The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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Mark's Rifle 

Mark and Lucas disagree on the character of a man claiming to work for the circus. Lucas shoots the man during a robbery at the hotel, but Mark believes the man's story. This puts father and son at odds.


Arnold Laven


Oliver Crawford


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Episode cast overview:
Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain
Paul Fix ... Micah Torrance
Patricia Blair ... Lou Mallory
Ralph Moody ... Doc Burrage
Eddie Quillan ... Angus Evans
Mark Goddard ... Marty Blair


Marty Blair rides into North Fork to drum up business for the circus that is traveling west from Ohio. He's good with his guns and talks a good line but Lucas takes an immediate dislike to him. He's convinced that Blair isn't to be trusted and seems to be proven correct when Lucas shoots him during a robbery at the hotel. It was dark when Lucas shot him and Blair says he was just an innocent bystander. Mark's taken a liking to Blair and believes his story leading to some friction with his father. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western





Release Date:

19 November 1962 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the early minutes of this episode, the character Marty Blair mentions the rifle he is displaying once belonged to Daniel Boone. Patricia Blair (Lou) later plays Daniel Boone's wife in that series. See more »


Lucas shoots his rifle through the door when going after the intruder in Lou's hotel. The bullet hole is about 1 1/2-2 feet above the door knob. When you see the door from the other side, the hole is much lower. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

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Why didn't people believe Lucas?
16 October 2019 | by ebertipSee all my reviews

A closing line from Lucas sums up the story: one way to learn is to make the other fellow prove his point.

The storyline is implausible as to no one crediting Lucas' version of the robbery as true, compared to that of the town newcomer.

Mark gets a rifle, as compared to the slingshot of the previous episode.

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