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Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Team, Men

Date31 July 1920
StatusOlympic
LocationKamp Beverlo, Beverlo
Participants70 from 14 countries
Format300 metres. Five-man teams, each to shoot 40 shots standing, 40 shots kneeling or sitting, and 40 shots prone. Team possible 6,000. Individual possible 1,200. Team and individual competitions were contested concurrently.

The Americans were not expected to do well in this event as free rifle shooting was not popular in the United States. The Schützen rifle, used by most Europeans in this event, was not manufactured in the United States, and differed from the Springfield service rifle, used by most Americans, in several ways: long barrel, long sighting radius, heavier weight, palm rest, adjustable buttplate, set trigger, and other factors. The Americans tried to adjust their rifles by adding set triggers and Carl Osburn and Willis Lee made this adjustment, but Bud Fisher, who won the individual free rifle, simply used his Springfield. Fisher almost did not start the event. He froze up at the beginning and did not fire a shot for 20 minutes. Finally, the American coach, Major W. Dulty Smith, told him just to pull the trigger, even if he missed the target. He did so, and was able to fire the winning individual score.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTPIP
1United StatesUSA4,876Gold
Bud Fisher4,876996
Carl Osburn4,876980
Lloyd Spooner4,876975
Willis Lee4,876965
Dennis Fenton4,876960
2NorwayNOR4,748Silver
Østen Østensen4,748980
Gudbrand Skatteboe4,748975
Albert Helgerud4,748955
Olaf Sletten4,748930
Otto Olsen4,748908
3SwitzerlandSUI4,698Bronze
Fritz Kuchen4,698961
Gustave Amoudruz4,698959
Werner Schneeberger4,698947
Ulrich Fahrner4,698925
Bernard Siegenthaler4,698906
4FinlandFIN4,668
Voitto Kolho4,668974
Vilho Vauhkonen4,668966
Kalle Lappalainen4,668945
Veli Nieminen4,668934
Magnus Wegelius4,668849
5DenmarkDEN4,644
Niels Larsen4,644989
Lars Jørgen Madsen4,644951
Peter Geltzer Petersen4,644923
Niels Laursen4,644903
Anton Andersen4,644878
6SwedenSWE4,591
Mauritz Eriksson4,591974
Hugo Johansson4,591961
Erik Blomqvist4,591924
Viktor Knutsson4,591896
Leon Lagerlöf4,591836
7FranceFRA4,487
Achille Paroche4,487929
Georges Roes4,487909
André Parmentier4,487905
Paul Colas4,487893
Albert Regnier4,487850
8NetherlandsNED4,383
Gerard van den Bergh4,383939
Antoine Bouwens4,383909
Jan Brussaard4,383866
Herman Bouwens4,383841
Cornelis van Dalen4,383828
9ItalyITA4,371
Alfredo Galli4,371
Raffaele Frasca4,371
Peppy Campus4,371
Franco Micheli4,371
Ricardo Ticchi4,371
10South AfricaRSA4,292
Bob Bodley4,292
Freddie Morgan4,292
Mark Paxton4,292
David Smith4,292
George Harvey4,292
11SpainESP4,080
José Bento4,080
Antonio Bonilla4,080
Domingo Rodríguez4,080
Luis Calvet4,080
Antonio Moreira4,080
12BelgiumBEL3,936
Paul Van Asbroeck3,936
Conrad Adriaenssens3,936
Arthur Balbaert3,936
Joseph Haesaerts3,936
François Heyens3,936
13GreeceGRE3,901
Alexandros Vrasivanopoulos3,901
Alexandros Theofilakis3,901
Ioannis Theofilakis3,901
Georgios Moraitinis3,901
Iason Sappas3,901
14CzechoslovakiaTCH3,542
Rudolf Jelen3,542
Josef Sucharda3,542
Václav Kindl3,542
Josef Linert3,542
Antonín Brych3,542