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Publication numberUS2171295 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 29, 1939
Filing dateFeb 23, 1938
Priority dateFeb 23, 1938
Publication numberUS 2171295 A, US 2171295A, US-A-2171295, US2171295 A, US2171295A
InventorsShultz Clarence Ray
Original AssigneeShultz Clarence Ray
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Card and dice game
US 2171295 A
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This invention relating as indicated to a game is more particularly directed to an apparatus containing game indicia in the form of playing card faces and dice faces.

It is among the objects of this invention to provide a mechanism in which either or both games may be played and where a movable target is used as a means for obtaining different combinations of such faces when such target is struck by a projectile.

It is also an object of the invention to promote the marksmanship of a shooter by providing a permanent target which, when impacted by a bullet, sets in motion certain mechanism that in turn revolves rotatable members so as to display various combinations of card faces or dice faces or both.

The invention contemplates the use of standard firearms and standard ammunition which will be fired from a regulation distance at a regulation bulls-eye.

Various card games can be played by means of my device, such as blackjack, poker, etc., and as stated above, the game of dice can also be played.

Among the broad. objects of the invention is the provision of a cabinet containing the target and game indicia which will be placed at a distance from a clearing device, the purpose of the clearing device being to change the indicia after each shooter has had his turn. The clearing device as conceived by me is provided with means which render it impossible to determine what combination of game indicia will be displayed at any time and serves mainly as a means of placing the game in starting position.

Another detailed object of the invention is to provide a means for painting the surface immediately surrounding the target, this painting means being operated from a point remotely situated with respect to the target so that the shooter can operate the painting means in such remote location. The purpose of the painting means is to cover marks made on the plate surrounding the bulls-eye or target when the shooter misses such target.

A still further detailed object of the invention is to provide rotatable means preferably in the form of wheels which are spun so as to display one face of the game indicia and in addition to vary the amount of spinning in such manner that the shooter will be unable to ascertain which face will be next displayed when the target is impacted by a bullet.

The last named object renders my game apparatus diiferent from previous games involving markmanship in that the interest of the players is maintained, regardless of the relative ability of each player or shooter. Heretofore, an expert marksman could obtain a score commensurate with his ability and he usually found very little competition. In my game the target must first be struck and even then the result cannot be predicted so that a poor shooter can compete with an expert shooter and both will be highly entertained.

To the accomplishment of the foregoing and related ends, said invention, then, consists of the means hereinafter fully described and particularly pointed out in the claims; the annexed drawings and the following description setting forth in detail certain structure embodying the invention, such disclosed structure constituting, however, but one of various structural forms in which the principle of the invention may be used.

In said annexed drawings:

Fig. 1 is a vertical section taken on line |l of Fig. 3.

Fig. 2 is a detailed perspective with parts in section of the target and switch shown in the central portion of Fig. 1.

Fig. 3 is a rear view of Fig. 1 with the door open.

Fig. 4 is a vertical section taken on line 4-4 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 5 is a front elevation of Fig. 1.

Fig. 6 is an elevation of the illuminating contact member.

Fig. 7 is a central vertical section of Fig. 6.

Fig. 8 is a partial vertical section of switch 95.

Fig. 9 is a detailed view of the painting mechanism.

Fig. 10 is a rear elevation of the clearing device.

Fig. 11 is a side elevation taken from the left side of Fig. 10; and

Fig. 12 is a side elevation taken from the right hand side of Fig. 10.

