The pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 bolt-action rifle became Alaska's official state bolt-action rifle when Governor Sean Parnell signed Senate Bill No. 175 on July 30, 2014.
Alaska was the sixth state to adopt an official state firearm of some sort, following a trend initiated by Arizona in 2011.
The legislation specifies that the following calibers are designated:.22 Hornet, .220 Swift, .243 Winchester, .250-3000 Savage, .264 Winchester Magnum, .257 Roberts, .270 W.C.F., 7 mm, .300 Savage, .30-06, .300 H&H Magnum, .300 Winchester Magnum, .308 Winchester, .358 Winchester, .35 Remington, .375 H&H Magnum, .338 Winchester Magnum, and .458 Winchester Magnum.
Designating the official state bolt-action rifle.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:
Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to read:
LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS. To be an Alaskan during the period 1930 to 1963 meant carrying the "rifleman's rifle," the Winchester pre-1964 Model 70. This was the bolt-action rifle that helped Alaska men and women establish a firm foothold in the untamed and often wild Alaska wilderness. Because of the historical significance of the Winchester pre-1964 Model 70, the legislature selects the Winchester pre-1964 Model 70 as the official state bolt-action rifle.
Sec. 2. AS 44.09 is amended by adding a new section to read:
Sec. 44.09.150. State bolt-action rifle. The pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 bolt-action rifle in the following calibers is the official state bolt-action rifle: .22 Hornet, .220 Swift, .243 Winchester, .250-3000 Savage, .264 Winchester Magnum, .257 Roberts, .270 W.C.F., 7 mm, .300 Savage, .30-06, .300 H&H Magnum, .300 Winchester Magnum, .308 Winchester, .358 Winchester, .35 Remington, .375 H&H Magnum, .338 Winchester Magnum, .458 Winchester Magnum.
Huggins, Charlie. "Bill History/Action for 28th Legislature." The Alaska State Legislature. The Alaska State Legislature, 30 July 2014. Web. 4 Aug. 2014. .
Winchester Model 70 Bolt Action Rifle: National Rifle Association (NRA) National Firearms Museum.
Pre-'64 Winchester Model 70: American Rifleman Television video.
Model 70: Current model 70s from Winchester Repeating Arms.
State firearms: Complete list of official state bolt-action rifles from NETSTATE.COM
More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Alaska state symbols from NETSTATE.COM.
The Rifleman's Rifle, Roger C. Rule. 380 pages. Publisher: AuthorHouse, (2009)
A comprehensive, highly regarded study and pictorial history of the Model 70 Winchester Rifle. Need-to-know information for the Winchester Model 70 aficionado and collector. The Rifleman's Rifle will you absolutely everything you need to know about Pre-64 Model 70 Winchester to help you to spot a real collectible.
The Model 70 Winchester: 1937-1964, Dean H. Whitaker. 210 pages. Publisher: Taylor Publishing Company; 1St Edition edition (1978)
This book is written to assist the collector and/or devotee of the "pre-'64" Model 70 Winchester in his or her efforts to evaluate a favorite rifle, or to assemble a collection. Chapter titles include Styles and Configurations, Production History and Statistics, Configuration Changes, Dimensions and Specifications, Collecting the Model 70 and Cartridges of the Model 70. Accompanied by numerous photographs. A must-have for afficianados of the Model 70 Winchester.