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Taurus Thunderbolt, the new Mare's Leg?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by SmithyMcGee, Jan 31, 2011.

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  1. SmithyMcGee

    SmithyMcGee Member

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    Recently I saw a Taurus Thunderbolt modified into a Mare's Leg styled pistol (no stock, minimal barrel length). I attempted to do some online sleuthing, to no avail. But, to top it all off it sold before I could make the trip back to it. Does anyone have any info in regards to this?
     
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    Taurus Thunderbolt IS A PUMP ACTION RIFLE. TO CONVERT A RIFLE INTO A PISTOL CAN BE DONE IN SOME STATES WITH A FEDERAL TAX STAMP FOR SBR.

    There is no pistol version being made.
     
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    The 1950s TV show "Wanted: Dead or Alive" introduced the term "mare's leg" to describe bounty hunter Josh Randall's sawn-off rifle.

    A gunsmith who responded to the recent interest in the mare's leg by making replicas on virgin receivers as pistols, has a trademark on "Mare's Leg" and apparently his lawyer sent a letter to American Rifleman over reference to the Rossi Ranch Hand as a Mare's Leg.

    OK. "Mare's Leg" is a trademark. But "mare's leg" is a generic name for either a sawn-off leveraction rifle or a leveraction pistol. I guess we'll all have to watch our capitalisation to avoid notices, and manufacturers will have to be creative.

    If I owned one, I would call it "Zoe".
     
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    I recall seeing those, suspect Taurus built a handful to test the market, then no more. The Thunderbolt isn't even listed in 'multiple calibers' anymore just 45 Colt, one model.

    Essentially it was a pump action lightning with a 5-6 shot mag built as a pistol. Taurus BUILT THEM as a pistol, thing is the actual numbers they did it in only Taurus knows for sure. Definitely an oddball.
     
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    Gallery style rifles are fairly fragile. The Rossi Ranch Hands should be quite sturdy, and an interesting choice for someone who feels the need for a large .357, .44, or .45 Colt handgun.

    John
     
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    I do have a Ranch Hand in .44Magnum (sweet little gun), which is why I was interested in the Thunderbolt as a pistol. Thanks for the info!
     
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    I'll keep looking around I KNOW I saw one online before.
     
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    I too have seen the Thunderbolt cut down pn line into a mares leg style. Custom conversion.
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    I have a stainless taurus thunder bolt...pretty rifle and a Rossi Ranch Hand.
     
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