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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Eyetarget

Problems with vision caused by injury, illness, age-related conditions or just general deterioration over the years are one of the commonest causes of shooters giving up the sport.  This is a great pity, because such problems are almost always soluble – it’s just that people don’t know that the solutions exist. 

Vision problems and their solutions fall broadly into four categories:-

 

Problem 1: Long/short-sightedness, with or without an astigmatism. 

Solution: Use of a prescription corrective lens whilst shooting.

 

Problem 2: Aiming with the non-dominant eye.
The vast majority of people have one eye that is “stronger” than the other, known as the ‘dominant eye’.  Most of those who are right-handed are also right-eye dominant (and vice versa for left-handers), so when shooting right-handed they are using their dominant eye.  However, some people find that their dominant eye is not the one they are aiming with, and this can cause difficulties until the problem is diagnosed and solved.  The obvious indicator of this problem is the shooter closing the other eye when aiming; this has an adverse effect on the performance of the aiming eye. 

Solution: Use of one of a number of devices to obscure what the dominant eye is seeing, allowing the aiming eye to get on with its job. 
A more detailed explanation of eye dominance for shooters appeared in the CPSA’s Pull! magazine and is available from the Downloads section of our website.

 

Problem 3: Poor quality vision caused by medical conditions that are often age-related. 

Solution A:  Rifle shooters may use one or more of the aids that can be incorporated into the aiming system, or may need to adjust basic aiming components (e.g. the size of apertures, or thickness of foresight ring).

Solution B: Use of a magnification system for aiming; some people use devices fitted to their existing equipment, whilst others switch to a discipline for which telescopic sights are used (the main ones are Benchrest, F Class, Field Target and Moving Target/Running Boar). 

Solution C: Improvements to the range environment, many of which are quite straightforward and inexpensive, can help a lot of shooters who struggle to get a good aim picture. 

 

Problem 4: Loss of some or all vision in the eye that the shooter would normally aim with.

Solution: Aiming with the other eye, either by switching over completely to shoot opposite-handed, or else by using a device that allows the other eye to be used while still shooting from the same shoulder. 

 

A shooter who loses so much vision in both eyes that he/she can no longer aim effectively can transfer to the acoustic aiming system used by blind and visually-impaired shooters. 

This section of our website contains some information to help people with one of the above four problems to find the solutions that might work for them.  In the Equipment section are details of some of the off-the-shelf devices that are available.   

 

 

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