From types of bullets to medieval swords, from the Vietnam war to WWII, these glossaries are bound to help if what you are looking for is related to firearms, ammunition, war and combat. The short descriptions will make it easy to see which glossary is the one you need.
Wikipedia – A glossary of firearms terms. As you’d expect from Wikipedia, lots of cross-references as well.
Hallowell & Co – The best thing about this glossary of firearms, apart from the comprehensive list of terms, is the fact that it is illustrated. Each definition comes with a photo.
IHEA – Also a glossary of terms related to firearms. Simple definitions, easy to understand.
NRA-ILA – If you are translating a text on firearms and ammunition, this is the go-to glossary.
Boomershoot – A gun dictionary that also includes a few slang terms.
The Specialists Ltd – This glossary lists the most common terms related to firearms and weapons in general. The definitions are clear and jargon-free.
Swords, Knives and Daggers – A really well-organised glossary on medieval weaponry. You can look for your term in several categories: axes, daggers and knives, swords, spears and other pole arms, blunt weapons, siege, armour. We just love this resource.
Guns and Ammo info – What sets this firearms glossary apart from other of its kind are the comprehensive definitions, as well as videos to exemplify certain terms better.
The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) – University of Virginia – Are terms and slang related to the Vietnam War giving you a headache? Then check out this fantastic glossary of military terms dedicated to this particular event.
Civil War Trust – The Civil War has its own lingo and this is what this glossary focuses on. Some entries also come accompanied by pictures. We recommend!
Spartacus Educational – First World War terms explained in this glossary, including slang. Short and clear definitions.
About.com – A shorter list of terms related to the Vietnam War. However, we recommend it as some of the terms have not been included in the previous resource.
Infoplease – While there are not many terms in this glossary, it is definitely a useful resource if your term is about the Iraq War.
1st Cav Medic – What we love about this glossary of Vietnam War terms is that there are a lot of acronyms and abbreviations included, as well as pictures. Excellent resource!
Alpha History – Another glossary on WWI terms which will come in handy if you have not found the term you needed in the previous glossary.
BBC 1, BBC 2 – Two glossaries from BBC dedicated to WWI and WWII respectively. As they are mainly aimed at students, the definitions are clear and easy to understand. Besides, they come from a reliable source.
The International Ammunition Association (IAA) – A specialised glossary dedicated to cartridges. The terms are arranged alphabetically, so it is easy to find the term you are looking for.
United Nations (UN) – This glossary from the UN is one of the most complete when it comes to terms, definitions and
Viking sword 1 – Abbreviations related to ammunition. Also in downloadable .pdf form.
Viking sword 2 – This is an amazing resource if you are interested in terms related to medieval swords. The extensive definitions accompanied by illustrations make understanding of the terms easy. We love it!
My Armoury – The same website has gathered an impressive collection of pictures of primitive weapons and armour used in the Philippine Islands. Pictures come with descriptions. Can we say we love this one too? We do!
EarthLink – Not an extensive list, but some of the terms here (all related to weapons) may not be found elsewhere.
Angel Sword – This very specialised glossary is dedicated to Japanese swords. We did not know a sword has so many parts. A great illustrated resource.
Medieval Swords – Also a glossary focusing on swords, but this one is dedicated especially to technical terms associated with swords and smithing.
National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – If the term you need is related to medieval swords and sword parts, the definitions in this glossary will certainly help.
Firearms Advantage – The lingo associated with firearms and ammunition will no longer be a mystery with the aid of this glossary. It includes a few acronyms as well.
National Firearms Museum – Another resource on firearms. What we particularly liked about this glossary are the simple and short definitions.
California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (CFFJAC) – 26 pages of terms, acronyms and abbreviations related to firearms. One of the most complete resources on this topic. Not to mention it comes as a .pdf and you can save it on your computer to use offline as well.
National Center for Forensic Science (NCFS) – A list of terms associated with explosive and incendiary devices. Can be downloaded as .pdf to be used offline.
Owen Guns – Pretty similar to the previous glossary, this one includes more terms, as well as some not found in the first one. Also in .pdf form.
Radnor – Explosives have their own terminology and this is what this glossary tries to help with. Some of the definitions may require some knowledge of chemistry.
DocStoc – Acronyms and abbreviations can be daunting. But this glossary will help if you are looking for acronyms related to weapons, ordnance, munitions and explosives.
Dicle University – 15 pages of terminology used in explosives and blasting. Looking for the term online may prove difficult on the eyes, but the good news is that you can download the document on your computer to use offline.
Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) – A glossary of blasting terms with short and clear definitions.
New Zealand Police – This glossary includes only terms which are unique to the firearms and ammunition industry directly.
Wikipedia – More arms terms explained. If none of the previous glossary helped, you may want to have a look at this one as well.
Global Security – A very comprehensive list of military abbreviations and acronyms from Wikipedia. Highly recommended.
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