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  • scoutwithprosthesis1This young Scout was born without a left hand.  When he took an interest in shooting, which is very popular in the Scout movement, Hampshire Scouts helped his local club to find a solution. 
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  • Di CoatesDeanna (Di) Coates lives in Hampshire, shoots air rifle from a wheelchair, and is one of our most successful disabled international athletes. 
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  • michaelwhapples1Michael Whapples from Leicestershire is blind and shoots air rifle.  In 2011 he was the first British shooter ever to compete at the Open European Shooting Championships for the Vision Impaired, held at Nitra, Slovakia. 

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  • MattSkelhon1Matt Skelhon shot to fame when he grabbed gold at the Bejiing Paralympic Games and proved it was no fluke by claiming silver and bronze at London 2012.

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  • vicmorris1Vic Morris lives in south Wales and is paralysed from the neck down as the result of an accident.  With the aid of an 'equaliser' device invented by his coach, John Kelman, Vic shoots pistol and rifle. 
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  • stewartnangle1Stewart Nangle, a Lancastrian, is pictured shooting .22 pistol.  What the photograph does not show is that at the time one of his legs was fitted with a metal frame that was bolted into the bones. 
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  • peterbreheny1Peter Breheny from Derbyshire shoots benchrest rifle.  He has Kennedy's Disease, a progressive wasting condition that has weakened his limbs. 
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1. Vision
(Category)
Vision is a vitally important topic for all target shooters except those who are blind or visually-impaired and use acoustic aiming systems.  Being able to see well enough to aim accurately, and ...
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2. Focus Clubs
(Category)
... introduction to the sport, and to nurture those who are ambitious to improve. To fill this role we are looking for clubs that are able to accommodate wheelchair shooters and/or blind-VI shooters in more ...
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3. Competitions
(Category)
... Otherwise details can be obtained via the relevant governing bodies' websites.    Airgun - Air Rifle and Air Pistol Benchrest - Full-bore, .22 and Airgun Blind/VI - Air Rifle Clay Target - Skeet, ...
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4. Blind/VI
(Category)
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5. NSRA
(Contacts / Other Organisations)
NSRA, NGB, The National Small-bore Rifle Association is the national governing body for airgun, .22 rifle and pistol, and crossbow disciplines.  In conjunction with British Blind Sport it administers ...
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6. Ken Nash
(Contacts / Disabled Shooting)
Ken Nash, Blind/VI Shooting Organiser ...
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7. John Lloyd
(Contacts / Disabled Shooting)
... In 2010 the club brought acoustic air rifle shooting to the North West, and in January 2011 Blackburn Acoustic Rifle Club (BARC) was formed specifically for blind/VI shooters – its first year has been ...
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8. Focus on: Blind/VI Shooting
(DSP News)
In March 2014 we are putting the spotlight on shooting for those who are blind or visually impaired.  This is because there has been a significant upsurge of interest in this area of the sport, ...
Created on 07 March 2014
9. Acoustic Shooting Facilities
(Acoustic)
... all of these bodies can be obtained from the Membership Department of the NSRA.  It is advisable to contact the venue before visiting, because some clubs may not currently have any blind/VI members ...
Created on 06 March 2014
10. Overview of Blind/VI Shooting
(Acoustic)
by Hussein Patwa VI shooter with Bon Accord Smallbore RC, Denwood, Aberdeen   To many people, the words ‘blind’ and ‘shooting’ are rarely synonymous when used in the same sentence. Indeed, ...
Created on 06 March 2014
11. Air rifle for blind and visually impaired
(Profiles)
... all my life, before I was blind.  My dad was always into it and I used to go with him. I always loved it." He said joining the shooting club was very important to him, adding: "It has been amazing, ...
Created on 06 March 2014
12. Blind/VI Shooting on Radio 4
(Events News)
4th March 2014 Two days after the British Blind/VI Shooting Championships, the BBC's In Touch programme on Radio 4 devoted almost half of its airtime to an excellent report on acoustic shooting. ...
Created on 05 March 2014
13. British Blind Championship 2014
(Events News)
... blind/VI shooting will lead to more youngsters taking up this discipline and competing for the trophy in 2015.   There were six contenders in the free-standing class, and again it would be good ...
Created on 05 March 2014
14. Biathlon at Sochi Paralympics
(International)
... events, which are scheduled for 8th, 11th and 14th March.   Women and men all compete in one of three categories: sitting, standing, and blind or visually impaired.  In each category there ...
