Her name was Phoebe Ann Moses, but the world knew her better as Annie Oakley. Her incredible accuracy led to a starring role in Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show and fame as America’s first female sharpshooter. Her aim was so precise that she once knocked ashes off a cigar held by German Kaiser Wilhelm II. And one notable fan was Sitting Bull: He presented her with moccasins he had worn at Little Bighorn and the nickname “Watanya Cicilla”—Little Sure Shot.
Sold for $5 by a relative in 1940, this Remington Beals rifle was once owned by Annie Oakley. Legend has it she could split a playing card’s edge and put five or six more holes in it before it hit the ground. Fewer than 800 of these rifles are known to have been manufactured between 1866-1868, and this is the only known factory-engraved example.
This gold-washed, single-shot Smith & Wesson revolver was made in Springfield, Mass., in 1881 and owned by Annie Oakley. The grips are made with rosewood, the barrels are round-ribbed and the extraction of the cartridges is achieved by removing the cylinder and using the rammer pin to clear out the empty cartridges. Annie presented this revolver to Bernard B. Bulawa, an NRA Life member and noted marksman who had won many national competitions.
This 410-gauge, side-by-side shotgun was produced by Hibbard, Spencer and Bartlett between 1880 and 1929. An impressive-looking gun, its true value comes from its prior owner—Little Miss Sure Shot herself. In the late 1800s, during a shooting exhibition in Oklahoma, Annie Oakley gave this gun as a gift to dear friend Mary Estelle Beavers. The sharpshooter was known for her generous gifting of souvenirs to her fans.
This gold-plated Stevens single-shot handgun was the showpiece pistol of actress Elizabeth Berridge in her portrayal of the celebrated trick shooter Annie Oakley. Her cameo role as “Little Miss Sure Shot” was featured in the 2004 film Hidalgo alongside actor Viggo Mortensen. Today, the original Annie Oakley Stevens .22 resides in the NRA National Firearms Museum’s Robert E. Petersen Gallery, while this cinematic counterpart is part of the museum’s “Hollywood Guns” exhibit.