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Publication numberUS2660158 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 24, 1953
Filing dateApr 25, 1951
Priority dateApr 25, 1951
Publication numberUS 2660158 A, US 2660158A, US-A-2660158, US2660158 A, US2660158A
InventorsBinks Melvin J
Original AssigneeRepublic Patent Corp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Projecting device
US 2660158 A
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Nov. 24, 1953 M. J. BlNKs Y 2,660,158

PROJECTING DEVICE Filed April 25, 1951 2 Sheets-Sheer l Nov. 24, 1953 M. J. BINKs 2,660,158

n PROJECTING DEVICE Filled April 25, 1951 2 Smets-sneer 2 INVENToR.

Patented Nov. 24, 1953 PRoJEo'rING DEVICE Melvin J. Binks, Chicago, Ill., assignor to Republic Patent Corporation, Chicago, Ill., a corporation of IllinoisV Application April Z5, 1951, Serial No. 222,914

2 Claims.

My invention relates to a projecting device for projecting a ball from a ball seat and has for `its principal object the provision of an improved construction of this character which will be highly efiicient inV use and economical in manufacture.

Among the several objects of this invention is toV provide adevice of this character which is capable of successively projecting balls at a high rapidity thereby to simulate the effect of machine gun operation.

lIt. is another object of this invention to accomplish the foregoing result by a device which is simple in construction, easy of operation, and one which comprises the minimum number of parts, j

Another object of the invention is to provide a devicevof the character to be presently der scribed which may be incorporated in an amusement or target V,practicing apparatus wherein balls are `requiredv to be successively propelled or projected.

Other objects willappear hereinafter.

The invention consists in the novel combination and arrangement'of parts to be hereinafter described and claimed. ,j

The ,invention will be best understood by reference to the accompanying drawings showing the preferred form of construction, and in which: y t Y Fig. 1 is a fragmentary side elevational view of myinve'ntion; f

Fig. 2 is a view similar to Fig. 1 but showing parts thereof in different positions;

Y Fig. 3 isa side elevational view of the reverse side of Fig. 1; and

Fig. 4 is a sectional detail View taken substantially on line 4--4 of Fig. 1.

It is contemplated that the preferred form of construction for accomplishing the severalobjects of my invention comprises a mounting panel I0.

r v`Mounted on this panel lo is a. bracket strueturell carrying a motor I2, preferably of the electrical type although the motor may, if desired, be spring-driven. The shaft I3 of theA motor vI2 is journaled in a suitable bearing I4.

Y Fixed to this shaft for rotation therewith is a cam I5 having a hill I6 of substantial length.v

This hill I6 is adapted to have engagement with a roller I'l carried by an arm 'I8. One end portion of this arm I8 is pivoted as at I9 to the mounting' panel I6. The opposite endjportion of this arm isconnected to a spring 2I 1nv turn connected as at 22 to the panel Ill. Y

Formed kin the panel I0 is a downwardly tapered opening 24 through which a ball 25 is delivered to a ball seat 26 bifurcated so as to permit a portion 21 of the ball to be disposed beneath the seat for engagement with a striker arm hereinafter referred to. The arm I8 normally is positioned to permit a ball to pass through the` delivery opening 24 from aA feed tube 28 mounted on the panel I0. Projecting into the bottom portion of the feedtube 28 is a blocking finger 29 formed as an integral part of a wire length 3|) secured to the arm I8 as shown in Fig. 3. The arrangement is such that when the hill of the cam I6 is disposed from engagement with the roller I1, the spring 2| will pivot the arm I8 upwardly about its pivot connection the panel I0 to dispose the arm from blocking position with respect to the opening 24. In this'position the blocking finger 29 is disposed in a position to block passage of balls from the feeding tube 28 to the opening 24. However, when the hill engages the roller I1 the arm I8 will be moved downwardly into blocking position as shown in Fig. 1 to block passage of a ball through the opening 24 to the seat 26. In this position of the arm I8 the blocking finger 29 is moved from ball blocking position to permit the Alov/ermost ball in the tube 28 to gravitate into the opening 24 where it is held until released by the arm I 8. The tube 28 may be ofany length and maycommunicate withja suitable hopper (not shown) from which balls gravitate into the tube 28.

