The Rifleman - 1958 - 1963
'The Rifleman is an American Western television
program starring Chuck Connors as rancher Lucas McCain and
Johnny Crawford as his son Mark McCain. It was set in the
1880s in the fictional town of North Fork, New Mexico
Territory. The show was filmed in black and white, in
half-hour episodes...It was one
of the first prime time series on US television to show a
single parent raising a child. '
The Rifleman Intro
We propose that the opening sequence of 'The Rifleman' to be a simulation of male masturbation ('jerking off') using the Winchester (Model 1892) Rifle and it's firing mechanism ('to cock the rifle'). The rifle barrel itself is a phallic symbol while the firing handle is a stylised figure of 8.