What a splendid idea, a state gun, yeeehaw! I think we need one also. The S&W Mod.1917 .45 Colt came to my mind first, then I thought , no it should be a S&W Mod. 29 in .44 Mag. But now I realize the one that did the most shooting was the wonderful .22 Colt Woodsman that many old timers had. Although the Colt Series 70 1911 in .45 caliber bests describes many of us, I like that!
Ruger Blackhawk 44mag came out in 1956, just 3 years before Alaska Statehood. Being affordable and big power I bet it was very common in the Alaskan backcountry by 1959. To me the Blackhawk 44mag would be the way to go for Alaska State handgun even though I don’t like 44mag myself. Blackhawk is a tip of the hat to the Colt SAA that would have been on the belts of many a gold rushing hopeful lugging their gear up the pass out of Skagway. 44mag Blackhawk was borne as a modern updated version of the handgun that settled the West but made with less expensive cast steel technology to once again make it the affordable equalizer. And they are still very common, still made and still used all over Alaska.