Shooters are a funny old bunch, they often come out with derogatory comments or names for rifles they don’t or no longer own but at the same time they are usually fiercely loyal to any make of rifle that they happen to use or have in their cabinets at the time. Much the same really as other people are about cars e.g. Ford – Dagenham dustbins.
I can think of a few names that I often use to refer to certain rifles, how about you adding to the list.
And before anyone gets up tight or defensive about it, it’s only a bit of fun. I REPEAT, IT’S ONLY A BIT OF FUN.
Blaser – The Marmite rifle. You either love them or hate them.
Mannlicher - Or sometimes called the Man Licker. Myself I always call the synthetic stocked versions Tupperware rifles, after thinking of the poor quality flexible stocks that were fitted to early versions. The stocks were allegedly made from melted down Tupperware containers.
Remmington - I refer to them as Trigger’s brooms after trigger in only fools and horses saying how good his old broom was. It has only has five new heads and three new handles. A guy in a local gun shop is a bit like that. He always recommends Remington because he has three, but when you question him his original Remmingtons have all had new triggers fitted, been rebarreled and had the stocks replaced. Some of them have also been converted to take the Ai mags.
Mauser - I have overheard a couple of young lads arguing that one of these MOUSERS can’t be very powerful if they are only intended for shooting mice.
Tikka - Someone told me that they are called Tickers because they tick all the boxes?
Sako - Saki sometimes misspelt, suggesting Sake or rice wine.
SMLE – The obvious one that no British site could disregard the Short Magazine Lee Enfield or the good old SMELLY.
So come on add to the list but in spite of what I said earlier I am sure that within a few posts someone will take offence or take this seriously and get all defensive. In the words of the late Michael Winner "It's only an advertisment".