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Adaptive Equipment


Fortunately for hunters with disabilities, there are a number of products available for use as hunting aides. The products vary widely in price and desired function.


For example, the tripod is modular and can be used several ways. A bracket can be purchased that mounts the center post of the tripod onto the forearm of the long arm. This allows the shooter to use the device as a monopod. The center post of the device is assembled in sections, which allows the user to add or remove sections and to make height adjustments. This feature makes the device usable from a sitting, standing, kneeling, or prone position. It can also be used in a more stable tripod configuration at different heights as previously mentioned. Its versatility offers options to people with a variety of mobility impairments.


For those individuals who wish to mount adaptive equipment to their mobility device, there are a number of options available. The advantage of this type of adaptation is that it allows the individual to have the comfort and stability of a mobility device and a method of supporting and steadying a long arm that moves with him or her. Unlike a bipod, tripod or monopod, this device does not have to be carried separately, much like a photographer must carry a separate tripod and camera. These devices support most of the long arm's weight, providing usefulness to someone who does not have the ability to support the full weight of the long arm independently.


For individuals with fine motor impairments or no motor function, there are also options available. If, for example, a person has an impairment that does not allow him/her to operate the trigger on a long arm, there are devices that assist in trigger operation. For example, devices allow an individual to fire a long arm using a switch operable by a touch or puff mechanism. A standard long arm can be outfitted with this mechanism and then can be mounted on a table attached to a wheelchair or other mobility device for the individual to operate.


For individuals who have the ability to walk but require assistance supporting a long arm, a variety of options exist. One is a chair stand that allows the user to be well supported in a seated position with a device that supports the long arm. This support is similar in function to the previously mentioned device that attaches to wheelchairs or other mobility devices. The body pod is a system that is worn on the body and supports the off hand at the upper arm. It assists the user in supporting the weight of the long arm as well as helping the user steady his/her aim. A major advantage of this device is that it allows the user to be more mobile in choosing different hunting locations.


A device is also available that, when attached to a firearm, allows a person who is blind to be assisted by an individual with sight in aiming a firearm. A simple mounting bracket can be constructed to extend a sight bar or scope out to the side of a firearm. A sighted hunting partner can then aim over the shoulder of the vision-impaired shooter. The two can work together in developing touch and whisper signals to raise, aim and shoot the weapon safely and effectively.


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