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Stewart Nangle

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. 
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Di Coates

Deanna (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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Peter Breheny

Peter Breheny from Derbyshire shoots benchrest rifle.  He has Kennedy's Disease, a progressive wasting condition that has weakened his limbs. 
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Michael Whapples

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. 

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Matt Skelhon

Matt 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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Scout

This 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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This is: Acoustic Shooting — for Blind and Visually Impaired

Watch an excellent introduction to this discipline at club level by Deanshanger Air Rifle Club.  

Watch Michael Whapples demonstrating free-standing acoustic shooting at Holwell Rifle Club.  This is a more advanced technique, as he does not have an assistant to help with loading and moving into the aiming zone. 

The governing body for acoustic shooting is British Blind Sport, but competitions are run under the aegis of the National Small-bore Rifle Association (NSRA).  International competition is overseen by the International Blind Sport Association (IBSA).

Also in this section:

An Overview of Blind/VI Shooting 

List of clubs and other venues with acoustic shooting facilities

 

New Developments

The DSP is encouraging the development of a wider range of shooting disciplines for blind and visually-impaired shooters.  Noted below are disciplines in which development and experimentation is taking place.  Anyone who can contribute to our knowledge on this front is warmly invited to contact Liz Woodall.  As and when more information is available it will be published here.  
 
Clay Target
See our news item about blind CT shooter Sean Dilley, and a video about how he does it!
 
Crossbow
Acoustic Sporter Crossbow was introduced a few years ago as an alternative option for use on 10-metre airgun ranges.  The Sporter Crossbows are lightweight and inexpensive, and the discipline is proving very popular.  The the blind/VI shooters who have tried it say that they like the physical feedback that comes from a crossbow, as opposed to the experience of shooting with a recoil-less air rifle.  The main pioneers of this discipline are Blackburn Acoustic Airgun Club, and anyone interested should contact John Lloyd for details.  
 
Fullbore
The DSP's NRA representative, Olaf Jones, is experimenting with possible options for introducing blind/VI shooting for fullbore.  As and when there is progress on this front, we'll report on it. 
 
Black Powder
Black powder at Marlow RC W
Marlow Rifle Club's president is registered blind, but here he is shooting a black powder rifle with the aid of a very large telescopic sight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More News and Information

Joe Stinton of Helston & District RC - a blog article by Samuel Moore

UK Blind Veterans - BBC report and video of a shoot by visiting American blind veterans

Isle of Man - Manx TV video of the opening of the Manx Acoustic Shooting Club

Blind Biathlon at Winter Paralympics - IPC video shows how it is done

British Blind/VI Championships 2014 - report in BBC Radio 4 In Touch programme

 

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.