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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Indoor Ranges

Many indoor ranges are very unhelpful to shooters with less than ideal vision.  Often this is because antiquated ideas about lighting and decor for ranges (usually inherited from wartime military practices) have not been jettisoned!  Having targets brightly lit and the rest of the range dark is guaranteed to cause eyestrain. 
These are the things that clubs can address:


The aim is to achieve something as close to daylight as possible, so proper lighting along the whole length of the range is important.  An article from The Rifleman on this subject is available from our Downloads.


Walls and ceiling should be white or a very pale colour to help even light distribution.  Safety curtains that are not pale coloured should be masked with fabric or thin board that is. 

Target area

The arrangements for fixing up targets should be designed to avoid any shadows or fixing devices distracting from the aim picture – in particular they must not be visible inside the foresight aperture.  Backing boards should be white or cream coloured.  The edges of backing boards should not be visible through the foresight tunnel when aiming. 


Outdoor Ranges

There are things that can be done to help shooters with poorer vision here too.  Much may depend, however, on whether the club owns the range, and if not, how much control it has over the premises. 


Ranges should be built facing north, so the sun does not shine into shooters’ eyes.  However, this is not always possible. 


Baffles and plants are the two options here.  The former can be built on to firing points, or constructed part-way down the range. 


These are a real problem for shooters, because when they get into part of an aim picture they trick the eye into aiming off-centre.  The difficulty is compounded by the fact that they do not stay the same, but move with the sun.  They can be caused by structures on or near the range, the housings around electronic targets, or the fixing systems for paper targets.  If it is impossible to remove whatever is casting a shadow, artificial lighting on the target may be a solution. 




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