Hip Hop Lingo Translation

I already know that the term "Four Pound" refers to the .45 ACP

bullet… how does pound mean 5?

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  1. Hello,

    Being an avid gun fanatic, I think you'll be surprised to find out

    that "four pound" does not refer to the bullet persay, but the actual

    gun. It has nothing to do with the caliber of bullet used, instead,

    "four pound" is a reference to an industry standard of setting handgun

    triggers at a "pull level" of about 4lbs. of force. This is so that if

    you accidentally drop your gun, etc. it will not go off by itself.

    Many gun manufacturers go above and beyond this "four pound" standard

    such as Glock and safety critics say this may not even be enough. A

    police armorer and certified gunsmithing instructor (link below) has

    part of his code of ethics, "Weight of trigger pull is a subject of

    much discussion. Clients will often request very light trigger pulls.

    I will not put a trigger pull of less then 4 pounds on a duty/self

    defense pistol. With less experienced shooters a 4 1/2 pound pull is

    better and as high as 5 pounds is acceptable." The rules (linked

    below) for a Marine Corp League National Service Rifle and Pistol

    tournament state, "Any type of internal modification is acceptable

    except for trigger pull which must meet or exceed the minimum four

    pound trigger pull as designated by the U.S. Armed Forces." There was

    actually a lawsuit 8 years ago which revolved around trigger pull

    force and I quote from an article linked below, "Glock 17s are

    available in three different trigger pulls in the United States:

    five-pounds, eight-pounds and eight-pounds with even pressure

    throughout the trigger's travel." Another website has the Kimber Ultra

    CDP (a .45 ACP handgun) with a review which talks specifically about

    its "found pound" trigger, "It was still set for just under a four

    pound trigger pull and displayed the minimum in over-travel." I've

    also included a bunch of lyrics links in which rappers refer to a

    "four pound" as an object of destruction, not necessarily the bullet

    itself, pointing to its slang connotation as a handgun. But of course,

    in the song you were specifically referring to, the artist might have

    decided to use "four pound" as the actual bullet, .45 ACP.

    Additional Links:

    Sear Jig firearm tooling:


    Marine Corp League National Service Rifle and Pistol match rules:


    Article about Glock's suit about pull strengths:


    Handguns Magazine review of the .45 ACP Kimber Ultra CDP:


    Lyrics search for "four pound" (note: explicitly worded webpages are



    Search Strategy:

    "4 pound trigger" on google:


    Thank you for the opportunity to answer your question, if you require

    more information, please clarify the question, or if you find this

    answer satisfactory, please feel free to rate it. Thank you!


  2. I was skeptical when the question was answered so quickly… when I

    read the references I knew why. You did not provide me with one

    reference that could not be countered or just didn't make sence.

    Thanks for the try, but I am looking for my answer from someone that

    knows the lingo, not the guns.

  3. merc2112-ga, this is not off the top of my head. I've researched

    countless gun reviews for my own personal hobbies, and have run across

    the "four pound" reference many times. It's referred to in ALL four of

    the links that I have provided, and my google lyrics link was offered

    to show you that the term "four pound" is not a new term and has been

    used by rappers as diverse as Ice-T, to Ja Rule, from Busta Rhymes, to

    2-pac. Like I said, the specific rapper(s) you have referred to might

    have used it in reference to the actual bullets, but all of the other

    rappers refer to a "four pound" as a gun, whose etymology comes from

    the four pound trigger, not the caliber of bullet.

    Cuban Link from Terror Squad (of Fat Joe fame) says this in the song

    "Pass the Glock":

    "So cock the four pound (four pound)

    Lock the fort down (fort down)"

    and then not three lines later…

    "It's war now so toss the nine cuz I'ma floss and shine"

    He refers to the Glock 9mm (for your knowledge this could be the Glock

    17, 17L, 18, 19, 26, or 34) as his "four pound" which backs up exactly

    what my answer stated originally.

    Eric Sermon from the Beastie Boys (yes, "four pound" is that old)


    "I'm the four pound toter"

    meaning he's carrying a gun, packing heat, whatever you wish to call


    I hope this clarification helps you understand my point of view, if

    not I'll be more than happy to answer more clarifications.


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