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Publication numberUS1413770 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 25, 1922
Filing dateMar 30, 1921
Priority dateMar 30, 1921
Publication numberUS 1413770 A, US 1413770A, US-A-1413770, US1413770 A, US1413770A
InventorsPalaith George J
Original AssigneePalaith George J
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Target game
US 1413770 A
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Patented Apr. 25, 1922'.



Specification of Letters Patent. Patented Apr, 25, 1922,

Application filed March 30, 1921. Serial No. 456,944.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, GEORGE J. PALAITH, a citizen of the United States, residing at Chicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented new and useful Improvements in Target Games, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to game apparatus involving. a figure which is normally in a state of rest and which is releasable to drop away from its support, the releasing means being operable by a missile which actuates said means if it 1s properly directed.

The invention has for its object to provide a novel and improved apparatus of the kind stated, and to this end it consists in a combination and arrangement of parts to be hereinafter described and claimed.

In order that the invention may be better understood, reference is had to the accompanying drawing forming a part of this specification, and in said drawing,

Figure 1. is an elevation of the apparatus; Fig. 2 is a horizontal section on the line 22 of Fig. 1, and Fig. 8 is a vertical section on the line 33 of Fig. 1.

In carrying out the invention there is provided a base plate 5 which is supported in upright position by any suitable means. On the face of this plate is mounted target plate 6 having a bulls-eye in the form of a movable disk 7 carried by a rearwardly extending shank 8 which passes loosely through a hole in the center of the target plate and into a horizontal slot 9 in the base plate. The target may also be painted directly on the base plate.

Along one side of the targettl, the base plate 5 is fitted with two laterally spaced, vertical guide strips 10, and between these strips, at the top thereof, is a seat 11 for supporting a figure 12. This seat is carried by a leaf spring 13 fastened at its lower end to the base plate and having its upper end free and supporting the seat 11, the latter being fastened to the spring in any suitable manner. The figure 12 is formed with a slide 14 which is in engagement at its ends with the strips 10. The seat 11 is adapted to be withdrawn from beneath the figure 12, whereupon it drops by gravity, its downward movement being guided by the slide 14 and the strips 10.

Back of the seat 11, the base plate 5 has a recess 15 into which the seat passes when it is retracted to release the figure 12.

The seat 11 is retractedby means of a lever 16 which is pivoted'intermediate its ends, as shown at 17, and seats in the slot 9, said slot opening into the recess 15. One end of this lever bears against a downturned flange 18 on the seat 11 at the rear portion of the latter, and the other end of the lever has a head or enlargement 19 against which bears one end of an actuator lever 20 having its other end connected to the shank 8 of the movable bullseye 7. The lever 20 seats in the slot 9 and it is pivoted intermediateits ends, as shown at 21.

In operation, a missile upon striking the bulls-eye 7 forces the same rearwardly, resulting in a swing of the lever 20 in a direction to actuate the lever 16, the latter swinging in a direction to withdraw the seat 11 from beneath the figure 12,'so that the latter is now no longer supported, and hence it drops by gravity, its downward movement.

being guided by the slide 14 and the strips also requires a certain amount of skill as the release-of the figure is not effected unless the missile strikes the bulls-eye of the target. The missile may be a ball thrown by hand, or it may be any other device propelled in any other'manner. I

I claim:

An amusement apparatus comprising a movable support, a figure seating on said support and adapted to descend gravitationally whenthe support is withdrawn, means for guiding the descent of the figure, a lever engageable with the support andmovable in a direction to withdraw the same from the figure, a spring engaging the support for moving the same to figure-sup porting position, a target having a movable bulls-eye and a lever connected to the bullseye and having an operative connection with the first-mentioned lever.

In testimony whereof I aflix my signature.


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U.S. Classification273/384
International ClassificationF41J5/18, F41J5/00
Cooperative ClassificationF41J5/18
European ClassificationF41J5/18