Would You Name Your Dog After a Gun? What’s Your Favorite?

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Treeing Walker Coonhound (courtesy akc.org)

Being the dog-crazy people we are, we watched the first night of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show last night as we do every year. We don’t pay much attention to the toy group, but the parade of herding, non-sporting and hound group dog breeds is always entertaining.

We couldn’t help but notice the official AKC name of one of the hounds, specifically the Treeing Walker Coonhound.

The AKC describes Treeing Walker Coonhounds this way . . .

Few things can quicken a coon hunter’s pulse like the sight of this swift, tricolored hound in full stride—the long, muscular legs, the powerful and propulsive hindquarters, and the streamlined frame all working to cover maximum ground with minimum effort. Later, basking in the warmth of a campfire after an honest night’s work, this sweet-faced hound will look up and stir your soul with his gentle, pleading expression. Mercy, what a pretty picture! No wonder Treeing Walkers are called the People’s Choice.

OK then. And no, we don’t know if the governor of Virginia owns one.

Anyway, the TWC best-of-breed winner that showed in the hound group last night was named Bolt Action Concealed Weapon (we forgot to note his call name…duh). We don’t know a lot of bolt-action concealed carry guns, but it’s still a great name and we appreciate the effort.

gun dog names

Dan Z for TTAG

We’ve always had Labradors (none have ever been duck hunting) and named them after NHL goalies (long story). Some in search of the perfect name go with more generic options like Dakota, Rocky, Zeus, Shiloh, Rex, Brutus or Maverick.

But plenty of gun people we’ve met give their best friends — actual hunting dogs or not — ballistic monikers. We’ve heard true gun names like Remmy (Remington), Winchester, Ruger, Trigger, Gunner, Gauge, Magnum, Chase, Mossy and Colt. And Kimber. You know, real gun dog names.

We suppose those aren’t the most politically correct names these day, but couldn’t possibly care less. Do you name your dogs or other pets after your guns (or ammo or hunts or something else ballistically oriented)? Would you? What’s on your list of best hunting dog names?




  1. avatar frank says:

    PH in Africa’s dog’s name was Rigby. I like that one.

  2. avatar Defens says:


    1. avatar Truckman says:

      He would have one ugly sorry dog before I would saddle him with that name

      1. avatar Rad Man says:

        As sorry names go, my uncle had three sibling Labs he named Tug, Yank, and Jerk.

        1. avatar dph says:

          Sounds like your uncle had fond remembrances of his adolescent years.

    2. avatar Reason says:

      Did you shave it’s butt and teach him to walk backwards?

    3. avatar Hoyden says:

      A boxer named Berdan?

      1. avatar Mantitude says:

        Oh, for fu- now I need to get a boxer. Thanks.

  3. avatar Chadwick says:

    I tried to make the last dog kalash but my wife would have none of it. I figured a Siberian husky deserved a proper Russian sounding name but him having blue eyes made a dune reference fairly well suited also.

    1. avatar AZgunner says:

      Good choice, Dune is a classic.

      1. avatar Baron Harkonen says:

        Usul, the strength of the base of the tail?
        Muad’dib, the dog in the 2nd moon?

    2. avatar Tom in Pa says:

      Many years ago a guy from Louisiana I served with named his dog “Phideaux” I though that was rather witty.

  4. avatar W says:

    The first day of breed judging was Monday. BUT obedience and agility were held over the weekend. The agility is usually a lot of fun.

  5. avatar OmnivorousBeorn says:

    I’m gonna get a PomPom and name it Deuce and call her Ma Deuce.

  6. avatar dwb says:

    Name your dog “DontShoot.”

  7. avatar Juanrudy Verdin says:

    One of my favorite dogs was named by the breeder”Patricks Remington,a red but Patrick’s Alvernon ” a pure 98%Bolio

  8. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    I named my dog “Twice”.

    He never would come if you called him once.

    1. avatar Rad Man says:

      Stay. I’d say come here, Stay. C’mere, Stay. Nowadays he just ignores me and keeps on typing.

      – Steven Wright

    2. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

      That is too funny! My aunt named her cat Nusiance. Because she was.

    3. avatar MLee says:

      Shiloh won’t come to me for nothing. Spoiled B—- There’s one way to get her to come to me though. One single word works. Treat?
      Who has who trained!

  9. avatar anonymoose says:

    I named my basset hound Zeke. We were trying Biblical names and that’s what he responded to. https://imgur.com/a/2cXWVtU

    1. avatar Geoff "Bring the EDIT button back, will ya, TTAG?" PR says:

      Zeke, huh?

