Acoustic rifle shooting was first introduced in 1994, and allows shooters to use regular .177 air rifles, firing points and ammunition as in sighted shooting. The difference, which makes this sport so accessible, lies in the scope sight (attached to the rifle), the colour of the target and the special lighting used. When the shooter aims at the target, the light reflected back through the scope is transformed into sound. The closer the shooter gets to the centre of the target, the higher the frequency so the shooter is able to judge the accuracy of their shot based on the change in pitch they hear through the headphones.
It is a very popular activity. Max Tidball, 33, from Somerton said “it is absolutely awesome! I did some shooting with my dad when I was younger but after my sight deteriorated I thought I was never going to have a chance to shoot again but now I can. Everyone who went had a great time and we can’t wait to go again.”
The Acoustic Rifle Club shoot at Taunton Rifle Club weekly on a Thursday from 3.30pm - 6.30pm.
If you are interested in taking part then please contact Heidi on 01823 333818