So, you want to dress up as the Lone Ranger?
Before you seek out a costume, there are some things you need to know. At this time, there are no commercially made costumes that you can run to the store and buy or purchase online.
Any Lone Ranger costume is going to be handmade, custom ordered and very expensive, about $500. If you want to dress in an outfit as complete and authentic as the one worn by Gene Thomas (left), you can expect to spend a minimum of about $4,500.
That includes hat, mask, holster, guns, boots, etc. Gene has a source for the authentic-looking Lone Ranger outfits (shirt, pants, scarf).
You can e-mail him by clicking on his name above or by clicking here. The cost of the outfit varies. Please contact Gene for details.
Dusty Johnson. Noted saddlemaker Dusty Johnson of Prescott, Arizona, makes replica holsters of your favorite Western heros.Visit his Hollywood Holsters site for more information. Dusty is also an excellent source for guns and "silver" bullets.
He has also made a gun belt for Lone Ranger look-alike Garry Cherricks who is regarded as "the only authentic original looking Lone Ranger and Silver" traveling the USA. In addition Dusty has helped him with the true western silver saddle for his horse and has repaired a lot of the tack for the horse. His website is www.TheLoneRanger.tv
Walt Ostin. "Rawhide" Walt Ostin of Cobble Hill, British Columbia, Canada, is a highly-regarded leathersmith. He makes Western replica holsters, including one for Lone Ranger look-alike Chuck Medwork. He has also made Lone Ranger spur straps and a sterling silver gun belt for Lone Ranger look-alike Garry Cherricks who is regarded as "the only authentic original looking Lone Ranger and Silver" traveling the USA. His website is www.TheLoneRanger.tv. Walt is not online, but can be reached at 250-743-9015.
We've got a source for authentic-looking Lone Ranger masks. The masks are made of plaster and felt, just like the ones used on the television program. The masks are custom made and are high quality and are available through TLRFC.
These masks are used exclusively by the Lone Ranger look-alike Garry Cherricks (not in picture) who is regarded as "the only authentic original looking Lone Ranger and Silver" traveling the USA. His website is www.TheLoneRanger.tv
Getting the right hat is a little tricky. The Lone Ranger's hat changed color. Most of the time it was white. Other times it was a brownish, off-white. Sometimes a silverbelly white is acceptable.
The hat band is a silver/off-white or black. We recommend deciding which variation you want and let the hat maker know.
As for the hat makers shown below, we have not purchased their hats, but have heard from people who have. So far, no one has gotten a bad report; only positive feedback. Click on the photo to go to that particular hat maker's Web site. Note that hats will vary in price from about $200 to $2,500 depending on the maker and the quality.
Tonto Rim Trading Co. Shown in white fur felt with 5” high crown and 4” bound edge brim. 6X: $215 (50 Cal: $330 100X: $540 available on request) Tonto Rim custom hats 50 Cal. quality hats of any crown or brim size available in all colors.
Available colors for standard crown (6” or less): black, chocolate, bone, silverbelly, granite gray, steel gray, rust, acorn brown, Sahara (light tan). Available colors for 6X quality with 7” crowns and 5” brims: black, silverbelly, bone, chocolate, acorn, Sahara (light tan).
This hat (in silverbelly color) is the one used by Lone Ranger look-alike Garry Cherricks who is regarded as "the only authentic original looking Lone Ranger and Silver" traveling the USA. His website is www.TheLoneRanger.tv
Dave Brown Hats. The hat was made for Chuck Medwork who is the “Lone Ranger” in most re-enactments (Rose Bowl ,etc) Chuck supplied all the pictures to reproduce the identical hat worn by Mr. Moore. He supplied the outside band (stampede cord). The hat (an identical reproduction) runs from $600 to $1,300 depending on the felt chosen by the purchaser (blended beaver or pure beaver).
Jaxon Bilt Hats. Have an exact replica of the original Lone Ranger western hat custom built of highest quality material by master hatmaker Roy Jackson of Jaxonbuilt hats.
The Lone Ranger style hat that Roy builds is available in 3 qualities. 5X a beaver and rabbit fur blend at $195 for the base hat. 10X a 50% pure beaver at $295 for the base hat. 50X a 100% pure beaver at $395 for the base hat.
Extras would include: Braided leather crown band with matching braided stampede, cost $60. Bound edge cost $20. Plain leather crown band cost $20. These are all options and available to the customer wanting the hat. Of course a 2-ply crown ribbon is no cost. Roy pays all shipping on custom ordered hats. He usually builds the Lone Ranger in platinum color, sometimes silver belly or white on request.