Synopsis for “Six-Gun Lesson”
The Rawhide Kid is riding when he is attacked by a gang of horse rustlers who seek to steal his horse Apache. The Kid fights them off and they find him too much of a match and flee the scene. Feeling that his ward Randy Clayton might in be danger, the Rawhide Kid pays a visit to the school to learn that none of the boys had arrived in class, troubling the Kid.
However Randy and his classmates are not in the type of trouble the Rawhide Kid expects. Instead of the danger of physical violence from the rustlers they are at risk of having their minds polluted by a local named Nogood Norris who boasts about his many accomplishments, his Texas background, and encourages the children to drop out of school, telling them that they don’t need an education to have adventures. All the children buy into Nogood’s sales pitch, but Randy sees through his clear lack of education and boasting manner.
When the Rawhide Kid happens upon the children as Nogood is once again telling the children that they don’t need schooling. The Kid then challenges Norris to see who is the better man, if the Rawhide Kid wins the children go back to school, if he loses then the children will follow Nogood’s advice. The two first start by wrestling, which the Kid wins by using Nogood’s inertia against him. The Kid then also bests Nogood with a lasso as well as with his guns. Broken and defeated Nogood collapses to the ground in tears, realizing the errors of his ways and confesses that the children need a good education and vows to get one himself. Suddenly, the horse rustlers return to get revenge against the Rawhide Kid, but the Kid and Nogood easily out gun them and force them to surrender. In the aftermath of the battle the children rush back to school excited to get an education in the hopes of being a hero just like the Rawhide Kid.
With the children gone, Nogood asks the Rawhide Kid if he actually went to school, and the Kid admits that he has never seen the inside of a school house and has Nogood promise not to tell the children that.