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"'Cause I like the fun of reaching for a gun
And going BANG BANG
I come alive each time a .45
Begins to BANG BANG"
Sammy Davis Jr., "Bang Bang" (Robin and the Seven Hoods)

A character whose life revolves around guns. They like to read about them, have memorized large amounts of facts about guns, know all the models and ammo types, subscribe to lots of gun magazines (the kind you read), are members of the NRA, make frequent trips to the gun range, and have a large collection of them. Due to various laws regarding firearm ownership and use, the Gun Nut does not actually have to meet all these criteria, as long as they are truly obsessed with guns. For example, a Gun Nut in Japan (which has near-total prohibitions on gun ownership) will likely collect airsoft replicas instead, and any experience with real guns will come from either military service or visiting shooting ranges in the United States. When the Russians invade or the Zombie Apocalypse occurs, you can expect this person to step up to the plate.

This character is not automatically The Gunslinger, a Crazy Survivalist, or Trigger-Happy; it is common for the creator of a work to just lump these traits into the same character, so there is often overlap. See also Pyromaniac. There's also "geardos" for Gun Accessories. Often prefers More Dakka.

May be a wielder of a BFG. Contrast Doesn't Like Guns. A Sub-Trope of Otaku. For characters who collect bladed weapons, see Blade Enthusiast.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The incarnations of Maya Jingu in Burn Up W/Excess and Burn Up Scramble achieve the trope in slightly different ways. In W/Excess, she keeps a Wall of Weapons and each of her guns is named, and she goes pretty nuts when she can't shoot. In Scramble, her obsession appears in the fact she keeps guns everywhere...usually next to her other obsession: plushies.
  • Ryo Saeba from City Hunter. He's an expert, has quoted some random facts (when they were relevant to the plot, but he still did it), owns a large collection, and is often seen shooting in the range in the basement of his own home (this is justified: given Japanese gun laws, that shooting range and collection of his are illegal and a one-way ticket to prison if discovered by a cop who actually cares).
  • Yoichi Hiruma from Eyeshield 21.
  • Full Metal Panic!:
    • Sosuke is a major gun nut, as well as being rather Trigger-Happy and storing large amounts of guns into Hammerspace.
    • Shinji loves all things military, with his love of guns only second to Humongous Mecha. When he bumps into Sosuke on Kanami's deck they get so distracted talking about weapons that they forget why they were even there in the first place.
  • Professor Shikishima from Getter Robo embodies this trope with emphasis on the nuts part. Almost any time he's on-screen (or on panel, manga-wise) he's fooling around with guns or coming up with a new ridiculously overkill weapon for the protagonists to use.
  • Rally Vincent of Gunsmith Cats. She's studied guns so much she can learn all sorts of things just by looking at them or holding them (such as knowing whether or not it's loaded). Even worse, she faked her age (gun laws where she lives require her to be 21; she's only 19). And then there was the time she used her gun in a very naughty way...
  • Highschool of the Dead: Kohta is a self-proclaimed "gun otaku", but as he is a sixteen-year-old in Japan, he doesn't actually own any. He did however go to America and learn how to shoot at an NRA camp.
  • Patlabor's Isao Ota is essentially Tackleberry with a Humongous Mecha and Testosterone Poisoning.
  • Shino Asada of Sword Art Online. She's a bit of a unique case, however: she's severely gun-phobic due to an incident with an armed robber when she was younger. She took up the hobby in an attempt to "face her fears" and conquer said phobia. It's not too effective, as she still freaks out upon seeing a real gun, or even a realistic model.
  • Ritsuko Inoue from Those Who Hunt Elves. Her gun-nuttiness is a natural extension of her obsession with all things military.

    Asian Animation 
  • Careless S. from Happy Heroes has a genuine fascination with guns, enough to where a Season 5 episode has him getting in trouble with the teacher for keeping guns around, and he has a reaction as though he's falling in love with a specific gun in Season 10 when he sees it for the first time. He also builds and repairs guns, which he packs as his weapon of choice.

