Annie Oakley

Americas Best Sharpshooter Ever!

Annie Oakley (1860-1926) - Sharpshooter Superstar

Facts about Annie Oakley!

  • Whether it be a pistol, rifle, or shotgun, the legendary markswoman Annie Oakley was masterful with them all. Dubbed "Little Sure Shot" by Chief Sitting Bull (she was 5 feet tall), her sharp shooting in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show won her many awards and captivated audiences far and wide. Her name remains synonymous with firearms and entertainment.
  • Born in a log cabin on the Ohio frontier, Annie Oakley began shooting game at age nine to support her widowed mother and siblings. She quickly proved to be a dead shot and word spread so much that at age sixteen.
  • Called "Annie Oakley" by her sisters her real name was " Phoebe Ann Oakley Mozee"
  • For seventeen years Annie Oakley was the Wild West Show's star attraction with her marvelous shooting feats.
  • At 90 feet Annie could shoot a dime tossed in midair. In one day with a .22 rifle she shot 4,472 of 5,000 glass balls tossed in midair. With the thin edge of a playing card facing her at 90 feet, Annie could hit the card and puncture it with with five or six more shots as it settled to the ground
  • In a train wreck in 1901, Annie suffered a spinal injury that required five operations and even left her partially paralyzed for a while.
    Annie Oakley died of pernicious anemia on Nov. 3, 1926, in Greenville, Ohio, at the age of sixty-six. A legend in her own time, the remarkable life of Annie Oakley would be celebrated in the 1946 Herbert and Dorothy Fields musical Annie Get Your Gun.