It’s no secret that Rossi and Taurus build quality firearms at affordable prices, and four new models that evoke America’s cowboy and hunting heritage prove this duo is as dynamic as ever.
Unknowingly, when discussing lever-action rifles, many people don’t think of the early Winchester models even though they were the ones used widely on the Great Plains. With the advent of the Hollywood Western, that honor went to the Model 1892. And thanks to the growing popularity of Cowboy Action Shooting, variants of the Model ’92 may be more sought-after than ever.
Rossi offers an extensive line of blued and stainless steel ’92s in a wide array of charnberings, ranging from mild-recoiling classics like .44-40 Win. to contemporary super-charged models in .357 Mag. and even .454 Casull.
Rossi’s newest offering is a hybrid called the Ranch Hand, and whether you consider yourself a dyed-in-the-wool Model ’92 maven or just wacky about Westerns, the Ranch Hand is sure to turn heads – especially for those who grew up watching the late ’50s television series “Wanted: Dead or Alive.” Commonly referred to as a “mare’s leg,” the Ranch Hand is a version of a Model ’92 saddle-ring carbine shortened to resemble the truncated ’92 Winchester pistol Steve McQueen used in his role as bounty hunter Josh Randall.
To arrive at this compact design, the shoulder stock is removed-just past where the straight pistol grip flares to form the stock-and capped with a steel buttplate. Available in handgun chamberings only, including .357 Mag.l.38 Spl., .44 Mag.l.44 Spl. and .45 Colt, the Ranch Hand is manufactured in compliance with federal handgun laws. Featuring a 12″ forged barrel, a shortened magazine tube with a six-round capacity and a 24″ overall length, its light weight and compact size make it wellsuited as a kit or trail gun.
The relocated front sight contains a brass bead for fast and easy acquisition in the pistol’s adjustable, rear buckhorn assembly. And yes, like Randall’s, the Ranch Hand also sports a large-loop lever for easy manipulation and of course, greater wow factor. The Ranch Hand may not be the only unique ’92-style, mare’s leg configuration,but priced at $536 it’s guaranteed to turn heads.