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Publication numberUS1294917 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 18, 1919
Filing dateJun 8, 1918
Priority dateJun 8, 1918
Publication numberUS 1294917 A, US 1294917A, US-A-1294917, US1294917 A, US1294917A
InventorsHerbert Koontz
Original AssigneeHerbert Koontz
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1294917 A
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Lwm Patented Ifeb.' 18,1919.


:g1/wanton @OM/w H. KOONTZ. 11111111161@ PlsoL. APPLLCATION FILED JUNE 8, 1918.




. Application lcd June 8, 191B. Serial to.

Vthe provision of a toy pistol which incorporates a spring for imparting rotation to a whirligi'g disposed upon the end or the barrel so that the whirligig may be rotated and tti -' pistol,


projected into the air. V l

in important. object is the provision of a toy of this character in which the whirligig is provided with conical bearing points whereby upon its contact with a ceiling Aduring its flight, it may spin, and. wherebyit may also continue to spin even after it has lost suiicient speed of' rotation to remain against the ceiling and drops upon the door or round.

other object is the provision ot a toy of this character which will be extremely' simple and inexpensive in manufacture, simple and durable in use, in which the ratchet kick-od of the whirligig will be protected from injury, and which will be a general improvernent of the art.

With the above and other objects and advantages, in view, the invention consists in the novel construction and arrangement of parts to be hereinafter more fully described and claimed `and illustrated in the-accompanying drawings, in which- Figure 1 is an elevation of my improved Fig. 2 is a rear elevation thereof, Fig. 3 is a llongitudinal sectional View, Fig. 4 is a detail secti-onal view on the line 4-4 of Fig. 3,

. Fig. 5 is an end view of the upper end ofy the barrel,

Fig. 6 is a plan view of the whirlig'ig,

Fig. 7 is a sectional view therethrough, associated with the end of the operating rod, and

Fig. 8 is a view showin a modified form.

Referring more particularly to the drawings, the numeral 10 designates the body portion of the pistol whichvincludes -a stock member 11 and a barrel member 12. rlhis body portion may be formed in any desired manner though an advantageous form of construction involves the use of only two Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented FebQill, 119119..


pieces of -material stamped into the form shown and secured together at their edges as by tongues 13. Revoluble through the barrel member 12 is an operating rod 14 which has one vend protruding beyond the end of the barrel and provided with flattened wings 15, and which` has its other end disposed above the stock member l1 and bent to provide a handle 16. A coil spring 17 surrounds the rod 14 within the barrel 12 and has one end secured to the barrel, as at 18, and its other end secured to a collar 19 on the rod 14, as shown. A ratchet wheel 20 is formed on the collar 19 and is engaged by a spring-pressed arm 21 formed on the trigger 22 pivoted at 23, and extending partly across a linger opening'24 in the body 10.

By grasping the handle 16 between the lingers and rotating the rod 14, the spring 17 will be placed under tension, the degree of tension being regulated by the number of revolutions given to the rod. 'llhe engagement of the trigger arm 21 with the ratchet 20 has a pawl action and preventsv reverse rotation of the rod 14 under the influence of the spring in unwinding until the trigger is pulled, as will be obvious.

rllhe whirligig member used inl connection with the pistol is designated as a whole by the numeral 25 and comprises a ring 26 teeth 31..

lln the use of the pistol, after the spring 17 has been laced under tension as previously descrl ed, the whirligigis placed upon the end of the barrel wlth the sleeve 30 extending over the end of the rod 14 and the ratchet teeth 31 engaging the wings 15 on the rod. 1When the pistol is pointed upwardly and the trigger 22 pulled, the rod 14 will be rotated rapidly under the in- Huence of the spring and the whirligig 25 will consequently be rotated. As the vanes 27 are inclined, rotation of the whirligig will cause it to' have a lifting action and as thel speed of rotation reaches its maximum the whirligig will rise and draw itself lltllb -of the bearing off of the end of the rod 14 and will soar through the air. If the device is used indoors and the whirligig rises with considerable force, it will naturally tend to fly higher than the ceiling of a room, whereupon the whirligig will contact with the ceiling and will vspin thereon owing to the provision oint 29. Of course after the momentum ecreases, the whirligig will drop to the floor.

In order that the ratchet teeth 31 on the whirligig may be prevented from injury and also in order to enable it to spin after dropping to the Hoor or the ground, I have slightly modified the construction of the whirligigfas shown in Fig. 8. In this modified form I have shown the whirligi as provided on its under side with a depen g projection 32 centrally of and spaced in respect to the sleeve 30 and terminating in a point 33 extending below the ratchet teeth 31. In this form the rod 14 must be provided in`its end with a recess 34 to receive the lprojection 32 when the whrligig is placed upon the end of the rod. In this form of the device it will be seen that if the whirligig is spun into the air'outdoo'rs and falls upon the street or ground, after it loses its ability to stay in the air, the point 33 will permit the whirllgig to conj tinue to spin until its momentum is entirely gone. The utility of the point 33 in this respect is ofcourse the same in case the whirligig is used indoors and it drops from engagement with a ceiling and falls onto thepioor. -A further and very important function of the projection 32 is that it prevents the teeth 31 from striking the ground or other surface and consequently protects them against injury.

From the foregoing description and a study of the drawings, it will be apparent that I have thus provided a very simple and interesting toy pistol and whirligig projectile which may be very simply operated, and which will be eiicient and ldurable in use.

Having thus described my invention what I claim as new and desire to secure by patent, is

A device of the character described comprising a pistol body, a spring pressed rotary` rod extending longitudinally therethrough and having its free end provided with laterally extending wings; in combination with a whirligig having its hub portion -provided with a depending sleeve seating upon the free end of said rodand having its edge formed as teeth engaging said wings, and a projection within said sleeve in spaced relation thereto and 'terminating in a bearing point disposed below said teeth, the end of said rod being recessed for the reception of said projection..

In testimony whereof I affix my signature.


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U.S. Classification446/39
International ClassificationA63H27/14
Cooperative ClassificationA63H27/14
European ClassificationA63H27/14