Created on 23 February 2014
15. Blind/VI Shooting on Isle of Man
(Events News)
14th February 2014 The 30th acoustic shooting facility for blind and visually-impaired shooters to be set up in Britain has been opened at Corrin Court, in Onchan on the Isle of Man.  Hosted ...
Created on 20 February 2014
16. Lincolnshire Disabled Shooting Day
(Events News)
An excellent "come and have a go" day was run by Lincolnshire SRA on 11th January 2014.  On offer were acoustic shooting for blind/VI, air rifle and pistol, and archery.  This was a fantastic ...
Created on 31 January 2014
17. IPC Shooting Strategic Plan
(International)
... development, Paralympic brand, funding, organisation, and partnerships.   One of the objectives listed should offer some encouragement to those who are keen to see Clay Target and Blind/VI shooting ...
Created on 25 November 2013
18. DSP Clubs
(DSP Clubs)
... some mobility, but are unable to shoot prone or standing.  They may have acoustic shooting equipment for blind/VI shooters, or some of their members may have learned some British Sign Language to ...
Created on 22 November 2013
19. DSP Clubs List
(DSP Clubs)
... This club was set up to cater for blind/VI shooters in Lancashire and is thriving, with around 25 members. Blackburn Rifle & Pistol Club - Lancashire With an astonishing number of ranges packed ...
Created on 21 November 2013
20. £287,087 for Shooting Clubs
(Funding News)
... Frome SBRC (£9,000), Deanshanger ARC (£9,000 for additional blind/VI shooting equipment), Rugeley RC (£5,000 for a recruitment and participation scheme), plus three Scout groups. Clearly a huge debt ...
Created on 21 November 2013
21. Disabled Shooting Awards 2013
(DSP News)
... Blind, Preston Branch – for its enthusiastic participation in blind/VI target shooting at Blackburn, and at open championships. Award collected by Lyn Garside on behalf of the society.   Intellectual ...
Created on 11 November 2013
22. International Role for British Shooter
(People News)
Warm congratulations to leading British blind shooter Michael Whapples on his appointment as Chairman of the Shooting Committee of the International Blind Sports Association.   Michael takes ...
Created on 04 November 2013
23. Disabled Shooting Gala 2013
(Past Events)
... target, blind/VI shooting, crossbow, Scatt and 10-metre biathlon, as well as a fun shoot involving balloons and a paintball gun, for which we are grateful to John Kelman. John also brought along some of ...
Created on 01 November 2013
24. DSP Regional Conferences 2013
(DSP News)
... College for the Blind, Hereford Each conference began with lunch as an opportunity for delegates to “meet and greet”. This was clearly a popular decision, and everyone was very appreciative of the efforts ...
Created on 25 April 2013
25. Regional Conferences
(Disabled Shooting Year)
... - Sunday 17th March at Norman Cross Ranges, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire West Region - Sunday 24th March at Royal National College for the Blind, Hereford   Registration The registration ...
Created on 29 January 2013
26. Vision for Shooters
(Uncategorised)
Vision is a vitally important topic for all target shooters except those who are blind or visually-impaired and use acoustic aiming systems.  Being able to see well enough to aim accurately, and ...
Created on 10 January 2013
27. Vision - Enhancement Options
(Vision)
... Hat/visor     Side-blinds on shooting spectacles     Eye relief     Iris on rearsight (rifle) or shooting spectacles (pistol)     Grey filters ...
Created on 03 January 2013
28. Vision - Correction Options
(Vision)
...  Corrective lens in shooting spectacles If the eye needs a prescription lens in everyday life, then it can also have a prescription lens on the shooting spectacles.    Eye blinders or ...
Created on 03 January 2013
29. Vision - Solutions to Problems - Rules
(Vision)
... In addition, a piece of flat material or a blinder may be fitted to the backsight to restrict the vision of the disengaged eye. Foresight:  Any type which may contain a single clear or coloured ...
Created on 03 January 2013
30. Vision - Solutions to Problems - Introduction
(Vision)
... who loses so much vision in both eyes that he/she can no longer aim effectively can transfer to the acoustic aiming system used by blind and visually-impaired shooters.  This section of our website ...
Created on 03 January 2013
31. General - Shooting Spectacles
(General)
...  In addition, a range of useful accessories are available to mount on shooting spectacle frames, including non-aiming eye blinders, side screens, and iris apertures for pistol shooting.    ...
Created on 03 January 2013
32. Disability Awareness
(Uncategorised)
... greeting and guiding Information and videos from the RNIB on helping people who are blind or partially sighted.      Open University advice Aimed at people working with disabled ...
