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Publication numberUS1727272 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 3, 1929
Filing dateFeb 7, 1928
Publication numberUS 1727272 A, US 1727272A, US-A-1727272, US1727272 A, US1727272A
InventorsArthur Donald Caswell
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Target carrier
US 1727272 A
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Sept. 3, 17929.


A. D. CASWELL TARGET CARRIER Filed Feb. '7,v :@928

2 Sheets-Sheet 1 ATTORN EY INVENTOR Sept. 3, 1929. A. D. cAswELL 1,727,272

TARGET CARRIER Filed Feb. '7. 1928 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 f4 fs @DY c@ @am v j 'd/Jwe ,NVENTOR WITNESS: ATTORNEY Patented Sept. 3, 1929.



v TARGET Application filed February This invention relates to improvements in target supports especially adapted for rifle and pistol practice, an object being to pro vide means for supporting a target so that the latter will be held free from vibration.

Another object of the invention is the provision of means for supporting a target spacedV from the firing point and in such a manner as to be adjustably positioned, or conveniently moved to and from the firing point for eXamination or change of target.

With the above and other objects in View, the invention further includes the following novel features and details of construction, to be hereinafter more fully described, illustrated in the accompanying drawingsv and pointed out in the appended claim.

In the drawings Figure 1 is an elevation of the invention.

Figure 2 is an enlarged fragmentary seetion through one end of the target support.

Figure 3 is a detail end view of the target carrier with the target suspended therefrom.

Figure 4 is an end view of the supporting member or upright at the iiring point.

Figure 5 is a fragmentary end view of the upright or support at the opposite end.

Figure 6 is an enlarged horizontal section taken through the support at the firing point and showing the cartridge shelf in plan.

Figure 7 is a detail elevation of a modified form of target hanger.,

Figure 8 is a similar view showing another form of hanger.

Referring to the drawings in detail wherein like characters of reference denote corresponding parts, the invention comprises a air of spaced uprights or standards indi cated at 10 and forming one of the supporting members of the device, these uprights being provided with braces 11 which, together with the uprights, may be embedded in a concrete or other foundation. The uprights 1() are connected by a horizontal bar 12 and as the device is designed to be made of pipe sections and fittings, the bar 12 is connected to the uprights by Ts 13.

Spaced from the uprights or supporting members 10 is an upright or supporting member 14 whose lower end is suitably anchored to the floor and whose upper end is suitably anchored to the yceiling of the room or gallery within which the apparatus or device is arranged. The support 14 is positioned at the firing point while the supporta .1.0 occupy a position, at the butts.


'7, 1928. Serial No. 252,610.

Secured to the supporting members is a track which is shown in the form of a wire or cable 15. One end of this wire or cable is secured to an eye bolt 16 which is carried by the support 14 while the opposite end of the cable is secured to an eye bolt 17. This last mentioned eye bolt is secured within an opening provided in a T 18 which is included in the cross bar 12. The bolts 16 and 17 may be adjusted to keep the cable in proper taut position, or, they may be removed for the removal and replacement of the cable.

` Mounted upon the cable is a carrier `19. This carrier is also preferably made of pipe sections and fittings and comprises an elongated member 20 `which has centrally ar ranged therein a T 21, whilek at each end of the member 2O is an elbow 22. Extending from these elbows are yokes 23 which receive the cable 15 and mounted in these yokes are grooved wheels 24 which ride upon the cable. Coupled to the T 21 is a T 25 which has removably and threadedly secured in its lower end a hanger 26. This hanger is provided with a spring clip 27 to engage a paper or other target 28 so that the latter will be suspended from the carrier. If desired, an elongated carrier 26a may be substituted for the carrier 26, or a carrier 26b may be utilized. This last referred to carrier includes spaced arms 29 which engage adjacent opposite edges of the target instead of centrally as shown in Figure 3 of the drawings.

Mounted upon the supporting member 10 are spaced grooved pulleys 30, and passing around these pulleys is an operating cable 31. This cable also passes over `grooved pulleys 32 secured to the upright 14 and around a grooved wheel 33 also secured to the upright 14. This wheel carries an operating handle 34 and its shaft or aXle 35 is mounted in bearings provided in a coupling 36 which is in eluded in the supporting member 14. The opposite ends of the cable 31 are secured to the carrier 19 as shown at 37, so that by operating the wheel 33, the carrier may be moved longitudinally of the cable 15 from one end of said cable to the other, or may be adjustably positioned throughout the length of the cable. By this means, a target may be moved to the firing point for inspection or renewal when desired.

Extending from the carrier 19 is a tubular member 38 whose outer end is beveled or pointed as shown at 39. This tubular inember 32 carries a lug 40. The cable 31 passes through the tubular member 3S and through a tubular member l1 which is carried at the lower end of an arm 42, the latter extending downwardly from the bar l2. rEhe member 4l is elE `greater diameter' than the member 38 and is provided with a flared entrance to receive the pointed end 89 o the member' 38. As the carriage is moved outward or toward the supporting member l0, the tubular member 38 Will enter the tubular member ll Vand as the latter is provided with an elongated slot 414 to receive the lug 42.0, the carriage 19 will thus be held against lateral mover ent and vibration of the target will be prevented. The tubular member el also acts to limit movement of the carriage in one direction.

,Extending from the supporting` member lilnear the bottom thereof is a ri'lle support This support is designed to receive the barrel of the rifle with the butt of the rifle resting on the ll'oor. rlfhis keeps the rifle secure and free from damage. Extending from the upright er supporting member ld immediately adjacent the pulley 33 is a shelf le Which is designed to support cartridges for use by the user of the target.

The invention is susceptible of various changes in its form, proportions and minor details or' construction and the right 1s herein vrcserved'to make such changes as properly fall Within the scope of the appended claim.

Having; described the invention What is claimed is :q

A target support comprising spaced supporting` members7 a movable carrier, a target removably secured to the carrier, means secured to the supporting,` members to support the carrier for movement, an operatingl cable, means upon the supporting members to support and guide the cable, a horizontally disposed stationary slotted tubular member carried by one of thesupporting' members, a tubular member extending` from the carrier itor engagement Within the stationary tubular member to limit movement ofi the carrier longitudinallyV of the carrier support7 and a lug, extending from the tubular member oit the carrier for engagement Within the slot of the stationary tubular member to prevent lateral swinging;` movement of the target.

In testimony whereof'l atix my si gnature.


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U.S. Classification273/406
International ClassificationF41J7/00, F41J7/02
Cooperative ClassificationF41J7/02
European ClassificationF41J7/02