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Old 07-01-2011, 02:02 PM
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They just happen to be available in .45 Colt.
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Old 07-01-2011, 04:00 PM
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I think a mare's leg in .357/.44/45 would be a very effective home defense weapon or a good "truck gun"-- but in .22 it surely is just a fun, novelty thing; and I can see the allure for some folks.
My Ranch Hand is .38 Special/.357 Magnum.

My Brother-In-Law has one in .44 Special/.44 Magnum.
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Old 07-01-2011, 09:29 PM
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I think a mare's leg in .357/.44/45 would be a very effective home defense weapon or a good "truck gun"-- but in .22 it surely is just a fun, novelty thing; and I can see the allure for some folks.
Well, to be entirely honest, I don't see how a ML is more effective than a revolver/autoloading handgun in a similar caliber for defensive uses, but I wouldn't ignore one if it was handy and needed!

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We will probably hear from some who get in trouble for attaching a rifle butt on one and exciting the Federal folks no doubt.
Obviously the rifle stock wouldn't fit the Mare's Leg.
And it totally wouldn't make a better balance for flip-cocking, either.

Yep, can't be done, it is simply impossible to assemble a SBR out of a Mare's Leg and Hoo1_ stock, why, if you could the BATFEIEIO would know, just like they can detect all those banned machineguns in grandpa's attic.

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Others go to casinos and lose hundreds of dollars in an hour or two.

The Mares Leg is a case of paying $300 or $400 for entertainment. If you buy one, run a box or two of shells through it then put it in a safe and forget about it then it was expensive entertainment.

But if you buy one for $400 and spend one hour per month shooting it for 5 years, then you bought 60 hours of entertainment for $400--about $6.67 per hour of entertainment.
Funny story, my Vegas vacation came in well under budget, and I skipped the ridiculously expensive machinegun rental ... so I took that cash and went to my favorite toy shop, picking up my H001ML and an XD45c ... so the ML literally came out of the entertainment budget. And I gave up a chance to shoot a real M2 Carbine and Thompson submachinegun to get it. (OK, I would have bought the ML either way, I'd been waiting a long time for it and my favorite toystore owner kept it in the back for me)

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Old 07-01-2011, 09:49 PM
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Well, to be entirely honest, I don't see how a ML is more effective than a revolver/autoloading handgun in a similar caliber for defensive uses, but I wouldn't ignore one if it was handy and needed!

Did someone actually say a mare's leg is more effective . . . I sure didn't. I rely on 17 rounds of 9mm myself. I don't own a mare's leg and besides it's just too big for my nightstand drawer and you need two hands . . .
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As a kid, I was a fan of both The Rifleman and Wanted, Dead or Alive, but I always thought Lucas McCain's rifle looked cooler.



I just was never keen on that "shorty." It looked wrong to me and still does. But, whatever trips your trigger, as they say, as all's fair in fun. As far as practical use, I agree that it would be great for those alligator hunters on History Channel.

Going back to these old pictures, I don't recall noticing as a kid that Chuck Connors is left-handed. There are a few pictures where he's shooting rightie, but those might just be reversed negatives. However, if you look at the opening sequence of the show, he is shooting right-handed. Hmm...

And while we're talking about cut-down rifles, this one makes my bones hurt just to look at:



Not much for sight radius, nope ...

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Old 07-03-2011, 01:14 AM
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And while we're talking about cut-down rifles, this one makes my bones hurt just to look at:



Not much for sight radius, nope ...
That just makes me cry for a nice, old military rifle being cut up.
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Old 07-03-2011, 09:15 AM
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That just makes me cry for a nice, old military rifle being cut up.

...don't cry Alec, they only made elleventy billion of those rifles, so there are still a few left around for you to collect.......
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kitkin, you need to learn to "see from the hip"

With a .22 mare's leg I guess you could hold it up so the gun is sort of where you'd put a rifle and then try to sight down the top of the receiver and barrel. Or you could chamber a round and then push it out in front of you like an old flintlock pistol to aim and fire one handed. But neither of these options is going to work as well as a proper rifle or a proper handgun.

