Does Anyone Name Their Guns?


July 11, 2008, 05:12 AM
Just wandering because when I was bored I decided to name my snub nosed .38 "Hoppy Gene" like the song Hoppy Gene and Me by Roy Rogers.

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July 11, 2008, 07:48 AM
I have a Ruger .270 that I was sighting in, and my dad walked out and said, "What'cha doin?". So I let him shoot it and he hit dead center with one shot.

"That'll reach right out there, won't it!", he said.

So I whistled the old "Reach out, Reach out and touch someone" jingle from Bell Telephone.

Ever since, we've both referred to that rifle as "Ma Bell".

July 11, 2008, 07:51 AM
Some of ours have picked up names over the years...

AT&T (for the same reason as above... reach out...)
FOG (Finger of God, similar to AT&T)
SBD (.300 Whisper, suppressed, great for deer)
Poodle (the M16, long story)
Splat (12-gauge shotgun)

July 11, 2008, 07:56 AM
Oddly enough, I don't name my firearms.

Mine get "names" like

The AR, the LR, the 870, the Glock, the 1911, the 10/22, etc.

I know.... I disappoint myself, too.

-- John

July 11, 2008, 08:04 AM
I have only one firearm with a "personal" name. It is a little Bauer .25acp that is called SHAUNA.
The only reason is because it's previous owner had that name engraved on the slide in very nice script which matches the Bauer script. Heck, it got about $100 knocked off the price for me, I'm happy to call it Shauna.

Flame Red
July 11, 2008, 08:15 AM
I named my AR-50 'Dr. Death' and my AR-15 Carbine 'ole Trusty' and my 500 S&W 'melon vaporizer'.

They rest are known as 'honey'.

July 11, 2008, 08:30 AM
I've named a boat, but just call it "the boat." I just call my wife's pets "dog" and "cat." (She has pets, I don't.) I sure don't name guns.

Claude Clay
July 11, 2008, 08:42 AM
my 642

cause it has ruined many a yut's plans to get party money from me.

Fish Miner
July 11, 2008, 08:46 AM
My DPMS is named Jane (Jane of the Jungle)- and my trusty bedside Shotgun is named Mr. Blasty after the Simpsons.... The others are just what they are.

But alternative names for the guns are good if you have to tell your wife something but don't want others to know what is going on....

July 11, 2008, 08:59 AM
My son-in-law in the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) reserves - thinks I'm nuts to have guns as a hobby and hates when he has to carry around his M16 - calls it Gunther.

Zach S
July 11, 2008, 09:09 AM
Johnny's Kimber (I got it from a buddy named Johnny).

Dru's Kimber (The guy who owned it before my is named Dru, I didnt get it from him, I got it from the dealer that he traded it to).

4" Kimber (my 4" Kimber).

223 or 556 (I have one 5.56 AR).

9mm (my 9mm AR)

22 (my 1911, that is a dedicated host for a .22 upper)

10-22 (my 10-22)

Cline's 22 (my biological grandfather's, he died long before I was born).

Glock, or the Beater (my glock 19 - bought NIB for use as a beater).

In short, I do name them, but only well enough to tell one from another.

Mark K. C.
July 11, 2008, 09:12 AM
Any one I might have on me at the time is concidered " my little brother". Don't pick on me or my little brother will get ya.

July 11, 2008, 10:43 AM
Meet "BAM BAM"! He's the 12ga.:)

G.A. Heath
July 11, 2008, 10:48 AM
Me and those I shoot with regularly rotate names for our commonly used guns. My CCWs always get feminine names (I carry IWB, so its an "inside the pants" joke) and my rifles get masculine names. We then use a "friends" reference to refer to unnamed guns.

Lets say we are eating at a cafe and planning a range trip one of us can say "Dave (Nagant truck gun) and Judy (CCW pistol) are going to meet us, and I think they are bringing some friends" Someone else can ask "how old are their friends?" if they need to know what calibres the friends are. (a reference to calibre) and could get a response of "One's 35 (357 magnum); three of them are 22 (22 caliber) one acts a little young (reference to a rim fire) the other two act their age (center fire). And we all use similar references to communicate what we are planning to bring.

We also rotate through names at random so no one ever wonders why they have never met these other people as they have never seen them.

July 11, 2008, 10:50 AM
Christine. Anyone read the book or seen the movie? :)

July 11, 2008, 11:05 AM
no.but my friend names all his.he has one called fluffy!

