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Old Betsy - In American history, "Old Betsy" was the nickname of Davy Crockett's frontier rifle.

Fess Parker as Davy Crockett - THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY

On an early WALT DISNEY PRESENTS episode "Davy Crockett Goes to Congress" (January 26, 1955) Fess Parker as Davy Crockett received a rifle from the City of Brotherly Love. Davy thanked the citizens of Philadelphia with the following speech:

"This here's the most beautiful rifle gun I ever hope to see. I like a good gun for it makes a man feel independent and prepared for peace or war. I just don't know how to thank you enough. Such a pretty little lady I think I'll give her a name. Betsy, suit you folks?" [applause] "I'll always treasure this here testimony of your friendship. With a gun like this a man could put a rifleball to the moon. First chance I get I'm gonna try."

Davy later died fighting with Betsy at the Alamo on the episode "Davy Crockett at the Alamo" (February 23, 1955).

Davy Crockett Rifle - Record

The song "Old Betsy" (about Davy's rifle) was recorded by Fess Parker and the Sons of the Pioneers for RCA Children's Bluebird Records.

TRIVIA NOTE: On the aviation adventure RIPCORD/SYN/1961-63, daredevil skydivers for the Ripcord, Inc. called their airplane "Old Betsy." See also - "Betsy the Handgun"


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