The adventures of a Wild West rancher wielding a customized rapid fire Winchester rifle and his son.
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Widower Lucas McCain can fire a round with his specially modified Winchester in three-tenths of a second. Added to his high moral code and resolve enable him to help Marshal Micah Torrance maintain order in town while raising his son, Mark, on a ranch near North Fork, New Mexico. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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30 September 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre del rifle  »

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(168 episodes)

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Did You Know?


The character "Lucas McCain" was ranked number thirty-two in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (June 20, 2004 issue). See more »


The majority of the men's shirts shown have buttons down the full front of the shirt. However, men's shirts were only manufactured in this style the first time during the early 1920s and didn't become popular until later 1920s/early 1930s. See more »


[repeated line]
Mark McCain: Pa!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Bloodlust! (1994) See more »

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Great Western from the Golden Age of TV
20 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

As a kid growing up in the 70s, "The Rifleman" was one the only other western besides "Wild, Wild, West" that I really liked--I envied Mark McCain and the great father he had on the show (played by Connors). Yes, each show was a morality play but so were many other shows of the 50s & 60s (including "Star Trek"). They made their point at a time when there was still some innocence in America, and even taught tolerance for people from other countries/cultures (for example, in the episode of "Rifleman" where a Japanese man gets insulted & pushed into a fight with one of the locals & uses Judo to defend himself). Lucas McCain taught his son by example NEVER to use a gun or fight unless it was self-defense. It sounds silly now, but when I was a kid I wished my dad had explained things to me the same way Chuck Connors did to his son in the show--ah well, thank goodness for TV writers! :)

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