Specifications for an Archery Target

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Specifications for an Archery Target
The bullseye on an archery target is a measure of your accuracy and shooting skills. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Archery, an ancient sport, requires self-control, patience and proper technique for consistent accuracy. Use an archery target to practice and improve your skills. Archery targets may feature different types of bullseyes, dimensions, materials and extra attributes to match your individual shooting style.

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Standard archery targets display a series of coloured rings with a small, inner circle marking the bullseye. An Olympic-style target, for example, has five separate rings; the innermost ring is yellow and is followed, radiating outward, by red, light blue, black and white rings. A black line separates two adjacent rings, creating 10 different scoring zones on the target. A hit in the yellow ring receives a score of 10 points. Scores progressively decrease for each of the following rings; a hit in the outermost white ring receives a score of 1 point.


The overall dimensions of archery targets are variable. Targets designed for travel or mobility are smaller than permanent targets, such as those found at archery ranges. The most common diameters for archery targets are 40cm and 60cm. Olympic-style targets, however, commonly use a 122-cm face.


Specifications for archery target materials range from paper and cardboard for field point arrowheads or layered foam for broadhead arrows. Field archery targets commonly use cardboard covered with paper targets. Targets designed for hunting broadheads commonly use layered foam or recycled target foam that allows you to shoot fixed-blade or mechanical broadheads.


Additional specifications for archery targets depend on the overall function and intended purpose. For example, archery targets designed for travel or portability include a built-in handle for easy transport. Targets designed for home use feature a four-sided design, allowing you to shoot the front, back and sides, to prolong the life of the target.

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