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Why is it 'bbl' ?

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Unread 03-31-2006, 01:25 AM
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Why is it \'bbl\' ?

Today's random 'niff-naff and trivia' question:

Anyone know why in the US gun industry 'barrel' gets abbreviated to 'bbl'?

...and not something more logical (like 'brl')


I suspect it might be some weird historical thing like the answer to why are tanks (as in main battle tanks) called 'tanks'

...I'm not losing sleep over it; just idly wondering if anyone had a reason/explanation.
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    Unread 03-31-2006, 02:54 AM
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    Re: Why is it \'bbl\' ?

    Matt, i blame Elmer .. Be.. Be.. Be.. Be.. Bawell

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    Re: Why is it \'bbl\' ?

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    Today's random 'niff-naff and trivia' question:

    Anyone know why in the US gun industry 'barrel' gets abbreviated to 'bbl'?

    ...and not something more logical (like 'brl')


    I suspect it might be some weird historical thing like the answer to why are tanks (as in main battle tanks) called 'tanks'

    ...I'm not losing sleep over it; just idly wondering if anyone had a reason/explanation.

    [/ QUOTE ]
    i have been lurking hear for a bit.
    and you have just answered one of many questions
    thanks.
    i knew what everyone was referring to but could not understand y you call it bbl (strange)
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    Re: Why is it \'bbl\' ?

    Wild shot in the dark......came about from double barrel shotguns,bbl instead of bl,and was in use and picked up by the auto industry also for carburetors?
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    Re: Why is it \'bbl\' ?

    Little searching found brl is a military acronym for "Bomb release line". Military Acronyms
    But if you go to bbl and brl you'll find they are both the same as the first acronym for barrel.
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    Re: Why is it \'bbl\' ?

    Most probably for the same type of reason that the housewife cut the short end of the ham off before cooking it. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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    Unread 03-31-2006, 08:54 AM
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    Re: Why is it \'bbl\' ?

    Because bbl is an abbreviation for barrel.

    The bb is a leftover from when they first started this entire abbreviation process and folks verbally stated the abbreviation by prefacing with the word abbreviation then the short version and then actual name.

    First it was "abbreviation bl barrel" --- but eventually the tongue tied just used bbl.

    (I got bored and did a Buffalobob.) [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

    Roy... tell use the "short end of the ham story"... In a new thread. I use a ham story too but I'd like to hear your's.
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