Firearms In The Work & Life Of Leonard Cohen: Pellet Guns


In 1986, Leonard Cohen told Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air

I have some pellet guns now and my children and I set up a little target range in my house in Montreal and we do target practice with that.1

Firearms In The Work & Life Of Leonard Cohen

Guns have been a recurrent motif in Leonard Cohen’s work and life. He was deeply affected by his father’s pistol, a marker of his service in World War I, Phil Spector threatened him with a handgun, he has owned a number of guns, and he has alluded to firearms in his poetry, novels, and songs. As is true with most subjects that arise in Cohen’s interviews, he has been forthcoming about his experience with and thoughts about guns, discussing the matter without braggadocio (no one is likely to confuse his views with those of, say, Ted Nugent) or apology. This post is part of a collection of entries comprising a noncomprehensive sampler of connections between Leonard Cohen and pistols, rifles, bullets, small arms, handguns, … . All such posts can be accessed at Firearms In The Work & Life Of Leonard Cohen. (Note: This material was originally presented at, a predecessor of Cohencentric, in a series of posts beginning Nov 12, 2011.)

Note: The gun images that populate these posts, unless otherwise designated, are illustrative only and do not portray any guns actually owned by Leonard Cohen and may not accurately depict the specific gun described in the text. Firearms of the same caliber may be produced by more than one manufacturer and in various formats. The photo of the air pistol atop this post is Public Domain via Wikipedia,

  1. The ‘Serious’ Sounds Of Leonard Cohen – Interview by Terry Gross. NPR Fresh Air: April 29, 1986 []