Having Restoring Means Patents (Class 273/391)
  • Patent number: 10458759
    Abstract: A wirelessly controlled electrically driven shooting target system(s) that can transition from concealed position to ready position and then back to concealed position. It can be used in a variety of shooting environments. The shooting target apparatus includes the following main components: Mainhouseing with base, interchangeable target holder, TTP130 gearbox, camshaft, double torsion spring (DTS), leaf spring, main housing meshing gear, four magnets, wireless receiver and the remote goes with it. According to one embodiment, activation of drive mechanism to active the camshaft compress DTS, then magnets attracting and disconnection to cause movement of the target holder, the key mechanism is reserve potential energy and fast conversion of kinetic energy from potential energy, which achieved by magnets attracting and disconnection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Xiaomin Fu
  • Patent number: 10088280
    Abstract: A portable control module autonomously positions a target deployed in a combat simulation course. The module chassis is bullet-resistant and angled to deflect errant shots, and encloses a control circuit having an adjustable target exposure delay, an adjustable target exposure duration, means for receiving a trigger signal representing movement of a human body, means for revealing the target when the exposure delay lapses after triggering, means for enabling, only when the target is revealed, hit detection means detecting a shot striking the target, and means for concealing the target responsive to earliest occurrence of the shot detection or lapse of the target exposure duration. The module may include means for relaying the trigger signal to other modules within a cooperative decentralized target control system. A method for the autonomous position control is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Norma Zell
  • Patent number: 10088279
    Abstract: A mechanical target system is disclosed, including a frame; a target rotatably connected to the frame; a reset rotatably connected to the frame; a locking system configured to hold the target in a locked position; and an unlocking system configured to release the target from the locked position. Contacting the target can move the target from an unlocked position to the locked position. Contacting the reset can move the target from the locked position to the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: James A. Hoy, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10060714
    Abstract: A portable target apparatus is described including a first sensored, penetrable target and a second sensored, penetrable target positioned adjacent the first sensored, penetrable target. A user defined number of projectile penetrations on only the first sensored, penetrable target position it non-upright out of the shooter's field-of-view. Whenever the second sensored, penetrable target is penetrated by a projectile the first sensored, penetrable target does not move to the non-upright position out of the shooter's field-of-view even when the same projectile also penetrates the first sensored, penetrable target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: James Carl Bliehall
  • Patent number: 9746291
    Abstract: A multipurpose shooting platform target and stand devised for use in training with large caliber, high, and hyper velocity weaponry includes a target plate dependable from a frame member by hooked engagement between a cylindrical member and a rearward mount. The rearward mount is disposed upon a reverse surface of the target plate. Engagement with the cylindrical member of the frame member effects orientation of the target plate under the influence of gravity to rest at an acute angle relative an underlying surface. Impact of ballistics against an obverse surface of the target plate effects movement of a lowermost edge of the target plate rearwards, and impacted rounds are readily deflected in controlled trajectories downwards towards the underlying surface without danger of ricochet in unpredictable patterns. Swing of the target plate signals impact of the obverse surface to a shooter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Garrett Crawford
  • Publication number: 20150130136
    Abstract: A portable target apparatus is disclosed that includes a main body and a first target plate adjacent the main body. The first target plate is operable to move independent of the main body when struck by at least one projectile. A support member is coupled to the first target plate and is operable to retain the main body in an upright position when the main body is struck by at least one projectile and move the main body from the upright position to a non-upright position when the first target plate is struck by at least one projectile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: James Bliehall
  • Patent number: 8550465
    Abstract: A multifunction target actuator allows a bullet target to be selectively presented to a shooter such that a first side may be presented, a second side opposite the first side may be presented, and the target may be oriented so as not to be presented to the shooter. The actuator allows for quick and accurate movement of the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Action Target Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wright, Thomas Marshall, Kyle Bateman
  • Patent number: 8016291
    Abstract: A multifunction target actuator allows a bullet target to be selectively presented to a shooter such that a first side may be presented, a second side opposite the first side may be presented, and the target may be oriented so as not to be presented to the shooter. The actuator allows for quick and accurate movement of the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Action Target Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wright, Thomas Marshall, Kyle Bateman
