Annie Oakley’s Stevens Model 44 Rifle – Estimate: $200,000-$400,000
Annie Oakley's Stevens Model 44 Rifle (Morphy Auctions) What can I say about Annie Oakley that hasn’t already been said? She was an absolute powerhouse when it came to exhibition shooting and marksmanship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She’s also been a source of inspiration for modern shooters of all ages and disciplines.
Annie and her husband Frank moved into their first home together in Nutley, New Jersey, around Christmas 1893. Given that this gun has her name on one side and that location on the other, it’s believed that this was likely a housewarming gift from Stevens. Once again, provenance is key, and this gun has it: it’s pictured on pages 120, 134, and 137 in R.L. Wilson's book, “BUFFALO BILL’S WILD WEST / AN AMERICAN LEGEND.”
This is the sixth gun of Annie’s that I’ve had the opportunity to handle, and I’ve even shot one of them! (Not this one, though.)
So there you have it. These are lucky ones, making up just 0.7% of the guns at the upcoming auction, that caused this semi-jaded gun guy to stop and take a second look!
I WILL DO WHAT I HAVE TO AND DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES OF MY ACTIONS LATER