Question of the Day: What’s Your Gun’s Name?

89 responses

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    Ducky
    May 22, 2012

    In the TV show Firefly, Jayne Cobb names his rifle Vera, and the shirt shown in the photo is also worn by Jayne.

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    thedriver
    May 22, 2012

    That guy probably named it Vera in imitation of Jayne Cobb from Firefly (whose Vera in the show was based on a Saiga 12 IIRC).

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      JamestheTurk
      May 22, 2012

      The joke about ‘faith’ and reliability still stands.
      PS: “She’s my very favorite.”

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      Linoge
      May 23, 2012

      Speaking as the owner of the photographed firearm, that was, indeed, the point of the exercise.

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    bgryphon
    May 22, 2012

    i purchased a rifle that kicked like a mule. Before I fixed it one of my friends named it after a malicious ex. The name stuck. None of the rest have aquired named status.

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    Tarrou
    May 22, 2012

    I named one. I miss her.

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    SigEpTendo
    May 22, 2012

    I have a Mossberg 590 that I named Mortimer, because, hey, it sounds like a good, big, shotgun name. I named my 1911 Matilda – in old German that translates to “Mighty in Battle.”

    I have a ruger SR9c that I’ve grown fond of… cant think of a proper name for it yet, though.

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    Aharon
    May 22, 2012

    I’ve named my Ruger SP101 Rebecca (also known as Rivkah).

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    JamestheTurk
    May 22, 2012

    My ACR is named Vidarr, after the Norse god of vengeance. He’s painted with a custom Starry Night-inspired digital camo in OD and black. He came out looking a little bit like a mossy old runestone too, so it works really well. I’m a historian with a bit of a Norse fetish (and an Yggdrassil talisman around my neck). LSS, Odin is a better muse than Clio. I could write more on why my gun’s name is badass as could be, but you could read the myth of Ragnarok and make plenty of sense of it on your own. :D

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    MALTHUS
    May 22, 2012

    My .376 Steyr Scout Rifle is named Bagatelle (trifle, short piece…) to denote its insignificant weight and length.

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    bontai Joe
    May 22, 2012

    My grandfather named his favorite shot gun “Ol’ Fuzee”. It was an early breach loading single shot 12 ga with a barrel shortened to 22″. Because of it’s age, he would only shoot black powder shells in it and the muzzle blast reminded him of the “Fuzee” brand flares he used when he worked on the railroad. I named my 1911-A1 “Betsy” in homage to Mickey Spillane’s character Mike Hammer.

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    Blake
    May 22, 2012

    I call my gun safe “Ministry of Justice.”

    (Okay, I really don’t, I just made it up..but now that I think about it…)

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    USMCVeteran
    May 22, 2012

    In the Marine Corps we were required to give our rifles, M-14′s at the time, a girl’s name. Since then I have always named my weapons which are too numerous to list here.

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    Ryan Finn
    May 22, 2012

    I named my CZ-75 P07 Duty “Kamila”, the Czech spelling of Camilla, the name of a legendary warrior maiden of the Volsci from the Aeneid. Seemed fitting for such a badass gun.

    I honestly haven’t named the other ones.

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      CarlosT
      May 22, 2012

      The Aeneid! Truly you are a man of honor and distinction. Shame about what happens to Camilla, though, but there are few chatacters in epic poetry that meet a good end.

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    DrewR55
    May 22, 2012

    My wife and I named our ARs Mama Bear and Papa Bear.

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    shazbot
    May 22, 2012

    My WASR is named Raisa, my 1911 is named Mary, and my new/old Security Six doesn’t have a name yet but it will as soon as it gets a new forcing cone and can actually shoot where it’s aimed again.

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    William
    May 22, 2012

    My two Berettas, px4 compact and a 96A1 are just, “The Girls.” :-)

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    Paul
    May 22, 2012

    My Auto Ordnance full-size 1911 is named “Captain America”
    My S&W 1911 w/3″ bbl, which I carry IWB appendix is named “Private Parts”
    My Glock 17 is “Doctor Glock”
    My brother’s CCW weapon is “Mr. Hyde”

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    Headoftheholler
    May 22, 2012

    My 1896 Mosin sporter with a 1943 Tikka barrel is named Alexie, Russian for “Defender”.

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    Geoff
    May 22, 2012

    Name all of our guns in the house, nice to be able tot talk about them in mixed company and no one has a clue.