      Like this? :

  10. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    Mine were named after colors. Three Blues and one Red. My brother-in-law had a couple of labs named Weatherby and Ruger.

    1. avatar RidgeRunner says:

      I had a great Treeing Walker Coon Hound named Lucy. Man, she could RUN! And loud, you could hear her five miles away. Now it’s German Shepherds Ruby and Doobie, and a Catchoula Bulldog named Molly that’s a BEAST. Plus three Chihuahuas inside that are great alarms, Sugar, Buster and Peanut.
      Now ya’ll know that.

      1. avatar MLee says:

        Dogs provide a HUGE advantage in that early alert. They hear things LONG before we ever would.
        That early alert and advantage can’t be overstate. When an adversary loses the element of surprise, advantage favors the intended target.

  11. avatar Chazbo says:

    That one in the first picture is definitely a Hi-Point.

  12. avatar Missouri_Mule says:

    Ruger. He is always reliable.

  13. avatar strych9 says:

    Plotts got the shaft at Westminster this time around.

    And no, with the exception of my first, I name my dogs after Egyptian gods and goddesses.

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      Artemis and Leonidas live at my house.

    2. avatar tdiinva says:

      We might not like each other but we seem to like the same breed.

      1. avatar strych9 says:

        There are only two people here that I don’t like and you, tdiinva, ain’t one of them.

        1. avatar tdiinva says:

          I appreciate that.

        2. avatar strych9 says:

          No worries.

  14. avatar Jon in CO says:

    I had a buddy a while back who named his full bred German Shep, Ruger.

    A current friend of mine named one of his after John Wayne. My dog is already passed the name learning part, so I’ll have to wait until he goes and I get another.

    1. avatar Southof16 says:

      I also have a full blooded German Shepherd named Ruger

      1. avatar MyName says:

        Shouldn’t a German Shepard be named Luger? or Mauser?

        1. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

          That’s good, but I would choose Heckler & Koch.

  15. avatar Truckmant says:

    The two I got running around in the yard are really to sorry to haves names if they are in the front yard they might bark if somebody pulls up otherwise the only time they bark is if its after feeding time then they will stand at door and bark they remind me of pelosi and schumer maybe they would come if I called them that because they are that sorry

  16. avatar hgonc2 says:

    My Walker just eats pizza & shreds couches… and barks… a lot.

    1. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

      Hey, Chuck. Anyone who likes guns usually likes dogs. Or should. We talk about a lot of things here. Go in a gun store and try to keep the conversation on guns. Dare you.

  17. I love the writings and opinions from Dan Zimmerman, but this blog is about guns, not dogs. Please keep your focus.

    1. avatar Specialist38 says:

      Alas. It seems that is now about clicks and not guns.

      Not about informing or edifying but about seeking division and argument

    2. avatar Kyle says:

      Oh Chuck, lighten up.

      Dogs, Guns and Trucks are the trifecta of america.

  18. avatar NORDNEG says:

    4 labs here, two 17 yr olds, DAISY, EMMA, & one 2yr old , BUDDY, & one 1 1/2 yr old, PIPER, and one on the way, name is ARTHER MORGAN,,, we hunt a lot here.

  19. avatar ComfortablyNumb says:

    Here, Creedmor! C’mere boy!

      1. avatar Craig in IA says:

        “And no, we don’t know if the governor of Virginia owns one.”

        OK- I just about ruined my laptop with spit-out coffee after that one…

  20. avatar Kyle says:

    Our Australian shepherd’s name is Ruger

  21. avatar Kyle says:

    Holy Crap! The gods of TTAG have finally seen fit to unleash the “edit” button!!!

    All Hail the gods of TTAG!!!

    1. We accept offerings of gold and precious jewels as tokens of your appreciation. Or ammo.

      1. avatar Old Guy in Montana says:

        Dan, thank you for the Edit…I think I have a box of 8 mm Lebel gathering dust in the closet…it’s yours if you come and get it.

      2. avatar Craig in IA says:

        With this crowd you’d better be happy someone says “thanks”.

  22. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    My friends and neighbors have all had dogs with these names from your list:
    — Zeus
    — Brutus
    — Remington
    — Gunner

    I have only had one dog that my family named and we named her Murphy — as in Murphy’s Law! (All the rest of our dogs were rescues from the Humane Society and they already had names.)

  23. avatar TP says:

    My late GSP’s name was Mauser, my current GSP’s name is Luger.

