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
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.
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.
Match Crossbow is a parallel discipline to Air Rifle with the same courses of fire, and usually shot with the aid of shooting jacket, trousers and boots, in the standing position only.
Sport Crossbow began to be introduced as a new discipline in 2011 as an accessible option for those seeking an alternative to the Match and Field options. It has proved to be successful as an acoustic discipline, providing an alternative to acoustic Air Rifle for blind and visually-impaired shooters.
Chris Aston, a leading figure in British crossbow shooting for many years, has kindly provided these graphics illustrating the two disciplines.
The national governing body for Match and Sport Crossbow shooting is the National Small-bore Rifle Association (NSRA).
Target or Field Crossbow is a discipline that in many ways is more akin to archery than rifle shooting. It is generally shot outdoors, although there are indoor events in Winter, and a coloured archery-style target is used. It is open to people with disabilities; Assisted Field Crossbow is very similar to the SH2 IPC classification for target shooters, in that competitors can shoot from a sitting position, use a spring stand to help support the weight of the bow, and have an assistant to re-load for them.
The national governing body for Target Crossbow is the National Crossbow Federation.
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.