Need Help...Names of literary shooters


September 28, 2004, 07:07 PM
I'm trying to compile a list of shooters from literature.

By literature, I mean not just books, but stories, movies, any sort of fictional characters.

The reason I want them is that I am going to label the air rifles for my college rifle team with fictional character names, not numbers.

I want to reinforce the idea of rifles having specific individual characteristics with the names.

I need 8 names. Four for precision air rifles, and four for sporter air rifles.

Here are names of fictional shooters I've come up with so far.

Natty Bumpo
Bob Lee Swagger
Gus McRae

(yeah, I know the following aren't rifle shooters, but still marksmen)

Robin Hood

What are some other fictional characters known for their marksmanship?

Who's the hero of that series of British novels about a company of riflemen during the Napoleonic wars? It was even made into a TV series, but I can't place the title or name of the character.

But hit me with some other fictional characters known for their marksmanship.



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September 28, 2004, 07:09 PM

Standing Wolf
September 28, 2004, 07:11 PM
Don't overlook Sherlock Holmes.

September 28, 2004, 07:12 PM
John Rambo :p
Tuco, Blondie, and Angel Eyes

lee n. field
September 28, 2004, 07:54 PM
Win Bear

September 28, 2004, 08:02 PM
William Tell

September 28, 2004, 08:03 PM
James Bond

September 28, 2004, 08:06 PM
Well, he's not fictional, but there's a lot of fiction about him (including the recent movie "Enemy At The Gates") - Vassili Zheitsev.

September 28, 2004, 08:18 PM
Nelson Demille's Character - John Cory
James Lee Burke's Character - Dave Robicheaux

Not necessarily 'marksman' , darn sure are 'characters' and tend to hit what they aiming for...granted Corey was introduded as recovering from .44 wounds... but he redeems himself. ;)

September 28, 2004, 09:37 PM
John Clark and Ding Sanchez -- Clancy
Mitch Rapp -- Flynn
John Rambo
Martin Riggs
Allan Quartermaine
Ethan Hunt
El Mariachi

Some are more "spray and pray"


September 28, 2004, 09:39 PM
what about Palidan from" Have gun will travel "my favorite western series of all time.

Larry Ashcraft
September 28, 2004, 09:40 PM

From "Valdez is Coming"

September 28, 2004, 09:47 PM
"Two Jones" of Audy Murphy fame

Louis L'Amour books have many from the Sacketts, Jubal is one I remember.

Bowdrie, Catlow, Chancy, Hondo, Kilkenny, Lando, Galloway etc.


September 28, 2004, 10:01 PM
Josey Wales

Charley Waite (Kevin Costner character in "Open Range"

John Bernard (JB) Book (from "The Shootist")


Nathaniel/Hawkeye (from "Last of the Mochicans")


September 28, 2004, 10:14 PM
How could we forget?

Henry Bowman


September 28, 2004, 10:31 PM
Matt Dillon


Cisco Kid


Tom Mix





Snidley Whiplash

Lash Laroo


Everytime I send this, more come to mind. Better pick some quick and stop this insanity. I'll be thinking and scratching all night.


4v50 Gary
September 28, 2004, 10:42 PM
Dirty Harry.

September 28, 2004, 10:49 PM
Hawkeye "Last of the Mohicans"

Carlos Hathcock

September 28, 2004, 10:53 PM
The entire A-team ;)

September 28, 2004, 11:42 PM
Hmmm, guys. IIRC, from my brief brush with real literature a l-o-n-g time ago, Natty Bumpo is "Hawkeye" from Last of the Mohicans" :neener:

Old Fud
September 29, 2004, 02:05 AM
William Cody

Jeff Cooper

2nd vote for Paladin

Carbine Williams

George S. Patton

September 29, 2004, 02:07 AM
Good call, Hypno.:)

September 29, 2004, 03:45 AM
You have a great opportunity here. Instead of naming the rifles after FICTIONAL characters, why not name them after REAL, historical American heros instead? This would both honor those heros and would encourage the students to learn more about the people the rifles are named after.

Here's one list of those who distinquished themselves with their "feats of arms." While it isn't exclusively limited to rifleman, it is weighted towards those known for their marksmanship. (Their are also more then a few Medal of Honor receipts in the list)

Ethan Allen

Daniel Morgan

Mary Ludwig Hayes

Joshua Chamberlain

Daniel J. Daly

Michael B. Ellis

Frank Luke

Samuel Woodfill

Alvin York

Vernon Baker

Richard Bong

William K Nakamura

Donald R. Burgett

Butch O'Hare

Audie Murphy

George T. Sakato

Robert H. Young

Carlos Hathcock

Gary Gordon

Randall Shughart

The list is arranged from the oldest conflict to the most recent and is alphabetical within each conflict. If you don't recognize a name, do a little research. These stories are amazing!

September 29, 2004, 08:35 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions.

As someone pointed out, Natty Bumpo from the Fenimore Cooper novels does have many names...One of the criticisms leveled against those books.

He is Natty and Hawkeye and The Long Carabine and Leatherstocking and all sorts of names.

Trebor, I considered using historical names. But I have decided against it.

I am an English instructor by trade. Hence, I would like to emphasize the literary instead of the historical.

Got lots more names to choose from now. Thanks to all.

If you think of any more good ones, post them.



September 29, 2004, 10:22 AM
if you want to expand a bit past just shooting:

Aries-greek god of war
mars-roman god of war
Thor-Norse god of war
Valeria-warrior chick from conan the barbarian

September 29, 2004, 10:42 AM
That's funny. First time I've looked at this thread. Lots of names. But the very first one that popped up in my head isn't here. Gives me something to do I guess!

Atticus Finch

Especially for somebody who is really looking for an important literary character!


Dave R
September 29, 2004, 12:16 PM
What's the name of the wimpy brother in the "Mummy" movies, who turns out to be a great shot with an Enfield in the 2nd Mummy movie? Along with the wife...

That was my favorite scene. Blasting little monsters at long range with Enfields...

Kinda reminded me of varmit hunting...

I guess that's stretching the definintion of "literary", though.

Henry Bowman
September 29, 2004, 12:35 PM
Brad Fallon
Ranya Bardiwell
-from Enemies Foreign and Domestic

September 29, 2004, 07:01 PM
Rooster Cogburn

Harry Callahan


Tank Girl


Jason Demond
September 29, 2004, 08:02 PM
Reacher in Lee Child's books.

September 29, 2004, 08:12 PM
Pres. Teddy Roosevelt

September 29, 2004, 11:59 PM
Mrs. Peel you're needed.

September 30, 2004, 12:40 AM
Lazarus Long

September 30, 2004, 04:52 AM
Mack Bolan

September 30, 2004, 05:40 PM
John Carter (of Virginia, or Mars, depending)

Dave Markowitz
September 30, 2004, 08:53 PM
Han Solo

(And he shot first, darnit! :cuss: )

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