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.
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.
Vision is a vitally important topic for all target shooters except those who are blind or visually-impaired and use acoustic aiming systems. Being able to see well enough to aim accurately, and (for outdoor disciplines) to observe light and weather conditions is the key to our sport.
Around 45% of target shooters know that they have some defect in their vision which impacts on their shooting technique. For the vast majority of them it is something that can be corrected by use of prescription lenses. Some have much more significant problems that require modifications to standard equipment and/or technique.
It is very likely that many of the other 55% of shooters are not aware that options are available which would make aiming much easier and more consistent for them. Those options might be changes they can make in their own equipment or technique, or steps that can be taken by their clubs to improve the range environment (lighting, decor, target holders, etc.).
This section of our website introduces a variety of options and solutions that may be helpful to shooters in most disciplines, and gives links to further useful reading.
A general outline of this topic which we contributed to the December 2012 issue of Target Shooter on-line magazine can be found in the Downloads section of this site.
More information on many of the items of equipment mentioned in this section can be found in our Equipment Section.
We are offering some of the more straightforward solutions to vision problems, but the contents of this section are far from exhaustive. A shooter who finds aiming is hard work should get coaching advice, and discuss the subject with club colleagues whose longer experience may have produced other solutions. It is also vitally important for shooters to have regular vision checks by their opticians.
The DSP is keen to gather more information about vision and aiming problems in all shooting disciplines, so that this can be made available to other shooters. Anyone who is aware of something that may be useful or interesting is requested to send details to the DSP Co-ordinator.
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.