Question of the Day: Firearms Enthusiast? Gun Nut? Gun Nerd? Ammosexual? What Do You Call Yourself?

William Thomas' guns (courtesy

“William Thomas is just fine with being called a gun nerd,” reports. “Just like you have ‘Star Wars’ nerds who can tell you everything about ‘Star Wars’ — that’s how I am,” he said. ‘I’m that resource for a lot of my friends who want a gun.'” The Star reports that Mr. Thomas — whose father was killed by a gun! — “owns several firearms” (video below). A gun nerd’s arsenal? Anyway, what do you call yourself when it comes to “your gun thing” (as my Mother used to call it).


  1. avatar Jomo says:

    A person.

    Labels are stupid.

    1. avatar Rebelminion says:

      Stupidly AWESOME!

    2. avatar Felix says:

      They sure are, but they are also fun to abuse.

      What do you call a Vietnamese walking a dog? A vegetarian.

      What do you call a Vietnamese walking two dogs? A rancher.

      1. avatar BigDaveinVT says:

        lol – priceless. I needed that.

      2. avatar Marcus (Aurelius) Payne says:

        Labeling people is easy. The hard part is stuffing them into the filing cabinets.

      3. avatar Shallnot BeInfringed says:

        Reminds me of a similar joke about the Chinese cookbook titled “101 Ways to Wok Your Dog.”

  2. avatar Mike Oregon i says:

    Gun nerd, I’ve been binge watching “Forgotten Weapons” for about 2 months now.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      So now you’re an expert on French rifles.

      1. avatar Mike Oregon says:

        I’ve been mostly watching the videos on early automatic pistols. It’s fascinating to me.

    2. avatar Cundalini says:

      I’m fascinated by all the Kybher Pass stuff.

    3. avatar Southern Cross says:

      You’re not the only one who does this. I downloaded via a browser plug in the episodes I was interested in and now have months of viewing.

  3. avatar Kyle says:


  4. avatar Mack Bolan says:

    Well Armed.

  5. avatar Keltex78 says:


    1. avatar Xcom says:

      ^^ This

    2. avatar burley says:

      beat me to it.

    3. avatar Seth says:

      Yep. That about covers it.

    4. avatar RMS1911 says:

      Normal American.

      1. avatar Joe R. says:

        Deplorable bitter-clinger

        1. avatar Steve says:

          Me too!

  6. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

    Mostly I just c all myself an 1895SBL with a 50mm scope.

    1. avatar Gman says:

      No self respecting real man would ever put a scope on a 45-70.
      Go iron or go home sissy. 🙂

      1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

        Now that you c an use straight walled centerfire cartridges during what they formerly called ‘shotgun season’ in Iowa I could see it. I’d probably lean toward something like a more compact 2-7x though. If I ever pick up that .357 Henry I might put one on my 336BL. .30-30 has quite a bit flatter trajectory than .45-70 though.

      2. avatar Ed Rogers says:

        DOH!!! BURN…

      3. avatar tickTalk says:

        I dunno.. a Weaver K4 on a breaktop .45-70 405gr is great for hogs…I keep iron my .30-30’s for those miniature deer here in the PRC.

  7. avatar LKB says:


    1. avatar Joe R. says:


      ; )

  8. avatar Gman says:

    Not a victim

  9. avatar Michael says:

    A patriotic American who supports ALL of our rights

  10. avatar pwrserge says:

    Tactical nerd. It was always interesting that I have fit the nerd stereotype for decades which you would never know without talking to me.

    1. avatar Ben says:

      Your avatar might give it away.

      1. avatar TrappedInCommiefornia says:

        That was my first thought as well.

      2. avatar Skippy Sanchez says:


      3. avatar pwrserge says:

        If you can ID my avatar, you would know exactly where I’m coming from.

        1. avatar TrappedInCommiefornia says:

          I know the character but I wasn’t a fan of NGE so I don’t remember it well enough to understand your comment.

  11. avatar Joe R. says:


    Joe R.

    You can call yourself Joe too, but I will still call you what your name I know you by, so as not to be confusing.

    1. avatar Gman says:

      Yeah, but do you know Jack or Jim?

      1. avatar Joe R. says:

        Only by their Post Office photos.

    2. avatar Chip, Not Joe, In Florida says:

      Hi Joe.

      I call myself Chip. It is a pleasure to meet you.

