Blind to learn how to shoot

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Blind people in the Isle of Man are being taught how to shoot guns.

The Manx Blind Welfare Society is launching acoustic shooting at its Onchan base.

Designed for the visually impaired, acoustic shooting involves the use of adapted rifles fitted with special sights, which measure the level of light reflected from the target and convert it into sound.

Participants wear headphones to hear the sound, which becomes more frequent the closer they are to the target. The society will be registered as a rifle club and expert Ken Nash from British Blind Sport is travelling to the island to help set up the shooting and train people to use the equipment.

MBWS visually-impaired shooting coordinator Dave Wilson said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for the island’s visually impaired to take part in a sport they never imagined they would.’

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