Exciting western action, topflight production values and a strong and consistent cast of characters made The Rifleman, starring Chuck Connors, into a highly successful TV series during the late 50s and continuing into 1963.
Connors, as a lightning-fast, super accurate marksman and devoted, single father, imbued many of the episodes with a wholesome, moral lesson. The relationship between Lucas McCain (Connors) and his young son, Mark (Johnny Crawford), is both believable and admirable, another big plus for the show's devoted fans.
The notorious Proffit brothers have been badgering Agnes, the old maid of the town to keep her from buying valuable ranch and land they want for themselves. But soon after the stagecoach rolls into Norfolk carrying the husband-to-be that Agnes advertised for back east - the badgering turns into bullying and beyond. Soon the Rifleman intervenes and tries desperately to keep a murder from ruining a marriage.
The town council votes unanimously to have Lucas represent then when they make their bid to have a proposed railroad spur come to Norfolk. But a crooked businessman from the rival town of Center City, plots to win the lucrative bid and discredit the Rifleman by associating him with a notorious bank robber.
Legendary old Indian scout Cass Callicot shows up in town with a challenge. He hopes to outshoot the Rifleman and prove that he still possesses the marksman skills he had in his youth. Wanting to avoid a shootout, Lucas brushes the old man off resulting in a tense confrontation which threatens young Mark.