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Rep. Lang Files CR for 1847 Colt-Walker Pistol as Texas' Official State Handgun  print page

by: Rep. Lang, Mike
01/25/2017

Austin, TX – Today, Texas State Representative Mike Lang filed HCR 51 designating the 1847 Colt-Walker Pistol as the official state handgun of Texas.

Representative Lang feels it necessary to designate the 1847 Colt-Walker Pistol as the official state handgun of Texas due to its significance of Captain Walker and the Texas Rangers. Being the first and oldest law enforcement agency in North America, it is important to preserve the history of its accomplishments.

The 1847 Colt-Walker Pistol was designed as a collaborative effort between Texas Ranger Captain Samuel Walker and the legendary firearms inventor, Samuel Colt. It was designed specifically to be used as a duty weapon for the Texas Rangers. With 1,100 revolvers manufactured, Captain Walker carried two of them. Of the black powder type, this revolver was the largest and most powerful ever created. Furthermore, it was the first revolver to feature a six-shot cylinder, coined by Hollywood as the famous six-shooter.

"It only seems fitting that the 1847 Colt-Walker Pistol be designated the official state gun of Texas due to its historical relevance to our state and our wonderful Texas Rangers who work tediously to protect and defend our rights," said Representative Lang. "Moreover, it’s the biggest and most powerful handgun of its kind, and everyone knows that everything's BIGGER IN TEXAS."

Representative Mike Lang currently serves as State Representative for District 60, consisting of eight counties. Lang resides in Granbury with his loving wife, Katie, where they are active members of Stonewater Church. They have one son, Ryan, who lives and works in the DFW area. Lang served Texas as a law enforcement officer for 30 years and was formerly elected in 2013 as a Constable for Hood County.

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