Photos of "Robert Lanthier" by Danny "Ramblin' Jack" O'Connell
Fans of the famed bounty hunter can now purchase their own authentic reproduction of the famous "Mare's Laig". This Winchester "handgun" was given this unusual name because it was said to, "kick at both ends." The name "Mare's Laig" was used only once on the TV series "Trackdown" with Robert Culp. Steve McQueen was introduced as the "Bounty Hunter" in a 1957 episode of "Trackdown". Then, from 1958 to 1961 this Bounty Hunter strolls the boardwalk, stopping at the local sheriff's office, and tears down the wanted poster of a major desperado. The poster offered a hefty reward for the return of a wanted criminal, which usually read:
We welcome your interest in the most
famous firearm and holster in the history of TV westerns. EAGLE SQUADRON PRODUCTIONS is proud to offer the "Bounty Hunter
Special." Authentic Winchester Model 1892 carbines (1892-1941) are made into replicas of the famous
western series sidearm used from 1958 through 1961. There were three
original "Mare's Laigs" used in the series. And, one of these
has been purchased for as much as $85,000! Many have written us to say,
"that was my favorite show as a kid" or, "after 50
years... finally, someone is making these" or, "all my life
I've wanted one of these... now I can get one!" A few have wanted
to buy one of these originals from us. One is in the Gene
Autry Museum, and the remaining two are privately owned. The value we offer
in our Bounty
Hunter Special is equally as pleasing, more cost
effective, and much easier to obtain.
We have faithfully crafted our Mare's Laig from
authentic Winchester '92 carbines, the only kind used by Steve McQueen in
the show. Furthermore, Steve McQueen, Chuck Connors, and John Wayne all used these
authentic Winchester '92 carbines, that were made from 1892 to 1941.
never compromise the quality or authenticity of our creations by using
cheaper foreign imports. Even our hand-crafted leather holsters are carefully
made to faithfully match the originals used on the set. As our reference for
the Mare's Laig, we took apart one of the original three used on the show. This way,
we were able to recreate the large finger lever ring, butt plate, and other
parts to the same precision as the original studio design. Others may claim to
offer “authentic” reproductions. To our
knowledge Eagle Squadron Productions is your only source for a faithful and accurate rendition of these famous firearms!!!
As you can see in the photo above, there were two different versions used in the series. The early version consisted of a round barrel and the larger "D" ring finger lever. The later version consisted of an octagon barrel, a specially crafted front barrel band, a tear-drop finger lever, and a special "duck-billed fanning hammer" redesigned by the actor in order to rapidly fan the weapon and not tear-up his left hand. The holster is hand-crafted to match the original studio design. We custom make each belt to the size you specify along with real (though non-firing) 45-70 caliber cartridges. Even though this gun was designed to fire 44-40 caliber ammunition, the studio chose to use 45-70's for a better visual impact on the show. Should you prefer to have 44-40 caliber cartridge loops in your belt, we will be happy to make this adjustment at no additional cost to you. However, this adjustment will not include any 44-40 caliber cartridges.
42 out of 50 U.S. States allow possession of a fully functional version of the "Mare's Laig" that fires live 44-40 caliber ammunition. You must register such a version with the B.A.T.F. (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms) for a one-time registration fee of $200.00 because the barrel length is under the Federal minimum of 16-inches. Currently, there are 8 States that do not allow possession of our fully functional version. They are CA, WA, IL, NY, CT, NJ, RI, & DE. Non-firing/non-functional versions do not require B.A.T.F. registration.
Should you decide to order a "Mare's Laig" from us, we will need two measurements from you. Please let us know your waist size, in order to make your belt. Your measurement should include the circumference around your trousers and belt (note how our model is wearing his). We also need a measurement of the circumference your leg, 15-inches down from the top of your trouser belt for the holster leg-strap. Left-handed guns and holsters are available without additional cost.
Imagine, out of the millions of people that fondly remember this show, only a certified 500 individuals will own one of these famous "Mare's Laigs". With each purchase we provide a numbered certificate of authenticity and a high quality glossy 5x7 photo of the Bounty Hunter.
Among the TV Western legends of the past and present, James Drury (The Virginian) and Don Durant (Johnny Ringo), are proud to own one of our "Mare's Laigs".
The Early Version of the "Mare's Laig" with the round barrel and large "D" ring finger lever is priced at $2,950 USD ($55.00 shipping & handling in the continental United States).
Our Late Version of the "Mare's Laig", with the octagonal barrel and "Tear-drop" finger lever, is priced at $3,200 USD ($55.00 shipping & handling in the continental United States).
