The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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The Sharpshooter 

Lucas is ordered by a murderous town owner to lose a public shooting match, or he will kill his sharpshooting opponent and possibly harm his son Mark.


Arnold Laven


Sam Peckinpah




Episode complete credited cast:
Dennis Hopper ... Vernon Tippert
Leif Erickson ... Jim Lewis
Sidney Blackmer ... Judge Hanavan
Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain
Charles Arnt ... Wes Tippert
R.G. Armstrong ... Sheriff Tomlinson
Mickey Simpson ... Carl Lamprey
Kathleen Mulqueen Kathleen Mulqueen ... Nancy Hanavan
Virginia Aldridge Virginia Aldridge ... Waitress


Lucas and Mark McCain ride into the town of Northfork with the hope of buying a ranch and settling down. A shooting match is being held and the prize money could help pay for the ranch...but Jim Lewis, the man who 'runs' Northfork, doesn't want Lucas to win. Written by tomtrekp

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Family | Western





Release Date:

30 September 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sharpshooter 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?


During the opening sequence when Lucas McCain (Chuck Connors) and Mark McCain (Johnny Crawford) ride up to inspect the Dunlap Ranch the trees seen growing all over the ranch land are "Valley Oaks" or "Live Oaks." (Genus Quercus) North Fork is supposed to be located in New Mexico Territory. The trees clearly indicate that the shows exterior shots were filmed on the Fox Movie Ranch (Now the Wildwood Regional Park) in Thousand Oaks, California. These two species of trees do not occur naturally in New Mexico. See more »


In the second round of shooting, Vernon is called for "four in the center, one just out." In fact, the fifth shot was touching the center ring and according to shooting rules if it touches the center ring, it is considered in the center ring. See more »


[first lines]
Wes Tippert: Keep your mouth shut. I'll do the talkin'.
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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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Rifleman's toy replica Winchester - kid's favorite
29 April 2017 | by don-w-hoffmanSee all my reviews

In 1960 Rifleman was a must see TV western among the 20 kids on the 1700 block of Newton Street in Victoria BC. Across the street was an open field with a grove of trees and Bowker Creek. Many kids would show up to play cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians. Many hours were spent hiding and hunting with our cap guns. Xmas of 1960 my brother Tom and I opened our only presents. Our wishes came true.They were holsters with a double set of six-guns. His was black handled and mine white. Very cool.The gang met out in the field and who shows up but one kid with spud rifle and another with a Rifleman Winchester cap-gun. Fun times.

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