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The Rifleman

Saturday, August 03, 2019

The Rifleman, 1958-63
Chuck Conners starred as widower Lucas McCain, with his preferred weapon of choice (a Winchester model 1892 modified to be able to cock and fire by swinging the rifle in a circle, or by pumping the rifle). Johnny Crawford played his son, Mark. McCain wasn’t a lawman, but he assisted the local Marshall. The show was set in (fictional) North Fork, New Mexico Territory, in the 1850’s To 60’s. The rifle was an anachronism, as the show was set 12 years before John Browning designed any such rifle. I liked the show.






Granddaddy's Gun, Blake Shelton, 2013(Yeah, I know a rifle isn’t a shotgun)




It sits above the mantle on a couple rusty nails
And it's worth a bunch of money but it damn sure ain't for sale
The good Lord only knows all the stories it could tell
Granddaddy's gun




He bought it new out of a Sears & Roebuck catalogue
And it shot a many shell over the top of an old bird dog
And it backed a burglar down when grandma took the safety off
Granddaddy's gun


(Crossover Show?)

It's just a double barrel 12
The stock is cracked and it kicks like hell
It wouldn't mean what it means to me to no one
I can hear his voice when I put it to my shoulder
"A gun's like a woman, son it's all how you hold her"
He taught me a whole lot more than how to hunt
And one of these days I'll pass it on to my son
Granddaddy's gun



He handed it to me on the day I turned 13
With a half-shot box of shells and a kit to keep it clean
I keep a picture in the case of that sweet old man and me
With granddaddy's gun



It's just a double barrel 12
The stock is cracked and it kicks like hell
It wouldn't mean what it means to me to no one
I can hear his voice when I put it to my shoulder
"A gun's like a woman, son it's all how you hold her"
He taught me a whole lot more than how to hunt
And one of these days I'll pass it on to my son
Granddaddy's gun



There's a long beard living on the living room wall
That I got with a box call
And granddaddy's gun
There's a shot up stop sign on 49
That me and Billy Joe took out one night
With granddaddy's gun



Granddaddy's gun
It sits above the mantle on a couple rusty nails
And it's worth a bunch of money but it damn sure ain't for sale



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