The classification rules of the International Federation for Shooting state that athletes with a physical impairment are eligible to compete in the sport at the Paralympics.
Classification also groups athletes in classes, defined by the degree to which they are limited in their ability to perform activities within that sport.
There are two classes in shooting; SH1 and SH2. The differences between the classes can be summarised as follows:
SH1 – athletes who can support the weight of their firearm themselves and shoot using a rifle or pistol. SH2 – athletes who use a shooting stand for support as they have an impairment that affects one or both of their arms and shoot using a rifle only.