Texas May Name Cannon as Official State Gun

“Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dallas, filed Senate Concurrent Resolution 8, suggesting that the cannon should become the official gun of Texas,” kvue.com reports “as it ‘has been an important weapon in the state’s fight for liberty and independence as well as a symbol of the defiance and determination of its people.'”

Huffines points to the 1835 Battle of Gonzales, the catalyst of the Texas Revolution when Texian rebels refused to surrender their six-pound cannon to Mexican soldiers and declared “Come and take it!” The event has become a symbol of Texas history.

Not to throw cold water on the whole molon labe thing, the canon in question originally belonged to the Mexicans. And the Battle of Gonzales was not exactly a rousing victory for the anglos. Click here to read the history of the incident.

Nick reckons a better choice might be a Winchester Model 94 lever action rifle. When people think of Texas they think of ranchers and cowboys and the old west. To Nick’s way of thinking, the Winchester Model 94 perfectly suits that theme. Right for hunting just about everything that roams the state and slightly more portable than the other options, it pays homage to the Texas of yesterday and today.


  1. avatar No one of consequence says:

    Canon = list of accepted religious texts
    Cannon = big scary black thing that goes BOOM.

    1. avatar former water walker says:

      You took my comment. Mebbe’ RF should go on a Diet of Worms?In Illinois the state gun is the Hipoint fo-tay…gangbangers rejoice!

      1. avatar No one of consequence says:

        (wince!) Well done, sir!

        1. avatar Doktor says:

          Tejas should claim the 20gauge bolt action as the state gun. Then we can once again, and as usual, collectively say WTF is wrong with Texas?

      2. avatar Joe R. says:

        With duct tape around the grip and trigger.

        IL doesn’t deserve a Hi-Point. They don’t deserve a Jennings.

    2. avatar Katy says:

      At least it’s right in the body of the post.

      That being said, I wouldn’t mind seeing “the lever action” as a category versus the specifically named Winchester. I don’t like the idea of government endorsing a specific model.

      1. avatar anonymoose says:

        I think they ought to go with a Winchester ’73, since it’s really the most authentic. All the fun stuff was over by the time the 92 and 94 rolled out.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          There was a period that extended from the end of the ‘wild west” era along the border with mexico that saw truly wild and down right deadly events in Texas, New mexico and Arizona that were every bit as wild and rowdy as the frontier days. The 92 and the 94 figured large in these.

          Columbus, New Mexico, 1916.

    3. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “Canon = list of accepted religious texts”

      Also the brand of a decent Japanese camera.

      (Their low-end models made elsewhere in Asia)

      1. avatar 16V says:

        The AE-1. So simple anyone can use it….

        [hulu id=124971]

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          “[hulu id=124971]”


    4. avatar Roymond says:

      Actually a canon is any set of guidelines or official listing, e.g. the canon of law.

      And there’s still an incorrect use in the text. As it stands, I have to ask what canon of the Mexicans was being questioned by the Texans and on what grounds.

      1. avatar anonymoose says:

        Darn Catholics and their extra books!

        1. avatar Roymond says:


          Actually those aren’t “extra” books, Rome just drew the line in a different place.

          Once upon a time, the term “scripture” had different categories in it. Two of those are found within the “Protestant” New Testament, but not many people remember there are two categories or what they mean (the second category is supposed to never be a starting point for doctrine). Rome just drew the line after the second category rather than after the second.

          Though actually they did a bit more, by not keeping the distinction. In so doing they arrogated to themselves more authority than the ancient Fathers, who had carefully delineated differences in the categories of scripture. They were thus in rebellion against the Holy Spirit, without Whom said categories would never have been established.

        2. avatar Tietonian says:

          The Christian Church delineated the canon of scripture in 324 A.D. It remained as those fathers decreed until some time after the Reformation when publishers dropped certain books (The “Apocrypha”) from their printings as these texts contradicted the ideals of Protestantism.

        3. avatar Roymond says:

          No books were dropped “from their printings as these texts contradicted the ideals of Protestantism.” Both Luther and Calvin, not the mention Melanchthon and Chemnitz, quoted extensively from the Apocrypha.

          According to one church history professor (a Benedictine, FWIW) I had, the real reason for the extent of the “Protestant” Bible is that printing the next level of scripture, the third level, would have required publishing in two volumes, and the printers preferred to have a single volume to sell, so the decision was made not on any doctrinal but on technological grounds.

  2. avatar pwrserge says:

    I prefer the battle of San Jacinto for an example of Texans using cannons…

  3. avatar Ragnarredbeard says:

    Umm, cannon not canon.

    Crap, ninja’ed by No One.

  4. avatar Madcapp says:

    How apropos that Texas selected something that looks like a penile member…its a good match for, and quite representative of all the dickheads that live there these days. They’ll all chime in momentarily in 3,2,1…

    1. avatar Dr. D says:

      And you sound like you’re from San Francisco.

    2. avatar Geoff PR says:

      {The sound of crickets softly chirping…} 😉

    3. avatar bLoving says:

      Ours needed an entire flag to accurately portray it… 🙂

      1. avatar Joe R. says:

        Walka-proud man, walka-proud.

    4. avatar Roymond says:

      I believe it was Freud who once said that those who find penile representations in all cylindrical objects are stuck in infancy.

      If you think a cannon “looks like a penile member”, hold your hands out in front of you — there’s ten items that look like one, too, and they’re close enough for you to suck on.

    5. avatar Deal with it says:

      What state are you from, there, maddcapp? Some lilly white limp wristed limousine latte liberal Hillary voting state no doubt.

    6. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

      Oh that’s cute. Toss out an apple of discord, then oh so presciently anticipate some blowback? For your next trick, may we expect that you’ll let a foul one rip in a crowded elevator and predict an unappreciative response?

      This cannon thing is silliness, that I’ll concede. However, if you’re displeased with the people of Texas, feel free not to come here. In fact, I’d be fine if you convinced your state mates to return. Texas takes in over half a million refugees from failed states every year, including five figures worth from the worst places like California, Maryland, NY, and NJ.

      These uninvited, unwelcome interlopers bring with them their backward ideologies and dilute the viting power of the rest of us. Nothing we can do about that, other than remind observers that the troublemakers here are apt to be from someplace else, including YOUR state.

  5. avatar Joe R. says:

    This us my rifle, this is my (state’s) gun this is for fighting, this one is for shooting large iron balls, grapeshot, short lengths of chain, mortar rounds. . .

    Wait. Which one is for fun again? Whatever. That’s how they tell the TX state evil (D) to stop playing with themselves.

    Hoorah TX ! Lone Star deserves a cannon.

    What OK will do to top that i don’t know, but we’ll get to workin on that.

  6. avatar Steve D says:

    I vote for the Colt Walker! Captain Samuel Walker of the Texas Rangers went to Sam Colt asking him to improve the Patterson and produce a bigger handgun that was capable of taking down the horse, not just the rider. Until the introduction of the .357 magnum the Colt Walker was the most powerful revolver. With that kind of Texas connection it deserves to be the official state gun.

    1. avatar bLoving says:

      You stole my thunder… I was going to add the Texas was the only reason the Walker was introduced and thus the only thing at the time that kept Colt from going belly up.
      Nothing seems to change: if it wasn’t for government contracts, Colt would have vanished long ago. Hopefully one day they’ll learn to stop taking their civilian customers for granted.

    2. avatar Mmmtacos says:

      This is what I came in to suggest. To me, that is the gun that best represents Texas. A gun from the oldest law enforcement agency in America!

    3. avatar xo calvin says:

      I agree the Walker Colt should be Texas gun. It was the weapon of choice for the Texas Rangers even being used when the Texas Rangers pulled the Gen. Winfield Scott chestnuts out of the fire in Mexico.

  7. avatar Charlie Dwyer says:

    I am with Steve D on this one. The Walker Colt was the only gun I know of specifically designed for The Texas Rangers. Therefore, it should be the Official State Gun.

  8. avatar Mike Betts says:

    I hereby nominate Johann Pachelbel’s Canon and Gigue for 3 violins and basso continuo, sometimes referred to as Canon and Gigue in D or simply Canon in D, as the Texas State Song. Now you might think that “The Yellow Rose of Texas” or maybe “Deep in the Heart of Texas” is the state song. Nope. It’s “Texas, Our Texas”. Yeah, I’ve never heard of it, either. I had to look it up and here’s a link to it: http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/symbol-official-item/texas/state-song/texas-our-texas Stirring, hunh? I can see the defenders of the Alamo singing it lustily as more Mexicans than they could count (or shoot) stormed their ramparts. However, if they’d had three violins and a continuo playing Pachelbel’s Canon the Mexicans would have been lulled into such a state of lassitude that they’d have all gone to sleep and Davy Crockett’s coonskin cap and Jim Bowie’s knife wouldn’t have gotten all bloody. Let the Texas Legislature hum along to this: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=pachelbel+canon+in+d&view=detail&mid=F62A0A96FD179949F349F62A0A96FD179949F349&FORM=VIRE

  9. avatar Roymond says:

    Mannie to Prof: brass cannon.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      With the requisite pair of ‘big brass’ cannon balls?


  10. avatar Stinkeye says:

    Just “cannon”? That couldn’t be more vague unless the guy wanted to just name “a gun” as the official state gun.

    My vote is for the “Red Ryder carbine-action two hundred shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time.”

    1. avatar Vhyrus says:

      You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.


  11. avatar the ruester says:

    Why can’t it be ol’ Betsy? Davy Crocket died a Texan, after all…

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Did he make it official at the DMV?

      1. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

        There is no DMV in Texas.

        1. avatar Roymond says:

          I was reading a history of the Middle Ages that looked heavily at royal economic policies and their effects on international relations. One item I came across was that the idea of vehicle registration comes from clear back then, the idea being that since citizens who use vehicles have little choice in doing do, the king would be guaranteed a certain level of income from such a scheme!

          The more things change….

        2. avatar Louie Pheeters says:

          TX_Lawyer… what do you call The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles? “The place where you get your D. L.” ???

  12. avatar Jorge "Rivi" Ayala says:

    Why not the MAC 10?

  13. avatar Patrulje68 says:

    While I too would vote for the Walker Colt as the state gun, there is another noteworthy instance of cannon use in Texas.

  14. avatar David T says:

    Official gun? Seriously? Is it the kindergarten legislature? What about the state’s official soda pop? What is the official state ninja turtle? Does the state get “dibs” on the cannon? What if another state wants it?

    1. avatar bLoving says:

      State soda? Dr. Pepper (Waco, Texas baby!)
      Ninja turtle? Michelangelo, because…reasons.
      Cannon? Be more specific: Napoleon? Howitzer? Naval deck gun? 20Mm? 108mm?

      1. avatar That's right (you're not from Texas)... says:

        bLoving, the Original Dr. Pepper made in Dublin TX. was The Best! ?

  15. avatar Garrison Hall says:

    “And the Battle of Gonzales was not exactly a rousing victory for the anglos.”

    Revolutions often begin with actions that have more symbolic significance than military effectiveness. The Gonzales cannon, Concord Bridge, and Bundy Ranch are good examples. The Gonzales cannon is a fitting Texas symbol. A “Come And Take It” license plate would be perfect. I want one now.

    1. avatar That's right (you're not from Texas)... says:

      Garrison Hall, register your vehicle in Texas and you too can get the “Come and Take It” tags, extra fees of course.
      Poor little Don Huffines always appears to have a buzz going, bless his little heart! He’s just a poor little rich boy trying to do his part for his home state.
      Regarding knives, Texas knife law prohibits carrying a Bowie knife, imagine that. Doesn’t specify what criteria constitutes a Bowie knife. Carrying any blade over 5.5″ is prohibited unless carrying while hunting, etc.
      Go figure.
      Yes madcapp, we do have our fair share of asinine laws here, just as any other state and our share of assholes which is why we would prefer you stay wherever the hell you reside! Don’t know you and wouldn’t care to!
      Put that in your bong and smoke it ?

  16. avatar CueBaller says:

    RF, being a “gun guy,” I would hope that you, unlike the NPR guy, do know that Molon Labe is not a Texan thing…. right?


    1. avatar That's right (you're not from Texas)... says:

      Excellent article CueBaller. Thanks for the link. ?

  17. avatar PDW says:

    I nominate the Minute Man III ICBM in place of the cannon. Instead of a corny “COME AND TAKE IT” symbol of a bygone era how about an image of a nuclear tipped missile with a message of “STAY WHERE YOU’RE AT, WE’LL SEND IT TO YOU” ?

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