What’s it all about?
Target Shooting is a test of accuracy and control, in which competitors use pistols or rifles to fire a series of shots at a stationary target.
There are two classes of competition, wheelchair and standing. Athletes compete from distances of 10, 25 and 50m in men’s, women’s and mixed competitions. Strength, stamina, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills are all improved by taking part.
Shooting uses a functional classification system which enables athletes from different disability classes to compete together either as an individual or as part of a team. Depending on an individual’s existing disabilities and on the skills that are necessary in shooting, athletes are divided into three classes:
- SH1: Pistol and Rifle competitors that do not require a shooting stand.
- SH2: Rifle competitors who have no ability to support the weight of the firearm with their arms and therefore require a shooting stand.
- SH3: Rifle competitors with visual impairment.
The easiest disciplines to access are Air Rifle, Air Pistol and Clay Pigeon.
Air Rifle and Air Pistol can be set up easily and cheaply in a sports hall, scout hut or any other space and the equipment, ammunition and targets are relatively inexpensive and are less restricted. Training and support for this can be provided by the National Smallbore Rifle Association (NSRA). Also local clubs may cater for these disciplines where equipment and supervision will be provided.
Clay Pigeon can be easily accessed by visiting a local Clay Ground where equipment and supervision will be provided. For details of this contact the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association to find out more about the sport and find a club near you.
Other disciplines such as Small-bore and Full-bore shooting are generally accessed by a local club – either by joining the club as a probationary member or by arrangements for fully supervised “have-a-go” taster sessions at Guest Days or National Open Days. The National Rifle Association (NRA) and NSRA can help to find clubs and opportunities for these disciplines.