Shooting at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's 25 metre rapid fire pistol

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Men's 25 metre muzzle-loading pistol
at the Games of the I Olympiad
Venue Kallithea shooting range
Date April 11
Competitors 4 from 3 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Ioannis Frangoudis
2nd, silver medalist(s) Georgios Orphanidis
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Holger Nielsen
1900 →

The 25 metre muzzle-loading pistol was one of the five sport shooting events on the 1896 Summer Olympics shooting programme. The armament of the American Paine brothers was disqualified because of not being "of the usual calibre" for the event (only pistols of .45 caliber were allowed). With the Paine brothers declining the offer of the Greek shooters to use their pistols, only four shooters entered the fourth shooting event. Three nations were represented. Each shooter fired five strings of six shots at a target 25 metres distant. The competition was held on 11 April and resulted in the top two places going to the Greek marksmen. Nielsen took third place and Merlin did not finish.[1]


Place Shooter Score Hits
1  Ioannis Frangoudis (GRE) 344 23
2  Georgios Orphanidis (GRE) 249 20
3  Holger Nielsen (DEN) Unknown
 Sidney Merlin (GBR) DNF


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