Sports Summary

Para-shooting is a test of accuracy and control, in which competitors use pistols or rifles to fire a series of shots at a stationary target.

Competitions at the Paralympic Games are open to all athletes with a physical impairment. There are two classes of competition, wheelchair and standing. Athletes compete in rifle and pistol events from distances of 10m, 25m and 50m in men’s, women’s and mixed competitions.

Para-shooting is governed internationally by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). In Australia, the Paralympics Australia is the National Federation for Para-shooting. Through a mainstreaming agreement, the Paralympics Australia funds Australian International Shooting to deliver the Paralympic Preparation Program.

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Events & Disciplines

The following events are currently contested at the Paralympic Games:


  • 10m Air Rifle Standing
  • 10m Air Rifle Prone
  • Free Rifle
  • Sport Rifle


  • 10m Air Pistol
  • 25m Sport Pistol
  • 50m Free Pistol


Eligibility and classification

More information on eligible impairments and classification in Para-shooting.

Rules & Equipment

Rifles and pistols

Athletes use .22 calibre rifles and air guns (CO2 gas, pneumatic or spring). Upon trigger activation, the CO2 liquid changes to gas and activates the projectile toward the target. The pneumatic rifle uses a multiple pump system to store air pressure in a reservoir and trigger compression activates the projectile toward the target.


For 10m Air Rifle and Pistol events, bullets with a diameter of 4.5mm are used. For 25m Pistol events, and 50m Pistol and Rifle events, 5.6mm bullets are used.


The standard target is a cardboard square with concentric white and black rings around a black centre ring (or bullseye). For the Paralympic Games, five different targets are used depending on the type of gun. These targets are electronic for increased accuracy.

Medal History

Year Gold Silver Bronze total
1976 1 0 0 1
1980 2 3 1 6
1984 9 0 0 9
1988 3 1 0 4
1996 0 1 0 1
2000 0 1 0 1
2004 0 1 1 2
2012 0 0 1 1


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