I was holding my breath for Don Gale's usual condescending put-down of
conservatives and talk radio, but this was a pleasant surprise. I actually
found myself AGREEING with Don!I'm a strong supporter of the Second
Amendment. Firearms played a vital role in the establishment of the United
States, and in the defeating of tyrants and winning of wars, and they continue
to do so. And they play a vital role in law enforcement and in private citizens
protecting themselves. I think John Browning deserves recognition
and honor. But I don't know why we need a state firearm. (I also don't know
why we need a state poet laureate, for that matter.) Good column, Don.
re this article"Now, the Utah legislature wants to exploit
Browning again by listing one of his weapons as the "state gun".---------------Please explain how designating the 1911
pistol the Utah state gun is exploitation. If John Browning were here, most
likely he would see it as an honor.Its also an honor that the state
of Utah have people everywhere know it was a Utahn who designed this gun. This
gun is world famous and is respected by all people familiar with guns.This designation would be a win win thing to do.
Typical Don Gale, weaving his anti-gun, half truths into a back-handed
compliment. "exploiting Browning." Were you even at the ceremony Mr.
Gale? Browning's rep (his great grandson) was proud to be able to recount his
grandfather's genius and present a beautiful prototype of the 1911 to the state.
In turn, many Utahns will be able to PURCHASE the commorative firearm from
Browning. Sounds like a win/win, NOT exploitation. Give us a break from your
constant subtle digs at guns and gun owners. Sheeesh.
The Colt 1911 was and is a fine gun to shoot. It is most likely, numbers wise,
the most manufactured pistol ever and also the most copied. Many manufacturers
make copies of the 1911 and can't improve on its simplicity and ease of
operation. I think that it would be a fine choice for a state firearm. The
Browning Hi Power would be a close second.However, I must cast my
vote for the Browning .50 caliber machine gun. Big gun, big bullets, much
firepower, great rate of fire, still in use today all over the world.
re Flashback | 1:08 a.m. Feb. 6, 2011 Kearns, UT "Many
manufacturers make copies of the 1911 and can't improve on its simplicity and
ease of operation".--------------Actually the glock
is quite an improvement over the 1911 in its simplicity. However they are both
great guns, and for its time (and even still today) the 1911 is/was a superb
gun. I have both. The big and only advantage of the 1911 over the Glock is the
trigger pull, the 1911 trigger pull feels better, which is why many special
forces units and swat units prefer the 1911 over anything else. (This is quite a
compliment for a gun that is 100 years old).Both the Glock and the
1911 are extremely reliable guns, that can be counted on to hardly if ever jam,
these guns are like the legendary AK-47 in terms of reliability.If
Utah designates a 1911 as the state Gun, I hope Browning makes a commerative
1911, I sure would like to be able to have one.