Henry Mare’s Leg in .22 Magnum


Henry Repeating Arms recently released their version of a Mare’s Leg chambered in .22 Magnum. What’s a Mare’s Leg you ask? It’s essentially a lever-action rifle with the barrel and stock chopped off. It was made popular by Steve McQueen’s character in the TV show Wanted: Dead or Alive. Woody Harrelson’s character also used one in the movie Zombieland.


Henry also has Mare’s Legs available in .45 Colt, .44 Magnum and .357 Magnum as well as .22LR and Magnum. Their centerfire offerings have a capacity of 5 rounds with their .22LR having a 10 round capacity. Their new .22 Magnum version holds 8 rounds and weights in at 4.45lbs with an overall length of 25 inches. They’re made in the USA and have a MSRP of $450 for the 22 Magnum version. Check out HenryRifles.com for more info.

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  • Ratcraft

    I actually found a box of .22mag at Cabela’s a week ago, 200 rounds with that guy that say Choot ’em on the front. I was thrilled, haven’t seen any in months.

  • Vitsaus

    Should have a center fire blued. Mare’s leg’s a hell of a home defense pistol

    • Swarf

      It is?

      Too long and ungainly to be a good pistol, but not shoulderable like a rifle. Looks painful to shoot one handed. Shooting from the hip is a sucker’s bet.

      Always takes two hands to operate. Capacity is balls.

      I don’t know, man. You make your home defense decisions based on your own set of criteria, but as far as I can see, the only thing the Mare’s Leg has going for it is that it looks cool.

      And fun. And certainly that’s plenty of reason to buy it, I’m just not seeing it as a home/self defense weapon.

      • Swarf

        AND it’s a Henry so there is no loading gate.

        I take it back. That thing is absurd and useless.

        • wetcorps

          Rimfire rounds and loading gates apparetly don’t go well together.

          • Cymond

            What’s their excuse for the centerfires?

          • Don Ward

            I’d imagine historical reasons.

      • totenglocke

        I have one from Chiappa in .44 magnum. It’s accurate as hell, recoil isn’t bad at all with two hands, holds 1 more round than a revolver (6+1), it’s easy to top off as you fire rounds, and it makes a hell of a club if you run out of ammo / they get too close. It’s definitely a great home defense weapon.

  • Beomoose

    Don’t forget Gina Torres in Firefly.

    • ghost

      I’ll never forget her.

    • Tassiebush

      Bring back Firefly!

  • sam

    I don’t think I’d be in the market either way, but I’m surprised they seem to always have the straight grip and a nub of vestigial stock. I know that’s how it is in the TV show, but with all of the iteration of new ones, I’d have expected to see some with curved pistol grip type grips and/or no stock remnant. That would seem more useful to me.

  • Southpaw89

    Funny how the one company to use the name from the TV show, is the one that makes a levergun about as different as one can be from the 92 in the show. I love my Henry 22, but the original Mares Leg looks much better IMO.

  • Duray

    What possible purpose could such a weapon in 22 mag serve? Bizarre. Like the Taurus snubbie in 17HMR. It’s like they’re TRYING to not sell guns.

    • RealitiCzech

      1) It’s got decent barrel length, so it’ll get up to decent speed.
      2) You can probably find 22 Mag easier than .22 LR.

      • David Sharpe

        Re: 2) Yes, under current conditions, .22 Mag is easier to find.

    • SD3

      It’ll empty your wallet in a hurry.

    • valorius


      • Cymond

        Is it really that much more fun than 22lr? At $0.32 a round, it seems that 22Mag has a very poor cost-to-fun ratio.

        • valorius

          Some people dont have economic concerns.

          • Cymond

            All the more reason to go big-bore.

            It just doesn’t make sense to me as a smile maker. It’s expensive and underpowered, like the worst of both worlds between rimfire and centerfire.

          • valorius

            .22 mags are loud and boomy, with a nice big muzzle flash, but still have very little recoil. Im sure cycling that bad boy like john wayne is a barrel o’ monkeys.

    • Paul White

      pew pew pew

      That’s it’s purpose. Which is A-OK 😀

    • Roger V. Tranfaglia

      A snub revolver [?] in .17……hmm….
      beerrryyyy interrestting…….

  • Blake

    Fantastic news. Presumably this means that Henry has enough demand for the other Mare’s Legs that they saw fit to expand the range.

    On a side note, it’s really too bad that 17HM2 went the way of the dodo due to poorly-executed 10/22 conversions & bad ammo. It would have been completely awesome in a handy little levergun.

    Anyway, more leverguns is good leverguns.

  • Zebra Dun

    A fun gun to play with, maybe to carry as a car/truck SHTF weapon but for my money I’ll take a revolver any day in any of the calibers offered.
    Unless it can be changed legally to a SBR with a stock.

  • Jeff Heeszel

    I haven’t researched the gun from Dead or Alive, but how many rounds could that possibly hold? 2 or 3? I always get a laugh seeing him go through 7 or 8 shots in the show without reloading. Damn McQueen’s acting in that show is lousy! There is a channel called “heroes and Icons” that plays that show and a lot of other cool stuff

    • tom mozisek

      McQueens mares leg actually was a 44-40 so it held probably 7 + 1, He carried the 45 – 70 cartridges on his gun belt just for visual effects.

  • valorius

    I would love a lever gun in 9mm.

    A 9mm 20″ barrel lever action might hold 20 rds!