Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Bisley Rifle Range, Bisley
Date Started: July 10, 1908
Date Finished: July 11, 1908
Format: 15 shots at each distance. Individual possible 75 at each distance. Total individual possible of 450. Team possible of 450 at each distance. Total Team possible of 2,700. The rifle was required to be the National Military Arm of any country. Any position allowed.
Although nine teams were entered, only eight competed. The ninth team was Russia which never withdrew and actually tried to compete. In 1908, as today, most nations in the world used the Gregorian Calendar, but unlike today, a few nations used the older Julian Calendar. Russia was one of the nations using the Julian Calendar, which differed by 13 days from the Gregorian Calendar. The Russian shooters, thinking that The International team match was to begin on 10 July in the Julian Calendar, arrived shortly before that date, which equated to 23 July by the Gregorian Calendar. Unfortunately, they found that The International team match had been completed and all the shooters had by now left Bisley.
This was a very closely fought contest on the first day with the United States team holding a narrow lead over the British team - 1,291 to 1,281. But on the second day, the U.S. shooters continued to post marginally better scores than the British and won by 34 points. The weather was terrible on both days, but especially so on the second with wind varying from 12-20 mph (5.3-8.9 mps), low cloud cover and rain flurries off and on all day.