Caliber Nicknames

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    Caliber Nicknames

    I have heard the 9mm reffered to as the "wonder 9" the 7.62x39 referred to as the "bone crusher" and 5.45x39 as the "poison bullet." What other caliber nicknames are out there and how did they get their nickname? I ask mainly out of boredom and curiosity

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    5.56 was called the "meat axe", I know that.

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    My personal nickname for the 9mm is the ".380 LONG".


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    .45 ACP hollow point has been called the "flying ashtray" due to the size of the cavity.
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    The 40 S&W as the 10mm short.
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    The 380 is known in Europe as the 9MM Kurz or the 9MM Browning Short.

    380 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) (9mm Browning Short) (9mm Kurz) (9mm Corto)
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    I carry a .45 on duty. The local bangers call it a "foe-nickle".

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    Quote Originally Posted by kb2wji View Post
    I carry a .45 on duty. The local bangers call it a "foe-nickle".
    Ask the bangers if they call a .22 "dubs".
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    The .38 158gr lead round nose, which used to be the standard police duty round, was called the "Widowmaker" because it was so ineffective, it put cops in the ground.

    The FBI 10mm round was called the "10mm Lite" which was the genesis of the .40 S&W.

    The .38 158gr SWCHP +P was the "FBI' or "Chicago" load.

    The .38 110gr JHP + P was the "Treasury" or "Secret Service" load.

    The .45 200gr Speer JHP was "the flying ashtray."

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    Quote Originally Posted by SatCong View Post
    The 40 S&W as the 10mm short.
    I remember it being refered to as the 10mm fed lite also.
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    .22 = Deuce Deuce

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    Quote Originally Posted by twc View Post
    I have heard the 9mm reffered to as the "wonder 9" :
    "Wonder Nine" is actually a reference to the variety of hi capacity double action pistols that started becoming common in the late 70's, not the cartridge.
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    For as long as I can remember the folks I grew up around called all large bore calibers as "Pumkin Rollers". Generally this referred to the slower moving ones that were common back then.
    My 44 spcl and 45's are in that class. Along with many of the old rifles.

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