Does anyone name their handguns?


August 20, 2007, 02:07 AM
I'm just asking because I typically name a pistol or revolver within a few days after the purchase. I always use girl names, but for the bigger cartridges I use names that are more common for "homely" women. I was just wondering if this was normal. I traded in a couple of guns recently and I said to the dude at the counter, "Yeah, I'm gonna miss Bertha and Gertrude." He looked at me like I was freakin' nuts.

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August 20, 2007, 02:08 AM
I just tell people to say hello to my little friends. If they're particularly big like a shotgun, then they get the title of badboy.

August 20, 2007, 02:10 AM
Big thread about this from a while back

August 20, 2007, 02:12 AM
If my SBS in 12ga counts as a handgun, yes. Her name is Matilda.

August 20, 2007, 02:12 AM
You may be a little off your rocker, but aren't we all?

August 20, 2007, 03:34 AM
Thanks for the link hexidismal. Wow, I see at least two other people named a gun "Bertha." And I thought it was so original. Nothing new under the sun, as the Teacher said.

August 20, 2007, 03:56 AM
PTK I hope you have your paperwork on that little beauty.
I don't name my guns --No way I could ever come up with enough names! I had enough problems naming my kid and dogs.

Novus Collectus
August 20, 2007, 07:50 AM
If I was to name them, then the Colt Systema would be Eva or Evita and my Yugo SKS would be Tito.

Because someday I plan on concealed carry and using my new CZ82 as the one I have by my side, I think I will just call that one comrade.

August 20, 2007, 07:52 AM
Honestly? No.

August 20, 2007, 08:42 AM
I sometimes refer to my PT1911 as Ferdinand.

August 20, 2007, 09:09 AM
Actually no.

August 20, 2007, 09:44 AM
My wife and I have 'code' words/names that we can use to refer to our carry guns.

If I ask about 'peaches', or she asks about 'socks', we each know the other isn't talking about food or clothing.


August 20, 2007, 09:56 AM

August 20, 2007, 10:13 AM
One of my shotguns is named Blasty. Homer Simpson had a gun named blasty in one episode and I thought that was hilarious.

August 20, 2007, 10:28 AM
Sure, my P99 is named um, well...P99. My P-01 is named P-01 and so on.

Novus Collectus
August 20, 2007, 11:00 AM
Hmm, I think I am going to change my answer. I am going to name them all George Foreman. :D

August 20, 2007, 11:12 AM
no, but my paper targets and clay birds have names:
hillary, sarah....:neener:

August 20, 2007, 12:24 PM
No - not ever.

August 20, 2007, 12:28 PM
Nope, if I did...I'd probably sleep with it and brush its hair.

August 20, 2007, 04:08 PM
Is this THR or the Oprah show? :)

August 20, 2007, 04:16 PM
Since I duracoated my CZ-70 white, I guess I could call it Michael Jackson.

August 20, 2007, 04:43 PM
2RCO - I wouldn't be posting pictures of it if I didn't have it legally. ;)

August 20, 2007, 04:44 PM
uh.... what?

August 20, 2007, 04:48 PM
Of course.

My carry gun is "Miss Anne". Short for Miss Anne Thrope. Named her because it made it easier to discuss her whereabouts when necessary, without being a giveaway. ("Is Miss Anne coming with us?" "Of course!")

The kids' plinking rifle is "The Wizard." Dunno why, that's just what they started calling it one day and it stuck.


Joe Demko
August 20, 2007, 04:49 PM
No, but I name each individual ammunition cartridge.

August 20, 2007, 04:51 PM
Used to name some of mine after girlfriends, now that I'm married, I've dropped the practice.

August 20, 2007, 07:30 PM
Never named my pistols, but the first thing I did when I got my first BP rifle was to name it. Although it's probably more a title than a name. This goes back to watching Davy Crockett, and Daniel Boone when I was a Kid. Still have that rifle. A TC Renegade, .54. I dubbed it " Blunt Destruction". Also carved it on the stock, in script.

