Gun Owners: Are you a Fudd?

Bob Campbell using a truck bed as a rest while shooting a revolver

What is a Fudd? Well, if Elmer and Bugs comes to mind, you are on the right track. According to the Urban Dictionary, a Fudd is a gun owner who uses guns only for hunting or for shooting sports and who opposes the ownership of assault rifles and other automatic firearms intended for defense or attack.

However, lately on social media, the youngsters are accusing the oldsters of being Fudds. Any gun that is not ‘cool enough’ in their eyes is a (Elmer) Fudd gun.

Smith & Wesson Model 39 9mm (top) and Airweight .38 S&W Model 12 revolver (bottom)
A Smith & Wesson Model 39 9mm — criticized in its day — is now a favorite Fudd gun. The Airweight .38 Model 12 is a neat camp gun.

Fortunately, The Shooter’s Log has a resident Fudd on staff. We asked Bob Campbell to do a little research, peek through the dusty corners of his gun safes, and tell us what a Fudd really is. After reading the article, sound off in the Comment section and let us know whether you are a Fudd.

The Fudd

The guns by the nightstand in the safe, as well as your carry gun, tells a lot about you. The way you handle your firearms and your philosophy on firearms choice, are telling as well. The guns we choose, and our attitude, are indicators of our potential as well as the plus/minus value of our firearms in an emergency.

Our standpoint, perspective, and mindset are evident in these choices. Our thought process is evident. Since we are usually close lipped about firearms (in and around the general public) only self-introspection reveals these personal traits. It is interesting to evaluate ourselves to say the least.

We all have unconscious bias and unexamined presuppositions. I must cast these aside in writing, at least when writing a review of a new firearm. When writing for fun, the gloves are off. Some folks collect guns — a lot of them. I collect books.

I accumulate firearms with no set course. I own a few, comparatively, judging by a selection of my peers. I attempt to master each of my carry guns to the best of my ability. I have a few recreational firearms that I enjoy very much and hunting guns that simply do not see enough use.

Colt Automatic handgun chambered in .25 caliber with a small handful of loose cartridges
The Fudd sacrifices room in the safe for ridiculous guns that he has a warm spot for.

I don’t own anything ‘too nice to fire,’ or I would not shoot regularly. I write truly when I say, ‘guns expose your character.’ In life, you are your own enteraintment and the dramatis personae of the stage of life you are in.

Time, of course, changes our outlook. I don’t look to the past, save as an indicator of progress. I thank God every day that I don’t have to relive some of the events.

As for my personal bent in firearms, I’ve read a lot of speculative fiction. Most writers in that genre are better off saying ‘he drew his gun’ or ‘fired a revolver,’ because they don’t get it right in details. However, alternate reality was always at the forefront when firing cowboy guns.

cocking the hammer back on a Single Action Army revolver
The Fudd may whistle that you’re a daisy, if you don’t do as does while practicing with his SAA.

I own and often fire several good quality single-action revolvers. I enjoy firing them very much. I draw, fire from the hip, point shoot, and pretty much ignore the principles of personal defense. I cannot run a combat course with these guns — without subjecting myself to self-ridicule. Yet, I have traveled with a Single Action Army (SAA) revolver on foot in pretty choice country. More than once, a SAA has rested on my chest as I nodded off in a warm sleeping bag under the stars.

The first time I held a felon at gun point — before I became a peace officer — it was with a Colt SAA New Frontier. I suppose I was a 19-year-old Fudd in the making.

A Fudd holds on to his guns, long after something superior is introduced, and finds the gun culture a life-long pursuit. As Mark Twain said, “Sure, sometimes I carry a revolver. It’s harmless. It is a fad we go through.” No, the Fudd is a lifelong adherent to his principles. However, for some of the Fudds, it is a point of fashion.

Two Colt 1911 handguns, right profile
Old 1911s find a home in the Fudd’s house.

A real Fudd will name his guns. While historically supportable, the Fudd naming his guns is more like a christening or a baptism. Ole Betsy, Lucretia, Lucy, Old Ugly, and Mad Dog are commonly used names. After all, if Daniel Boone and Buffalo Bill Cody named their guns, perhaps we should as well.

Moving on, Fudds like their shotguns. Today, a break-action 20 gauge is terribly overpriced in the pawn shops for some reason, bringing as much as a modern, Turkish pump-action 12 gauge. I blame the Fudd. For serious business, they have a Remington 870, of course.

A few will own a Browning Auto-5. However, as time creeps up and arthritis invades the shoulder, the Browning isn’t fired much. Some discover the virtue of gel pads and gas operation.

A rifle? Well, they may own a good, scoped rifle, but that old .30-30 is stashed away as well. The more down-to-earth Fudd will own a .35 Remington lever gun. The well-heeled Fudd owns a BAR. The Fudd gets his deer — every time.

The Fudd really likes his pistols. I think storage space has something to do with it and the fact that we really don’t need that many shotguns and rifles to cover our needs. A Fudd likes his revolvers and hangs onto them. A Charter .38 was purchased when better guns were scarce. It isn’t worth much on trade, so he just keeps it. A Colt Detective Special and several Military & Police .38s are in the safe. Maybe a Model 66 .357 Magnum.

chest area of a paper silhouette target showing five bullet holes from wadcutters
Those handloaded wadcutters sure group well.