Target switch Referring now to the drawings and more particularly to Fig. 1, it will be noted that I have provided a cabinet having a front panel or wall I which has an upper series of apertures 2, a large central aperture 3 and a lower series of apertures 4. The cabinet in addition to panel I comprises a top 5, bottom 5 and rear door I and also contains an interior vertical partition l8 which serves as a major support for the various pieces of mechanism. Immediately to the rear of aperture 3 a plate 8 is provided having a small central opening 9 behind which a target or bullseye Ii] is mounted, this target having a shaft I3 supported in the bushing 14. The target I0 is normally maintained closely adjacent the plate 8 by means of spring I2 and springs 15 and I! which are connected to the member !5 fixedly secured to the shaft l3. An angle iron I9 is riveted or otherwise secured to the partition l8 and this has a hinge mounting at the extremity of one leg of the angle. A member, which for want of a better term, may be described as having the general cross section of a dipper, is generally indicated at 2I and this member constitutes the primary means of actu ating a switch which will be later described. The member 2I has a vertically arranged arm 22 and an angular arm 23 to which another vertical arm 24 is connected and from the end of which a short angular arm 25 extends. A bumper plate is hingedly mounted on arm 24 and this plate is provided with a bolt or pin 21 which extends through an opening in the arm 23 and which is held in the position shown in Figures 1 and 2 by means of. a spring 28. A similar hinged bumper plate 29 having a pin 3I and spring 30 is mounted in the same manner with respect to the arm 25 of the member 2|. The lower end of the vertical arm 22 is bifurcated as shown at 32 and 33 and a knife switch 34 mounted on the plate 35, which in turn is secured to the partition is in such manner that the free end of the knife or switch blade is received between the bifurcations 32 and 33.

A means of limiting the movement of the vertical arm 22 is provided in the form of a bolt 3? and nuts 36 and 3611, the bolt being screw threaded so as to receive the adjusting nuts 36 and 36a. The amount of. throw of the arm 22 may be closely controlled by merely adjusting the nuts.

Referring now to Figure 2 it will be seen that a lamp I I is provided above the target I0 so that rays of light will project through the opening 9, thus rendering the target clearly visible. Other lights such as Ila also may be provided between the partition I8 and front panel I of the cabinet as desired, in order to illuminate the plate 8 and outer surface of. the target.

Card game The'game indicia in the form of card faces or dice faces, as previously stated, are mounted upon rotating members, which for convenience I shall term wheels, and these wheels in turn are provided with any desired number of faces. In the upper series of wheels, which I shall term the card Wheels, I have shown card faces upon each wheel in a series of five wheels.

These cards are preferably 4 x '7" which makes them visible at the position of the shooter. Three of the wheels have ten cards each upon them, the other two have eleven cards each, thus it'will be seen that I use a regular fifty-two card deck. The two wheels having eleven cards on them are placed on an offset on the shaft which makes them face at the opening visible to the shooter, even with the other wheels. It does not make any difference in which position any wheel is placed on the shaft, except the larger wheels must be placed on the offset in the shaft.

The following is the combination of the cards as shown on the drawings.

S denotes spades, H denotes hearts, D denotes diamonds and'C denotes clubs.

Obviously, when the wheels are rotated by a means to be hereinafter more fully described, a poker hand may be obtained in the form of any royal flush, any straight flush, any four of a kind, any three of a kind, any one pair. The possibility of obtaining a full house, flush, or a hand with two pairs is somewhat limited but the chances per deal for obtaining the other hands are increased in proportion to the decrease in the last named hands. The game of blackjack may be played by a shooter firing until he has made two hits, then it is his privilege to stand pat, or draw additional cards by continuing to shoot until the desired number of cards are obtained.

