There’s a move afoot to designate an official state firearm for Pennsylvania. What would it be? The Pennsylvania rifle, of course. From Sen. Richard Alloway:
I plan on introducing legislation that would designate the Pennsylvania Rifle as the official firearm of the Commonwealth.
The Pennsylvania Rifle played a vital role in the development of firearms in the 18th century and is considered the first truly American firearm.
Developed by gunsmiths in Northampton and Lancaster counties, the Pennsylvania Rifle was a long-barreled rifle that differed from any other type of firearm in existence. It was lauded not only for its exceptional accuracy and range, but also for its unique beauty and craftsmanship.
Upon its development, the Pennsylvania Rifle was widely used by frontiersman during the American fur trade and was an important tool of survival as our ancestors traveled west and south to discovered new lands.
Given the appreciation for firearms among many Pennsylvanians, I believe that it is time for the Commonwealth to acknowledge the significant heritage of the Pennsylvania Rifle.
It is my hope that designating the Pennsylvania Rifle as the Commonwealthâ€™s official firearm will help our citizens to be aware of the substantial role that this rifle has played in the Commonwealthâ€™s gun making traditions and in the development of America.
The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission features a write-up on the history of the Pennsylvania rifle.
If your state doesn’t already have an official state firearm, what firearm would you pick for your state and why is that your top choice?