In the broadest of definitions, a target is a mark to shoot at. However, targets used for shooting come in all shapes and sizes, and are manufactured from a wide range of materials. They can be non-reactive, or reactive, giving the shooting immediate feedback when hit. Targets can also be specifically designed for use with pistols, rifles, or shotguns. The center of a target is often called the bullseye.
Materials Commonly Used for Shooting Range Targets:
- Paper or Cardboard Targets
- Steel Targets: A favorite among shooters due to the sound produced when the target is hit.
- Frangible Targets (such as clay)
- Self-healing Targets: Produced from rubber or polymer. Also known as self-sealing.
- Electronic Targets: Targets that provide some sort of electronic feedback when hit.
- Explosive Targets: Targets designed to explode when stuck with a bullet traveling at a suitable velocity to induce detonation.
- Foam Targets: Common for archery targets.