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Publication numberUS84228 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 17, 1868
Publication numberUS 84228 A, US 84228A, US-A-84228, US84228 A, US84228A
InventorsWilliam Steix
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Improvement in targets
US 84228 A
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No. 84.228. Patented Nov. 17, 1868.


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To all whom it mag/,concern A Be it known that I, WILLIAM Srnnv, o f Oamden, in the Ycountyv of Camden, and State of New Jersey, have vinvented a new and improved Self-Setting Target; and

( do hereby declare 'that the ibllowing is a full, clear,

and exact description thereof, which will enable thosel skilled inthe art to make and use the same, reference being had to thevaecompanying drauings', formingpart of this specication.

Figure 1 represents a iontelevation of my improved target. Y Figure 2 is aside elevation, partly in section, ofthe same.

Figure 3 is a planer top view, partly in section, of the same.

Similar letters of reference indicate corresponding parts.

The object of this invention is to constiucta target,

which will produce a constant display of passing objects to the practitioner, said objects or aims being hinged so that they will be turned down when hit, but alter being thus turned down, they will be automatically set np'before they are again exposed to view.

The invention consists, chiefly, in the use of a disk, frame, or cross, which rotates around a'veitical axis, and which supports, near its periphery, or near the ends of its aims, one or more hinged plates, representing animals, or other suitable objects; these plates forming the y aims. -As the disk or frame is revolved, these aims will,

successively, be brought-in ont ofthe marksman, and,

if he succeeds in hitting one, it will swing on its hinges and be folded down, thus automatically indicatingwhen it is hit.

The invention also consists inthe application, in connection with the aforesaid apparatus, of a station-` ary inclined plate or bar, which serves to automatically Y' set the tmned-down plates up again into a vertical position. The turned-down plate, during the revolution of the frame-or dis or formed, large enough to expose the aforesaid object` tobe brought .to view, as it passes behind the screen' during-the rotation of its -frame or disk. Thepractitioner, in order to makeasnccessfulshot, has to hit the 'hinged plate or as' it'lpasses behind and is exposed to view through the apertureof the screen. y

The invention, finally, consistsI in attaching .to the support ofthe rotating frame, behind and in line with the aperture of the screen, another screen, which is to arrest the missiles that pass through .the aperture but fail to hit the aims, and to thereby prevent their loss. A, inthe drawing, represents an uprightpost o r frame,

ser-.ured upon or 1u theground,-or on the bed which supports the apparatus.

From its top projects a .vertical pin,- a, which is securely fastened to the frame or post, and around the pin a is iitted a tube, b, which can freely revolve around the said pin.

0n the tube .is mounted a pinion, c, gearing into a worm, d, the axle of which worm has its bearings in lugs projecting from the post or frame A.

Thea-Xie of the worm d is provided with a crank, and

' :can be tm'ned by hand, or other mechanism, thereby,

also, revolving the tube b and its appendages.

' B is a' disk or frame, composed, by preference, of a series of radial arms, as in fig. 3. It is rnily secured upon the tube b, -so as to be revolved with the same. The nia-nner, herein described, of mounting and revolving the frame or cross B, can be varied indenitely, aiiddces not tbxmpart of my invention. Iv would prefer to have it turned by clock-work, either by the action of weights or spiings. Y

On the end of each arm of thel frame B, is hinged or pivoted a plate, O, representing au amimal or other object to-be aime'd at, and standing, when upright, at right angles to the radius of the disk or frame B. l,

These plates 0, of -which a suitable number can. be

, attached to one iame or disk, B, will, when hit from the outsidebe .swimg in, so as to be then in a horizontal positio 'p Dis a bar or plate, projecting from the stationary pin c, or from some other stationary-device.- Itis bent,

to form an incline, whichserves to raise the turneddowu plates C.,` y r 'As the frame B is tm'nedin the direction of the arrow, in fig.v 3,. the folded-down plate O ivill be brought inbefore described. This screen has an aperture, g,v

through which the upright plates C will become successively visible. F is a'n upright screen or p1ate, itted upon the upper end of the pin al, or otherwise arranged stationary on the apparatus, behind-and parallel with the screen E, and between' twodiametrically-opposite plates C, is clearly indicated in tig. 34 y This screen F isto arrest' those missiles that may miss the front plate C, -to prevent-its loss, and its hitting, from the back, the rear plate GI The marksinan, wit-h ride, bow, cross-bow, or .other instrument, stands infront of the screen E, and aims at the plate C, as it becomes visible through the aperture y. If he hits the aim, .the same will be turned down,

and will th'en be automatically setup again by the ineline D, to be iin an upright position n'hen it again arrives in rear of the aperture g.

The targetwill thus produce a continuous display of moxjing aims, which will automatically indicate when they are hit, without requiring,l the attendance of a per. son, to reset them in the proper position -after having been turned down.

Havingl thus described my invention,

What I claim as new, and desire to Secure by Let ters Patent, is-

1. The swinging plates or aims C C, hinged or pivotedto the rotating frame or disk B, substantially as herein shown and described, to form a target in which the aim will automatically indicate when ,it is bit, as set forth.

2. The rotating disk or frame B carrying the .hinged screen E, and ball-arrester F, all arranged in oombina tion with each other, and made and operating subst-antially as herein shown and described.

WM. STEIN. Witnesses:


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US4317572 *Dec 13, 1979Mar 2, 1982Laspo AgFiring butt including a housing for a target
Cooperative ClassificationA63F9/02