I guess this is one of the very few instances where Canadian gun laws allow liscenced gun owners and advantage over our American brothers and sisters.
Handguns are strictly regulated up here and can only to transported to/from an approved range with the appropiate liscence etc.
The Ranch Hand is not a hand gun under our laws, so we can hunt with them!
Ok....review time. While it is not the most practical of firearms, it does score a 10 + on the cool and fun factor. My Ranch Hand is the .44 magnum version. While recoil is hard, it is not unmanagable.
Fit and finish is very good on most of the gun. There are a few areas where wood to metal fit is a little off. The blueing is evenly applied and the metal polishibg is very good. The buck horn sights are well regulated, but it does shoot a little high with the factory loads tested at 50 yards.
Trigger pull was a heavy 7 lbs with a little creep, but l will retest it after a 1,000 rounds to see if it has lightened up. When operating the action for the first time l was impressed. It was buttery smooth and light, requiring very little effort to operate. Lock up was smooth and tight also. I encountered no problems feeding or ejecting any of the rounds.
I would recommend this gun.