At first glance, the combination of “heritage” and “tactical” may seem to be a bit of an oxymoron. In the firearm world, however, “tactical” can also mean “practical” and this is the case with the Heritage Manufacturing Tactical Rancher, a traditional revolving carbine design updated with a few touches from the 21st century.
Heritage introduced the Rancher in 2020, a rifle version of the .22 rimfire single-action revolvers for which the company is known. The Tactical Rancher is built around the basic specs of the original Rancher carbine. At its center is a single-action revolving mechanism that uses a six-shot, carbon-steel cylinder that will handle .22 Short, Long and Long Rifle cartridges, as well as an accessory cylinder chambered for .22 WMR.
The aluminum-alloy frame loads through a hinged gate and unloads through the same gate with the assistance of a barrel-mounted ejector rod. The hammer-forged barrel is 16.12" for a rifle-legal length, and a checkered-wood, straight-gripped stock is attached to the rear of the frame where a traditional revolver grip would normally be. A manual hammer block safety is mounted on the left side of the frame.
To keep the support hand safely behind the cylinder/barrel gap when firing, the rifle’s trigger guard has a spur extension added. The Rancher is offered in both a standard and “deluxe” version, which adds an adjustable buckhorn rear sight and sling swivels with a leather sling.
The Heritage Tactical Rancher adds practical modern features to the company’s traditional revolving carbine.
The Tactical Rancher adds some modifications for the sake of modernity, much in the spirit of the company’s Tactical Cowboy revolver. Gone are the iron sights. In their stead is a section of M1913 Picatinny rail atop the frame. This allows for the mounting of magnified or electronic optics, which will be appreciated by everyone from the beginning shooter to the seasoned hand with aging eyes. Quick detachable studs and sling swivels are present, but the provided sling is black nylon. The barrel’s muzzle is threaded 1/2x28 TPI for the attachment of muzzle devices and capped with a thread protector. The wood stock has a darker finish, and all metal parts are finished in a black oxide.
The Heritage Manufacturing Tactical Rancher has an overall length of 32” and weighs 4 lbs., 2 ozs. It has an MSRP of $356. For more information, visit heritagemfg.com.