  • Patent number: 7914004
    Abstract: A multifunction target actuator allows a bullet target to be selectively presented to a shooter such that a first side may be presented, a second side opposite the first side may be presented, and the target may be oriented so as not to be presented to the shooter. The actuator allows for quick and accurate movement of the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Action Target Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wright, Thomas Marshall, Kyle Bateman
  • Patent number: 7694973
    Abstract: An apparatus for rapidly displacing an object comprises a lever with an object end and a power end. The lever is mounted to a fulcrum between the ends. A driven cam has a trunnion attached proximal to an outer edge thereof, and a tie rod member has an end pivotally attached to the power end of the lever and a second end pivotally attached to the trunnion such that about 180° of rotation of the cam causes about 90° displacement of the power end of said lever. Also, a tension member is coupled to the power end such that restorative force of the tension member contributes to displacement of the power end in one direction. A motor drives rotation of the cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Strategic Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael K. Hofmeister, Gregory T. Roden, Bryan H. Graves
  • Publication number: 20100032906
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pneumatically operated steel target system that incorporates a polymer-like mannequin molded to an AR500 abrasive resistant material with a 500 Brinell (460-540) rating, which can be clothed for any event, allowing users to practice on human-like targets as opposed to a target with no features where the user's real-life training would be reduced. The target system has a protective chest plate proportionately angled at approximately 12 degrees from center to deflect bullet fragmentations downward and away from the shooter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Applicant: The Government of the US, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Jeffrey H. Wilcox
  • Publication number: 20090179382
    Abstract: An omnidirectional target system includes a target movable between a retracted position and an extended position and an actuation mechanism for moving the target to the extended position, the target and the actuation mechanism being releaseable so that the target can be moved back into the retracted position despite movement of the actuation mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventors: Nicholas Stincelli, Kyle Bateman, Tom Wright, David Bassett
  • Patent number: 7497441
    Abstract: An adjustable target mount allows the height of the mount to be adjusted. Additionally, the mount is adjustable to accommodate a variety of different targets and target actuators, and may be quickly moved out of the line of fire without requiring disassembly or removal of the target mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Action Target, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Marshall, Kyle Bateman, Thomas Wright
  • Publication number: 20080277876
    Abstract: An adjustable target has a first target section and second target section attached to a base and an adjusting device. The second target section is at least partially visible through an opening in the first target section. An adjusting device engageably attaches to the first target section providing for a reduced effective size of the target area. An adjusting device is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventor: Lou Riley
  • Publication number: 20080185786
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an triple tap target system including: a target section including: a steel silhouette plate with an aperture in a center portion; a first and second chest plates mounted to the center portion of a rear of the steel silhouette plate; and a head plate mounted to a top portion of the rear of the steel silhouette plate; a reset mechanism operable affixed to the steel silhouette plate operable to position first and second chest plates and the head plate into a position substantially coplanar with the steel silhouette plate; and a base section comprising one or more steel angle legs, wherein the target section is affixed to the base section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Applicant: Blackwater Manufacturing
    Inventors: Carrie T. Loveland, David H. Williams
  • Patent number: 7306229
    Abstract: The firearm target assembly includes a target mount, an upper target assembly, and a lower target assembly. The target mount is clamped to a support beam. Two vertical spaced apart ears extend rearward from the rear of the mount. An upper target assembly and a lower target assembly both have a flat metal disk attached to a shank with a shank free end. The free end of the upper shank is pivotally attached to the ears for pivotal movement about an upper horizontal axis. The free end of the lower shank is pivotally attached to the ears for pivotal movement about a lower horizontal axis. The upper target moves from a vertical position to a horizontal position upon being struck by a bullet and forces the lower target to a ready position. The lower target returns the upper target to a ready position upon being struck by a bullet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Inventor: Richard A. Rolfe
  • Patent number: 6983938
    Abstract: An impact target having a frame that houses and supports knockdown targets with each knockdown target having its own reset target. Knockdown targets are positioned having the target rest on top of the frame. The knockdown target is protected inside of the frame. Once the knockdown target is hit a bullet it swings back and down in a vertical position inside of the frame. Reset targets are positioned horizontally with the target positioned in front of the frame; the reset target is positioned to slide through the face of the frame once a bullet hits it. The impact by the bullet on the reset target will then transfer its energy to its knockdown target returning it to its resting position on top of the frame. Therefore, a bullet has hit the reset target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Inventor: David Christopher Goldsmith
