By Rachel A. Koestler-Grack
In Annie Oakley, examine this striking girl whose sharpshooting talents and fast wit received her many fanatics and admirers.
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Extra resources for Annie Oakley (Legends of the Wild West)
In this stunt, Oakley turned her back to the target and aimed by sighting it in a handheld mirror or, sometimes, even a shiny table knife. In another feat, totally of her own creation and equally as popular, she laid a shotgun in the dirt about 10 feet on the far side of her gun table. Then, she hurried back to her mark on the other side. As soon as Butler released a clay bird from the trap, she ran toward her gun, hurdling the table. She picked up her gun and shot the bird before it hit the dirt.
She and Butler carried their shotguns into the arena. Oakley noticed a man standing at the corner of the grandstand. He wore a knee-length coat and a derby hat and carried a fancy cane. Dressed like a city slicker, he certainly did not look like he belonged with the Wild West. Thinking he was just a random spectator, Oakley paid little attention to him. She picked up a shotgun and began to practice. Butler winged clay pigeons from a trap, and Oakley shot them to rubble. She fired quickly, with her gun upside down or right-side up, in her left hand or her right.
7 kg), much lighter than her old gun. When Oakley tried it out on the blue rocks, she was right on the mark. One day in June, Oakley gave a private shooting exhibition at the prestigious London Gun Club at Notting Hill. To prove her worth as a true sportsman, she needed to do well in this performance. At the show, Oakley performed most of her regular feats, but she added one more to the list. She planned to shoot at 25 lightning-fast blue rocks. Oakley’s Lancaster gun did not let her down. She nailed 18 of the birds.
Annie Oakley (Legends of the Wild West) by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack