Get Inspired: How to get into Shooting

Croatian Anton Glasnovic shooting at the 2012 Olympics
Fast Answers
Why get into shooting?
Who is it for?
Is there a cheap option?
What if I want a proper workout?
Can I take it to another level?
Is there a disability option?
Is there a family option?
So how do I take part?

Shooting has been an Olympic sport since the first modern games in 1896 and has a history of providing intrigue and drama.

As shooting events rely on mental power, people of all ages can compete against each other on equal terms - the oldest Olympic champion was Sweden's Oscar Swahn, who won gold in Stockholm, 1912!

And with a vast array of disciplines, encompassing various guns, targets and distances, maybe you should pull the trigger and give shooting a try?

Aspire to be like: Amber Hill

Amber Hill won gold for England at the Commonwealth Games aged just 16, and followed that with European Championships success in 2015.

Shooting

Elena Allen

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Elena Allen

Shooting is a tense sport that requires immense reserves of skill, concentration and nerve. Strength, stamina, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills are all improved by taking part.

As shooting events rely on mental power, people of all ages can compete against each other on equal terms - the oldest Olympic champion was Sweden's Oscar Swahn, who won gold in Stockholm, 1912.

British Shooting's find a club section is the best place to start, while you can also find guidance to help you decide between pistol, rifle and shotgun - the three Olympic disciplines.

A gun for everybody

An Olympic style air pistol
An Olympic style air pistol
  • Shotgun
  • Rifle
  • Pistol

Girls with guns

Amber Hill

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Hill's Rio dream boosted by Neville

Disability shooting

Disability athletes competing at the 2012 Paralympics
Paralympians can compete in rifle and pistol events

Youth shooting

Athletes competing at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing
Athletes competing at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing

Coaching and volunteering

Ian Coley MBE former GB shooting coach
Ian Coley was awarded an MBE in 2012 after contributing towards team GB's efforts in six Olympics, as an athlete, coach and team manager

What's next?

1. Go to our Activity Finder to get into rugby union near you.

2. Search for your local club in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

3. Share your story and inspire others!

Are you inspired to try shooting? Or maybe you are a keen enthusiast already? Get in touch and tell us your story by tweeting us on @bbcgetinspired, visiting us on Facebook or email us on getinspired@bbc.co.uk.

See our full list of activity guides for more inspiration.