit Enhanced
SERPA: A type of Blackhawk holster, named after its inventor Michael Serpa.
SLS: Self Locking System
ST: Steel Toe
STX: A type of finish for Safariland Duty Holsters.
TDU: Tactical Dress Uniform
USAF: United States Air Force
USMC: United States Marine Corps
USN: United States Navy
VTAC: Viking Tactics
ZK: Zombie Killer
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