Sniper rifle becomes official state symbol in Tennessee

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The sound of a cocking gun is one you hear frequently at Harvey's Pawn and Pistol in North Knoxville, but one in particular sounds like sweet music to Tennessee gun lovers.

It's a .50-caliber Barrett sniper rifle given the title as the official gun of the state by legislators.

You might think the title should be a Flintlock like Davey Crockett used, but state legislators overwhelming thought otherwise. They gave the nod to this homegrown beast of a gun.

The Barrett sniper rifle was born and bred in Murfreesboro, Tenn. by Ronnie Barrett. Its roots began from John Moses Browning in the early 1900s.

Harvey's Pawn and Pistol says they just might have the only one in town.

In the last few years, this 40-pound gun was used in the war on terror against the Taliban and in the Gulf War. It's also made its way into movies and TV shows from Mission Impossible to CSI New York.

And now officially, it's in the history books as Tennessee's state gun.

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