Utah's innovators: more than just John Browning

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  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 6, 2011 12:49 p.m.

    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.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Feb. 6, 2011 1:08 a.m.

    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.

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    Feb. 5, 2011 10:22 p.m.

    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.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 5, 2011 2:07 p.m.

    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.

  • PeanutGallery Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 5, 2011 12:20 p.m.

    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.