Hi-Yo, Silver, a vintage double barrel owned by both the actor who played the fictional masked former Texas Ranger and the actor who portrayed his trusty sidekick, is up for sale by Rock Island Auction house this week.
The engraved Lefever SXS 12 gauge was obtained back in the 1950s by cowboy actor John Hart from his friend and co-star Jay Silverheels.
“Once in a while we used to find some time & do some shooting together,” wrote Hart in a 2002 letter concerning the shotgun. “We both put quite a few rounds through this double & it’s been a great shooter.”
Hart, a California native who passed away in 2009 at age 91, had a variety of roles before service in the Army during WWII provided an intermission to his acting career. By 1952, he was brought in to play the famous “masked man” in the Lone Ranger TV series where he met Silverheels. A Mohawk Canadian actor and former lacrosse player and Golden Gloves boxer, Silverheels preceded Hart in death in 1980.
The estimated price for the shotgun, which features 28-inch vent rib barrels and 2.75-inch chambers, is $3,500 – $6,000.
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