July 11, 2008, 11:06 AM
Christine. Anyone read the book or seen the movie?
Both. And only someone as talented as Stephen King could freak you out like that with a car.

July 11, 2008, 11:14 AM
usually which ever one on me (where ever) is my "leetle friend"

but if my wife and i are out and about, whatever is on me
is usually referred affectionately as "american express"

why? ......'cuz you dont leave home without it!

July 11, 2008, 11:22 AM
I've named some. I have a sporterized SKS called "Reason" (I figure that as a last resort most folks would listen to reason <grin>).

My carry guns all get called "agenda" since that's my wife's way of telling me I'm printing when she says "I can see your hidden agenda".

July 11, 2008, 11:23 AM
My first Ruger Bearcat, in the early 70's ...... "Meat in the Pot" .... he was, too!

July 11, 2008, 11:27 AM
My AK, long time named "St. Anger", has had a name change. She is now know as "Che". My M39 is "baby". And my issue M16A2 is Grandpa, because it's old enough to have been his rifle.

July 11, 2008, 11:30 AM
I have been known to refer to 1911s as Moses, as in J. Moses Browning.

July 11, 2008, 11:32 AM
I refer to my carry piece as 'My Companion'. That way I can inform the wife that I'm strapped without alerting the uninitiated.

July 11, 2008, 11:35 AM
When I ask my daughter if she is carrying, she either has her boyfriend (Walther) with her or she is traveling with the Twins (Smith & Wesson.)

I don't usually name guns but my son gifted me with a Mossberg 500 Tactical whose name is Thumper.

July 11, 2008, 12:06 PM
For the most part, I don't name my guns.

Except for the Evil Black AK-47 I picked up on Heller day. I named it Fenty.

July 11, 2008, 12:51 PM
Does Anyone Name Their Guns?


July 11, 2008, 01:00 PM
...I did name this one in 458 WinMag

July 11, 2008, 01:13 PM
I haven't really found names for my guns. I do call my my shotgun "my pretty lady". i don't know why. The Mossberg, is a very masculine looking gun. :D

July 11, 2008, 01:13 PM
Oh, wow - this thread again? :rolleyes:

July 11, 2008, 01:14 PM
Only Vera....

Edit: OHHHH... I am so naming either my new garand or my soon to be received carbine Vera... I just have to figure out which one I like shooting more...

July 11, 2008, 01:18 PM
I had a P38 I named "830".
Because before I found out the front sight was loose, that's where I'd consistently hit.

July 11, 2008, 01:18 PM
I have an M1 Carbine named Romero... it was my first zombie gun.

Old Grump
July 11, 2008, 01:20 PM
If they fail for some reason and I have to take them to the doctor to be cured

July 11, 2008, 01:20 PM
"Janeane", my 4" S&W 29-2. Named for Janeane Garofalo: short, dark, good looking and sometimes hard to handle.

Rudy Kohn
July 11, 2008, 01:20 PM
What? Why don't you just ask them? My guns tell me many things...

:scrutiny: :uhoh: ;)

But in all seriousness, no, I don't name mine.

July 11, 2008, 01:22 PM
We normally call it a shorter version of the manufacturer's name and add a "y" at the end. Example:

Desert Eagle is Iggy
1 Springfield is Springy
1 Springfield is Fieldly
Walther is Walty
Colt is Colty

and so on and so on

July 11, 2008, 01:26 PM
I had two Charter Arms Undercover .38's one time that I called Shirley & ShirleyII.

As in "Shirley it will work this time!" after I tried so many times to get them to stop mis-firing in double-action.


July 11, 2008, 01:59 PM
Yes, Yes, Yes--and I have names for my vehicles also.

Yes--they are all female names and personas (except for the old jeep whom I call 'Dirty Old Willy').

Not ALL the weapons have names, but some do:

The late '44 M-1 (mine since '91) is
my "Bad Bitch".

The late '55 M-1 (mine since '06) is
my "Pretty Girl".

My Springfield M1911-a1 (my 21st B-day present to myself) is my
"Traveling/True Companion".

My late Aunt's Colt 1903 .32 ACP is 'Honey'--and it is the smootest 82 year old piece I've ever shot.

This comes up now and again--and sure it's childish and sentimental--so what.

