If You Only Watch One Episode of The Rifleman, This Is The One To Watch

“This territory has a lot of growing up to do,” rifleman Lucas McCain tells the stand-in sheriff [7:40]. “Until that’s done we can’t take away a man’s right to protect himself.” Until that’s done? You’d think The Rifleman would be a little more firm on gun rights. Anyway, gun control doesn’t work out in North Fork, New Mexico Territory. Just like it doesn’t work out in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, etc. [h/t DG] As the Talking Heads would say, same as it ever was.


  1. avatar Vhyrus says:

    What is that dead mackerel eye look he gives at the beginning?

    1. avatar Another Robert says:

      They pretty much all did the same thing, or at least a close variation, back in them days.

  2. avatar jwm says:

    people were a lot safer in the “wild west” days than we are now. We have more valid reason to go armed every day in modern CA than the old timers did in the “wild west”.

    But it ain’t about valid reason. As long as I’m not hurting anyone not deserving of hurting then my reasons are immaterial.

  3. avatar Don says:

    Flashback there to a more innocent time… loved it!

  4. avatar John in Ohio says:

    Except to the BS at the very end, that’s the one episode that I suggest most often to friends and family.

    1. avatar Chip in FL says:

      Agree 100%….The whole episode showed how dumb “gun control” is and proved it by using the three outlaws taking the sheriff hostage. But then in the end it was like the dumb ass kid could not see the lesson. I guess what they are saying is that in a police state (mature civilization), when there is an armed cop for every citizen then there would be no need for anyone to be armed. What a bunch of SHIT! Why do all these feel good liberals think that a king/dictator/president wont turn on the very people that put him in office? What is wrong with people that are so navie?

  5. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    “Glad to see you’re bringing some progressive ideas to this town, Marshal”

    Used to be one of my favorite shows growing up.

    1. avatar Another Robert says:

      Heehee–said the wolf, licking his lips at the thought of all those sheep, now ready for shearing. How topical can you get?

  6. avatar CR Diddle says:

    Also take a look at:
    The Rifleman
    ‘Gun Shy’
    Episode 153
    Mark learns guns, inanimate objects, are neither good or bad.

    1. avatar Bob says:

      Oh no, you see, there’s GUN VIOLENCE now, GUN VIOLENCE!

    2. avatar doesky2 says:

      Episode 5×11

  7. avatar JR_in_NC says:

    For the record, a lot of episodes are worth watching. Within the last year, had the pleasure of introducing my son to “The Rifleman.”

    On a side note…met Chuck Connors once. Still have his autograph somewhere. Seemed like a nice guy…very tall.

  8. avatar Scrubula says:

    Until that’s done? Maybe the show was right. Because crime is never done. It never sleeps, it never has, it never will.
    It’s only a negative quote if you take it literally.

    1. avatar Another Robert says:

      kinda like, “until the Millenium comes”…

  9. avatar NJ2AZ says:

    “its a town of sittin ducks”

    man this holds up.

  10. avatar Drew says:

    The irony is that antis say the same thing but in reverse. Guns ‘may’ have been needed back then but we are civilized now. But the standard line is we must ban all guns to achieve civility. Sooo are we uncivilized and thus in need of guns? Because so long as guns are available we are by (their) definition not civilized.

  11. avatar Anonymoose says:

    I used to watch The Rifleman every morning before work.

  12. avatar fuque says:

    I watch it everyday… Poor Micca, is totally ineffective as sheriff.

  13. avatar GunTotinDem says:

    Open carry a rifle? Oh noes

  14. avatar T says:

    Knowledgeable lessons are timeless like this one.

  15. avatar Rimfire says:

    I think Diane Feinstein was there in those days….probably tried banning that little 10-32 screw in the lever that let him go rapid fire. But old Lucas did it all without being tacti-kewl. No Tracking Point on that old ’92.
    Micah, he like the SxS shottie for street sweeping.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Micah preferred the shotgun for its intimidation factor. He stated in at least one episode that when he showed up with the shotgun in hand, people stopped acting out and listened to reason. No shots needed to be fired.

      1. avatar John in Ohio says:

        IIRC, he also had an old injury to his shooting hand, arm, or shoulder which made it more difficult for him to use a handgun.

  16. avatar Southerner says:

    “THE RIFLEMAN” ran from 1958 to 1963. The show ran in a time period bracketed by the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In this time period very few states had any provision for concealed carry, and it was an article of faith in Hollywood that ordinary citizens should depend on the state to protect them. Even firearms manufacturers were already pushing for fiscal protection against imported surplus arms, (later achieved with the 1968 Gun Control Act).

    Considering the media mood of the times, it was only fitting that a show like “THE ANVIL CHORUS” episode would have some idealistic reference to a “future without guns” to offset the powerful “right to carry” message of this morality play in old-west clothing

  17. avatar bontai Joe says:

    I love watching the Rifleman, and Cheyenne. Reminds me of my youth when these shows were new, and we had at best 7 tv channels to watch on a clear day.

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