The Rifleman: Season 5, Episode 11

Gun Shy (10 Dec. 1962)

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When Mark's careless actions cause the death of a friend, he blames the rifle. Not being able to accept the truth, he runs away from home. But he is faced with a tough decision that could be a matter of life and death.



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Episode cast overview:
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Pat Goldin ...
Bob Hall ...
Minister (as Bob Hull)
Jay Nelson ...
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Jimmy Carter ...
Peter Whitney ...


When two boys come to visit Mark at the McCain ranch, one of them takes hold Lucas' rifle only to have it go off killing the other boy. Mark can't quite accept what has happened and is unable to bring himself to even touch a rifle. He decides to run away to California, stopping off at Lou's hotel for the night before leaving town. Lou meanwhile has her own problems when a wanted outlaw by the name of Vantine holes up in the hotel. In the end, it's left to Mark to decide what he is capable of doing. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




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10 December 1962 (USA)  »

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Lucas rides into town. He gets off his horse. He walks into the hotel wearing a jacket he didn't have on when he rode into town. See more »

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Chuck Connors breaks the 4th wall in the opening credits after he shoots his riffle and then stares into the camera. See more »

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Mark wants nothing to do with guns when his friend is killed
17 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When one of Mark's friends is killed when another boy is playing around with Lucas's rifle, Mark feels so bad that he refuses to even touch a rifle and thinks about running away to California.

It will be up to Lucas to prove to Mark that it was not the gun that killed his friend but the careless actions of others. But this will be a difficult lesson for Mark to accept.

It will not be until a escaped killer invades North Fork and Mark will have to choose between the rifle or watching others die to get over his fear of the gun. It will be a split second decision that will either help or hinder the rest of Mark's life.

A nice show for viewers.

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