Hirst, Gilbert - 1978

Hirst, Gilbert - 1978

Gilbert Hirst

Shooting Builder, Calgary

Inducted in 1978


Gilbert Hirst's shooting has mainly been in fullbore rifle competitions at distances from 200 to 1000 yards. In 1930, he won all the Cadet competitions and was named the top cadet rifle shot in Canada. In 1931, Gilbert Hirst was awarded the Great Britain silver medal as the top cadet shot in the British Empire at the King's Trophy Competition. He was an executive member of the Alberta Provincial Rifle Association from 1948 to 1951 and was its president from 1956 to 1978. In 1952, he was elected to the Council of the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association and served as its vice president for 22 years. He served as coach-manager of the Alberta Rifle Team at the 1973 Canada Summer Games. In 1971, Gilbert Hirst won the bronze cross for highest possible score in the Wimbledon Match at Brisley. He was appointed Chairman of the Fullbore Rifle Jury for the XI Commonwealth Games.

Gilbert Hirst

Shooting Builder, Calgary

Inducted in 1978

Since Induction


Gil Hirst continued to shoot until he was 88 years old. He competed at national Championships for 75 years.


Highlights and awards:

  • Founder of the Alberta Federation of Shooting Sports

  • 1967 – Confederation Medal

  • 1977 – Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal

  • 1977 – Alberta Federation of Shooting Sports Meritorious Service Award

  • 1985 – Alberta Federation of Shooting Sports Volunteer Recognition Award

  • 1988 – Alberta Recreation and Parks Sports Volunteer Recognition Award


Letter from Gil Hirst

Updates: 2000, 2005, 2015

Born: September 27, 1912 - Sandstone, Alberta

Died: August 6, 2005 - Calgary