Sung by guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley, he has claimed in several interviews since its release that it is one of his favorite KISS songs, even stating that "... "Love Gun" is quintessential KISS and is probably one of the five signature essential [KISS] songs." Stanley has also said that "The Hunter" section of the Led Zeppelin song "How Many More Times" inspired the lyrics of "Love Gun".
"Love Gun" has been played on every KISS tour since its release, and has made numerous appearances on KISS greatest hits and compilation albums despite the fact that it stalled at #55 on the U.S. singles chart.
"Love Gun" was covered by the Surfin' Ceasers for 1992's Kiss tribute album Hard to Believe. In 2003 Hayseed Dixie released Kiss My Grass: A Hillbilly Tribute to Kiss, and album consisting entirely of Kiss covers, including "Love Gun", played in the bluegrass style. Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw contributed his version of "Love Gun" for the 2004 Kiss tribute album Spin the Bottle. Eccentric British rock band Sack Trick covered the song on their Kiss covers album Sheep in KISS Make Up. German guitarist Axel Rudi Pell covered this song on the album Diamonds Unlocked. Former KISS Guitarist Ace Frehley covers this song with his solo group.