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eritage Mfg. is best known for its
Rough Rider series of revolvers,
low-cost models within the reach
of virtually any shooter's budget, and
while these guns serve the needs of the
pistolero, the company also wanted to
offer something for those shooters looking for a fun-to-shoot shoulder-fired
platform. So, in 2020, Heritage introduced the .22 Long Rifle-chambered
Rancher, an unorthodox carbine version
of a Rough Rider revolver-with a buttstock and a 16" barrel-that continues
the line's reputation for affordability.
As with many of the more traditional hand-held members of its flagship rimfire line, Heritage's Rancher
is a single-action six-shooter with an
alloy steel barrel and a Zamak 5 alloy
frame. A black-oxide finish has been
applied to both components for added

resistance to wear and corrosion. The
rifle's checkered walnut stock has a
length of pull of 14.25", bringing the
total length of the gun to 32", and it
weighs just 3 lbs., 12 ozs. empty.
Loading of the carbine is accomplished via a gate on the right side
of the frame. To free the cylinder, the
carbine's hammer must be brought
to its half-cock position, as only
then can the cylinder be rotated
to individually fill each chamber.
Unloading the Rancher follows the same
process, the ejector rod being used to
push out fired cases. While chambered
in .22 Long Rifle, the rifle's cylinder
can also accept .22 Short and .22 Long
cartridges, and an aftermarket .22 WMR
cylinder compatible with the Rancher is
available but not included.
While the Rancher may indeed be a

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carbine, it is still a revolver at heart,
and, as such, users need to be very
aware of the placement of their support hand while firing it-positioning
the off hand in front of the cylinder
to support the weight of the gun
could lead to serious injury. Instead,
a spur is machined into the bottom of
the trigger guard to provide a surface
that can be gripped by the middle
finger of the shooting hand, with the
support hand then wrapping around it
in the same manner as when firing a
semi-automatic pistol. Further steadying can be accomplished through the
use of an included leather sling that
easily installs via sling studs located
on the toe of the stock and a band on
the barrel.
The Rough Rider Rancher is built
with a traditional half-cock safety
that locks the trigger while providing
a bit of drop protection. In addition, there is also a left-side framemounted thumb safety that blocks the
firing pin should you wish to carry
the gun loaded with its hammer back.
Checkering added to the hammer spur
aids in handling while also adding a
touch of flair to the firearm. The carbine makes use of a fully adjustable,

While the Rancher is a carbine, it is still a revolver at heart, and the cylinder can be removed
from the gun by first freeing the base pin. The rifle comes from Heritage with a fully
adjustable, semi-buckhorn rear sight (above, l.) and a brass bead front sight (above, r.).

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