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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by ilbob, Jan 29, 2019.

  1. Fiv3r

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    I had the same problem with my daughter, but after 8 years she's really grown to like her tattoo.

    I usually call my guns little pet names. My new pitbull .45acp I've dubbed Madra. That's Gaelic for dog. My family came from Ireland generations ago. The person our last name comes from was supposed to have "fought like a Wolf Hound" against the Danes before falling in battle. Just something goofy, I guess.
     
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    A couple have simple utilitarian names - "The Swede" for instance.

    I have several Garands, if I say "My Garand", it is always the one I built at the AMC.

    Only one really has a name, and someone else gave it that. The first time my buddy shot my AR10, he said something along the lines of "Wow. An AR15 is like a good wife, but this thing is more like having a mistress." And now he, and I, and several others call it "the mistress."

    Other than that, no. But at some point I will have a "Vera." Just because.
     
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    My Glock 22 is named Cynthia and my 870 is The Doctor. (It'll cure what's ailing ya).
     
  5. Shanghai McCoy

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  7. Officers'Wife

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    We gave my son responsibility for a runt pig which he immediately named "Pumbaa." After the animal was sold every time we had bacon my daughter (older child) would ask me if that was from Pumbaa and poor LR would lose his appetite leaving his share to Donna. We felt he learned two valuable lessons from the experience - don't get too friendly with your food and sisters can be very mean.
     
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    I don't normally name guns, but my 44 mag Redhawk is Big Jim. And my daughter named my Savage 110 "Marylin" because the stock is blonde and she's beautiful.
     
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    Trash Panda - only because she's built of a few purchased parts and a whole lot of other peoples cast offs. Works just fine. Only "named" firearm.
     
  10. Catcar67

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    All of mine have names. Most were stamped into the barrel or action.
     
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  11. vito

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    I have to admit that when I hear that people have given names to inanimate objects, and refer to them as if they are actual thinking or feeling individuals, it makes me leery of the sanity of the person doing the naming. My SIL told me that she has a friend that names her cars, and has said she is "concerned" because one of them has not been driven all winter and she is afraid it is "feeling neglected". I told my SIL to help get her friend to a good psychiatrist.
     
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  12. Deus Machina

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    Some people do this sort of thing from affection. I know I do with Ivan, but that's also mostly a joke--Russia made millions of them. They're all Ivan.
    Militaries do (or did) that for planes, tanks, artillery, and rifles.
    Tank 'Bg RSe' will get its oil and treads changed according to procedure, but 'Big Rosie' will get her oil changed regularly and all her fluids checked, air filter cleaned, and all the rivets and suspension looked over whenever it's parked for the night. If it's got a name, someone's more likely to be attached to it, and in turn is more likely to maintain it. A crew might know they and their tank rely on each other, but they can replace their tank. Big Rosie, however, is a partner.
    Other people do it from a sort of superstition. Thinking cars complain if you curse at them, or if they need some coaxing (or percussive maintenance), that sort of thing.

    I generally don't name things, but do understand that some vehicles or firearms have a 'personality' or at least a collection of quirks and preference for what you feed them. Naming them just makes those seem more like a personality instead of an inconvenience.
     
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    My classic competition revolver is Smoke 'n Hope.
     
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  14. chicharrones

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    "Fondness" towards a machine that makes the human actually maintain that machine properly is OK by me. I've named my cars over the years, not with human names, but they got names nonetheless. :cool:
     
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  15. .38SuperMan

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    My wife named her S&W Lolita after the girl in the movie Lolita. We’ve been watching the 90’s TV series Mike Hammer and his 1911 is Betsy. I was talking to my wife this weekend about naming my Kimber Ultra 45 that I carry and was looking for the best trailer trash stripper name and came up with Misty Rose. Amber Rose was a close second as was Sugar and Star but went with Misty Rose. Trashy enough?
     
  16. Dr.Rob

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    Some have names some don't.

    A good nickname is earned.
     
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    All of mine have "names" that they earned. My mosin-nagant is Boris due to it being Russian and tough as nails, whereas my Marlin model 60 is named betty. My USPc is named butt-kicker as it kicks my butt after 2-300 rounds. The other ones are similarly named.
     
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    I do not name firearms, but my wife has a few pet names for some..........

    (Insert your imagination here)_______________!
     
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    Right on, I call them by their given name whether they like it or not.
     
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    My work computer is named F.R.E.D., for F(censored) Ridiculous Electronic Device! Not a gun but one CAN see guns ON it....
     
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    I have a Husqvarna Featherweight (456) in .30-06 that I called Madonna because of the blonde color of the wood. That was in the wayback. Now just another beautiful safe queen.
    Horrendous recoil...
     
  22. Officers'Wife

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    I honestly believe the naming of inanimate objects answers a need within the human psyche. Perhaps it's magical thinking, perhaps it simply the acknowledgment of what the object represents to the person in question or it could even be that the naming represents the importance of the object in the person's life. Case in point, my dad has an ancient John Deere tractor that grandpa bought new in 1963. On paper it's marked 4020 with a depreciated value of zero. Dad refers to it as the old –uh – witch which pretty much capsules the love/hate feelings he has for the machine. The story is that grandpa said that every time he let dad off the machine he got in trouble so…

    Dad also has a fifty caliber rifle that he bought after the coyotes figured out what the range of his 30-06 was. For reasons known only to him, it's name is AT&T, which I assume is some sort of meaning for him. Having that name was important enough that the old man had it engraved into the barrel of the weapon in goldleaf. Somehow the naming answers a need within him that I don't feel it's up to me to criticize.

    Myself… I have an old revolver that is the epitome of ugly. It's called a Webley on paper and probably saw it's better days about the time that Hitler was storming the Maginot line. It's name is Ian, after the employee that gave it to me just before he died. Likewise, I have a common Buck knife nestled in a custom-made sheath with the letters JDM engraved in the leather. It's name is Danny, again after the sweet old man that gave it to me and who is no longer with us.

    When you have something that has a meaning attached to it, that object takes on a familiarity based on memories that need to be acknowledged. Perhaps the names are just recognition that those memories are important to the holder.
     
  23. Shanghai McCoy

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    AT&T might be referring to the old company motto's, "Long distance, the next best thing to being there" and "Reach out and touch someone."
     
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  24. Missionary

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    One revolver a Colt New Service 45 Colt from 1903 that has had a hard life and looks it we call old ugly. No finish and pitted exterior but shoots great.
    Then a Hall Rifle Flintlock model 1819 (1826 built) we call "Vesuvius" due to the flask hole being near vertical due to the breech-loading system. That took a bit getting used to. Have shoot flintlocks over 35 years but Vesuvius is some thing to behold and not flinch.
     
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  25. Bandit67

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    Shanghai beat me to it. AT&T=long distance
     
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