      1. avatar Joe R. says:

        Hello Chip. Yes, very nice to blog with you here, hope this finds you and yours well.

  12. avatar I'll be your says:


    1. avatar OmnivorousBeorn says:

      Well played.

    2. avatar Hank says:

      You win.

  13. avatar Geoff PR says:

    Having worked the counter at pawn & gun shops off and on over the years, that vast exposure to many different types of firearms makes a general enthusiast, but in no way an expert on any of them, save the few I have owned.

    What I most strongly self-identify with now is, as an armed self-defense political activist.

    What I would never would have guessed in a billion years is, that I would turn into what I thought back then I despised, a political critter.

    So be it…

    { Insert ‘Wacky Races’ character Muttley cursing *here* }

    1. avatar Ing says:

      Same here with the political angle. Over time I realized that the realm of politics is stuffed full of people who hate me and want to take away what I love, and if people like me don’t speak up and fight, we’ll get steamrolled.

    2. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      I was thinking of “firearms enthusiast or hobbiest” as a label for myself — and now I am going to go with “armed self-defense political activist”.

      Thank you Geoff PR

      1. avatar Joe R. says:

        We’re the “the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.”

  14. avatar MamaLiberty says:

    I’m an old lady who happens to carry a gun. Don’t need or want any labels. 🙂

    1. avatar adverse5 says:

      Yes ma’am.

  15. avatar CalGunsMD says:

    Free American

    1. avatar OmnivorousBeorn says:

      In California?

      Seems to me that legitimately free Americans in California are either in the government or un-convicted felons (due to bad laws, not bad character).

  16. avatar Max says:

    Q: What Do You Call Yourself?

    A: “2nd Amendement Supporter”, “Supporter of Self Defense”, “Supporter of Self-Reliance”

    Q: What do you call anti-gun people?

    A: “2nd Amendment Deniers”, “Constitution Deniers”

  17. avatar Imayeti says:

    Self reliant.

  18. avatar Jim L. says:

    I name thee… Tacklebery – from Police Academy. 😁

  19. avatar BLoving says:

    I wanted the title “Gun Nerd” put on my name tag at work. They put “Firearm Specialist” instead… oh well.
    I do take issue with the statement that his father was “killed by a gun”… c’mon y’all… we know better than to let that line go unchallenged.

    1. avatar Rusty Chains says:

      The anti=gun reporter changed with to by, simply because he could and they hate guns. My watch of the video was followed by a hunter fudd who started bloviating about no need to own a gun that can shoot hundreds of rounds (and I closed it, because I have heard that BS before).

  20. avatar IdahoPete says:

    Charmingly Eccentric Firearms Enthusiast – CEFE.

    Also a S&W Accumulator.

    1. avatar Joe R. says:

      COVFEFE – CEFE – jefe ?


      only ask because you are from ID

  21. avatar AFGus says:

    I call myself a Constitutional Conservative who believes implicitly in the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.

  22. avatar Chris Mallory says:


  23. avatar Ing says:

    Gun nut works for me.

  24. avatar Kevin b says:

    I am Tim the Enchanter

    1. avatar Rick the Bear says:

      Oh, mighty Tim!

  25. avatar Bob says:

    I’m a “Radical Fudd”. I believe in 2nd Amendment and love to hunt. But I’m far superior ethically and intellectually to those MSR enthusiasts who are too shallow and pussy to hunt and are essentially just bullet spraying dickheads and Walter Mitty’s.

  26. avatar jwm says:

    Handsome. Charming. Beloved by women. Admired by men.

    These are some of the things I call myself.

    1. avatar Scoutino says:

      Austin? Austin Powers, is that you? 😁

  27. avatar Wilbur says:

    The 2nd amendment rules but the first amendment is optional. So says TTAG.

    1. avatar Scoutino says:

      First amendment restricts Congress. This is private blog site.

  28. avatar Ralph says:

    I don’t usually call myself because when I do, the line is busy. But when I do, I prefer to refer to myself using the Imperial “We,” which sounds so much more regal than “Ralph.”

    And We are gun enthusiasts.

    1. avatar Joe R. says:


      If you text yourself it says undeliverable.

      If you block yourself, you get caught in loop.

  29. avatar ATFAgentBob says:

    ok let me make this easier for all the window lickers out there. This is the table of gun labels based on YouTube channel subscription and viewing.

