People kept giving Don Knotts bullets

The deputy's single bullet was such a beloved running joke that fans gave him hundreds of single bullets.

While Sheriff Andy Taylor was the "Sheriff Without a Gun," Deputy Barney Fife has no such reservations. Barney's gun handling is one of the most well-known running gags on The Andy Griffith Show. He loves to flex his authority by carrying one, but since he more often ends up shooting walls, windows, or his own foot, Andy makes a strict rule that Barney is to carry only one bullet in his shirt pocket.

Of course, when the situation arose where a loaded gun would be handy, Barney starts shaking and fumbling as he tries to put his single bullet in the gun. It's just another part of what makes Barney Fife such a memorable character.

Fans loved the deputy and his single bullet, to the point where Don Knotts amassed an unusual collection.

Daniel de Visé, in his book Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show, wrote about the fans who would bring Knotts a single bullet.

Actress Dodie Brown, who worked with Knotts onstage, said that fans "would line up along the hotel, three blocks, and wait in line to get an autograph from him. They would come up and say, 'I’m your best fan.' Every single person would say that. Every policeman would bring him bullets."

According to de Visé, Knotts held on to these gifts. "Don [Knotts] never knew what to do with the bullets... Hundreds of them rattled around the drawers of his Century City condo."

Sheriff Taylor would have been mighty upset if his deputy had started carrying those hundreds of gifts in his shirt pocket.

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24 Comments

Jimmy2 6 months ago
I wish Metv and Dish network would make a contract deal because I have dish and metv is no longer on because of no deal. I've complained to dish about it time and again. I really miss Metv!
Waltons77 Jimmy2 6 months ago
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edsawyeranddougfan52 9 months ago
I wonder why METV never shows the color episodes of The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry RFD and Gomer Pyle USMC.
LoveMETV22 9 months ago
LOL ! What Barney really wanted to do was probably....
LoveMETV22 LoveMETV22 9 months ago
As in an old-fashioned start of a race.
bagandwallyfan52 32 months ago
RIP
Betty Lynn
Thelma Lou
The Andy Griffith Show
ELEANOR 33 months ago
I was watching "First 48" when it was in Dallas and they, of course, filmed the office and there on the detective's cubical wall was a giant photo of Don Knotts as Barney Fife.
Zip 33 months ago
Now we know who to blame if there is ever an ammunition shortage.
FrankensteinLover 33 months ago
Don Knotts was A Comic Genius, he took Barney Fife to a whole New Level. When you can be funny without being Provocative that says it all.
327053 33 months ago
Loved how his Barney Fife and Mr. Furley characters were one in the same.🤣
Runeshaper 33 months ago
That's both hilarious and AWESOME at the same time! (-:
JHP 33 months ago
barney is nothing more than a insolent gilligan
JHP 33 months ago
in todays climate - Barn and a AR - now that would be something
Andybandit 33 months ago
I love Barney and his one bullet.
country46 33 months ago
barney and his one dam bullet ha ha
KMT6600 33 months ago
I love to hear about Barney Fife he was almost the star of the show but then you have Andy & Opie & all the rest ! I just loved that show
MrsPhilHarris KMT6600 33 months ago
The show was certainly not as entertaining after Barney moved away.
twiggins84 MrsPhilHarris 23 months ago
The Andy Griffith show was before my time, I'm 38 years old but have watched reruns more times than I can ever count. Any episodes after season 5 I can go without watching though. Without Don Knott's it just isn't the same. For some reason it just isn't the same in color either. I grew up watching reruns of Petticoat Junction and Green Acres weeknights with my mom and have always loved both shows. The Dick Van Dyke show is another of my favorites. They don't make shows like they used to.
MrsPhilHarris twiggins84 23 months ago
They certainly don’t make shows like they used to. And I agree about Andy Griffith. I only watch the black & white episodes. I also love The Dick Van Dyke Show. I wanted to live in their house. 😁
The color episodes of TAGS were also funny with Goober Pyle Howard Sprague . Warren Ferguson didn't last long as Andy's new deputy who replaced Barney Fife for a short time .
I don’t remember the colour episodes. 🤔
Seems you just lost interest in the "MeTV Comment Line", as you like to call it. Hopefully you're enjoying the "Facebook Happy Days Groups", as I think you said you had joined a few of them some months ago.
Look like you'll get a few episodes of Happy Days later this month:

Not sure if they're holding the show in their library or just got the 4 episodes? Either way you'll get to enjoy seeing those episodes air on the network. Know you've said you have the complete library outside of MeTV not including in their regular schedule.
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