    Comic Books 
  • Minor Batman villain Gunhawk falls into this category, as does his girlfriend Bunny. Bunny later split from Gunhawk and developed her own costumed villain identity as Pistolera, fighting the Birds of Prey.
  • Despite the illustration up there, Frank Castle (aka The Punisher) isn't really a gun fanatic, he's merely very, very good at using them to kill criminals, his true passion. It's just that as a former Marine with no superpowers, they show up more often in his stories than most Marvel heroes (although he's also killed people with knives, his fists, a bear, explosives, big rocks, cars, a fat man...).
  • Transformers: Generation 1 comics have the appropriately named Triggerhappy, whose fondness for rapid-fire large-caliber weapons rides a worryingly thin edge between the platonic and the fetishistic. He doesn't obsess over every minute detail about guns due to being too erratic (and possibly brain-damaged) from repeated head injuries, but his appreciation for guns is downright uncomfortable due to his cackling and drooling while firing everything he can get his hands on.
  • Roadbuster is dismayed to learn that this is his single defining character trait in Ironfist's Wreckers datalogues from The Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers. Yes, he is the team's heavy weapons expert and often does most of the weapons configurations and maintenance, but not only that. The actual truth of what he's done in the past is so vile that it's hidden from everyone, even snooping nerds with nothing better to do like Ironfist.
  • Brainstorm, inventor and master weapon designer of The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye. Unlike most examples he is tends to more interested in developing new firearms than actually fighting: he's a Technical Pacifist who stood still, unable to pull the trigger, for ten minutes the first time he actually tried to shoot someone. Whirl from the same series is a straight example.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Billy Rosewood reveals himself to be one in Beverly Hills Cop II when Taggart and Axel visit his home. He begins using progressively larger guns later in the film, firstly switching his standard service revolver out for a Hand Cannon and then stashing three shotguns in the back of his car, going Guns Akimbo with two of them while wearing a Badass Longcoat in the final shootout.
  • Halloween (2018): Laurie Strode, the Final Girl of the original 1978 film, became this as a result of her experiences, growing up into a paranoid nutjob armed with a ton of guns who has spent forty years preparing for the day when Michael Myers would come back. Sure enough, he does. (Oddly enough, her actress Jamie Lee Curtis is a staunch supporter of gun control in real life, and was fully aware of the irony. As a compromise, the filmmakers had it so that Laurie wouldn't own or use any semi-automatic, assault-style weapons like AR-15s, instead restricting her arsenal to old-fashioned revolvers, pump-action shotguns, and hunting rifles.)
  • Ove of Headhunters claims he keeps a firearm within reach of any room in his house. At minimum, there's an automatic at his bedside and a handgun and ammo in his fridge. One of his pastimes is loading them with blanks so he and his girlfriend can run around the house shooting at each other.
  • Highlander: Kirk Matunas drives around New York City with an arsenal in his car trunk: a couple of assault rifles and at least three submachine guns. He uses an Uzi to attack the guy he just saw kill and behead another man with a broadsword. Too bad for him the guy is the brutal and sadistic Immortal Kurgan. Matunas survives the encounter... barely.
  • In Krampus, Howard and Linda both bring guns along to Christmas dinner. This turns out to be a very wise move on their part, as they prove to be deadly weapons against the Krampus's minions.
  • In Lone Hero, John's mentor Gus does shooting displays at the ghost town tourist attraction. He lives in a trailer where he keeps a shotgun under the bed, a box of .45 cartridges in the silverware drawer, shotgun shells behind his record collection, and a grenade in his dresser drawer. When John breaks into Gus's locker at work looking for weapons to fight the bikers, he finds the locker is stuffed with dozens of guns.
  • The Bullet Farmer from Mad Max: Fury Road keeps firing with dual AK-47s and MP5s, even after being blinded!
  • In Mistress of the Apes, David Thurston loves guns and in an Establishing Character Moment, spends several minutes waxing lyrical about his new Remington hunting rifle, despite the fact no one else in the room is interested.
  • The Old Dark House (1963): It's only shown in one scene, but the domineering Roderick has a collection of antique guns and cannons. One of them is rigged to kill him.
  • Tackleberry from the Police Academy films is a big gun nut, as is his mother and his girlfriend (later wife) & her family. Some of his side of the family are nuts, too. If not, it's because they're Boisterous Bruisers instead who sucker-punch each other for fun. In 4, he ends up meeting a sweet widow named Mrs. Feldman who ends up going straight to his heart by proving she loved guns as much as he did.
  • In Son of a Gun, Private Wilson is an Arms Dealer supplying weapons to the Perth underworld, but also has a large stock that he refers to as his 'personal collection'. He gets very excited while demonstrating the guns to JR.
  • Thank You for Smoking: Bobby Jay, the firearms industry spokesman, is packing multiple handguns at any one time. Also a bit of a Psycho for Hire, with Nick noting that Bobby joined the National Guard after witnessing the Kent University riots, as he wanted to shoot at college students too. Instead, he got sent to fight Panamanians, who shoot back.
  • Burt Gummer from Tremors loves his guns, and cleans them lovingly. He's such a nut (and the monsters are that badass) that he bought himself an anti-aircraft artillery cannon. He married Heather because she was just as obsessed with guns (not just any weapons, but guns!) as he was. They had trained the rest of the town on survival techniques before the movie began. (They live in the middle of nowhere; survival strategies are necessary.) After the first time, Heather left Burt and took half the guns with her. (the monsters had left them with half a house already). In the fourth movie, we see Burt's ancestor; his interaction with the monsters prompts the gun nut trait.

