"Bonanza" episode
Season 6, Episode 1
Ep.# in Series: 169
Air date September 20, 1964
Guest starring:
Written by Daniel B. Ullman
Directed by John Florea
Episode Guide
Previous Episode:
Walter and the Outlaws
Next Episode:
The Hostage
External links
Invention of a Gunfighter on IMDb
Invention of a Gunfighter on


Johnny Chapman comes to Joe to learn how to use a gun after being humiliated by the town bully. Joe doesn't see the deadly consequences that will follow when Johnny becomes a bounty hunter.

Soon, Johnny's hired to shoot down his ex-girlfriend, Olive, and his teacher, Joe.


Humiliated by a professional gunslinger in front of a bar crowd that included his girlfriend, timid Johnny Chapman asks Little Joe to teach him how to handle a gun.

But, Johnny changes as he gains skill and confidence and Joe soon doesn't recognize his friend in the hard, ruthless man he's become.

Cast and CharactersEdit

The Cartwrights




Did you know?Edit

  • German episode title: "Zieh schneller, Johnny", meaning "Draw Faster, Johnny".


You see why the blanks?

-Little Joe



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See alsoEdit

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