A less famous Wasilla Republican has introduced a bill naming the pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 .30-06 caliber rifle as Alaska’s official firearm. According to the AP, Senator Charlie Huggins reckons the pre-Kennedy assassination-era Winchester best embodies, uh, something relative to The Last Frontier. SB 105 offers no reason for elevating the Winchester Model 70 .30-.06 to such a loft place in the lonely pantheon of state firearms, currently occupied by the Browning M1911 (Utah). Saying that, Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game seems game: “If you are going to hunt brown bear on the Alaska Peninsula or Kodiak Island, a .30-06 loaded with 200- or 220-grain Nosler® or similar premium bullet will do the job with good shot placement.” The question remains: will you still shoot me, will you still moot me, when I’m sixty-four?


  1. Don’t know the movie, but if I was walkie-talkie guy, I’d be a bit concerned to see the muzzle that close to my head.

    And in other news, the LA City Council is going to propose that the Hi-Point 9MM be named the official handgun of that city.

  2. Given the flame wars that erupt daily all over the many firearms forums among aficionados of various weapons, this Official State Gun fad could get interesting.

  3. I’m considering commissioning a poll of Missouri’s extensive and well-armed meth-cooking community to determine what our state firearm should be. I figure they probably have more fire arms per capita than anyone else in the state.


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