Shooting at the 1908 Summer Olympics

The Bisley rifle range was the home of British shooting and it proved a suitable location for the 1908 Olympic shooting, with the trap shooting being the only events held elsewhere - at the Uxendon Shooting School Club. The trap shooting took place over four days - 8-11 July, while the other shooting events took place over 3 days, 9-11 July. The shooting events were basically separated into five categories: 1) long-range rifle shooting, 2) small-bore rifle shooting, 3) pistol shooting, 4) running deer shooting, and 5) trap shooting.

The weather was clear and good on Wednesday, 8 July, the first day of trap shooting. But otherwise, the weather was noted to be poor and very difficult on the shooters. It was windy, cool, cloudy, dark, and rainy throughout the last three days of the competition.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Free Pistol, 50 yards, Men Olympic 10 July 1908 43 7
Free Pistol, 50 Yards, Team, Men Olympic 11 July 1908 28 7
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Men Olympic 11 July 1908 51 10
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Team, Men Olympic 9 – 10 July 1908 54 9
Free Rifle, 1,000 Yards, Men Olympic 9 July 1908 50 8
Military Rifle, 200/500/600/800/900/1,000 Yards, Team, Men Olympic 10 – 11 July 1908 48 8
Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 and 100 yards, Men Olympic 11 July 1908 20 5
Small-Bore Rifle, 50 And 100 Yards, Team, Men Olympic 11 July 1908 12 3
Small-Bore Rifle, Disappearing Target, 25 Yards, Men Olympic 11 July 1908 22 5
Small-Bore Rifle, Moving Target, 25 Yards, Men Olympic 11 July 1908 22 5
Running Target, Single Shot, Men Olympic 9 July 1908 16 4
Running Target, Single Shot, Team, Men Olympic 10 July 1908 8 2
Running Target, Double Shot, Men Olympic 9 – 10 July 1908 15 4
Trap, Men Olympic 8 – 11 July 1908 31 6
Trap, Team, Men Olympic 9 – 11 July 1908 24 3
215 (215/0) 14 (14/0)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Free Pistol, 50 yards, Men Paul Van AsbroeckBEL Réginald StormsBEL Jim GormanUSA
Free Pistol, 50 yards, Team, Men United StatesUSA BelgiumBEL Great BritainGBR
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Men Albert HelgerudNOR Harry SimonUSA Ole SætherNOR
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Team, Men NorwayNOR SwedenSWE FranceFRA
Free Rifle, 1,000 Yards, Men Joshua MillnerGBR Kellogg CaseyUSA Maurice BloodGBR
Military Rifle, 200/500/600/800/900/1,000 Yards, Team, Men United StatesUSA Great BritainGBR CanadaCAN
Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 and 100 yards, Men Arthur CarnellGBR Harry HumbyGBR George BarnesGBR
Small-Bore Rifle, 50 and 100 yards, Team, Men Great BritainGBR SwedenSWE FranceFRA
Small-Bore Rifle, Disappearing Target, 25 yards, Men William StylesGBR Harold HawkinsGBR Edward AmooreGBR
Small-Bore Rifle, Moving Target, 25 yards, Men John FlemingGBR Maurice MatthewsGBR William MarsdenGBR
Running Target, Single Shot, Men Oscar SwahnSWE Ted RankenGBR Alexander RogersGBR
Running Target, Single Shot, Team, Men SwedenSWE Great BritainGBR
Running Target, Double Shot, Men Walter WinansUSA Ted RankenGBR Oscar SwahnSWE
Trap, Men Walter EwingCAN George BeattieCAN Alexander Maunder
Anastasios Metaxas
GBR
GRE
Trap, Team, Men Great Britain 1GBR CanadaCAN Great Britain 2GBR

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Great Britain GBR 6 7 8 21
United States USA 3 2 1 6
Sweden SWE 2 2 1 5
Norway NOR 2 0 1 3
Canada CAN 1 2 1 4
Belgium BEL 1 2 0 3
France FRA 0 0 2 2
Greece GRE 0 0 1 1