Colt Single Action Army revolver: State gun of Arizona

The Colt Single Action Army revolver, which was adopted for service in 1873, is now the official state firearm of Arizona.

Colt Single Action Army Mod 1873. This revolver was issued to the US Cavalry early in 1874. Photo (C) Hmaag reports

Arizona is getting an official firearm – the Colt Single-Action Army revolver.

Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday without comment signed a bill passed by the Legislature to designate the weapon as the state’s first official firearm.

Connecticut-based Colt had lobbied for the legislation.

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  • armed_partisan

    That’s two states and two Colt’s.You figure the other companies would be lobbying to have their gun picked next!

  • greasyjohn

    I’m guessing the relation to the O.K. Corral led to this, although I’ve heard Wyatt Earp favored the Schofield.

  • Pedro

    Excellent news. The more guns that are “out there” and honored, the less the gun grabbers’ hysteria will influence the general public.

    A worthy choice for AZ. I have long considered the Colt SAA the best looking pistol ever made.
    Shooting one, however . . . . . .

  • Andy

    I’m surprised Ruger didn’t lobby for one of their guns seeing as they have a factory here in AZ. Missed opportunity on their part.

  • TZH

    I still want one. For many many reasons.

  • Oswald Bastable

    Who gets to ‘own’ the 1911?

  • griffin

    Well I figure most of the guns being picked would be of cultural value.

  • Burst

    Whaddya wanna bet Florida gets the TEC-9?

  • Erich Martell

    On FB, I asked “Which state gets the radar gun?” and someone suggested NJ. 🙂

  • Clodboy

    “This is the greatest handgun ever made. The Colt Single Action Army. Six bullets. More than enough to kill anything that moves!”
    “I’ve never felt a tension like this before! That’s so different from simply changing a clip. This reload time is exhilarating”
    “There’s nothing like the feeling of slamming a long silver bullet into a well-greased chamber” 😀
    (assorted quotes by Revolver Ocelot)

    Seriously though, the Colt SAA was a gun that defined an era, with a functional and at the same time aesthetically pleasing design, more than deserving of this award.
    You’d figure that with all the commemorative 1911’s we’ve seen in recent years, somebody would decide to make a beautifully engraved version of the SAA.

  • West

    I think this is a little ridiculous.

  • Jay

    How about the state government doesn’t waste its time on things like this, and instead just does less? You guys realize that this activity costs tax dollars, right?

  • JMD
  • Joel

    “Who gets to ‘own’ the 1911?” Utah. That’s where John Moses Browning lived and worked.

  • Lcon

    So Which State Goes for a Glock And Will Iowa chose A Potato gun?

  • Sue Kalita

    Just spotted some beautiful historical rifles from Kilimanjaro Rifles from Montana. I have my eye on a Scheutzen. Can’t stop thinking about it. Take a look here on Kilimanjaro’s Gallery page and you’ll be able to see a photo of it. Such a beauty….

  • hardmack

    utah already grabbed the 1911… Really surprised they let Colt take the prize on this too…

  • Bandito762

    I just hope indiana gets a good one before they are all taken

  • gunnoob

    New Jersey should get the Mac-10 or the micro uzi.

  • andrew

    I’m an Arizonan, and I approve this message.

  • great news for gun owners who prefer the classy look of Colt, I still keep my old mans collection, it still looks good though kinda old

  • Bill Lester

    Good one Burst.

    I’m from Pennsylvania, home to more deer hunters than several other states combined. So lemme see…I’d push for either the Remington 760/7600 pump action rifle or Marlin’s Model 336 lever action. Both have been abundantly evident in our woods for decades.

  • Squidpuppy

    So anyone up for guessing what the other states are gonna want as their official state firearms? If Texas doesn’t grab the Winchester ’66 carbine, I’ll eat my Stetson, but I bet Nevada & Colorado will fight ’em for it.

    North Carolina better darn well lobby for the M1 Carbine, since that’s where “Carbine” Williams was penned up. If Massachusetts don’t go for the M1 Garand, they’re nuts; Springfield and all.

    California could arguably call the M-16 it’s own, since that’s where Armalite started – in Hollywood of all places. But who’re we kidding? They’ll probably go with the Nerf gun…

  • Brian

    Glock would be Georgia of course, that’s a no brainer.

  • greasyjohn

    Texas would have to go with the ’44 Walker Colt.

    South Dakota with the ’51 Navy, because Hickock carried two.

    Kentucky sorta already has one.

  • Alexander

    Tax dollars? Of course it does, this is one thing I’d like to pay for! I’m tired of everyone hating on guns, it’s not us average Joe’s that are the ones committing crimes… You know Switzerland has the fewest gun laws in the world, and guess what, it also has the lowest amount of crime. As to this, I think this is great! The Single Action Army is my favorite weapon. Very good choice.