Alaska has become the fifth state to name an official firearm. A bolt-action rifle was added to the list of designated symbols, alongside the ptarmigan and forget-me-not.
Gov. Sean Parnell signed Senate Bill 175 into law this week, giving distinction to the pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 in a range of calibers.
The bill was sponsored by Senate President Charlie Huggins, who refers to the gun as the “rifleman’s rifle.”
“It’s rugged. It’s plain. As you can see, it’s just a plain wooden stock. No fancy figure or anything in it,” he said. “But it works and it will always work. It doesn’t matter, rain, snow, sleet, whatever the case may be.”
But why this gun? The bill says it helped Alaskans establish a firm foothold in the often untamed wilderness between 1930 and 1963.