US 1981293 A
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NovQZO, 1934. A, G. VARRELMAN TARGET RANGE 5 Sheets-Sheet 1 Original Filed June 3. 1935 I ll L.
Invenior 6: Va/"re/fiz'cm,
llomey Nov. 20, 1934. A; G VARRELMAN 1,981,293
TARGET RANGE Original Filed June 5, 19.53 3 Shqets-Sheet 2 lnvenlo r Nov. 20, 1934. :A. G. VARRELMAN I 1,981,293
TARGET RANGE Original Filed June 5, 1933 3 Sheets-Sheet 3 Inventor #7. G. VarreJ/Wcm flllorney Patented Nov. 20, 1934 UNITED STATES TARGET RANGE Albert G. Varrelman, Vineland, N. J.
Application June 3, 1933, Serial No. 674,254 Renewed June 18, 1934 2 Claims.
This invention relates to a device for use as a target range, the general object of the invention being to provide a frame having itsfront open, with means forsupporting a strip of paper or the like, having targetsthereon, within the frame so that the targets will appear in succession in rear of the opening as the strip is moved step by step in the casing.
Another object of the invention is to provide means for moving the strip so as to bring the target in position where it can be seen through the opening in the casing, with means for supporting the target in stretched position and also to provide means for illuminating the target.
A further object of the invention is to provide a verification strip in rear of the target strip and supported for movement relative thereto.
This invention also consists in certain other features of construction and in the combination and arrangement of the several parts, to be hereinafter fully described, illustrated in the accompanying drawings and specifically pointed out in the appended claims.
In describing the invention in detail, reference will be had to the accompanying drawings wherein like characters denote like or corresponding parts throughout the several views, and in which:-
Figure 1 is a side view of the invention.
Figure 2 is a face view of a portion of the target strip, showing one of the targets thereon and also showing a portion of the verification strip in rear of the target strip.
Figure 3 is a detail view showing how one of the trunnions of one of the rollers is supported.
' Figure 4 is a front view showing the supporting means for the verification strip and said strip.
Figure 5 is a detail sectional view showing the supporting means for the lower guiding roller and the knife.
' Figure 6 is a horizontal sectional view through aportion of the casing.
Figure 7 is a view of the bracket and the carrying roller for the target strip and the upper guide roller.
Figure 8 is an end view of said bracket and showing how the trunnions of the two rollers are supported thereby.
Figure 9 is a view of one of the weighted shafts with the rubber roller thereon and also showing the bracket for supporting the shaft.
Figure 10 is a view taken at right angles to Figure 9.
In these drawings, the numeral 1 indicates a supporting frame for a casing 2, said frame including the legs 3 and the braces 4. The front of the casing 2 is open and is closed by a door 5 hinged to the frame 1, as shown at 6, and having an opening therein to expose the targets. The
rear of the casing slopes upwardly and forwardly, as shown in Figure 1, and a bullet-proof plate 7 is detachably connected to the rear wall of the casing, such as by means of the bolts 8. Flanges 9 are connected to the internal side walls of the casing an appreciable distance in front of the rear wall and these flanges have inwardly and rearwardly extending portions 9, these parts acting to prevent any bullets striking the armor plate 'Tfrom rebounding through the target or through the opening in the front of the casing. These flanges will cause any bullets striking them to drop down into the rear portion of the bottom of the casing which may contain sand. Thus the bullet fired at the targets can be reclaimed.
A pair of brackets 10 is arranged in the upper part of the casing, one adjacent each side thereof and each bracket is of channel shape in cross section, with its bight lowermost, and the rear end of each bracket has its bight portion explaced forwardly of the shaft 12 and over which the target strip passes as it leaves the roller. The strip passes downwardly on this guiding roller 17 to a second guiding roller 18 placed in the lower part of the casing and this roller 18 is carried by an elongated bracket 19 of angle shape in cross section, with one limb arranged horizontally and having its forward edgebeveled to provide a knife 20, as shown in'Figure 5. The ends of this bracket 19 are bent at right angles, as shown at 19', and these ends are pivoted to a pair of plates 21, as shown at 22, and one end of each plate. is pivotally supported by a sidewall ofthe casing, as shown at 23.
Thus the bracket 19 canbe'swung forwardly to facilitate the strip of paper or the like being placed on the guide roller 18, and then the bracket is moved to the position it occupies in Figure 1. j
From this guide roller 18, the strip passes to a second lroller 24rotatably supported on the of, and this roller 24 is rotated from the motor M through means of the gearing 25.
It will, of course, be understood that if desired, theroller 24 can be turned by hand and in order to permit this, I provide a spring pressed bearing member 26 having a socket therein for receiving one end of the shaft 27 of said roller, said bearing member having a non-circular projecting part 28 for receiving a crank handle.