He owns 1911s, sure, and they should predominately be Colts. Remember that bad luck with a Llama? Any caliber other than .45 ACP isn’t suitable for a 1911, even if the piece is too heavy to carry. The .38 Super is highly respected among Fudds. That said, the Fudd places balance, heft, and handling above practical accuracy. The gun should leap into the hand on demand. Ammunition reserve isn’t as important. After all, if you don’t get your man down in the first three shots… the battle is over.

In many ways, the Fudd isn’t wrong. It is obvious to anyone running a combat course that a modern striker-fired pistol will likely outshoot the Fudd’s Beretta 92 or SIG P226, but they like the feel and are comfortable with a double-action first-shot gun. The shape and heft are comforting.

Being comfortable with the gun is important, and never discount 35 years of shooting experience. Some Fudds have a lot more than that. Again, heft over ergonomics, impresses the Fudd.

Winchester 1895 lever-action rifle with a box of Winchester .30-06 SPRG Deer Season XP ammunition
The Fudd knows that a Winchester rifle must have Winchester ammunition in the magazine.

Rules of a gunfight tell me that a shooting drill should exercise the mind more than the handgun. Proximity to the threat and using what is available is important. Cover, skill, and the target who is shooting back are important considerations. Some of the Fudds have been shot at and missed, others have been hit.

A Fudd has been around long enough to understand the severity of the test. Will matters — as much as skill — or so they will say in so many words. Without reservation, physicality means as much as skill. That said, the Fudd and his gun may be harmless to the general public, but he isn’t someone to be attacked without a lot of thought.

The bad guy’s thought process is limited, and often enough he will hit up the wrong victim. The Fudd didn’t get to be old by accident. He is not opposed to taking precautions and deploying good guns. The Fudd, after all, is seldom known to deploy cheap guns (just older models). Well, he may have a Bersa .380 put up, but that isn’t a cheap gun. It’s simply a good gun that every Fudd seems to own.

Fudd Holsters

The Fudd doesn’t deploy Kydex often (unless it came with the gun in some package deal). The Fudd likes quality leather and will not hesitate to shell out a portion of his hard-earned Social Security check for a quality holster. It may not be a high end custom, but it will be a good quality. Galco, Bianchi, Safariland, and perhaps DeSantis are long-serving favorites.

revolver and speedloader in a Galco Phoenix leather holster and speedloader carrier
A Fudd will not wear cheap leather. The Galco Phoenix is a favorite.

A Fudd wearing a cheap fabric holster is criticized by his peers — and he should be. The Fudd likes a good-quality belt slide. He owns several guns of the same general type, and a belt slide holster makes for good versatility.

Fudd Brand Loyalty

Brand loyalty took a hit during the panic/pandemic. A Fudd wishing to cling to his choices in ammunition also had to make do with what he could find, including that foreign stuff. He doesn’t carry what is trendy. A good quality hollow point from Federal or Speer is fine with him. He’d rather have his handloads with the Hornady XTP, but when components are scarce…

Sharp-shouldered SWC bullets for revolvers are good. He carries the ‘Magnum’ when hiking — got to stay in shape — and even though he hasn’t seen an ugly-acting animal in the past 30 years, he remembers those feral dogs that came at him when he was fly fishing. That Bulldog .44 Special was not the most effective caliber in that encounter. Now, he carries a lightweight .357 Magnum in the wild… Damn the recoil! If he herniates his ear drums, so be it.

Colt Single Action Army revolver with a container of handloads
Handloads are the lifeblood of a Fudd’s revolvers.

In the end, the Fudd should be given a chance to expound on his choices every chance you get, because he knows what the lick is.

Are you a Fudd? Which of Elmer’s guns do you/have you owned? Which guns do you consider to be Fudd guns? Share your answers in the Comment section.

  • Colt Competition Ready rifle with a Colt Competition Model 1911 handgun
  • 1962 National Match pistol chambered in .45 ACP, right profile
  • Three classic magnum Smith and Wesson revolvers
  • Winchester 1895 lever-action rifle with a box of Winchester .30-06 SPRG Deer Season XP ammunition
  • Colt Automatic handgun chambered in .25 caliber with a small handful of loose cartridges
  • Winchester 1895 lever-action rifle, right profile
  • Two Colt 1911 handguns, right profile
  • Colt Single Action Army revolver with a container of handloads
  • revolver and speedloader in a Galco Phoenix leather holster and speedloader carrier
  • two classic revolvers, left profile
  • cocking the hammer back on a Single Action Army revolver
  • chest area of a paper silhouette target showing five bullet holes from wadcutters
  • Smith & Wesson Model 39 9mm (top) and Airweight .38 S&W Model 12 revolver (bottom)
  • Bob Campbell using a truck bed as a rest while shooting a revolver
  • Double-action revolver across a paper silhouette target with six bullet holes in the head
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Comments (62)

  1. I was a Fudd. Big time. I owe a big thank you to Mr. David Codrea, a 2nd Amendment political writer for Firearms News magazine for curing me of my Fuddish ways.

  2. I’m a FUDD by inheritance. I have firearms that belonged to my paternal great grandparents but have added to my collection. Everyday carry is a Para Warthog, double stack 45 or a Shadow Systems CR920P. Leather for the 45 and kydex for the 9. My retirement gift to myself was building a 458 SOCOM, it pairs well with my dad’s sporterized 03-A3 as well as a Norinco MAC-90, 7.62×39. If I really want to go old school there’s a 45-70 trapdoor Springfield that visited the Philippines during that dustup!

