Gun Quotes

Gun Quotes

Check out these interesting gun quotes mined by Gun Digest‘s Jennifer L.S. Pearsall. As a books editor, Pearsall comes across scores of gun quotes. There are famous gun quotes, funny gun quotes, pro-gun quotes and anti-gun quotes. No matter the type, these gun quotes will get you thinking about the role firearms play in society and how you use them.

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A scene from the Revolutionary War Battle of Lexington and Concord.

Gun Quotes: Gunpowder Before Guns

In a firearms twist on what came first, the chicken or the egg, it turns out that, in early America, it was the egg–or, as we know it, gunpowder. American powder manufacture antedated gun manufacture. A powder mill at Milton, Massachusetts, near Boston, was probably the first. By the beginning of the Revolution, colonists...

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, in Normandy with troops and a mighty 155mm cannon, as it appeared in 'LIFE" magazine a while back.

Gun Quotes: Eisenhower on being Mightily Armed

He may have been speaking towards being armed for global conflict, but President Eisenhower’s words from yesteryear ring just as true for today’s private gun owning citizenry. “Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction.”—General Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th U.S....

A fine double-rifle intended for the plains of Africa.

Gun Quotes: Jack O’Connor’s Only Double Rifle

Jack O’Connor was best known for his musings on shotguns and bolt-action rifles, but one pretty double rifle also made the grade. “I once had a pretty little Jeffery double rifle for the .450-500 3-inch cartridge. I bought it almost entirely for the cosmetic effect. Put me in my bush jacket, my Terai hat...

Smith & Wesson Model 2 Army revolvers

Gun Quotes: Smith & Wesson, Civil War, and Revolver Success

A new war and a new revolver bring success to the young Smith & Wesson company. “The timing of the introduction of the Model 2 proved important to the partners, for the first guns reached the market in June of 1861, only two months after the first shots were fired that marked the beginning...

Highpower rifles, the 10-ring and Xs--Can you hit that at 1,000 yards?

Gun Quotes: Rifles Finer than Minute of Angle

Think your rifle shoots at distance? It doesn’t unless you know minute of angle like a Palma shooter knows minute of angle. “What you have to have is a rifle/ammo combination that you could consistently shoot into 1/2 minute of angle or less with iron sights at 1,000 yards if there were no wind. An...

Dirty Harry .44 Magnum movie poster

Gun Quotes: Don’t Snub the Snubbie

Thoughts on why the snubbie revolver is always worth your consideration for self-defense. “Back in the Dirty Harry days, a lot of people presumed you needed a great big handgun of large caliber to impress people. Any gun muzzle is going to impress the hell out of a typical scumbag. It is going to...

An antique box of UMC .45 Colt ammunition.

Gun Quotes: Elmer Keith on Using Enough Revolver

The Original Big-Bore Revolver Lover: Elmer Keith weighs forth on the prudent use of enough gun when it comes to taming unhappy livestock. “I saddled old Satan up, rode over, and sure enough, the East Helena butcher was up a tree over there and the bull was going around after him. His .41 rod...

Sharpshooting buffalo hunters of the Old West. The Sharps rifles and cartridges were instrumental in bringing the population of the wild American buffalo to its knees

Gun Quotes: Praise for the Sharps Rifle

  Sharpshooting: A buffalo market hunter of yore attests to the prowess of the Sharps rifle and cartridges. “The time I made my biggest kill, I lay on a slight ridge, behind a tuft of weeds 100 yards from a bunch of a thousand buffaloes that had come a long distance to a creek,...

George Patton Quotes

Gun Quotes: General George S. Patton on How to “Git ‘er Done”

  When it comes to gun quotes, we’re pretty sure Patton’s take on management skills is how most of the world’s guns, including our own military firearms, came to be invented. “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” —General George S....