The motor Q3 serves as the means for rotating the various card wheels generally indicated at H1, H8, HQ, I28 and IZI. This is accomplished by means of the lever 81 pivoted to the pin 85 on motor arm M. The flat lever 81 is twisted a half turn in order to engage the projections on star wheel 99 and is rotated by means of the motor 43 acting against spring 88, which performs the same function as spring 41 hereafter ascribed. The lever 83 extends through aperture HI in the standard 89 and the standard is provided with a small hole I99 for the reception of a pin so that the card game can be rendered inactive by forcing lever 3'? down and inserting a pin in aperture EH9 which prevents contact between the lever and star wheel 99. This construction is shown in detail in Figure 8 as well as the associated switch operating mechanism. The switch plate 95 has a lever 93 mounted in clevis 9d thereon and a switch blade 96 is pivoted to lever 93. Movement of the blade is restricted inasmuch as the free end thereof extends through aperture :3? in standard 98 located adjacent the switch. The lever 93 and consequently the blade is caused to move by means of abutments 9| and 92 'adjustably mounted upon lever 81. The star wheel 98 mounted upon shaft III] is provided as shown with projections and rotates stepwise as the lever til reciprocates. The shaft II B is provided with a series of fingers IIJDa, Illllb, Illtlc, iilfid and time, and these are so fixed upon the shaft iIG asto engage one of the pins, such as M6, on wheel IZI, thus spinning the wheel I2I. The star wheel, however, is so designed as to cause one engagement of a finger with a pin on one of the wheels for each reciprocation of the lever 8'7. It is obvious that as this star wheel rotates the fingers rotate and successively engage a pin on each wheel. The wheels then, are'rotated individually and successively by means of the motor 43 but a wheel spins around whereas the star wheel and fingers on shaft II D move by steps or intermittently. As the wheels rotate any one of the card faces may be brought to a display position behind one of the apertures 2 in the face or front panel I of the cabinet. These faces are illuminated by means of lamps I42, I43, I554, I65 and I46 and prior to the first shot the lamps are all extinguished so that a shooter is not cognizant of the various faces displayed prior to his impacting the target II with the bullet.

A means similar to those used with the dice wheels is provided to vary the pressure on the shaft I22 upon which the card Wheels are mount-- ed. This means consists of a series of spring arms I29, I30, I32, I34 and I36, and since they are all constructed alike only one need be described. One of such spring arms I29 is shown in Figure l at the upper portion thereof and it is provided at the free end with a roller I28 adapted to engage the serrations in'the periphery of star wheel I23 fixedly secured to wheel I2 I. Similarly, rollers I3I, I33, I and I31 are provided to engage star wheels I24, I25, I26 and I21, respectively. As a means of Varying the pressure exerted by spring arm I29 a cam. I39 is mounted so as to engage one side thereof and the other side is engaged by spring I40 mounted on bolt 54! so as to press the spring arm against the cam. Each spring arm is provided with a cam and spring similar to that shown in Figure l in connection with spring arm I29 and the series of cams are mounted upon shaft I38 which in turn is rotated by means of a sprocket at the right hand end thereof as illustrated in Figure 3. A chain '52 connects the sprocket on shaft I38 and another sprocket on shaft H0. Thus it will be seen that for every movement of the motor the pressure is varied upon the shafts that support the card wheels and such card wheels will rotate an indeterminate number of times. This adds zest to the play as a shooter can never prediet the card hand which he will obtain in spite of the fact that he may successively hit the bullseye.

Dice game The dice wheels located in the lower portion of the cabinet each contain six faces corresponding to the faces of conventional dice. These wheels, it is to be noted, are not rotated individually and successively but instead are simultaneously caused to start rotating in a manner which will now be described.

Motor 43 secured to partition I8 and designed to rotate in an anti-clockwise direction, as viewed in Figure 1, is energized by means of lines 4! and 42 when the target switch is operated. The shaft of the motor 43 has fixed thereon an arm one end of which contains a pivot pin 45 so as to receive the lever 46. The lever 46 extends through standard 48, this standard containing an aperture within which a pin 49 is mounted which is to be used when it is not desired to play the dice game. In other words, the dice game is placed out of operation by pulling the lever 43 down, as viewed in Figure 1, against the tension of spring 4?, and then inserting the pin 49 on the right hand side of lever 46, which holds the end of the lever out of contact with the star wheels, this making it possible to play the card game without playing the dice game.