  • Patent number: 6896267
    Abstract: A resettable target is provided with pivotable targets that rotate from a downward position to an upward position and are reset by reverse rotation when momentum is transmitted from a projectile to a reset target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Do-All Traps, LLC
    Inventor: David Le Anna
  • Publication number: 20040201172
    Abstract: An impact target that consists of a frame that houses and supports knockdown targets. With each knockdown target having its own reset target. Knockdown targets are positioned having the target rest on top of the frame. The knockdown target is protected inside of the frame. Once the knockdown target is hit by the bullet it swings back and down in a vertical position inside of the frame. Reset targets are positioned horizontally with the target positioned in front of the frame, the reset target is positioned to slide through the face of the frame once a bullet hits it. The impact by the bullet on the reset target will then transfer its energy to its associated knockdown target returning it to its resting position on top of the frame. Therefore, a bullet has hit the reset target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventor: David Christopher Goldsmith
  • Patent number: 6779797
    Abstract: A target throw playing machine includes a main frame, and a throw portion. The throw portion includes a front plate, a plurality of targets, and a plurality of shafts. Each of the targets has a bottom provided with a movable block formed with a cutout and a chamfered portion. Each of the shafts is provided with a plurality of push members each having a first end selectively rested on the chamfered portion of the respective movable block or locked in the cutout of the respective movable block. Thus, the target throw playing machine has an automatically restoring function and has a rotation positioning function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Energy Star Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ai-Hua Chou
  • Patent number: 6502820
    Abstract: A multiple target apparatus having an array of target plates arrayed linearly and pivotally on a first elongate shaft; a plurality of torsion providing components located on the first shaft are adapted to bias the targets in an upright mode; each target has a depending arm pinned to rotate upon the imposed deflection of a target by a speeding projectile to a latching position. Arrayed upon a spaced apart, second shaft are a like number of rigid levers spanning the lateral space between the first and second shafts. A detent on the one end of each of the depending arms is adapted to be contacted and arrested by the opposing lever until such are dislodged by a descrete target deflection and array reset, which are located at one end of the device, such that upon imposed rotation of the reset means, it also releases the latching position of the other targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Inventor: John D. Slifko
  • Patent number: 6478301
    Abstract: A shooting target includes: a pair of support members; a horizontal threaded shaft supported by the support members; and a spinning target positioned on, supported by, and rotatably engaged with the threaded shaft. The spinning target includes a threaded sleeve that translates along the threaded shaft as the sleeve rotates; a pair of opposing arms secured to the sleeve and extending in opposing directions; a pair of flattened target plates secured to the arms; and a pair of weights each secured to and slidable along the respective arm. The sliding weights insure that the spinning target comes to rest vertically. The threaded sleeve may be made sufficiently over-sized so as to enable disengaging of the sleeve and sliding of the sleeve along the threaded shaft. A deflector plate may be provided in front of the threaded shaft to protect it from projectile impacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Inventor: Aaron D. Witmeyer
  • Patent number: 6398215
    Abstract: A shooting target system comprising a substantially vertical post having a target assembly comprising a double faced target, a stub shaft and a pivot shaft, the target assembly rotatably mounted upon the post wherein the post further releasably captures the target assembly at each one of a plurality of positions spaced vertically upon the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Inventor: Chris Carroll
  • Publication number: 20020030323
    Abstract: A multiple target apparatus having an array of target plates arrayed linearly and pivotally on a first elongate shaft; a plurality of torsion providing components located on the first shaft are adapted to bias the targets in an upright mode; each target has a depending arm pinned to rotate upon the imposed deflection of a target by a speeding projectile to a latching position. Arrayed upon a spaced apart, second shaft are a like number of rigid levers spanning the lateral space between the first and second shafts. A detente means on the one end of each of the depending arms is adapted to be contacted and arrested by the opposing lever means until such are dislodged by a descrete target deflection and array reset means, which located at one end of the device, such that upon imposed rotation of the reset means, it also releases the latching position of the other deflected targets, returning each of the first and second lever means to a non-arrest mode for the associated depending arms of the targets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2001
    Publication date: March 14, 2002
    Inventor: John D. Slifko
  • Patent number: 6347798
