Annie Oakley was an exhibition shooter with a difference—not that you’d know it from the coverage given the recent sale of one of her shotguns. It’s all about the money, money, money. As it is here. “When Queen Victoria celebrated her Golden Jubilee after 50 years on the British throne, famed American sharpshooter Annie Oakley impressed her with an unforgettable marksmanship performance,” history.com reports. “The shotgun Oakley may have wielded on that European tour sold for $143,400 at a Dallas auction on Sunday.” (BTW: the American media’s sycophantic coverage of the Queen’s Jubilee made me want to hurl; when did it become OK for Americans to kiss a monarch’s ass?) The thing that set Ms. Oakley apart (in my mind) is that she championed gun rights for women in the days when they were subjected to unfathomable, unaccountable cruelty . . .
I would like to see every woman know how to handle [firearms] as naturally as they know how to handle babies.
La plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. Alternatively, roger that. Now about that scattergun . . .
According to Heritage Auctions, which handled the sale for Oakley’s descendants, Oakley became disenchanted with the Parker Brothers shotgun midway through her overseas stay, later presenting it as a gift to her husband’s brother.
I wonder what went wrong with the gun.