The lever 4 5, which is in the nature of a flat strip, is provided with a forked end, the forks 59 and 55 being designed to engage the small star wheels 5? and 53 which are freely mounted upon the shaft (see Figure 3) and fixed to an adjacent d ce wheel. Obviously, after the motor pulls lever upwardly the spring 4'! causes the forks 5t and 5! to move to the right (Figure 1) beprojections on. the two star wheels, so that when the lever 45 moves downwardly the dice Wheels are rapidly spun or rotated. A second pair of star wheels 52 and 93 are used in order to vary the pressure exerted by spring arms 33 and 51, such spring arms being provided with rollers 54 and respectively. The rollers engage the large star wheels 52 and 63 with varying pressure depending upon the location of a pair of similar cams, one of which (59) is shown at the lowermost portion of Figure 1. The cam 69 pushes outwardly upon the spring arm 61 and the spring pushes inwardly. The cams are rotated by means of chains II which engage a sprocket (not shown) mounted upon the right hand end of shaft 68, as viewed in Figure 3.

Briefly stated, the dice wheels 60 and 6| rotated by means of the forked ends 50 and SI engaging the small star wheels 51 and 59, will display faces thereon which cannot be predetermined because of the means for varying the pressure and thus varying the amount of rotation of each wheel. The cams automatically vary the pressure of the spring arms 63 and 61 and from time to time the pressure may be further varied by compressing and expanding spring "I0, this being accomplished by screwing or unscrewing the nut upon the extremity of the bolt that the spring "I9 encircles. This same dual means is used in the card game which renders it impossible to predict what combinations of faces will be displayed.

Wiring The wiring diagram is shown schematically in Figure 4 where input lines 51 and 52 lead to a fuse box in conventional manner. Line 38 leads to switch 35 so that when blade 34 is engaged between the jaws of the switch, current flows from line 38 to line 4! and consequently to one side of motor 43 and thence back to the fuse box through line 42. A second pair of lines 39 and 49 lead from the same binding posts on switch 35 and line 49 leads to switch 95 where the circuit is made and broken by means of the blade 96 shown in Figure 8. When the circuit is made, current flows through switch 95 and thence through line 23 which leads to one side of the clearing mechanism. which will be subsequently described. The line 39 leads to the other side of such mechanism.

The dice wheels are illuminated by means of lamps l9 and 83, lines 83 and 3! leading to one side of lamp I9 from which current flows through line 92 to lamp 8 and thence out through line 84. Lines 33 and 94 may be connected conventionally to the fuse box in such manner that the lamps remain lit at all. times.

The lamps I42. I43, I44. I45 and I46, located above the card wheels, are designed to be lit successively and in such manner that the lamp !42 lights first and remains lit until all five of the lamps are illuminated, lamps I43 and the following lamps doing likewise, after which all of the lamps are extinguished. This is accomplished by means of leads I 4'! and I48 from the fuse box, lead Ml going to one side of the lamps and I48 going to a make and break device shown in Figure 7. This circuit maker and breaker consists of a wheel I5I of conducting material which is insulated from and mounted upon shaft IIO. Thus, the wheel I5I rotates synchronously with the fingers IIllla, I991), I990, Iillld and IIJOe, all of which are mounted upon shaft III). The wheel i5! is provided with a series of segmental circular wires that are concentrically mounted. The members I52, I53, I54, I55 and I56 may be separate wires attached to the Wheel I5I or integral projections on the wheel IEI. The lead I48 from the fuse box is attached to contact I59 mounted on standard I49 and. the current flowing from line I48 through contact I59 wheel I5I is thence transmitted through one of the circular conductors to any one of the vertically spaced contacts which variously engage such conductors depending upon the position of wheel I5I. The lines I65, 566, I31, 463 and I59 lead from the spring pressed contacts mounted on standard I 64 to each of the lamps so that, if the Wheel I5I is rotated, the lamps are successively lit and remain lit until all five lamps are energized, after which the spring pressed contacts are free from the concentric conductors on wheel i5! and no current is transmitted, thus extinguishing the lamps.

