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operate without risk of touching the next shooter on the line.


Field Target Things are tougher on this front because there is the inevitable problem of accessibility of venues. However, for those who can overcome that hurdle, the British Field Target Association (BFTA) recently published a document (link at the end of this article) outlining the adaptations that are permitted for those who cannot adopt conventional standing and kneeling positions in their competitions. They allow two sitting positions instead.


Fullbore For fullbore shooters, rule 134 in the “Bisley Bible” states: “The Shooting Committee may on application permit such modification to the firearm, clothing, equipment or technique of a physically disabled competitor as may assist him to compete on equal terms with other competitors.” Rule 156 includes more specific provisions for shooters who cannot shoot prone or supine; they can apply for permission to shoot seated at a table.


Interestingly, the NRA’s F Class, originally set up in the 1990s for the benefit of those who need to use bipods, telescopic sights, etc. has evolved into a discipline in its own right, enjoyed by a mixture of able and disabled shooters.


Clay Target The CPSA makes no distinction between able and disabled shooters, so those who are able to gain access to a shooting ground will be able to compete with everyone else. We are pleased to have discovered that the world’s 1st Grand Prix International for Disabled Shooters will take place in Italy this September. The organisers state that they hope it will “be the sign of birth of a new international sport event enabling the shooting family to strengthen its presence within the Paralympic Games”. If you are interested in this event, there is a link at the end of this article. As for field target, accessibility of shooting grounds has been the key problem for aspiring clay target shooters. However, progress is being made; for example, there is currently a planning application in East Sussex for the development of “an Olympic Skeet and Trap facility and general improvements to the grounds that will create a ‘centre of excellence’ for Clay shooting for both able bodied and disabled sports men and women”. The CPSA website has a link for anyone who would like to make representations (hopefully supportive) about the application.


Conclusion It’s a great shame that quite a few shooters who use unorthodox positions and techniques, for good reasons, have not been taking part in competitions, when many would undoubtedly like to do so. If you know of any shooters who might benefit from the options outlined above, or clubs that have disabled/ less able members, please draw their attention to this article. Thank you.


BFTA Disabled Shooter Rules 2011: http://www. bfta.net/jsite3/index.php?option=com_remositor y&Itemid=61&func=fileinfo&id=26


1st Grand Prix International for Disabled Shooters: ht tp: / /www.cpsa.co.uk/userf i les/ f i le/ Int . ltrapeventfordisabledshooters.pdf


Postscript to the May edition.


Mike Bagot wrote “Your article on pages 74-76 has a section in it about the 2012 selection policy and procedure and mentions only 3 athletes with MCS’s. THERE ARE 5!!!!! Have you noted that the World Championships in Munich also counted towards the MCS count and therefore Michelle Smith in Women’s 3x20 and Neil Stirton in Men’s Prone also have MCS’s.”


Mike is right that the 2010 World Championships also count for MSC purposes. However there were seven achieved there, plus a further two assuming that British Shooting accept scores from the events for junior competitors when these are held separately, .i.e at the World and European Championships. Since the article we have had the World Cup at Fort Benning, so the current tally of rifle and pistol MCSs looks to be 14. Jon Hammond – Prone Rifle (three times), 3 Positions Rifle Matt Thomson – Prone Rifle (twice) James Huckle – 3 Positions Rifle, Air Rifle Neil Stirton – Prone Rifle Ollie Barron – Prone Rifle Ken Parr Jnr – Air Rifle Michelle Smith - 3 Positions Rifle Jen McIntosh – Air Rifle Mick Gault – 50 metre Pistol.


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