For those fans that would like to have "close to the
real thing", we have another "Mare's Laig"
called the "JR Special". This showroom quality replica has the look and feel of our Bounty
Hunter Special without
the costs involved from customizing an authentic Winchester carbine. It is
incapable of firing and difficult to distinguish from our certified
product. The JR Special includes
our non-firing replica and a customized belt with holster. Sorry, because we have not limited the production of
the JR Special, certificates
of authenticity will not be issued for them. These are original
fabrications of Eagle
Squadron Productions and are not made from real
Winchesters or any real facsimile of the famous Model 92 rifles. Yet, for
"handling purposes" they look very real. There are no B.A.T.F.
registration requirements and they can be sold in all 50 States. They are
also available for world-wide distribution.
the JR Special for $950 USD ($55.00 shipping & handling in the continental United States).
The Bounty Hunter Special has been
featured in the following magazines
Guns & Ammo Annual
Guns of the Old West
Shoot Magazine (vol. 26, Jan-Feb 2004)
Hunter Special is a division of Eagle
Squadron Productions, which is owned and operated by Robert Lanthier, the master craftsman behind all Eagle
He is proud to be a U.S. Air Force Veteran,
Life Member of the National Rifle Association, and president of the Reel Cowboys.
John Wayne - A "True" American
Still admired by millions to many all over the world, John "The
Duke" Wayne symbolizes
what it means to be an American! And now, Eagle
Squadron Productions is very proud
to offer beautifully hand-crafted replicas made from original classic
Winchester Model '92 44-40 carbine rifles. Our customized
rifles are fully functional "shooting" versions
that are virtually identical to those originally used by The Duke in
several of his motion pictures. For example, the
finger-levers for each rifle are unique to each of his
We are pleased
to offer you five of his memorable rifles for your collection!
Our "Duke Specials" are only $2,850 USD ($55.00 shipping & handling in the continental United States).
AND... we also make a non-firing version of John
Wayne's famous Winchester. The "JW" looks and feels just like the full firing original.
The smooth working lever action and even
the weight of
the rifle are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. We priced the "JW" at $850 USD ($55.00 shipping & handling in the continental United States)
We are also very fond of another great TV westerner - Chuck Connors.
of you probably know him better as Lucas McCain - The Rifleman. Eagle Squadron Productions is pleased to offer this famous "Rifleman's" rifle in a fully functional
"shooting" version, along with the "rapid fire" screw.
Mark & Lucas McCain
WE ARE THE ORIGINAL MAKERS OF
THIS RIFLEMAN'S RIFLE SINCE 1976
We use ONLY original Winchester Model
Just like the ones used by Chuck Connors.
Made from carefully restored original antiques, this
beautiful rendition can be yours for $2,850 USD ($55.00 shipping & handling in the continental United States).
We are proud to add The Paladin, to our collection. This magnificent Winchester Model 1892 44-40
carbine rifle is a 16-inch barrel "Trapper" version just like the one used by "the
man dressed in black." Each rifle includes the famous chess knight
piece found on both sides of the wood stock. These chess pieces are
made from the original molds designed by Arvo Ojala (Hollywood Technical Gun
Coach for many years). This creation is favored by many fans of the show. Eagle Squadron Productions will manufacture and certify only 100 of these historical masterpieces from the Golden Era of TV Westerns. We use ONLY original Winchester Model
1892 rifles...just like the one used by Richard Boone.
We are very pleased to offer this famous
rifle in a fully functional
Made from carefully restored original antiques, this
historical rendition can be yours for just $3,600 USD ($55.00 shipping & handling in the continental United States).
Productions is very proud to present a new addition to our famous
rifles. Based on an original Winchester Model 1892 we have created a whole
new 44-40 .cal Carbine "Trapper" version we call the "Dakota Ranger!"
Three years ago we made five of these unique
rifles for friends. Although the Winchester company never made such a
carbine rifle, it was so popular, we decided to produce 100 of these for
We cut down original Winchester Octagon rifle barrels to the 16-inch "Trapper" version (notice the inset in the picture
above). And, even though Winchester never envisioned this configuration,
we have carefully crafted a new Octagon
barrel band, as well as a forend band for this "new" antique Winchester
Collectors of antique Winchester Model 1892 long guns will want to
add the Dakota Ranger to compliment their
Eagle Squadron's DAKOTA RANGER
based on a Winchester "Trapper" Carbine, can
be yours for $3,200 USD ($55.00 shipping & handling in the continental United States).
For information about acquiring any of
these finely crafted replicas,
please contact us at one of the following