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Chiappa / LSI Puma 92 "Mare's Leg" handguns

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow, Jul 23, 2009.

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  1. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

    Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow member

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    So the local gun store has two of these 92 leverguns - one in .45 colt and one in .44-40.

    Upside is, this seems very cool. 12" bbl on these, IIRC.

    Downside is, after handling them, they absolutely cannot be used at all as a rifle - way too short of a "buttstock", and so they're about as useless as teets on a boar hog - awkward to hold and aim as a handgun - would rather have an actual revolver in a gunfight.

    And yet, knowing this logically, I still want one - badly! :)


    http://www.gunblast.com/Puma-MaresLeg.htm
     
  2. MCgunner

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    You must be a Steve McQueen fan. I am, too, but not THAT much of a fan. LOL!

    I like my 92 Rossi as is, thanks. I like the ballistics from a 20" barrel in .357, too. Very useful woods gun. I had one of those "Bounty Hunter" carbines and a holster for it when I was a kid, fired "greenie stickum caps". :D I was the cool kid on the street for a while.

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  3. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    That's funny right there! :)

    Yep, love old western movies & shows:

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051327/
     
  4. bigmike45

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    Too much of a novelty gun for me. I, like Dr. Tad, would much prefer to carry a handgun. Easier to conceal and shoot accurately as well. I would say the shock factor to a possible carjacker would be hillarious. As he opens the door you show him the business end and I am sure it would look like a battlefield howitzer.

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    Awesome movie/show prop but I really would prefer a revolver in a gun fight. I think the lever gun only holds 7 too!
     
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    "greenie stickum caps".

    That dates you. Unfortunately, it dates me too! :neener:
     
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    Even back then I was too smart to fall for the 'mare's leg' mystique. Instead, I stuck with my Fanner .50s.
     
  8. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    Ha Ha; I don't THINK so....

    Went down to the gun store with the idea of getting the Mare's leg for spits & giggles; took $700. My butt - these things are $1,300 plus tax!!!! :eek: :eek: Can't see it happenin. Didn't look at the price the other day. :scrutiny:
     
  9. MCgunner

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    Wow, price of a Freedom Arms revolver.:eek::rolleyes: There's no doubt which one I'd rather own.
     
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    I wish Henry would do some of these in .22, honestly.
    It may not have any practical application, but that would be fun to take to the range!
     
  11. Joe Demko

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    Not every gun need be purchased on the basis of its utility in a gun fight. There are guns in my collection whose only purpose is fun at the range.
     
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    Same here, but I do try to limit those to the cheaper ammo, so I can actually afford to shoot them. Otherwise they would be safe queens, and that is not fun for me.
     
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    Half the gun for twice the price! I'm all for range toys but that's a little over the top.
     
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    I'm in for the .22 version!
     
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    Theres a similar pistol, the Ranch Hand, thats cheaper.
     
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    I'm not too enamored of these "handguns" for a range toy (although I was a big fan of Firefly). On the other hand, they look like the perfect starting point for an SBR build.
     
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    SBR?

    I'd have to see what it felt like in the store but I could possibly fall to the lure of that .22 version. But I doubt it. For safety reasons doing the hand spin to cock it is right out. And if you can't spin it then where's the fun?

    Besides, I still want to get a .22 lever rifle so this would come a distant second after a few other guns.
     
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    As this is a toy, all I want is a .22LR version.
    Rossi doesn't make the Ranch Hand in .22__ (I'd take .22wmr) - and if I were buying a centerfire version I'd rather buy from Henry anyway, nothing against Rossi/Taurus ... but I dig Henry's CS, product line, transparency, and quality, and will be delighted to buy another Henry now that they're making a "handgun" Mare's Leg.
     
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    I guess I now suspect why Puma called their mare's leg "Ranch Hand".
    J.B. Custom shop considers "Mare's Leg" to be their trademark.
    NRA has pointed out that the term "mare's leg" appears to have been introduced by "Wanted: Dead or Alive" in 1959 and has become a generic term.

    Gee, if I get one I'll have to call it "Buttless Trapper" or something.
     
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    "Buttless trapper" sounds more like a camp name for a skinny mountain man...
    :)
     
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    Rossi (Taurus) makes the Ranch Hand (Brazil) which is under $550. In 45C, 357/44Mag.
    Puma/Chappia (Italy)makes the Bounty Hunter
    and JB make the Mares Leg ising Pums (italian parts) both of these are 0ver $1200, You get prettier wood, case hard finish and a few other odds and ends.
    They are all classified as pistols because the frames ar virgin and buit into pistols.
    It is made after the old 1958 TV series Wanted Dead or Alive staring Steve McQueen. thus the reason.
    I have a Ranch Hand myself.
     
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    Hmmm...Two screws in the buttplate. Remove one, replace with eyescrew, attach loop-sling to eyescrew, slip over shoulder, adjust to correct length and use an outward push to steady the gun. Almost as good as a full length stock. Dang! Now I want one!
     
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    Puma is a brand name only, registered for use by Legacy Sports in Nevada, an importer.
    Puma is not & never has been a company or manufacturer.

    Legacy Sports imports the Italian Chiappa gun and named it the Bounty Hunter, as part of their Puma brand line.
    Denis
     
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