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9 States With Official Firearms
NRA Women ^ | September 9, 2021 | NRA WOMEN STAFF

Posted on 12/30/2021 4:05:12 AM PST by COBOL2Java

From "The Best of 2021"


Utah’s state flower is the Sego lily; the state animal is the Rocky Mountain Elk, and "Utah ... This Is the Place" is the state song. However, did you know that it also has a state gun? In fact, nine states have official firearms that represent their home of the free!

Alaska: Pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 Rifle

Considered the “rifleman’s rifle,” women and men of the Alaskan bush carried the Model 70 through untamed wilderness and used it to establish themselves from the 30s through the 60s. Governor Sean Parnell signed Senate Bill No. 175 on July 30, 2014, making this classic American sportsman’s rifle the official gun of Alaska.

Arizona: Colt Single Action Army Revolver

One of the most famous Old West guns, the Colt was first manufactured in 1873 and is still produced to this day. Although the Colt Single Action Army revolver was extremely popular in the Wild West, used by lawmen, the military and outlaws alike, it’s still competing with the Winchester Rifle Model 1873 for the title of “The Gun That Won the West.” In April of 2011, Governor Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1610 dubbing the Single Action Army Arizona’s state firearm.

Indiana: Grouseland Rifle

The Grouseland rifle was made between 1803 and 1812 by Colonel John Small. He later became Indiana’s first sheriff. “This rifle and its maker are both integral parts of Indiana history, and as such, the rifle is worthy of its designation as the Indiana State Rifle,” said Senator John Waterman. It was inducted as the state’s official rifle in 2012.

Kentucky: Kentucky Long Rifle

While the Kentucky Long Rifle was actually made in Pennsylvania, legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone took his Pennsylvania Long Rifle with him to Kentucky. Boone forged a path through Kentucky in 1775 that would later lead to the state’s first permanent settlement. Daniel Boone’s legacy in Kentucky history spurred his rifle to be named the state firearm in 2013.

Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Long Rifle

The Pennsylvania Long Rifle was more than just Daniel Boone’s gun, it was the first widely used American rifle for hunting and war. Although it was first developed in Pennsylvania, the long rifle symbolizes all of frontier America. It features an uncharacteristically long barrel for the time and and a rifled barrel instead of a smoothbore musket. It was designated as Pennsylvania’s official firearm in 2014.

Tennessee: Barrett M82/M107

Tennessee native Ronnie Barrett, now an NRA Board member and president of Barrett Firearms, built the prototype for the M82/M107 in a one-bay garage with a tool-and-die maker. The design for this shoulder-fired semi-automatic .50-cal. rifle was considered impossible at the time. In 2010 Barrett was honored with the NRA Publications Golden Bullseye Pioneer Award. A U.S. Marine who fired the gun in combat initiated the recognition of this rifle as Tennessee’s state firearm in 2016.

Texas: 1847 Colt Walker

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a resolution in 2021 naming the 1847 Colt Walker pistol the official handgun of Texas. The pistol was designed by Captain Samuel Walker of the Texas Rangers and used during the Mexican-American War from 1846-1848. Walker partnered with Samuel Colt to design and manufacture the pistol. Apparently, it was so large and heavy that Colt supposedly said, “It would take a Texan to shoot it.”

Utah: Browning M1911 Pistol

In honor of the M1911’s 100th birthday in 2011, Governor Gary Herbert named the pistol Utah’s state firearm. The gun is manufactured in Ogden, Utah, where Browning once lived, and represents a large part of both Utah and American history. It was first adopted by the U.S. Army in March 1911, hence the "1911" destination. The pistol was first tested in the field by the military in 1916 during the pursuit through Mexico for Francisco “Pancho” Villa.

West Virginia: Hall Model 1819 Flintlock Rifle

The Hall rifle was first produced in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, by John H. Hall. The military adopted the Model 1819 in 1819, and it became one of the standard rifles used during the Civil War. This piece of West Virginia history was named the state’s official firearm in 2013.
Utah may have started the trend of adopting official state firearms, but it’s a great way to capture American history and celebrate how firearms have made this country what it is today! If your state isn’t on this list, what do you think your state firearm should be? Let us know on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (@nrawomen).


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1 posted on 12/30/2021 4:05:12 AM PST by COBOL2Java
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To: COBOL2Java
California also has an official gun:

They thought about making it the Super Soaker, but, you know, water restrictions.

2 posted on 12/30/2021 4:17:00 AM PST by coloradan (They're not the mainstream media, they're the gaslight media. It's what they do. )
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To: COBOL2Java

Some big money for some of those guns. Cheapest about $500.00 to upwards of $20,000.