    1. avatar CB says:

      Ditto my friend. Out late little Dachshund was named ‘Mauser’ as well. great little buddy. we miss him a lot.

    2. avatar Jeep1967 says:

      My GSP is named Bullet. His hunting drive is extreme.

  24. avatar Pg2 says:

    I’d name my dog lil Joe, out of affection for his blind loyalty to his master and his pleasantly limited intelligence.

  25. avatar Jack says:

    I always liked the idea of having a black lab named Benelli. I’m not into shotguns, just liked the sound of it.

  26. avatar MB says:

    Tokarev, for a Russian Wolf Hound..

  27. avatar PeterZ says:

    As a fan of William Forstchen, I find the name for a Doberman “Armalite” appealing. Black and fast.

  28. avatar Ed Schrade says:

    Mosin Nagant

  29. avatar MLee says:

    Edit button?
    Testing 1,2 3

  30. avatar Isaac says:

    Black lab named Glock

  31. avatar Just Another Name says:

    Here Sig, come here fellla!

  32. avatar Charles Perry says:

    My JRT mix is named Ruger. Funny thing is he hates loud noises (such as gun shots).

  33. avatar tdiinva says:

    As an owner of two purebred coonhounds, an American English aka Redtick (Angela) and a Plott Hound (Mr. Jethro) the answer is no. I could see naming a dog JMB though.

  34. avatar Jedi Wombat says:

    My Borador is named Lucille after Negan’s bat, not a gun but Household Six Actual gave me the ok so there you are. If I had known what she was going to be like in advance I would have named her Mannlicher. Darn pooch mucks up my glasses with welcome home kisses.

  35. avatar Ferdinand says:


  36. avatar Jon says:

    Named my dachshund sig because it accidentally discharges when you drop it.

    1. avatar JustSayin says:

      Alright, I found that funny.
      I don’t care what anybody else thinks.

  37. avatar Ed Schrade says:


    1. avatar Marcia Mason says:

      Had a cat named Mauser but she was a Mouser. Actually my chihuahuas were great mousers.
      My favorite dog “gun” names would have to be #1 Ruger, Kimber, Sig, Bullet, Buckshot, Luger, Moses, Savage, Walther, Tikka, Kreighoff, Purdy, and Gunny (after Lee Ermey).
      Sorry, but Trigger was and always will be a horse. Never a dog.
      I named my big watch dogs after military: Patton, Doolittle, Rommel, & Nimitz.

  38. avatar Ed Schrade says:

    D&B ( dead and buried ). Was a good lab.

  39. avatar Little Annie's Favorite Fish-Hook says:

    That is actually very tame for a Walker hound. Coonhounds are supposed to have names like that and have for generations historically. That one is kinda cool because it’s a play that is meant to offend, saying basically I have a rifle in my pants, lol, but it’s pretty tame. I write this as a kid who grew up in WV with nine coonhounds in the yard and several UKC Grand Night Champions among them. One of them I always liked most was “Dark Hollow Cocaine Jane.” The dogs were a reflection of the lifestyle, is the truth. Coonhunters are only of two camps, dangerous people who’d rob you blind, or preachers who’d rob you blind. 🙂 Most coonhunters hate the fact that hipsters have taken the Walker and promoted it so heavily in recent years. Will mean there will soon be all sorts of dogs that are crap for the hunt out there soon.

  40. avatar Wally1 says:

    My dogs name is Lucy, she is great dog but there are times I think Lucy is short for Lucifer. She will play “catch the ball” until my throwing arm is wore out or she passes out. Border Collies, they will have you trained in no time. Way smart, puts my friends kids to shame.

    I would teach her math but she would probably cheat on my taxes.

  41. avatar Widdler says:

    Had a terrier named colt, a mutt I found at the dump I named ruger and my rottie named after a beer. Guinness, who’s dad was named jaeger. None are around anymore, I have Guinnesses ashes loaded in a .45acp round I hang in my trucks rear view mirror.

  42. avatar tmm says:

    A Bulldog named Charter?
    Cocker Spaniel named Hammer?
    Beagle named Desert?
    Pointer named Laser?
    Schnauser named Mauser?

    1. avatar Grant. says:

      Clever… Very clever..

  43. avatar 22winmag says:

    Dog lovers = People haters

    More often than not

    1. avatar bontai Joe says:

      HEY!!!! I like some people……..well there are a few folks I like…………….maybe a couple of people, one’s still alive.

