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According to myth, in ancient Greece, Hercules fired at point targets to demonstrate his accuracy and skill. And it is said that during the 14th century, the great Swiss archer William Tell became a legend by successfully shooting an apple off the top of his son’s head.

By the 1700s, wheel-lock muskets began replacing bows in public and private shooting matches. Early American frontiersmen, who relied on their rifles for hunting and protection, practiced shooting at a mark to sharpen their marksmanship skills. In many cases, the target mark was a charcoal-drawn black circle on a bark-stripped tree trunk or an X marked on a wood slab. Some early forms of competition in the U.S. were turkey shoots with the large birds as targets.

In the 1820s and 1830s, live pigeons were used as targets for trap shooting. Eventually, Americans developed artificial targets made from glass balls filled with feathers. Later, American shooters moved on to clay targets. With the 1871 formation of the National Rifle Association of America, metal targets that gave off a sharp clang when struck by lead slugs became the norm for competitive shooting. Bull's-eye pattern targets with center circles and divided into concentric rings were also used.

From the silhouette types employed by law enforcement and the military for training purposes to the official paper and cardboard versions used for competitive and recreational shooting, targets hit the mark at auction.

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(70+) Cardboard Cutouts, Target Practice
Jun 01, 10:00 AM MST
(70+) Cardboard Cutouts, Target Practice
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
Big Shot Targets Ballistic 350
Jun 01, 10:00 AM MST
Big Shot Targets Ballistic 350
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
Collection of (7) Cast Iron Bird Shooting Gallery Targets
Jun 12, 12:00 PM EDT
Collection of (7) Cast Iron Bird Shooting Gallery Targets
by South Bay Auctions Inc
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Full Box of 25 Sets of Crosman Break-A-Part Plastic Skeet Targets – In Original Box
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Full Box of 25 Sets of Crosman Break-A-Part Plastic Skeet Targets – In Original Box
by Redding Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
QUACKENBUSH MECHANICAL CAST IRON GALLERY TARGET.
Jun 10, 10:00 AM EDT
QUACKENBUSH MECHANICAL CAST IRON GALLERY TARGET.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
Crosman Mod. 200 Bell Ringing Target w/Factory Box
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Crosman Mod. 200 Bell Ringing Target w/Factory Box
by Redding Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
[FOLK ART CARNIVAL ARTIFACTS] Shooting Gallery Target. The ...
Jun 26, 10:00 AM CDT
[FOLK ART CARNIVAL ARTIFACTS] Shooting Gallery Target. The ...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
[FOLK ART CARNIVAL ARTIFACTS] Shooting Gallery Target. The ...
Jun 26, 10:00 AM CDT
[FOLK ART CARNIVAL ARTIFACTS] Shooting Gallery Target. The ...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Targets


Redding Auction Service

Redding Auction Service

Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.

Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

South Bay Auctions Inc

South Bay Auctions Inc