US 2043677 A
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S. SALOMON nJun-e 9,1936.
Filed April 18, 1934 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 A INVENTOR: SIGMUND SALOMON ATTORNEY.
-June 9, 1936.v s. sALo/MON GAME ATTORNEY n Y descriptionv progresses.
" *Patented June 9, 1936 PATENT OFFICE l l Y GAME Sigmund Salomon; San Francisco, Calif. Application April 17s, 1934,L serial No. 721,095 achim. (01273-129) This fin'vention yrelatesy to improvements in games and moreparticularly to Agames of skill.
v lThe principal object ofthe invention is to provide 'a simpleY and' f inexpensive piston shooting gameaffording` an' opportunity'for a high degree oiskillinfits use'. j.
*Another object isto 'render the'game suitable foruserin merchandizling as in cigar stores.
. soas'fto enable Vthe aiming" thereof. y Another object isitorender the operative parts off the. `gaine. 'inexpensive and durable of con- Another object is'to `flexibly mount lthe pistol t *Y 'l j struction and reliable in operation.
:Other objects yandadvantages appear as this .7, ythisjspeciilcation'Y and theU accompanying drawings, the inventionis disclosed in its prei'erredl'iorm. ".It is, however, to be understoodv that"it isnot limited `to this form because it may "K mfbembodied in other forms. withinthe purview of theA claims following the description.
f In theitwo-sheets of -drawingsz' Y, ;k Y Fig. 'lis a; plan viewof Va kgame constructed in accordance with this invention. f
'Ar-275: Fig 2 is a longitudinalvertical section lofthe l,same taken along thelinej lIlIinfFig. 1.`
- Figfjis affragmen'tary transverse vertical secrtiontaken along the line III-'III infFig. 2. Y
Y ll'igaflfis a similar view taken along the line ,i Yjin `fig.'.j2r and'gshowing the means for Y dumping the balls at' the end of the game. y
- Fig 5`is` an enlarged vertical section of the pistol :with the vparts in il'ring'position.
V n' Y Fig.` 6 is la' transverse vvertical section taken y o along theflineV-VI -infFig. 5 and showingfthe mountingofthe pistol.v v
. ,fFig. 7 is 'a verticalsection' of 'amodied iorrn of pistolhaving a magazine` for-receiving a plurality .of'balls `for individual tiring.
l 40.."Fig. 8 fis `a fragmentary-detail view in transverse `vertical section taken along the line VIII I `inFig.s-7 and showingv the trip'for thedetent for o theballs in themagazine. n y
' f VInf detail, the construction illustrated in the .45"drawings,referring-more particularly to Figs. 1
, and' 2 comprises the enclosing casing,y preferably l constructedof woodgandhaving the basel with thesides 2,3;the front and back 4, 5 nailed or y .otherwise xed together. Thel glass pane Y- 6` :50.closes the top ofthe casing and is retained in position by the beading strip 1.
The tablel 8 iso. spaced vfrom the base I and is 1 xed to the sides2, 3 and the back 5 and sloped v '1 towardthe iront 4., It 'is visible throughy the Q55* pane A multiplicity vof pockets I0 are provided through the table 8 near the rear thereof. These pockets are individually labeled with the designations of a deck of playing cards or other .numerical value.
The gate I I is movably attached to the under- 5 side of the table 8 by the pivoted links I2 and is adapted to close. the bottoms of the pockets I0.A The cam I3 is fixed on the shaft I4 which extends through the back 5 of the casing in the journal I5. The outer endjof the shaft I4 is 10 providedwith the knurled operating knob I6 for the manual rotation of the cam I3. yThe boss I'I confines shaft .I4 against longitudinalmovement. The gate II has the .wearing plate I8 vtherebeneath which is adapted to be impinged upon by the cam I3 to raise or lower the gate.
