Title: Pigeon Shooting | The Gun Club

Periodical: Land and Water

Date: May 7,1887

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Pigeon Shooting.

THE GUN CLUB.

On Saturday there was a large and [fash]ionable attendance, and the novelty of the day was the appearance of a lady gunner on the scene. This lady, Miss Annie Oakley, whose portrait we herewith present, is one of the numerous shooting wonders which have been produced in America. She is twenty years of age, and has practised shooting from almost babyhood, until she has now attained to great skill with shot-gun, rifle and pistol. With the rifle she once made a score of 943 glass balls (36 behind Ruth's "record") out of 1,000. This feat she has since surpassed, and now holds the record. She is a member of "Buffalo Bill's" Company. As this was her first lesson in English blue rock shooting, it was not surprising that several birds got away, but those she did kill were stopped in good time. The principal event was the [drawing] Ludlow £3 Handicap Sweepstakes, with £25 added. This brought together a field of twenty-four shooters. Messrs. Shirley, Tudor, Wynill, Gambier and Kenrick kept together until the end of the sixth round; the last three lost their seventh rock, Mr. Wynill having particularly bad luck in this round, as his bird, hard hit, just managed to top the boundary wall. Messrs. Shirley and Tudor were more fortunate, and as they were now the only two left in, they decided to divide the prize, £97. Nineteen members then came up for the £2 Handicap Sweepstakes. Mr. Wynill was again to the front, with Mr. Merwyn Watts, these gentlemen killing bird for bird to the end of the eighth round, Mr. Merwyn Watts eventually winning the pool, £38, with a score of eight out of nine. The winners of the £1 sweeps were Messrs. Hastings, Cobb, Gambier, Wynill, Merwyn Watts and Earnfield.

Title: Pigeon Shooting | The Gun Club

Periodical: Land and Water

Source: Buffalo Bill Center of the West; MS6, William F. Cody collection, MS6.3681.006.04 (Oakley scrapbook)

Date: May 7,1887

Keywords: Firearms Pistols Rifles Sharpshooters Shooting contests Shotguns Targets (Shooting) Traveling exhibitions

People: Oakley, Annie, 1860-1926

Sponsor: This project is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Geraldine W. & Robert J. Dellenback Foundation.

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