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Name Your Gun?

My favorite gun, thankfully, was on my person when the burglars took my 800 pound gun safe.
(Note to self, and all – bolt your safe into the wall and foundation, even if it weighs 800 pounds!)
She’s been previously described – a custom Colt NM slide over a Vega frame, Bo-Mar sighted, Swenson ambi-safetied, Micro-bushinged masterpiece.
I christened her the B.H.S.M., after the previous owner:  The Bob Hall Signature Model.
A lady friend names all her firearms:  Betsy (akin to Mike Hammer’s gat), Precious (a Silence of the Lambs reference) and many others.  She calls the BHSM Bobbie, as guns should have female names.
Of course, the most famous gun name in recent history is from the Sci-Fi cult hit Firefly, wherein Jayne Cobb tries to trade his favorite rifle Vera, for Captain Mal Reynolds ‘wife’ Saffron.  Fair is fair, right?
Do you name your firearms?  Or just a special one?  Is the naming in keeping with the time-honored tradition of naming machines women’s names?

Jayne, with Vera

Inquiring minds want to know.

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I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


20 thoughts on “Name Your Gun?

  1. Would you believe I named my carry piece after a beautiful undercover agent?My wife names all of hers.

    Posted by North | November 28, 2011, 7:39 am
  2. @North – Was that comment in Maxwell Smart's voice? And, yes, I believe it.

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | November 28, 2011, 7:47 am
  3. I don't know if I have 'one' favorite gun, if it had to be a rifle it would be my M1A Springfield. I don't name mine though.

    Posted by Duke | November 28, 2011, 7:52 am
  4. I don't. My sister does.

    Posted by Well Seasoned Fool | November 28, 2011, 8:08 am
  5. I don't, although I was tempted to do so with the CVA mountain rifle I carried during my buckskinning era (the '80s). Never did, though.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | November 28, 2011, 8:25 am
  6. I name my firearms. My Tokorev SVT-40 is named Natasha and my Springfield XDm9 is named Alexa which derrives from Alexander which in Greek means "Protector of Man".Yes I name my guns, but I don't name my cars and for me, personally, I keep with female names for my guns. Perhaps because you see mothers in nature viciously protect their young is the reason that I choose female names for my guns.

    Posted by Southern Belle | November 28, 2011, 9:27 am
  7. "In Vera Veritas"(runs and hides)

    Posted by Tomi | November 28, 2011, 9:53 am
  8. No. Or my vehicles.

    Posted by bluesun | November 28, 2011, 11:39 am
  9. My Beretta is named Buffy. And each sword in the collection has a name, too, but those are male.

    Posted by LeeAnn | November 28, 2011, 12:53 pm
  10. I don't name my guns. Guns are tools, and it'd be like naming my circular saw or Kitchenaid mixer. But that is/was a great clip from Firefly, as is Mal's response, "Well my days of not taking you seriously are certainly coming to a middle."

    Posted by ExurbanKevin | November 28, 2011, 1:20 pm
  11. I named my M16 I'm issued in the Army after DW. Because everyone thinks she has no kick until they stand in front of her muzzle…

    Posted by TinCan Assassin | November 28, 2011, 1:51 pm
  12. Never could understand naming tools, but that is just me. I'd run out of names if I was to name all my guns, vehicles, screwdrivers, wrenches, etc.

    Posted by BobG | November 28, 2011, 3:09 pm
  13. I have a couple with names. My 10/22 is "Conan the Borg." My wife bought it for me for Father's Day the first year we were married (instant family – her daughter was 15 at the time). Within about 12 days it had a bull barrel, thumbhole Fajen stock and WAY too much scope mounted on it. She took one look and said "Is that the cute little rifle I bought you? It's technologically barbaric!" Thus, Conan the Borg.The second gun that has a name is my Thompson Center Encore with a 15" Bullberry .260 Remington barrel. I posted a picture of it on the blog, and one reader said his wife saw it and said "That's not a gun, that's a power tool!" So it's "The Power Tool."

    Posted by Kevin Baker | November 28, 2011, 3:48 pm
  14. The Glock is St Christopher, for reasons I hope would be obvious. None of the others have names, and to be fair "St Christopher" is more of a title than a name.

    Posted by Larry | November 29, 2011, 3:16 pm
  15. @Larry – could have chosen St. Joseph? "Two in the mouth." (sorry)

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | November 29, 2011, 7:16 pm
  16. Glock 17 = Bruce, after Bruce Willis. My wife wanted a gun she could "run down the hall shooting and not have to count, like Bruce Willis."Glock 21SF = The DukeGlock 19 = LibertyRuger 10/22 = Steve Rogers before modification, Captain America after modification. Browning Buck Mark – Bucky. Captain America's sidekick.Mossberg 500 = Lee, for the first owner.Mosin Nagant = Vassily, for Vassily Zaitsev.SKS = Sergei, for Sergei Simonov.I find that names makes it easier in public to talk about them without raising eyebrows.If you do a search for these names on my blog you can find out more.

    Posted by Fill Yer Hands | December 1, 2011, 10:37 am
  17. @Fill Yer Hands – Interesting choices! Will do.

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | December 1, 2011, 1:37 pm
  18. I named one a few years ago. Tisiphone.

    Posted by ASM826 | December 2, 2011, 2:26 pm
  19. @ASM826 – I had to Google it, but, good choice!

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | December 2, 2011, 9:21 pm

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