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Annie Oakley's Flobert Style Single Shot 22 Cal. Rifle

One side of the stock has a shield-shaped 1 3/4" x 1 3/4" heavy brass plaque which reads World 1st Place Champion 1891. Engraved on top of the barrel is ANNIE OAKLEY 1891 and BUFFALO BILLS WWS. 1892 was the year Buffalo Bill dropped the word "Show" & changed it to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Exhibition & Congress of Rough Riders of the World, so this all makes pretty good sence. This beautiful little gun has a 23 1/2" long octagon barrel & is 40" overall. The barrel has a gold sheared front sight & a small open sight on the back of the barrel. We do not know who produced this rifle as the underside of the barrel has PPE/OST & V.O.T. It also has the letter T & SD *#2. There is an inspector's mark in a circle on the side of the barrel. The trigger housing and metal butt plate retain 98% of the original blueing. The checkered wood is in excellent condition and has a few minor marks. It has had a coat of varnish added, probably a long time ago. This is a really different very old type single shot rifle as it has a falling block that houses the firing pin. In front of the firing pin is a swivel piece that plays freely & houses 1/2 of the shell as it is slid down along the side into the chamber for loading. This was listed under Hadley's patent as a device for loading rimfire cartridges. I found an article in one of my 1879 gun catalogs that listed this as a swivel loading & cartridge retractor mechanism. These type smooth bore rifles were favorites for shooters to practice with due to their accuracy, which allowed some sharpshooters to split playing cards edgewise. The Bullet Breech would shoot a 22 short, a BB Ball Cap or a CB Conical Bullet accurately. One must remember a 22 Cal. bullet is very accurate & many times wider than the thickness of a playing card. The Annie Oakley museum advertises that Annie Oakley could split a playing card and hit it 5 more times before it hit the ground. It also is on record that she once in the coarse of several performaces split 50 playing cards without a miss. Quite a record. These guns were very accurate at 25 yards & were given many different names. They were called Business Rifles, Parlor Rifles, Target Rifles, Gallery Rifles and sometimes called a Ladies Rifle. Annie probably fired this gun more times than you can ever imagine. She has stated, to be as good a shot as she was, there had to be no end to her practicing, and that she shot every day. This gun is a great piece of history from the most famous shooter of all time. This is a great museum item and whoever ends up with this will have a most cherishable possession. No FFL required. COA included.

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 01 December, 2010.

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