Utah Names 1911 As Official State Gun

“There’s a winner in the race to become the first gun-crazy state to have it’s own official state firearm — and it’s not Arizona.” True dat. And you can expect to hear more of the “Utah is nuts” meme as word spreads that The Beehive State has adopted John Moses Browning’s magnum opus as their state firearm. “Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill designating the Browning model M1911 automatic pistol as the official state firearm,” the phoenixnewtimes.com reports, “leaving Arizona in the hunt for — at the very best — a silver medal in the race for symbolic expressions of Second Amendment silliness.” Can you imagine the hue and cry if The Grand Canyon State had pipped Utah at the post? The state where Jared Lee Lougher’s happy-stick-equipped Glock unleashed so much death and destruction, and, thus, new moves for gun control—sorry, safety? The mind boggles.


  1. avatar JOE MATAFOME says:

    Utah rules and they made an excellent selection by going with the 1911, since it’s the best handgun style ever made.

  2. I’ve been telling everyone that this is a poor choice, but probably the best that Utah could do. Pennsylvania is trying to go the early US history route with the Pennsylvania Long Rifle (you guys probably know it, mistakenly, as the Kentucky Long Rifle). Arizona wants the Colt Single Action Army, probably to stake out territory in the Old West(tm). I propose that my state, North Carolina, honor one of its sons by naming as the State Firearm the Gatling Gun. It was designed and built in northeastern North Carolina. It’s very historical, it’s legal for any citizen to own and to build, and for sheer firepower it makes the other states look weak.

    1. avatar JOE MATAFOME says:

      Great choice Sean, the gatling gun rules and if Gen. Custer had taken them with him he wouldn’t have gotten all his guys killed. Custer thought that the GG would slow him down, but it’s better to go slow and easy than get massacred by your enemy.

    2. avatar Vigilantis says:

      I think Arizona wins. I’d rather have a nice SAA than any of the others mentioned.

  3. avatar Anon says:

    Congratulations to Utah – one of their most influential sons continues to do the state proud.

  4. avatar Ralph says:

    The Massachusetts state gun is a Nerf.

    1. avatar John Fritz says:

      I thought theirs was the one that shot rubber bands.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        Nah, rubber bands are out of season. Besides, they’ll knock your eye out.

  5. avatar Jayson R says:

    Glad to hear that Utah has settled all it’s other problems and that their government has all this free time and surplus budget to select a state firearm.

    Because I passionately believe that governments should be as small as possible the thought declaring an “official state” bird/tree/water sport/whatever has always struck me as a huge waste of resources.

  6. avatar David Grover says:

    We should have gone with the .50 M2. Same designer, still in service.
    As a bonus the caliber and that it is a machine gun would be good for more media bleating.

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