Created on 03 January 2013
33. Disability Awareness
(Disability Awareness)
... greeting and guiding Information and videos from the RNIB on helping people who are blind or partially sighted.      Open University advice Aimed at people working with disabled ...
Created on 03 January 2013
34. First Win for Tim Gebbels
(People News)
SportsAble member Tim Gebbels, who has been blind since childhood, has celebrated his first competitive target shooting success, winning his division in the NSRA's Winter National VI Postal League.  ...
Created on 27 October 2012
35. Disabled shooting is not new!
(Random Shots)
... so, it had been around for about 25 years when this report was published.  It is interesting to note that at the moment (as far as we are aware) there is no equipment in use for blind and deaf shooters ...
Created on 24 October 2012
36. New Blind/VI PowerPoint
(DSP News)
An Introduction to Blind/VI Target Shooting has been added to the DSP’s promotional toolbox.  This PowerPoint presentation explains how acoustic shooting works, and sets out the various options ...
Created on 01 October 2012
37. Joe Stinton - Blind Shooter
(People News)
... photographs accompanying the blog, Seeing the Blind.  ...
Created on 19 August 2012
38. Clubs - Disabled provision
(Uncategorised)
... already offer it, Andy Dubreuil who is one of the top benchrest shooters in Britain and is in a wheelchair has a lot of useful information on his website The Benchrest Show.   Blind/VI ...
Created on 12 August 2012
39. Terminology and perceptions
(DSP Blog)
... That would mean that a club which has acoustic shooting facilities for its blind/VI members, but uses a range that is up a flight of steps, couldn’t be called disabled-friendly!  I do hope that ...
Created on 11 August 2012
40. Blind-VI children
(Funding News)
 VICTA Grants to individuals for equipment; to organisations working with blind/VI children (for materials, activities, etc.), and for research.   ...
Created on 21 July 2012
41. DSP at DAD, Warrington
(DSP News)
Sunday 15th July 2012 The annual Disability Awareness Day at Warrington is now one of the biggest such events in the country.  Ken Nash, wearing both his NSRA and British Blind Sport hats, has ...
Created on 21 July 2012
42. Funding - Guidance
(Information)
... blindingly obvious.  They are included because sometimes people who are dealing with lots of unfamiliar paperwork do overlook such things - and kick themselves afterwards for doing so! Available ...
Created on 18 July 2012
43. Shooting movies
(DSP Blog)
... we did find some gems, particularly the excellent short film featuring Deanshanger Air Rifle Club in Northamptonshire.  This club has been formed by a group of very enthusiastic blind and visually ...
Created on 23 June 2012
44. Sound and Sight
(DSP Blog)
Friday 1st June 2012 Amazing news received today, in the shape of a report by the CPSA’s Richard Worthington about Sean Dilley, a blind clay target shooter!  This is a great development, although ...
Created on 02 June 2012
45. Clay Target for Blind/VI
(People News)
CPSA News Item There is a remarkable piece on the CPSA website about a clay target shooter who is blind.  It's an inspiring story, and we hope it leads to more development in this area of the ...
Created on 01 June 2012
46. DSP Information Packs
(DSP News)
... new PowerPoint presentation An Introduction to Blind/VI Shooting.  More information about these is in DSP News.  Anyone who has already received an information pack, and wishes to have copies ...
Created on 14 May 2012
47. Reading, writing and REMAP
(DSP Blog)
... letter from H.M. the Queen, so that it can be read by blind/VI viewers.  My apologies to them for overlooking this – the learning curve continues!  I’ve been finding out about REMAP – a fantastic ...
Created on 04 April 2012
48. Letter from HM the Queen
(Uncategorised)
For blind and visually impaired visitors to this site, below is a transcript of the letter from Her Majesty the Queen supporting the Disabled Shooting Year. Robert Newman, Esq., Chairman, National ...
Created on 03 April 2012
49. Disabled Shooting Year
(Disabled Shooting Year)
... over these 12 months, and is honoured to have the support of Her Majesty the Queen for this initiative.  (Transcript of letter for blind/VI readers) These are some of the things that are happening ...
Created on 27 March 2012
50. Birth of the Disabled Shooting Project
(Uncategorised)
... Morriss (the only disabled person to have qualified as an ISSF coach), Stewart Nangle (a recently-discovered pistol shooter with a talent that has overcome his damaged leg), Michael Whapples (who is blind ...
Created on 11 March 2012

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