Air Gun Lingo: Puzzling abbreviations explained
Types of Airguns
Springers : guns powered by a spring and piston
MSP : Multi-Stroke Pneumatic (pump up guns)
SSP : Single Stroke Pneumatic (gun pumps up on a single stroke of air)
PCP : Pre-charged Pneumatic (A type of airgun that uses areservoir on the gun that is filled from an external tank like a scuba tank, or with a handpump.)
C02 : Guns powered by carbon dioxide, either from bulk filled tanks or from 12 gram powerlets.
JSB: JSB is a manufacturer from Czechoslovakia who makes very good pellets.
CP: Crosman Premier pellet
CPL: Crosman Premier Light pellet. A 7.9 grain domed pellet from Crosman.
CPH: Crosman Premier Heavy. A heavier version of the 177 caliber domed pellet from Crosman.
HDD: hammer debounce device - used to restrict the bouncing of the hammer on the valve stem immediately after the shot, which releases and wastes more air from the chamber.
AO: adjustable objective
QB: a family of Chinese made air rifles, but most often used to refer to the QB78, a close clone of the CO2 Crosman 160. Manufactured in the Shanghai factory.
BAM: another Chinese factory that manufactures airguns. Best Airgun Manufacture
FPS: feet per second; how fast a pellet is traveling once fired.
FPE: foot-pounds of energy - a measure of knockdown power, using a mathematical formula of (mass x velocity squared) divided by 450240.
These are just a few of the acronyms you may run across while reading the airgun forums, and I hope this brief list will help you keep up with the thread of conversation as enthusiasts sling the lingo around.