Para Shooting was first introduced in 1976 at the Summer Paralympics and is widely practiced across many countries today. This sport involves the athletes competing with rifles or pistols and shooting at a static target from a distance. Depending on the event, the distance between the athlete and the target may be 10m, 25m, or 50m long.
The governing body for Shooting is the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) which is also coordinated by the IPC Shooting Technical Committee and Management Team. It follows the rules of the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) along with its own rules for Paralympic Shooting.
In Shooting, Para Athletes may use special equipment for support. Each competitor shoots at 10 concentric score rings, and the score of each ring varies from the scale of 1 to 10, with 10 indicating the highest (centre scoring ring). However, in certain events, the scoring zone is further divided into a decimal scoring system in the competition, with 10.9 as the highest score for a shot.
Athletes are classified into three different sport classes for Shooting, namely: SH1 (Pistol), SH1 (Rifle) and SH2 (Rifle):
|SH1 (Pistol)||Athletes have impairments in the lower limb, or in the non-shooting arm, and are able to support the weight of the pistol. Depending on their impairments, athletes may compete while standing or sitting|
|SH1 (Rifle)||Athletes have impairments in the lower limb and are able to support the weight of the rifle. Similar to SH1 (Pistol), athletes may compete while standing or sitting depending on their impairments.|
|SH2 (Rifle)||Athletes have upper limb impairments and are unable to support the full weight of rifle on their own. Special equipment is used but the aiming process is controlled by the athlete.|