    Gun Nerd or Prep Nerd: NutnFancy, Forgotten Weapons, Military Arms Channel any of those mostly talking gun channels that really dwell on the stats these guys obsess over SAWC of any given gun and will gladly watch every single NutnFancy review ever made.

    Gun Nut: Hickok45, Demo Ranch, Yankee Marshal, and similar channels. Yes some of these are mostly talking but they don’t really dwell on every single stat and they tend to shoot A LOT. Also subscribed to their favorite manufacturers’ YouTube channels and Email lists. Owns at least 1 full outfit (jacket, shirt, hat, pants, underwear, and so on) featuring their favorite Gun Maker

    Ammosexual: Colion Noir, NRA TV, and any similar channels these ones tend to bring politics into the fold and feature a good bit of competition shooting and guns you’ll never afford. Probably has 3 or 4 bits of gun swag on their car or wears Colion Noir T shirts frequently.

    Firearms Enthusiast: Colion Noir, Rated Red, TFB, and any firearms review channels. These ones mostly stick to reviews and mainstream guns these guys aren’t watchin NutnFancy dive into a gun’s stats for 60-90 minutes no these folks are watching shorter reviews and maybe new product announcements.

    1. avatar BLoving says:

      Nice breakdown, there, Bob.
      But what adjective do we use for those of us who subscribe to and waste entirely too much of our evenings watching every one of those channels?
      (I suggest “pitiful”) 🤠

      1. avatar ATFAgentBob says:

        Hoplophiles- Watches anything and everything gun related, is subscribed to every and I do mean EVERY gun manufacturer’s email newsletter, has at least 10 gun websites in their favorites and has accounts on each website as well. Will waste hours a day on TTAG or the much less popular Range 365. Probably also has at least one gun magazine subscription. Can identify guns in movies with 97% accuracy and likely gets really irritated when seeing a Star stand in for a 1911 or other similar situation.

        1. avatar Blurb says:

          Where does a person fit who refuses to read a book past the point where the peotagonist IWB conceals a suppressed 1911?

        2. avatar Joe R. says:

          You fit in baggy fleece sweat pants.

          ‘Cause that’s the only thing that’ll easily keep a suppressed 1911, IWB.

        3. avatar ATFAgentBob says:

          Oh it conceals… The ladies just think he’s friggin huge.

      2. avatar BLoving says:

        Omygawd, Movie Gun Anachronisms, no kidding… like fingernails on chalkboard…
        … I just outed myself there a bit, didn’t I?

        1. avatar ATFAgentBob says:

          They irritate me too… Especially some old WW2 movie and seeing some paratrooper packing a 10/22 in an M1 wannabe stock. My biggest peeve however is every M2 they show with the fucking BFA on it or every shot that shows the belt loaded with blanks. Even saw one that was clearly loaded with blanks but dropping actual live round casings! Gah!!! You have one friggin job prop guy and editor make that shit look real and you let that slide through!?!?

        2. avatar Joe R. says:

          Rack a pump 12 gauge constantly, without either a live shell or spent shell / hull coming out. Same with racking every semi-automatic with a slide forward on an unchanged mag. It’s like Hollywood created the worlds most efficient weapon, no residue.

  30. avatar Rick the Bear says:

    Well, the Star didn’t listen to the video. He said that his father was killed “with” a gun, not “by” a gun.

    And, Mr. Young feels that people are misguided to feel passionate about a Constitutional right like the Second Amendment? How does he feel about the First Amendment or the pretend right to an abortion? I do like how he fondles the camo shotgun, though. I have stirrings now, and have to go. 8>)

  31. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    Besides “freedom loving, red blooded American who is prepared to defend himself,” I will happily be referred to, simply, as “a shooter.”

  32. avatar JJ48 says:

    Christian? Computer Engineer? Gamer? I enjoy guns, heartily support their use, and oppose pretty much any form of arms control (I do think nukes and biological weapons can be regulated only because they can pose a threat to public safety even without active use), but that doesn’t mean it’s a defining part of my identity.

    If I had to identify myself in regards to firearms, it would probably be simply, “gun owner”.

  33. avatar Kevin S Givens says:


  34. avatar Specialist38 says:

    A citizen.

  35. avatar anonymoose says:

    Definitely a gun nerd.

