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May 1927* w. A. TIDWELL.
TOY GUN Filed Dec. 16, 926
H. 4 e m J v R1 W M M O M T n 4 T T a t H W 'MJ E A A v F V m of 5 m M .iinl;i W H 6 Patented May 3, 1927.
UNIT ED STATES WILLIAM A. TIDTWELL, 0F INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA TOY GUN.
Application filed December 16, 1926. SeriaLNo. 155,153;
This. invention relates to a toy gun, par ticularly to a mechanism for projecting a rubber ball. and has for its object the furnishing ot a toy whereby a ball may be projected mechanically with substantial ac curacy over a considerable distance by release at a trigger. Another important object is the extreme simplicity of the structure permitting a very low cost of production and use of automatic machinery to reduce hand. operations to the lowestpossible minimum.
A further object resides in the part cular means for retaining the ball so that it may be released without interference by any parts otherwise causing a deflection of the ball from an initial straigl'lt line trajectory.
The invention is described in reference to the accompanying drawing, in which- Fig. 1, is a side elevation of the toygun withthe ball ready to be released;
Fig. 2, a top plan view of the gun;
Fig. 3, a side elevation of the gun-with the ball in its first stages of flight immediately upon being released;
Fig. 4., an enlarged vertical section on the line 4-4 in. Fig. 1; and
Fig. 5 an enlarged vertical section on the line 55 in Fig. 3.
Like characters indicate throughout the several views.
A, gun 10 is formed preferably of. wood. Mounted on each side of the gun 10 just forward of the part corresponding to the breech of a real gun, is a. disk 11, free to revolve about a. retaining rivet 25 centrally passed through the two disks 11 and the gun- 10, the circumference of each disk not extending to beyond the top edge of the gun. 7
Each disk 11 integrally carries an up,- wardly projecting finger 12 and'also a rearwardly projecting arm 13. The rear ends of the arms 13 are joined by the cross piece .14 which forms a thumb rest in setting or loading the gun.
Cut in from the circumference of each disk 11, forwardly and below the fingers 12, is a notch 24, and engaging in these notches, are the pawls 15 pivotally carried on the gun immediately below the disks 11 by the rivet 16. The two pawls 15 extend downwardly from their pivots under the gun and around toward each other to be joined on substantially the vertical cenlike parts ter line of the gun to form the trigger 17, so that by pulling back thetrigger 17 both pawls 1.5 may besimultaneously withdrawn from the notches 24.
A vertical slot 18 is cut across the muzzle end of the gun to receive the knotted end of a rubber. string 19 having a rubber ball 21 attached to its other end. A knot 20 in the rubber is drawn up against the under side of the gun muzzle, the string 19, passed u along in the slot18, and then stretched backwardly over. the top of the gun and the ball 21 positioned behind the two fingers.
Pulling back the trigger 17 will release the pawls 15 from the disks 11,. and the great tension to which the rubber string 19 has been subjected, will. cause the ball 21. 1
to shoot fm'wardly pressing down the fingers 12 and raising the arms 13, as indicated by dash lines in Fig, 3. As the ball 21 travels, the string 19 is released from the end of the gun and travels with the ball. 21 in its flight. i
The pawls 15 serve as stops to contact the fingers 12 when they are thrown for wardly so that the arms 13 come to rest when projecting upwardly from the gun to afford a convenient means to be contacted and drawn back by the thumb of the operator to bring the fingers 12 back to their upright positions.
A torsion spring 22 is carried on the rivet 16, one end being-engaged to one pawl 15. and the other end secured in the gun 10 so that the pawls are tended to be held in contact against thedisks 11 whereby the pawls immediately engage in the notches 24 upon. the fingers 12 being brought back to the initialfposition.
It is obvious that numerous changes and substitutions may be made in the structure here shown without departing from the spirit of the invention, and I, therefore, do not desire to be limited to the precise structure shown, nor any more than may be required by the following claims.