As said so many times already it's a toy with little practical value for hunting or anything else requiring accuracy.

Now on the other hand if you were to practice enough I suspect you could get to where you could do reasonalby decent groups shooting McQueen style from the hip or Zoe style from the waist and keep all your shots within a volley ball size group at around 7 yards. If that sort of thing sounds like fun and you've got some money burning a hole in your pocket then a mare's leg may be just the cure.
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I'm guessing that this is a PhotoChop image. Just too many things not quite right with it.

But yeah, I just can't see holding onto such a thing. I recently got my own Mosin and have also since shot a couple of rounds from a buddy's carbine Mosin. The difference in recoil was significant enough that by extrapolation I could see this being a one shot per wrist sort of gun. Then it's off to the hospital for a pair of casts....
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Old 07-03-2011, 01:26 PM
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kitkin, you need to learn to "see from the hip"

With a .22 mare's leg I guess you could hold it up so the gun is sort of where you'd put a rifle and then try to sight down the top of the receiver and barrel. Or you could chamber a round and then push it out in front of you like an old flintlock pistol to aim and fire one handed. But neither of these options is going to work as well as a proper rifle or a proper handgun.

As said so many times already it's a toy with little practical value for hunting or anything else requiring accuracy.

Now on the other hand if you were to practice enough I suspect you could get to where you could do reasonalby decent groups shooting McQueen style from the hip or Zoe style from the waist and keep all your shots within a volley ball size group at around 7 yards. If that sort of thing sounds like fun and you've got some money burning a hole in your pocket then a mare's leg may be just the cure.
Nah I'll keep my eyes affixed to my head and use a proper rifle or a proper handgun. I really rather be able to sight at my target. I still have the ability to use my proper rifle or a proper handgun to shoot from the hip.
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Old 07-03-2011, 01:28 PM
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I'm guessing that this is a PhotoChop image. Just too many things not quite right with it.

But yeah, I just can't see holding onto such a thing. I recently got my own Mosin and have also since shot a couple of rounds from a buddy's carbine Mosin. The difference in recoil was significant enough that by extrapolation I could see this being a one shot per wrist sort of gun. Then it's off to the hospital for a pair of casts....
Nope... there's at least one of those that's real...





Yeah.
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Old 07-03-2011, 03:59 PM
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Zoe's Mare's Leg has a laser sight on it, handy in the gloominess of the inside of a Firefly class vessel. If you can attach a sling to it, the method commonly used with Dracos and similar "pistols" can be used. You run a short sling loop around your firing shoulder, adjusting it for length so when you have the gun fully extended against the sling in a rifle firing position, the gun sits right where a stocked rifle would. The tension created by pulling the gun forward against the sling steadies it much like a stock does. Granted, not as stable as a stock but a dang sight better than one handing it or hipshooting.
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Zoe's Mare's Leg has a laser sight on it, handy in the gloominess of the inside of a Firefly class vessel. If you can attach a sling to it, the method commonly used with Dracos and similar "pistols" can be used. You run a short sling loop around your firing shoulder, adjusting it for length so when you have the gun fully extended against the sling in a rifle firing position, the gun sits right where a stocked rifle would. The tension created by pulling the gun forward against the sling steadies it much like a stock does. Granted, not as stable as a stock but a dang sight better than one handing it or hipshooting.
I should try the sling method, I have a good leather thong I could just tie a bit short, or maybe slip something at the butt-plate to attach a sling to (leather with a loop hanging out? Eye-bolt instead of a butt-plate screw?)

Honestly it never occurred to me that I could treat the mare's leg like a submachinegun ... I'll concede that it is a great idea, though!
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:06 PM
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The original had a saddle ring on it, that might work or it might torque it a bit?
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Old 07-03-2011, 08:58 PM
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Nope... there's at least one of those that's real...





Yeah.
I have a hard time believing that these are full house 54R rounds. But I'm intrigued enough to try holding my full size Mosin like that and have a go at it.

Anyhow, back to the .22 stuff....
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