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Restless Gun, The

1 9 5 7 – 1 9 5 9 (USA)
77 x 30 minute episodes

Television western series The Restless Gun aired on NBC from 1957 to 1959.


John Payne (best known as the Santa believing attorney in Miracle on 34th Street) played the titular character, whose name was Vint Bonner (he was called ‘Britt Ponset’ in the pilot, which in turn was based on a short-lived radio series called The Six Shooter, which starred James Stewart).

World-weary and disillusioned, Bonner was a professional gunfighter (like Paladin in Have Gun Will Travel) in the post-Civil War southwest and carried special kit that extended the effective range of his colt – by attaching a barrel extension and a rifle stock to his handgun.

The Restless Gun was so popular at the time that it had its own comic book and was part of Topps’ 1958 set of TV Western trading cards.

Vint Bonner
John Payne