paralympics
Shooting Para Sport

Juyong Kang of Republic of Korea competes in the Mixed R4-10 metre Air Rifle Standing Shooting final at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. (Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

What's it all about?

Want to be known as The Eagle Eye Kid on the schoolyard? Think no one has aim like yours? Are precision and accuracy your middle names? Then check out shooting para sport to see how real marksmen take up the challenge!

How it's played

Things to watch for

Greg Reid of New Zealand looks on while competing in the R3 Mixed 10-metre Air Rifle Prone qualification round at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. (Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
Cyborg headgear
  • The lens helps to focus on the gunsight (an aiming device on top of the gun). 
  • The mechanical iris helps to control depth of field (the area you look at ahead of you that is in focus). 
  • A series of blinders help to prevent too much light from entering their pupils.
Jae Yong Sim of Korea during the Men's R7 50-metre Rifle 3 positions on day 7 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. (Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Rifle marathon
  • Have to shoot from a kneeling, a prone (lying down) and a standing position. 
  • Event is nicknamed the “rifle marathon” because it takes two hours and 45 minutes, with the medal battle going another one hour.
A general view during the Women's P2 10-metre Air Pistol SH1 Final on day 2 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. (Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Not all targets are the same
  • All the different para shooting events do not use the same target type. Five different sizes of targets are used, depending on the distance. 
  • Each of them have 10 rings with a bullseye and electronic scoring.