The Targe was a round Scottish shield with a wicked ten inch spike. It was one of the Special Weapons of William Wallace.
The Targe was generally round, about 18-21 inches in diameter with a foot-long iron spike in the middle. The shield was generally made from two layers of wood with the grain of each layer at a right angle to the other layer (much like modern Plywood), increasing the strength of the shield. The wood was usually covered in a layer of cowhide, which was often decorated. The targe screws into a "puddle" of lead in the middle of the shield, and could usually be unscrewed and placed in a sheath on the back of the targe when not in use.
- Special Weapon
- 21" Diameter
- 5 lbs
- Wood, Cowhide & Steel Spike
As a weapon, the Targe could be used to impale enemies with the spike, either in hand-to-hand combat or as a charging attack. The Targe was often combined with the Dirk, as seen in the show.
A Targe is unique for being strapped onto the arm rather than requiring the hand to hold it. This would allow the Highlanders to use their now free hand to use another weapon. Some Targes can still function like normal shields.
Targes and other shields were used by English longbowmen for target practice: this is where the word target comes from.