US 3329431 A
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July 4, 1967 D. B. ROESNER I MULTI-SECTION ARCHERY TARGET Filed March '2, 1964 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 004/440 5: flair/vie INVENTOR.
5/ mime/vi) July 4, 1967 D. B. ROESNER 3, 29,431
MULTI-SECTION ARCHERY TARGET Filed March 2, 1964 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 OO/VALO 5. war/v52 I INVENTOR.
,47-roe/vi/ United States Patent 3,329,431 MULTl-SECTION ARCHERY TARGET Donald B. Roesner, Pico Rivera, Califl, assignor to American Excelsior Corporation, a corporation of Delaware Filed Mar. 2, 1964, Ser. No. 348,726 4 Claims. (Cl. 273102) The present invention relates to an archery target made of a plurality of separate sections.
One of the objects of the invention is to provide an archery target having a longer useful life than previously known archery targets.
Another object of the invention is to provide an archery target consisting of a plurality of separate, replaceable sections, whereby one section of the target which is worn out prior to the other sections may be removed and replaced.
A further object of the invention is to provide an archery target of rectangular configuration, constructed in a novel manner from a plurality of flat packets of stulfing material.
An additional object of the invention is to provide an archery target which is particularly well adapted for using excelsior as the stufiing material thereof.
The objects and advantages of the invention will be more fully understood from the following description considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein:
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of the presently preferred form of the invention;
FIGURE 2 is an enlarged view of the target of FIG- URE 1 with the cover sheet thereof removed;
FIGURE 3 is a vertical cross-section view of the target taken on the line 33 of FIGURE 2;
FIGURE 4 is a perspective view, partially broken away, of an individual excelsior packet contained in the target;
FIGURE 5 is a longitudinal cross-sectional view of the packet taken on the line 55 of FIGURE 4;
FIGURE 6 is a front view of the center section after it has been compressed and bound;
FIGURE 7 is a front view of the stuffing assembly before the top and bottom sections have been compressed; and
FIGURE 8 is a front view of the stufiing assembly after the top and bottom sections have been compressed and bound.
Referring now to the drawings, the complete target shown in FIGURE 1 is generally identified as 10. The main structural component of the target is a package or assembly 20 of stufiing material, which in a general sense, is of a rectangular configuration, but which in the particular illustrated embodiment is square. As best seen in FIGURE 1 the stufiing assembly 20 is covered by a bag or cover sheet 12 which is sewn together at the top with sewing strips 15. The exterior front surface of the cover sheet 12 has color markings 13 thereon, which include, at the exact center of the target, a bulls eye 14. A carrying strap 18 extends horizontally through the stufiing assembly 20 and projects outward from appropriate openings in the respective sides of the bag or cover sheet 12.
The basic unit of the stufling assembly 20 is an individual excelsior packet 35, illustrated in FIGURES 4 and 5. The packet 35 is of elongated, flat configuration, and
contains excelsior as the stufling material, wrapped in a piece of paper which is wrapped upon itself and glued together at the juncture thereof. While the glued connection of the paper wrapping is not specifically illustrated, the configuration of the excelsior packet 35 will be recognized by those skilled in the art as a standard product long used for commercial packing purposes. The illustrated packet is approximately 24" long, 4" wide, and, when not under compression, thick. The excelsior is preferably made 3,329,431 Patented July 4, 1967 in accordance with the teachings of copending US. patent application Ser. No. 289,905 filed July 11, 1963.
The stufiing assembly 20 includes, in general, an upper section 21, a bottom section 22, and a center section 25. In each of these sections a plurality of the excelsior packets 35 are stacked upon each other to form a generally rectangular structure whose plane is perpendicular to the planes of the individual packets thereof.
The center section 25 is formed first, as shown in FIG- URE 6, and prior to being compressed has a vertical height shown in dotted lines and designated as X. In the illustrated embodiment of a target which is 24" high, 24" wide, and approximately 4 deep, the center section 25 includes a sufiicient number of excelsior packets to weigh 8% lbs. Compressive force is applied, as indicated by the arrows at the top of FIGURE 6, and when the center section has been compressed to a vertical height of ten inches it is then bound by a plurality of inner binding cords 26.
