Walter W. Winans

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Walter W. Winans
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Walter W. Winans (1910)
Medal record
Men's shooting
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1908 London Double-shot running deer
Silver medal – second place 1912 Stockholm 100 m team running deer, single shots
Art competitions
Gold medal – first place 1912 Stockholm Sculpture
"The Record Revolver Shot". Caricature by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1893.

Walter W. Winans (April 5, 1852 – August 12, 1920) was an American marksman, horse breeder, sculptor, and painter who participated in the 1908 and 1912 Summer Olympics.[1] He won two medals for shooting: a gold in 1908 and a silver in 1912. He also won a gold medal for his sculpture An American Trotter at Stockholm in 1912. In addition, Winans wrote ten books.


He was born to Americans William Louis Winans and Maria Ann de la Rue on April 5, 1852, at the Nikolaevsky Railway Works at St. Petersburg, Russian Empire. His father was engaged in construction work and Walter lived in St. Petersburg until the age of 18, taking the oath of allegiance at the US Embassy before leaving for Kent, England, to take up residence.[2]

In 1910 he sent several horses to the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden in New York City.[3][4]

He held hunting and shooting rights over nearly 250,000 acres (1,000 km2) in Glen Strathfarrar, Glen Cannich and Glen Affric in the Highlands of Scotland. In the 1901 edition of his book The Art of Revolver Shooting he favoured the Webley-Fosbery above other 'automatic pistols', but it is not mentioned in the 1911 edition nor in the subsequent Automatic Pistol Shooting or The Modern Pistol and How to Shoot it.

In 1884 he prosecuted a Scotsman, Muirdoch Macrae, for grazing a lamb on land owned by Winans. The failure of Winans' prosecution established the right to roam which was a key element in opening British parklands to the public.[5]

Winans died in Parsloes Park, Dagenham, Essex, on 12 August 1920.[2]


  • The Art of Revolver Shooting, New York: Knickerbocker Press, 1901 [Riling 1527]
  • Hints on Revolver Shooting, New York: Putnam's, 1904 [Riling 1597]
  • Practical Rifle Shooting, New York: Putnam's, 1906 [Riling 1630]
  • The Sporting Rifle, New York: Putnam's, 1908 [Riling 1662]
  • The Art of Revolver Shooting, Rev. Ed., New York: Knickerbocker Press, 1911 [Riling 1527 var.]
  • Shooting for Ladies, New York: Putnam's, 1911 [Riling 1730]
  • "Revolvers" – an article in Encyclopedia of Sports & Games in Four Volumes, Vol IV, published by The Sportsman (1912)
  • Deer Breeding for Fine Heads (1913)
  • Animal Sculpture (1914)
  • Pistolen- und Revolverschiessen (1914) translation of The Art of Revolver Shooting, with amendments, by Dr. Maxim Goldberg
  • Automatic Pistol Shooting, New York: Putnam's, 1915 [Riling 1806]
  • The Modern Pistol & How to Shoot it, New York: Putnam's, 1919 [Riling 1884]
  • How to Handle a Revolver London: Geo Newnes (pages 289 to 295 of CB Fry's Magazine Vol II 1904 to 1905)
  • "Some Hints on Revolver Shooting in Competitions", an article in a book published in a "Book of Sports" (title to be confirmed) by Cassell's and Company of London in 1903 or 1904.
  • How to Drive a Trotter, London: Geo Newnes (pp. 498–500 of CB Fry's Magazine Vol II 1904 to 1905)

References are to Ray Riling, Guns and Shooting, a Bibliography, New York: Greenberg, 1951

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  1. ^ "Sports Reference: Walter W. Winans". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2014-02-20.
  2. ^ a b "Walter Winans Dies In a Race". The New York Times. August 13, 1920. Retrieved 2008-12-24. Noted American Sportsman Collapses in Sulky While Driving on London Track. Marksman and Painter. Cosmopolite Also Famous as Huntsman. Did Not See Land of Allegiance Until 58th Year. Walter Winans, widely known American resident of London, collapsed and died while driving his horse, Henrietta Guy, in a trotting race at Parsloes Park this afternoon.
  3. ^ "Winan's Horses in Show. Famous Breeding and Driving Types to be Seen at Madison Square Garden". The New York Times. November 2, 1910. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
  4. ^ "Winan's Horses Coming. Light Steppers to be Exhibited at National Horse Show". The New York Times. September 11, 1910. Retrieved 2008-12-24. Walter W. Winans, the American, who is a foremost exhibitor of heavy harness horses in the English and Continental shows, has consented to enter some of his famous light steppers at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden during the week of Nov. 16. He cabled the decision to make entries at New York yesterday to James T. Hyde, Secretary of the National Horse Show Association.
  5. ^ Starkey, Jerome (24 May 2017). "Park rangers get £2.5m clothing sponsor". The Times.

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