Michael 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.Read More
Stewart 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.
Vic 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.
At present none of the principal national governing bodies has a definitive list of all the clubs, shooting grounds, range complexes, etc. for their disciplines which are fully or partially accessible for disabled people. Set out below is a summary of the information that is readily available on-line for the principal target shooting disciplines.
The DSP is gathering information on facilities which are known to cater for shooters with disabilities, and you can find out about them in the Clubs section of this site.
It is important to make contact with a club or venue before visiting, especially if access is required for someone with mobility problems. It is also wise to check that facilities are still available, as published information may be out of date.
The NSRA has a database of all clubs, facilities and other organisations that are affiliated to the association. It can identify those that are accessible for wheelchair users, and those that have facilities for blind/VI shooting. There is a Club-finder facility on the association's website; this features clubs that have asked to be included and have provided information. A full list of affiliated clubs within a particular postcode area will be provided by the Membership Department on request. This will state whether clubs have wheelchair access and/or blind/VI facilities.
The NRA website hosts its list of affiliated clubs that have websites. There may be additional clubs that are not listed, so it is worth contacting the association to enquire.
There is a Find a Club service on the CPSA website. This does not contain information about disabled accessibility, but it does have links to shooting grounds' own websites, where such details can be found. The Disabled Shooters Group may be able to advise on suitable shooting grounds in some areas.
The British Field Target Association has an on-line Clubfinder service. The amount of information provided is rather variable, but some clubs have their own websites, and contact details are provided for all of them.
There are only two organisations that run these shoots in Britain. The UKBRA shoots take place at Diggle Ranges (postcode OL3 5LB) on the dates published on their website. The British Benchrest Rifle Club shoots only at short range (100 and 200 yards) on the Short Siberia range at Bisley Camp in Surrey.
UKBR22 can provide details of clubs offering these disciplines; contact them via their website.
Read about the huge increase in Sport England investment in grass-roots target shooting.
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.
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.
Need information on funding for any aspect of disabled target shooting? Check out the extensive Funding section on this site.
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.
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.