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Do you name your firearms?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Rockrivr1, Dec 22, 2005.

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Do you name your firearms

  1. Yes, I name all my firearms

    14 vote(s)
    8.4%
  2. Yes, but I only named a few

    45 vote(s)
    27.1%
  3. No I don't name any of my firearms

    63 vote(s)
    38.0%
  4. Giving a name to a firearm is idiotic

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  1. Rockrivr1

    Rockrivr1 Member

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    I was at the rifle range the other day shooting a new (to me) Mosin Nagant M44 that I got from Centerfire Systems. While there I struck up a conversation with an older member who was shooting a Garand. He started talking about how back in WWII he had a Garand in Europe. He mentioned that he named his Garand back in WWII and that the one he was shooting now also had a name.

    Last night I ended up watching Full Metal Jacket (Great Movie) and the Marines in boot camp had to name their rifles as well. This got me thinking. I wondered how many shooters actually name thier firearms. I personally haven't done this, but I wouldn't be surprised if many do.

    So do you name your firearms? If so, what are some of the names you've given to them?
     
  2. Chipperman

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    I have not named any of mine, but I don't think people who do are weird.
     
  3. molonlabe

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    All of mine are named charlene :) :)
     
  4. Kalashnikov

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    I named my 1897 trench gun St. Anger, after the Metallica album (too bad it sucked). A few others have more personal names.
     
  5. pax

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    My carry gun is Miss Anne Thrope. I call her Miss Anne.

    I have an NAA mini-revolver with faux pearl grips. Her name is Minnie Pearl.

    The kids' .22 Marlin plinking rifle is named The Wizard.

    My best shooting buddy has a carry gun named Sir Jury. I think I'm a bad influence.

    pax
     
  6. allmons

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    Naming guns

    Ummm- no, I rarely give names to inanimate objects. I have been known to supply profane names to those people who feel compelled to drive slowly in the fast lane, however.

    :rolleyes:
     
  7. Preacherman

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    I call my elephant gun "Fluffykins"...

    :neener:
     
  8. xd9fan

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    My 4inch bitone XD9 (that is alway close to my heart) goes by "HiHo Silver"
    My Ruger black laminated 77/17 is "the Hammer"
     
  9. kage genin

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    I don't name my guns for the same reason I never named any of my motorcycles/cars/machines... they are objects and have no will of their own, and treating said object as if it had some sort of feelings for you would leave room for the situation of a user overlooking proper operating procedures because "ol' Bessy has always been good to me." It's a deeply personal thing.. for me, I don't want to ever forget that my guns are tools.

    Nothing against folks who do name their guns. I can see how it would be fun, and how one might feel that it makes their weapon an extension of their body/mind/soul. The Japanese samurai treated their swords in that manner.
     
  10. JJE

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    I voted "idiotic", but that's probably too harsh. I can see naming your one and only firearm, or your absolute favorite (or most hated). But most of us own a whole bunch of guns and thinking up (and remembering) names for 4 or 40 different guns seems like time better spent at the range.
     
  11. Berek

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    I respect your choice and reasoning. I, however do enjoy naming firearms for one simple reason. Imagine the look on someone's face when you say:
    Sometimes, shock value is enough... :D
     
  12. MrTuffPaws

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    I personally never do, but my wife does. The 870 is now known as "Pumpy"
     
  13. Rupestris

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    I've only named one of them.
    My Remington 870 is named after Bart Simpsons Elephant.

    "STAMPY" :D
     
  14. Vern Humphrey

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    Naming weapons is an ancient tradition. If you read Tain Bo Culalge (an ancient Irish epic) you will see many weapons named.

    My M82 Kimber is the Gae Bolga (after Cu Chullain's special weapon.)

    My M77 Ruger in .30-06 is "Old Bill Ruger."

    My pre-64 Model 70 Winchester in .30-06 is Fionn MacCumhaill.

    My custom '03 Springfield in .35 Brown-Whelen is Bigfoot Wallace.
     
  15. Zundfolge

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    Both my grandfathers named all their vehicles ... thought it was weird for a tractor to be named "Jenny", seems even weirder for a rifle. :scrutiny:
     
  16. mike8b1

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    It's funny that 19% of us think the other 40% are idiots. :D
     
  17. pythonguy

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    No names for me, naming them is one thing, sleeping with then would be quite another.:D
     
  18. Omni04

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    For some reason i couldn't see myself naming any of my own firearms, but if i was in the armed service i might. Maybe because i don't feel as attached to my guns as i would if i were in the Marines.
     
  19. Taurus 617 CCW

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    I named my FN FAL after a high school beauty that never gave in to me. To this day she is still single and I always wondered... I have a wonderful girlfriend, we're doing very well together and she loves shooting the FAL. ;)
     

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    My Senior Drill Instructor said I had too. :)
     
  21. pythonguy

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    Now that is an amazing place to shoot, Taurus 617 CCW. Is that a private range? I wish we had places like that in NY, it looks so nice.
     
  22. KriegHund

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    Same here.

    I think the reason alot of soldiers name their weaons is that they relay on them day to day for survival.

    It makes it a little more personal than just having a gun sit in a vault.
     
  23. K-Romulus

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    Being a graduate of Marine Corps Reprogramming Department Parris Island :neener: , it felt weird NOT having at least informally "named" my long guns (for pistols, though, there was no such unease with their being "nameless" :confused: )
     
  24. Carl N. Brown

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    When the weld failed on my third Grendel P10 and cracked
    the side of the polymer frame, I had some choice names for
    THAT gun, but I won't repeat them here.

    I did call my Winchester 69A "Winnie" but I haven't named my
    other guns. David Crockett is supposed to have named his
    rifle "old Betsy" after an old girlfriend. Daniel Boone is supposed
    to have named his rifle "Ticklicker," I hope he named it after a
    favorite hunting dog.
     
  25. Legionnaire

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    Like Carl, I've called some of mine names on occasion, but have never given them names. My wife does, though. She calls my 9.5" scoped SuperRedhawk the "Terminator" since it looks like something Arnold would carry. She also refers to any concealed pistol as my "American Express." Her way of asking me if I'm armed when we're together in a public place without raising suspicion. "Honey, do you have your American Express?"
     
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