The Lone Ranger’s pistol was acquired by a Wyoming museum. The iconic Colt.45 is currently being displayed at the Buffalo Bull Center of the West, in the city of Cody. The revolver was made famous in The Lone Ranger television series, which originally aired from 1949 to 1957.
The revolver originally belonged to John Hart, who played the masked hero from 1952 to 1954. Although the pistol was used as a prop, it is truly a work of art. With intricate scroll work and authentic ivory grips, the pistol is remarkable and unique.
In addition to the Lone Ranger pistol, the museum also acquired several signed photographs of the actor in full costume.
According to legend, John Reid was one of six Texas Rangers who were ambushed by a gang of outlaws in the Bryant’s Gap canyon.
Following the attack, a Native American named Tonto found Reid near death. As Tonto saved Reid’s life and nursed him back to health, the men became close friends.
Reid vowed to avenge the deaths of his fellow Rangers. With Tonto’s assistance, he faked his own death to cloak his identity. As he was the sole survivor of the brutal ambush, Reid became known as The Lone Ranger.
Following his recovery, The Lone Ranger and Tonto worked together to fight for justice in the Old West.
Although the story was depicted on radio, in comic books, and in numerous films, the television series was particularly popular.
Throughout the series, The Lone Ranger was played by two actors. The series began with Clayton Moore in the title role. However, Moore left the show in 1950 amid a pay dispute.
John Hart filled the role from 1950 to 1953. It was during those three years that Hart’s intricately carved Colt.45 was made famous. Although Moore eventually returned to the role, both actors were acclaimed for the portrayal of the iconic hero.
The popular series was nominated for numerous awards, including a 1951 Emmy nomination for Best Children’s Show and a 1950 Emmy nomination for Best Film Made for and Viewed on Television. In 2005, the Clayton Moore was nominated Favorite Crimestopper during the TV Land awards.
As reported by CS Monitor, the museum did not disclose how much was paid for the Lone Ranger pistol. However, similar pistols, with historical significance, have sold for more than $800,000.
The Lone Ranger pistol is specifically iconic for fans of the original television series. The fans will now have an opportunity to get a closer look at the famous pistol.
[Image via Center Of The West]