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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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There is a wide range of devices on the market offering adjustable sight apertures, filters, polarisers, etc.  Browsing in good gunshops and on-line will provide plenty of information about them. 

One word of warning: old basic iris fittings were not made to a very high standard, so on many of them the aperture will not open concentrically – this means that the point of aim will shift if the aperture is altered during the course of a shoot. 


Rearsight magnification

Gehmann rearsight fittings that incorporate magnification:
No. 530 – iris + 1.5x magnification
No. 551 – iris + polarisers + 1.5x magnification
No. 570 – iris + 6 colour filters + 1.5x magnification
Other 1.5x magnification options: 544MC, 545MC, 546MC, 570-R, 575 and PH575, 50309, 50300MC


Eagle Eyes

These are low-magnification lenses mounted in a holder that screws into the foresight tube.  There are restrictions on their use in some rifle events. 

1.3x or 1.5x magnification
Various sizes available

No. 586 1.3x magnification
No. 588 1.5x magnification
No. 588-22 1.75x magnification
These are available in various diameters to fit different sight systems.

For more information about these devices, see the suppliers' on-line catalogues. 

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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