The NRA celebrates the spirit of the holiday season in our 12 Days of Firearms series! To kick off the month of December, we’ve handpicked 12 legendary firearms found in the galleries of the NRA Museums, showcasing one each day for 12 days.
Born Phoebe Ann Mosey in 1860, Annie Oakley was known to millions around the world as “Little Miss Sure Shot.” As the world's preeminent trick shot artist and marksman, she had a remarkable career with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and toured Europe with him in 1889 to 1890.
Annie Oakley owned and shot a wide variety of guns during her lifetime. That said, this 12-gauge Hambrusch shotgun is special. Upon first glance, it may look like just another nice shotgun, but a closer look reveals its historical significance.
Annie received this shotgun from William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody himself during the world tour. The silver plate on the butt stock reads "Annie Oakley "Little Missy" From Col. Wm. F. Cody London 1890."