July 11, 2008, 02:08 PM
I've been trying to think of a good Russian name for my mosin nagant but haven't come up with anything good yet. :-p

The Instrumental
July 11, 2008, 02:15 PM
Joop, here's a site that translates Russian names so you can pick out a good one.

July 11, 2008, 02:19 PM
My wife prefers to say, "Do you have Dan with you?" when out in public. Or, for the S&W 642, "Do you have Dan junior with you?" No one but we understands. "The star," is the Firestar.

July 11, 2008, 02:41 PM
I have a Kahr K-9 so my wife asks me if I have 'The Dog' when we go out.

July 11, 2008, 02:43 PM
My two primary carry guns. Rhyme and Reason. :D


You're BORING. Live a little. ;)

July 11, 2008, 04:42 PM
Just recently named my Glock 27 "Baby San". :D

July 11, 2008, 05:04 PM
My wife's Makarov is Ivan. My matched pair of stainless Vaqueros in .45 are Six and Seven.

July 11, 2008, 05:06 PM
Named my WASR2 "Nadya"

July 11, 2008, 05:36 PM
I've named my Mosin Nagant M44 Ivan,
My K-31 "Swiss Miss" like that hot cocoa, lol
My Steven's Model 77f "Shorty" (the gun is actually pretty lond, 30-some inches.)
My Marlin .22 "Shortstuff".

Dave McCracken
July 11, 2008, 05:40 PM
Justin, my GM carry gun is also named Justin.

Justin Case.

That and Frankenstein, my mutt 870 parts gun are the only ones I've named at present.

OTOH, my primary vehicle is always named "Rocinante"....

The Wiry Irishman
July 11, 2008, 05:45 PM
All my guns, without exception, are named Steve.

I've also named my friends AK "The Iron Fist of the Proletariat." He won't let me paint it on the side, though...

July 11, 2008, 07:22 PM
OTOH, my primary vehicle is always named "Rocinante"....

Now THAT is sentimental.

I like the part of the book when JS talks about puting guns in the back to provide an 'excuse' for what he is doing all alone driving around with his dog.

July 11, 2008, 07:32 PM
instrumental: thx, I just can't commit to any names I see though...

July 11, 2008, 07:42 PM
I name my milsurp rifles. It started with the Yugo SKS which was already named "Milka." After consulting a real live Yugoslavian, I'm told its that language's equivalent of Michelle. I call her Milka. The Garand then became Annie. The M38 Mosin is Natalya; she needed a good Russian name. My .22 is the .22, since its not milsurp. My handguns are "the .380" or "The Beretta," my Taurus is...This is the high road so I won't mention what I call my Taurus. The Sig is the Sig.

My boat is called "The Bad Example." We usually call it The Boat.

July 11, 2008, 08:23 PM

I change it up from time to time though...

One day it will be called "lousy P.O.S", than the next it may be called "Cursed *imber from hell", while on another day it may be called "Junkenstein".

I usually only name it when it misses a target it's supposed to have hit.

What? Like it's MY fault the gun misses.

Yea, right.


Joe Demko
July 11, 2008, 08:26 PM
Does Anyone Name Their Guns?

July 11, 2008, 08:31 PM
Mine came pre-named . . . 1911-A1, G2, #1, Red Label, AR, etc., although my favorite pest eradicator has occasionally been referred-to as "Silent Black Death" or "Geez, that's quiet."

July 11, 2008, 11:40 PM
I have a 22/32 Target that belonged to my great great grandad that my family has called "Old Gramps" since I could remember and I have occasionally called my P90 a Fat B**ch.

July 11, 2008, 11:43 PM
What ever turns you on.

July 11, 2008, 11:58 PM
I named my Glock 26 'Angel' after that french hooker in the John Wayne movie 'North to Alaska'.

July 12, 2008, 12:18 AM
My Dan Wesson 44mag is named Burtha.And my Rossie 44 Little Burtha.And my Balister 45 is named Clyde.:what:

July 12, 2008, 03:54 AM
All American guns should be called "Rocky" and all Russian guns should be called "Drago". And everybody knows which one always wins out in the end. ;)

July 12, 2008, 04:46 AM
My car is called "The Car".
My bike(motorcycle) is called "My bike".
My guitars are called "The Guitar".
My guns are all called "The CZ" :p

I just can't name any of my stuff, to the dismay of some of my buddies. Some people can't understand how come I don't have a name for my bike. To me it just seems silly, I can't see how it matters what I call it.

