View Full Version : Rossi Ranch Hand

June 24, 2010, 03:24 PM
I wonder if the Next Big Thing is going to be Mare's Legs?

JB Custom made them on original '92 receivers for a fabulous amount of money, then Puma got it down to a thousand clams. My latest American Rifleman has a Rossi Ranch Hand for a little over $500 retail. I wonder what Josh Randall would think?

.357, .44mag and .45LC, so it fits in with the cowboy cartridges. It's got a 12 inch barrel and sells as a handgun. For me, there's absolutely no use for it, but I grew up on "Wanted: Dead or Alive" reruns, so it's got a certain nostalgic appeal...


June 24, 2010, 03:59 PM
I figured with the large spread in the gun rag that these threads were going to start popping up sooner than later:p

I think it looks pretty awesome. I probably would find more use out of a full sized rifle or even a military rifle. The price point is nice, but it's a heck of a lot easier to explain a Marlin Guide Gun in your truck than a "sawed off" rifle like that.

Does look cool though. For those of us a bit, ehem, younger, Woody Harrelson sported a mare's leg in last years Zombieland with pretty great effect.

the rifleer
June 24, 2010, 04:08 PM
Thats the kinda gun i would learn to shoot exceptionaly well just to make people shut up when they point out how pointless it is...

Trigger Finger
June 24, 2010, 08:42 PM
It looks great! For five hundred I don't think you can go wrong. Fun gun. And as someone said just buy a 92 stock and put a full size butt on it. But you didn't hear me say that. :eek:

June 24, 2010, 11:24 PM
Just pay the $200 to get it classified as a short barreled rifle before putting the full stock on it and you're good to go.

June 24, 2010, 11:28 PM
Now if we can just get Marlin to make one based on the 1894!

Trigger Finger
June 25, 2010, 12:21 AM
Is the two hundred a one time payment?

This is also a good little gun along the same lines but with a pump. In the bottom left of this link.


June 25, 2010, 09:22 AM
Is the two hundred a one time payment?

Yes, one time per firearm, per owner. There are some other regulations that go along with this, the most onerous being that if you want to transport the firearm across state lines (even temporarily, like for a day trip or vacation), you must apply to the BATFE ahead of time and wait for approval.

June 26, 2010, 07:26 PM
Sorry bad post

Andy Griffith
June 28, 2010, 12:08 AM
Really, I've looked at a couple of these things- the Italian ones that are three times the price- but this one I'd buy. Looks like it will be the same price as the regular Rossi rifles. :D

The advantage to these things over revolver or a semi-auto handgun are the following:

*There is no hot gas coming out the side of the gun. Great for vechicle use.
*More powerful cartridges than usually offered semi-autos.
*Long sighting radius
*No ejection of brass until you decided. Also easy to catch the brass
*A solid breech that could be used with a suppressor, if legal in your jurisdiction

I really don't see anything not to like about it.
Perhaps someone will make an 1895 handgun in .405 Winchester . :eek:
However, I guess that would facilitate the first wrist transplant in the U.S.

Most of all, it has no junk plastic parts and it isn't "tacticool!" :cool:

June 29, 2010, 03:19 PM
Ya know, everyone mentions "Wanted Dead or Alive" and recently "Zombieland" when talking about the mare's leg, but I'd forgotten that it was also carried by one of the cast members of the movie "Serenity" (offshoot of the TV show "Firefly"):



Great show, great movie, can't believe I'd forgotten about it.


June 29, 2010, 04:31 PM
Why were most of them carrying old west guns?

Doesn't matter,,,
I love that show,,,
Cowboys in Space,,,
How could it not be kewl!

There was a tiny blurb and a pic of Mal's handgun,,,
In the previous American Rifleman.

They said it was a heavily modified Taurus,,,
But they didn't say what model,,,
I would buy one of them,,,
If it worked. :D


June 29, 2010, 08:22 PM
Man, I loved that show. Westerns and outer space...it was like a dream come true!

A tiny little dream that was mercilessly crushed...:(

Andy Griffith
June 29, 2010, 09:35 PM
I've never seen that show, but I had to look it up.

Seems the gun you were talking about was a dressed up Taurus 85 with a brass casting around it and a longer barrel- to shoot blanks.

I liked the 1897 Winchester with the scope on it. :D
The feller that was in charge of type casting the guns was my kind of guy.

June 30, 2010, 03:47 AM
It's a fantastic show and the movie was even better (especially in HD).

I always thought that Mal's pistol was a gussied up Walker!


Jim March
June 30, 2010, 05:09 AM

It's not like I set out to make a carry gun that looks like a Firefly prop. Honest. It just...happened, you know?

I don't even own a brown coat.




June 30, 2010, 09:09 AM
Dang, Jim, I'm rendered speechless by that display of...um...ingenuity? :D

June 30, 2010, 02:47 PM
I dunno Jim, I'm thinking more "Planet of the Apes" than "Firefly"! :D

Jim March
June 30, 2010, 06:24 PM
But it works :). Best damn gunsight I've ever shot with. It's a homebrew clone of:


Totally black sights are part of the recipe. Real Goshen Enterprises Hexsites get there with high-tech polymer coatings over steel. I got there by throwing a shadow over EVERYTHING. Real Hexsites fit in standard holsters as the front sight is a conventional post (handgun versions anyhow). My setup emphatically needs custom leather :). But DAMN is it ever slick on the draw :D.

My "Goshdarn Hacksite" is now up to Mk4. Mk1 looked like this:


Too many glint issues, tube wasn't strong enough, holster draw was messy.

October 6, 2010, 01:40 AM
I hope to have my hands on one around Thanksgiving. You do that leather work yourself? Looks very well done.
Where can we get a holster for the Ranch Hand and who can put a little leather on it to "customize it"?