Shotgun from sharpshooter Annie Oakley hits the road with the NRA
Fairfax, Virginia - Everyone here at the NRA knows what it's like to hit the road. Roughly about half the build made tracks to Indianapolis last week for the 143rd Annual Meeting (Did you?). It's a simple fact that some travel more than others. Now that's especially true for NRA Museums Director Jim Supica. Visiting our satellite museums, meeting with collectors and exhibiting displays at shows around the country.
Earlier this month, for example, Supica went out to Oklahoma for Wanenmacher's Tulsa Gun Show. And this time he brought a friend.
"This is a lovely little .410, a Belgium trade name gun make by Gold Hibbard. Other than being an elegant .410, there is nothing special to look at. But the cool thing about (this gun) is that it is one of Annie Oakley's.
Now there's a friend any collector or history buff would love to bring along.
"I got in trouble with the guys in Springfield because I wanted to loan this out to other museums. But I pried it out of their hands for our little road trip."
In her day, the only person with greater name recognition than Annie Oakley was Buffalo Bill ... and by that I mean greater name recognition worldwide. For a better handle on what that means, Buffalo Bill was better known around the world in those days than George Washington. So being #2 isn't too bad.
Getting her start at the age of 15 by outshooting renown exhibition shooter Frank Butler in her bare feet, Oakley later married Butler, hired him to be her manager and toured the world.
"She truly is, male or female, one of the greatest shooters of all time."
For more on Annie's shotgun, and a quick look at the Tulsa Gun Show, join NRA News personality John Popp and Jim Supica tonight around 6:40pm eastern for Cam & Company on the Sportsman Channel.
See all of the guns in the NRA National Firearms Museum at nramuseum.com