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Lone Ranger Pistol Now in Wyoming Museum

    April 29, 2014
    Sean Patterson
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Last year’s The Lone Ranger movie may have been a disaster with both critics and audiences, but the legend of the masked hero still lives on. Now people in Wyoming will get to see a piece of that legend as the Lone Ranger’s pistol has made its way to a Cody, Wyoming museum.

According to a Powell Tribune report, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is now home to the Lone Ranger’s Colt. 45 revolver. The weapon was used by the character in the famous TV series that introduced the Lone Ranger to many Americans.

The pistol was carried by actor John Hart during his time as the Lone Ranger on the original TV series. Though the show aired from 1949 to 1957, Hart played the titular character for only one season. Actor Clayton Moore (pictured) is more widely recognized as the Lone Ranger from the TV series, but was replaced by Hart during the show’s third season due to a contract dispute Moore had with ABC.

Hart, who had experience in TV westerns, was tapped to replace Moore for 52 episodes of the series. Hart also stepped back into the Lone Ranger’s boots for two 1980s-era TV shows, including a Happy Days episode titled “Hi Yo, Fonzie Away.” He also appeared in dozens of other TV shows throughout the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

Hart died in September 2009 at the age of 91.

The pistol, which belonged to Hart, is now on display in the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. This particular revolver features an engraved pattern and ivory grips displaying the skull of a steer.


Along with the pistol the museum now also has autographed photos of Hart and a signed copy of the actor’s cookbook/memoir “Cowboys in the Kitchen.” In addition to recipes the book contains stories from Hart’s acting career and life.

Image via Wikimedia Commons


  • Paladin

    Proper use would be to call this a handgun or revolver, not a pistol. Handguns are mainly divided into two classes revolvers and pistols (semi-automatics fall into this catagory). There are also single shot handguns.

    • SpecialEd

      The term pistol was in use long before semi-autos came into existance

  • archapple

    OK, so this pistol belonged to John Hart. I want to know where the pistol is that Clayton Moore used, as he was The Lone Ranger for years to me.

    • Jodie Meyers

      Agree

    • disqus_J8hy9Ghzun

      There was only one Lone Ranger, and Clayton Moore was his name! “Hy-yo Silver!”

    • Bob Robin

      I agree. Clayton Moore was The Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels was Tonto.

    • Bob_BBA70

      Totally agree. Where is the real Lone Rangers Hand Guns.

  • Steve Wilson

    Yes,that is the authentic revolver. Clayton Moore had his stolen out of his van in Colorado in the 80s,I believe. A great addition to the museum.

  • http://yahoo.com/ MS E M GARRISON

    . . . IF MEMORY SERVES ME CORRECTLY ( CLAYTON MOORE – WAS HIS NAME ) AM AT THE AGE WHERE ( HAVE APPRECIATION FOR THIS CHARACTER ) – ( WE GREW UP ON THIS ACTOR & HIS INDIAN FRIEND – TONTO ) AND THEIR PROGRAM WAS ONE ( DEEMED AS CLEAN ) IT WAS FAMILY ORIENTATED & THESE CHAR ACTORS – WERE FOR JUSTICE & WHAT WE REMEMBER WHEN THEIR NAMES POP UP IN THE MEDIAS – THANK YOU . . .

  • James

    Loved the Lone Ranger. One of the qorst days of my life was
    when I found our Kemo Sabe meant Darlibg..

    • James

      worst
      Darling

      • servantoftruth

        And worse, Tonto means Idiot.

  • 500c

    it’s a revolver, a pistol has only one chamber, a revolver has multiple chambers.

  • Gary Schwab

    So Hart used 4 3/4 inch barreled revolver(s). What did Moore carry?

  • Stephen Legette

    Pistol, Revolver, Clip, Magazine Since When do things have to be “Perfect”. And it is a “Pistol” Dumb-A$$, It was called that for 200yrs before some Stupid-A$$ said Oh! Lets call it a Revolver.

    • SpecialEd

      Not perfect, just correct. The first revolver was produced in 1836, less than 200 years ago.

  • JIM

    Can you imagine the as$ whuppin this guy woulda got in a town like Tombstone
    or Dodge City if he had rode into town on that big white horse with his tight
    powder blue pants tucked into a pair of white cowboy boots, a big white cowboy
    hat, tight pink shirt, a mask, and a skinny Indian BFF?

  • Gary Ronan

    Where”s the other one? The Lone Ranger always carried A brace of Colts!

  • stwo9022

    While it is true that “tonto” means stupid in Spanish, that is a coincidence — it does not mean that was the Inidan’s name, nor was it the Ranger’s (John Reid before the ambush) opinion. In Spanish language versions of the show, a totally different name was used. And Kemo Sabe means “trusty scout” or more loosely translated “Faithful friend.”

    If anyone is interested, Jay Silverheels’s real name was Harold Smith. He got the nickname “Silverheels” because of his athleticism. His father was the most highly decorated Canadian Indian soldier of WWI.

    Also Clayton Moore’s real name was John. They changed it to something that sounded more western.

  • Russell

    Clayton Moore’s six guns, holster, hat, and mask are on display in Waco, Texas at the Texas Ranger Museum.

  • Sam

    This is not a pistol, asshole.

  • benjamin sells

    Benjamin Sells