Ever come across something so cool that you immediately know you NEED it? Well, as a college student when I first discovered Wanted: Dead or Alive with Steve McQueen and got a glimpse of his modified “Mare’s Leg” 44 WCF (Though McQueen carried 45/70 rounds in his belt so it looked a bit more impressive) pistol lever gun, I KNEW I needed one for my own personal collection. Then a few years ago Puma (or Legacy Firearms) came out with an exact replica of the legendary Lawman’s unique sidearm in 45 Long Colt titled the “Bounty Hunter 92” as McQueen’s gun was a cut down Winchester model 1892 lever action and even had a holster to match!
Not being a cowboy shooter, loading for the old 44-40 Winchester, 44 Magnum or 45 Long Colt wouldn’t prove easy for plinking or fun shooting like I would have done with the gun caused me to pass on this rare and innovated remake of the classic (not to mention the $1250 MSRP price tag!). In walks Henry Repeating Arms and their own rendition on the popular classic. I was browsing PredatorTalk.com tonight (best predator site on the web!) and was perusing through a lever gun discussion when I decided to walk on over to HenryRepeating.com and this is what I found!
Henry’s copy comes in two models, one in 45 Long Colt and the other in 22 LR/Long/Short. The 45 long is a modified version of Henry’s Big Boy lever rifle and the 22 version is a modified H001 which is Henry’s entry level rimfire gun. Each comes with a lanyard, big loop lever (naturally), tubular magazine and like all Henry’s is made HERE in the USA!
Here’s the link to Henry’s Mare Leg to check out for yourself. Price check in is around $950 MSRP on the 45 Long Colt and $350 MSRP for the 22 model. Now, plinkers can get in on the action too. Hey guys, how about one that shoots 410/45 Long Colt? Now there’s a heck of a trail gun!
Side Note: It would also appear that a rifle of this petite length (25 inches) would lend itself to younger and smaller framed shooters getting in on lever rifle style shooting earlier than they might otherwise.