Painting device In view of the fact that the plate 8, which surrounds the target IQ is apt to become marred when the shooter misses the target I have provided a means of painting such plate so that the lies in the paint.

same will at all times present a clean new appearance. This is accomplished by means of a brush ll l preferably circudar in cross section that is mounted upon an arm H5, this arm being swiveled in sleeves H8 and H5. The brush may, of course, have any desired shape or may be a conventional flat hand brush. The U-po-rtion H6 is connected to a chain I82 which extends through a tube 58d leading upwardly through the cabinet and out of the top of the cabinet and thence over a pulley 433. The chain will preferably extend to a point adjacent the shooter so that he may at any time repaint the plate 8.

The U-member ill lying below the U HE when the latter member is in its normal position as "shown in Figure 9, is rigidly connected to the sleeves HS and H9 and not adapted to move with respect to such sleeves. A small spring connects the U 515 and ill and retains them in the manner shown in Figure 9 when the brush As the sleeves H8 and H9 slide upwardly on rods I38 and i8! respectively, the U-members are retained in overlying position until U H6 passes the end of guide [8? at which point the stop pins E85 and i535 prevent further upward movement of the sleeves and this permits the U I16, arm H5 and brush lit to rotate a quarter turn, thus brushing the plate 8. The small spring connecting the swivelled U- rnember lit and the fixed U-member I'll returns the members to their overlying position when chain B82 is released and then the brush H 3 and associated parts descend to their lowermost position at the will of the operator.

The operation of the painting device may be readily understood from an inspection of Figures 1, 5 and 9. The chain 582 extends upwardly through the cabinet and is preferably enclosed in a conduit EM within the cabinet. It passes through the top 5 of the cabinet and over a pulley H83 and extends to a point adjacent the shooter. When the chain is pulled this causes upward movement of the sleeves H8 and H9 and consequently upward movement of the brush H4 which coats the plate 8 with paint. At the end of the upward excursion of the sleeves the swivelled U-member H6 is permitted to turn, due to the shapeof the guide it! which terminates a sufiicient distance below stoppins E85 and N36 to allow rotary movement of the arm H5 and brush El i. A small spring shown in Figure 9 connects the swivel U with the fixed U and tends to act against the pull of chain 18?, By releasing the chain 1 82, or more aptly described, by reciprocating the chain, any desired movement of the brush may be obtained after which release of the chain will cause the sleeves. and associated Parts to move downwardly to their original position as shown in full lines in Figure 9.

Clearing device which, when operated, will permit only one cycle of operation, or in other words, will permit the levers t6 and 8! to be pulled away from their star wheels and returned. The clearing device may consist of a small cabinet to be placed adjacent the position of the shooter or may be mounted upon a panel. It is illustrated as being received in a portion of a small cabinet one wall 250 of which serves as a main support. Push rod 23! extends upwardly through the cabinet and downwardly through bushing 2522 that is received in the supporting strap 203.

The lower end of the push rod 295 has received thereon a member 59% to which the bars 2% and 2% are pivotally secured by means of pin 2%. These bars are in turn pivotally secured to gear 207 by means of pin 2538, and the gear 29'! is mounted upon shaft 2539, this shaft being supported in brackets 2i!l-2 iii. The gear 207 is held in a predetermined position by means of spring 2!! which is secured to such gear and to the bottom of the cashing by means of the hook 2E2. It will be seen that the spring pulls the gear 29? in a counterclockwise direction as viewed in Figure ll, thus urging the bars and 2% upwardly until they are stopped by engagement of member 599 with the lower edge of sleeve 202. A small pinion 253 is mounted upon shaft 2H3, this pinion being part of a ratchet gear and engaging the member 255 which is the other part and is mounted on shaft Zlfi, such engagement being due to the pressure of spring 235. The segment 2l5 being mounted upon a separate shaft 2H5 will rotate in only one direction as far as positive action due to rotation of ratchet gear M3 is concerned. The gear 2!? fixedly secured to shaft 255 engages pinion M8 on governor shaft M9. The shaft 2H5 also has a cam mounted thereon, this cam being held in a predetermined position due to the action of spring 22! which is secured to bracket 222. The cam engages a roller 223 mounted on pin 224 which in turn is mounted on switch blade 225. The switch blade 225 is pivoted by means of pin 225 to the clevis 22! so that in one position it engages the jaws 22B and 228 of the knife switch, this switch usually making the circuit due to the action of spring 238.