I also provide upper and lower brackets '29 adjacent each side of the casing, each bracket forming a bearing for a shaft 30 of the shape shown in Figures 9 and 10. A crank part 31 of each shaft carries a rubber roller 32 grooved and toothed, as shown in Figures 9 and 10, for engaging the side of the strip, with the other end of the shaft bent to extend at rightangles and provided with a weight 33 whichis-adjustably arranged on the shaft by means of the nuts 34. with the rollers 32 against the side portions of the strip, as shown in Figure 1, so as to hold the strip straight as it passes from the roller 17 to the roller 18. The weights can be adjusted to properly hold the strip and by swinging the weighted parts upwardly, the rollers can be moved out of contact with the strip to facilitate the placing of the strip in=the device.
Averificationstrip 35 is carried by a roller journaled in the brackets 41 arranged under the brackets 10 and this strip extends down- I from-the motor-M by the gearing 44. This strip 35 is much narrower than the main strip 13, as shown in Figure 2.
"Thus it will be seen that the targetcarrying strip can be moved to a position where a target thereon will be centrally arranged in rear of the 'front opening so that it can be fired at and bullets passing through the target will also pass through the strip 35 so that this strip will record the shots and provide a check-up for the. target strip. It will, of course, be understood that in order for this verification strip 'to provide ,a check-up and record of the shots passing through the target strip, the verification strip must be moving while the target strip is stationary and shots are being fired at the target thereon. Any suitable means may be used} for moving the target strip and the verification strip .and if the motor is'used, suitableconnections must be provided for moving the target strip to position a new target thereon where the target can be fired at, after whichsthe target strip remains stalighting of a target indoors; It isalso weather:
proof so'that it maybe usedoutdoors. Thisrange is also portable in that it may be taken apart and re-assembled'wherever desired, It is also complete in itself in that it does not'need any frames-supports or backing for the target to be shot at. It also makes it possible to have the target (that is, the bulls-eye) in the same positiona't all times, thereby being a great help to Thus these weights will hold the shaftsthe shooter in that his aiming point is always in the same place. This range will also expedite the shooting in that after the target is shot at, it may be pulled down and torn off or rolled up on either a hand cranked or motorized roll, for the reason that when one target is pulled down, another is immediately in place, being fed from the roll above. This range also oatchesall spent bullets in a-sand trap, and theyacan be reclaimed. It also prevents any ricochets from doing any damage after striking the back plate.
The sand may be placed in a drawer 47, shown --in Figure 1, and this drawer can be removed through an opening in the rear of the casing, the opening being covered by a door 48.
The weight of the bracket 19 and roller 18 presses the target strip against a portion of an .upright plate 49 in the lower part of the casing and this acts to hold the strip taut and. by swinging the bracket forwardly, the strip can be readily passed under the roller18.
' It is thought from the foregoing description that theadvantages and novel features of the invention will be readily apparent.
It is to be understood that .changes may be made in the constructionandin the combination and arrangement of the several parts, provided that such changes fall within the scene of the appended claims.
What isclaimed is: I
1. A device of the class described comprisinga casing having an opening in :its front, astrip having a longitudinally extendingrow of targets -thereon, a roller uponwhich the stripis wound, means'for rotatably supporting the roller in .the upper part of the casing, a receiving roller in the lower part of the casing, guiding rollers for guiding. the strip from the first rollertothesec+ ond roller in a vertical path, weighted rubber covered rollers for engaging the side ,portionsof ,5 the strip ,for holding the same straight as it passes from one guide rollerto the, other, abulletproof plate in'the rear of the casin g, flange members in each side of thecasing adjacent the side edges of the plate,,a sand trap in thebottom of the casing at the rear thereof, means for illuminating the targets, ,a verification strip, an upper roller carrying the samefa lower roller .upon which the said ,stripis wound, a guiding roller for the verification strip locatedbetween .the .last mentioned upper and lower rollers, said last mentioned upperand lower rollers and the ,la'stmentioned guiding roller supporting a portionof the verification stripin rear .of the, vertical portion of the target strip, and means for turning the last mentioned lower roller for ,impartingmovement to the .veriflcation strip while the target strip is stationaryand'is being shot at. v
2. A device of the class described comprising a casing having an opening in its front,;a...stri'p having a longitudinally extending row of targets thereon, a roller upon which thestrip is wound, means for .rotatably supporting. the rollerin the upper part of the casing, .a vertically arranged plate extending transversely across the'lower part of the casing, a bracket hingedly supported in the casing adjacent theplate and-holdinga portion of the strip between itself'and said ,plate, said bracket .having a beveled edge for severing .one portion of the strip from the portion-clamped between the bracket andthe plate,,guiding means forguiding the strip from the-roller -to the clamping means in a vertical path, weighted rubber covered rollers .for .engaging the side portions of the strip, for holdingithe s'ame straightras it 1.
ing the same in rear of the vertical portion of the target strip and across the path of the bullets passing through said target strip, and means for imparting movement to the verification strip while the target strip is stationary and is being shot at.
ALBERT G. VARRELMAN.