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Shooting at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's disappearing target small-bore rifle

The men's disappearing target small-bore rifle was one of 15 events on the Shooting at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme.[1] Regulation of the equipment used in the event was done through allowing the use of .22 or .297/.230 caliber ammunition. The target used was a three-quarter length silhouette, 4 inches high and 1.5 wide. It would appear at a distance of 25 yards for three seconds and then disappear for five until it had been seen a total of 15 times. A hit on the upper two-thirds of the figure counted for 3 points, while any other hit counted for 1. The maximum score was thus 45 points.

Men's disappearing target small-bore rifle
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
VenueBisley rifle range
Date11 July
Competitors22 from 5 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) William Styles  Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Harold Hawkins  Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Edward Amoore  Great Britain

8 shooters scored the maximum possible score. The method of breaking the tie is unknown.


Place Shooter Score
1   William Styles (GBR) 45
2   Harold Hawkins (GBR) 45
3   Edward Amoore (GBR) 45
4   William Milne (GBR) 45
5   James Milne (GBR) 45
6   Arthur Wilde (GBR) 45
7   Vilhelm Carlberg (SWE) 45
8   Harold Humby (GBR) 45
9   Eric Carlberg (SWE) 42
  John Fleming (GBR) 42
  Maurice Matthews (GBR) 42
  Edward Newitt (GBR) 42
  Otto von Rosen (SWE) 42
  Franz-Albert Schartau (SWE) 42
15   Johan Hübner von Holst (SWE) 39
  William Pimm (GBR) 39
  Philip Plater (GBR) 39
18   William Hill (ANZ) 36
19   André Mercier (FRA) 30
  Walter Winans (USA) 30
21   Léon Johnson (FRA) 24
22   Léon Tétart (FRA) 21


  1. ^ "Shooting at the 1908 London Summer Games: Men's Small-Bore Rifle, Disappearing Target, 25 yards". Retrieved 18 February 2014.


  • Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association.
  • De Wael, Herman (2001). "Shooting 1908". Herman's Full Olympians. Retrieved 9 May 2006.