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1860s Woman with a gun


Women with Rifles, ca. 1889


Annie Oakley (1860-1926), born Phoebe Ann Moses
was an American sharpshooter and exhibition shooter. Oakley's amazing talent 
and timely rise to fame was led to a starring role in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, 
which propelled her to become the first American female superstar. Perhaps Oakley's 
most famous trick was her ability to repeatedly split a playing card, edge-on, 
and put several more holes in it before it could touch the ground, while 
using a .22 caliber rifle, at 27 m./90 feet 

 Annie Oakley ca. 1880
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Portrait of California sharpshooter Lillian Smith,
armed with a Stevens Tip-Up rifle, 1875-85

Smith was hired by 'Buffalo Bill' Cody to appear with his Wild West
troop in 1886. Almost immediately, she was seen to be Annie Oakley’s rival.
During Cody’s tour of Europe the following summer, the rivalry became
public over perceived slights by European royalty. Smith left the
show in 1889, and faded into obscurity
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Lillian Smith, 1886

Lillian Smith 1871– 3 Feb 1930) was a young trick shooter
and trick rider who oined Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in 1886, at the
age of fifteen. She was billed as 'the champion California huntress', and
was a direct rival to Annie Oakley in the show
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Cabinet card, portrait of sharpshooter Bo Durtha,
with her a single shot tip-up rifle and a mirror for over-the-shoulder
trick shooting, 1870s-90s
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Unidentified 1880's Florida woman 
from the Library of Congress's flickr photostream
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Woman miming trap-shooting with a shotgun, in fine hat, 1914
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Autin girls with guns
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