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Tennessee Adopts Barrett .50 as Official Rifle

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Post by ELB » Fri Feb 26, 2016 11:58 am

Tennessee names the Barrett .50 caliber as the state's official rifle

The linked article pretty much restricts itself to announcing the...er...announcement, and giving the reasons why the modern Barrett rifle was chosen over more traditional rifles. Refreshingly does not feel the need to include a quote by a nannybloomer.

It mentions seven other states have official firearms of some sort, but only names Pennsylvania ("The Long Rifle") and Indiana ("The Grouseland Rifle"). I recall that Utah was first with naming the 1911 as a state symbol.

To my knowledge, Texas does not have an official state firearm. WildBill mentioned yesterday that the Colt revolver was patented on 25 Feb 1836 and that Texas was an early adopter of his inventions.. A couple or three years ago there was a group, or at least someone, advocating for Texas to adopt the Walker Colt as the official gun of Texas via a Facebook page, but doesn't look like they've been active lately.

I would rather the Legislature pass HB 308 (or whatever bill it will be reincarnated as in the new Legislature) first, but as along as we time to designate the Official State Flying Mammal or the Official State Molecule, or even the Official State Tartan, seems like we could squeeze a gun or two in after the important bill gets passed. Just to irritate the antis.

The Walker Colt is a good idea for an official revolver, but we should have an official state firearm with a hi cap magazine and a shoulder thing that goes up. :evil2:
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Post by joe817 » Fri Feb 26, 2016 12:23 pm

:smilelol5: :lol: "rlol" "..... but we should have an official state firearm with a hi cap magazine and a shoulder thing that goes up." Classic!

But I agree, we DO need a state firearm. The Walker is a great idea.

Here's a thought. Start a poll listing 5, 6 or 7 guns you could vote for. Walker is one. How about Texas made guns? Like STI? Or Bond Arms?
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Post by The Annoyed Man » Fri Feb 26, 2016 12:31 pm

joe817 wrote::smilelol5: :lol: "rlol" "..... but we should have an official state firearm with a hi cap magazine and a shoulder thing that goes up." Classic!

But I agree, we DO need a state firearm. The Walker is a great idea.

Here's a thought. Start a poll listing 5, 6 or 7 guns you could vote for. Walker is one. How about Texas made guns? Like STI? Or Bond Arms?
How about a state rifle from LaRue of Leander? http://www.larue.com/predatobr-762?sort=popular
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Post by jason812 » Fri Feb 26, 2016 12:33 pm

joe817 wrote::smilelol5: :lol: "rlol" "..... but we should have an official state firearm with a hi cap magazine and a shoulder thing that goes up." Classic!

But I agree, we DO need a state firearm. The Walker is a great idea.

Here's a thought. Start a poll listing 5, 6 or 7 guns you could vote for. Walker is one. How about Texas made guns? Like STI? Or Bond Arms?
To make a point to the feds, it should be a full auto, suppressed SBR.


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Post by FastCarry » Fri Feb 26, 2016 12:37 pm

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Post by Jusme » Fri Feb 26, 2016 12:37 pm

The Walker Colt has my vote it was carried by the Texas Rangers. :thumbs2:
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Post by misterlarry » Fri Feb 26, 2016 12:45 pm

An official State SBR & Can would be a nice touch, along with a requirement that all Texans can own one without being ripped off by the ATF and Federal Government.

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Post by jb2012 » Fri Feb 26, 2016 1:13 pm

misterlarry wrote:An official State SBR & Can would be a nice touch, along with a requirement that all Texans can own one without being ripped off by the ATF and Federal Government.

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Post by ELB » Fri Feb 26, 2016 2:24 pm

The suggestion for a canned SBR is a really good suggestion (along with a LCM and STTGU).

One of the key components of the positive decision in Kolbe v Maryland allowing a suit to challenge Maryland's ban on black rifles was the fact that ARs and AKs are pretty common now. The way to show a firearm or weapon is in common use is to have lots of them.

I'd still go with the Walker Colt or something similarly traditional for an Official State Handgun, but having a short-barreled rifle with a suppressor, 30 rd mag, collapsible stock, iron and optical sights as State Symbol would be a great modern advertisement for "common use."

Suppressors are building up their own head of steam with legalization of their use in hunting and lots of enthusiasts getting them as well. Lot of people getting SBRs too, altho I think that lags behind suppressors. Designating an Official State SBR would help goose this -- people in and outside of Texas would buy them just to have one.

But in any case, we need to keep normalizing these things. That's why the enemies of the 2A and individual freedom and reflexively oppose any change in law or technology that advances the 2A -- it's not about safety, they could care less, it is about the culture, about the normalization or demonization of firearms and other weapons and the people who value them.
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Post by Vol Texan » Fri Feb 26, 2016 5:21 pm

Back to the OP...this make me proud to be a VOL Texan.

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Post by bulinm » Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:43 am

The State Rifle of Tennessee should be a 19th Century muzzle loading long barreled squirrel rifle.
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