Utah is the first state in the union to officially designate a state gun, the Browning M1911. The Browning M1911 joins other Utah state symbols including the Dutch oven, Spanish sweet onion, the sugar beet, the elk and the cutthroat trout.
The M1911 turned 100 years-old this year, and is manufactured in Utah where the guns namesake and company founder John M. Browning was born. So it is only fitting that Utah would choose the Browning M1911 as her official state gun.
Not to be left in the dust, the Arizona Senate quickly passed SB 1610 that designates the Colt Single Action Army Revolver a the official state gun. Currently the bill is awaiting approval in the Arizona House. Once SB 1610 is passed the Colt will join other state symbols including the white blossom of the saguaro flower, gemstones and the bola tie.