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Hit the Mark With Foam Archery Targets

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
Polyethylene Foam Targets

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.

Layer and strap down thin sheets of closed-cell foam for a custom target
Layer and strap down thin sheets of closed-cell foam for a custom target

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.

29 thoughts on “Hit the Mark With Foam Archery Targets”

  1. I’d like to purchase foam sheets for my son’s archery practice. Do you have a website where I can purchase some?

    Kevin Brand

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. I need 16″ by 48″ 1/4″ thick I’ll be making a archery target 48″by 48″by 16″

  9. 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!

  10. Thank you for reaching out to us via our blog on Foam By Mail.

    Per your question, we typically suggest using our 6LB Polyethylene foam. We unfortunately do not make this foam 18” thick, as the thickest this foam is available in is 2” thick.

    However, you can layer multiple sheets together to achieve the thickness and dimensions needed. This foam type with the dimensions and thickness we do offer can be found on the link below.

    6LB Polyethylene foam

    For all future questions please contact us.

  11. I would like to inquire about samples of 2″ 6 pound polyethylene and 2″ 6 pound neoprene. Will be building targets for archery club. Hemlock archers in cornwall Pennsylvania. Samples will help us understand what will be needed to order

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