    Burt Gummer is particularly notable simply because of his status as a reversal of usual Crazy Survivalist — while Burt is definitely a survivalist, he's not crazy and is frequently one of the more calm and collected characters in the movies. He is solidly cemented as a Gun Nut in the first movie, where a Graboid makes the mistake of breaking into the wrong goddamn rec room.

  • Anita Blake: Protagonist Anita relies on her gun collection to even the odds when she is up against super-powered dangers like vampires and lycantropes. Anita's friend, professional killer Edward, collects weapons including guns.
  • The famous, infamous Whistler family of A Brother's Price is said to be this collectively. Captain Tern tells her princess that she suspects the girls get gun-shaped teething rings when they're tiny and start rifle training at eight. It may actually be earlier. However, the family itself is fairly varied.
  • Mike Teevee in Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is described as carrying a belt and bandolier holstered to the teeth with a wide variety of different guns.
  • Hazel D'Ark of the Deathstalker novels really, really likes guns, especially when she learns about projectile weapons.
  • Kincaid from the Dresden Files series qualifies, not so much for quantity as depth of knowledge and customization; in addition to his signature Sniper Rifle, he's been seen sporting Hand Cannons and several shotguns with custom loads. He's brought up a few times in the accompanying RPG books, mostly in relation to the Stunts associated with the Guns skill, which allow players to make their own Gun Nut to taste.
  • In Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon novel, The Gun Club (veteran artillerymen and military engineers from the American Civil War) have their entire meeting hall decorated with gas lamps made from revolvers and pistols, chandeliers made from rifles, the Chairman's seat made from a mortar breech and the bell to summon them to meetings detonates blank cartridges.
  • Parodied with Ossie Brunt in Jingo, who would be a Bow Nut if he actually knew anything about bows. Despite having a complete run of Bows and Ammo magazine, he's the sort of person who thinks plated arrows with peacock fletching will magically improve his aim.
  • The Laundry Files: Laundry armourer Harry the Horse, to a T. His office is described as basically looking like the scene from The Matrix after Keanu Reeves says "Lots of guns", if it was lit by a single naked bulb and shared with a spider. Harry can rattle off the specs of anything in his armoury (which is everything from flintlock pistols to weaponized basilisks) and takes a great amount of glee in blowing large holes in things at the firing range. However, unlike many fictional gun nuts, Harry is obsessive about safe gun handling and firmly believes that guns are a last resort. He says outright that if a Laundry operative needs to use a gun, they've failed.
  • Monster Hunter International: Both Owen Pitt (main character of the main series) and Chad Gardenier (main character of the spinoff Monster Hunter Memoirs) are definitely gun nuts, as are many of their fellow Monster Hunters. Owen was an expert competition shooter with rifle, pistol, and shotgun; Chad takes it to extremes: he carries an arsenal of everything from handguns to antitank rockets in his car trunk, and even builds his own guns.
  • Naming The Hangman: Billy Calloway. He spends lots of money on expensive military-grade firearms. Izzy suggests that he may be Compensating for Something.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Chuck: Colonel John Casey is one, as you'd expect one of the world's greatest gunmen and snipers to be. He has guns hidden everywhere, even his locker at the Buy More has guns in it. To top it all of, he has a picture of Ronald Reagan on the wall in his house.
  • Eureka: Jo, current GD head of security, former deputy, and Army Ranger, has gun tropes galore. In addition to the Wall of Weapons she keeps in the Sheriff's office, her love of BFGs, and a tendency to be Trigger-Happy, she also can be seen reading magazines throughout the series, with names such as Modern Mercenary.
  • Lester's brother Chaz in Fargo. He has a huge collection of guns and just about every time we see him, he is doing something involving his gun collection: cleaning them, shooting them, etc.
  • Jayne from Firefly has a Wall of Weapons. He's freakishly fond of them, particularly Vera.
  • Robin from How I Met Your Mother qualifies. She prefers "gun enthusiast" though.
  • Reno 911!: In "Concealed Carry Fashion Show", there is a fashion show dedicated to gun nuts, where the fashion models all walk the runway, showing off both their clothes and their guns. The announcer for the event even makes puns about it, such as when one of the models pulls two 9mm pistols and he jokes "She's a ten with a pair of nines!"
  • Lassiter of Psych also qualifies as this. He's also Crazy-Prepared, hiding dozens of guns in his apartment. One episode had the police confiscate guns from the apartment, some of which they couldn't even find such as the one hidden in a bowl of M&Ms and one hidden in his showerhead. He is also always armed, he brought two handguns to a softball game and even brought one to his own wedding.
  • Sledge Hammer! takes it to another level: He seems to have a deep relationship with his Magnum e.g. he shares his bed with his gun, takes it into the shower, and frequently talks to it. He also uses several other firearms from flare pistol to rocket launcher but, as star David Rasche noted, Sledge is ultimately monogamous with his Magnum.