August 20, 2007, 09:09 PM
Only one, meet THE LOG

My carry gun has always been called Religion, mostly from my wife asking as we leave the house if I'm "walking with God", or proclaiming that certain peolple need to "find religion."

The Lone Haranguer
August 21, 2007, 12:21 AM
I occasionally make a reference to the make of gun (e.g., "insured by Smith & Wesson" or "Mr. Glock is keeping me company"), but other than this do not give inanimate objects names.

August 21, 2007, 12:29 AM

August 21, 2007, 01:31 AM
OK, Pyle, when do I get my 10 points? :D

I can't bring myself to name a gun, but my Fiance insists on naming them all. Example:
Her: "Are you bringing Betty to the range?"
Me: "Who told you about Betty and I? :uhoh:They're lying!"
Her: "Betty is what I call that particular pistol"
Me: :o

August 21, 2007, 03:51 AM
Yes, I have nick-named a few but they are safe queens. I don't name the working class because then I couldn't trade them or sell them. It is the same with an animal. If you name any animal from cows to chickens then they tend not to taste so good when you eat them.

Geronimo45 - You didn't really paint a gun with Duracoat in white? No way. Now I have to check and see if they actually offer Duracoat in white. Camo for hiding in the freezer from the evil Eskimo pies?

41magsnub - You name rifles like old people...... negotiate monkey bars. Of course I changed the ending. This is the High Road.

August 21, 2007, 03:55 AM
Only jokingly...I named my Encore pistol in .45-70 Big Bertha.

August 21, 2007, 06:40 AM
Uhhhhh No. They're guns. I'm not ashamed of them a bit. If my wife wants to know if I'm carrying a gun she said "Have you got your gun?"

Besides. They had names when they left the factory. "The Colt", "The Smith and Wesson", and so on.

August 21, 2007, 06:44 AM
The only one I named was my Taurus Raging bull 500 10 incher. I call it "Fluffy" its sort of a reverse nick name :D


Come to think of it me and my wife call my Ruger P90 "the .45"

It was my first gun and my only for a few years and then I picked up a 22 and 9mm so it was my only .45 back then. Anytime I was going to the range she would ask "you taking the 45?" and even to this day we will ask each other that about the Ruger even though I own a lot of 45 caliber pistols.

kinda strange now that I think about it, Im glad I read this thread

August 21, 2007, 09:56 AM
"The Colt", "The Smith and Wesson", and so on.

What, you've only got one Colt or one S&W?



August 21, 2007, 11:14 AM
Geronimo45 - You didn't really paint a gun with Duracoat in white? No way. Now I have to check and see if they actually offer Duracoat in white. Camo for hiding in the freezer from the evil Eskimo pies?
I did - 21. White from Lauer Weaponry. I'll try to get pictures this weekend.
The idea behind a white gun is for CC purposes. I'm in Texas, and I don't like to wear black from spring to early fall. Thus, white is more likely to be worn.

Also: what color do we usually see handguns in? Black (polycoat, tennifer, Glockifer, bluing) or stainless. Now, if you have a white handgun and a white shirt (and white holster), you are employing 'urban camoflauge'. You are not only concealing your gun, you are camoflauging it, in case your cover garment is blown back in a high wind or some such.

Besides, I've never seen a pistol painted white, so I had to try it.

No eskimo pies... but it would probably hide nicely in the ice tray. Or the towel closet.

August 21, 2007, 01:16 PM
I just call them by what is already stamped on the slide/barrel/receiver, myself...

Maybe I'm just not creative enough?

I'll mention this to my shrink... it might be the key to my repressed feelings of isolation and lack of sensitivity, through denial of identifying with my belongings in a personal way.

August 21, 2007, 01:30 PM
I'll mention this to my shrink... it might be the key to my repressed feelings of isolation and lack of sensitivity, through denial of identifying with my belongings in a personal way.

you could be ok-
personifying beloved, security items could be a regression to childhood and feelings of being ignored by a parental figure, therefore forcing the subject to gleen attention from imaginary sources. :neener:

August 21, 2007, 01:31 PM
Vera ;)

August 21, 2007, 01:39 PM
Well, my mausers are all getting named now, to make it easier. When asked if I brought my mausers I now distinguish by country of origin or country of issue. I can say, "I brought the turk, chilean, the yugo and my 98k.
It feels wierd to name my kar 98k or any of my mosins. The rest of my rifles don't really have siblings so I can just call them what they are. My Star is either called my star or when it use to FTE it got called a colorful nickname. Now I just stick to "Star" However I may start calling it "The Spaniard". I like that.

