John Harry Larsen (27 August 1913 – 5 August 1989) was a Norwegian rifle shooter who competed in the 100 metre running deer event at the 1952 and 1956 Olympics. He won a gold medal in 1952 and placed eighth in 1956. At the 1952 Olympics he used a custom M95M Trombone Conversion in 6.5×55mm of which there were only 3 made.[1][2] Larsen won seven gold medals at the ISSF World Shooting Championships in 1949–1954.[3] His son, John H. Larsen, Jr., also became an Olympic rifle shooter.[4]

John Larsen
John Larsen 1952.jpg
John Larsen in 1952
Personal information
Born(1913-08-27)27 August 1913
Østre Aker, Oslo, Norway
Died5 August 1989(1989-08-05) (aged 75)
Oslo, Norway
SportSports shooting
Event(s)Rifle, 100 metre running deer
ClubOslo Sportsskyttere


  1. ^ "M95M Trombone Conversion being used at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne". Archived from the original on 19 September 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  2. ^ Steyr M95M trombone conversion in 6.5x55
  3. ^ All ISSF World Championships medalists 1897–2005.
  4. ^ "John Larsen". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 20 October 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2015.