Museum Acquires Lone Ranger’s Pistol

CODY, Wyo. (April 28, 2014) The Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyo., has acquired an old pistol made famous by the masked man of television fame from more than 60 years ago.

The Lone Ranger's Colt .45 now on display at the museum belonged to actor John Hart, who 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.

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

The museum also acquired autographed photos of Hart in costume and a cookbook he wrote in the 1990s.

Hart died in 2009 at age 91.

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