Both Utah and Arizona are moving to adopt State Guns. The Utah Legislature has passed a bill to make the John Moses Browning designed Model 1911 the official State Gun. This bill is only awaiting Gov. Gary Herbert.
Meanwhile in Arizona, the Arizona Legislature is considering adopting the Colt Single Action Army revolver as their official State Gun.
In this spirit, I propose that the Tar Heel State recognize the important contributions that one of its native sons, David Marshall “Carbine” Williams, made to the development of the United States Carbine, Caliber .30, M1 or, as it is better known, the M-1 Carbine by adopting it as the official State Firearm.
It is estimated that over 6.5 million M-1 Carbines including all variants (M-1, M-2, M-3, paratrooper) were made by military contractors. The U.S. military used these carbines in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Manufacturers included GM (Inland and Saginaw Divisions), IBM, Underwood, National Postal Meter, Rock-Ola, Winchester, Irwin-Pederson, Commercial Controls, Standard Products, and Quality Hardware.
While there is some controversy about Carbine Williams contribution to the final product, it did include his short-stroke gas piston and was a scaled down version of an earlier prototype in .30-06 designed by Williams.