Shooting Sports in the Paralympic Games

The 2016 Paralympic Games kicked off Wednesday with the lighting of the Paralympic torch in Rio. Over the next week several shooting and archery medals will be awarded in Rio, starting with the first medal of the Games in women's air rifle!  Want to stay up on the gun and bow events? You can follow results at the Rio 2016 official website (click on specific event medals to go to the results page). Or you can check back in right here on The "How-To" Gun Girl and on The "How-To" Gun Girl's Facebook page for updates throughout the Rio Paralympics.

Shooting in the Paralympic Games

Paralympic shooting is run by IPC Shooting, which is different than the ISSF who runs Olympic and other international shooting events. While separate, the two organizations bare certain similarities. According to IPC Shooting's website, "the sport is governed by the IPC and coordinated by the IPC Shooting Sport Technical Committee and Management team. The sport follows rules of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) in conjunction with its own IPC Shooting Technical Rules and Regulations, which take into account considerations for Para athletes in shooting sport."

This year's USA Shooting Paralympic team is the largest ever, according to USA Shooting. I'll be cheering for each one of our Paralympic shooters but I'm particularly excited about one member of Team USA. Tricia Downing, who has an incredible story about fighting through adversity and pain to achieve more than anyone thought possible, it turns out is a high school friend of the mother of one of my favorite shooters that I've ever had the privilege to coach. It is a small world in the shooting sports! 

In their guide, titled "Learn the Basics of Paralympic Shooting," USA Shooting explains the events of the Paralympics. "There are currently 12 events for Paralympic Shooting, which include eight rifle and four pistol events. Paralympic Shooting offers three separate events for men and three for women. Men and women compete together in an additional six mixed events."

There are three classes of adaptive shooting sports: SH1 and SH2 rifle, and SH1 pistol. The Rio shooting spectators' guide described those classes as follows:

  • "SH1 pistol – athletes with lower limb impairment and/or upper limb impairment in the non-shooting arm
  • SH1 rifle – athletes with lower limb impairment
  • SH2 rifle – athletes with an upper limb impairment, who require the use of a spring-mounted stand to support the weight of the rifle There is support equipment, such as shooting tables and chairs, in addition to supports for the weapons." 
USA Shooting's produced this handy chart comparing events in the Paralympics to ISSF/Olympic shooting events (USA Shooting photo)

USA Shooting's produced this handy chart comparing events in the Paralympics to ISSF/Olympic shooting events (USA Shooting photo)

Paralympic Games Shooting Schedule

The official schedule for the Paralympic Games' shooting events can be found at this link, but I've condensed it here for convenience:

10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 Women’s Qualification ("R2")
Sep. 8 7:30 a.m. EDT

10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 Women’s Finals
Sep. 8 9:30 a.m. EDT

10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 Men's Qualification ("R1")
Sep. 8 10:30 a.m. EDT

10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 Men's Finals
Sep. 8 1:30 p.m. EDT

10m Air Pistol SH1 Women’s Qualification ("P2")
Sep. 9 8:30 a.m. EDT

10m Air Pistol SH1 Women’s Finals
Sep. 9 10:45 a.m. EDT

10m Air Pistol SH1 Men’s Qualification ("P1")
Sep. 9 11:15 a.m. EDT

10m Air Pistol SH1 Men’s Finals
Sep. 9 1:30 p.m. EDT

10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 Mixed Men's and Women’s Qualification ("R3")
Sep. 10 8:30 a.m. EDT

10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 Mixed Men's and Women’s Finals
Sep. 10 10:45 a.m. EDT

10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 Mixed Men's and Women’s Qualification ("R4")
Sep. 10 11:15 a.m. EDT

10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 Mixed Men's and Women’s Finals
Sep. 10 1:45 p.m. EDT

25m Precision Pistol SH1 Mixed Men's and Women's Qualification ("P3")
Sep. 11 8:15 a.m. EDT

25m Rapid Fire Pistol SH1 Mixed Men's and Women's Qualification ("P3")
Sep. 11 10:00 a.m. EDT

25m Precision Pistol SH1 Mixed Men's and Women's Final
Sep. 11 12:00 p.m. EDT

50m 3-Position Rifle SH1 Men's Qualification ("R7")
Sep. 12 8:30 a.m. EDT

50m 3-Position Rifle SH1 Men's Final
Sep. 12 12:30 p.m. EDT

50m 3-Position Rifle SH1 Women's Qualification ("R8")
Sep. 13 8:30 a.m. EDT

50m 3-Position Rifle SH1 Women's Final
Sep. 13 11:30 a.m. EDT

10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 Mixed Men's and Women's Qualification ("R5")
Sep. 13 12:00 p.m. EDT

10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 Mixed Men's and Women's Final
Sep. 13 2:!5 p.m. EDT

50m Rifle Prone SH1 Mixed Men's and Women's Qualification ("R6")
Sep. 14 8:30 a.m. EDT

50m Rifle Prone SH1 Mixed Men's and Women's Final
Sep. 14 10:45 a.m. EDT

50m Pistol SH1 Mixed Men's and Women's Qualification ("P4")
Sep. 14 11:00 a.m. EDT

50m Pistol SH1 Mixed Men's and Women's Final
Sep. 14 1:45 p.m.

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