  36. avatar BierceAmbrose says:

    “That Guy.” Everybody wants to be that guy.

    1. avatar TrappedInCommiefornia says:

      I call myself “nobody.” Becase nobody is perfect…

  37. avatar Macofjack says:

    I call myself an AMERICAN!

  38. avatar adverse5 says:


  39. avatar Jim Bullock says:

    “Common sense gun safety advocate.”

    Common sense says we’re safer when peaceful, responsible people have access to guns, if they want.

    If you think people are generally sensible and sane, the more capable — including armed — they are, the better for us all. In a dangerous world, more guns in sensible hands makes us all safer.

    If you think less guns in general makes us safer you think the world generally safe (a few million Iranian citizens might differ with you this week; or a few million North Koreans every week if they had the energy to talk), people generally crazy and stupid, or both.

    Because I’m for people’s safety, in a world where guns exist, I’m for sane, responsible people having guns if they want, and crazy people being with them, if that’s what it takes.

    On that basis I’m against the stupid laws restricting features that make guns more random, against ineffective posturing, against creating victim-rich zones by “banning” peaceful people from having guns in them, against expanding nonsense regulations that harass peaceful people who haven’t done anything wrong, against fetishizing guns in the press movies TV and politics, against treating guns as fashion statements, against 3rd-party funded agitprop muddying up the issue, and against wanna-be overlords contriving to impose their preferences on distant people different from them who eat the costs of the overlords folly (You can maybe tell me to get rid of my guns, when you issue me the bodyguards you have.)

    On that basis I’m, *for*, citizens’ access to firearms, firearms for women minorities & people in high-risk environments, for open and concealed carry, for broadly teaching gun safety and operation. Also for vigorous prosecution of people who do bad, especially violent things, with guns or not. (I particularly think if someone’s on a “terrorist watch list” we should maybe, you know, watch them. Might catch a “known wolfe” before they finish doing something that way.)

  40. avatar Ogre says:

    A right-thinking American constitutionalist gun enthusiast – if a label must be put on me at all, that is.

    1. avatar BLoving says:

      Nah. We’ll just stick with “Ogre”. Wear it with pride, my friend!

  41. avatar MLee says:

    I had to think about that. I came up with a number of things, but I wouldn’t want to give the antis further ammo in furthering their cause. They might take the things we say in jest here among friends and say: LOOK what these readers (gun nuts) at TTAG say about themselves!!!
    With that in mind, as a gun owner, I call myself and consider myself resonsible

  42. avatar Barnbwt says:

    Gun Hipster, as ARs are too common for me

    1. avatar BLoving says:

      So what MSR does a gun hipster have?
      I’m guessing a Steyr AUG, IWI Tavor or a FN PS90… especially the FN due to the weird ammo.
      Or are you more of a AK-74 type (the 47 is still too redneck)?

      1. avatar Hank says:

        Definetly one of the old fish guns. I’d say one of the rare semi auto FAMAS’s would be the ultimate hipster gun.

      2. avatar barnbwt says:

        Hmmm, PS90, RDB, VZ58, FNAR, in that order.

        I’d love an FS2000 as I’m secondarily an FN fan, and love bullpups in general, but they’re crazy expensive, like the FAMAS in this country (I do hope we get Bullfrog-pup kits in eventually, though I’m sure France would rather shred their old equipment). FWIW, ‘hipster-dom’ is not about flashing wealth (necessarily), nor about impressing others (necessarily), but more about finding uncommon, but objectively good things. FNAR’s an excellent alternative to a high-end AR10 (until very recently), VZ58 runs circles around any AK variant, RDB has so far been the best bullpup I’ve messed with and a darn-good rifle overall, and the PS90…well, it’s cool, I like what it does, and my expectations are in line with its necessary limitations. It’s a shame no one makes a much cheaper knock-off.

        1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

          i learned something interesting about the ps90 when i was really far away from anywhere. shhh…

        2. avatar Scoutino says:

          I own a Vz. 58. Does it make me a hipster? Shudders.

  43. avatar herb gerber says:

    Can a journalist/blogger here please report on “jason blaha” a DIY fitness youtube ‘expert’ from Texas. He has made stolen valor claims and has held multiple people at gunpoint in the past. He is honestly a white trash version of Voda Consulting..