    Regardless of what we all carry and shoot, don’t let any dipshit carve away any more of our Second Amendment rights!

  3. Johnh
    Similar situation at once great gun club, folks came and settled around the club, infiltrated, and that was the end of the best gun club around. New rules, BS rule.

    Makes you wish to move out west it does

  4. Interesting definitions.

    In my neck of the woods Fudd is almost interchangeable with Good ol boy.

  5. Richard Olsen – Our gun club in upstate NY is run by all FUDDS. And the atmosphere is similar with psychos running around trying to “catch” violators to have thrown out. There are so many rules we choke. The “plinking range” requires standing back shooting in lanes not closer than 10 yds, no metal targets, alarms set with lights and bells if anyone goes goes down range. No holster draws and no engaging multiple targets. Similar rules for the handgun range. It’s absurd.

  6. Well I enjoyed the article and learned that I’m 71 year old FUDD! I own several guns, a Colt 1911, Ruger security 6, EDC a Ruger LCR in .38SPL+P with Crimson Trace and WW SUPER HPs, Marlin 30/30, Winchester 38/55, Mosberg 500. I do prefer Leather, but I do have a Kydex. I reload on a Lymon Spar-T. So with all that said I think I’m a FUDD. Personally I think everyone should own and practice with a gun, and that ALL gun laws are Illegal.
    Oh No!! I’m also a Gun Nut!!

  7. As the President of NH’s largest Fish & Game Club, we strictly use the term “FUDD” as a descriptor to the individual who might own a Shotgun, a .22 rifle and a pistol, but rails against the AK and AR platform rifles saying, “Nobody needs an assault rifle.” or, “We should be responsible gun owners and support Universal Background Checks.” At the range, despite having no rule against it, they tattle tale on shooters doing mag dumps or using Tannerite. The suggest new rules, insist we need Full time range officers and volunteers “his own expertise.” FUDDs also stir the pot in other ways at the club. They are against tactical shooting. All of this 1911 versus Striker-fired platforms is just B.S. fanboy stuff. FUDDs at our club are considered a negative impact on 2a culture overall.

  8. I am a true mother-fudder! My SP-1 and M1A will never translate into language the GenZ or Millennials can understand!

  9. I don’t own any guns I lost them in a boating accident. I really hate the term Fudd especially by kids that don’t even know who Fudd is. I believe you should use the gun that you are the most comfortable with. If that’s a new modern weapon then so be it. If it’s an old revolver that’s good too. I don’t think you should run out and go buy the newest model every time something new comes out. That makes you stupid. I like old guns and new ones. But because you are newer to guns doesn’t mean that old guy with the 44 isn’t just as if not more skilled than you. Also if you need 16 rounds in your edc you might need to move to a safer neighborhood. I’m not saying you shouldn’t have it I’m just saying 7 or 8 in mine is fine.

  10. Calling someone a Fudd usually has less to do with what’s in their safe, and more to do with their attitude towards infringement on the 2A. AR’s and “assault weapons” can be banned so long as their precious 30-30 or 30-06 can stay. It doesn’t work that way. If they ban Semi’s, eventually Gov will come for the 30-30’s and 30-06’s by calling them high power rifles. They don’t think about the slippery slope. I could care less if someone only likes lever guns, bolt actions, revolvers, and whatnot. But don’t act like that’s the limit to what one can own. That’s typically what is meant by Fudd.

  11. This was a pretty fun read. Got a bit of a chuckle out of me. Guess I’m a semi-Fudd and I don’t care. Sorry, I’m not old, fat, or bald. Mid 40’s, tall, athletic build, and still have my hair. Haha. No, I don’t have anything in the 1911 platform. Not my cup of tea. I don’t have any Beretta M9/92/96 stuff either. Didn’t like it in the ARMY AIRBORNE, still don’t like it. I don’t trust or like decockers. And no I don’t have a Bersa. Yes, I have some stiker fired sidearms, but not a single has the name Glock stamped on them although I don’t have a problem in how they field strip. Big deal you have to pull the trigger. If you’re doing your job of making sure the weapon is clear then what’s the problem? Mine are S&W M&Ps. Same as I carried as a state LEO, chambered in .40 as well as SDxVEs in .40 and it field strips just like a Glock. It rides in a Cytac level 2 retention Kydex paddle holster. As a part time county deputy was issued a Sig P226 chambered in .40. Couldn’t stand that thing. Had a request for alternate duty carry approved and carried an M&P in .40. The nightstand holds the 6 shot .38 Spl Detective Special copy from RIA and has a Lightning Leather Works custom made holster. Guy I grew up with and is a fellow officer makes them as a side business. EDCC now is the M&P Shield Plus in 9mm, not a 9mm fan but Smith hasn’t made one in .40 so 9mm is what I’m stuck with there and yes, it rides in a GunMate soft IWB. My hunting carbine is the old trusty standby, the Winchester Mod 94 with no optic. They don’t belong on a lever gun. My two shotguns consist of a Stevens 301 break action 12ga (which I have a Chiappa 8″ insert for chambered in 9mm also and with just a gold front bead it has no problem putting rounds offhand into a 2.5″ target at 40yds) and an H&R Pardner Pump (Rem 870 clone) that’s set up for tactical/home defense. It used to ride in my county patrol car. Ghost ring combat sights, heat shield, Eagle fore end, 6 posistion AR stlye grip/stock, 5 shell carrier, mounted light. Of course there’s a 100% hand assembled by me top to bottom AR with no stupid frills. Just a mounted light and utilizes the A2 style detatchable carry handle iron sights on an A3 upper with JMT poly lower. Bolt action is a Marlin 917V in .17HMR glassed with a 3×9-32mm, prairie dogs hate it. .22lr are the solid stand bys of Savage 64F with a 4x-32mm, Marlin Mod 60 iron sight… and a Stevens Favorite 17 built somewhere between 1904 and 1913. Single shot with subsonics makes for a good quite late night pest control gun. What I have, I have because they are reliable and I’m comfortable with them. They work but they’re not fancy or high tech or the latest greatest sliced bread stuff and not meant to be. I believe in and support the 2A. Felons… well, if they were released after serving their time… MAYBE. Tough call. They’re free after paying sociatal debt and Thomas Jefferson said “no free man shall be debarred from the use of arms” but… what if they were imprisoned for assault, armed robbery, etc. Really tough call there. Every person has a right to self defense though. Either way, call me a Fudd or don’t. Doesn’t matter one way or the other as it has absolutely no effect on my life one way or the other. If I am one, cool… wascally wabbits beware.

