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Why does the Lone Ranger wear gloves?


I've noticed that in every single TV episode from 1949 through all the seasons that follow, the Lone Ranger is constantly wearing thick dark gloves. Does anyone know why?

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Many western characters wear gloves i.e. Nick Barkley, Lucas McCain. Most likely just for plain hand protection due to things they used such as ropes, barbed wire, tools etc. and also protection from the hot sun and dry climate. Lucas used them because in early episodes before the ring on his Winchester was redesigned he sometimes pinched his hand when rapid firing.

Lone Ranger: We're in trouble Tonto! We're almost out of ammunition, our waters gone, our horses have run off and we're surrounded by Indians!

Tonto: What you mean "WE"?!

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Interesting reasoning. Thanks.
Still, when I see TLR do his fancy gun-twirling when taking his guns from their holster, I think: wouldn't that be easier with bare hands than with awkward thick gloves?

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Strictly for esthetics - part of the character's trademark look. The costumer must have made or acquired gloves made of form-fitted cloth or ultra-thin leather for them to be functional on the actor. As a practical matter, 1880's-era leather gloves had to have been thick, hot and cumbersome, unlike the very tightly-fitted gloves that today's police officers wear (but only when they have to).

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