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The National Archery Association of the United States had its origin as a result of our own countrys history After the Civil War Confederate soldiers were not allowed to own firearms Two brothers J Maurice and William H Thompson learned to hunt with the bow and arrow and became accomplished archers They were both founding members of the NAA in 1879 at Crawfordsville Indiana Archery tournaments as we know them today can also be traced back to England Competitions were held as part of community festivals as early as the 17th century Archery became an official event in the modern Olympic Games in 1900 and was also featured in 1904 1908 and 1920 International rules had not yet been developed though and each host country used its own rules and format Because of the confusion the sport was eliminated from the Olympic program until 1972 Target archery competition centers around specific distances usually from 20 to 90 meters or yards with target faces of various sizes and center-scoring rings marked off in centimeters A game in archery is called a round Examples in target archery are the 600 Round and the 900 Round named for potential perfect scores Up to four archers may shoot at the same target in a given round each using hisher own distinguishable arrows An end makes up the number of arrows shot in a row before a score is recorded and the arrows are pulled In target shooting an end may be from three to six arrows depending upon the size target and the distance involved One archery game that is growing in popularity is a spin-off of the rifle and handgun game silhouette In archery silhouette however foam plastic targets replace the metallic version used with firearms The silhouette target shapes are the same as those used in the original game chicken pig turkey and ram but the actual contest has an additional challenge that makes it even more
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