Paralympic / Disabled Shooting

Athlete eligibility and classification

Shooting is a Paralympic sport for persons with locomotor disabilities. Therefore persons with, but not limited to, the following diagnoses may participate: amputees, spinal cord related disabilities, cerebral palsy, and les autres (exception dwarfs). Competitions are divided into male and female events as well as mixed competitions.

There are only two primary classifications in shooting sports (SH1 and SH2). The SH1 levels are for markspersons who do not require a rifle support stand. SH2 classification levels are for markspersons who do require a rifle support stand.


The goal of target shooting is to place a series of shots inside the center ring of the bulls eye.

Shooting styles differ in the distance, nature and form of the target, type of firearm, ammunition used, as well as the position of the athlete, the timing and the number of shots fired. The rules governing shooting competitions are the same as the International Shooting Union rules (UIT). The shooting competition is divided into two major events: (a) air rifle and pistol competitions, and (b) .22 caliber and pistol competitions.

Markspersons who are able to compete in stand position follow the UIT rules with the exception of the rifle events in kneel position. Athletes in the SH1 classification "standing" category shoot from a wheelchair, chair, or stool with no back support or arm rest, and must be able to hold the rifle with their arms only. Athletes in the "kneeling" events are allowed to rest one elbow on the table or board and the athlete's body must be clear of the board.

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