  • The Beatles mocked this trope in "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" on The White Album, complete with noticeably sexualised descriptions of shooting. And some possible parallels to drug addiction ("I need a fix, 'cause I'm goin' down …").
  • "Boys Just Wanna Have Guns," The Capitol Steps' parody of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."
    So here I am, knee-deep in muck
    I'm locked in mortal combat with a rabbit or duck
    My girlfriend left me, yeah, she now is a nun
    My only way to have fu-un
    Is to cock and squeeze on my... gun
  • Singer Steve Lee is a gun activist whose YouTube released album is full of 100% sincere pro-gun rights songs that are not visibly dissimilar from songs mocking gun nuts, and both the album and one of the songs are titled "I Like Guns". Ironically, he is from Australia, which has some of the tightest gun restrictions in the world.
    Well I like guns
    I like the way they look
    I like the shiny steel and the polished wood
    I don't care if they're big or small
    If they're for sale, hell I want 'em all
    I like guns, I like guns, I like guns
  • Parodied by Pearl Jam on "Glorified G", which portrays this sort of person as Compensating for Something.
  • Also parodied by "Weird Al" Yankovic on "Trigger Happy", which exaggerates the common stereotypes of the Gun Nut.
  • "I'll Be Killing You This Christmas", an Anti-Christmas Song by Loudon Wainright III, is sung from the perspective of one of these.
    I'll be shooting folks this Christmas
    But there's no need to be worried or alarmed
    What's wrong with a hand gun
    When everybody has one
    Which is why we all need to be armed

