In an unusual twist on the standard Western, widower Lucas McCain struggles to successfully homestead his ranch in North Fork, New Mexico territory during the 1880s, while raising his son Mark. The Marshall of North Fork has his hands full handling the weekly "bad guys," & it is frequently necessary for Lucas to pick up his modified rapid-action Winchester Rifle to protect himself, his son, and his neighbors.
Last Episode05x26 Old Tony Aired: Apr. 08, 1963
Mark and his girlfriend Laurie discover that an old hermit is very lonely.
The Rifleman: Season 2, Episode #20 - The Horse Traders
Lucas and Mark try to help out a friend whose been cheated in a horse trading deal.
The Rifleman: Season 2, Episode #23 - The Grasshopper
Lucas and Mark are held at gunpoint on a train, but when a plague of grasshoppers forces the train to stop, the…
Series Fun Facts
- In the pilot for the series, by Sam Peckinpah (originally written for Gunsmoke but turned down for that show), Chuck Connors' character was named John McCain, not Lucas McCain, and he didn't…
[show]In the pilot for the series, by Sam Peckinpah (originally written for Gunsmoke but turned down for that show), Chuck Connors' character was named John McCain, not Lucas McCain, and he didn't have a son. It was producer Arnold Laven's idea to make McCain a widower with a son. Also, McCain was originally supposed to have been a dead shot with a pistol. Laven had the idea to use a customized Winchester rifle as McCain's weapon of choice.
- The name of the hotel/restraunt in town was the "Madera House".
- Lucas McCain's rifle is an 1892 .44-40 Winchester.