Abstract: An above-ground device that semi-automatically tees golf balls at practice areas such as driving ranges, without requiring the golfer to bend down and tee each golf ball by hand following each practice shot. The device comprises a U-shaped conduit which is embedded in the foam rubber backing of the playing surface mat typically found at a teeing area of a driving range in such a way that the openings in the conduit directly communicate with two holes drilled though the playing surface mat so as to create a continuous pathway between the two holes through the conduit. A semi-rigid rod is inserted into the conduit of such length that when one end is flush with the playing surface mat the other end protrudes above the playing surface mat approximately to the height of a standard golf tee. The ends of the rod are flared to substantially the shape of a standard golf tee.
Abstract: A spinal facet prosthesis for a diseased or painful facet joint comprises a superior component and an inferior component. The superior component is roughly conical or pyramidal in form and is fastened to and over the distal tip of the inferior articular process of the diseased or painful facet joint. The inferior component is also roughly conical or pyramidal in form with one side elongated postero-medially and distally. The outer surface of the elongated side of the inferior component is of low friction, such as polished chromium coating or medical grade high-density polyethylene. The inferior component is fastened to and over the superior articular process of the diseased or painful facet joint. Each component is made of a biocompatible material. The inner surface of each component which is in contact with its respective articular process is coated with a porous coating to enhance the adhesion of each component to its respective articular process.
Abstract: A nylon fabric holster for hand guns having strap-like tabs secured together by hook and loop fasteners for holding the hand gun in the holster. The tabs may be separated by running the thumb between the hook and loop fasteners. However, the hammer spur associated with the hand gun is pressed against the inner surfaces of the tabs upon forcible withdrawal of the hand gun from the holster to prevent the tabs from separating. The tab construction thus prevents the hand gun from being forcibly removed from the holster when the tabs are secured together.
Abstract: An anti-theft device for preventing unauthorized removal of liquid from large volume liquid storage tanks. The anti-theft device comprises a tube-like stanchion positioned within the fill tube associated with the storage tank, such that the lower end of the stanchion rests upon the bottom of the tank. The stanchion includes a grid-like baffle positioned above the highest liquid tank level for preventing insertion of a siphon tube. A plurality of crimped projections extending inwardly from the inner circumference of the speed tube positioned between the stanchion and the fill tube to prevent upward withdrawal of the stanchion from within the fill tube. The speed tube is held in place by means of a rotatable collar threadedly secured to the upper end of the fill tube, and locked in place by means of a keyed set screw.
Abstract: A bullet resistant ballistic panel shirt-like carrier garment having interior front and rear pocket-like receptacles receiving flexible ballistic panels for providing protection against firearm projectiles to the upper torso of the wearer. The panels may be easily removed from the carrier garment, and the garment worn as a conventional shirt.