Sport

Stay On Target! Veterans & Serving Personnel Get On Shooting Ranges Together

More than 40 competitors descended on the national shooting centre in Bisley for this year's Adaptive Military Championships...

More than 40 competitors descended on the national shooting centre in Bisley for this year's Adaptive Military Championships. 

Open to serving personnel and veterans, the disciplines include 'advancing target', 'snaps', 'rapid' and 'Mini McQueen'.

The Championships are fast-moving, whether the target's coming towards you, is only there for a limited time or simply takes you by surprise.

British military competitive shooting

Hosted jointly by the National and Army Rifle Associations, this year saw a good turnout and whilst camaraderie and team cohesion are certainly encouraged, things can still get very competitive across all three areas.

Ryan Goodman, a former private in the Mercian Regiment, lost both his legs to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on Herrick XV.

His favourite discipline is the sniper-style shoot, the Mini McQueen. Despite not topping the list in that particular event, he was the number one veteran overall.

"I messed about with air rifles for a few years after I was injured because I didn't have access to firearms... I've come down here today for a bit of fun."  

British military competitive shooting

Meanwhile, the serving personnel trophy was won by Royal Marine Dave Sly.

Bought up on clay pigeon shooting, Dave narrowly beat his Hasler Company colleagues to the title.

A lot of the ex-service personnel taking part in this competition do so through the military charity, Blesma.

They describe it as a great chance to recapture and sharpen the skills learnt during their days on the ranges.

It's certainly a sport that brings together all sorts - with an undoubtedly military theme.