  12. Thanks for the entertaining and informative article. My Dad (who would have been 110 this year) bought a real “Elmer Fudd” gun back in the early 1930’s. During the Great Depression, just being able to afford a firearm was no small task. He used that double barrel 12 ga. for every form of hunting until the 1970’s when he bought a second gun. That old adage “Beware the man with one gun” rang very true with him as he hunted deer, water fowl, game birds and some unwelcome pests with that old shotgun. I have it now and it looks like brand new as he was meticulous caring for that weapon. I guess I’m a “Fudd” now because I don’t shoot it but wouldn’t take a million dollars for it either.

  13. I am a confirmed Fudd. My carry gun is a Ruger SP101?in.357 mag. Has been since they first came out. It replaced a Colt Detective Special. My bird gun is an 870 Wingmaster and my hunting rifle is a sporterized 03 Springfield. I have several sporterized military Mausers, 6.5, 7mm, and 8mm. None if the Mausers are scoped, I still shoot iron sights, and even cast bullets in my rifles. I am not the world’s biggest fan of AR’s, striker fired polymer pistols and such but am not a detractor either. Each is entitled to his own choice. If you feel you need a high capacity semi auto and multiple spare mags for self defense, fine. But I don’t feel unarmed with my revolver for every day carry. I’m not immune to reevaluation if circumstances change. I’ll probably just muddle on. There’s just something about walnut and blue steel, combined with traditional calibers that I think did the job just as well as the new comers, if you chose your hardware and ammo wisely. Maybe some of these new shooters don’t grasp that. Oh well, I hope they enjoy their niche. There’s room for all.

  14. I own over 300 firearms and I’m sure some must be Fud guns. At 57 years old I could care less what the younger generation thinks. I have over 15 ARs so I guess I must be a cool Fud

  15. My trusty Kimber 1911 and equally trusty Winchester Model 70 in .30-06. Yes, I own a lot of other guns, including several AR’s, but those two have been faithful and reliable for many trips around the sun.

  16. I bought my first AR when some guy named Obama said “Nobody needs a AR-15”. I suddenly thought, “You know, I need a AR’. ” The next morning I bought one and it it one of my favorites. Thanks, for reminding me, Barack.

  17. Yep. At 63, leather holsters. A FLAP holster for my .44. Colt Gov model, Hipower, SW 625. .41 Taurus Tracker for the deep woods, small game with a 12 ga Steven’s 311H SxS.

  18. Yep. At 63, leather holsters. A FLAP holster for my .44. Colt Gov model, Hipower, SW 625. .41 Taurus Tracker for the deep woods, small game with a 12 ga Steven’s 311H SxS.

  19. Proud 53 year old Fudd. I hate Mall ninjas and tacticool people. Will likely never purchase an AR or AK.

  20. I think you’ve missed the point entirely; the Fudd is neither a geezer or hunter necessarily. The Fudd is the gun Puritan who doesn’t stand for others’ 2A rights when it comes to full auto, black rifles, suppressors, max capacity mags and the like. The Fudd is the person that hands over his weapons when the raid occurs, instead of making raids dangerous for the raider, and by so doing, cleans up his community. Fudds deny the real responsibility all gun owners have to resist tyranny. Compliance is not an option.

  21. You can call me a fudd if you like. Dad taught me to shoot a .22 at 4. I have that rifle and 4 more.22 rifles, a hotrod 17hmr and a 22wmr. 5 hunting rifles for medium to BIG game, a few shotguns, a couple of muzzle loaders, 10 revolvers, 15 semi auto handguns, and a double barrel derringer. My EDC is a Glock 32 357sig or a Rock Island 1911A1.
    I enjoy hunting anything legal and paper punching. I also roll my own ammo and tinker with tanning hides. BTW I’m 66

  22. You can call me a fudd if you like. Dad taught me to shoot a .22 at 4. I have that rifle and 4 more.22 rifles, a hotrod 17hmr and a 22wmr. 5 hunting rifles for medium to BIG game, a few shotguns, a couple of muzzle loaders, 10 revolvers, 15 semi auto handguns, and a double barrel derringer. My EDC is a Glock 32 357sig or a Rock Island 1911A1.
    I enjoy hunting anything legal and paper punching. I also roll my own ammo and tinker with tanning hides.