3 posted on 12/30/2021 4:26:45 AM PST by shoff (Vote Democrat it beats thinking!)
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To: COBOL2Java

It is ‘very meet and right’ (liturgical) that one of these honor John Moses Browning, the genius behind so very many iconic firearms. The M1911 is and, in my opinion, will ever be a ‘form-factor’ for semi-auto handguns.


4 posted on 12/30/2021 4:28:33 AM PST by SES1066 (Ask not what the LEFT can do for you, rather ask what the LEFT is doing to YOU!)
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To: COBOL2Java

The Barrett M82/M107.........a bad mofo that’s been splattering oblivious muslim terrorists since 1992.


5 posted on 12/30/2021 4:53:27 AM PST by V_TWIN (America...so great even the people that hate it refuse to leave)
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To: V_TWIN

Ironic, isn’t it, that everything Bin Laden said about the US Federal Government being a corrupt, festering criminal enterprise turns out to be true?


6 posted on 12/30/2021 5:08:33 AM PST by wastoute (Anyone who believes PsyOps are not involved has never met a PsyOps Officer.)
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To: shoff

TN love love LOVES Mr Barrett and his wittle rifle.


7 posted on 12/30/2021 5:10:52 AM PST by ping jockey (Want to make a conservative mad,tell him a lie.Want to makye a liberal lose his mind?Tell him Truths)
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To: COBOL2Java

North Dakota would have one, but the Chamber of Commerce there won’t permit Governor Noem to support it.


8 posted on 12/30/2021 5:16:46 AM PST by BobL (I shop at Walmart and eat at McDonald's, I just don't tell anyone, like most here.)
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To: V_TWIN

How much trouble and expense for an Indiana resident to obtain one of those? Asking for a friend.


9 posted on 12/30/2021 5:24:49 AM PST by Fester Chugabrew (No nation that sanctions the wholesale slaughter of its unborn citizens is fit to endure.)
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To: coloradan

Most Excellent post, dude!


10 posted on 12/30/2021 5:25:39 AM PST by tbpiper
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To: COBOL2Java

I don’t know if you could call the Hall rifle a “standard” of the Civil War. Yes, some were used, but it was older, the breech leaked, and in terms of numbers, didn’t come close to the number of Springfield’s and Enfields and other types.


11 posted on 12/30/2021 5:28:04 AM PST by Fido969 (45 is Superman!)
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To: COBOL2Java

I think the walker colt was the one Eastwood had in josey wales.


12 posted on 12/30/2021 5:30:12 AM PST by Mouton (The enemy of the people is the media )
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To: COBOL2Java

I’ve been to the John M. Browning museum here in Ogden many times. It’s chock-full of the rifles, pistols, shotguns and machine guns he designed, with many being early prototypes.

The man was clearly the most successful and prolific firearms designer in history.


13 posted on 12/30/2021 5:49:48 AM PST by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: Mouton

Gus in “Lonesome Dove”
had a WALKER.


14 posted on 12/30/2021 5:52:03 AM PST by Big Red Badger (Make His Paths Straight!)
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To: BobL

“North Dakota would have one, but the Chamber of Commerce there won’t permit Governor Noem to support it.”

Kristy Noem is the Governor of South Dakota.

Doug Burgum is the Governor of North Dakota.


15 posted on 12/30/2021 5:54:37 AM PST by Nakota
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To: wastoute

Sure, but how does that relate to this thread?


16 posted on 12/30/2021 5:57:38 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Nakota

“Kristy Noem is the Governor of South Dakota. Doug Burgum is the Governor of North Dakota.”

Daa, I knew that. And didn’t mean to insult you guys by my posting.


17 posted on 12/30/2021 6:04:08 AM PST by BobL (I shop at Walmart and eat at McDonald's, I just don't tell anyone, like most here.)
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To: BobL

North Dakota would have one, but the Chamber of Commerce there won’t permit Governor Noem to support it.

There’s definitely a bit of a mix up here. I leave it to you to figure it out. Unless of course you are having a thought I haven’t thought of.

One point I might make at this point. Governor Noem and the Chamber of Commerce are usually on the same side of any issue.

A point that should cause some reflection among those who think her a Governor to cherish.


18 posted on 12/30/2021 6:04:51 AM PST by wita (Always and forever, under oath in defense of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.)
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To: COBOL2Java
Ohio:


19 posted on 12/30/2021 6:06:34 AM PST by SIDENET (Whatever they're threatening, the vaxx is worse...or they wouldn't be threatening you.)
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To: wita

There’s some clown here (not you) who defends every insult that Noem throws at conservatives, by attacking people on this forum for getting upset by her. So, all’s fair in love and war!

As to my stupid mistake, a guy from ND corrected me, I guess he didn’t want his state tarnished (understandably).


20 posted on 12/30/2021 6:08:36 AM PST by BobL (I shop at Walmart and eat at McDonald's, I just don't tell anyone, like most here.)
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