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
- Goof (anachronisms): Lucas McCain's rifle is a modified 1892 .44-40 Winchester, even though the series clearly establishes itself in the 1880s.
- In an interview, producer Arnold Laven said that the rifle Chuck Connors used was the same one used by John Wayne in Stagecoach.
- Chuck Connors is said to have fired 12 shots with the rifle in the opening credits.