holding a wooden boomerang

How Big Is A Boomerang? (Size and Weight)

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This article will discuss the size and weight of a boomerang along with some other interesting information. If you are interested in purchasing or making a boomerang, you will need to know some critical information about them including it’s overall size.

A boomerang can vary in size, weight, and shape depending on the intended use.

On average, a boomerang used for recreation varies from 8 inches to 24 inches long with the average size being 16 inches to 20 inches long. Boomerang’s used for hunting can be around 36 inches or 3 feet long and the traditional Aboriginal boomerang is around 24 inches or 2 feet in length.

What is a boomerang?

A boomerang is a flat and curved object that is normally made out of wood that is designed to be thrown in the air in a way that it will return to the user. The boomerang is not a new invention. It has been used for thousands of years for hunting and warfare by aboriginal tribes.

As the first boomerangs were used as a hunting and fighting tool, it’s intent was to injure and kill a certain target. They were not designed to return to the user as they are today.

It’s not exactly known when the first boomerangs were created, but several have been discovered in Australia which can be dated back between 10,000 – 20,000 years ago.

Today, a boomerang can be used for a variety of purposes including sports and recreation, hunting, or simply kept as a piece of art or decoration.

Boomerangs can be used by children and adults. It’s crucial to take all safety precautions as boomerangs can cause serious injury if used in a reckless manor.

Boomerang on old wooden board
Boomerang on old wooden board

What is the largest boomerang?

According to Guinness World Records, the largest returning boomerang is 2.74 meters or just over 9 feet long. It was flown in the UK on March 28, 2014.

What is a boomerang made of?

Although many boomerangs are made out of wood, they can also be made out of plastic, carbon fiber, and metal. They can be purchased in a variety of sizes and will usually have certain designs or patterns on them mixed with various colors.

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Old boomerangs used for hunting were made out of hardwood which made them more durable. The materials used to make a boomerang will affect its weight, durability, and flight characteristics.

man throwing a plastic boomerang

How much does a boomerang weigh?

Depending on the size, design, and materials used to make the boomerang, the overall weight can vary. A boomerang used for recreation will generally weigh between 50 and 200 grams which is 1.8 to 7 ounces.

For example, the Glacier Wooden Boomerang weighs 3.2 ounces.

Heavy boomerangs are ones used for hunting and warfare. These can weigh up to 2.2 pounds or 1 kilogram.

How do you use a boomerang?

Throwing a boomerang properly does take skill and practice. If using a boomerang for sport or recreation, you want the boomerang to return to you. There is a technique involved in order for that to happen.

Think of throwing a boomerang like throwing a baseball. Never throw it sidearm or like a frisbee.

  • Start with a proper grip. A loose grip is recommended with the flat side in your palm. You should be looking at the decorated curved side.
  • Face the direction that you want the boomerang to go.
  • Bring your throwing arm behind you.
  • Aim the boomerang at the horizon or slightly above.
  • Throw the boomerang at a 45 degree angle to the wind direction. Right if right handed and left if left handed.
  • As you bring your arm forward, flick your wrist to release the boomerang.
  • On release, the boomerang should be close to vertical. An increased tilt angle will make it fly higher and land further back.
  • Follow through with your arm and keep an eye on the boomerang.
  • After some practice, throwing a boomerang will become easier and more enjoyable.
woman aiming to throw a boomerang

How far can you throw a boomerang?

There are a few factors that affect how far a boomerang will travel. They include the size and weight, wind conditions, throwing technique, skill of the user, design and materials used to make the boomerang.

On average, a boomerang used for recreation or sport can travel between 20 and 50 meters or 65 and 165 feet. Boomerangs used for hunting can often be thrown for over 300 feet.

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