RIP Gunny R. Lee Ermey

Gunny likes his Glock 40 chambered in 10mm.  From SHOT Show 2015, Media Day at the Range.  

I met “Gunny” R. Lee Ermey at SHOT Show several years ago (see interview below). What a great guy! I just remember him being incredibly pleasant to be around. Nothing like what you’d imagine a famous Hollywood actor to be like. Of course, he was much more than just a working thespian (with 120 credits to his name!).

Gunny was a Marine, a Vietnam veteran, a promotional personality for team Glock, a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and, as his longtime manager Bill Rogin said in a post on social media, “a family man, and a kind and gentle soul.”

With that in mind, GunsAmerica would like to extend our condolences to Gunny’s friends and loved ones.

“There are many Gunny’s, but this one was OURS. And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness. Please support your men and women in uniform. That’s what he wanted most of all,” said Rogin.

“After 14 years of working together and many more years of friendship, we are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our good friend, Gunny,” said Glock on Facebook. “He was an integral part of our family and he will be deeply missed. Semper Fi, Gunny.”

Gunny died suddenly of complications stemming from a bout with pneumonia. He was 74 years old.

Gunny R. Lee Ermey on His Favorite Glocks

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Jeerry April 23, 2018, 9:16 pm

    Gunny, you make me very proud that you have gone through Hollywood and you have nev
    er changed your dedication to this great country. Semper Fi Marine RIP me

  • Stack April 23, 2018, 8:44 pm

    I enjoyed his movies and the
    “Gunny time” show. It’s a bummer he’s gone to the big house. I’ll miss him. He was one of the leaders in the “NRA” spoken word. I hope no one in the hospital he was in did something wrong to him. I’m sure that’s not the case.

  • John April 22, 2018, 10:47 am

    Rest in peace my Nam brother. You will not be forgotten. Semper Fi

  • Irish-7 April 22, 2018, 12:54 am

    RIP Gunny. Thanks for your many years of dedicated service.

  • Larry lloyd April 21, 2018, 12:10 pm

    Members of Congress should emulate him rather than there current sub performance both parties

  • Don Study April 21, 2018, 3:54 am

    I Corp stomping grounds. Semper Fi Gunny I see you on the other side. Dustoff 712

  • John April 21, 2018, 1:02 am

    Rest In Peace, Semper Fi

  • G M B April 20, 2018, 8:03 pm

    RIP, thanks for many years of great memories, great movies and the show you did on the History Ch. ”Mail Call”. You will be missed, rest easy Marine!!!

  • deyreal April 20, 2018, 6:07 pm

    ….Thanks for the great memories,……..a True one of a kind!!,…

  • m April 20, 2018, 4:12 pm

    Gunny was one of a kind. He will be missed by his many fans and friends. RIP Gunny, you served you nation, and gave pleasure to many fans.

  • Paradise Wacko April 20, 2018, 3:56 pm

    RIP Gunny, I saw most to all of your movies, Gonna Miss YA, From one Vietnam Vet to another,HOO RA BROTHER

  • Campbell King April 20, 2018, 3:12 pm

    Loved this guy ~

  • William Tiewater April 20, 2018, 2:35 pm

    We are very short of Patriots, Its hard to hear of one,s passing. I have seen him in all his parts in movies and I always think he was really there, not just and actor. A real American.

  • Mike Watkins April 20, 2018, 1:09 pm

    If you’ve never seen it, Google some of the “bloopers” from Gunny Ermey’s TV shows.

    They show the Gunny’s lighter side that didn’t always come across in the shows that made it on the air.

    Btw, Gunny Ermey was a Staff Sgt., not a Gunnery Sgt. when he was on active duty. After his acting career got going, the Marine Corps awarded him the honorary title of Gunny in recognition of his work. Bet that’s the only person ever given an honorary rank by the Corps!

  • Flip April 20, 2018, 12:32 pm

    What a life what a man he will be greatly missed….had the pleasure of meeting him at the 2004 SHOT show took a picture with him got an autograph…. it was awesome meeting him, just as friendly in person

  • Timothy Scull April 20, 2018, 12:12 pm

    RIP Gunny, and Semper Fi!

  • james mcgee April 20, 2018, 12:05 pm

    you will be missed, I will miss you

  • Allen Lawson April 20, 2018, 12:04 pm

    An American patriot and a very knowledgeable and informative show .Gunny Time ! Totally enjoyable man and show. See ya later man.

  • D.J. April 20, 2018, 11:58 am

    Rest in peace Gunny . One hell of an American , a good man , and valued member
    of the NRA .
    It’s been a real pleasure , and you will be missed .
    -D.J.

  • Howard Sizemore April 20, 2018, 11:38 am

    RIP Gunny. The great spirit has called you home. Will surly miss you!!

  • Pat J April 20, 2018, 9:44 am

    “I want you to clean that toilet so clean the virgin mary would be proud to come down and take a dump in it”
    That forbidden laugh helped me begin my separation from the intellectual slavery of religion many, many years ago.
    Thanks, R Lee Ermey for your time and the rest of mine, not many men I admired more than you.

  • LJ April 20, 2018, 9:15 am

    Rest in peace Gunny …

  • Tom Schwarz April 20, 2018, 8:59 am

    Fair winds and following seas…never to be forgotten…
    SEMPER FI Gunny! RIP

  • karl April 20, 2018, 8:25 am

    RIP Gunny America misses you, and the other men who were not afraid to stand up and proclaim your beliefs in our great country!!

  • Dr Motown April 20, 2018, 7:41 am

    40mm for police work? The Gunny ain’t fooling around!

    • Godfrey daniel April 20, 2018, 10:47 am

      Makes a BIG hole. RIP Gunny.

    • Zupglick April 20, 2018, 1:48 pm

      Hell on the hostage.

  • Michael Galvis April 20, 2018, 6:33 am

    Semper Fi Gunny !

  • Brian Bartos April 16, 2018, 9:16 pm

    Rest in peace gunny. You will be missed.

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