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What Is In A Name?

Posted by matteo recanatini on Mar 28, 2012 3:10:00 AM

by Carrie Lightfoot - Guest Contributor

I have a confession to make, publicly, before all of you.

I name my guns.

I KNOW: I am the only one who does this strange thing. Going through the process of naming my guns, similar to that of naming my children, is bizarre, and probably means I need to go see a mental health counselor.  Right? I mean, no one in their right mind would give a name to a firearm. Why do I do that, you ask? I am not sure I have the answer. 
This strange urge overpowered me in the gun store, when purchasing my first gun. He was beautiful, as soon as I put on the special grips, he had a name. “Black Pearl,” he became in that moment. I knew I had an “issue” by the look on the salesman’s face. I figured this experience was just because it was my first gun, and that I would quickly return to normal. But then this same strange impulse came over me again, as I purchased my second handgun, this time a female .380 who is now affectionately known as “Black Rose”. I couldn’t help myself. I knew I had a serious problem when it happened yet again.  “The Empress,” a stunning engraved .357 who certainly has all of the attributes of her name, joined my collection.

How did I know if they were male or female? After all, there are no “parts” that tell us which gender they are. Guns just have a way of being male or female as soon as they lay in your hand for the first time and it happens with long guns too! My Beretta AL 391 12 Gauge Shotgun is named Bear.
Yes: there are more, many more. But what is the point of airing all of my dirty laundry in front of you? You get the point.

Can you help me? Is there a cure?  Perhaps I am not the only one who suffers from this urge. Have any of you suffered with this habit? Would you be so courageous to stand with me and confess?

Carrie Lightfoot is owner of The Well Armed Woman and guest contributor for the Beretta Blog. She can be reached on Facebook orTwitter
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