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Shooting at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Date Started: July 25, 1952
Date Finished: July 29, 1952
Events: 7

Participants: 218 (218 men and 0 women) from 41 countries
Youngest Participant: HUN Szilárd Kun (17 years, 127 days)
Oldest Participant: GBR Charles Lucas (66 years, 7 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): URS Boris Andreyev (2 medals)
Most Medals (Country): URS Soviet Union (4 medals)


The 1952 shooting events saw the first appearance of the Soviet Union in Olympic shooting. They introduced a new rifle with sites on the left side of the barrel. The other big news was that the Union Internationale de Tir (UIT) had stabilized the Olympic Program. There were seven individual events in 1952 and these would be relatively standard over the next 30 years at the Olympic Games. No team events were scheduled, and no team events have been held in Olympic shooting since 1924. Trap shooting and running target shooting returned to the program, as did the 3-position small-bore rifle match, which had not been held at the Olympics since the 1920s. Because of the increase in the number of nations entering the shooting, the entries in each event were limited to 2 per nation. Germany was allowed to compete again, but was handicapped because shooting for sport and teaching to shoot were forbidden until 1952. No women competed in 1952 Olympic shooting although they had been allowed to compete at the 1950 World Championships.

Most of the shooting events in 1952 were held at the [Malmi Rifle Range], which was 11 kms. north of the center of Helsinki. The range had been constructed for the 1937 World Championships, and was by 1952 the property of the Finnish Defense Service. The clay-pigeon trap shooting was held at [Huopalahti], 8 kms. from the main events at Malmi, on a range owned by the Finnish Hunting Society.