    Abstract: An automatic reset target has an upright frame connected to a stand for supporting the target on a surface. A plurality of target arms having target pads that swing on a rod secured to the frame between down target positions to neutral out-of-sight non-target positions when the target pads are hit with projectiles. A trigger arm pivotally mounted on the frame has a target arm holding member which retains the target arms and pads in the neutral out-of-sight non-target positions. A trigger arm pad on the upper end of the trigger arm when hit with a projectile swings the trigger arm in a direction to move the target arm holding member out of engagement with target arms and pads to allow the target arms and pads to return to their down target positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Inventors: Gary H. Quiring, Brent G. Quiring
  • Patent number: 6325376
    Abstract: The present invention is a portable pneumatic target device for raising and lowering a target. With the target raising and lowering device of the present invention, a target can be selectively stopped at any point of extension or retraction. The target raising and lowering device of the present invention includes a support frame secured to a base, a horizontal target carrier assembly mounted to the support frame and moveable on the frame, and in air actuated cylinder operably attached to the target carrier assembly. The target is mounted to the target carrier assembly and is raised and lowered through the action of the air actuated cylinder. Pressurized air is selectively admitted into the cylinder by a solenoid operated valve. The solenoid is energized, after actuation of a manual switch or an infrared switch for a predetermined period under control of a programmable timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Inventors: Jerry R. Elliott, Douglas B. McCarthy
  • Patent number: 6257583
    Abstract: An economical reaction shooting target consisting of three targets movably secured to a frame that supports the targets above the ground. Initially, a central target that stands vertically is presented to the shooter. The central target pivotally attaches to the frame so that the central target falls backward once a bullet strikes it. When the central target falls backward, ears on the central target disengage arms provided on two spring loaded side targets, allowing the side targets to swing forward and be presented to the shooter. Various images of good guys and bad guys may be randomly chosen to be attached to the side targets, requiring the shooter to quickly determine whether to shoot the images on the side targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Michael Lee Roberson
  • Patent number: 6073932
    Abstract: The present invention is a portable pneumatic target device for raising and lowering a target. With the target raising and lowering device of the present invention, a target can be selectively stopped at any point of extension or retraction. The target raising and lowering device of the present invention includes a support frame secured to a base, a horizontal target carrier assembly mounted to the support frame and moveable on the frame, and an air actuated cylinder operably attached to the target carrier assembly. The target is mounted to the target carrier assembly and is raised and lowered through the action of the air actuated cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Inventor: Jerry R. Elliott
  • Patent number: 5865439
    Abstract: The invention is a pop-up target system wherein a three-dimensional target is raised by a knee-like action. The target may take the form of a head and torso manufactured in two parts, a front half and a back half, which are hinged at the top of the head portion and may incorporate a thick, relatively massive material which will absorb incoming bullets. The bases of the torso halves are each mounted through hinges to two separate four-wheeled platforms or trucks which are constrained by tracks or guide cables to move linearly to move the bases of the torso halves together in an upright position or apart in a flat horizontal position. The linear relative position of the torso halves is controlled by linear moving means attached to the wheeled platforms or trucks such that at the maximum separation between the torso halves, the two halves of the target lays inclined on a brace so as to be out of horizontal alignment, preferably 5 to 10 degrees out of alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: The United States of America Army Corps of Engineers as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: William F. Marcuson, III, Philip G. Malone
  • Patent number: 5603505
    Abstract: A self-contained, power operated, portable target apparatus utilizing a base supported, linearally reciprocal carriage actuator driven by a reversible AC electric motor to actuate a crank along a vertical arc; the crank having pivotable connection with the carriage actuator at one end and positive fixed connection at its other end with a horizontal rotatably supported drive shaft for partially rotating the shaft in response to limited linear movements of the carriage actuator. Two, laterally spaced co-planar lift arms are secured to the shaft for movement between vertical and horizontal positions. Elongated target supporting pins project from near the outer free ends of the lift arms for inserted reception in connector sockets extending into the body of a three dimensional target. Heavy springs are coupled to the carriage actuator for assisting the motor in overcoming the inertia of the target load as it is raised from a horizontal or prone hidden position to an upright display position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Inventor: Joseph B. Acock
  • Patent number: 5533919
