Hit the Mark With Foam Archery Targets
A sport of skill, patience, and technical precision, archery is one of those activities that may appear easy to an observer but is something that takes an immense amount of practice and hard work to perfect. Proper form, physical strength and stamina, and excellent self-awareness are all required for consistent performance in archery. As any archer knows from experience, the only way to gain this is through hard work and repetition. Much like learning a new language or instrument can’t be done in a day, it takes constant practice to refine archery skills and keep them in top form. When working toward this goal of finely tuned skills, foam targets are a great way to safely train.
Polyethylene Foam Targets
Whether participants are involved in competitions, hunting, or just shoot recreationally, the most basic practice method in archery is target practice. Shooting arrows at targets accurately is the only way to generate the muscle memory and strength needed for optimal performance. Targets are made from many different materials and come in all shapes and sizes. The most basic of all targets is the foam archery target, a product Foam Factory, Inc. is proud to offer to beginners and experts alike. With foam targets, you get a reliable training solution you can use again and again for an increased value.
Offered as a 2 inch thick, 23 inch by 24 inch polyethylene sheet, these targets have a foam density of 6 pounds for a resilient and tough target that won’t damage arrows. Depending on the power of the bow being used, multiple target panels can be combined to double, triple, or even quadruple target thickness to prevent arrows passing through targets completely; a safety hazard and an easy way for them to be lost or damaged.
One of the best reasons to consider foam targets is because of the durability of the material. Polyethylene is a closed-cell, chemically cross-linked foam material, which helps it resist moisture. Open-cell foam is the opposite, with every cell interconnected; one of the reasons it is so absorbent. Even after being punctured by shots from a bow, the physical makeup of the material is resistant to mold, mildew, and bacteria, so if moisture does have access to ruptured cells, it will not compromise the integrity of the product. Its flexibility and high shock absorption capability make it excellent for handling the impact of high-power shots as well.
The 2-inch polyethylene foam archery targets feature a smooth, water-resistant skin on either side of the foam target face, which improves its outdoor usability. The greater 6-pound density foam archery targets also offer more performance material and mass than lower density foam does within the same dimensions. Polyethylene targets come in plain, non-painted, non-covered sheets. This allows the user to apply their preferred target design or even add one as basic as a drawn-on target with a permanent marker, another benefit of its smooth outer skin.
For serious archers with high-powered bows who take hundreds of shots a day, practice targets need to be able to tout a level of durability not required by more casual archers. People who take archery this seriously often make their own DIY targets to meet their particular needs. These are typically made of high-density materials like carpet squares or corrugated cardboard stacked atop one another and then compressed with a bolted clamp system or straps. Closed-cell foams are equally as effective in these setups, and due to their compression ability, can be layered tightly to handle very high-powered shots without damaging the arrows or arrow tips. Foams like neoprene rubber sheets and polyethylene rolls are perfect for these types of block foam homemade archery targets, as they are easy to work with and come in various sheet sizes. Foam Factory sells their neoprene sheet in regular and high-density sheets, in thicknesses from 1/8 of an inch to 2 inches, and sheet sizes either 80 by 24 inches or 80 by 48 inches. Polyethylene roll is available in 2 and 4-pound densities, thicknesses from 1/8 of an inch to a 1/2 inch and sheet sizes 60 inches wide, offered by the linear foot or in 50-foot rolls.
Archery is a craft as much as it is a sporting activity, but one that can be enjoyed by beginners and life-long archers alike. Whether you shoot as a way to relax and have fun or shoot for practice to improve your skill for tournaments and clubs, a foam archery target is a smart, affordable decision.
Note: Foam Factory, Inc. will not have any liability to anyone for incidental or consequential damages or any other liability, injury, loss or damage arising out of or related to our products, even if Foam Factory or an authorized representative of Foam Factory has been advised of the possibility of such damages.
25 thoughts on “Hit the Mark With Foam Archery Targets”
how much is it for one foam archery target. i may need bout 15 of these
You can find the product here: Archery Target.
I’d like to purchase foam sheets for my son’s archery practice. Do you have a website where I can purchase some?
Yes, please go to our webpage for archery targets.
I have been looking for material to build archery bosses for a range.
I see on this site that you are advertising high density neoprene sheet for this purpose. However, I am from Canada and I looked at your Canadian site and cannot find the same product. I am probably not looking in the right location.
Is this product available in Canada? Do you have any other information regarding this product that I can take to our executive of our range for further discussions.
Link to our neoprene foam. Link to our polyethylene foam. Polyethylene foam in 4LB and 6LB is commonly used for archery targets.
Will one sheet of foam stood upright stop an arrow from a 70lb bow or does it need to be stacked and secured with a board and threaded rods?
You will need to test out your particular application to see if the foam as is will fit your needs.
Can you guys make 2x24x48 slabs or close to that? Can i get a small sample material? Thx!
Yes we can! And we can send samples too. Please contact us for more information.
What is the best type foam to make a custom indoor target
6LB Density Polyethylene foam Archery Targets is suggested.
I am interested in refacing some of our 4’ X 4’ archery targets. Thinking of a replacement piece 3” X 3’ X 3’ that can be glued in a recessed area of existing target. Ideas?
Closest available is our 6LB density polyethylene foam.
How much will four 48″ diameter round archery targets cost
Please contact us directly for information and pricing.
if a block is 8’x 4′ x 36″ . Can it be cut into 48″ x 48″ x 8″ ? there will be a remainder piece, can that also be cut to 48″ x 48″ ? I would glue it to make it thicker.
Our 4LB density polyethylene foam could be cut to 48×48. However, the thickness is 2″, so this would need to be glued together to get 8″ thickness. Please contact us for more details and pricing.
I would like to make a target block for a powerful crossbow, like what is mentioned in the 2nd to last paragraph. It mentions both neoprene rubber and polyethylene foam. So my question is to make a target for a strong crossbow would I layer the polyethylene then wrap it in neoprene rubber or would I make I t entirely out of the neoprene.
also wondering if the polyethylene foam is capable of stopping the crossbow bolts without the neoprene? The Crossbow shoots 340 feet per second and 90 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy.
I would suggest testing out the foam types mentioned to see if it would work for your application.
I need 16″ by 48″ 1/4″ thick I’ll be making a archery target 48″by 48″by 16″
Please contact us directly for pricing.
I’m looking for a foam that would work for 35 ro 40lb bows. Instructing at a 4H camp and to build some low cost targets. Any ideas would be welcomed!
For archery targets, we recommend our 6lb Polyethylene foam. Any other foam would need to be tested for the application.