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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Prescription lens holder

This attaches to the rearsight, and can be fitted with a corrective lens to the shooter's prescription. 

Gehmann No. 501 – lens holder + iris
Also available: 501A, 501SB

 

Gehmann 579 – cylindrical lens system

The manufacturers claim that this is able to replace shooting spectacles (apparently for shooters whose vision prescription is within the range +4.5 to -4.5) and correct the effects of astigmatism.  The following explanation is from their on-line brochure:
Often visual disorders are noticed by shooters only if they do not achieve to get a clear target picture while shooting.  It is essential for shooters to get a well-focused target image.  In order to achieve maximum performance, best shooting results and optimum target picture clarity it is therefore necessary to compensate visual disorders such as short-sightedness (myopia) and long-sightedness (hypermetropia) as well as astigmatism.  Up to now shooters could only use shooting spectacles in order to solve this problem.  Gehmann now provides a cylindrical lens system which enables shooters to eliminate their individual visual disorders and imperfections.  Our cylindrical lens system is able to compensate astigmatism and to balance size and optical axis of the eye.  In combination with our magnifying diopter (-4.5dpt to 4.5dpt) for spherical disorders our product is now able to replace shooting spectacles completely.  An outstanding advantage of our innovative product is the individual adjustment of our cylindrical lens system to the individual imperfections of the shooter.  Shooting spectacles have the disadvantage of having to buy a new lens in order to adapt to even small changes of defective vision.  Vision depends on daily changing factors such as light level, fluctuations of blood pressure and blood glucose or stress-related factors.  Our new cylindrical lens system provides the shooter with the possibility to balance small and great changes of your vision through simple adjustment.  It is this individual adjustment possibility to make our cylindrical lens system superior to the use of common shooting spectacles.

Gehmann cylindrical lens system W2

Also available:
570-579 - CLS vari-focal astigmatic iris – combines features of 570 and 579 in one unit
530-579 - CLS vari-focal astigmatic iris – combines features of 530 and 579 in one unit

 

For more information on these items see the Gehmann catalogue.

For information about vision for target shooting, and solutions to many problems, see the Vision section of this site, under More Information. 

Parent Category: Equipment
Category: Rifle

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