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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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This is: Benchrest shooting

The world of Benchrest Rifle shooting is divided broadly into the long-range fullbore disciplines that are governed by the UK Benchrest Association (UKBRA), and the smallbore disciplines (rimfire and air) governed by the UK Association of Rimfire & Air Rifle Benchrest Shooting (UKBR22).  Some fullbore benchrest differs from all other target shooting disciplines in that the object of the exercise is to see who can produce the smallest group of shots, rather than trying to hit the exact centre of a target. 

For all benchrest disciplines the shooter is seated at a table and does not have to carry the whole weight of the rifle himself; this makes it very accessible for disabled and less-abled people.  Most disciplines employ telescope sights, which is helpful to some shooters who cannot use aperture sights because they have a degree of visual impairment.

One of the leading British benchrest shooters, Andy Dubreuil, has a series of tutorial videos on his website The Benchrest Show, which illustrate all the key aspects of this discipline. 

There are also pistol shooting benchrest disciplines.   

In some parts of the country county associations or local leagues have set up their own benchrest competitions.  These may allow the use of different rifle + target combinations to those stipulated by UKBRA and UKBR22.  You can read our news item about one such option in Cambridgeshire.

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Videos on disabled target shooting now on Vimeo and YouTube. You are invited to contribute your videos.

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£250,000 for Clubs!

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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.
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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.