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The word used at the time for what marksmen aim at is "mark".
From Achille Morozzo
XII. Sword and Square Target
target is a most ancient weapon used first only in warfare, not for man-to-man fights.
However, it has today found a thousand uses. The square target is commodious and
profitable because its virtues include many shared by both the buckler and round target.
Figure 11 The Sword and Square Target
The High Ward of the Square Target
To attack from the high ward, first steal a pace straight, and then lunge left (with
left foot, drawing the right foot behind). Angle your sword over and down to bypass the
defender's target, finishing your thrust with a lunge right.
The Broad Ward of the Square Target
To attack from the broad ward, rely first on the fast direct thrust, as the heaviness
of the target may slow a ward enough to leave an opening. To strike at or in the low ward,
approach as near as possible, beat away the opponent's sword with a lunge left, and
thrust. If short of the mark, strike home with a lunge right.
The Low Ward of the Square Target
Attacking from the low ward is difficult, but there are two strong possibilities. If
your point is within (to the right of your opponent's sword), with the right foot before,
pass with your left foot, try to pin your opponents sword between your target and his, and
thrust strongly at the thighs while lunging right. If you start with your right in the
hind, pass lunge in the same way, but if you miss force your way and run by the enemy to
\A target is usually made of wood and leather, but is occasionally made of metal.