Previously described lines 39 and i3 lead to one side of a hand switch. 232 and thence to the binding post 22'! while the other side of the'line 39 leads to the jaws and 225 of the knife switch. A third line 2&5 may be provided in the event that separate motors are used for the card and dice games.

The clearing device shown in Figures 10, 11 and 12 is entirely separate except for the electrical connections from the game apparatus and its operation may therefore be separately described. Whenever a player has finished. shooting, the push rod 2! is forced downwardly thus rotating gear 28'! and ratchet gear 2 it. This in turn imparts a somewhat rapid rotary movement to gear 2 I? but the governor mechanism enclosed in casing 25H prevents excessive rotation. The governor essentially consists of a main shaft 259 having fixed thereon a pinion 2 l8 which meshes with gear 25?. The pinion 2 i8 is fixed to shaft 2 l 9 which in turn is supported by brackets 2 39 and 258. This shaft 2 it also has mounted thereon in fixed relation an arm 242 to which is pivoted a small arm 2 33 at the free end of which is mounted a roller 255. This roller engages the inner per phery of the casing 24! with a pressure that varies with the speed of rotation of shaft 2H3. An adjustment is provided so as to positively control the pressure of roller.

245 and this comprises a pivoted link 24? having a pin 258 to which is connected a spring 246. The link Z II may be moved with respect to the arm 242 and held in any desired position by means of a set screw 2%. Movement of shaft 2I6, which is controlled through the governor mechanism occasions movement of cam 228 which engages roller 223, and causes the switch blade 225 to make and break contact with the jaws 228 and 229 of the switch block. The hand lever 232 where separate motors are provided for the card game and the dice game, renders it possible to employ either motor at will.

From the foregoing it will be seen that downward movement of the push rod causes rapid rotation of the ratchet gear 2 I3 and this movement is in turn imparted to shaft ZI'S. Also, it will be seen that rotation of shaft 2 I El causes oscillation of switch blade 225 making and breaking the circuit. Consequently only one of the card wheels will be rotated or both of the dice wheels will be rotated and there will be no continuous rotation. It should also be noted that the ratchet gear 2 I 3 and segment ii I 5 permit return movement of the push rod without affecting the switch blade 225.

Operation When it is desired to play either the card game or the dice game the shooter faces the panel I of the cabinet and fires in an attempt to strike the bulls-eye It which, if successful, causes movement of the member i5, such movement resulting in movement to the left of the arm 22, thus closing the switch 35 and connecting the motor through lines at and Q2. The motor then rotates the arm which withdraws each of the levers It and 81 after which the springs on standards 48 and 49 exert their action, thus causing each of the levers to engage one of the serrations on the small star wheels. While the card game is being played the star wheel 9% is moved by return movement of lever 8?, such movement being caused by spring 88. The motor at this time is cut out due to the action of the roller 35 on motor arm 44 contacting bumper plate 29 which pivots the target switch arm generally indicated at 2! about the hinge 20 and moves switch blade 34 out of contact. It is to be especially noted that the fingers I 5a, 20Gb, Itllc, It'll-cl and IGlle are so proportioned as to contact one of the pins II 6 upon a card wheel and that after contacting such a pin the fingers remain stationary, thus allowing the actuated card wheel to spin rapidly. One of the spring arms I29 for example, acting in a manner heretofore described, varies the amount of rotation so that it is impossible to foretell what particular card face will be obtained when the bulls-eye is impacted by a bullet.

