Utah adopts 1911 as Official State Firearm

Reuters reports

Utah has become the first U.S. state to name an official firearm, placing an automatic pistol on a list of designated symbols, right along with the honeybee and the cutthroat trout.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed the bill into law this week, designating the Browning model M1911 automatic pistol as the official state firearm.

[ Many thanks to rootman, MichaelD & Mr Fahrenheit. for emailing me the info. ]

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  • Ed
  • Mr. Fahrenheit

    It’s a done deal already as of 3/19/11…


    The article you cite to is from 1/27/11.

    Dang! I really want to get a 1911. I don’t need one. I won’t use it. But, I want one.

    Next time I want to be born rich and handsome…instead of just handsome.

  • SpudGun

    The Official State Firearm? Wow. That’s a new one.

    Really can’t see California following suit any time soon.

  • SoulTown

    That is both incredibly silly and incredibly awesome.

  • Pliskin

    Here in Oklahoma we now have “Second Amendment Day” on June 28th. The Ironic thing about that is shortly after its approval we failed to pass a bill allowing open carry.

  • jdun1911

    Everyone should have at least one 1911 in their collection. Same goes for Browning Hi-Power.

  • AZRon

    As we speak, a measure is moving through the legislature that would designate the Colts 1873, Single Action Army, as Arizonas’ “official” gun. As much as I admire the venerable Colt, I find this to be just silly.

    Don’t lawmakers have something better to do? Unemployment? Border security? Violent crime?

    On the other hand, I’m glad that Utah did this. I see it more as a tribute to the man than the weapon. John Moses Browning was the MAN!, and deserves more credit than he gets. So many “new” design elements can be traced back to JMB patents. He was, to me, as far above most other firearm designers as Einstein was to a third grade ‘rithmetic student.

  • JohnBrowningFan

    There is a copy of the bill at:

    It’s great to see the State of Utah honoring John Browning with this recognition. Not only is it one of the most famous firearms in history, but it also helped defend our Nation’s freedom. On 3-16-2011 they signed the bill, just over a month after the 100th Anniversary of the 1911 which was granted patent on 2-14-2911.

  • Joseph Glennon

    This is the weapon I trained on, carried, qualified on and am familiar with after 20 years of US Navy service. Unfortunately, in the end of my career, we switched from this excellent service pistol to the 9mm.

    I hadn’t thought about it since I retired – but, I think I’ll save up and get a M1911 for my conceal-carry gun this year.

  • subase

    Another reason not to get a 1911?

  • scott

    I really need to move to Utah!

  • Jacob Klynstra

    California’s state firearm: Anything thats not .50 cal, and has less than 10 round magazines.

  • Lance

    Good we need more gun days. At least just to tick off anti gunners. I want Washington or Oregon to get the Beretta92FS day LOL.

  • SoulTown


    Forget about that, I want Washington to do something about their completely asinine law about SBRs and silencers.

  • SKSlover

    New Jersey’s future state gun should be the Fn FAL. if you asked my why, i’d have to say…. wait, i’ll get back to you on that one.

  • seamus

    im sure many will disagree, but i find this to be trashy.

  • SoulTown, it looks like you got your with, at least on the suppressors. I didn’t see anything on SBRs.

  • thomasb

    I think Florida should jump on the M16. haha.