1. In a toy gun, a barrel, a disk pivotally mounted on each side of the barrel, a hammer finger normally extending upwardly from each disk, each of said disks having a notch formed therein, a trigger having its upper end bifurcated to straddle the barrel from its under side and pivotally carried on ill all
the barrel. by said ends, and a pawl extending from each of said ends to engage in sail disk notches.
In a toy gun, a barrel, a disk pivotally n'ionnted on each side of the barrel, a hammer finger normally extending upwardly from each disk, each of said disks having a notch formed therein, a trigger having its upper end bifurcated to straddle the barrel from its under side and pivotally carried on the barrel by said ends, and a pawl cxtenrb in from each of said ends to engage in said disk notches, spring means for boi ing said pawls in contact with said disks, and a yoke having arms attached to said dishe said yoke normally extending to the rear of said disks.
3, In a toy gun, a disk pivotally carried on each side of the gun near its breech end, said disks being free to rotate on the same axis, a hammer linger extending from each of said disks, a trigger carried by the gun, a pawl extending from the trigger to ei'igage in a stop in one of said disks, and means for normally maintaining said pawl in contactwith said disk.
-':l- In a toy gun, a barrel, a disk pirotally mounted on each side of the barrel, a hammer linger normally extending upwardly from each disk, each of said disks having a notch formed therein, a trigger having its upper end bifurcated to straddle the barrel from its under side and pivotaliy carried on the barrel by said ends, and a pawl extending from each of said ends to engage in said disk notches, spring means for holding said pawls in contact with said disks, and a yoke haying arms attached to said disks, said yoke normally extending to the rear of said disks, and a yoke substantially U-shaped securing said disks, one to the other.
5. in a toy gun adapted to projecta rubber ball having a rubber string attached to it, a barrel, hammer fingers, one pivotally secured to each side of the barrel near its breech end whereby the fingers are free to rotate in parallel planes, a trigger, a pawl spring pressed against a contacting surface extending from one of said fingers about its point of rotation, a thumb piece having an arm extending to each of said fingers whereby. by pulling'the thumb piece baclm'ardly, said fingers may be brought to an erect position to permit said pawl to drop into a notch in said finger contacting surface, so that said ball may be positioned on top of the barrel Location of said gun behind said two fingers and the rubber string passed between the fingers over the top of the barrel and stretched to have its end dc aehably secured over the end of the barrel.
6. In a toy gun adapted. to project a rubbcr ball by means of an elastic spring altached to the ball; a gun barrel, a hammer unit comprising two mounting disks pivotah iy secured to and receiving the gun barrel therebctwcen, a hammer linger extending pa allel one to the other from each dis an arm extending from each disk angularly fron'i said arms, l thumb piece joining anu a the outer ends of the arms, one of said disks having a notch cut in from its periphery; a tr gger engaging said notched disk, a pawl spring pressed against the disk; said hannner unit being inlapted to be rocked by the thumb piece to bring the hammer fingers upright whereupon the pawl engages in the disk notch to forward rotation of the hamn'ier fingers until withdrawn by said trigger; a rest whereby said ball may be positioned back of the two hammer lingers and. the string stretched between the lingers to be eng ed over the end of the gun barrel and said hammer lingers and said arms being carried by said disks so that said pawl stops one of said lingers before said thumb piece strikes the barrel upon discharge ol the ball.
7. In a toy gun. adapted to project a rubber ball by means of an elastic string attached to the ball; a gun barrel, a hammer unit comprising two mounting disks pivots ally secured. to and receiving the gun bar-- rel therebetwccn. a hammer linger extent ling parallel one to the other from each disk, an arm extending from each disk angularly from said arms, and a thumb piece joining the outer ends of the arms, said disks having a notch cut in its outer edge, a trigger hav ing its upper end bifurcated to form parallel pawls pivotally secured to and extending one on each side of the gun barrel toward said disks, spring means normally maintaining said pawls in contact with said disks, said hammer unit adapted to be rocked by the thumb piece to bring the hammer fingers to an upright position to permitsaid pawls to engage in said disk notches, and said pawls acting as stops to limit the forward travel of said hammer unit.
In testimony whereof I alli); my signature.
WILLIAM A. TIDWELL.