Dueling at the 1908 Olympics involved wax bullets and elaborate protection

Pistol dueling was a sport at the 1906 Intercalated Games and 1908 Olympics.

In the 1906 Intercalated Games, competitors fired duelling pistols at plaster dummies from 20m and 30m.[1]

In 1908, pistol dueling was demonstrated as part of the concurrent Franco-British Exhibition, using the Olympic fencing arena and in front of invited guests.[2] There were no official demonstration sports until 1912. The competition involved two competitors firing at each other with dueling pistols loaded with wax bullets and wearing protective equipment for the torso, face, and hands.[1][3] Teams were sent by countries including France, the UK, and the USA. The 20-meter competition was won by the French team of Major Ferrus, J Marais and J Rouvcanachi.[2]

1906 medal summary

Event Gold Silver Bronze
20 m duelling pistol  Léon Moreaux (FRA)  Cesare Liverziani (ITA)  Maurice Lecoq (FRA)
30 m duelling pistol  Konstantinos Skarlatos (GRE)  Johan Hübner von Holst (SWE)  Vilhelm Carlberg (SWE)


  1. ^ a b Jonathan Gottschall (15 March 2016). The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch. Penguin Publishing Group. pp. 42–. ISBN 978-0-14-310805-4.
  2. ^ a b "Duelling at the Olympics". Royal Armouries. 2019-01-01. Archived from the original on 2020-06-16. Retrieved 2024-01-27.
  3. ^ Nigel McCrery (19 October 2016). The Extinguished Flame: Olympians Killed in The Great War. Pen and Sword. pp. 274–. ISBN 978-1-4738-7801-3.