Shooting the Silhouette The myth of Frank Leslie using his wife for target practice.

Buckskin Frank Leslie Silhouette Girl True West Magazine
Buckskin Frank Leslie.

The story goes that Buckskin Frank Leslie used to stand his wife May against a wall and shoot bullets in an outline around her body—something that writer Walter Noble Burns called “The Silhouette Girl” in his book Tombstone: An Iliad of the Southwest.

It sounds pretty crazy, even for a noted marksman like Leslie.  But the fact of the matter is, there’s no evidence that the couple—who were married in the mid 1880s—tried any such trick.  It likely was a concoction of Burns’ creative mind.

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