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    Tim McNabb
    May 22, 2012

    My wife named our home defense shotgun “Miranda”. Inspired by this, I named my beloved M&P Compact .40 “Carmen”.

    Her .38 Smith with Crimson Trace is named “Scarlet”. Our AK 47 is “Alice” (for “Alice Kramden”). My daily carry piece is a DB9, so her name is “Debbie”.

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    Loyd
    May 22, 2012

    Haven’t named my pistols or rifles, no names jump to mind. But I have two 12g SxS shotguns named “The Doctor” and “The Gentleman”, and a single shot break open .410 called “The Lady”.

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    Leo Atrox
    May 22, 2012

    I don’t name ‘em. Yes, I know that’s boring and not worthy of sharing with you. Now you wish you didn’t read this comment, yes? Well, you still are …

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    Loyd
    May 22, 2012

    Haven’t named my pistols or rifles, no names jump to mind. But I have two 12g SxS shotguns named “The Doctor” and “The Gentleman”, and a single shot break open .410 called “The Lady”. I’d like to buy a Mauser rifle just so I can call it “Gunhilda” (“Battle Maid”)

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    Nick V.
    May 22, 2012

    Naming your guns puts you in the Kevin Spacey in Seven category.

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      Jake
      June 8, 2012

      No I’m pretty sure torturing people to death puts you in the Kevin Spacey in Seven category.

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    brigo05
    May 22, 2012

    Named my Ruger GP-100 Susannah from the Dark Tower series upon completion of the 7th book. I know its not a SA revolver but none-the less…
    Names are still open for my Sig p229 Two Tone and my Armalite AR10

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    CarlosT
    May 22, 2012

    The XDm Compact, which I got second, got named first as Junior, which led to the full size getting named Big Brother.

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      Buuurr
      May 22, 2012

      I also have the XDm Compact. I thought the angles and lines on it looked a little like the dwarven shapes and lines from LOTR so I named it Gimli.

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    Matt in FL
    May 22, 2012

    A cute french girl at a friend’s range day once named my P238 the “Noisy Cricket,” a la Men in Black. The name stuck as long as the cute girl was in earshot.

    Hey, I’m not sentimental, but I’m also not stupid.

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      Not Too Eloquent
      May 22, 2012

      FLAME DELETED

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        Matt in FL
        May 22, 2012

        Your words wound me.

        Besides, at that point she hadn’t had the opportunity to make his acquaintance.

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    Cody Mikles
    May 22, 2012

    My father made a sling for a guy who had his AK engraved with “Hammer of Thor.” Also its good to see a Tennessee-based custom shop on TTAG.

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      Cody Mikles
      May 22, 2012

      Oh and Vera comes from the name Jane (Adam Baldwin) gave his gun in Firefly.

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        Jesse N.
        May 22, 2012

        You know that’s exactly the gun that came in mind when I first read this topic. Even before I noticed the person in the photo was wearing a ‘Blue Sun’ T shirt.

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        Steve Kreitler
        May 22, 2012

        I named my C-93 “Jayne”, because Jayne was carrying an HK in Serenity.

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        rosignol
        May 22, 2012

        I’m pretty sure that was a Saiga with a bunch of crap bolted to it.

        I also have a ‘Vera’, she’s a PTR-91.

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        Lemming
        May 22, 2012

        ” See Vera? Dress yourself up, you get taken out somewhere fun. ”

        Yes, Vera was a Saiga 500 with AR levels of stuff hung off it.

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    Mercutio
    May 22, 2012

    “My Friend Here”?

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    Jesse N.
    May 22, 2012

    I’ve never named a firearm. Which I suppose is somewhat fortunate. It would make me feel worse that I’ve had to get ride of my entire collection three times. Due to having to bail family out of various catastrophes.

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    Jess Banda
    May 22, 2012

    I named it after your mom…

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    freeport56
    May 22, 2012

    My M1A is referred to as “Western Union.” I’ll let you fill in the details!

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    ready,fire,aim
    May 22, 2012

    I named my keltec P-11 P.O.S (you figure that one out)

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    Jim March
    May 22, 2012

    My massively modified Ruger New Vaquero goes by “Maurice”. Steve Miller Band reference – because some people call it the Space Cowboy :).

    This is the “gas-eject special”, about to go back under the knife to get magazine feeding.

