Competitive shooting is one of the fastest growing and most popular sports in the United States today. Part of its popularity is its accessibility to athletes of all levels, including people who are disabled. Paralympic shooting first became a medal sport at the 1976 Toronto games and has since developed into one of the premier events of the Paralympics.
Known for its challenge of accuracy and control, competitive shooting requires focus and determination. While it is very popular among Olympic athletes, it also has considerable popularity in Paralympic circles. The sport is open to athletes with physical impairments limiting function of lower and/or upper limbs. Because of the unique classification system, athletes are able to compete based on functional ability.
Shooting classifications include SH1, which involves competitors in both pistol and rifle shooting who do not need a shooting stand, SH2, which features rifle competitors with an inability to support the weight of the rifle to use a shooting stand, and SH3, which allows visually impaired rifle competitors to participate.
Athletes compete from distance of 10m, 25m and 50m. There are men’s, women’s and mixed competitions. The sport is governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and modifies specific International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) rules. These rules take into account the different capabilities and limitations of Paralympic shooters.
The goal of the competition is to put a series of shots in the center ring of the target’s bulls-eye. Each target has 10 individual rings and are scored on a scale of one to 10. Each of these rings is then divided into 10 unique scoring zones to further challenge the athletes.
Scores for each shot are tallied and accumulated to give an athlete his or her total score. In each qualification round, the top eight athletes advance.
The Beauty of the Sport
The beauty of competition shooting is that anyone and everyone can get involved. Whether you are a physically fit or disabled athlete, there are opportunities for you to begin competing in competition shooting.
At Springfield Armory®, we fully support competition shooting. We especially enjoy the all-inclusive nature of the sport and are proud to offer a line of competition series handguns. Our Springfield XD(m) 5.25 Competition shooting pistol is one of the most popular models in our inventory and is perfect for those looking for a high quality competition handgun at a reasonable price. For more information on Springfield competition firearms or on any of our products, feel free to contact us directly. We would love to walk you through the purchase process.