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Publication numberUS2853991 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 30, 1958
Filing dateNov 25, 1957
Priority dateNov 25, 1957
Publication numberUS 2853991 A, US 2853991A, US-A-2853991, US2853991 A, US2853991A
InventorsWilliam R Mclain
Original AssigneeKusan Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Toy air gun
US 2853991 A
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Sept. 30, 1958 w, McLAlN 2,853,991

TOY AIR GUN I Filed Nov. 25, 1957 INVENTOR. WILLIAM Q- Mc LAIN A RM 59 United States Patent TOY AIR GUN William R. MeLain, Nashville, Tenn., assignor to Kusan Incorporated, Nashville, Tenn.

Application November 25, 1957, Serial No. 698,459

2 Claims. (Cl. 124-11) This invention relates to toy air guns and it consists in the constructions, arrangements and combinations herein described and claimed.

It is the cardinal object of the invention to provide a toy air gun which will propel a projectile, such as a ping pong ball, through the medium of air developed in the body of the gun upon compression of said body.

More specifically, it is an important object of the invention to provide a toy air gun which may be molded or otherwise formed, in one piece; the entire gun being formed of a compressible material, such as heavy rubber or certain plastics, the forward or barrel portion of the gun being formed in the shape of a semi-spherical cup for snugly seating a ball to be propelled and wherein the juncture between the barrel and the main body of the gun is of reduced diameter forming a restricted air passage between the body and barrel portion, so that when the main body of the gun is compressed, the pressure of air upon the ball is greatly increased and effects expulsion of the ball with considerable speed, as well as producing a popping sound, which is due to breaking of a suction created between the cup and ball.

Additional objects, advantages and features of invention will be apparent from the following description, considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawing, wherein,

Figure l is a perspective view of the toy air gun.

Figure 2 is a longitudinal sectional view thereof, and

Figure 3 is a similar view of the gun when the main body of the gun is collapsed.

There is illustrated a toy air gun generally indicated by the reference character comprising a compressible main body 11 and a barrel portion 12 molded or otherwise formed as an integral unit.

The barrel portion 12 is of semi-spherical or cup formation having a retaining lip 12 upon the interior surface thereof so as to tightly seat a ball member 13 to be projected upon compression of the body member 11, as will be described more fully hereinafter.

As clearly shown in Figure 2, the juncture 14 formed between the compressible body 11 and the ball receiving "2,853,991 Patented Sept. 30, 1958 cup 12 is of reduced diameter forming a restrict-ed air passage 15, which juncture together with the lip 12' insures the building up of a substantial air pressure rearwardly of the ball causing the walls of the juncture to expand upon compression of the body 11, suddenly releasing the ball from the lip of the cup of the barrel 12, the ball being projected with considerable force and upon release of the ball from the cup and breaking of a vacuum therebetween, apopping sound is produced simulating the firing ofa gun.

From the foregoing, it will be seen that a very sturdy toy air gun has been presented and one which will be highly appreciated by youngsters, since in actual use, the gun will project a ping pong ball or similar projectile over a considerable distance lending it to target practice or otherwise, and while I have shown and described a preferred form of the device, this" is by way of illustration only, and'I consider as my own all such modifications in construction as fairly fall within the. scope of the appended claims.

I claim:

1. As a new article of manufacture, a toy air gun fabrica ted of a single piece of material'which is compressible, said gun being shaped to include a manually compressible handle portion and an integral barrel portion, said bar-rel portion adapted to receive a ball projectile, there being an annular yieldable ball projectile engaging lip in the forward end of the barrel portion, said barrel portion being provided with a circular restriction therein rearwardly of said lip.

2. As a new article of manufacture, a toy air gun fabricated of a single piece of material which is compressible, said gun being shaped to include a manually compressible handle portion and an integral barrel portion, said barrel portion adapted to receive a ball projectile, there being an annular yieldable ball projectile engaging lip in the forward end of the barrel portion, said barrel portion being provided with a circular restriction therein rearwardly of said lip, whereby when the handle portion of the gun is manually compressed, the pressure of air upon the ball is greatly increased and effects expulsion of the ball with considerable speed, as well as producing a popping sound, which is due to breaking the suction between the ball and barrel portion.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 977,549 Roe Dec. 6, 1910 2,633,838 Seward Apr. 7, 1953 2,665,676 Mobley Jan. 12, 1954 2,762,356 Foster Sept. 11, 1956 FOREIGN PATENTS 70,801 Denmark Mar. 13, 1950

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Classifications
U.S. Classification124/64, 124/44.7
International ClassificationF41B11/66
Cooperative ClassificationF41B11/66
European ClassificationF41B11/66