A Civil War veteran with a sawed-off rifle as a holstered weapon makes a living as a bounty hunter in the Wild West of the 1870s.
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 Josh Randall (94 episodes, 1958-1961)
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A Civil War veteran with a sawed-off rifle as a holstered weapon makes a living as a bounty hunter in the Wild West of the 1870s.

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Der Kopfgeldjäger  »

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A version of the gun (a Mare's leg) used by McQueen in this series is made by ROSSI. The ROSSI is 24 inches long (12 " barrel) and available in up to .44 magnum caliber. It is legal in the USA as a 'handgun'. The 'mare's leg' style of gun was and is used by ranchers. It typically is sheathed in a holster on a horse's right front leg where the rider can easily reach it for defense of the rider or his livestock. The gun on the show fascinated a 10 year old boy who bought one 57 years later and thinks of 'Josh Randall' every time he uses it. The 'mare's leg is great (ROSSI .44 magnum) for home defense and bears. "Wanted Dead or Alive" introduced a great gun to all of America. See more »

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Was it McQueen or his 'hogleg' that made this series so great?
16 May 2003 | by (Newfoundland, Canada) – See all my reviews

Wanted: Dead or Alive has always been my favourite TV western. I first watched it as a seven year old in the mid '60s, even then it was in reruns.

Right from the start the show had the coolest lead-in ever with the camera focused squarely on Josh Randall's 'hogleg' as he slowly walks up to a wanted poster and rips it away from the board. There was something 'mighty' intriguing about the lone bounty hunter who brought in many more bad guys alive than dead. And then there was that sawed-off Winchester '86 and those large 45-70 caliber cartridges. I never did figure out how Josh could load so fast. It couldn't have taken more than three rounds in its magazine, but Josh could easily get off four or five rounds in rapid succession. What about Josh's horse? He/she seemed to prefer to walk sideways but could back up as well as Trigger. Great memories, no doubt. I've viewed countless westerns over the years and I am firmly convinced that absolutely no one but Steve McQueen could have played TV's purest bounty hunter. Todays version is colourized and I think that's fantastic. Even my kids will sit and watch from time to time.


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