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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)
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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 the magazines, are in 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. 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 Pyro Maniac. There's also "geardos" for Gun Accessories. Often prefers More Dakka.

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Contrast Does Not Like Guns. The Sister Trope is Knife Nut, who prefers cold arms instead of firearms.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • 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.
  • Sosuke from Full Metal Panic! is a major gun nut, as well as being rather Trigger Happy and storing large amounts of guns into Hammer Space.
    • 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.
  • High School 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.
  • Yoichi Hiruma from Eyeshield 21.
  • 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).
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Ritsuko Inoue from Those Who Hunt Elves. Her gun-nuttiness is a natural extension of her obsession with all things military.
  • 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.

    Comic Books 
  • 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.
  • Minor Batman villain Gunhawk falls into this category, as does his girlfriend Bunny. Bunny later split from Gunhawk and developed her owned costumed villain identity as Pistolera.
  • 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...).

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Bullet Farmer from Mad Max: Fury Road keeps firing with dual AK-47s and MP5s, even after being blinded!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Thank You for Smoking: Bobby Jay, the firearms industry spokesman, is packing multiple handguns at any one time. Also a bit of a Heroic Comedic Sociopath, 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.
  • 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.)

    Literature 
  • Hazel D'Ark of the Deathstalker novels really, really likes guns, especially when she learns about projectile weapons.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Naming The Hangman: Billy Calloway. He spends lots of money on expensive military-grade firearms. Izzy suggests that he may be Compensating for Something.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 shower head. He is also always armed, he brought two handguns to a softball game and even brought one to his own wedding.
  • 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.

    Music 
  • "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
  • 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"), whether intentional or not.
  • Parodied by Pearl Jam on "Glorified G", which portrays this sort of person as Compensating for Something.

    Podcasts 
  • 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 love 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 40K: 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).

    Video Games 
  • 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 sessions and protect their turf 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.
  • Resident Evil:
    • Resident Evil 1: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Epic Battle Fantasy: The fourth game's opening calls Lance, a "Gun Freak", and his weaponry is all guns.

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 

    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. His knowledge on guns is so broad he's called gun Jesus by his fans

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • American actor/civil rights activist Charlton Heston was such a fan of firearms he became the President of the National Rifle Association in 1998.
  • Many, MANY gun enthusiasts exist on Youtube, such as Paul Harrell, Iraq Veteran 8888, Demolition Ranch, Steve Reichart, Hickok 45, Colion Noir (who is African American), Chris Cheng (who is Chinese - American and openly gay), Gabby Franco, Kirsten Joy Weiss, Michelle Viscusi (all female), and the people at FPSRUSSIA (Americans pretending to be Russians).
  • Author Robert A. Heinlein, for whom we have the quote "An armed society is a polite society."
  • Brad Pitt, who in a 2015 interview said that he has been training with firearms "Since kindergarten."
  • R. Lee Ermey was such a gun nut, he even had two shows on The History Channel about guns. Mail Call, which lasted seven years, featured him reading people's questions about guns (as well as other military-related questions, usually involving explosions), then going down to a military base and getting Trigger Happy as he explained the weapon. Lock N' Load was a short series where he talked about the history of various guns (and tanks, knives, artillery) and then went ballistic on watermelons.
  • Larry Correia is even more of one than his books would indicate. He used to hold a Federal Firearms License (allowing him to operate a business that involves firearms) and was licensed as a Title 7 Special Occupational Taxpayer (allowing him to possess machine guns registered since 1986 as part of his business, among other things).
  • A little about Eagle Land for those from other parts of the world: the United States is quite an outlier in the developing world for gun ownership, but not because guns are universal in the US. There are approximately enough guns in the US for each person in the nation to have a gun, but only 30% of US households have any at all. About 9% of households have 5 or more guns. As a result, gun ownership follows a skewed distribution, with owning no guns being far more common, owning a single gun being next most common, and then the numbers going down quickly. However, those who own many guns considerably skew the per-capita ownership of guns upward. The US is a nation where gun ownership is not uncommon, but the per capita number of firearms is heavily influenced by the gun nutsnote .

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