Title: Einem flott und schneidig gerittenen Rennen | A lively and quickly ridden race

Periodical: Münchner Neueste Nachrichten

Date: April 21, 1890

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Opened in Munich April 20th

Einem flott und schneidig gerittenen Rennen zwischen einem Cowboy, einem Mexikaner und einem Indianer folgte das Auftreten des Fräuleins Annie Oakley, einer Schießkünstlerin, die im Schießen nach Glaskugeln und mit Wurfmaschinen geschleuderten kleinen Thonscheiben Unglaubliches leistete. Aehnliche Künste zeigte der junge Cowboy–Schütze Johnnie Baker, der fast über noch größere Treffsicherheit verfügt. Herr C. L. Daly machte sich an die gleichen Aufgaben, aber mit dem Revolver, einer Waffe, die noch weit schäfere Augen und festere Hand verlangt. Auch er schießt Glaskugeln und zwar mehrere nacheinander aus der Luft herab, ja er traf die Schneide einer kleinen Pappscheibe, wie sie unsere Zimmerstutzenschützen [2] gebrauchen, auf etwa zwanzig bis fünfundzwanzig Schritt. Die verblüffendsten Schießkunststücke führte Buffalo Bill selbst vor; er schoß, in voller Carriere um die Arena sprengend, mit einem Mehrlader Glaskugeln herab, die ein neben ihm reitender Indianer in die Höhe warf.

English | German

Opened in Munich April 20th

A lively and quickly ridden race between a cowboy, a Mexican and an Indian followed the appearance of Miss Annie Oakley, a sharp–shooter who achieved unbelievable things in her act of shooting at glass balls and little clay pigeons flung into the air with throwing–machines. The young cowboy–shooter Johnny Baker demonstrated similar skills, though he almost possesses an even greater accuracy. Mr. C. L. Daly performed the same exercises, but with a revolver, a weapon which demands a far sharper eye and firmer hand. He, too, shot glass balls out of the air, one after the other; indeed, he also hit the edge of a small cardboard disk, like the ones used by our gallery rifle shooters [3] , from a distance of about twenty to twenty-five paces. The most incredible shooting tricks were performed by Buffalo Bill himself: Using a repeating rifle, he shot down glass balls thrown into the air by an Indian riding next to him, while galloping at full tilt around the arena.

Note 1: Buffalo Bill's Wild West performed in Munich, Germany, from April 19 - May 5, 1890. [back]

Note 2: "Zimmerstutzenschützen" is a difficult term to discern. "Gallery rifle shooters" is the most likely translation. [back]

Note 3: Gallery rifle shooting is a shooting sport popular in Germany, Britain, and other European countries. Events are shot at short and medium distances and can therefore be held indoors. [back]

Title: Einem flott und schneidig gerittenen Rennen | A lively and quickly ridden race

Periodical: Münchner Neueste Nachrichten

Source: Buffalo Bill Center of the West; MS6, William F. Cody collection, MS6.3681.077.07 (Oakley Scrapbook)

Date: April 21, 1890

Keywords: American woman Firearms German language Sharpshooters Targets (Shooting) Traveling exhibitions

People: Baker, Johnny, 1869-1931 Oakley, Annie, 1860-1926

Place: Munich (Germany)

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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