  23. Well, by the standards set in this article, I reckon that, at age 48, I’m at least a partial Fudd.

    On the one hand, I EDC a full-size Beretta 92FS, and am also the proud owner of a WWI Colt M1911, 2003-vintage Springfield Armory M1911-A1, and an Illinois State Police surplus Smith & Wesson M39-2.

    Oh yeah, and a Remington 870 and Browning Hi-Power for good measure.

    On the other hand, I don’t own any single-action revolvers or any pure hunting rifles (lever or bolt). And I definitely prefer Kydex to leather holsters.

    What does that make me, a half-Fudd? A bastardized Fudd? A hybrid Fudd?

  24. The article was fun to read, and I suppose it has some basis in fact. But, overall, I hate labels and the stereotypes the internet and social media promote. To me, the only two labels that matter are gun owners and people who don’t own guns. Like people with tattoos and people who don’t have tattoos, they are purely descriptive and don’t seek to judge anyone. However, I do draw the line at anti-Second Amendment liberals,and they have several labels I don’t use in polite company.

  25. Elmer Fudd had only one gun. A double barrel shotgun. Actually, I’m light in the shotgun and bolt action department. That’s still more than Elmer. Enough has been said.

  26. I’ve been shooting for over 60 years, gun owner for 50. Over the years I have carried and/or owned more than i can count! My favorites came early and I have stuck with them. I like the Mossberg 500 with a light mounted and a pressure pad on the forend. My favorite big bore rifle is a Savage bolt action .308. As a LE officer I carried a S&W 41 mag and just love that caliber! Even once purchased a Henry lever gun in that caliber that was a track driver. And then, my beloved 1911. That one rode my belt for 40 years until I took a job that armed me with an M9. Wasn’t happy at first but got very comfortable with it and the 1911 was getting tired so a 92x with truglo sights went into a good leather belt scabbard. It carries nicely even under a t-shirt with my particular body type. There have been many other shooting irons in and out of my safe over the years including several different single-action items in 45 Colt and 41. And of course some trusty 22 rifles including my Dad’s Ithaca when he passed away. Had a couple of Glocks but not impressed! Anything that includes pulling the trigger to field strip it does not give me the warm and fuzzies. So yes, call me a Fudd, call me old fashioned, call me what you will, just don’t call me late for dinner.

  27. Great article! I, too, am a Fudd. I used to have a large collection, but due to a divorce many years ago, and the resulting financial problems, I ended up selling them off one at a time. All except for my Beretta 92SB and my vintage 45LC Blackhawk. Now that I am older, and a little more affluent, I am building my collection again. I had to pawn the 92SB about ten years ago, then had to relocate to find work and never got it back. Now I own a Wilson Combat 92G, a small Hellcat, three Taurus (G3, TS9, TH9), an APX A1 and APX A1 Carry, in addition to two AR-15 rifles and one AR pistol in both 5.56 and 300BLK. Of course I still have Dad’s model 94 and his circa 1940 Remington Targetmaster. I presented the Blackhawk to my younger son last year (That gun was MADE for him) so I picked up a Taurus Judge Home Defender because I really like 45LC cartridge. But I carry the 92G even though it’s a large pistol because it feels “familiar”, and the fact that I put over 6000 hot handloads through the SB with zero malfunctions. Yes, I am a Fudd and proud of it.

  28. I was in the last class to carry the m14 in training at Ft Lewis,Wash.-I,m 3/4of a century old-I own a colt mark 4-,ar15 colt sp1-pre-64 winchester.270-Remington 870- Browning o/u 12ga.- My son has three ar15,s-two 7.62 firearms-and a box full of handguns. I am NOT pleased to be labeled a Fudd!! Elmer had every right to to kill that thieving rabbit!!

  29. Youngsters need to denigrate older folk because that’s the easiest way for them to feel some self esteem.
    OK – call me a Fudd. I am old, fat, bald, and half crippled, but my Remington 788 in .22-250 will still take out your eye at 300 yards, 10 times out of 10.
    I have the guns I have cuz I like ’em and they do the job. I really don’t care whether anyone likes that fact. Calling me “Fudd” says a lot more about you than it does about me.

  30. At 67 I believe I may be the anti- Fudd. The majority of my handguns wear red or green dot optics, my bolt action rifles are enhanced by high quality scopes and a Kestrel ballistics calculator, and my shotguns are “tactical” semi auto. While it’s true I have a couple of 1911s, they are both 10mm, and the single shot shotguns I retain belonged to my grandfather and a dear friend who walked on ahead way too young. I’ll admit my recent infatuation with H&K USP variants may foreshadow some leaning in to Fuddism, but damn! What a pistol! I do have some lever action rifles, but I have more ARs, so on balance I feel that I am definitely not a Fudd. Not that there’s anything wrong with that;P

  31. I am a young gun owner who mainly sticks to striker fired pistols (with some exceptions), semi-automatic rifle (ie AR15, the Springfield Hellion etc…), pump action shotguns in self defense configurations, PCCs, and with the exception for my Ruger 10/22, none of my firearms are in a hunting configuration. Frankly, between what the author (E. Fudd) and many of the commentators have sated about the Fudd term, I really do not think anyone here, with some exceptions, are using Fudd in the way us younger firearm owners really think of when we refer to Fudds, especially when it comes to the Fudd mentality.

