ICONIC PROPS: Steve McQueen’s “Mare’s Leg” Winchester

Written By: Greg Howell - Jan• 31•21

Steve McQueen, aka Josh Randall, made famous the Winchester Model 1892 rifle that was modified for an episode of “Trackdown,” featuring a bounty hunter and his “mare’s leg.” The pair were so popular, the two were spun off into a new series, “Wanted: Dead or Alive.” McQueen’s cool, sympathetic portrayal of Josh Randall, along with his unique rifle, became a top ten hit, and launched McQueen’s career into the movies. The “mare’s leg” took on legendary status as well, and has become one of the most well-remembered props in TV history. It also launched a popular toy cap gun, manufactured by Louis Marx & Company. The original toy in mint condition and original box today sells for $650.

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