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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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What are the options?

There are lots of different disciplines (types of target shooting) that you can try.  You may wish to have a go at several different ones to see what suits you best.

Small-bore

The most readily-accessible disciplines for disabled shooters are .177 calibre air rifle and air pistol, both shot on indoor ranges that are 10 metres long, and .22 (small-bore) rifle shot indoors at ranges of 15, 20 or 25 yards. Those who are more adventurous can tackle outdoor .22 rifle shooting at 50 yards/metres and 100 yards.  There is also a 50 metre .22 pistol discipline, as well as rapid-fire pistol, and lightweight sport rifle. 

Field Target

This is an air rifle discipline shot outdoors at varying ranges, using a variety of shooting positions.  There are more detailed explanations on the British Field Target Association (BFTA) site.  The ranges are usually in fields or woodland settings, so inevitably some are not accessible for wheelchairs.

Crossbow

There are crossbow equivalents for most of the air rifle disciplines, including Field Crossbow.  An explanation can be found on Wikipedia.  The National Small-bore Rifle Association (NSRA) is in the process of introducing a new Sport Crossbow discipline, which is particularly disabled-friendly. 

Full-bore

For those who prefer bigger bangs and distances, full-bore rifles (7.62mm calibre) are shot at ranges from 200 yards up to 1200 yards.  Information from the NRA (National Rifle Association) of the disciplines they cover is available on the NRA web site - go to Home/Types of Shooting. 

Even bigger calibres are used by the black-powder shooters belonging to the Muzzle-loaders' Association.  Information about this very picturesque sector of target shooting can be found onthe MLAGB site. 

Benchrest

This encompasses rifle and pistol options for a variety of calibres and distances.  It is a popular option for shooters with lower limb disabilities, because they can take part without requiring any modification of the rules or equipment.  Details of .22 and airgun benchrest can be found HERE, and of larger calibre options HERE.

Clay Target

For shotgun shooters, clay target disciplines include skeet, trap, sporting, trench and down the line disciplines, depending on the speed, launch point and trajectory of the targets.  For a more detailed explanation of these options from the CPSA (Clay Pigeon Shooting Association).

Aiming Options

Telescopic sights can be used in some disciplines, especially in benchrest shooting

People with special needs who find it difficult to cope with the visual exercise of centering a target in a foresight ring and a rearsight aperture, may find it is easier to use a "red dot" sight, using a laser beam.  We are exploring the possibility of getting this option accepted for competitions.

Blind and visually impaired (VI) people can shoot air rifle disciplines using an acoustic aiming system.  This is explained on the British Blind Sport site .  This system will also be available as an option for the new Sport Crossbow discipline being introduced by the NSRA. 

Please note

Sadly some disciplines are really not suitable for people with some types of disability; for example, rapid-fire pistol, in which 5 shots are fired at 5 separate targets in times of between 8 and 4 seconds!

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Read about the huge increase in Sport England investment in grass-roots target shooting. 

International Development

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Read about how we are hoping to expand the range of international competitions open to disabled shooters, and let us know if you can help.  

Helpful Stuff

Vision for Shooters

For most shooters, being able to see well enough to aim accurately is the key to our sport. Our Vision Section has lots of information to help all shooters who have vision problems, great or small.

Funding Guidance & Information

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Need information on funding for any aspect of disabled target shooting?  Check out the extensive Funding section on this site. 

Advice for Clubs

EFDS Inclusion Hub is a free on-line resource created by the English Federation of Disability Sport for clubs that wish to become more disabled-friendly and include more disabled people in their activities.
More information

Disability Awareness

For those encountering people who have various types of disabilities, we offer a round-up of some on-line advice and videos that may help to put everyone at their ease.