Thereafter the top section 21 and bottom section 22, each including 5 /2 lbs. of excelsior packets, are stacked respectively above and below the already bound center section 25. As shown in FIGURE 7 this structure has a height Y considerably more than 24", As shown in FIG- URE 8 by dotted lines and arrows, compressive force is applied to compress the height of the total package to 24", and then a plurality of outer binding cords 23 are tied about the now completed stuffing assembly.
While not specifically shown in FIGURES 7 and 8, the carrying strap 18 is placed between the center section 25 and top section 21. This relationship is clearly shown in FIGURES 2 and 3. Appropriate openings are formed in the bag or cover sheet 12 so that the ends of the carrying strap may protrude from the target, as shown in FIGURE 1. To achieve a sound. structure it is preferred to utilize a pair of wooden boards, one being an upper wooden board 30 which lies on top of the top section 21, the other being a lower wooden board 31 which lies beneath the bottom section 22. These boards aid in the operation of compressing the excelsior packets into the final form of stufling assembly 20 and they also prevent the outer binding cords 23 from damaging the excelsior packets at the top and bottom of the target.
One advantage of the invention is that a target of rectangular configuration is easier to use and to handle than are the conventional round targets.
Another advantage of the invention is that the higher level of compression existing in the center section 25 pr0- vides a longer useful life of that section, which receives the impact of the greatest proportion of arrows shot at the target. From simple calculation it will be seen that the density of stuffing material in the 10" center section is approximately 1.11 times the density of stutfing material in the 7" top and bottom sections.
Another advantage of the invention is that the separate sections of stufiing material can be removed after the target has been used, to replace a particular section which has been shot out prior to the other sections of the target.
An additional advantage of the invention is that it is particularly well adapted for the use of excelsior as stutfing material. Particularly is this true in view of the fact that it utilizes excelsior packets in the form which has been long established for other commercial purposes.
The invention has been described in considerable detail in order to comply with the patent laws by providing a full public disclosure of at least one of its forms. However, such detail description is not intended in any way to limit the broad features or principles of the invention, or the scope of patent monopoly to be granted.
1. An archery target comprising, in combination:
a center section including a plurality of long, flat, paperwrapped packets each stuffed with excelsior, said packets being of substantially uniform length and being stacked together to form a rectangular assembly whose plane lies perpendicular to the respective planes of said packets;
a plurality of inner binding cords wrapped about said center section packets and compressively binding the same together in the plane of said assembly;
a top section and a bottom section each including a plurality of long, flat, paper-wrapped packets each stufied with excelsior, said packets being of substantially uniform length and being stacked together to form a rectangular assembly whose plane lies perpendicular to the respective planes of said packets;
said top section being placed on top of said center section, and said bottom section being placed beneath said center section, with the planes of the individual assemblies being substantially aligned together, the combination of said top, center, and bottom sections thus forming a substantially rectangular target;
and a plurality of outer binding cords extending around the entire target so as to compressively bind the packets of said top and bottom sections together, and to compressively bind said three sections together;
said inner binding cords being under greater tensile stress than said outer binding cords whereby said packets of said center section are of greater density than said packets of said top and bottom sections.
2. An archery target as claimed in claim 1 which additionally includes a carrying strap interleaved between two of said packets, with its two ends extending laterally outward from respective sides of the target.
3. An archery target as claimed in claim 1 which additionally includes a board covering the upper packet of said top section, and a board covering the lower packet of said bottom section; said outer binding cords being wrapped about said boards.
4. An archery target as claimed in claim 1 which additionally includes a board covering the upper packet of said top section, and a board beneath the bottom packet of said bottom section, said outer binding cords being wrapped about said boards; which further includes a carrying strap interleaved between two of said packets, the two ends of said strap extending laterally outward from respective sides of the target; and which also includes a cover sheet wrapped about said top, center and bottom sections, and said inner and outer binding cords, the ends of said carrying strap extending outward through corresponding openings in said cover sheet.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,818,939 8/1931 Brading 273-102 2,423,347 7/1947 Saunders 273-4102 2,818,258 12/1947 Stern 273 -1o2 FOREIGN PATENTS 545,508 5/1942 Great Britain.
RICHARD C. PINKHAM, Primary Examiner.
DELBERT B. LOWE, Examiner.
M. R. PAGE, Assistant Examiner.