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.
- 1 Round or Bullseye
- 2 Human silhouette
- 3 Clay pigeons
- 4 Plinking
- 5 Metallic silhouette
- 6 Reactive
- 7 Explosive
- 8 International Shooting Sport Federation
- 9 International Practical Shooting Confederation
- 10 Air rifle field targets
- 11 Archery
- 12 Dart
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Round or Bullseye
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Human silhouette targets are use for military, police and civilian firearms training.
Human silhouette target
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A digital target range at the firearms training simulator on Kunsan Air Base waits to be used.
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Swiss military targets
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Clay pigeon targets are usually used as flying targets for clay pigeon shooting, formally known as Inanimate Bird Shooting.
A 4 inch clay pigeon.
Clay pigeon throwing machine.
Plinking refers to informal shooting targeting tin cans, glass bottles, or anything else that draws the shooter attention.
In metallic silhouette shooting only knock down steel targets featuring animals are used.
A Hunter Field Target (HFT) metallic target in the form of a Rat.
Reactive targets are designed to move and/or bounce along the ground when hit.
A Cabela's branded "Self healing ground bouncing reactive" target
Targets made Tannerite are designed to explode when stuck of bullets for a spectacular effect.
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Exploding Tannerite Target
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Exploding Tannerite Target
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.
The octagonal IPSC Target (formerly known as the Classic Target) is a cardboard target used in all disciplines within the International Practical Shooting Confederation.
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The full size IPSC Popper (formerly known as the Classic Popper).
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IPSC Mini Popper (formerly known as Classic Mini Popper), a 2/3 scaled down version of the IPSC Popper used to simulate greater distance.
Pepper Popper, no longer used in IPSC competitions.
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Mini Pepper Popper, no longer used in IPSC competitions.
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.
A crow-shaped, knock-over metal air gun field target. The black painted metal paddle must be hit to make the target fall over, and the target can be reset by pulling the orange cord attached to the face-plate.
Another crow-shaped, knock-over metal air gun field target. The black painted metal paddle must be hit to make the target fall over, and the target can be reset by pulling the orange cord attached to the face-plate
Personalized shooting target.
Archery trap machine with an arrow in the disc
Robert Edward Dillon and his sister Georgiana, practising archery in the grounds of Clonbrock House, Co. Galway. In the manner of younger brothers throughout history, he seems to be claiming credit for the winning shot...Date: Circa 1883
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Time to score, collecting arrows and scoring at Dunster Archery competition, Somerset, 2009.
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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
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A coyote "3D target".
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.
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