A.H. Hardy History


Hyannis, Nebraska 1894 - 1900s
Denver, Colorado 1917 - 1950

On May 6, 1876 A. H. Hardy was born in Lehigh, Nebraska and by the age of 10 years old he was showing great promise with firearms holding his own at local Turkey shoots, which were plentiful at the time. When A. H. Hardy was 16 years old in 1892 he moved to Omaha, Nebraska to learn saddle making and the trade as a whole. In 1894, A. H. Hardy returned to Hyannis, Nebraska and opened a Saddle Shop, and during this time he did exhibition shooting at Fairs & Carnivals. In 1896, it is said he traveled 135 miles to go see the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show to see Annie Oakley and Johnny Baker shoot. While gaining fame as a Trick Shooter with the local cowboy's, his saddle making continued, but that endeavor was secondary as far as A. H. Hardy's claim to fame.

Proficient in all 3 basic forms of Firearms: Shotgun, Rifle, and Revolver, A. H. Hardy was mostly seen as a shotgun shooter and for many years his shotgun of choice was a Marlin whom he did many advertising assignments on their behalf. In 1904, A. H. Hardy, at 28 years old, also started representing the Peters Cartridge Company of Cincinnati, New York and New Orleans the largest ammunition supplier from the later 1880s through World War II. It is documented that Captain A. H. Hardy was a representative for the Peters Cartridge Company for 25 years and he claimed in many interviews that those near smokeless cartridges added greatly to his success. At the time Captain A. H. Hardy was working for the Peters Cartridge Company doing expositions and representing their products, he was living in Beverly Hills, CA and at this time he was no longer making saddles.

Many of the shooting feats achieved by Captain A. H. Hardy are represented here by the attached original articles and pictures from various Newspapers, Periodicals and Magazines from between 1894 and 1922. By World War I, the Peters Cartridge Company was heavily supplying various military forces from around the World American and Ally, and Captain A. H. Hardy with more time available opened a Specialty Gun Leather Business located in Denver, Colorado. Captain A. H. Hardy while living in operating his business still did shooting expositions for the Peters Cartridge Company and Marlin Firearms and his last expositions were during the American Depression Era.

In 1950, Captain A. H. Hardy died at the age of 74 Years old. History about him was very limited and difficult to come by considering his stature in the shooting community. At the turn of the century, with Rodeo being the only real sport of the time, Wild West shows were very prevalent as were the circuses of the time, Captain A. H. Hardy was the biggest and best in the largest sport of the time in our Country - before Baseball, Football, Basketball etc.


Hardy makers mark Hardy article New York Times 1907
A H Hardy Article NY Times 11-14-1907
Hardy article Sporting Life Magazine 1906
A H Hardy Article Sporting Life Magazine 1-13-1906
Hardy article Sporting Life Magazine 1907 A H Hardy Article Sporting Life Magazine 8-10-1907
Hardy article New York Times 1905
A H Hardy Article NY Times 1-25-1905
Hardy picture Sporting Life Magazine 1908
A H Hardy PIC ONLY Sporting Life 5-23-1908
Hardy article Sporting Life Magazine 1907
A H Hardy Article Sporting Life Magazine 12-7-1907
Hardy article Sporting Life Complete 1908 A H Hardy Article Sporting Life Complete 5-23-1908
Hardy article only Sporting Life Magazine 1908
A H Hardy ARTICLE ONLY Sporting Life 5-23-1908
Hardy in Marlin Firearms Ad
A H Hardy in Marlin Firearms Ad (Pics & Descriptions)
Hardy in Marlin Firearms Ad - article
A H Hardy in Marlin Firearms Ad (Article With Ad)
Hardy in Marliln Firearms ad
A H Hardy Pictured shooting with Famous in Marlin Firearms Ad
Hardy ad in Marlin Firearms Complete Forest and Stream Magazine 1922
A H Hardy AD for Marlin Firearms Complete Forest & Stream Magazine Nov 1922
Hardy add in Marlin Firearms - closeup
A H Hardy Ad for Marlin Firearms closeup of quote from above

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