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. '  

  [ Gold Key Comics & Media ]

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.

 Tags: The Rifleman - Chuck O Conner - Hollywood - Lucas McCain - Chuck Connors - Lucas McCain - Johnny Crawford - Mark McCain - Paul Fix -  ABC - Four Star Television.