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      Wes S.
      May 22, 2012

      Oh no, not again…

      …Talk about a “Firefly” gun…

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      A-Rod
      June 1, 2013

      Gangster of Love?

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        Jim March
        June 1, 2013

        Whatever it is, I got it working:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4XtVldNbO4

        Only personal arm in the world with that feed cycle. Only mag-fed personal revolver that eats standard ammo (9mmPara up through +P+ or worse as the gun is rated for 357Mag).

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    virtualjohn
    May 22, 2012

    I have two guns that have acquired names, both named by friends. My Marlin 1895 Guide gun in .45-70 Gov’t a friend called a ‘Little Beast’ and that has stuck. One of hunting partners called my Remington 700 XCR in .300 Win Mag a real ‘Gamegetter’ after dropping a doe on the run with lights out neck shot. I had taken a buck afew days earlier and that was the third year in a row I’ tagged out with that gun.

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    Ralph
    May 22, 2012

    People should not name inanimate objects that do not require inflation.

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      Ropingdown
      May 22, 2012

      Is that a Ralph Nader joke?

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      Buuurr
      May 22, 2012

      Julie is my shotgun. Gillian my TV.

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      virtualjohn
      May 22, 2012

      Ah Ralph, my guns provide me so much more stimulation than any ‘inflatable object’ I’ve ever seen.

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      Philthegardener
      May 23, 2012

      True, but I spend an inordinate amount more time fondling my heavy metal than the aforementioned inflatables…

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    Ropingdown
    May 22, 2012

    I can hear the testimony now:
    Prosecutor: “And did you then draw your 9mm pistol and wave it belligerently in Mr. Jones’ face?”
    Defendent: “Are you referring to Suzette? Did I wave Suzette?”

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    Mr. Carpenter
    May 22, 2012

    My Beretta 9mm ” Vinnie” Springfield 1911 “Hank” My Taurus 357 Mag “Dirty” My COlt AR is “Lucifer” and Century AK is “Achmed”. My 45/70 Guide Gun is “Bill”

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    Mr. Carpenter
    May 22, 2012

    OH and my four Rem. 870s are…. eenie, meenie, miney, and moe. Take your pic they’re all on.

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    Hal
    May 22, 2012

    I named my LMT MWS “Anduril.”

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    Moonshine7102
    May 22, 2012

    I don’t name ‘em. Dog forbid that sort of thing comes out when you’re in court after a DGU.

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    AZRon
    May 22, 2012

    I have to believe that people naming their firearms are the type of folks that the antis warn us about.

    I have .22′s, .308′s, .45′s and others, but I have NO Betsys.

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      Buuurr
      May 22, 2012

      How so? When I was gunless and lived in Canda I named my Dad’s truck Megan because its was loud and annoying like the niece it was named after. Was I a gun nut because of that?

      Many people name things they love and have had for a long time. People grow fond and so they name things they are fond of. It isn’t rocket science. It is no mor weird then the folk who name rocks and minerals after themselves or loved ones.

      So what?

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    JOE MATAFOME
    May 22, 2012

    I named two of my S&W 500′s Fatman and Little Boy(LB is the snubnose) after the atomic bombs. I was going the name the third 500 THE APOCALYPSE but S&W had already named it THE BONE COLLECTOR.

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    DaveM
    May 22, 2012

    After reading some of the names people have used for their firearms my creative juices started flowing.
    590, government, commander, 19, 66, 29 is what I have come up with so far.
    Later on after a few beverages I might be inspired to name the rest.

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    Scooter
    May 22, 2012

    My Mosin-Nagant was going to be Ivan, until I put the first few rounds down range. “Bam Bam” seemed more appropriate… and it stuck. 80 rounds the first time out. Ouch.

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      Nick V.
      May 22, 2012

      Dang, 80 rounds? I would have called it “Pheeeeeeweeee” after the sound coming out of my damaged eardrums even with double protection.

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    Ted
    May 22, 2012

    Red Rider, Carbine-Action, 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle; name “Old Blue”

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    William
    May 22, 2012

    My .44 special Ruger Blackhawk Flattop is “El Guapo”.

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    Wes S.
    May 22, 2012

    After a co-worker and I were overheard talking guns by another co-worker, who snarkily said that we sounded “like a Lynryd Skynryd song,” I humorously said that, just for that, I was going to call my newly-acquired flattopped Ruger Blackhawk .44 Special “Three Steps.”

