Whether these guns were used to split a playing card’s edge, pump bullets into a quarter-size hole or to compete against some of the finest marksmen in the world, you can be sure a crowd of people were lined up to watch these sharpshooter feats.
These Colt Single-Action Army revolvers were owned by the fastest shot alive, Montanan Bob Munden. He set more than a dozen records in exhibition shooting and has been recognized by Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show ran from 1883-1913 and served to introduce Americans to Little Miss Sure Shot, Annie Oakley. Her single-shot Stevens .22 pistol was sought after by Hollywood prop masters for the 2004 film Hidalgo.
This Anschutz Model 1827 Fortner bolt-action rifle was designed specifically for biathlon competition. Straight-pull actions are preferred as shooters are competing in frigid winter conditions and shooting without gloves.
This Smith & Wesson .22 revolver was owned by the Showman Shooter, Herb Parsons. One of the first exhibitioners to shoot a rifle, pistol and shotgun equally well, Parsons did the exhibition shooting in the 1950 movie "Winchester 1873."
In 1873, a competition was held to find the world’s finest riflemen—one in which the Americans won by a score of 934-931. Afterwards, Irishman Arthur Winhasset Leech presented his rifle to Col. George Wingate, an NRA officer and competitor.