We are habitual “The Rifleman” fans and continuously record episodes on our DISH Hopper DVR. There are constant references to Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Albquerque, NM. We listen carefully for any mention of New Mexico towns since we are NM residents.
In the episode “Gun Shy”, Mark developed an irrational fear of guns due to the accidental shooting death of a friend as a consequence of the mishandling of his father’s rifle. An outlaw trying to get out of North Fork wanted to use Lucas and the female hotel owner as a front to get out of town. The outlaw proposed that Lucas and the attractive hotel owner with sensual curved figure elope for a wedding in Roswell while the outlaw hid in carriage.
Mark overcame his gun phobia long enough to throw the rifle to his father who in typical fashion gunned down the fugitive from justice.
This may have been the same episode where father warned his son on the evil of debt.