Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)

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Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958-1961)

Wanted: Dead or Alive was a Western television series starring Steve McQueen as Josh Randall, a confederate Civil War veteran who now makes a living as a bounty hunter in the Wild West. The series aired on CBS for three season from 1958-1961. A 1987 feature film of the same name starred Rutger Hauer as a descendant of McQueen's character.

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Winchester Model 1892 "Mare's Leg"

A shortened version of the Winchester Model 1892 saddle ring carbine known affectionately as the "Mare's Leg" is the main firearm used by Josh Randall (Steve McQueen) throughout the duration of the show, chambered in .44-40 (despite the large .45-70 rounds on his belt). The first version of this gun was a rounded barrel model with a D shaped loop, which was later changed to an octagonal version with a tear drop loop. Randall is seen keeping his Mare's Leg holstered on his thigh.

1st model Mare's Leg with rounded barrel and D loop.
A publicity still of Josh Randall (Steve McQueen) with shortened Winchester 92 in "Wanted: Dead or Alive
The shortened Winchester Model 1892 "Mare's Leg" is the main firearm used by Josh Randall (Steve McQueen).
Ranall opens fire with the Mare's Leg.
Stuntman posing with the "Mare's Leg".

There quite possibly may have been 3 models made as evidenced by the model shown in the credits starting from the very first episode.

Winchester 1873

Several characters in the series are seen using the Winchester 1873.

Winchester 1873 - .44-40 WCF.
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Winchester Model 1894

Winchester 1894 - .30-30.
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Colt Single Action Army

The fast draw model (4.75") Colt 1873 Single Action as well as the 5.25" model were the most frequently used handguns in the series.

Colt Single Action Army 4 3/4" Quickdraw model - .45 Long Colt.
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Smith & Wesson Schofield

Smith & Wesson Schofield Model 3 with blued finish - .45 Schofield.


Exposed hammer Double barreled shotgun

Charles Parker 1878 Side by Side Shotgun - 12 Gauge. The Parker Gun Company was absorbed into Remington in 1934.


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