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Old 29 June 2019, 11:48
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The Rifleman

The gun range where I shoot, hang out, drink my Marine lifer juice received Chuck Connor’s rifle he used in the TV series. A collector here in Norman , Ok bought it from Chuck’ s collection; from his son Mike.
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Old 29 June 2019, 12:13
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The rifle is going to a lady -her name is Kitty
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Old 29 June 2019, 13:22
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Chuck Connor’s rifle he used in the TV series.

Just one correction, there were five different rifles used by Chuck Connors.



https://web.archive.org/web/20071123...mans_rifle.htm


You can also read it in this listing from a July 30, 2012 Auction catalog for one of the rifles (where it sold for $40,000).
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Old 29 June 2019, 15:59
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Dont know all the rifles that were used-this rifle has all the written history of the rifle, chuck’s armorer , an 1892? Can’t remember exact year. I’ll try to get a price , what she paid for it!
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Old 29 June 2019, 17:54
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The is a .44 Winchester center fire. It was used , not for TV, but he would do shooting type competitions or display his skills to his fans. The lady would not give the price she paid; of course his personal gunsmith made/worked on his guns. The was 1892,made in 1907.
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Old 29 June 2019, 19:15
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I loved watching that show when I was a kid. I don't even care that it was set in the 1880s and he was indeed carrying a Winchester 1892.


Yeah in the first link I provided there were 3 used onscreen. And then a gunsmith friend built two more one of which he gave to Arnold Palmer which is I believe still on display



You can see the problem though, between Chuck Connors memoirs and the provenance his son provided for that auction catalog even they're confused or misremembering just how many were used on the air and which ones they were.


She definitely got a prize. Even if it wasn't used onscreen all five were handled by Chuck Connors at one time or another.


Thanks for sharing that news.
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Old 29 June 2019, 19:41
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I was having lunch with a Fed agent friend so I don’t meet her. She had been waiting 3 years to get hold of one of his rifles. It was on her bucket list.
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Loved that show.
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I have to think that when Henry made their 'large loop levers' that they were thinking of the Rifleman.
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Old 30 June 2019, 15:18
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True Chuck Connors story.....in the 80s the Sheriffs brother was the head coach of the Detroit Lions. He was friends with Connors. He brought him to a fundraiser for the sheriffs re-election at a notable ranchers home. The rancher had a “ chuck connors” rifle.... not sure if it was an actual movie gun or not.....after a few drinks the rancher asked if he would spin it for him and he agreed. Did it with both hands and then signed the stock. It still sits in the mans safe.
I also grew up watching the Rifleman
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Old 30 June 2019, 18:05
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Chuck Connor's was an interesting guy. Not only an actor, but a two sport professional athlete (MLB and NBA). He payed hoop for the Celtics and Baseball for the Cubs.

My father(a rabid Celtics fan) told me years ago Connor's is the first person believed to have smashed an NBA backboard. His Wikipedia states this as well though it says it was not a dunk but a long shot agaisnt a defective backboard. Still a good story.
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As a kid growing up, my dad was friends with a former member of the Army Marksmanship Unit. Apparently, or at least the story I was told, was that this AMU dude was sent TDY to teach Connors how to handle the rifle for the show. Can't vouch for the authenticity of that story, but, it was really cool to think it when your 10-years old and Chuck Connors was beyond cool. The AMU dude's name was Himes.
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An 1890's lever gun I would have thought they would have sent TFG.
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An 1890's lever gun I would have thought they would have sent TFG.
Nope, not chambered in .45 GAP
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Chuck Connors allegedly was an employee of Ryan Aeronautical in San Diego and he was hired to be a ringer for the Corporate Baseball Team.
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at least the story I was told

That's just what it sounds like, a story. It's not like the AMU in 1958 (or now) had a lot of expertise in spin cocking and hip shooting lever action rifles. He did use blanks after all so it's not like he needed a lot of marksmanship training.



If it actually had happened either the studio or the AMU likely would have publicized that at the time.
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Chuck Connors allegedly was an employee of Ryan Aeronautical in San Diego and he was hired to be a ringer for the Corporate Baseball Team.

When would that have been? Looking at the timeline of his sports, military and acting careers I can't see where he would have been an employee of Ryan Aeronautical.
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That's just what it sounds like, a story. It's not like the AMU in 1958 (or now) had a lot of expertise in spin cocking and hip shooting lever action rifles. He did use blanks after all so it's not like he needed a lot of marksmanship training.



If it actually had happened either the studio or the AMU likely would have publicized that at the time.
I don't disagree, hence my use of the disclaimer and the word "story." With that being said, I'm still going to believe it because it was cool story to me as a kid.
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Police Story(1970s) played a bad guy
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Police Story(1970s) played a bad guy

And later a good guy in the same series.
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