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Walking Fire
09-29-2008, 10:35 PM
There is a special going on right now on Comcast.
Does anyone have a gun like that?
I suppose a calvary carbine? 30-30?

Two Shots
09-29-2008, 10:45 PM
The concept of The Rifleman Television show revolves around the unique weapon wielded by the title character Lucas McCain, and his proficiency with it. Customized by James S. Stembridge, Lucas McCain’s modified 1892 Winchester SRC in .44-.40 caliber features a large rounded ring that allowed him to cock it by twirling the rifle 360 degrees. While presumably, this wouldn’t be any faster than the conventional cocking method, the technique itself was probably a good psychological weapon, as the move may be likened to a samurai brandishing his sword with lightning speed. This may startle (or puzzle) an adversary and cause him to drop his guard momentarily.
[url]http://www.riflemansrifle.com/the_riflemans_rifle.htm[/ur

That was a tradition, we never missed it when I was young. I had a perfect copy but it was a cap rifle. It had a small lever you opened by the trigger and then you could shoot it just like Luke McCaine. It's also wierd he had played for the NBA and MLB before going into acting.

glockman19
09-29-2008, 10:54 PM
I have every episode on DVR and am about to transfer all 168 episodes to DVD

Walking Fire
09-29-2008, 10:56 PM
Hey, Thanks for that,
Just how old are or did you Google that?
Thanks, M.

PJA
09-30-2008, 12:47 AM
Trivia. I saw Chuck Conners play first base for the L. A. Angels (of the Pacific Coast League) versus the Hollywood Stars in 1955.
Pete

IllTemperedCur
09-30-2008, 7:16 AM
That was a tradition, we never missed it when I was young. I had on a perfect copy but it was a cap rifle. It had a small lever you opened by the trigger and then you could shoot it just like Luke McCaine.

Hey, I had one of those cap rifles myself! That was a lot of fun. Never watched the show much though. For Western TV shows, I was more into Wild Wild West, Bonanza or sometimes The Big Valley.

Timberwolf
09-30-2008, 7:40 AM
I loved The Rifleman as a kid and bugged my parents until they found me a rifle (cap gun of course) just like Lucus'. I now have several episodes on DVD that I bought a few months ago and have been looking for the complete set. In my book nothing beats the old TV shows like The Rifleman, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Cheyanne, Branded, Combat, The Rat Patrol, 12 O'Clock High and the list could go on.

PatriotnMore
09-30-2008, 8:20 AM
Well, I had my parents buy me Chuck Conners, but I broke his lever arm and threw him away.:cowboy:

Two Shots
09-30-2008, 8:42 AM
Hey, Thanks for that,
Just how old are or did you Google that?
Thanks, M.

I was 9 when it went off the air (Then it went to Reruns) and I googled the rifle part, I remember my Dad had said Chuck Conners had played in the NBA & MLB. We were raised on western and adventure shows and watching them on a Admiral B&W. One of my favorites was Bat Masterson. Plus in the 70's thier was questions about a XXX film he may have been in.

Kruzr
09-30-2008, 9:11 AM
I handled both the "real gun" (there were two on the set) and the rubber one they used when it didn't need to go bang or to hit someone with. I was too young to know much about the guns but I remember it was sure heavy for me. :)

As you can see, he was a big guy. This was August, 1960.

http://home.earthlink.net/~mbpo/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/rifleman.jpg

Coffee
09-30-2008, 10:38 AM
I handled both the "real gun" (there were two on the set) and the rubber one they used when it didn't need to go bang or to hit someone with. I was too young to know much about the guns but I remember it was sure heavy for me. :)

As you can see, he was a big guy. This was August, 1960.


Are you the actor that played his son? I just watched 3 episodes last night.


Cool show, fantastic photography for the time. Believe this is the 50th anniversary and that is why they are showing the episodes right now.

Army
09-30-2008, 11:16 AM
Just in case anyone asks.....there was a set screw in the lever that tripped the trigger.

smle-man
09-30-2008, 1:18 PM
Guns and Ammo annual had a nice article on the carbine and Chuck Conners awhle ago. The set screw was pretty obvious in the photo of the carbine but I never noticed it when watching the show.

smle-man
09-30-2008, 1:21 PM
I loved The Rifleman as a kid and bugged my parents until they found me a rifle (cap gun of course) just like Lucus'. I now have several episodes on DVD that I bought a few months ago and have been looking for the complete set. In my book nothing beats the old TV shows like The Rifleman, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Cheyanne, Branded, Combat, The Rat Patrol, 12 O'Clock High and the list could go on.

How about some older ones: Sky King, Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion, Soldiers of Fortune, Rocky Jones, Fury?

For 'adult' westerns I was a big fan of The High Chapparel.

A friend had the rifleman cap gun. There was a little capture piece on the lever that you would flip up that would trip the trigger when you closed the lever.

Kruzr
09-30-2008, 3:27 PM
Are you the actor that played his son? I just watched 3 episodes last night.