    What we really consider as being a Fudd are those gun owners (yes, stereotypically of the older generations but also includes some within the younger crowd) who say they are Pro-2A, BUT only for certain firearms that are of the hunting or competition variety, are of more conventional models, and also say we either should not have, or that it should be very limited to a select group, firearms designed primarily for self defense such as AR15 platforms, anything that is black and looks tactical, or anything that looks like the modern military or police would use. Who we consider as true Fudds are those who are willing to tolerate infringements on the right to keep and bear arms as long as it does not come upon the areas and firearms that are of their interests. I like 1911s and the Winchester Model 70. Firearms from the Cold War era (especially as FALs, the MAS-49, and anything ComBloc) are some of the firearms I am most interested in and if possible, would like to collect and shoot (even if it is a modern-day reproduction). One of my most prized firearms is a Smith and Wesson Model 27 that my father carried on duty during the first 15 years of his career as a police officer. I really do not care what anyone else is willing to carry, or what firearms they are interested in (whether it be a older design or something completely novel), and what activities concerning firearms they like to participate in. The firearms you are interested in, your shooting techniques, how you train, what firearm activities you are interested in, what ammunition you prefer, whether you use a leather or kydex holster, if you use iron sights or have a red-dot on a pistol or rifle, whether you have weapon mounted light or just carry a old hand held light, or whether you use you use Hoppes 9 or M-Pro 7 DOES NOT make you a Fudd or not. What makes a Fudd is those who disregard the rights of those who they disagree with and see as improper, and who are also willing to set limits on those rights, especially if it means they can keep what they value.

    Ladies and gentlemen, I hate to break it to you, many of you are likely not real Fudds, even if younger, less wise firearm owners chuckle at your choice of firearms, shooting accoutrements, or other firearm related interests. We know you likely do the same towards us, but you also respect our right to our choice of firearms as much as we respect the right to your choice of firearms. As long as you do not have the Fudd mentality of denying others their rights to keep and bear what firearms they want for the reasons they want to use them, you are like any other Second Amendment supporting gun owning American.

  32. “Are you a Fud ?” I suppose that technically I am. Only around age 30 did I buy my first firearm. The Brady Bill was about to be enforced. Uncle Sam taught me everything about the M-16. I went from marksman, to sharpshooter, to expert. I still had a right so I exercised it. My significant other (SO) at the time was taking an economics course at the time from a Viet-Nam vet. He mentioned that he had named his personal M-16 “Baby”.

    That was convenient. At that time and that place firearms were never discussed in public. We needed a way to refer to the rifle to each other that would be completely socially acceptable. I bought Baby. It was decades before I bought a 1911A!. Hey, I’d never owned a handgun. So here I am owning a couple of AR-15s and a 1911A!. The same SO now has a couple of 9mms and a .380. We are by no stretch “gun nuts”. Personal defense is not so much even a consideration for us. We both get laughs at the current trend of Cerocoat multi-color finishes. We’re just citizens exercising our rights.

  33. When it comes to guns, I’m all in with DEI.
    Shotguns, tactical and hunting, bolt guns, AR’s, wonder nines, revolvers, I love them all.
    My roof may be covered in snow, but I’m no Fudd. No single action revolver, the best millimeter instead of the Lord’s caliber, as many ARs as bolt guns, no 1911. Gee, am I even an American?

  34. “A real Fudd will name his guns. While historically supportable, the Fudd naming his guns is more like a christening or a baptism.”

    So it’s OK to call a Left-Handed AR (Armalite Lefty-15) simply AL? 🙂

  35. Owen
    Thank you so much!
    This means a lot to me. Thanks for reading and for your well written and much appreciated comments. .

    Bob Campbell

  36. Donald

    I think that Fudd in modern terms is analogous to Old Fart in a generation past.

    Some will laugh and say I guess I am an old fart/fudd.

    Others, not comfortable with becoming an old fart or old fan, will take umbrage.

  37. I have a Bersa 380, so I must be a fudd. I can only shoot about 25 rounds before my arm gets sore, so range days involve a whole bunch of 22s, including a 94 year old Woodsman. The range is a bit of a trek so the 22s let me shoot cheaply and pain free all day. Here’s to fuddyism!

  38. My wife retired from teaching middle school some 20 years ago, and she was happy to get out for 5 reasons: the increasingly heavily regulated rules that had to be adhered to, the increasingly weak administrations that refused to deal with problem kids, the mixing of highly disturbed special needs kids in mainstream classroom which was disruptive, the increasingly disrespectful and belligerent kids coming through who refused to do any work, and the anti teacher child centered weak parents who refused to take charge of their kids. A marked tendency of these kids who grew up in daycare was their mob tendencies against older people and authority. Starting with them was the tendency to label people and groups with judgmental, demeaning, dismissive labels. They are good at it to the point where quite frankly its abusive and done at the victims’ expense, so they can get a laugh! The problem with stereotyping is it ignores differences and belittles any value, as in this case, any value in older experiences. I think gun owners need to stick together rather than engage in mockery of each other. Use to be that gun sales picked up around hunting season, but now, it’s a non factor. My dealer says the guns he mostly stocks are the polymer striker fired handguns poured over by the young crowd. They are totally ignorant and clueless about anything other than those and AR’s. The revolvers are relegated to a small area of counter space. They laugh because that’s where I gravitate too. When I ooh and ahh over a “new” used classic revolver, they laugh because they say I’m one of the few who do. While I think it was true once upon a time, I think the “Fudd hunter” who owned and loved his bolt action rifles so much he didn’t give a crap about gun control laws and the 2nd amendment because they didn’t apply to him are gone. That’s a non issue nowadays! I think all gun owners need to stick together and the younger crowd needs to drop the divisive labeling!