The runway I9 isy mounted on the base I beneath the table 8 and is inclined toward the rear ,of the casing. 'I'he `baifle I9'is provided A at the upper end of the runway I9. The back 1 5 is spaced'at 20 from the runway I9 to allow the passage of playing balls therebeneath. The runway terminates in the box 2l whichis accessible to the salesman behind the counter.`
'I'he inclined chute 65 extends from rear to 25 front of thecasing and discharges into the receptacle 66accessible to the player. The hopper 61 is provided at the entrance of the chute 65 to feedthe balls thereinto. The chute 65 is closed by the cover 68 in proximity to the gate I I. 30
f The runway 69 is mounted between the casing iront 4 and the end of the sloping table 8. The runway is inclined toward the chute 65 which is open at the top at this point.
The pistol has a two piece casing consisting 35 of the members 22 and 23. preferably diecast and joined together by the screws 24.V The mounting ball 25 is telescoped over the barrel Z6 of the pistol and secured thereto by the setscrew 21. The hemispherical socket 28 is fixed 40 by the screws 30 to the front 4 ,of the casing in juxtaposition to the hole 29 therein. The socketV has the hole 3| therethrough to pass the barrel 2liy and is adapted to receive the side of the 45 mounting ball 25.
The hemispherical cover 32 slidably engages the opposite side of the ball 25 and is secured to the socket 28 by the screws 33. The rball 25 is movable between the socket 28 and the cover 50 3.2` and enables the aiming of the pistol in the direction desired. The yielding springs 34 interposed between the cover 32 and the heads oi. the screws 33 cushion themounting of the ball 25. This enables free movement of the ball 25 55 within its mounting in spite of inequalities in its shape.
The barrel 26 has Vthe open throat 35 extendin juxtaposition to the ball B. The Yspring 39A expands between the end of the ring pin 31 advanced position. Y
The setscrew 4U has the knurled head 39 which mayl be. manually turned by the player to regulate thev tension of the spring 39. The pin 40' abutting .the :reduced portion 4D' of thev setscrew prevents accidental removal of the setscrew.
Tl'ieshollow"handleY 4I'1of the pistol has' the lever 42 pivoted therein at'43'. VThe trigger 44` extends intol the handle 4I and i'sfpivoted intermediate the length of the lever 42. Y 45 'contracting between the lever 42 and rthe pin 46 urges the trigger 44' forward into'inop-A erative position.v
The drawbar 41 is pivoted to the top of. the
lever 42`fand has sear 48 which is arranged to operatively engage the shoulder 49 depending fromA the firin'gpin 31. "I'heatspring 58'seated at 5I urges the Sear upward into engagement withrthe shoulder 49. The drawbar V41 has the inclined cam surface 53 which'is' adapted to be deflected4 by the stationary'block`54fto disengage the Sear fromfthe shoulder 491 Inithe formshown in Figs. v6 land '7, the mountingfof the pistol and the firing mechanism are balls Bz.. "The lcwermost ball isdi'scharged' intoV identical with'the preferred embodiment andl the similar partsthereof arei'ndicatedbylike reference numerals. `In the modication, the loading throat is 'extended upward to 'form the magazine 35:: adapted to receive theY plurality of `steel the depression36.
The detent 55 is slidable in the breech' 38m and has thetapered'` end 56 Vwhich is arranged to engage-.under the series Vof balls in the magazine 351: to'maintainthe succeeding balls out of contact with the lhall in firing position. 'The springv 51 expandingv against the end' of the detent-55 urges the detent forward into operative position; The. shoulder `58 limits the movement of the detent under the tension^ cf the -spring 51.
