How well do you know the very first episode of The Rifleman?

Do you remember Lucas and Mark’s arrival in North Fork?


When towering former athlete Chuck Connors decided to become an actor, it didn’t take long for him to make it in Hollywood. After small roles in war movies and guest spots on other TV Westerns like Gunsmoke and Wagon Train, he got his own show starring alongside former Mickey Mouse Club member Johnny Crawford.

The father-son pairing proved to be a hit and continues to entertain audiences all these years later. The episode that started it all is called “The Sharpshooter.” How well do you know it? Test your Rifleman knowledge below!

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  1. In the first scene, a young sharpshooter shows off his shooting skills on a sign advertising a ranch for sale. What is the name on the sign?
  2. Which future movie star plays the young gunslinger?
  3. What does Lucas tell Mark the first time they appear onscreen?
  4. How many acres is the ranch Lucas is hoping to buy?
  5. Normally called Madera House, the hotel in the first episode was named after which state?
  6. Dennis Hopper sits down with Mark and introduces himself. What is his character’s name?
  7. Each contestant in the shooting contest has five seconds to shoot how many shots?
  8. What happens after Lucas loses the shooting contest?
  9. The final showdown takes place at the saloon owned by Mr. Lewis appropriately called…
  10. Leif Erickson plays town boss Jim Lewis. He later starred in which TV Western?

How well do you know the very first episode of The Rifleman?

Your Result...

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Purple0456 20 months ago
Daily visits to the McCain ranch is my addition💜💜💜💜
Keith 27 months ago
9/10 I didn't know how many acres of land Lucas purchased...Oh well
RonCarp 30 months ago
10/10 I guessed at #6 I forgot the name he had on the show
GTStang08 31 months ago
8/10...Had a firm relaxed grip, must be my breathing.
Charleshorse 31 months ago
Johnny Crawford was such an underrated actor. He really was a good actor. RIP
noonie11 31 months ago
I'm glad to be back! Merry Xmas to All
RichLorn 31 months ago
My mistake was flipping a two-sided coin on 3-part multiple choice questions.
kimmer 31 months ago
7/10....not too shabby for a lady not into
Toot1956 31 months ago
10/10 and the majority were guesses wow!!!!
MrChrisM 31 months ago
6 out of 10 isn't bad considering it was off the air before I was born
ELEANOR 31 months ago
9/10 -- Most were educated guesses. I'm familiar with The Rifleman, but I've never seen the first episode.
CTexasmimix2 31 months ago
I got 10/10, but guessed at #10, because it has absolutely nothing to do with the actual episode. Not a fair question in my humble opinion.
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