Ridiculous model names for firearms

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  1. chicharrones

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    Yep, that name is horrible. I guess in Brazil you could have a Princess phone to go with a Princess Revolver.
     
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    When all said and done...I like the Colt names. Diamondback...Python...Cobra...Anaconda....No reason, I just like the names.

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    Those admittedly aren't as bad as a lot of the newer, mall ninja-ish names.
     
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    Eh. Having been involved in the world of firearms for more than 50 years (my first .22 rifle was the Stevens Favorite 1915), I can't recall ever letting a gun's model name bother me in any way. Kind of liked the name "Raging Bull" and what's not to appreciate about "Desert Eagle?"

    Back in the day, no one complained about the word "combat" applied to their handguns; and even if the term "tactical" is shamefully over-used these days, I hope to be using my TRP (my only current gun with that word on it, having let go of the Kimber Tactical Pro) in a tactical manner, even when practicing ...

    And it was us on the internet, after all, who coined the phrase "mall ninja" and now we apply it to our own tools when we don't like how they're marketed? Good grief, is everybody just turning into a curmudgeon here?

    I object far more to obnoxious logos on semi-auto pistol slides (STI, anyone?) or two lines of legal warnings (Ruger, Beretta et al) on the slides and barrels ...

    Naming of firearms has never been as bad as names of motor vehicles (what's a large bird of prey have to do with a pick-up truck anyway?), especially the names made up just to sound cool. At least mostly on guns, the names more often apply to purpose rather than just because ... And yes, I once packed a handgun marked "Lady Smith" on a regular basis. Uh, I might draw the line at "Princess," though.
     
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    Just be glad Microsoft doesn't make firearms, or we'd have the Microsoft 2017 Steel Revolver .357 Home and Office Edition with Plus.
     
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    I resent the implication that I'm turning into a curmudgeon when I've worked hard at being a curmudgeon since I was about 15. :evil:
     
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    I have learned to fully embrace my curmudgeon status ... :)
     
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    Old Dog, Old Phart, Old Yeller, names for an ornery breed!
     
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    And your Microsoft steel revolver v9.0 MUST be updated to v10.
     
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    However much I dislike some names, like 'Tactical' applied to everything, what else are they supposed to use to label those particular features?
    Would be fine if it was sold under a different model line, but as far as manufactures are concerned, there's no use to selling the Model X, then the Model Y which is the same but with a shorter barrel and a ribbed pump, and then having to market all the accessories as fitting both, when 'fits all Model Xs' makes that whole thing easier.
    On the complete other side, S&W's naming annoys me. Sticking apparently random numbers is just senseless, unless the most obvious one is the caliber. the '586' means nothing without actually seeing it or being educated in their particular system. At least 'L357-B' would have meant something to your average buyer.
     
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    Windicator.
     
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    Is Windicator German for Vindicator or something? That's just as bad a name.

    If Match Champion is silly, how about Gold Cup? How about a Henry Golden Boy Gold Cup Match Champion Tactical?

    I think Mossberg makes that...

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    A Starbucks product in an gun ad - How oxymoronic can you get???
     
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    Little known fact about the Colt revolver lineup, those names just barely be out, Snuggles, Fluffy Bunny, Pooky Wooky and Powder Puff.





    Ok, so I made that part up...
     
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    Now I have to guess what L357-B would mean. The L could be for the L frame or Lug as an indication of the full length barrel under lug. Of course then folks would just say they have an L357 and leave off the -B part so you wouldn't know if it was Blue or Nickle and I guess they would throw Stainless in too and ditch the "6" line all together.

    I'm easy but I already know their stuff now and am old enough a change would just make me mad.
     
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    Cobray's were the best...
    Terminator
    Pocket Pal
    Streetsweeper
    Lady's Home Companion
    ...the list goes on
     
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    In the 80s and 90s Chevrolet made a car called the Chevrolet Beretta. Beretta was not amused and sued.

    I always thought instead of suing, they should have come out with a pot metal 25 ACP automatic that jammed constantly, fired occasionally and couldn't hit the broad side of a barn from inside when it did.

    They could call it the Beretta Chevrolet. ;)
     
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    It's like with band names, after all this time and so many models, all the good stuff has already been taken. ;)
     
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    I think some of the best and most colorful names used to be with the so called Saturday Night Specials of yesteryear. I mean some real great revolver names like Encore, Eureka, Smoker, Old Hickory, Blue Jacket, Tycoon, Rattler, Swamp Angel, and Tiger.
     
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    The Hi power is a rough translation and is NOT a reference to the ability of the round. Its more accurately translated grand influence or power. It stems from the fact that it was the first double stack magazine..
     
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    I thought I'd read that "High Power" distinguished the 9x19 from the 9mm Kurtz of the time.

    "Swamp Angel"????
     
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    Everything is about marketing. Primarily due to the assorted companies being run by MBA marketing types. The Henry rifle names are emulating the Yellow Boy Winchester.
    'High Power' was about the magazine capacity. First pistol with 13 + in the mag.
     
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    It's silly how people get into such an uproar over the term "tactical". As suggested above, what term do you want to use to differentiate between rifles like this...

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    ...and this?

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    I've asked this question countless times and have never gotten an answer.
     
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    "Its more accurately translated grand influence or power. It stems from the fact that it was the first double stack magazine.."

    Still a ridiculous moniker considering it was intended to be used on a battlefield crowded with belt fed machine guns, tanks, and the Maginot line.

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