  • The Magnus Archives: the episode "First Hunt" is narrated by Lawrence Mortimer, a British man visiting America to go on his first hunting expedition with internet-friend Arden Neally. He's keen on guns and shooting but is limited in pursuing his interest by the UK's restrictive gun laws. When he gets there he is very excited by Arden's gun collection.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Mark Briscoe has an extensive gun collection and loves shooting them. Don't leave your drink unattended because he'll shoot containers he thinks are empty, even indoors.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Full Metal Nutball from Feng Shui 2 loves guns. Absolutely LOVES them. He delights in all manner of ordnance, and his hideout is bristling with all kinds of legal and illegal weaponry. He doesn't have much experience with them in contrast to the real guns and killing types in the Chi War, and when he meets such types, he can hardly contain his enthusiasm.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Orks, being the Trope Namer for More Dakka, are gun nuts as a species (to the point where the knowledge of how to construct a primitive firearm is in their DNA), but there are orks who take it even further:
    • Lootaz are orks who, as their name indicates, scavenge the battlefield for guns which they then "fix" and use against their foes. These deffguns are powerful but prone to malfunctioning (as with all ork weapons).
    • Flash Gitz (an approximate translation into American being Showy Assholes) wield exceptionally devastating weapons known as snazzgunz which they upgrade and decorate at every opportunity.
    • Kaptin Badrukk is a Freeboota best known for his enormous gun called the Rippa, a nuclear-powered gun he stole from an Ogryn. It's a toss-up as to whether the good Kaptin will be killed by his enemies or his gun (his Badass Longcoat is lined with lead, which reduces the effects of radiation somewhat).
  • It is said that the Empire in Warhammer is held together by three things: Faith, steel and gunpowder. Sigmar's sons are obsessed with weaponry that they gained from the Dwarfs, weaponry that fells large monsters from absurd distances and renders thick armour near-useless, and have an entire school based in the industrial city of Nuln dedicated to research and development of ever bigger and more impressive firearms. Infantry have handguns, cavalry have pistols and clockwork gatling rifles, and the artillery train has gatling cannons alongside more traditional field guns.

    Video Games 
  • The hunting beagle Fontaine in Aviary Attorney will wax rhapsodic about guns and bullets at the drop of a pin, which can be useful to a savvy defense attorney. He knows his stuff.
  • The Borderlands franchise is defined by its absurd number of possible guns, due to the procedural generation system (the original can generate upwards of seventeen million guns, and the sequel has, in the words of Randy Pitchford, "enough where it doesn't matter"), and its loving focus on all of them in things like loading pauses, making it a game where being a Gun Nut for made-up firearms is a valuable skill, especially in Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode. In-universe, while almost all the playable characters like guns (including bruisers like Brick and Krieg), Gunzerker player character Salvador in Borderlands 2 considers applying More Dakka to be Better than Sex and has an entire tree called "Gun Lust" about how much he likes guns.
    • ''Tales from the Borderlands" has Sasha, who loves guns so much that she practically can't contain herself when she sees a rare one. Even on her deathbed, she waxes about one of the guns that the opened vault dropped and just how rare it is.
  • Marty McChicken, the second half of the eponymous duo in Chicken Police is a major gun enthusiast. He's named all his guns and according to his partner Sonny, he refers to them as his "harem".
  • Epic Battle Fantasy: The fourth game's opening calls Lance, a "Gun Freak", and his weaponry is all guns.
  • Fallout 3 has a character perk called "Gun Nut" that gives your character improvements concerning the use and maintenance of firearms. Fallout 4 takes it further by letting you customize all your weaponry so long as you have the right perks.
  • Fallout: New Vegas has the Boomers, a tribe who came from a Vault with an overstocked weapons armory who left due to being too gun-crazy. All of them are armed with explosive weaponry, train constantly in VR flight simulators and protect their turf (Nellis Air Force Base) via heavy artillery.
    • A lesser example are the New Canaanites, post-war Mormons who consider the maintenance and usage of the M1911 and other weapons made by Mormon gunsmith John Moses Browning to be an important part of their culture.
  • Ted Arrown and Lonewolf37, two of the new potential buyers from House Flipper's Apocalypse Flipper DLC both want to have guns around their shelter. This is especially the case for Lonewolf37; Ted wants a gun or two around for protection, but Lonewolf wants as many as possible, the more the better. This is in contrast to their fellow prepper Maria Kolkowsky who Doesn't Like Guns.
  • Nakmor Drack In Mass Effect: Andromeda certainly qualifies. In order to help Ryder get over Alec Ryder’s death, Drack sends the Player Character a collection of shotgun images. Upon first contact with the Angaara, Drack sends you another email gushing about their rifles (the angaara sniper rifle is the best in the game). Ryder can become this, with multiple ways to customize your favorite guns and even give them names.
    • Garrus from the original trilogy is also one. He spends two games calibrating your frigate’s main gun, Squees big when shown the Scorpion and Arc Pistol the first time and when trying to flirt with a random female turian at a bar talks about “this big gun” he wants to show her.
  • In Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Big Boss loves the customized M1911A1 he's given and can describe all the customizations in loving detail. He'll even do so a second time if you give Sigint a call after getting it, going into even more detail than in the cutscene where he receives it.
  • Resident Evil:
    • Resident Evil: Barry Burton is probably the most clear-cut example, wielding his beloved Colt Python. Unfortunately Barry doesn't seem to take precautions, as his kids Moira and Polly got into his gun cabinet and Moira accidentally shot Polly. No one died, but Moira's hated guns and her dad ever since. It didn't help that Barry blamed Moira for pulling the trigger, and not himself for letting her reach the trigger.
    • Resident Evil 2: Secondary character Robert Kendo, who designed the upgraded S.T.A.R.S. "Samurai Edge" pistol is another example, although as the series veered further into Gun Porn it's hard to find a protagonist that doesn't lovingly customize their firearms.
  • Every instalment in the Saints Row series has the protagonist collect and unlock different guns as they go through the game. They can even hold up to six guns at any one time!
  • Jesiah in Xenogears, the man who loves guns so much he became (part of) a gun. His son, party member Billy, is pretty much the same, even if slightly more restrained about it outside of combat and his highest level Deathblow.

