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Mare's Leg - Bounty hunter Josh Randall (Steve McQueen) nicknamed his rifle "Mare's Leg" on the western adventure WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE/CBS/1958-61.

Steve McQueen as Josh Randall - WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE

Mare's Leg was an 1892 Winchester 30-40 carbine with a sawed-off barrel that handled like a pistol but had the explosive punch of a rifle cartridge. Josh once said of his gun, "It's kinda like a hog's leg but not quite as mean, If I have to use it, I want to get the message across."

TRIVIA NOTE: A colored-photograph of this classic TV gun and many other TV western firearms can be found in Chapter 11 "Arming the Fictional West" in the glossy, beautifully designed book "The Peacemakers: Arms and Adventures in the American West" written by R. L. Wilson (Random House, 1992)

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