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Honoring America’s Most Famous Marksmen:
Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, Doc Carver, Captain A.H. Bogardus, and Johnny Baker
Left side of the receiver features portraits of Annie Oakley and Johnny Baker, as well as a scene of Buffalo Bill on his horse and Annie Oakley performing one of her special skills – firing over her shoulder with the aid of a mirror. Featured above the scene is the name of the Tribute.
Right side of the receiver features detailed portraits of Buffalo Bill, Doc Carver, and Capt. A.H. Bogardus. Surrounding each portrait and embellishing the receiver is scrollwork reminiscent of the late 1800’s.
Working closely with R. L. Wilson, America Remembers has created a Tribute that is as on target and no nonsense as the sharpshooters themselves. The use of 24-karat gold on the lever, receiver, crescent buttplate, and forend cap is bold and delineates the action’s sleek design.
Their Names Are Legendary:
Colonel William F. Cody, former Pony Express Rider, Army Chief of Scouts, and plains hunter. It is safe to say that Buffalo Bill was the first Western superstar. He presented audiences with stirring reenactments of life of the frontier with “Buffalo Bills Wild West.”
Annie Oakley, the petite young lass in fringed skirts who could shoot a playing card thrown in the air 90 feet away from her. She had the ability to amuse and delight audiences of the Wild West Show by performing joyful kicks when she hit a target and giving exaggerated pouts when she missed.
Captain A.H. Bogardus, who once shot 5,000 flying glass balls in less than 500 minutes, with only 163 misses. Holder of the 1871 title “Champion of America” and winner of the “World’s Championship Medal” from England, Bogardus performed in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West with his three sharp shooting sons.
Doc Carver, champion of exhibition matches across America and names “The Miracle Marksman” by his admirers. Also nicknamed “Evil Spirit of the Plains” for his deadly skill at buffalo hunting, Carver set out to establish himself as the greatest sharpshooter in the world.
Johnny Baker, adopted by Buffalo Bill at age seven and by fourteen a world-class shooter who could hit targets while standing on his head. After Cody’s death, Baker continued the show for a season. He also established the Buffalo Bill Museum, Golden Colorado, in memory of his mentor.
All original photographs courtesy of the Michael Del Castello Collection.
Illustrations as published in Buffalo Bills Wild West An American Legend,
R.L. Wilson with Greg Martin, Random House, Inc. 1998.
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