JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska will now have an official state bolt-action rifle.

Gov. Sean Parnell this week signed legislation giving that distinction to the pre-1964 Winchester Model 70, in a range of calibers.

The bill, sponsored by Senate President Charlie Huggins, refers to the gun as the "rifleman's rifle." The bill says the gun helped Alaskans "establish a firm foothold" in the wilderness between 1930 and 1963.