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Girls With Guns: 10 Facts About Annie Oakley

By    |   Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 01:10 PM

Most known for her amazing shooting abilities in the late 1800's, Annie Oakley has inspired generations of girls with guns to perfect their own competitive shooting skills.

While shooting was her biggest claim to fame, there was much more to "Little Sure Shot" than her double barrel shotgun.

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Here are 10 facts about Annie Oakley:

1. Annie Oakley was her stage name. Her real name was Phoebe Anne Moses.

2. In 1860, she was born Quaker

3. At age 8, she hunted to help provide food for her family. She was so accurate that she shot only the heads of the animals to save the valuable meat from buckshot.

4. At age 9, her widowed mother sent her to live in a "poor house" or infirmary because she could no longer afford to support Annie. Annie helped take care of orphaned and sick children while living at the infirmary.

5. At age 10, she was hired as a servant to take care of a family with children. The family was so abusive to her that two years later, she ran away, back to the infirmary, according to HistoryNet.

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6. In a letter just prior to the Spanish-American War in 1898 she wrote to President McKinley and offered a 50-female company of sharpshooters, who would provide their own guns and ammunition, but he never responded to her letter.

7.
She was a self taught markswoman and started performing in marksmanship shows in 1882.

8. Married at age 16 in 1876 to fellow sharpshooter, Frank Butler.

9. Annie Oakley never had any children.

10. She died at age 66 on November 3,1926, just 18 days prior to her husband of 50 years, according to Bio.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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