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.
People whose disabilities would prevent them taking part in any other sport are enjoying the challenges of target shooting.
99% of disabled or impaired shooters don’t use wheelchairs.
Our aim: To help all 100% enjoy target shooting.
We want to help all those people who are simply less able, as well as those with a clear disability. If you can barely see the target, have joint problems that make standing positions painful, or struggle to get up and down when shooting prone, we’d like to help you to continue enjoying your sport for as long as possible. There is a solution for everyone, so please ask!
99% of .22 and airgun competitions are open to all, regardless of any disability or impairment.
Our aim: To ensure disabled shooters get the competitive sport they want.
Where other sports segregate disabled from able-bodied for competitions, in small-bore target shooting they can all compete against each other. The DSP is working with full-bore and clay target bodies to increase the range of fully-inclusive competitions in those disciplines.
Take up SHOOTING FOR THE BLIND if you cannot see through the sights at all. This uses an audio-signal through the shooter’s head-phones.
You CAN still shoot!
This shooter is paralysed from the neck down. He shoots various rifle and pistol disciplines, and even archery.
If for any reason you cannot shoot using standard equipment, and/or conventional positions and techniques, you can adopt any modifications that are necessary, provided they meet safety requirements. If they are approved by the national governing body (which is a simple process) you will be able to take part in most competitions.
Lots of help is available out there. We can help you find a coach who has experience of working with disabled shooters, recommend people who can produce special equipment, and put you in touch with people with similar impairments or disabilities so that they can give advice and information.
For information on how to get started, CLICK HERE.
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.