    Visual Novels 
  • Forte Stollen in Galaxy Angel has a huge collection of firearms in her room, and even took up an empty room in the Elsior to use for target practice. Notable in that she likes to practice with solid ammo firearms in a futuristic setting where laser weapons are already common.
  • In Spirit Hunter: NG, Seiji explains to Akira that he had a phase in his life where he was all about guns, hence why he learned how to lockpick so he could break into his father's safe and steal one. While he doesn't show the same obsessiveness now, he does still take a gun with him when it comes time to confront Kubitarou.

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    Web Videos 
  • Forgotten Weapons host Ian McCollum knows a lot about guns. Every episode he goes into detail about the history of the gun and disassembles it, with interesting facts about its inner workings, but also the reasons why the gun was forgotten.
  • FPS Russia host Kyle Lamar Myers is a "Professional Russian"note  gun enthusiast who demonstrated a wide variety of firearms including rented machine least until his real-life felony conviction on drug charges left him legally prohibited from possessing firearms and thus put a sudden end to his channel.
  • Zach Hazard is a former US Army small arms repairman and repeatedly geeks over assorted guns encountered in his and Mike's Let's Plays and on his own Youtube channel.

    Western Animation 
  • Stan from American Dad! has guns behind every wall in his house, including one in his pillow. He even talks to them.
  • Dale Gribble from King of the Hill has this a little bit. He's also a bit of a Miles Gloriosus with his exploits as well.
  • The Simpsons: Homer quickly becomes one in "The Cartridge Family" where he buys a gun, to the point that he uses his gun to do the most basic of tasks. However, his Reckless Gun Usage eventually alienates Marge and angers the local chapter of the NRA.
    • When Marge joined the police force in "The Springfield Connection," one of the other trainees was an edgy nut who wouldn't tell his name to Chief Wiggum but demanded to know "WHEN DO WE GET THE FRIGGIN' GUNS?!" In one of his rare moments of competency, Wiggum does not give him a gun.


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Mayor Gordon

Mayor James Rick Evan Gordon (or JREG) issued a gun ban because he loves guns SO MUCH, he wanted to own all the guns in the county for the satisfaction of having them.

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