    Abstract: A toppling toy having a housing on which a plurality of toppling members are sequentially arranged, having a reset mechanism which resets the toppling members simultaneously. The housing has a top wall, a bottom wall, and a continuous side wall, defining a cavity between the walls. Each toppling unit is a toppling member and a ballast member fixedly attached to and suspended from the toppling member by a flexible member attached to the toppling member. The reset mechanism is characterized by a disc-shaped push-button protruding through an opening in the top wall. The push-button is permanently affixed to a flange housed within the cavity. The flange is supported and biased by a resilient member, such as a foam annulus, resting on the bottom wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1996
    Inventor: Laverne R. Peterson
  • Patent number: 5403017
    Abstract: This is a commercial capable heavy lifter capable of rotating or levering large objects up and down by remote control. When used to so raise and lower targets on a firing range, the target can be dropped automatically when the target receives one or more hits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Assignee: Unisys Corporation
    Inventors: Samuel C. Doss, III, Paul F. Harper
  • Patent number: 5342062
    Abstract: A multiple option gallery, silhouette and target system having a remotely resettable silhouette or other target support apparatus which is operative to reset the target system merely by the pull of a small rope or cord. The apparatus includes a reset moment arm member and a reset bracket which are joined together and operable to simultaneously rotate as a unitary member about the longitudinal axis of a cross bar member when the rope or cord is pulled against the reset moment arm member. This motion forces the reset bracket against a plurality of silhouette target support posts which are also rotatably mounted on the cross bar member. This target system also includes the use of variable size disposable ring targets, horizontally movable permanent metal targets, or optional suspended silhouette targets and windage and elevation vericator targets useful to calibrate for wind shifts and temperature changes during a target practice session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Assignee: Lance Land & Livestock Ltd.
    Inventor: Alan G. Lance
  • Patent number: 5340116
    Abstract: A mobile target assembly with a plurality of steel silhouette targets. A remote controlled target device that resets the targets by pulling a cord. A pivot bar extending across the steel housing which is hinged to permit the steel silhouettes to revolve to a knock down position when hit. An arm is attached to a pair of bars which is attached to the pivot bar lifts the targets to their upright position when pulled with a cord. A horizontal wood support with two legs. One leg has wheels for ease in moving the heavy silhouette targets. When not in use the legs are hinged and fold up for storing. A device that is made for rim-fire and center fire guns and also air fire guns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1994
    Inventor: David J. Reinart
  • Patent number: 5324043
    Abstract: An automatic shooting target system is provided with an automatic target resetting arrangement that returns all of a plurality of laterally spaced targets to an upright disposition. Each of the targets is carried by a set of separate target mounting arms that are mounted for independent rotation about a target mounting shaft. The target resetting mechanism is formed by target resetting levers that are locked to the target mounting shaft for rotation therewith. A reset biasing mechanism, which may be a wound band spring that urges a ratchet wheel in rotation, is coupled to urge the target mounting shaft in rotation in a direction that resets the targets concurrently by means of the target resetting levers. However, a rotation inhibiting device, such as a sear, obstructs rotation of the ratchet wheel, and therefore rotation of the target mounting shaft, in the reset direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1994
    Inventor: Randall P. Estrella
  • Patent number: 5263722
    Abstract: A multiple target apparatus with a plurality of individual targets or bullseyes that are adapted to be thrown out of their normal positions when struck by a bullet or other projectile with the means for automatically resetting the individual targets to their normal positions, also by the impact of a bullet or other projectile which allows for continuous target shooting without the necessity of manually resetting the target apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1993
    Inventor: Walter E. Rosellen
  • Patent number: 5183427
    Abstract: A toy collapsible house. A column of stacked segments supports the house, held together by a spring tensioned cord, impact triggered release of which slides stiff cord portions away from segment junctions, allowing column and house collapse. The column cord is lifted from above the roof to reassemble the house.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1993
    Inventor: A. Allen Draper
  • Patent number: 5110138
    Abstract: A shooting gallery amusement device having an elongate frame member, a plurality of targets mounted upstandingly on said frame member and a return mechanism associated with said targets to return them to an upstanding position on said elongate frame member subsequent to their having been knocked down is disclosed. The return mechanism includes a plurality of cables, each cable being secured on a first end to a respective target and thereafter passing through a respective aperture defined in the elongate frame. Each cable is connected on its second end to an elongate rod which is positioned beneath the frame and adapted to be displaced relative to the frame. Upon a user's displacement of the rod, the cables urge the targets to return to an upstanding position subsequent to their having been knocked down by a force applied thereto by a projectile impacting thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Inventor: Benjamin Vandermeide