      1. avatar Snake Plisskin says:

        I like people too! But, the more I am around some of them, the more I like being around dogs. Since we don’t have one at this time (at least for the moment) , I’ve sorta adopted our neighbor’s boxer rescue. He’s a good guy and his name is Logan.

      2. avatar RidgeRunner says:

        Wow, when I think about it, that’s close to true.

      3. avatar RidgeRunner says:

        Wow, when I think about it, that’s close to true. That’s because most people come up pretty short in comparison.

  44. avatar Daniel says:

    My neighbors got a dog named Rimfire.

  45. avatar Grant. says:

    My English Pointer is named Henry.

  46. avatar bontai Joe says:

    I hadn’t thought of it until just now that you mentioned it, but “Creedmore” would be a great dog’s name.

  47. avatar Adam says:

    My lab’s name is Gator. Guess where I went to school.

    Now. Ask me about my 18lb Maine Coon named Dozer.

  48. avatar Terclinger says:

    I’m going to name it Rack, as there are more ads with pics of buxom ladies on this website than there are gun ads…

  49. avatar JamesDThePharmD says:

    I’ve got two right now. A GSD named Griswald and a husky named Gunnison. Gris and Gun for short.

  50. avatar Hoyden says:

    I’ve always thought a brace of Labs should be

    Mossberg- Mossie
    Benelli-Benney or Ben
    Browning-Brownie or BrownBess

    You could always have a Topper, Pardner, Itchy (Ithaca) but Ruger should be reserved for rifle dogs the Red Label’s discontinued.

  51. avatar 22winmag says:

    Gat (ling Gun)
    Tommy (Gun)
    Popper (Pop Gun)
    Snubbie (Urban Dictionary)
    Jammie (Urban Dictionary)
    Heat, Heater (Urban Dictionary)
    Strap (Urban Dictionary)
    Roscoe (Urban Dictionary)
    Chopper (Urban Dictionary)

    Wake the **** up people. These are GUNS as per the title of this post, not manufacturers, not ammunition, not anything but GUNS.

    These are just some of the super obvious, easy to shout examples requiring zero imagination.

    I hate dogs and unimaginative people.

    1. avatar Sgt Hulka says:

      Lighten up Francis

    2. avatar Jon says:

      Must be a hamster person

  52. avatar Marcus says:

    I’d get a French Bull dog and name him Chauchat or Sho Sho for short. It looks and sounds mean and scary but in the end its a total joke. The gun of course not the dog.

  53. avatar Me says:

    Always do…
    Remington 870 (golden retriever)
    Mauser (bischon)
    Beretta (Australian sheep herder)

  54. avatar James M. says:

    Back in the 1970s, a family friend showed “Flintlock”, my father’s Gordon Setter, at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. He was a beautiful, very intelligent dog and took “Best of Breed”. The friend who brought him to the show used to hate when my dad took Flintlock hunting because he’d come back with his coat tangled and encrusted with mud. It would take hours to get him to look civilized again.

  55. avatar Jeff says:

    We currently have a couple of hounds (brothers) named Bullet and Baer (after Les Baer). Not yet 1 year old and weighing in at 87 and 109 lbs, respectively.

  56. avatar Tom RKBA says:


  57. avatar Jr says:

    Just name all your dogs mark.
    Mark I
    Mark II
    Mark III
    Mark IV

  58. avatar RidgeRunner says:

    Dogs prefer two-syllable names.

  59. avatar Lonnie Mann says:

    I’ve had a black mouth cur for the last nine years named Velo. I was writing an academic paper on the Velo-dog revolver when we found him.

  60. avatar Hoodlum says:

    Growing up. We had an Bloodhound mix that was named Winchester.

  61. avatar J says:

    I would name a dog after a gun. I’ve already named my Beagle after the Sherman tank, relatively small, quick, easy to handle and the bark is worse than the bite.

  62. avatar Tom in PA says:

    My son named his dog Remington. The dog did have a habit of “firing” (peeing) when he wasn’t supposed to, so I think it’s very appropriate. I suppose if people ask what breed he is I could always say “700”.

  63. avatar J- says:

    I had a Redbone Coonhound named Browning. What a great dog.

  64. avatar Guy in NM says:

    got two english pointer/blue tick coon hound mixes, male & female, siblings that I rescued.
    named them Mosin & Moonshine, a loud & deadly combination.

  65. avatar Deader86 says:

    Had a dog named Maggie. Best dog that a kid could have. Would shoot groundhogs and she’d retrive them. Part retreiver part shepard. I miss her. Best dog even if not a firearm name.

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