Mare's leg lever-action pistols (Merged)

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    Mare's leg lever-action pistols (Merged)

    So, leafing through the July American Rifleman I couldn't help but notice the Rossi 'Ranch Hand,' a super short lever-action pistol. I know Chiappa/Puma make similar models; anyone have any experience with something like these? Specifically, I'm intrigued by the availability of having a small 'rifle-like' pistol I could run .38special/.357mags in...

    They look like this: Puma Bounty Hunter & M-87 Shotguns
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    Interesting-looking, but I like to run the lever with the butt planted firmly into my shoulder. When I work a lever rifle's action without the butt against my shoulder, it becomes clumsy. I love the appearance of such lever-action pistols, just not the utility. Of course, pure fun is a good reason to own a firearm; utility is not necessary.

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    Do you remember the old TV show "Wanted Dead Or Alive" with Steve McQueen? He used such a gun.
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    Mare's leg lever-action pistols

    So, leafing through the July American Rifleman I couldn't help but notice the Rossi 'Ranch Hand,' a super short lever-action pistol. I know Chiappa/Puma make similar models; anyone have any experience with something like these? Specifically, I'm intrigued by the availability of having a small 'rifle-like' pistol I could run .38special/.357mags in...

    They look like this: Puma Bounty Hunter & M-87 Shotguns

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    I'm amazed they're classified as a handgun and not a short barreled rifle!
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    Wonder if they're rated for +P... I think a .44 special through the .44 mag version would be very nice.


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    Not much of a carry gun, but sure looks like fun. Reminds me of the "Rifleman", remember him?
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Not much of a carry gun, but sure looks like fun. Reminds me of the "Rifleman", remember him?
    And he didn't have to draw.

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    Agreed, sir. I wouldn't want to strap it to my leg or anything, but it looks like it could be a cool addition to the collection one day. Seems like it would be a handy companion gun to stow on a daypack for hikes, etc.

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    I agree it would be a fun toy to have. Outside of that I think accuracy would be difficult and then there's the uninformed trying to call it an SBR. And I'm not referring to the earlier poster.

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    I think it looks like fun, and something I want, never handled one to give a any extra info though. BTW, nice moto tat.
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    This may stop my personal ban on Taurus products. The closest competitors are much higher in price. (3x-4x) Or require NFA paperwork.

    These are built on "Virgin" recievers, so they can be classified as a pistol. Much like AR pistols.
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    Thanks, buck- and Shadowsbane, I think the price range on the Rossi versions may make me bend the same rule... I could certainly think of better things to spend $1,200 on, but $500-600 sure sounds reasonable.

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    It is high on cool factor but probably low on practicality. Steve McQueen never missed because it was in the script. I am never against owning a gun just for cool factor but if you wanted practical you'd be better off paying an extra $250 and making it an NFA firearm. $200 for the Form 1 tax stamp and $50 for engraving the receiver and getting a longer stock.
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    They do have a huge "cool look" factor in a trendy yet retro, 19th century tacti-cool sort of way but I can't help but notice that something very necessary is missing.
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