What is visually impaired Target Shooting?
Visually impaired shooting is an adapted version of sighted shooting for people with visual impairments. Target shooting is a great way to be active and will help improve your strength and concentration, while also being an excellent stress reliever. There are two target shooting disciplines available:
- Supported shooting: The rifle rests on a stand which takes its weight and provides some stability. This approach is used for all beginners and many shooters continue with this method.
- Free standing shooting: The weight of the rifle is supported by the shooter. This is only suitable for those who can support 5kg of weight by themselves.
How do I take part in visually impaired Target Shooting?
To ensure visually impaired shooting is a safe and rewarding sport, there are a couple of alterations from sighted shooting.
- Adapted sights to take advantage of hearing rather than vision
- A sighted assistant to ensure safe shooting
A sight is used to help the shooter aim towards the target. While sights for visually impaired shooters look similar to conventional sights, they perform very differently. A sight for the visually impaired collect and measure the level of light reflected from the target and converts it into sound. The centre of the target is white, while the outward circles are increasingly darker grey. As the shooter approaches the white centre of the target, more light is reflected into the sight and therefore a higher frequency sound is heard.
Where can I take part in visually impaired Target Shooting?
With 30 centres supporting shooting for people with visual impairments across the country, there are many opportunities to participate.
To find your nearest club, visit British Shooting's Disabled Shooting Project website.