Shooting at the 1920 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 metre pistol

The men's individual competition with revolver and pistol was a shooting sports event held as part of the Shooting at the 1920 Summer Olympics programme. It was the fifth appearance of such an event at different distances. The competition was held on 2 August 1920. 31 shooters from 8 nations competed.[1] The event was won by Karl Frederick of the United States, the nation's second consecutive and third overall victory in the event (most of any nation). Defending champion Alfred Lane took bronze, the first man to win multiple medals in the event. Brazil's Afrânio da Costa finished between the two Americans, taking silver.

Men's 50 metre free pistol
at the Games of the VII Olympiad
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VenueBeverloo Camp
Date2 August
Competitors31 from 8 nations
Winning score496
1st place, gold medalist(s) Karl Frederick
 United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Afrânio da Costa
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Alfred Lane
 United States
← 1912
1936 →


This was the fifth 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.[2][3]

Of the top ten shooters from the pre-World War I 1912 Games, only the defending gold medalist, Alfred Lane of the United States, returned.

Brazil and Norway each made their debut in the event. Greece and the United States each made their fourth appearance, tied for most of any nation.

Frederick used a Smith & Wesson Perfected Model Third Model. Da Costa used a new Colt .22 pistol that had been loaned to the Brazilian team by the United States team, and ammunition from Alfred Lane.[4][3]

Competition formatEdit

The competition had each shooter fire 60 shots, in 10 series of 6 shots each, at a distance of 50 metres. 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. Shooters who had competed in the team event could use their team score in the individual competition.[3]

Pistols with hairspring triggers, allowed in the world championship, continued to be banned.[citation needed]


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, 2 August 1920 Final


The maximum score was 600.

Rank Shooter Nation Score
  Karl Frederick   United States 496
  Afrânio da Costa   Brazil 489
  Alfred Lane   United States 481
4 Laurits Larsen   Denmark 475
5 Niels Larsen   Denmark 470
6 Anders Andersson   Sweden 467
7 Paul Van Asbroeck   Belgium 466
8 Iason Sappas   Greece 464
Casimir Reuterskiöld   Sweden 464
10 Ioannis Theofilakis   Greece 462
11 Gunnar Gabrielsson   Sweden 460
12 George Fiske   United States 458
13 Raymond Bracken   United States 456
Guilherme Paraense   Brazil 456
15 Sebastião Wolf   Brazil 454
16 Lars Jørgen Madsen   Denmark 450
Sigvard Hultcrantz   Sweden 450
18 Anders Johnson   Sweden 448
19 Gerard van den Bergh   Netherlands 445
20 Antonius Bouwens   Netherlands 444
21 Klaas Woldendorp   Netherlands 443
22 Einar Liberg   Norway 442
23 Dario Barbosa   Brazil 441
24 Oluf Wesmann-Kjær   Norway 434
25 Howard Bayles   United States 430
26 Fernando Soledade   Brazil 424
27 Otto Plantener   Denmark 419
28 Carl Pedersen   Denmark 413
29 Christian Andersen   Denmark 407
30 Cornelis van Altenburg   Netherlands 397
31 Herman Bouwens   Netherlands 394


  1. ^ "Shooting at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games: Men's Free Pistol, 50 metres". Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Historical Results". Internatinal Shooting Sport Federation. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Free Pistol, 50 Metres, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  4. ^ Wallechinsky, David (1984). The Complete Book of the Olympics. England: Penguin Books. p. 369. ISBN 0140066322.

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