August 21, 2007, 02:45 PM
You mean like "Dragon Slayer" or "Tooth of Satan"?
Pardon me, I've got to get back to my D&D role playing game. I think it's my roll.:rolleyes:

August 21, 2007, 02:52 PM
My names for my guns are "the Glock", "the SIG", and "the Smith".

Yeah...I'm not very creative.:o

August 21, 2007, 03:53 PM
I have a Ruger Mark II 22 pistol I've nicknamed Roadrunner after doing some external mods to it.

August 21, 2007, 04:17 PM
I have a friend with a number of carry pistols. Him and his girlfriend have a code, that I've managed to partially figure out based on my limited knowledge of what he has and occasional 'printing'. :D

"Gaston" - G26
"Skater"- P3AT
"Comrade/Commie" - Mak

I still haven't figured out what "Fiona" is, but I'm pretty sure "Ace" is some sort of tiny derringer (think poker players). Maybe one of those NAA "minis".

My quest continues. :)

August 21, 2007, 07:56 PM
<<Does anyone name their handguns?>>

Yes. Smith & Wesson.

August 21, 2007, 10:32 PM
i do have a remington cap and ball names "Sir Smokesalot". its corny, but my niece named it and i thought it was funny, so it stuck.

August 21, 2007, 10:46 PM
Geronimo45 .... do you have a picture of the white one handy?

August 21, 2007, 11:37 PM
Geronimo45 .... do you have a picture of the white one handy?
It'll be up this weekend. Saturday or Sunday.

August 22, 2007, 12:10 AM
Looking forward to seeing it

Mikhail Konovalov
August 22, 2007, 12:54 AM
Who run bartertown?

Master Blaster!

August 22, 2007, 06:03 AM
What, you've only got one Colt or one S&W?

And "The XD", and "The Glock" and "The Rugers" and "The Makarov." :D

August 22, 2007, 11:04 AM
sometimes, just for fun

Big Az Al
August 22, 2007, 12:44 PM
I have to in general:

My sweet shooting lil ole gun.

My drawer queen

August 22, 2007, 01:17 PM
One of my handguns was acquired in a private transaction with a stranger, with no paperwork. It was just sort of a whim kind of purchase, and it isn't a gun that I've ever shown off to anyone, or taken photos of, or taken to the range.

There was originally no real intent to conceal it, but since essentially no one knows that it's in my possession, I've come to think of it as "The Murder Weapon". :evil: :eek: :D

August 22, 2007, 01:22 PM
i never really name guns except my gp100 i call it general pimpin.

August 22, 2007, 02:43 PM
Only jokingly...I named my Encore pistol in .45-70 Big Bertha.
Thats the name of my golf clubs.

August 22, 2007, 03:19 PM
Does POS count??

August 22, 2007, 03:20 PM
I call my Taurus 605 "Mr. .357". Aside from that, no.

Joe Demko
August 22, 2007, 03:27 PM
Well, now that I think about it, I did once own a Chinese-made copy of the 9mm Tokagypt. It was non-functional virtually out of the box. I frequently referred to it as "dead weight." Does that count?

August 22, 2007, 04:11 PM
Who run bartertown?

LOL!!! :D:D:D

Do you get a ton of strange looks when you say that at the range?

MK: Who run Barter Town?



Others: :uhoh:

August 23, 2007, 10:44 PM
I have to use girls names. I would never feel comfortable touching a guy that way. :)

I worry about Matilda on page one. Wouldn't it have to be rifled to be legal? and then if over .50 it would also be Class III.

Also the break lever will separate your thumb from your hand. Don't ask me how I know.

lee n. field
August 23, 2007, 11:06 PM
Does anyone name their handguns?