Zach S
July 12, 2008, 07:06 AM
I got to thinking, Johnny's Kimber and Dru's Kimber are almost identical. Johnny's is a classic stainless, and Dru's is just a stainless.

Since I use Johhny's Kimber as a carry gun, maybe I should put an ambi safety on Dru's and call them "right" and "left" respectively...

July 12, 2008, 09:09 AM
Only the sickos! Just kidding. Do you talk to it like Sledge Hammer? Does it talk back? I am guilty of fondling mine. Always make sure she's unloaded before doing this.

July 12, 2008, 09:42 AM
This, I call "Boris" ........

The Lone Haranguer
July 12, 2008, 10:07 AM
I don't give inanimate objects names. ;)

July 12, 2008, 10:13 AM
I named my Glenfield 30-30 carbine: Meatmaker.


July 12, 2008, 10:38 AM
My dogs name is Sneaky.
SBE II is obvious :)

July 12, 2008, 12:28 PM
Most of my firearms have no name other than those chosen by their manufactorer.

However there are a few exceptions.

S&W 640 in .357 Noisy Cricket from the movie "Men in Black"

My partners likes to call her S&W L Frame .357 Betsy, wich is also one of our code words to be ready for violence (wich I sincerly hope is never needed).

One of my Ruger 10-22s that is tricked our with a Christie & Christie "Super Stock",compensater and a Bushenell Holosight with a 2X magnifier is called the Mini Slut 'cause "everyone has a good time with her guaranteed";). The reason for the "mini" in the name is that a friend had a similarly tricked out M-4gery that he called The Slut for the same reason, so when a mutual friend first shot that 10-22 she nicknamed it the "Mini Slut" and the name stuck.

Both of us use our respective "sluts" for beginners so that they have an enjoyable experience at the range.


Mods, I do not think this would offend "Arts' Grandmother", if I am in error please delete or PM me and I will delete the part about the 10-22 NukemJim

July 12, 2008, 12:46 PM
My combat commander I call big brother.When I played fiddle in a band and the other band members felt unsafe when we played some rough honkey tonk they would come and ask if I had Big brother with me. Some times I would say no but I got Big brothers British cousin with me. That is what I called my 455 Webley

July 13, 2008, 02:09 AM
"But alternative names for the guns are good if you have to tell your wife something but don't want others to know what is going on..."

This is the only reason my gun has a name(such as it is). My wife suggested that we name it, "just for fun", but that's not my thing. As I continued to think about it, though, it would be convenient to be able to refer to the gun by a proper name. Now she'll ask "where's Junior?" instead of "are you packing?" :)

July 13, 2008, 07:27 AM
642:little guy/Mr. Smith
Bulldog 44spl:Rover/the Dog
Glock 17:Gaston
ruger secuirty six:Chuckie(it was my Father's gun,his name is Chuck)

Aren't we all
July 13, 2008, 09:22 PM
I named my Mosin Nagant M91\30 Ivanovich (it was named by the man who used it in WW2 and engraved it so on the bolt ,magazine floorplate and buttplate).payed $200 for it.

I also named my mossberg 580 12gauge Mossy

and my .22 WMR bolt action Mr. Unreliable


July 13, 2008, 11:10 PM
This Remington 514 is named the "Cat gun" although it hasn't killed nowhere as many cats as squirrels. When those pesky cats want to tear into basement screens and fight with "fluffy" it turns into the cat gun.

July 13, 2008, 11:13 PM
This one is affectionately named the "squirrel tamer". I don't use that magazine but that magazine along with that prostaff ought to bring out the fear of God in those squirrels that the neighbors birdfeed too cottonpickin much.

July 13, 2008, 11:20 PM
This K31 is named zweimal short for Schiessen zie zweimal. meaning to shoot twice.
Burris Scope with a St Marie mount and this thing outshoots me.
The Swiss were serious about their accuracy.
The shorter version as told here is that the Swiss had half the troops as Germany so "shoot twice"


July 13, 2008, 11:23 PM
I have a name for part of my collection. its called "Sherwood Forest"

July 14, 2008, 12:56 AM
no i dont name guns they have brand names all ready a model numbers

July 14, 2008, 02:16 AM
i tried naming my guns but always draw a blank when trying to think of good names

i can create and name fictional characters even give them backstories but i can't come up with a name for my guns

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