Ted Talbot Looking for Famous Gun Names in History

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Ted Talbot Looking for Famous Gun Names in History

Ted Talbot's on air right now, critical of people who name their guns. That got me to thinking of Davy Crockett's gun "Ol' Betsy."

Are there other famous [i]named[/i] guns?

NOTE: I don't want this thread to be about Ted. I mention him only to credit him for sparking this thread idea. Thank you!

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Not a proper Christian name, but just as food for the thread

........................................................He wore in his belt an old original
"Allen" revolver, such as irreverent people called a "pepper-box." Simply
drawing the trigger back, cocked and fired the pistol. As the trigger
came back, the hammer would begin to rise and the barrel to turn over,
and presently down would drop the hammer, and away would speed the ball.
To aim along the turning barrel and hit the thing aimed at was a feat
which was probably never done with an "Allen" in the world. But George's
was a reliable weapon, nevertheless, because, as one of the stage-drivers
afterward said, "If she didn't get what she went after, she would fetch
something else." And so she did. She went after a deuce of spades nailed
against a tree, once, and fetched a mule standing about thirty yards to
the left of it. Bemis did not want the mule; but the owner came out with
a double-barreled shotgun and persuaded him to buy it, anyhow. It was a
cheerful weapon--the "Allen." Sometimes all its six barrels would go off
at once, and then there was no safe place in all the region round about,
but behind it.

--Mark Twain, Roughing It

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To me that seems to be the maker's name, not the revolver's.

As an aside, Alan/Allan/Allen is Gaelic.

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I am sure Ted Nugent names his guns.

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"Allen" is the name of the manufacturer of that revolver. There were several types of Allen revolvers.

Here is a picture one similar to the one Twain was talking about:

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Mas Ayoob said that he named his service weapon "Fluffy".

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TOMMY :shock:

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Marines commonly name their M-16's. My son's M-16 is named Sonja.

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When grouse hunting, I always have Brother Mossberg for company - and he speaks to the grouse with far more authority than I ever could.

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Yep, I guess I am guilty.....

This one is kind of funny. I read the title and first thought, “Wow, guys that name their inanimate objects are usually perceived as being a little “too enthusiastic” (ie: nutjobs) about their particular hobby so I am glad I am not one of them.” You all know them; some kid gets his first 4X4 in High School and names it “Old Blue.” Before long, “Old Blue” starts to come up in conversations about racing or going on trips. A little later on “Old Blue” starts to be mentioned in conversations that don’t even have anything to do with vehicles, and then it gets weird. :shock:

Well, my initial thought was “Phew, I am glad I am not one of those creepy guys.” Then it dawned on me. Maybe I am! When I got my first Title II Manufacturers License (A Federal License to build Machine Guns) about 15 years ago or so, I wanted to improve upon the design of the AK47 family of rifles. (Talk about an overachiever, huh?) I built and converted two semiautomatic rifles, using two different methods and wanted all the test data to be separate to learn which method held up the best. One of these guns had almost 75,000 rounds through it without a cleaning before someone burned a pile of corrosive stuff through it before telling me it was corrosive, so I had to end the test to clean the gun and deactivate the corrosive ammo residue. Anyway, in order to keep these guns separate I stamped new models on them. The first was given the model designation “Pigpen” and the other was given the designation “Spanky.” People used to laugh out loud when inspecting two very worn, military firearms with the words “Pigpen” and “Spanky” engraved on the receivers.

So, yes, I guess I am one of those people who name their guns as I first did almost a decade and a half ago. :lol:

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Ted Talbot Looking for Famous Gun Names in History

Does anyone have any suggestions on what Ted Talbot could name a gun if he had one??

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The burning question is did you ever improve on the design of the AK??

I really like my VEPR :)

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I re-entered the firearms world about 14 years ago. I didn't own a shotgun at the time, and my wife bought me an old Western Field at Fleury's in Winthrop - 16 guage double. The first time I went bird hunting with it was in Forsythe Township, above Jackman; I took two partridge with it that day, my first two ever (at the tender age of 35), and I've called the gun "Forsythe" ever since. But only among family...

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[img]http://www.tvacres.com/images/gun_longrifle.jpg[/img]

Ticklicker - The .29 caliber frontier long rifle owned by Daniel Boone (1734-1820), legendary folk hero who lived in the North Carolina-Tennessee-Kentucky areas during the days of the Revolutionary War. In the beginning of the adventure Daniel Boone...And  Chase the Buffalo produced for THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY in 1960, Walt Disney introduced the program saying:

"It has never been clearly explained how Daniel Boone's long rifle came to be called "Ticklicker."

http://www.tvacres.com/weapons_ticklicker.htm

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[i]One of these guns had almost 75,000 rounds through it [/i]

Hmmm.

Don't you have anything better to do?

:P :P

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[quote="Joe Redneck"]The burning question is did you ever improve on the design of the AK?? [/quote]

Naaaaawwwwww. That simple design works just fine without any contribution from me. I have certainly seen several other firearms adopt characteristics from that system with great success though.

[quote="Editor"]"It has never been clearly explained how Daniel Boone's long rifle came to be called "Ticklicker."
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I would bet that it had to do with his perceived accuracy with his shooting iron. For years it has been a common phrase in the shooting community that "[i][b]This gun is so accurate that it can shoot a tick off a Donkeys privates at 100 yards.[/b]" (Feel free to insert your own animal or yardage but the body part is usually the same)[/i]. If I had to guess I would say it had something to do with this old saying.

[quote="Tom C"]One of these guns had almost 75,000 rounds through it. Hmmm. Don't you have anything better to do?
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It's what I do for work brutha. Work, work, work. :wink:

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