  • Patent number: 4949980
    Abstract: A target array is comprised of a multiplicity of upright target assemblies. When an upright first target is struck by a projectile, the target pivots to a knocked down position and is held by a latch. A second depending reset target when struck by a projectile moves to unlatch the knocked down target which returns to the upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Inventor: James C. Hoy
  • Patent number: 4732394
    Abstract: An automated device for raising shooting range targets of the type which are arranged to fall over backwards from the impact of a bullet comprises a base having a vertical flange adapted to face the firing line when the device is installed on the range and a horizontal flange extending rearwardly therefrom. The target is hinged to the top of the vertical flange and is adapted to swing backwardly to a generally horizontal rest position concealed from the view of the shooter and upwardly and forwardly to an upright position facing the firing line. A main shaft driven by an electric motor is revolvably mounted behind the upright flange portion. A target raising arm, one for each target, pivots on the axis of the main shaft and swings from a rest position beneath the target when the latter is in its rest position upwardly about its pivot to engage and raise its target to upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1988
    Inventors: C. Francis Stein, Leon E. Winslow
  • Patent number: 4588194
    Abstract: A remote controlled target device comprises a housing with an open front face, side panels and back and bottom panels angled to deflect misses projectiles back into the rear portion of the housing. A pivot bar extending across the housing holds a plurality of targets which are attached so as to permit them to revolve to knock-down positions when hit. A return bar is controlled by a cord which extends to a remote location to effect resetting the targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1986
    Inventors: Daniel L. Steidle, Patrick J. Steidle
  • Patent number: 4550918
    Abstract: A target array in which a struck pendulous target rotates past and interacts with a shock absorber before coming to rest in a set position on a ledge. The shock absorber consists of a laterally-extending shaft that extends through a piece of pipe. The diameter of the shaft is appreciably less than the inside diameter of the pipe, so that the pipe is pendulously supported on the shaft. The shaft is parallel to but spaced from the axis about which the target rotates. The spacing is such that as the struck target rotates it contacts and pushes aside the pipe, thereby transferring energy from the target to the pipe and preventing the target from rebounding when it reaches its set position resting on a laterally-extending ledge. The laterally-extending ledge also is rotatable about a laterally-extending axis and is connected to a resetting target. When the resetting target is struck, the impact causes the ledge to rotate out from under the set targets which descend by gravity to their original positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1985
    Inventor: Harold F. Motsenbocker
  • Patent number: 4524976
    Abstract: A remotely resettable target assembly includes an enclosure having a window therein and a number of individual targets pivotally-mounted within the enclosure for rotation from a set position to an unset position upon being struck by an incoming projectile. A master target is provided and coupled to a bar, including a plurality of permanent magnets for attracting the individual targets and holding them in an unset position. Upon striking of the master target, rotation of the bar including the pertinent magnets contained therein, causes separation of the permanent magnets from the individual targets, causing the individual targets to be reset by the force of gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1985
    Assignee: Air Cabin Engineering
    Inventors: Fred H. Seitz, Max J. Jaschke
  • Patent number: 4249743
    Abstract: A penetrable target element that is knocked over by a bullet, and is re-set to a standing position by a pull cord that is quickly attached and detached from the target element. After its mutilation by repeated gunfire, the target, with its removably attached pull cord is quickly and easily detached from a stationary part of a base, and an unused replacement target is quickly attached in its place. The replaceable target element contains both the pivot and pull cord connector devices within its single-part structure, and is stabilized and stands, otherwise unaided, on its bottom marginal edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1981
    Assignee: Action Target Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert W. Lee
  • Patent number: 4239234
    Abstract: A sensing apparatus is described for use in a target indicating system operative selectively to signal a strike on a target plate. The target indicating system includes an actuator mechanism adapted to be driven by a pressurized gas, conduit and servo control means in flow communication with the actuator mechanism and adapted, in use, to supply gas under pressure to the actuator mechanism. A strike sensing apparatus or assembly is also included, connectible, in use, to the conduit and servo control means. This sensing apparatus includes a housing defining a cylinder therein having one portion thereof adapted to be in flow communication with the source of pressurized gas. A piston is provided being slidably movable in the cylinder. The piston has a bleed channel therein to depressurize the cylinder. A motion-sensitive weight, preferably in the form of a sphere, is supported by the piston and acts on a needle valve to keep the bleed channel closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1980
    Assignee: Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of National Defence
    Inventor: Frederick D. Ward