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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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The equipment featured in this section may be used in a range of different target shooting disciplines. 

The use of spectacles designed specifically for target shooting, instead of those used for everyday wear, is strongly recommended.  Proper shooting spectacles are fully adjustable.  This means they can be set up so as to ensure that a prescription lens is in exactly the right place in relation to the shooter’s eye and the rearsight, avoiding any distortion of the sight picture when aiming. 

In addition, a range of useful accessories are available to mount on shooting spectacle frames, including non-aiming eye blinders, side screens, and iris apertures for pistol shooting. 


An alternative to use of the frame-type spectacles is a headband with a lens holder attached.

The leading manufacturers are Champion, Knobloch, Gehmann and Varga, but there are quite a few others.  See the extensive on-line catalogues for Gehmann and Intershoot. 

For more information about the use of shooting spectacles, please see the Vision section of this site, under More Information. 

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Top Gun safety spex set WIn some target shooting disciplines use of safety spectacles is compulsory; in others it is recommended.  They are readily available to buy over-the-counter at gunshops or on-line. 

A wrap-around style is generally preferred. 
The lenses may be plain or tinted; some models come with a selection of different coloured lenses that can be fitted for different light conditions. 
When choosing, check that the lenses are optically flat, so that there will be no distortion of vision during aiming. 


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This is a remarkable charity that provides custom-made one-off pieces of equipment for people with disabilities.  The work is done by retired engineers and craftsmen.  As well as making equipment to make life easier, and to help people maintain their independence, REMAP also works with disabled sportsmen and women, developing devices that enable or enhance their participation.  The DSP knows of at least one disabled shooter who has been helped in this way. 

For more information see their website.  This is also a very worthwhile cause for donations! 

Equipment - General

For those shooters who compete from a wheelchair in the Paralympic disciplines there are restrictions on the amount of support that is permitted.   Accordingly, they have special wheelchairs that comply with the regulations, and this is an example.  It has a low back support and no arm-rests.  The table-top mounted on the front is used for the “prone” and “kneeling” equivalent shooting positions, and is removed for the “standing” equivalent position. 

These chairs are supplied by RDK Mobility.

Shooters taking part in domestic competitions are not restricted to this type of wheelchair, and most use their everyday wheelchair.  Some of them make use of home-made modifications, such as arrangements to fix a board across the front so that the shooter can rest his elbows on it to shoot prone rifle, and to mount the spotting telescope - as illustrated here. 

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Hot News!

DSP Videos

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

Please Do Our Surveys!

survey Information about people and facilities is vital to our work (and funding). YOU can help by completing our People and Clubs/Grounds Surveys.

£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.
More information

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.