The card game is a five shot game, that is, if the shooter hits the bulls-eye five times all of the wheels are rotated. If he only makes three hits, the clearing device is worked three times which rotates the other two wheels and also works the and break mechanism which extinguishes the lights over all five of the wheels. This is what is called the starting point of the game, when all lights are extinguished.

The lamps over the card wheels are illuminated successively due to the make and break device shown in Figures 6 and 7, in such manner that wheel H1 is first illuminated, after which wheel I I8 is illuminated and following which wheels I I9, I26 and I?! are successively illuminated. The bulbs I 46, I 45, I 44 and M3 remain lit until after bulb or lamp I42 is illuminated. Then actuation of the clearing device extinguishes all of the lamps.

Conclusion From the foregoing description it will be seen that I have provided a game apparatus in which a large variety of card games can be played and the game of dice can be played. It will be noted that an expert rifleman can compete with an amateur and that both of such players will be highly entertained because the results of hitting the target or bulls-eye cannot be predicted. The game that I have devised therefore not only provides amusement but also tends to improve marksmanship.

It will further be seen that I have provided a means in a shooting game of maintaining the surface surrounding the target clean and heat at all times due to the provision of my painting device.

It will be further observed that I have conceived a clearing mechanism which actuates the card faces singly, thus prohibiting a player from rotating the faces continuously.

Other modes of applying the principle of my invention may be employed instead of the one explained, change being made as regards the means and the steps herein disclosed, provided those stated by any of the following claims or their equivalent be employed.

I therefore particularly point out and distinctly claim as my invention:

1. In apparatus of the character described, a rotatable member, said member having faces thereon, means for imparting a number of rotations to said member, said last-named means acting with substantially the same force each time that it acts and automatic means cooperating with said rotation imparting means for varying the number of rotations of said member and the stopping point of one of said faces in a display position, whereby accurate prediction of such displayed face cannot be made.

2. In apparatus of the character described, a series of rotatable members, means for rotating said members successively, said means acting with the same force each time that it acts, and automatic means cooperating with said rotating means for varying the number of rotations of each of said members, said last named means including a star wheel and a spring arm.

3. In apparatus of the character described, a series of rotatable members, means for rotating said members successively, said means acting with the same force each time that it acts, and automatic means cooperating with said rotating means for varying the number of rotations of each of said members, said last named means including a star wheel and a spring arm, said spring arm having a roller mounted thereon and engaging the serrations of said star wheel.

4. In apparatus of the character described, a series of rotatable members, means for rotating said members successively, said means acting with the same force each time that it acts, and automatic means cooperating with said rotating means for varying the number of rotations of each of said members, said last named means including a star wheel and a spring arm, said spring arm being controlled by means of a cam member.

5. In apparatus of the character described, a series of rotatable members, means for rotating said members successively, said means acting with the same force each time that it acts, and automatic means cooperating with said rotating means for varying the number of rotations of each of said members, said last named means including a star Wheel and a spring arm, said spring being manually adjustable.

6. In apparatus of the character described, a

ing said target for movement upon being struck by a projectile, a purality of rotatable members,

-means for rotating said members in succession,

means responsive to the movement of said target for actuating said rotating means, the construc tion being such that successive movements of the target will repeatedly actuate said rotating means to rotate said rotatable members in succession. 8. An apparatus as in claim 1 in which said means for rotating said rotatable members in succession includes a shaft, a purality of actuating arms mounted on said shaft for rotation therewith, said actuating arms being positioned at predetermined angles to each other.


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U.S. Classification273/374, 235/91.00R, 273/143.00R, 235/1.00B, 273/146
International ClassificationG07F17/38
Cooperative ClassificationG07F17/38
European ClassificationG07F17/38