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SCR 8: The official gun of the State of Texas will be...

Postby ELB » Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:26 pm

...the cannon.

If Senator Huffines' SCR 8 is passed.

WHEREAS, Throughout the long and colorful history of Texas,
the cannon has been an important weapon in the state's fight for
liberty and independence as well as a symbol of the defiance and
determination of its people; and
WHEREAS, The very first conflict of the Texas Revolution, the
Battle of Gonzales, was fought over a cannon; on October 2, 1835,
the 150 Texian rebels at Gonzales refused to surrender their bronze
six-pounder to Mexican dragoons; they pointed instead to the cannon
and declared, "Come and take it!"; during the ensuing battle, this
memorable catchphrase and a painted image of the cannon itself were
raised on a makeshift flag that was created by the women of
Gonzales; the legendary flag has since become one of the iconic
images of the Lone Star State; and
WHEREAS, In 1836, the defenders of the Alamo boasted the
largest artillery contingent west of the Mississippi, an assortment
of 18 to 21 artillery pieces, and after the Mexican army captured
the fort, the cannons were destroyed or abandoned nearby; when the
Alamo was avenged six weeks later by the Texian victory at the
Battle of San Jacinto, the famous Twin Sisters, two six-pounders
that had been donated to the rebellion by the people of Cincinnati,
Ohio, played a decisive role in the defeat of Santa Anna's army; and
WHEREAS, A cannon featured in a memorable incident in the
early years of the Texas Republic; in 1842, Austin residents feared
that President Sam Houston wanted to move the republic's capital
from Austin to Houston, and when he sent Texas Rangers to take the
government's archives, an Austin innkeeper named Angelina Eberly
fired off a cannon on the corner of Sixth Street and Congress
Avenue, rousing the city's population and blowing a hole in the
General Land Office; and
WHEREAS, Today, vintage artillery pieces can be seen at
county courthouses, military installations, and historical sites
across Texas; two 24-pound howitzers made especially for the new
republic by Major General Thomas Jefferson Chambers in the 1830s
guard the south entrance of the Texas Capitol, while two 12-pound
field guns and a wrought iron cannon are also situated on the
Capitol grounds; a cannon reputed to be the "Come and Take It" gun
is on exhibit at the Gonzales Memorial Museum, a cannon used by
Colonel James Fannin at the Battle of Coleto Creek is displayed in a
park in Goliad, and a bronze cannon believed to have been used at
the Alamo is on permanent loan to the Shrine of Texas Liberty by the
San Jacinto Battleground Conservancy; and
WHEREAS, The firing of a cannon continues to be an honored
tradition at celebrations and commemorations across Texas; since
1954, Smokey the Cannon has been discharged at every University of
Texas home football game in Austin--at the kickoff and the end of
each quarter, after the crowd sings "The Eyes of Texas," and each
time the team scores; during the off-season, the cannon and its crew
tour the country, representing the Longhorns at charity and
volunteer events; other cannons help recreate Texas history, such
as the fieldpiece fired for visitors by the "Living History"
reenactors at the Fort Davis National Historical Site; and
WHEREAS, These historic weapons serve as powerful reminders
of our state's epic struggle for freedom, and they further
highlight the unique heritage shared by all those who are proud to
call Texas home; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the 85th Legislature of the State of Texas
hereby designate the cannon as the official state gun of Texas.
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Re: SCR 8: The official gun of the State of Texas will be...

Postby Mxrdad » Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:03 pm

Nice. Where can you get a holster for one of these things? I want it for my EDC.
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Re: SCR 8: The official gun of the State of Texas will be...

Postby SewTexas » Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:27 pm

hmm, if it's "official", does that mean my HOA wouldn't be able to stop me from having one? lol (seriously, we're selling as soon as his mom doesn't need to live with us anymore.)
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Re: SCR 8: The official gun of the State of Texas will be...

Postby FastCarry » Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:47 am

Open carry will need to be amended to include shoulder, belt, and wheeled holsters

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Postby ELB » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:10 am

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Re: SCR 8: The official gun of the State of Texas will be...

Postby RossA » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:18 am

Does that mean I won't have to pay the feds 200 bucks and wait for my special license?
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Re: SCR 8: The official gun of the State of Texas will be...

Postby ELB » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:32 am

RossA wrote:Does that mean I won't have to pay the feds 200 bucks and wait for my special license?


"Official Boom-Stick of Texas" is is a state law, not a federal one...sorry. :grumble
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Postby frreed » Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:15 pm

Lending dignity to what would otherwise be a vulgar brawl.

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Postby oljames3 » Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:19 am

If you want to post a picture of a cannon representing the "official state gun of Texas", please don't use a WWII era Soviet anti-tank gun.

There are plenty of Texas cannons, crewed by Texas gunners, on the web. How about Alpha Battery, 3rd Battalion, 82 Field Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division stationed at Fort Hood, Texas? This is a video of a REAL cannon, the M109A6 Paladin.

https://youtu.be/eBqWLJPqT3k
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Postby oljames3 » Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:53 am

frreed wrote:Lending dignity to what would otherwise be a vulgar brawl.

Indeed.
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Postby WTR » Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:54 am

Mxrdad wrote:Nice. Where can you get a holster for one of these things? I want it for my EDC.


Try custom made.com..... Custom tooled and painted

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Re: SCR 8: The official gun of the State of Texas will be...

Postby ELB » Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:07 pm

oljames3 wrote:If you want to post a picture of a cannon representing the "official state gun of Texas", please don't use a WWII era Soviet anti-tank gun.

There are plenty of Texas cannons, crewed by Texas gunners, on the web.


So feel free to put one up.
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Re: SCR 8: The official gun of the State of Texas will be...

Postby oljames3 » Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:58 pm

ELB wrote:
oljames3 wrote:If you want to post a picture of a cannon representing the "official state gun of Texas", please don't use a WWII era Soviet anti-tank gun.

There are plenty of Texas cannons, crewed by Texas gunners, on the web.


So feel free to put one up.

See my previous post that had a link to a video showing the firing of an M109A6 Paladin belonging to the 1st Cavalry Division which is stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.

The M109A6 is being replaced by the M109A7. Image

The 1st Cavalry Division's Division Artillery currently comprises 4 battalions:
1 battalion of M777, 155mm towed howitzer Image

3 battalions of M109A6 transitioning to A7.
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Re: SCR 8: The official gun of the State of Texas will be...

Postby Mxrdad » Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:06 pm

FastCarry wrote:Open carry will need to be amended to include shoulder, belt, and wheeled holsters


:lol:: I like it, a wheeled holster. Not to be confused/used for a wheel gun. Ha.
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