Reader reaction to Reuters news
The Browning version?
Utah becomes first in U.S. to designate official state gun
SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) – 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.
In your lead sentence, you call the M1911 an automatic pistol, which is dead wrong.
The M1911 is a semi-automatic pistol, just like thousands of other pistols. One pull of the trigger, one bullet fired.
I would think a news organization such as yours would hire more detail-oriented reporters. It should be corrected right away, or the story taken down, to protect the organization’s reputation.
Merely consulting Wikipedia before turning in this story would have prevented this.
It isn’t quite that simple.
I would point out that even the Browning Website refers to the “Model 1911 .45 Automatic Pistol.”
And, while the very Wikipedia entry you cite does say “The M1911 is a single-action, semi-automatic, magazine-fed, and recoil-operated handgun,” it also goes on to say, “Its formal designation as of 1940 was Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911…”
Lastly, I would mention that if you look up automatic pistol on dictionary.com you will find: “A type of pistol having a mechanism that throws out the empty shell, puts in a new one, and prepares the pistol to be fired again.” GBU Editor