.41 magnum man
August 24, 2007, 02:12 AM
I am thinking of calling my .41 mag "Wrist Breaker." It really isn't, but might keep anyone from wanting to shoot it and I'll have more ammo to myself. :)

August 24, 2007, 06:10 AM
nope, its just a tool to me...I dont name my hammers either, it just seems silly to me.

August 24, 2007, 06:25 AM
Not my guns, but my car is named Betsy.

btw, that whole Barter Town thing has gone right over my head. A movie reference?

Mikhail Konovalov
August 24, 2007, 07:24 AM
Hahaaa! The jokes alone have been worth the price tag on that thing.

Master Blaster's from Max Max: Beyond Thunderdome.

However, like many overblown leaders, my Desert Eagle is merely a figurehead. Anyone who's anyone knows my 1911A1's really in charge.

And yes, I get many looks at the range, and many laughs as well.

My only other gun with a name is my Jericho, a few of my friends call her Lasher, after the title of the hollowed-out book where she stays.

August 24, 2007, 10:57 PM
My Python is sometimes called Monty

August 25, 2007, 10:07 PM
Hummm, let me think..time's up. No.

August 25, 2007, 10:37 PM
I am calling my new Walther P22 "my wifes". does that count :)

August 26, 2007, 07:09 AM
I haven't read through all 3 pages of replies.

My answer - no, & if I ever do I'm going to start selling them off.

August 26, 2007, 10:37 AM
mmmmm...Nope. Tried it once, but they never came when I called'em.

August 26, 2007, 03:14 PM
If you want!My company can inlay your name (bone or pearl ) or engrave your name (by hand or machine) or scrimshaw (by hand) in grips!Custom really!

August 26, 2007, 05:10 PM
NO-The manufacturer does

August 26, 2007, 05:54 PM

A buddy of mine just scored a Beretta 8045 Cougar and asked for suggestions on naming his new BIG CAT..

It came to me in a flash of a moment, and I suggested naming his new BIG CAT 45 cal

~ Pussy Galore ~

The gun with the Midas touch..


August 26, 2007, 09:00 PM
Never gave them names but have called them a few when jamming or binding or in the case of the Luger wanting to go full auto.

August 26, 2007, 09:01 PM
Mine do not get names other than the ones given them by the manufacturer.

August 26, 2007, 09:33 PM
Photos not available, as the camera's on the blink... so I used the scanner.

Gun and grips painted. Scuffs around pinholes... after the pins needed removing due to a broken trigger spring. The CZ 70 I have seems to have been through the hands of a conscript whose natural talent was demolition. Hope he was never in the armored division.

Also, roughness on the slide is due to a certain novice duracoater laying the gun on newspaper... when the gun was still wet.

If you ever duracoat anything, make sure to have a can of acetone standing by for hand-washing/sprayer cleaning purposes.

P.S. As for the weird rings and such on the picture, I'm using a transparency to keep from scratching the scanner. The transparency has been used as a cupholder.

August 26, 2007, 11:12 PM
I call my PGO Mossberg "Baby" and my Cobray 45/410 derringer "Baby's LIL brother". At one point I called my P95 "American Express" as in you dont leave home without it but after my cousin spent a night in jail for having it right after leaving a tavern both the name and the carrying of it the way we did ended.

Mikhail Konovalov
August 27, 2007, 03:54 AM
I'm going to name my summer carry piece, a Springfield Micro Compact I've yet to buy...


August 27, 2007, 02:10 PM
My 12 gauge is Bam-Bam and my little Beretta 84 is Pop-Pop. Haven't come up with one for the M9 yet.


August 27, 2007, 06:04 PM
My 4" S&W Model 29-2 is named "Janeane" for Janeane Garofalo. They're both short, dark and sometimes hard to handle.

August 28, 2007, 01:02 PM
Smith and wesson 642=Mr.Smith
Rossi 461=Ross
Taurus pt945=Gladys
Taurus pt111=Millie
Glock 17=Gaston
Ruger 10/22=Billy Boy
16 Ga single shot=the Beast
Of course I never actually call them these names.

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