The trip-59 is4 pivoted at 68 land extends down- Ward through and.operatively` engages the shouldered recess 5I inthe detent 55.Y The lower end ofthetrip has the lateral shoulder 62 which isV arrangedjto be engagedby the Sear. 48 at the! latter 'endof its movement.`
The ygame is operated substantially as follows: The salesman or Yattendant places a predetermined number ofA steel balls in the hopper 61.VV
These descend the vchute 65 and dischargel into the receptacle 66 within reach of `the player. The balls are loaded singly in the throat 35 `and come to restin the depression V36. The player grasps the handle 4I and adjusts the ball 25 in its mounting 28,' 32 to aim the pistol toward the hole I'0 desired.
The trigger 44`i's then pulled. This swings the and the setscrew 40 and urges the .ring pin intoY The p spring covers the bottomslof the pockets I8.
lever 42 rearwardly and pulls back the drawbar 41. The sear 48, urged upward by the spring engagesthe shoulderVK 49 and retracts the ring pin 31 against the tension of the spring 39.
As the drawbar V41 approaches the end of its movement, the cam 53 impinges on the block 54 and deiiects the drawbar downward. This disengages the sear 48 from the shoulder'49 an-d releases the firing pin. The spring 39 instantaneou'sly'snaps the firing pin 31 forward against the ball Bv resting in the depression..
The ball is thus forcibly projected from th barrel 26 and ytravels in the direction in which thepistol is aimed. When the ball descends ontothe table 8, it will usually drop into one of the pockets` I0 and is retained therein by the gate I I.
throat 35 and' shot romthe Ypistol until they all Ioccupy a pocket IU'in the table; The, playing card designations of the pockets in which y balls havebeen placedmay constitutea hypothetical poker hand and the score computedac- 'cordingly .f Y f At the end ofthe game; the knob 'I6 is manu-V ally turnedby the attendant rotating the cam I3 beneath the gate II'. The gate, following the contour of thev cam, descends by gravity and un- The balls in therpockets 10 then roll therefrom down the gate Il and fall onto the runway and travel down into the box 2I. Y therefromV andA placed in the hopper `61 for vanother game.' f
In the modified form illustrated in Figs.'V 6 and '7, the several steel balls Bx are loaded in the magazine 35m before the play is begun. Manual pressure applied to the top of the stack in the magazine forces the lowermost ball past the yielding detent into operative position in the depression 36. A ,Y y
The pistol ris then aimed and thel trigger 44 pulled operating the drawbar 41.VV The sear 48Y Y succeeding ballin the magazine 35a: to drop down.
into operative position in the depression 36.'
When the trigger- 44Y is released, the sear 48 disengages from the trip 59. The springY 51 then advances the detent into operative position. The tapered end ofthe detentrengaging the rounded vsurface of the second ball raises this ball above the 1eve1 of the ball in Ytu@ depression 36. The trigger may then be again" pulled to discharge the succeeding ball and subsequently feedingv another ball from the magazine 35x. Y Y l l-IavingY thus described this inventiomwhat is claimed and fdesired topbe securedV by Letters Patentis: f Y
1. In a game apparatus;` arpistol comprising:
a ring'pin adaptedrto discharge balls from said pistolgresilient 'means for actuating Vsaid firing pin; aV setscrew. adapted to adjust the tension of said resilient means and havingV a portion reduced indiameter; a pin Vcooperating with said reduced portion to prevent removal ofV said set-Y screw; a lever in said pistol; a trigger pivoted on Said levera drawbar connected to said lever and The balls may then be lifted This swings the trip rear-Y having an inclined cam intermediate itsplength i and a sear adapted to retract said tiring pin;
a stationary block arranged to cooperate withl said cam to deect said drawbar and disengage saidsear from said firing pin; yand resilient means expanding -against said drawbarand urging said n sear into engagement with said tiring pin.
pin; a drawbar having a sear adapted to retract said ring pin; means for deiiecting said drawbar and disengaging said sear from said iiring pin; a magazine adapted to receive a plurality of balls; a detent having a shouldered recess and a tapered end extending into said magazine to retain said balls therein; and a trip engaging said recess and having a lateral shoulder adapted tobe operatively engaged by said Sear.y