  39. I believe most of you are misusing the word “Fudd”. I have always underdtoid a “Fudd” to be one of those gunowner who has his 28″ bird gun, and his .30-30 lever action rifle, but loudly proclaims there is no good reason anyone needs to own an AR, or an AK. And believes nobody should be able to legally purchase a registered machine gun or suppressor. That guy who gets into a debate about firearms or gun control and throws out that classic line “I even own a gun, but…”.

    I have always hated that “but” part.

  40. Bob,

    This and other articles have elevated you to the status of my favorite gun article author, replacing the great and venerable Bryce Tousley. I own guns, and at 82 with all the age related conditions that brings, still pride myself on my ability to put the majority in the 10 ring at 25 yards. Personally, I have hangared all but my current beloved 10 mm in hand guns. For years, it was only either a 1911 or a S&W Mdl 19 Combat Magnum in .357 Mag. I never wanted a pistol that “did just the bare minimum” hoping it would be enough. I also buy insurance against other risks, and I have a dog that barks and a Beretta 12 gauge that bites.
    My favorite rifle is an M-1A for matches or other serious purposes, but my hunting rifle for deer or smaller game is a 7mm-08. Used to be an 30-06 exclusively. For elk, moose or bear, I like the .338 Win Mag–those animals are just bigger and tougher than deer and take more killing. I have found that the 7mm-08 is just as good on one shoot kills on deer as my beloved .30-06 and an added bonus is that you can eat right up to the hole. With the ole 06, I ended up turning into dog food too much blood shot meat in my experience. But, elk like just a bit more killing than 06 can deliver at range in my experience. If you can hit a running elk at 300 yards in the neck every time without fail, then run the .06 if you wish.
    As to the 5.56, it is fine for prairie dogs and coyotes but for 20 odd years, it wasn’t legal to hunt deer with in my home state. If it is inadequate to reliably kill deer, why would I trust it to kill a meth addict? Same with the whiz bang 9mm.
    But, it is a free country and I did not take you to raise. Do what you want, just do not try to convince me that you are more correct than me.
    By the way, one last thought. I have always praised safety above all else and think that the single/double action semi-auto, with a decocker was my personal best carry pistol option for safety. Thank you very much Taurus for the TH10. I bought two new and have carried one or the other daily for just over 2 months. They are remarkably cheap! They shoot great for me, carry all day with no issues, fit my M&P 2.0 optics ready holsters just fine and deliver 16 rounds, with the hammer down on a live round and double action ready to send it ASAP. Double action is not much worse than my old S&W Mdl 19, just a bit shorter. I was never a fan of Taurus before, but am now.

  41. Why “FUDD”? The associations are all negative – Elmer Fudd (weak, lisping, incompetant, cognitively “slow”); “fuddy-duddy” (boy, that dates me!); rhymes with “Dud”, as in a failure; even the sound of the word brings negative perceptions.

    Who decided to tag any part of the gun-owner community with this insult? The Urban Dictionary – a reliable reference for the mockery. Why is it OK to group our gun-loving brothers in this negative way?

    Sure it seems like fun, but the anti-gunners are laughing up their sleeves.

    1. As the article states, that is the slang term the younger generation use on social media for anything they associate with the “old guys,” not the young, new crowd. ~Dave

  42. Although I have been called a Fudd, I do not meet the definition given in the Urban Dictionary as I do not oppose the ownership of any weapon or firearm that can be shown to be safe to the user, as in will not blow up when fired, as some of the old RG revolvers did back some 40 to 50 years ago. But there will always be those who will think I am a Fudd. Guess what? I don’t give a flying flip what most people think, especially when people tell me things that I have seen to not be true or valid, e.g., the government is here to help…

    I have long been a proponent of the Second Amendment. I do not believe firearms should be illegal just because the libs are afraid of them. Part of me believes that liberals should not be, but I respect their right to be, even when I disagree with them. I just wish they would reciprocate when it comes to the Bill of Rights and my rights. Seems they cannot or do not want to coexist with people like me without trying to take MY rights away because they don’t like what I think or say. That is not coexisting, that is controlling.

    I have fired a wide variety of firearms over the last 50 plus years, everything from single shot rifles, shotguns, and handguns to revolvers and semi-auto weapons (like the M-1911 and the M-16 which was also capable of full rock and roll), submachine guns (like a MAC-10 in .380, and an M3 grease gun in .45 ACP) up to fully automatic machine guns like the M-60 (7.62 NATO) and a Ma Deuce. (.50 BMG. Thanks to Uncle Sam for the opportunity for a number of those.)

    That being said, I believe that there are firearms that fail to meet the threshold as far as competency or reliability to complete the task that is expected of them when used for self-defense situations.

    I have a number of .22 LR rifles and .22 conversion kits for both my AR and 1911. They are fun to shoot but I would strongly advise against their use for deer or other large game (illegal as all get out) or self defense on the street. And I know of no one who would suggest that a rimfire of any caliber is reasonable for defense against a grizzly that is pissed off, unless your goal is to piss him off even more. That is NOT enough gun for the task at hand.

    There are other calibers that I have seen used that failed to meet the expectations of the shooters when deployed in a self-defense scenario. I have no problem with people owning those guns, or shooting them, they are probably a lot of fun to shoot. It just that after seeing dozens of cases where people who used those calibers died when those weapons failed to meet the shooter’s expectations and their family was left to plan a funeral. I have strongly recommended people use a weapon that is most likely to eliminate the threat if it is ever called upon for self-defense, as in Bring Enough Gun.

