Following my previous post about Texas not having an official state firearm a reader commented “You are an idiot. Texas already has an official fire arm, it’s the 1847 Walker Colt .44 Revolver which was commissioned for the first unit of the Texas Rangers. Get to know your Texas before you mouthoff.”
Well friendly reader I convened my very own session of the Austin American-Statesman’s Politifact and did a little more research. I find your statement to be pants on fire lying and I will stand my ground claiming that Texas does not have an official state firearm or weapon of any kind.
You can find a list of Texas State symbols kept by the state here and additional state symbols and honors can be found here in the Government Code, Title 11, Subtitle A, Chapter 3101. Nowhere does it mention a state firearm or any other weapon.
However the reader does in a round about way make a good point and highlights the Texas history of the 1847 Walker Colt .44 Revolver and why it is a great candidate to become the official state gun of Texas.
The Texas Rangers since their founding in 1823 have defended Texas with honor, valor and dedication and exemplified the Texas ideal of rugged individualism. The Texas Rangers could not of done it without the assistance of their trusty sidearm, the 1847 Walker Colt .44 Revolver.
Texas Ranger Samuel Walker used Colt’s earlier pistols, but was unhappy with their performance on the frontiers of Texas and knew Colt could do better. Ranger Walker made some practical recommendations to Samuel Colt that led to the development of the 1847 Walker Colt .44 Revolver which is known as the first truly effective military revolver and a major breakthrough for repeating arms. Walker claimed that the new revolvers were “as effective as a common rifle at 100 yards and superior to a musket even at 200.” Ranger Walker quickly ordered 1,000 upgraded Colt Revolvers and introduced them into the ranks of the Texas Rangers defending the new Republic of Texas and the rest is history.
With that I nominate the 1847 Walker Colt .44 Revolver as the Official State gun of Texas.