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Old 06-22-2010, 05:56 PM
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just saw this on my latest issue of american rifleman,steve mcqueen as josh randel in wanted dead or alive was one of my favorite shows back when we ruled the world anyhow rossi's take on the mares leg is interesting and for me a bit nostalgic,could'nt find it in the rossi lineup but lipsy's has it so here it is

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I saw the same issue today. I googled it and found a couple places which offer it for abt $400.00. What do you think abt this gun as a camp gun etc. or is it a novelty?
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It would be fun to have....I find it interesting they were able to market it as a pistol with a 12 inch barrel......I don't think it would be very practical (perhaps as a pistol in Cowbou action shooting?).

It would make a nice truck gun....maybe in the right state!
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It's really cool but not practical . If I remember correctly , in the tv show McQeen would fire it from the hip . How many of us are good enough to be acurate shooting from the hip . With the cut down stock , how would you put it on your shoulder to aim ?
But if I had money to burn I might get one just for the cool factor .
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Since the Ranch Hand is considered a pistol, can it be carried loaded in a vehicle by someone with a conceal carry license?
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not really practical but i would shure like to have one.....backpack survival?....truck or boat gun?.....airplane?.....i could probably come up with a good excuse or two to justify having one.......
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In Ohio, it is legal to hunt deer with a handgun, it has to be over 5" and .357 or large caliber. We cannot use rifles except black powder (mostly shotgun is used)
This might be just the ticket for hunting deer in .44 magnum. I am thinking you can use both hands to hold it, one on the forearm. 44 magnum out a 12" barrel ought to be pretty cool.
What would be really cool, since they already make the 92 rifle in stainless . . . .
I wonder if it is drilled and tapped for a scope?
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I like the looks, and the nostalgia, I really do ...

... but it's a firearm that only fires pistol calibers and cannot be fired (easily) like either a pistol or rifle. I wouldn't think it would be fun after 100 rounds of .44 mag at the range holding your wrist like that without having a shoulder stock to take some of the recoil.

If there had never been a Steve McQueen/Josh Randel/Wanted Dead Or Alive TV show would there be any interest in this?

Sure, you have a long barrel, but since you can't hold it like a pistol, and I can't imagine you would hold it like a rifle, how exactly "should" you fire it, and what would be the resulting accuracy? I'll keep my L-frame .357, thank you, with better portability, concealability, and accuracy.

Maybe I'm just being too hard on this innovative design. Maybe someone here will buy one and write a good review and I'll eat my words. But from my desk, like the "revolver rifle" in that same article, I have to ask if this is a case of it being an answer to a question no one ever asks?
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I like the looks, and the nostalgia, I really do ...

... but it's a firearm that only fires pistol calibers and cannot be fired (easily) like either a pistol or rifle. I wouldn't think it would be fun after 100 rounds of .44 mag at the range holding your wrist like that without having a shoulder stock to take some of the recoil.

If there had never been a Steve McQueen/Josh Randel/Wanted Dead Or Alive TV show would there be any interest in this?

Sure, you have a long barrel, but since you can't hold it like a pistol, and I can't imagine you would hold it like a rifle, how exactly "should" you fire it, and what would be the resulting accuracy? I'll keep my L-frame .357, thank you, with better portability, concealability, and accuracy.

Maybe I'm just being too hard on this innovative design. Maybe someone here will buy one and write a good review and I'll eat my words. But from my desk, like the "revolver rifle" in that same article, I have to ask if this is a case of it being an answer to a question no one ever asks?
well...it comes in .357 and 45 colt aswell as for the 44 mag chambering that doesnt bother me at all it was my pet cartrige at one time and i loved the recoil....as for exactly how one should fire it or handle such a piece i suppose i could dig out my 20 episode dvd collection of wanted dead or alive for a tip or two
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In Ohio, it is legal to hunt deer with a handgun, it has to be over 5" and .357 or large caliber. We cannot use rifles except black powder (mostly shotgun is used)
This might be just the ticket for hunting deer in .44 magnum. I am thinking you can use both hands to hold it, one on the forearm. 44 magnum out a 12" barrel ought to be pretty cool.
it would be the perfect skins hunter on the res,they just shoot from the drivers seat
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I just got off the phone with Braztech. I was wondering why the Ranch Hand was not showing on the website. The guy in customer service told me that they had just received word today that the Ranch Hand will not start shipping until third quarter of this year. He also told me about a fellow that is making the sling-type holster that Steve McQueen carried in "Wanted Dead or Alive" but that it was crazy expensive.
He was surprised that many people were interested as the show was over 50 years ago. I told them that my kid's generation(s) recognize the pattern from one used in the movie ZombieLand. (I guess they have been getting a lot of calls) Hopefully it will be up on the site soon. He assured me that it is not 'vaporware' but in production now.
I can't think of a better pack gun if it turns out as cool as it looks. The 92 has already got a pretty good reputation and the tooling should be the same.
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Can't say about Zombieland, but Serenity, yes.





Now look at her hip. It's there.

That one's originally from The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
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That is cute. Impractical as hell but then so is my .73 cal. Enfield squat musket with the 22" barrel but it sure is fun to shoot. Hurts though.
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Actually, as far as a backpacking gun goes, it seems very practical to me. I was originally thinking .44 but I read that the 12" barrel gives a significant increase to the performance of the .357 Magnum so that looks like the one for me. It should be available right around my birthday so I am dropping hints to the kids already.
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Fun? Yes.
Practical? No.

They're unweildy, hard to aim and cycle.

For little more than that, one could pick up a used Puma or Marlin, pay the $200 tax and have it cut down ala John Wayne to 12 or 14" (SBR) and have a true Trapper model that's eminently more useful and practical.

Or pick up the Ranch Hand and pick up the parts to put a butt stock on it, after paying the appliciable tax again. (SBR)

The lack of a butt stock really limits the "Mare's Laig" both in use and abilities.
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Fun? Yes.
Practical? No.

They're unweildy, hard to aim and cycle.

For little more than that, one could pick up a used Puma or Marlin, pay the $200 tax and have it cut down ala John Wayne to 12 or 14" (SBR) and have a true Trapper model that's eminently more useful and practical.

Or pick up the Ranch Hand and pick up the parts to put a butt stock on it, after paying the appliciable tax again. (SBR)

The lack of a butt stock really limits the "Mare's Laig" both in use and abilities.
your taking the fun out of it

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Fun? Yes.
Practical? No.

They're unweildy, hard to aim and cycle.
Just curious, have actually used a one of these?
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heres a review from GunBlast for the puma bounty hunter (mares leg)
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twerling the mares leg? so much for unwieldly....that pistol handles just fine i think
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