  44. avatar #Merica says:

    #True #American #Merica labels are for libs

  45. avatar former water walker says:

    Pro-Gun is good enough for me. Not much for nicknames😖😟😫

  46. avatar Rebelminion says:

    How about:


    Do I win?

  47. avatar Guzalot says:

    From the linked article: “The Star reports that Mr. Thomas — whose father was killed by a gun! — “owns several firearms” ”

    In fact Mr. Thomas father was NOT killed BY a gun, he was killed BY a person who USED a gun. Words matter.

  48. avatar DrewR says:

    “Law abiding gun owner” comes quickly to mind. It really makes it difficult for antis to turn that one back around on you.

  49. avatar Danny338 says:

    Most folks just call me ‘orange joe.’

    1. avatar Joe R. says:

      That’s racist.

  50. avatar Darkman says:

    Gunaholic…One is to many…100 is not enough.

  51. avatar Illinois_Minion says:

    A collector of trinkets. Trinkets large and small.

  52. avatar Klaus Von Schmitto says:

    I self-identify as a B61 Mod 7.

  53. avatar Bob in Calif says:

    I can identify with a myriad of labels. But, I will not tolerate being called late for chow!

  54. avatar Zach N. says:

    I’m a pan-powder, caliber-fluid, ammosexual, gearqueer.

  55. avatar LJPII says:

    A man…who owns guns…but also owns cars, a house, stuff that goes into a house, two dogs, one cat…I don’t define myself by my material possessions, thank you very much.

  56. avatar Rocky says:

    I’m a bit surprised no one selected my faorite, from this very website: a member of the armed intellegensia.
    a classic, IMHO

  57. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

    A friend called me a gun/firearm “expert.” I replied that I wasn’t an expert, but more of an enthusiast. I might know a lot about guns compared to most people, but there is a lot more about guns that I don’t know.

    I’m probably more of a Texas firearms law expert than any other lawyer in my county or any contiguous county.

  58. avatar Gil says:

    An enthusiast

  59. avatar Hank says:


  60. avatar The_Driver says:

    i call myself a cab when i drink more than i should.

  61. avatar RMS1911 says:

    I call myself He-Man Master of the Universe or
    Sometimes pew pew pew guy.

  62. avatar Chris says:

    Just a hobbyist with a small interest in personal protection. I own two pistols, both bought last year. I take them to a range whenever time allows to work on my aim and clean them in between. Call me crazy but, I like cleaning my guns for no particular reason. Not many people know I have them, including my relatives.

    1. avatar Shallnot BeInfringed says:

      So your answer to the question of what you call yourself is ‘crazy’? Hmmmmmm….

    2. avatar Shallnot BeInfringed says:

      In fact, if you actually like cleaning guns, I’ll call you crazy too! LOL

  63. avatar Mort says:

    I like to think of myself as an…

    Active Shooter.

    ya know, like Hickok45….

    Be safe! Happy 2018 😁

  64. avatar Mad Max says:


    That about covers all of the possibilities (Deplorable, Gun Nut, NRA member, bitter clinger, etc.).

  65. avatar LHW says:


  66. avatar Chris T from KY says:

    Call me an ammosexual and I will call them a homosexual gun grabber. Seems fare to me. Or you can call me just a negro with guns.

  67. avatar Joe R. says:

    Gun nut sounds kinda cool.

    If you can keep yourself from remembering that there’s something called truck nuts.

    Which kinda make the MSM, microphone / camera / and keyboard nuts; commie-nuts; baby-scissor nuts; globe nuts; weather nuts; UN nuts. . .

  68. avatar ThomasSt says:

    Some call me Tackleberry ( Police Academy 😉 ), some call me Brass Hamster 😀

  69. avatar Michael Fallon says:

    I refer to myself as a “Gun Slut.” Own, shoot, or carry, any gun, anytime, anywhere I can. A lot of fun. The only thing I wish, is it was not so expensive. Otherwise, I would be even more of a gun slut.

  70. avatar pg2 says:

    Labels are to keep people thinking in manufactured boxes to control what we are allowed to think about. Avoid these boxes.

  71. avatar Don from CT says:

    I’m a gun nut. And damn proud of it.

  72. avatar Thomas says:

    Since I work so hard to maintain my “manish” figure in my old age, my avatar on the gun forums has the name “Nun Gut”, a play on words.

    – Thomas

  73. avatar Johnny108 says:


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