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MARTIN O. REl-IFUSS, OF PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, ASSIGNOR TO HIMSELF, GEORGE REHFUSS, AND J. GEORGE REHFUSS, OF SAME PLACE.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 398,186, dated February 19, 1889..
Application filed May 4, 1888. Eierial No. 272,750. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, MARTIN O. Rnnn'uss, a citizen of the United States, residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, have invented certain Improvements in Targets, of which the following is a specification.
The object of my invention is to construct a target that will retain the shot discharged at it and prevent rebounding of the same,
To and to provide the device with removable target-strips, and with means for feeding the same past an openingin the target-plate.
In the accompanying drawings, Figure l is a perspective view of my improved target.
Fig. 2 is a face view. Fig. -3 is a side view. Fig. i is a section on the line 1 L, Fig. 2; and Fig. 5 is a sectional. view of a modification.
A is the frame of the target, having an opening, a, for the face of the target B, marked in any suitable maun er.
The frame A can be made of metal or other suitable material, and in the rear of this face is a box or plate, D,preferably of sheet metal, and in the present instance hinged at d to bearings on the rear of the face A, and held in position against the rear of the face by means of turn-lmckles b, pivoted at c to the rear of the faceplate, and adapted to pass over lugs e on the box D.
Mounted in bearings F, secured to the rear of the plate A, is a roller, E, on which is a roll of paper, G, or other suitable material. This paper passes over a guide-roll, g, on the plate A, down to the rear of the plate, throughv an opening, d, in the top plate of the box,
plate, and in the present instance past a feedroller, ll, having teeth 71, which engage with the paper. This feed-wheel is moved by a rope or cord; I, through any suitable mechanism. The particular mechanism shown I will describe hereinafter.
On the paper G is printed a series of targets, B, as shown in Fig. 52, and these targets are separated, preferably by perforations b, as shown in Fig. 2, so that as each targetreaches the bottom of the frame it can be removed by tearing the paper on the line of the perforations.
This target is especially useful in contests in private or public rifle-ranges, as one marksman may take a number of shots at the target, and then the paper can be-fed so as to present a fresh target and another marksman may take his shots, and as "the targets are fed below the frame they can be torn, off, and if a marksman wishes to take the record ofhis shooting with him all that he has to do is to remove that target from the strip.
An important advantage of the box in the rear of the target is that for private shooting the target can be set up in a room and be shot at without liability of the balls or shot rebounding around the room and injuring persons, as I have found that by placing the box, as shown, in. the rear of the target, although the shot will penetratethrough the paper and strike the back of the box in :reboumling, the paper will prevent the shot from. rebounding into the room, and the shot will consequently be collected in the bottom of the box, and this old shot can be savedand sold almost for the price of shot.
I have found by sundry experiments that where aboard is used for a target. the first shotwill penetrate the board, and if a second shot strikes the same place it will rebound, often to a considerable distance. This is oliijeetionablc, as the target has to be placed in a room especially adapted for shootin I have shown perforated paper in the drawings, on which the targetis printed; but it will be understood that the paper need not be perforated, asloose sheets may he used instead. of a continuous roll, in which case one v itl' lfl. ii llOlllOl (llOPPCCl llltO llOSllTlOll and blllOllL'll L11 OlOlllllEl' (Z In the bOtlOlll to a:
to cover the opening a, as shown in Fig. 5; and in some cases the bottom of the box may be dispensed with, or, in fact, a plate, D, only may be used in place of the box, as shown in Fig. 5.
In the drawings, I have shown a feeding de vice, the cord. I leading to the place where the marksman stands, so that when a fresh target is wanted the cord is pulled and a new tar get is fed into position, and the old target removed.
The device illustrated in the drawings com-- prises a spring, '2', situated on a shaft, J, of the roll H, which. is mounted in bearings jj I00 at each side. The spring 2' is secured at one end to a collar on the shaft, and at the other the roller H a ratchet-wheel, m, and pivoted to the rope-drum K is a ratchet, n, a spring, 01', tending to keep it in gear at all times with the ratchet-wheel, so that when the cord I is pulled in. the direction of its arrow, Fig. 3, the drum will be revolved, and the projection 71 will operate to feed the paper the distance required. As soon as the rope is released, it will be wound upon the rope-drum K by means of the spring 1', which has been placed under tension by the movement of the rope outward. As before mentioned, this special construction need not be adhered to, as many ways of feeding the cylinder may be adopted.
I do not claim, broadly, a target-plate having a sheet of targets to be fed in succession past an opening in the plate, as this has heretofore been proposed; but
I claim and desire to securebylleliters Patrear of said opening and forming a shot-receiving chamber, and a pert'orable targetsheet closing the opening in the target and serving to prevent the escape of shot rebounding from the back of the box, all substantially as specified.
3. The combination of the target-plate having an opening therein and a slotted shotcollecting box in the rear of the opening, a roll of target-sheets mounted on the plate above and outside of the box, and means for drawing the sheet of targets down through the slots of the box and past the opening in the target-plate.
3. The combination of the target-plate having an opening therein, a target-sheet roll, and a feed-roller mounted on opposite sides of the opening, and a shot-collecting box l0- cated back of the opening and between the target-sheet roll and feed-roll and slotted for the passage of the target-sheet, all substantially as specified.
In testimony whereof I have signed my name to this specification in the prssence of two subscribing witnesses.
WILLIAM l). CONNER, '[IJENRY IIowsoN.