Lone Ranger Pistol of TV Fame, Not Film Flop, Holstered by Museum

Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 06:15 AM

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An old pistol made famous by a masked hero of television from more than 60 years ago has been acquired by a museum in Wyoming

The Lone Ranger's Colt .45 is now on display at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, in Cody.

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The single-action revolver belonged to actor John Hart. He portrayed the Lone Ranger in the original TV series that ran from 1952 to 1954, about a masked Texas Ranger who battled injustice in the Old West. His sidekick Tonto was one of the most well-known American Indian stereotypes of all time, according to The Associated Press.

Hart used several firearms over his acting career, but this gun is special. It features ivory grips and intricate engraving.

The Powell Tribune reports the museum also has acquired autographed photos of Hart in costume and a cookbook he wrote in the 1990s. Hart died in 2009 at age 91.

The Johnny Depp film "The Lone Ranger" bombed at the box office last summer. Based on the long-running radio program the TV series, the "Lone Ranger" brand proved a musty one. The audience for the film skewed heavily toward older moviegoers, with 68 percent of its audience older than 25.

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