Are they high-caliber lawmakers, or what?

April 21, 2011

CANADA

Those signs of the onrushing Apocalypse that I like to chronicle here are coming so fast I can barely keep track of them these days.

colt revolver 280It turns out, the Arizona Legislature has just voted to make the Colt Single Action Army Revolver the state’s official firearm.

If you wonder why a state needs an official firearm, you could ask Utah, which last month designated the Browning M1911 semiautomatic pistol as its official gun.

BUCHANAN“Anytime you see a Western movie, the revolver in John Wayne’s hand is a Colt single action,” the sponsor of the Arizona bill told us.

I am not making up that John Wayne quote. The sponsor went on to say the Colt revolver “is a historic firearm and it fits well with the story of Arizona.”

An opponent of the bill, a Navajo, pointed out in debate that the revolver did indeed fit in with the general history of killing a lot of Native Americans in the old west.

In case you can’t remember why Arizona has been in the news recently, it’s the place where a mass shooting  just three months ago killed six people and wounded 13 others. That shooter didn’t use a Colt, though.

Now if you will excuse me, I’m off to drum up support for making the .44 Derringer, the gun that killed Abe Lincoln, the official Washington, DC firearm. Wish me luck.

 

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Top: Rancher Archie Bushfield fires a Colt .45 replica that he made out of iron and spare parts at a Stampede breakfast in Balzac, Alberta, in a 1998 file photo. REUTERS

Right: Colt Single Action Army Revolver

Left: Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, wearing a holster with a Colt revolver, gets ready for a mock gunfight with a Billy Clinton mannequin at Tombstone, Arizona’s O.K. Corral, during a campaign stop in 1996. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

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Speaking of the M1911 everyone check this out. Someone tried to get all edumacational on the Good, Bad, & Ugly section with a “holier than thou” attitude. Our own Mr. B. is the editor of GB&U and boy did he serve up a heaping dose of reality on the person! Shra, even your taser would have cowered in the corner! :D

http://blogs.reuters.com/gbu/2011/04/06/ the-browning-version/

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Arizona is a great state. They recently passed a bill (vetoed by the Guv) to allow people to carry weapons, concealed or otherwise, on college campuses. Maybe they should resubmit the bill specifying that only Colt Revolvers can be carried.

Posted by inebgreen | Report as abusive

The Colt 1911A1 ACP model was listed as the ‘Automatic Combat Pistol,’ before the designation was changed, along with such choice restatings things as in ‘sub machine guns’ were also brought in, not to make them seem as if they would be used as ‘a submariners MGs of choice.’

Just saying, the military can sometimes get confusing.

The sub machine guns are so called because SMGs fire pistol ammo, and MGs fire rifle type ammo. The automatic was so called because the cartridge was self feeding AND was removed without having to break open a cylinder on said weapon.

The correct terminology for a ‘magazine’ refers to the magazine well on the weapon. The clip is placed into the magazine well, even if people mishandle that bit of terminology.

So there! Bring it on, Shra! I needs my tazing!

Posted by uncarastus | Report as abusive

Pa, you better start runnin’ – old man Basler has done bought out the REALLY big gun.

I wonder which state will make the corner-shot, the gun that can shoot around corners, their official state gun?

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

I still remember the serial number for my military Colt .45. Now, if I can only remember my wedding anniversary. Oh, wait:

Doc and Mrs. Doc
Said “I do”
on April 22.

There. Oh, crap! Bye!

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Nice timing, Doc. Your golden wedding anniversary comes along the day after gold hits $1,500 an ounce….

Posted by rbasler | Report as abusive

I must object,BG, to your promoting the Derringer as D.C.’s we-are-not-a-state-and-have-no-vote-in-C ongress firearm. The Glock is very popular these days. Besides, that’s such a great name–Glock. Rock around the Glock–that’s what the perps in DC do all day and all night.

Posted by slick9 | Report as abusive

Yeah, that’s just a New York City thing, Spin. Upstate, the official weapon would be more like a snowball.

Posted by rbasler | Report as abusive

The Glock, or as it’s also known, “Combat Tupperware”.

Happy Anniversary Doc and Mrs Doc. :)

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

That is one big cigarette lighter in the first photo!!!

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Unca, you got your wish…. zappppppp!!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Mr.Pilot, the GBU isnt the OE… doesnt come under my jusrisdiction…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

@skeres, not Rock Around the Glock. Rather Glock Around the Clock..

The Glock pops two, three, and four,
With the extended clip there’s room for more!
We’re gonna Glock around the clock tonight,
We’re gonna pop pop pop ’till the broad daylight!
Gonna Glock, gonna Glock around the clock tonight!

*disclaimer: I do not advocate, nor should anyone go Glocking around the clock! It’s just a little ditty thought up on a sugar rush from choco bunnies and choco peanut butter eggs! And Peeps. Mostly from the Peeps.*

@Shra, it’s a good thing the GBU isn’t under your juristriction because the amount of voltage needed to tase most of those people would cause a world-wide blackout in about a minute and a half.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

I dont doubt it one bit, Mr.Pilot… some of those folks are really daft!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

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