Shooting target

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Target from Savage 10FP rifle in .223 Remington - 25 shots at 100 yards - 69 grain Sierra MatchKing bullet - all inside bullseye at 1 inch

Shooting targets are objects in various forms and shapes that are used for pistol, rifle, shotgun and other shooting sports. As well as, darts, target archery, crossbow and other non-firearm related sports. The center is often called the bullseye. Targets can for instance be made of paper, "self healing" rubber or steel. There are also electronic scoring systems ("electronic targets") that electronically can provide the shooter with precise feedback of the shot placement.

Round or Bullseye

Human silhouette

Human silhouette targets are use for military, police and civilian firearms training.

Clay pigeons

Clay pigeon targets are usually used as flying targets for clay pigeon shooting, formally known as Inanimate Bird Shooting.


Plinking refers to informal shooting targeting tin cans, glass bottles, or anything else that draws the shooter attention.

Metallic silhouette

In metallic silhouette shooting only knock down steel targets featuring animals are used.


Reactive targets are designed to move and/or bounce along the ground when hit.


Targets made Tannerite are designed to explode when stuck of bullets for a spectacular effect.

International Shooting Sport Federation

Within the International Shooting Sport Federation various bullseye targets are used, with variances depending on disciplines.

International Practical Shooting Confederation

In matches organized by the International Practical Shooting Confederation, both steel and paper targets are used. Currently the only paper targets used for handgun is the IPSC Target (formerly Classic Target) and the 2/3 scaled down IPSC Mini Target (formerly IPSC Mini Classic Target). Additionally, for rifle and shotgun "A3" and "A4" paper targets and the "Universal Target" is used. For steel targets, standardized knock down targets called "poppers" are used. The two approved designs are the full size "IPSC Popper" (formerly IPSC Classic Popper) and the 2/3 scaled down version "IPSC Mini Popper" (formerly "IPSC Classic Mini Popper"), while the Pepper Popper and Mini Pepper Popper is now obsolete.

Air rifle field targets

In the outdoor air gun discipline field target metal targets of various shape and forms are used. The metal plates are often shaped to resemble small game animals, although there is currently a move towards simple geometric shapes.


FITA targets

FITA targets are used in archery shooting competitions within the World Archery Federation. The targets have 10 evenly spaced concentric rings, generally with score values from 1 through 10. In addition there is an inner 10 ring, sometimes called the X ring. This becomes the 10 ring at indoor compound competitions, while outdoors, it serves as a tiebreaker with the archer scoring the most X's winning. The number of hits may also be taken into account as another tiebreaker. In FITA archery, targets are coloured as follows:

  • 1 & 2 ring: White
  • 3 & 4 ring: Black
  • 5 & 6 ring: Blue
  • 7 & 8 ring: Red
  • 9, 10 & inner 10 (X) ring: Gold

3D archery targets

3D targets are life-size models of game used in field archery.


The Popinjay (from the French papegai, or parrot) is an ancient form of target for crossbow shooting. Originally a bird tethered in a tree, it developed into a complex painted wood target atop a tall wooden pole. The popinjay would form the centrepiece of a major shooting contest and many shooters would try their skill repeatedly against the same target. Scoring was awarded for shooting off various parts of the target.


Dart targets are a special form of bullseye targets.

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