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West Virginia State Firearm

Hall flintlock model 1819   Adopted: April 4, 2013

West Virginia became the fourth state to adopt an official state firearm with it completed legislative action on Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 7 on April 4, 2013

West Virginia state firearm
West Virginia State Firearm: Hall Flintlock Model 1819
Image: National Firearms Museum, NRAMuseum.com. Used with permission.


(By Senators Unger, D. Hall, Yost, Fitzsimmons, Beach, Tucker and Williams)

Designating the Hall Flintlock Model 1819 as the official state firearm.

Whereas, The United States Constitution gives citizens the right to bear arms in defense of themselves and their country; and

Whereas, No firearm has been designated as the official state firearm for the State of West Virginia; and

Whereas, The Hall Flintlock Model 1819 was manufactured in Harpers Ferry by John H. Hall; and

Whereas, The Hall Flintlock Model 1819 was adopted for use by the United States Army in 1819; and

Whereas, The Hall Flintlock Model 1819 was the first breech- loading rifle to be adopted by any nation's military; and

Whereas, The Hall Flintlock Model 1819 was still in use during the United States Civil War; and

Whereas, The designation of such a state firearm would aid in the promotion of West Virginia history; and

Whereas, Other states have designated an official state firearm; therefore, be it

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Hall Flintlock Model 1819 be designated as the official state firearm; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Governor and the schools of this state.


Unger, John. "Senate Concurrent Resolution 7." West Virginia Legislature. West Virginia Legislature's Office of Reference & Information, 04 Apr 2013. Web. 5 Apr 2013.

Additional Information

John H Hall: National Park Service. Harpers Ferry National Historic Park.

U.S. Hall Model 1819 Breechloading Flintlock Rifle: The National Rifle Association's National Rifle Museum.

Hall Model M1819 Rifle in the Original Flint: Only $3,750 !

State firearms: Complete list of official state firearms from NETSTATE.COM

More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official West Virginia state symbols from NETSTATE.COM.

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