Shooting at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 metre pistol

The men's individual competition with revolver and pistol, distance 50 metres (later standardized by the IOC to the men's 50 metre pistol) was a shooting sports event held as part of the shooting at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme. It was the fourth appearance of the event, which was the only one to have been featured at every edition of the Games to that point. The competition was held on Monday, 1 July 1912.[1] Fifty-four sport shooters from twelve nations competed. Nations were limited to 12 shooters each.[2] The event was won by Alfred Lane of the United States, completing a double for him with the rapid fire pistol event. It was the United States' second victory in the event. Another American, Peter Dolfen, finished second. Charles Stewart of Great Britain took the bronze medal, the nation's first in the free pistol.

Men's 50 metre pistol
at the Games of the V Olympiad
Kaknäs skjubana 1912.JPG
Shooting at the 1912 Summer Olympics
Date1 July
Competitors54 from 12 nations
Winning score499
1st place, gold medalist(s) Alfred Lane
 United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Peter Dolfen
 United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Charles Stewart
 Great Britain
← 1908
1920 →


This was the fourth appearance of what would become standardised as the men's ISSF 50 meter pistol event. The event was held at every Summer Olympics from 1896 to 1920 (except 1904, when no shooting events were held) and from 1936 to 2016; it was open to women from 1968 to 1980. 1896 and 1908 were the only Games in which the distance was not 50 metres; the former used 30 metres and the latter 50 yards.[3][4]

Of the top ten shooters in 1908, only two returned: ninth-place finisher John Dietz of the United States and tenth-place finisher André Regaud of France.

Austria, Chile, Finland, Germany, Hungary, and Russia each made their debut in the event. France, Greece, and the United States each made their third appearance, tied for most of any nation.

Lane used a Smith & Wesson Perfected Model Third Model.

Competition formatEdit

The competition had each shooter fire 60 shots, in 10 series of 6 shots each, at a distance of 50 metres. The time allowed for each series was 4 minutes. The target was round, 50 centimetres in diameter, with 10 scoring rings. Scoring for each shot was up to 10 points, in increments of 1 point. The maximum score possible was 600 points. Ties were broken by countback (10s, 9s, 8s, etc.). Any revolver or pistol could be used; only open sights were allowed. Any ammunition with a metal cartridge case could be used. Pistols with hairspring triggers, allowed in the world championship, were banned.[4][5]


Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record
Olympic record   Karl Röderer (SUI) 503 Paris, France 1 August 1900

No new world or Olympic records were set during the competition.


Date Time Round
Monday, 1 July 1912 12:00 Final


Stewart shot more 10s than de Laval, winning the bronze medal on that tie-breaker.

Rank Shooter Nation Score
  Alfred Lane   United States 499
  Peter Dolfen   United States 474
  Charles Stewart   Great Britain 470
4 Georg de Laval   Sweden 470
5 Erik Boström   Sweden 468
6 Horatio Poulter   Great Britain 461
7 Henry Sears   United States 459
8 Nikolai Panin-Kolomenkin   Russian Empire 457
9 John Dietz   United States 454
10 Léon Johnson   France 454
11 Ivan Törnmarck   Sweden 453
12 Eric Carlberg   Sweden 452
13 Reginald Sayre   United States 452
14 Lars Madsen   Denmark 452
15 André Regaud   France 447
16 Vilhelm Carlberg   Sweden 446
17 Grigori Panteleimonov   Russian Empire 442
18 Ioannis Theofilakis   Greece 441
19 Dmitry Kuskov   Russian Empire 438
20 Hugh Durant   Great Britain 433
21 Laurits Larsen   Denmark 432
22 Hans Roedder   United States 431
23 Harald Ekwall   Chile 430
24 Albert Kempster   Great Britain 426
25 Fredrik Nyström   Sweden 426
26 Frangiskos Mavrommatis   Greece 425
27 Sándor Török   Hungary 424
28 Heikki Huttunen   Finland 424
29 Robert Löfman   Sweden 423
30 Konstantinos Skarlatos   Greece 420
31 Grigori Shesterikov   Russian Empire 420
32 Peter Jones   Great Britain 417
33 Nikolai Melnitsky   Russian Empire 414
34 Pavel Voyloshnikov   Russian Empire 413
35 William McClure   Great Britain 411
36 Paul Palén   Sweden 410
37 Gideon Ericsson   Sweden 408
38 Félix Alegría   Chile 406
39 Adolf Schmal   Austria 406
40 Frants Nielsen   Denmark 406
41 Niels Larsen   Denmark 405
42 Gustaf Boivie   Sweden 401
43 Peter Nielsen   Denmark 397
44 Gerhard Bock   Germany 395
45 Edward Tickell   Great Britain 387
46 Amos Kash   Russian Empire 384
47 Alexandros Theofilakis   Greece 369
48 Gustaf Stiernspetz   Sweden 357
49 Walter W. Winans   United States 356
50 Anders Peter Nielsen   Denmark 355
51 Hugo Cederschiöld   Sweden 352
52 Zoltán Jelenffy   Hungary 348
53 Edmond Bernhardt   Austria 245
54 Heinrich Hoffmann   Germany 189


  1. ^ "Shooting at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games: Men's Free Pistol, 50 metres". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  2. ^ Official Report, p. 1062.
  3. ^ "Historical Results". Internatinal Shooting Sport Federation. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Free Pistol, 50 Metres, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  5. ^ Official Report, p. 698.

External linksEdit

  • Bergvall, Erik (ed.) (1913). Adams-Ray, Edward (trans.). (ed.). The Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912. Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand. {{cite book}}: |first= has generic name (help)
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 26 January 2007.