Cool show, fantastic photography for the time. Believe this is the 50th anniversary and that is why they are showing the episodes right now.

LOL. Nope and Johnny Crawford wasn't on the set the day I was. The director did pull my arm when they were ready to film a scene and said......Mark, come on, you're in the scene. I was scared to death that he was serious. All the "adults" got a laugh.

Coffee
09-30-2008, 5:50 PM
LOL. Nope and Johnny Crawford wasn't on the set the day I was. The director did pull my arm when they were ready to film a scene and said......Mark, come on, you're in the scene. I was scared to death that he was serious. All the "adults" got a laugh.

LOL - Nice one! Adults always seem to get a laugh messing with kids like that.


Conner's looks 7' tall...

X-NewYawker
09-30-2008, 6:17 PM
My gun writer buddy Rick Hacker was pals with Chuck and ended up with one of the Extra rifles. I think he's teh one that did that article in G&A.

I watch Rifleman on Western channel every day, and go to sleep watching my DVDs of the show. Of all teh western shows of my youth, HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL, GUNSMOKE, etc., the relationship between Lucas McCain and his son was my favorite.
One of the best 22 minute shows ever made.

Vote McCain!

freonr22
08-27-2012, 5:09 PM
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That above maybe true, but chuck corners was a bad *****. I didn't know he Was on the Brooklyn dodgers, and many other things... What a cool guy

Eat Dirt
08-27-2012, 5:22 PM
O K ....How about this ..



Lucas McCain, VS. That other rifle guy on another western " Dead Or Alive "

kendog4570
08-27-2012, 6:50 PM
Chuck Connors was quite an athlete. Rumor has it, in his major league baseball days, he once cartwheeled around the bases after hitting a home run.
Never missed an episode of The Rifleman, or Wagon Train, Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel, Death Valley Days, The Westerners, Rawhide, .........

TV is certainly different now.

winnre
08-27-2012, 7:02 PM
The closest gun like that you will find in the Rossi Ranch Hand. I have one in 44 and it likes brass only, no steel.

It is DROSed as a pistol.

http://www.imgjoe.com/x/lg0000011952.jpg

glockman19
08-28-2012, 7:20 AM
Almost all episodes available on Hulu...also has full episodes of Bat Masterson

OneHotDog
08-28-2012, 10:18 AM
My gun writer buddy Rick Hacker was pals with Chuck and ended up with one of the Extra rifles. I think he's teh one that did that article in G&A.

I watch Rifleman on Western channel every day, and go to sleep watching my DVDs of the show. Of all teh western shows of my youth, HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL, GUNSMOKE, etc., the relationship between Lucas McCain and his son was my favorite.
One of the best 22 minute shows ever made.

Vote McCain!

Amen! That show makes me long for the days when I was 8 years old....:iagree:

norcal.xd
08-28-2012, 12:03 PM
Haha... I'm watching it as I type this. I'm 27 and I started watching in the early 90's with my stepdad. Its on hulu if any of u have it. I want to get a Rossi ranch hand in .38 spl /.357, that would b sweet!!!

frankm
08-28-2012, 1:23 PM
I was 9 when it went off the air (Then it went to Reruns) and I googled the rifle part, I remember my Dad had said Chuck Conners had played in the NBA & MLB. We were raised on western and adventure shows and watching them on a Admiral B&W. One of my favorites was Bat Masterson. Plus in the 70's thier was questions about a XXX film he may have been in.

There was a trend back in the day, to make B-porno with people who looked like mainstream actors. It was disproven that it was him. Oh, and it was some gay porno film.

JohnFLand
08-29-2012, 9:51 PM
There was more to the rifle than just the big ring -- it also had an "auto fire" mechanism that could be engaged. See http://www.riflemansrifle.com/the_riflemans_rifle.htm

blazeaglory
08-29-2012, 11:14 PM
I always wondered how he did that...

Hey the rifleman used to be on AMC in the mornings does anyone know when its on now? AMC on time warner?

Plus you can own the rifle (made to spec) for a mere $2000...

http://www.riflemansrifle.com/own_riflemans_rifle.htm

AND he was the first NBA player to shatter a backboard! (not with a slam dunk)

luchador768
08-30-2012, 6:45 AM
My brother and I were riding in thr back of my dad's truck on the way back from Palm Springs. We were huge Rifleman fans. Chuck Conners pulled up alongside the truck. My brother and I recognized him and started shooting at him with our fingers in the shape of a pistol. He slowed down and had a mini gun battle with us! He made a couple goofy kids day, and we've both been fans ever since! Great guy!

krypto99
08-30-2012, 7:29 AM
I have a 30-30 but no oversized lever. This show was awesome when i was a kid, still is.

sigstroker
08-30-2012, 11:28 PM
O K ....How about this ..



Lucas McCain, VS. That other rifle guy on another western " Dead Or Alive "

Wasn't that Steve McQueen? Sorry, Rifleman loses on cool points.

I used to like watching High Chapparal too, mostly because it was filmed outside Tucson, not far from my hometown.