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The first episode of “The Rifleman”. 1958. #15263274 09/27/20
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Pursuant to the 2,000 yard pistol shot thread I was looking for that TV Western episode where the good guy carves a tree branch into a stock for his pistol and takes the bad guy out at rifle range.

Dunno why it came back with this Rifleman episode but here ya go. Lucas gets dragged behind a horse and has his rifle stolen, brings out a ruthless side not often seen.

Cool Bible reference too (couldn’t do that today).

The episode was directed by Sam Peckinpah hisself, who eleven years later bring us The Wild Bunch.



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The Rifleman killed more men than smallpox.

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Originally Posted by Bristoe
The Rifleman killed more men than smallpox.


And Cecil B. DeMille!

I love the Rifleman. My fav episode is the one with Mark Twain.


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I wonder how many people modified their lever guns to fire on closing.


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I was off 2 1/2 months a few years ago. I watched every episode. It was then I noticed Chuck was left handed. In the opening credits he operates the rifle right handed. He played for the Celtics and the Dodgers also.

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Originally Posted by Birdwatcher
I wonder how many people modified their lever guns to fire on closing.


I had a toy model 92 when I was a kid that had a little flip up piece on the lever that would trip the trigger when you closed the lever. I think it was made by Mattel. I wore it out pretty quick.

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Originally Posted by Bristoe
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I wonder how many people modified their lever guns to fire on closing.


I had a toy model 92 when I was a kid that had a little flip up piece on the lever that would trip the trigger when you closed the lever. I think it was made by Mattel. I wore it out pretty quick.

I might have had the same one, had plastic bullets you put green-n-stick’em caps on.


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I could be broke down at our farm property, 1/2 bar of cell service...call my old man, need some tools.....he would wait till Rifleman or Big valley or paladin goes off before leaving the house. 😃🤣🤪

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Originally Posted by Birdwatcher
I wonder how many people modified their lever guns to fire on closing.


Watched the episode. Saw him cock the rifle by spinning it. It didn’t fire on closing when he did so.

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I used to have a miniature souvenir bat w/ Chuck Connors' signature, I think he was w/ the Portland Beavers minor league team.


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Originally Posted by Birdwatcher
I wonder how many people modified their lever guns to fire on closing.


Back in the early 60's Mattel made a Winchester Rifle cap gun with that trigger mechanism.

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My all time favorite western series.
Connors was also the first player in the NBA to break a backboard.
Who got all the dead gunslingers guns that Lucas killed?
I always hoped to see 3-400 colts hanging in the barn!
He put a colt Saa on/in an old board with a twig for a sight once too!
Great show!

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Originally Posted by Birdwatcher
Pursuant to the 2,000 yard pistol shot thread I was looking for that TV Western episode where the good guy carves a tree branch into a stock for his pistol and takes the bad guy out at rifle range.

Dunno why it came back with this Rifleman episode but here ya go. Lucas gets dragged behind a horse and has his rifle stolen, brings out a ruthless side not often seen.

Cool Bible reference too (couldn’t do that today).

The episode was directed by Sam Peckinpah hisself, who eleven years later bring us The Wild Bunch.



FWIW . . . That was Season 01 Episode 02


Here is Season 01 Episode 01



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Originally Posted by OrangeOkie
Originally Posted by Birdwatcher
I wonder how many people modified their lever guns to fire on closing.


Back in the early 60's Mattel made a Winchester Rifle cap gun with that trigger mechanism.

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As I recall, that's like the one I had.

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Originally Posted by 06hunter59
My all time favorite western series.
Connors was also the first player in the NBA to break a backboard.
Who got all the dead gunslingers guns that Lucas killed?
I always hoped to see 3-400 colts hanging in the barn!
He put a colt Saa on/in an old board with a twig for a sight once too!
Great show!


That episode was just on like last week! I remembered it from when I was a kid. LOL


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Originally Posted by JimHnSTL
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Originally Posted by Birdwatcher
I wonder how many people modified their lever guns to fire on closing.


I had a toy model 92 when I was a kid that had a little flip up piece on the lever that would trip the trigger when you closed the lever. I think it was made by Mattel. I wore it out pretty quick.

I might have had the same one, had plastic bullets you put green-n-stick’em caps on.



I had one too and am pretty sure it was made by Mattel. I don't remember if I had the firing bullets, though. A kid down the street had one also, and I remember he got the idea that if he rubbed the stock down with a stick of butter, it would preserve it and make it look better. I thought it was a good idea too, and did the same. That was over 60 years ago and I can't recall whether the stock was wood or plastic (but I'm thinking plastic)...four-year olds can be pretty impressionable.

I liked The Rifleman, but I was a fan of "Wanted Dead or Alive" long before I ever saw Chuck Connors on TV. Steve McQueen played Josh Randall, a bounty hunter who carried a badass little cut down lever action. I liked the way the brim of his hat was curled up, and I came up with the notion that if I gathered up enough green grass and rolled it up in the brim of my hat, it would stay rolled up in that shape. So that's what I did...and when I walked in the house with that hat on with all that grass trolled up in the brim, Mom ran my little three-year old ass out the door for no good reason. That took place in Alpine, Texas while my [then] step-father was finishing up a degree at Sul Ross State.

Interesting time of my life, it was. I learned about jets breaking the sound barrier (late 50s), but I also learned that searching for the thing that hit the ground with such a tremendous thud, and therefore just had to be nearby, was a pointless effort. I looked all day for this broken sound barrier, confident that I would recognize it when I saw it. Never did find the damned thing.


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Originally Posted by ring3
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I wonder how many people modified their lever guns to fire on closing.


Watched the episode. Saw him cock the rifle by spinning it. It didn’t fire on closing when he did so.


Watch it again, when the evil ranch hand picks it up and woks the action it goes off, the ranch hatch remarks on this then fires some more rounds just by working the action.


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