Facts & Figures
The original Pistol Pete mascot head was made of papier-mache and is on exhibit at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The current fiberglass heads were designed by Walt Disney props people, and each is insured for $20,000.
A Pete head weighs 35-40 pounds.
The Pistol Pete mascots carry registered Ruger Blackhawk .357 Magnum revolvers, loaded with 9mm blanks. Each Pete takes a gun safety course.
Pistol Pete defeated Benny the Bull in
ESPN and Doug Gottlieb's Mascot Madness to become the top collegiate or
professional mascot in the U.S. in April 2010!
Pete was ranked No. 5 in the collegiate bracket of 32 and defeated
Virginia Tech's Hokie Bird, Michigan State's
Sparty, Notre Dame's Leprechaun, Bevo of Texas and Ralphie the Buffalo
of Colorado to be named the top collegiate mascot.
The final race
against the Chicago Bulls' mascot was much closer but Pete prevailed
thanks to more than 20,000 votes from loyal and true OSU alumni and