The means for projecting the ball from the seat 26 comprises a relatively stiff nger 32 of spring material and substantially elongated. 'This linger is secured to the 4shaft I3 in any approved manner as by projecting one end thereof through a slot formed in the shaft and then wedging such projected end in the slot by wedges33. The width of the striking end or batting end 34 is 'such as permits the free or batting end portion 34v to pass through the bifurcated ball Vseat 26. l

`Spaced from the ball vseat 26 and arranged in the path of the battingend 34 ofthe finger 32 is a laterally extending blocking pin 35. The arrangement is such that, as the cam I 5 is rotated by rotation of the shaft I3, the batting end 34 of the iinger 3ir will engage the blocking pin 35. with the result that as the cam I5 is rotated the ringer 32 will be momentarily held against rotation to place the same under tension as shown c which time the nger 32 will violently strike the ball 25 with such force as to drive the ball along the track 35' to a position where it will take the path indicated by the arrow in Figs. l and 2.

In target practicing apparatuses or in other amusement game apparatuses where it is desired to project successively balls at a target or other object, it is 'of importance that :the projection oi' the balls be vwith substantial rapidity so Aas not to delay the playing of the apparatus and also to hold the attraction and amusement of the player of the apparatus. By the employment of a construction such as is herein described a projectile device is provided which vwill accomplish this object.

My improved projectile device may be mounted in a game apparatus in any `approved .manner ations'arrd'modications as come'within the scope ofthe appended claims.

l-Iavingthus 'described my invention, what I claim as new anddesire'to protect by Letters Patent is.: f

`1. ,A projecting device. comprising a :mounting t panel, a circular runwayv on said panel, ia shaft arranged .concentrically with respect to said runan'd carried by rsaid pan-el', means for rotating Saidshaft, a striker carried by said shaft and rotatable therewith rand extending radially therefrom and :having anv endv portion movable through said runway, a stationary ballseat arranged in said.y runway and adapted to vreceive and seatV aY ball linthe pathv of said striker, 'a fixed blockingpin arranged in said runway in advance positionl with respect to said ball seat for engagement 'with the end of said striker to place said striker under tension during rotation of said shaft and to eiect striking of said striker against a ball on said seat when saidend portion of said striker rides olfsaid blocking meinberto project said ball from said seat throughY said runway, said panel having a ball opening at one side of and leading to said runway for successively delivering balls to said ball seat, and means pivotally carried by said panel for regulating the movement of balls through said opening, said last named means including an eccentric rotatably carried by said shaft and operable on said means to pivot the same into and out of regulating position with respect to said balldelivery opening.

2. A projecting device comprising a mounting panel, a circular runway on said panel, a shaft arranged concentrically with respect to said runway and carried by said panel, means for rotating saidshaftafstriker carried by said shaft and rotatable therewith and extending radially therefrom and having an end portion movable through saidrunway, astationary ball seat arranged in said runway, a Xed blocking pin arranged in said vrunway in advance position with respect to said ball seat for engagement with the end of saidzstriker` to place said striker'under tension during rotation of said shaft `and to effect'striking 'of 'saidstriker against a ball on saidvseat when said end portion of -said striker rides off said blocking member to :project said ball from said seat through said runway, said panelf'having a ball opening at one side of and leading to said runway for successively delivering balls to said ball seat, an arm pivotally carried by saidA panel and movable into. ball blocking position with respect to said opening, a blocking ringer 1carried by said arml and `movable finto ball Ablocking position with respect` to vsaiclopening and means for alternately moving said arm and 'said ngerinto and from said ball blocking'position, said last named means including a camming member rotatably carried by fsaidV shaft `and engageable with said arm to pivot .the 'same into .and from ball blocking position.


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U.S. Classification124/7, 124/24.1, 124/26, 124/50
International ClassificationA63B69/40, F41B7/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63B69/408, F41B7/00
European ClassificationA63B69/40E4, F41B7/00