  43. I loved the article.
    I guess I am a semi-Fudd. I like my older Glock 26 for everyday carry. I was forced to switch to Glock but it worked out to be a happy accident – after all, a Glock is a Glock is a Glock – not sexy, but always goes bang. If you can handle any Glock well, it’s not a leap to be able to handle any Glock.
    I almost always carry it in a Galco leather slide holster on a matching Ankler belt. Man, those belts sure make a difference in distributing the weight and back pain. When going black, I have a black Ankler belt a DeSantis leather speed scabbard.
    I have one of the first shotguns I bought, an old Mossberg 500 with lots of options – AR stock, 18.5 and 26 barrels, updated fiber optic sight beads, pistol grip option, etc. I also have an old Marlin Goose gun from the mid-60’s for stock turkey shoots.
    I have tons of old . 38 revolvers stashed all over the house in every room. I use those so my wife could grab and operate it as needed.

  44. I have been accused of being a Fudd, because I prefer an M-1911A1 as my primary CCW, and I prefer an M-14 as my first choice for defense at distance. I prefer them because I am familiar with them, and I know that if you get hit by my shot, you are no longer a threat to me, or mine!

    So, if that makes me a Fudd, then I guess I am guilty. However, I would counter with the argument that my 230 gn .45 ACP hits with greater force than your 115 gn 9mm, and my 147 gn 7.62 will hit you beyond the range of your 62 gn .5.56mm.

    My point is, that Fuddism is not necessarily a bad thing!


  45. Dear Bob: A great and fun article, and what an interesting example of freedom, about running a hose across the street and no one going into conniptions. Touches a spot in this Fudd, as washing the neighborhood cars, ashtrays included of course, is how I made my first thousand (at a buck and a quarter a car in the early 60s). And Yes, we all had that debt that no way we could pay, and that is the most beautiful of all rights to look back on. Thank you very much for the lighthearted piece.

  46. Now I know – I am a FUDD. Working on the next generation of FUDDs, by passing along a REMINGTON 760 in 300 Savage, to a nephew. (Serial number indicates a December 1952 build date.) The 300 Savage is also one of those cartridges that is overlooked by the current generation of shooters, but still has value. Wonder how many of the “FUDD GUNS/CARTRIDGES” would be regarded by modern shooters if they were introduced now. As example, the BROWING HI POWER, as recently updated, or the modern version of the 6.5 Swedish Mauser round. Or -the 22 HORNET versus the 5.7×28. P.S. – Note that CHARTER ARMS was the first handgun to use the TRANSFER BAR system instead of the Hammer mounted Firing Pin. So – many innovations from those “FUDD Days” are still relevant today.

  47. The great thing about this comment section is everyone that comments is a gun person and everyone has their own likes and dislikes so here goes I don’t know what I would be classified as but I am a firm believer in the 1911 colt 45 acp but I do own a browning high power assembled in Belgium and a Glock 19 but my favorite carry gun is a 1911 45acp compact I am very comfortable with it and I shoot it well and that being the case if I can’t take care of business with the rounds I have I am probably dead already, seeing as how I have roughly 60 years shooting experience that is my take.

  48. Great article! I’m a post-modern Fudd with dose of JarHead. I have every ‘gun’ that I’ve ever purchsed, except one, and never met one I didn’t like. Plan to pass them to deserving youngsters. I support all our God-given rights, especially our right to defend them.
    Live long, and prosper Elmer!

  49. Yes, you are right.


    Fudds remember when you could wash your car on any side of the street any day and when the police in many towns tried to help, before money grubbing councils turned them into yard police looking for petty infractions. I think the urban dictionary isnt quite accurate. Many Fudds are life members of the once great NRA. As for restoration of rights, I would have to think about that one but why not? If they paid their debt it makes sense and not something I will argue with. After all we all had a debt we could not pay.
    Thanks for reading.

  50. Great article Bob! While I uncompromisingly support the right to own ANY gun, as far as the REST of the definition goes, I’m a Fudd. Carry a .38 Special and be vewy vewy quiet!

  51. @bobcampbell Interesting you added that bit. I was going say that my perspective of the Fudd is as above and that they do NOT support the 2nd as many of us do. The attitude is “leave my hunting guns alone and I’m fine.”

    As for myself. I like all sorts of arms. From a recurve, to the latest tacticool. I own many ARs, several muzzleloaders, single action and double action revolvers. I even picked up a steyr .50 BMG a few years ago. Which I do shoot quite bit. 😁
    I love 1911s, but wouldn’t carry one. I love my FS Berettas, but wouldn’t carry one of those either. I’ll stick with my Glonk.
    I have hunted my whole life. I support the 2nd staunchly and believe that convicted felons should not have their rights to firearms taken away. (If they can be released into society, they should have all their rights) . I believe that firearms do not kill people, people kill people. I believe we should punish bad behavior, not thoughts.
    Anyhoo… fun article.

  52. I probably should have added that the true Fudd cannot bear infringement of rights and has a hard nosed attitude toward big government. All government is bog government when it gets the chance. The true Fudd takes great delight in purchasing a firearm with his SS check. Some things we buys just because he can. He has an AR 15 beside the Winchester these days!

    If you want to live long enough to become a FUDD please give to the Second Amendment Foundation and support our right to keep and bear arms. They are the best thing going.

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