Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Esoterica: How many times did The Rifleman fire?

Nothing is ever as cut and dried as you think. AKSARBENT counted 13, but it's apparently either 11 or 12 according to the excruciatingly informed comments (samples below) attached to the first YouTube video below. Not insignificant is the contention that the 1892 rifle Chuck Connors is supposed to have only held 11 bullets. BTW, Chuck Connors, who was better known as a baseball player, was the first professional basketball player to shatter a backboard, which he did in 1947 when he played for the Boston Celtics.

11 in holding 1 in chamber = 12.

If there was one in the chamber, he would have to pull the hammer back and pull the trigger, but he cocks the rifle which would eject the one in the chamber.

The soundtrack is part of the confusion, as Connors cocks the rifle you can hear part of a gunshot which some people count, so year hear 12.5 shots and see 12. I saw Connors in 1963 at the Houston Fat Stock Show, where he fired his rifle, which was loud but didn't sound like the show, confusing to a 9 year old.

I've read where Chuck said it only held 8, which I can't figure out. I own a 1892 44/40 and it definitely holds 11 shells. The only thing I can think of is that on set they never loaded more than 8 blanks for scenes and Chuck never realized it could hold more.

I believe the answer is 11. This is because a close-up shot is duplicated when the 2nd camara (zoomed-out) took over. In addition i think 13 total shots are heard though in total, perhaps 1 extra due to the duplication + 1 from the grassy knoll?! :)

The Rifleman opening sequence, extreme edition:


  1. the sound track is 13 shots, don't look at opening scene and just count musically . then watch again and mute the opening scene and look at the lever action he cocks it ten times. ive done this over and over and over.

  2. I counted 78 shots of unadulterated lead semen waiting to watch him jerk off another round

  3. The answer is 13, the show was produced by the Hollywood Illuminati, but of course people will never believe that was the real reason for that number, and since the masses have been conditioned to believe that no one who represents a good character would ever fire that number of bullets on the opening of his show, they will continue to believe it was either 11 or 12.