The Rifleman

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The Rifleman presents the story of Lucas McCain (Chuck Connors); widower and Civil War veteran who tries his hand at ranching. While raising his son Mark on a ranch in a New Mexico town of the 1880s he fights off bad guys and teaches Mark wholesome values along the way. The show took its name from McCainÂ’s specially modified rapid fire Winchester rifle that allowed him to fire a round in three-tenths of a second. The show's attractions included a star-studded selection of special guest stars as well as the stars themselves. Chuck Connors was a former major league baseball player and Johnny Crawford was a former Mouseketeer. In the late 1950s when the show premiered, it was considered the most violent show on television.