    She didn’t think I was very funny. Everybody else in earshot thought it was hilarious.

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    Chris
    May 22, 2012

    I noticed that Oleg’s “Vera” looks sorta like Jayne’s “Vera” from Firefly.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v333/recently_evil/JayneVera.jpg

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      gage
      May 22, 2012

      Excellent catch!

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        Jake F.
        May 23, 2012

        Blue Sun in also the mega-corp that that produces everything in the Firefly verse.

        I have a friend with an AR named the same thing. One of my grandads also had a Stoeger coach gun he called Old Nasty.

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    Tom
    May 22, 2012

    I usually just call my guns by the model number.
    870, 37, 66, 1022, PP, P, 788, 12, etc

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    Philthegardener
    May 23, 2012

    My carry pistol is a trusty 1911. I call it “Big Bo”

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    Brad_in_MA
    May 23, 2012

    I named my Mosin Nagant 91/30 “The Lovely and Deadly Lyudmila” — in honor of Red Army sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko who dispatched 309 Nazi bad guys with a scoped 91/30.

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      Scooter
      May 23, 2012

      Mosin Nagants do interesting things to bowling balls. “Bam Bam’s” new friend is a used Marlin 25 I couldn’t pass up at JW Firearms. I think it shall be “Pebbles.” Kinda looks like a little MoNa, but it doesn’t require ice and rest after shooting.

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    adamt
    May 23, 2012

    BOB

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    Volkho Mashchenko
    May 23, 2012

    Taurus PT 24/7 Pro DS .45 = “Krasivaya Vîeshch`”
    Mosin Nagant M91/30 = “Staraya Sabaka”
    GM-100 .22LR = “Maliy` Prastak”
    now i want a Colt Pacemaker to name him “Putin Ubi`ÿ´ĭtsa” <=== yes, I need to emphasize enough!!!

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    MikeyMike
    October 7, 2012

    I think I just named my S&W Oprah…random…my buddy named his Mary Poppins

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    James Daniel Ross
    December 14, 2012

    I’ve got a coverted Saiga 12 called “The Rainmaker”
    An AK103 bought for TEOTWAWKI, and after a conversation about bullets vs beans vs bullion with a friend it aquired the name: “The Alchemist” Since it would eventually have the oppertunity to turn lead into gold.

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    Fort Brody
    December 22, 2012

    Yellow… Me and my bud Jeff are throwing some back while he mods my 75 round drum AK. I think I just named my AK “Judge Judy”!

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    0351
    June 1, 2013

    I did have a name for my service weapon that I had the longest – Meg, after a girl I knew. Now though, it occurs to me that firearms are far too phallic to be ladies in general. Now that I finally have what is probably the finest rifle I’ll ever own, I suppose I’ll have to think of something.

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    revjen45
    June 2, 2013

    Mr. Mossberg.

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    pittypat21
    June 14, 2013

    Mine are named “Rifle” and “Carbine”.

    But seriously, I would feel like I was cheating on my wife if I spent too much time with a rifle with a girl’s name.

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    WRH
    June 17, 2013

    My Glock 17 is named “Jennifer,” which gave my wife pause until I explained it (Gen-4). Her Ruger Single Ten is “Eli,” and my 870 is “Kindness.” Haven’t found the right name for my JR Carbine yet.

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    RNislandgirl
    September 2, 2013

    Thor -Sig 40, Toto – M&P 22, Chewie – Beretta 9mm. Haven’t named my Glock 17 or M&P 15-22 yet….

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    Austin bywater
    October 27, 2013

    My 12 gauge is Kevin and my 20 gauge is Richard

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    RJB
    April 4, 2014

    My Remington 870 tactical combat, I lovingly call , Brunhilde.

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    Robert Nelson
    April 7, 2014

    I gotta name all 27 of them? I’ll name just a couple.

    My Sig Sauer P239 in .357 SIG is named Geraldine.
    My superlight .44 magnum S&W 329PD is called Mule.
    My full auto HK MP5 is called Buzzsaw.
    My suppressed HK.45CT is called Sneaky Pete.
    My suppressed Remington 700 SPS .308 is called Eliminator.
    My S&W no-dash 586 .357 magnum is called Dirty Harry

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