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.
The world of smallbore target shooting covers a very large number of disciplines that can be broadly categorised by the type of gun (rifle or pistol) or by calibre (.22 rimfire or .177 airgun). Whether one is shooting .22 rifle, air rifle, .22 pistol or air pistol, there are quite a few different options available for competitions, with different courses of fire shot at various distances. Set out below is a summary of all the options.
The national governing body for all these smallbore disciplines is the National Small-bore Rifle Association (NSRA). Almost all smallbore disciplines are fully accessible to those who are less-able or disabled, thanks to the NSRA's dispensation scheme.
For an excellent detailed explanation of smallbore rifle shooting visit the SmallBoreRifle website.
.177 rifles and pistols are airguns firing pellets.
.22 rifles and pistols are firearms firing rimfire cartridges.
10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 or 120 shots “to count”, plus some sighting-in shots at the beginning.
60 seconds, 90 seconds, 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 1hr 15mins, 1hr 45mins, 2hrs 15mins, or 3hrs 45mins, depending on the course of fire.
Rapid-fire Pistol involves firing six sets of 5 shots at 5 targets, two sets each in 8 seconds, 6 seconds and 4 seconds.
Prone (lying down), standing, kneeling or sitting (on the ground, at a table, or in a wheelchair).
The premier event is .22 rifle shooting at prone + standing + kneeling – Great Britain has won Olympic gold medals for it.
On an indoor range in a pub, school hall, Scout hut, village hall or purpose-built range.
Outdoors on a formal range or in woodlands and fields for Field Target.
Shooters can compete as individuals, in pairs, or in teams of three, four, five, eight, ten or twenty.
National postal championships
Home Countries championship meetings
British championship meetings
Most competitions are in classes or divisions, so shooters compete against people at the same level.
Some matches are done by post, others are shot shoulder-to-shoulder, lasting for a day, a weekend, or a whole week, with anything from a few dozen to 1,000 shooters gathering together.
There aren’t any!
If you use your club’s equipment, just the price of your pellets or ammunition, and membership subscriptions – probably around the cost of one pint or a cappuccino a week.
If you buy your own equipment and enter lots of competitions – as much as you want to spend.
50-metre .22 Pistol
Field Target Airgun
Lightweight Sport Rifle
Prone Air Rifle (an additional option for disabled)
Prone Rifle (short range and long range)
Sport Pistol (Air)
Sporter Air Rifle (standing and three-positions)