Shooting at the 1906 Intercalated Games

Dates 23 – 28 April 1906
Medal Events 12

The shooting events in the 1906 Olympic Games were held at the Kallithea shooting ground, in the same site that the shooting matches of 1896 had been conducted. Whereas there were only a few shooting events in 1896, the 1906 Olympic shooting tournament was greatly expanded. Very little is known about the shooting events of the 1906 Olympics. The events were barely covered in the press of the time.

It is known that some of the events were chosen to possibly favor events that were shot on the European subcontinent at that time. For instance, a military rifle match for Gras-type military rifles developed in 1873 was conducted, as was a military pistol match for the Gras pistol designed in 1873. Both of these weapons were designed in France and were very popular in that country. Not coincidentally, a Frenchman, Léon Moreaux, won the Gras rifle match and three French shooters swept the medals in the Gras pistol match, and it is not surprising that the French and the Swiss absolutely dominated shooting competition at the 1906 Olympic Games.

There were two types of dueling pistol events which were held, both over 20 meters. The first one was au visé in which the shooters had ample time to make their shots. The second match was similar to a rapid-fire pistol type match of today and was termed au commandement. In this match, which was popular at the Gastinne-Renette galleries in France, the shooter faced a silhouette target. The pistol was held at his side, loaded and cocked. A range officer asked the shooter if he was ready and when the shooter replied, “yes”, the range officer then commanded fire, one, two, three giving the commands at a cadence or 100 per minute. The shooter was required to raise his pistol and begin firing before the count of three. In both dueling pistol events, the shooters shot at dummies dressed in frock coats.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Free Pistol, 25 metres, Men Intercalated 26 April 1906 28 8
Free Pistol, 50 metres, Men Intercalated 23 April 1906 30 8
Military Revolver, 1873-1874 Gras Model, 20 metres, Men Intercalated 23 April 1906 31 9
Military Revolver, 20 metres, Men Intercalated 24 April 1906 31 9
Dueling Pistol Au Visé 20 metres, Men Intercalated 24 April 1906 24 7
Dueling Pistol Au Commandement, 25 metres, Men Intercalated 25 April 1906 22 7
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Team, Men Intercalated 27 – 28 April 1906 20 4
Free Rifle, Any Position, 300 metres, Men Intercalated 27 – 28 April 1906 35 9
Military Rifle, 1873-1874 Gras Model, Kneeling Or Standing, 200 metres, Men Intercalated 24 April 1906 31 8
Military Rifle, Kneeling Or Standing, 300 metres, Men Intercalated 23 April 1906 46 12
Trap, Single Shot, 16 metres, Men Intercalated 26 April 1906 12 4
Trap, Double Shot, 14 metres, Men Intercalated 26 April 1906 10 4
68 (68/0) 12 (12/0)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Free Pistol, 25 metres, Men Maurice LecoqFRA Léon MoreauxFRA Aristidis RangavisGRE
Free Pistol, 50 metres, Men Georgios OrfanidisGRE Jean FouconnierFRA Aristidis RangavisGRE
Military Revolver, 1873-1874 Gras Model, 20 metres, Men Jean FouconnierFRA Raoul, Count de BoigneFRA Hermann MartinFRA
Military Revolver, 20 metres, Men Louis RichardetSUI Alexandros TheofilakisGRE Georgios SkotadisGRE
Dueling Pistol Au Visé 20 metres, Men Léon MoreauxFRA Cesare LiverzianiITA Maurice LecoqFRA
Dueling Pistol Au Commandement, 25 metres, Men Konstantinos SkarlatosGRE Hübner von HolstSWE Vilhelm CarlbergSWE
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Team, Men SwitzerlandSUI NorwayNOR FranceFRA
Free Rifle, Any Position, 300 metres, Men Marcel Meyer de StadelhofenSUI Konrad StäheliSUI Léon MoreauxFRA
Military Rifle, 1873-1874 Gras Model, Kneeling Or Standing, 200 metres, Men Léon MoreauxFRA Louis RichardetSUI Jean ReichSUI
Military Rifle, Kneeling Or Standing, 300 metres, Men Louis RichardetSUI Jean ReichSUI Raoul, Count de BoigneFRA
Trap, Single Shot, 16 metres, Men Gerald MerlinGBR Ioannis PeridisGRE Sidney MerlinGBR
Trap, Double Shot, 14 metres, Men Sidney MerlinGBR Anastasios MetaxasGRE Gerald MerlinGBR

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
France FRA 4 3 5 12
Switzerland SUI 4 3 1 8
Greece GRE 2 3 3 8
Great Britain GBR 2 0 2 4
Sweden SWE 0 1 1 2
Italy ITA 0 1 0 1
Norway NOR 0 1 0 1