The sticker on the back of Jeeps says:
It's a Jeep thing, you wouldn't understand . . .
There are those guns that you need, then there are those that you want just so you can hold 'em in your hot, sweaty hands. That's actually good enough reason to buy a gun, if you can afford it and it helps you get your rocks off - it sure as hell beats buying a boat for basically the same reason. The "Mare's Leg" falls into that category of gun: t's not exactly what you'd call practical, but its the type of gun I like to keep around for general purpose use in scenarios like Civil Unrest, Zombie Apocalypse, or Zulu Dawn . . . not to mention your odd car-jacking or hold-up.
The "Mare's Leg" is one of those Hollywood inventions that has taken on a life of it's own. Steve McQueen first carried one in Wanted: Dead or Alive, when he played Josh Randall, a Confederate veteran and bounty hunter with a soft heart. Randall carried a sawed-off Winchester 1892 model carbine. He had the ability to draw and fire this gun with blazing speed, but the real reason he carried it was the "cool factor."
World-famous douchebag Woody Harrelson carried one in Zombieland - that's almost enough reason to shit-can the idea. Well, you can't blame the gun for that . . .
What's really great about the "Mare's Leg," though, is that it's sold as a pistol, which means I can carry it concealed with my Virginia concealed carry permit. Since it's available in .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum and .45 Colt, and the 12 inch barrel gives it the velocity of a rifle, what's not to like about it? Who cares if its hard to shoot? Like it says on the back of the Jeeps: It's a Jeep thing, you wouldn't understand . . .
Taurus makes 'em under the Rossi name
Henry makes 'em:
Gunblast reviewed 'em
Even the NRA has paid homage
Team Member VA Shepard writes - but not often enough - from the Norfolk area of the Commonwealth of Virginia.