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Publication numberUS3222066 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 7, 1965
Filing dateSep 7, 1962
Priority dateSep 7, 1962
Publication numberUS 3222066 A, US 3222066A, US-A-3222066, US3222066 A, US3222066A
InventorsDurrell Louis F
Original AssigneeDurrell Louis F
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Cow boy tournament game
US 3222066 A
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Dec. 7, 1965 F. DURRELL COW BOY TOURNAMENT GAME 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed Sept. 7, 1962 FIG I Y INVENTOR D 7, 1965 F. DURRELL 3,222,066

COW BOY TOURNAMENT GAME Filed Sept. '7, 1962 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Z V 1 //////////////////////////)AI 5 /W///// //////////////////////////////fl)| United States Patent 3,222,066 COW BOY TOURNAMENT GAME Louis F. Durrell, 1710 W. Woodlawn Ave., San Antonio, Tex. Filed Sept. 7, 1962, Ser. No. 222,234 2 Claims. (Cl. 2731) This invention relates to games and toys, the primary object of the invention being to provide a game which will be exceptionally attractive and one wherein the skill of the players will form an important part. An important object of the invention is the same throughout as shown in my patent number stated above, in which the participants ride charging horses in spearing rings adjacent to a track in the path of travel of the riders, the scoring being determined by the number of rings speared and retained on the spears of the contestants.

Another object of the invention is to provide a game board simulating a track with movable game pieces, simulating horses and riders, the riders carrying spears which are so constructed that the spears, when properly directed, spear rings supported adjacent to the track, removing the rings from the supports.

The improvement to my patent which I am submitting is in the construction of same, making it cheaper to manufacture and a far cheaper toy. It is a play game of skill consisting basically of two plates or tiers which can be made of any suitable material such as plastic. The lower plate 1 as per enclosed drawing is the base plate; the upper plate 2, is the mechanism plate, which raises up and down by means of a cam shaft 12 with two cams 13, upper plate 2 consists of a spring drive mechanism 3 with a drive arm 5 which fits into sockets 4 on drive mechanism and socket 6 on horse 11.

FIGURES 1 and 2 of the drawing shows the construction and placement of the cam shaft 12 with two cams 13 and flexible clips 14, and cam shaft grip 15, the turning of said grip 15, raises upper plate 2, up or down as the player so desires and thus gives a game of skill trying to spear the rings on the posts adjacent to the track.

Arranged in predetermined space relation with respect to each other are vertical supporting posts 7 which screw into base plate 1, there being a shoulder 9 on said post 7 which screw into base plate 1 and said shoulder 9 supports plate 2. Each post 7 includes a horizontal arm 8, attached to post 7, providing a support for ring 10, said ring being held in a slot and thus held by frictional contact with the edges of the slot so that it may be readily removed by the spear 16, held by the rider 17 as he passes thereunder.

Referring to the drawings:

FIGURE 1 is a plan view of a game board consisting of two plates, a base plate 1 and a mechanical plate 2 which raises up and down by means of a cam shaft 12 with two cams 13. FIG. 1 also shows post 7 in a predetermined space relation with respect to each other and so constructed according to the invention. Also shown is a horse and rider attached to arm 5, and driven by a mechanism spring 3.

FIG. 2 shows the cam shaft operation, showing cams 13, cam shaft 12, flexible stay clips 14 and the cam shaft grip 15; showing the spring drive mechanism 3, drive arm 5 being connected to socket 4 on spring mechanism and socket 6 on horse 11; also shows the posts 7 connected to base 1, with shoulders 9, rings etc. as described in another section of this application.

FIG. 3 shows the game in action with the rider on horse and ready to spear ring.

FIG. 4 shows the winding mechanism and component parts.

FIG. 5 shows the manner in which the posts 7, which hold the ring is attached to base 1, showing shoulder 9 on post, said shoulder 9 supports plate 2; showing ring support brace 8 and ring 10 held in place by frictional contact.

FIG. 6 shows the operation of the cam shaft 12, two cams 13 and the cam shaft grip 15, said operation, causes the upper plate 2 to move up and down as the player of the game turns said cam shaft grip.

FIG. 7 shows how the cam shaft 15 is attached to base or plate 1.

FIG. 8 shows the manner in which shoulder 9 on post 7 supports plate 2.

In operation the horse and rider with the spear moves around the circular track by means of the winding mechanism passing under the posts holding the rings and the player by holding in hand the cam shaft grip 15, can move the horse and rider up and down to determine the exact height ot catch the ring on the spear. The poles 7 on which the rings hang are of different heights making it difiicult to catch the rings only by a use of skill.

It might be further stated that while I have described and shown the mechanism operating this invention, same being operated by -a spring motor, it is within the scope of the invention, to propel the driving arm holding the horse and rider through the medium of an electric motor.

With the foregoing and other objects in view of the invention which I have already described and shall point out in claims, it being understood that changes may be made in the construction and arrangement of parts without departing from the spirit of the invention as claimed.

Having thus described my invention, what is claimed is:

1. In a game, a circular track, a carrier movable around said track, a game piece mounted on said carrier to move therewith, said game piece including a spear, means for releasably supporting game rings adjacent to said track, normally above the line of travel of said spear, and manually operated means for elevating said game piece within a range of positions, with at least one position being in line with a game ring for spearing and removing said ring from its supporting means.

2. The construction set forth in claim 1 wherein said carrier is spring driven and said game piece simulates a horse and rider.

References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,280,623 4/1942 Broomfield 2731 2,674,457 4/1954 Rago 46-127 X 2,917,310 12/1959 Durrell 2731 X 3,047,295 7/1962 Sachs 46127 X RICHARD C. PINKHA Primary Examiner.

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US4214749 *Feb 10, 1978Jul 29, 1980Marvin Glass & AssociatesTarget game apparatus
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U.S. Classification273/441, 273/447
International ClassificationA63H13/00, A63F9/00, A63H13/04
Cooperative ClassificationA63F9/00, A63H13/04
European ClassificationA63H13/04, A63F9/00