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Publication numberUS675804 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 4, 1901
Filing dateJul 10, 1900
Priority dateJul 10, 1900
Publication numberUS 675804 A, US 675804A, US-A-675804, US675804 A, US675804A
InventorsGeorge Tyrell
Original AssigneeGeorge Tyrell
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 675804 A
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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 675,804, dated June 4, 1901.

Application filed July 10,1900. Serial No. 23,086. (No model.)

To all whom it NMLZ/ concern:

Be it known that I, GEORGE TYRELL, a citizen of the United States, residing at Atlantic Oity,eounty of Atlantic, and State of New Jersey, have invented a certain Improvement in Revolving Self-Adjusting Targets for Shooting-Galleries and the Like, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to a revolving automatic self-adjusting target for shooting-galleries and the like, and has for its object to so construct a target composed of two figures as to normally maintain it by gravity in a horizontal position, and yet permit it to readily revolve about an oblique axis when either of the figures is struck and causes it always to settle in its normal position, thereby giving the effect of the figures chasing each other around a pole.

With these ends in view this invention consists in the details of construction and combination of elements hereinafter set forth and then specifically designated by the claims.

In order that those skilled in the art to which this invention appertains may understand how to make and use the same, the construction and operation will now be described in detail, referring to the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this specification, in which- Figure l is an elevation of a target made in accordance with my improvement, a portion thereof being sectioned away to show the passage of the pole through the base of the target; Fig. 2, a bottom plan of the target, the pole being removed; and Fig. 3, a modification wherein the target is journaled on a horizontal axis.

In carrying out my invention as here embodied, A represents a pole, which is set at an angle at about twenty degrees from the vertieal,and upon this pole is pivoted the base B of the target by the pole passing through the hole C in said base, said hole being upon the same angle as the pole, so that the base may stand in a horizontal position, as hereinafter set forth. A pin D projects from each side of the pole and has resting thereon the washer E, the latter having a sufficiently-large opening therethrough to permit it to rock upon the pin. This washer serves to support the target, while permitting its free movement around the pole. Mounted upon the base are two figures F and G, here represented as an owl and squirrel, the former being upon the end of the base next the inclination of the hole C and is of greater weight than the opposite figure, the result of which is to cause the target always to settle in its normal position or automatically adjust itself, as shown in the drawings. When either of the figures is struck with sufficient force, the target will revolve around {the pole, the figures rising and falling during such rotation in proportion to the obliquity of the pole, as will be readily understood. This gives an exceed ingly realistic representation of the two figures chasing each other around the pole and renders the target much more conspicuous than should it be revolving in a horizontal plane, since when revolving in an oblique plane the figures will, from the standpoint of the observer, bob up and down and yet always finally settle with the heavier figure upon the inclined side of the pole, thus properly presenting the target to be again aimed at.

One of the principal features of my target is the fact that it automatically adjusts itself, requiring no manipulation upon the part of the attendant to bring about this result.

In practice the pole should be of considerable length to have a number of targets mounted thereon, one above the other at suitable distances.

Of course I do not wish to limit myself to the use of any number of figures, as the gist of my invention rests in the broad idea of pivoting a target upon an oblique axis, one side of the target being heavier than the other, so that it will automatically adjust itself after being revolved. Likewise I do not wish to be limited to the exact degree of the angle at which the pole is set, and consequently the angle at which the hole is formed through the base, as these may be varied within certain limits without materially affecting the operation of my target; but in practice I have found that the, degree here mentioned gives the most satisfactory results.

In Fig. 3 I have illustrated a modification wherein the target is journaled on a horizontal axis, the target being composed of two figures, here illustrated as a quail I and duck J. One of the figures being heavier than the other would always hold the target in a vertical plane, the heavier figure of course being at the bottom. \Vhen either of the figures are hit, the target will revolve until the momentum is lost, when it will resume its former position. A number of these targets would be mounted upon the rod II, they being secured in place by the washer K and pins L. Thus it would present; an upper line of birds represented as quails and a lower line represented as ducks, and when any of these targets are hit they would make several revolutions, and thus have the appearance of a wounded bird, as the revolution would give the appearance of birds fluttering. The opposite side of the target could be painted red, and a glimpse of this red side, which the spectator would get as the target revolves, would give the idea of blood upon the wounded bird. Of course I do not wish to limit myself to the use of any number of figures, as the gist of this modification rests in the broad idea of pivoting the target upon a horizontal axis, one side of the target being heavier than the other, so that it will automatically adjust itself after being revolved.

Having thus fully described my invention, what I claim is 1. In a target, a base having an oblique bearing, and an oblique support on which the base is rotatable; said base carrying figures, substantially as described.

2. In combination, an oblique pole, at base having an oblique hole therethrough at the same angle as the pole, a pin, a Washer seated upon said pin so as to have a free oscillatory motion, said washer supporting the base, and figures mounted upon the base, one of Which is heavier than the other, as and for the purpose set forth.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto affixed my signature in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.



MARY E. HAMER, L. W. Monmson.

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Cooperative ClassificationF41J7/04