Pistol duelling was a sport at the 1906 Intercalated Games and 1908 Olympics.
In the 1906 Intercalated Games, male competitors fired duelling pistols at plaster dummies from 20m and 30m.
In 1908 pistol duelling was demonstrated as part of the concurrent Franco-British Exhibition, using the Olympic fencing arena and in front of invited guests.There were no official demonstration sports until 1912. The competition involved two male competitors firing at each other with duelling pistols loaded with wax bullets and wearing protective equipment for the torso, face, and hands. 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.
|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)|
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Pistol duelling was a competitive sport developed around 1900 which involved opponents shooting at each other using duelling pistols adapted to fire wax bullets. The sport was briefly popular among some members of the metropolitan upper classes in the US, UK and France. Although the bullets were made of soft wax they could inflict significant damage to exposed flesh. For this reason the competitors wore heavy protective clothing and guards. The sport was demonstrated at the 1908 Olympic Games but did not survive the First World War. It may be seen as a precursor of the modern sport of paintballing.