Target Separates From Support Patents (Class 273/393)
  • Patent number: 11796289
    Abstract: The target device provides a strike detector attached to an adjustable neck for adjusting the position of the strike detector behind a target. A housing is mounted at a desired location and height. A retention body secures a target to the housing. The target may be a paper target or other target. The retention body can secure different targets to vary the shooter's practice and to change the look that each shooter experiences. The adjustable strike detector allows placement of the strike detector in different positions behind the target to define a customizable strike zone. Upon hitting the strike detector at least once, the target device takes an action to indicate that the strike detector has been hit, such as the retention body releasing the target. The target then falls from the housing. Such releasing of the target notifies the user that the user has struck the strike zone and the strike detector the desired number of times to neutralize the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Inventors: Ashley Kendall Coon, Chad Isaac Coon
  • Patent number: 11707692
    Abstract: A method of using a ramp for jumping wirelessly controlled vehicles comprising assembling one or more two-dimensional ramp supports into a three-dimensional configuration; coupling a two-dimensional ramp member to the one or more three-dimensional ramp supports to form a ramp with a three-dimensional ramp member; providing the ramp so that it is supported on a surface by the one or more three-dimensional ramp supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2023
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Inventor: Anthony Matarazzo
  • Patent number: 11248882
    Abstract: A shooting target assembly includes a balance bar having a center portion that is rotatably connected to a support, a first target assembly rotatably connected to a first end of the balance bar at a first pivot point, and a second target assembly rotatably connected to a second end of the balance bar at a second pivot point. The first target assembly includes a plurality of first target zones, the second target assembly includes a plurality of second target zones, each of the first target zones and each of the second target zones is configured to engage one or more targets, and the balance bar is configured to rotate about the center portion in response to one or more of the targets being broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc.
    Inventor: Jacob Ray Howell
  • Patent number: 10870064
    Abstract: Disclosed is a self-aligning magnetic stationary accessory for use atop a spherical RC controlled self-propelled device. A novel device is employed includes a toy robot having first and second pairs of magnets aligned respectively with opposite polarities disposed in the stationary accessory. The spherical body with its stationary accessory allow the user to simply and precisely navigate the spherical body in a particular orientation for optimal RC controlled manipulation of the robot by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: HASBRO, INC.
    Inventors: Sheila Driscoll Standing, Christopher Whipple, Jr., Steven Unruh
  • Patent number: 10596450
    Abstract: A magnetic toss game with a three-dimensional target capable of generating a magnetic field, a support mechanism having two ends, the first end operably coupled to the three-dimensional target, and a three-dimensional backdrop having at least one side surface and a bottom surface, the three-dimensional backdrop spaced apart from the three-dimensional target and operably coupled to the support mechanism, wherein the three-dimensional backdrop envelops the three-dimensional target on at least two sides, including the bottom side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Lattin, Todd Lutkauskas, Sesha Madireddi
  • Patent number: 10488160
    Abstract: A target system is provided which allows a user to visually identify from a distance if the intended target has been hit. The target uses a base with at least one target disc held to the base. Upon hitting the target disc with a projectile, the disc is dislodged and, being larger than the projectile, leaves an opening in the base that can be visually identified from a distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Joseph D. La Scola, Paul Hetzel
  • Patent number: 9947243
    Abstract: A system comprising a mannequin and a plurality of sensors coupled to the mannequin configured to generate at least one sensed signal. The system includes first and second latching mechanisms independently controlled, each of the first and second latching mechanisms having a latched state and an unlatched state; and first and second pins providing an axis of rotation, the first pin releasably coupled to the first latching mechanism and the second pin releasably coupled to the second latching mechanism. A computing device is coupled to the plurality of sensors and first and second latching mechanisms via communication interfaces. The computing device selects a fall-direction from a plurality of different fall-direction options based on at least one sensed signal and causes the unlatching of the first latching mechanism to release the first pin or the second latching mechanism to release the second pin based on the selected fall-direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventors: Christopher T. Isler, Peter J. Condon, Terry L. Hanna
  • Patent number: 9533236
    Abstract: A disc toss game that comprises a ball placed in the center of a ring that can be knocked out of the ring to score points, with additional points and bonuses being awarded if the disc stays within the ring is disclosed in various embodiments of the present invention. The game of the present invention comprises a plurality of parts and can be adapted for indoor as well as outdoor enjoyment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventor: Henry Brunner
  • Patent number: 9180381
    Abstract: A toy apparatus has a primary structure with components movably coupled together, and a target movably coupled to the primary structure. Repeated impacts on the target move the target from an initial position to a critical position. When the target reaches the critical position, the primary structure is released from a first state to a second state in which the components of the primary structure are at least partially displaced from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael O'Hare, Michael Strauss
  • Patent number: 9163912
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a reactive target for shooting sports and competitions. The reactive target having a plurality of target paddles relative to a pivoting target arm to provide a dueling competition configuration and an arcade configuration. The target paddles being substantially identical and interchangeable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventor: David W. Stark
  • Publication number: 20130147117
    Abstract: An intelligent target comprising a target body suspended from a support structure, at least one sensor affixed to the target body that detects a hit in an area of the target body, a controller, in communication with each sensor, that records the hits detected by the sensor and the area of the target body that was hit and issues a release command when a predetermined number of hits has been reached, and a release mechanism operatively connected with the controller and which releases the target body and allows the body to fall from the support structure on receipt of the release command from the controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventors: Sam D. Graham, Scott Staylor
  • Publication number: 20130026712
    Abstract: Methods and devices, including kits, are disclosed herein for playing a flying disc game. For instance, some aspects are directed to kits for playing flying disc game that can include one or more poles (e.g., two), one or more target objects (e.g., two), and/or a flying disc. The pole can be insertable into a ground surface, or can optionally be inserted into a free standing base. The target object can be detachably placed on the a target support of the pole, which can be dislodged by a player throwing the flying disc at the target object. Various configurations for the poles, target objects, and flying disc are discussed. As well, a method for playing a flying disc game, (e.g., one using some assembly of the equipment disclosed) is also revealed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: Bryan Biederman, John St. Amand
  • Patent number: 8162319
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Action Target Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Stincelli, Kyle Bateman, Tom Wright, David Bassett
  • Patent number: 7950666
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Action Target Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Stincelli, Kyle Bateman, Tom Wright, David Bassett
  • Patent number: 7935010
    Abstract: A method of playing a team sport in which two teams attempt to score goals at opposite ends of a court, the method includes providing a court and rules determining the layout of the court, the length of time for a game and various plays during the game, and penalties. The game is started on the court with a game ball and two teams and either of the two teams upon gaining possession of the game ball becomes the possessing team and the other of the two teams becomes the opposing team. The possessing team must pass the ball between the possessing team's players a minimum number of times before an attempted shot on the opposing team's goal is made, and any player on the possessing team must not possess the ball for a time greater than a time specified by the rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Cerpok
  • Patent number: 7841598
    Abstract: This is a game including a basket supporting an untethered support element which, in turn, supports a free standing scoring body element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventor: Donald Berg
  • Patent number: 7758050
    Abstract: An improved game of Shut the Box, including a game box and front and back rows of tiles in which tiles are pivotally arrayed in a side-by-side relationship. Each tile bears a number and may be selectively placed in either a vertical orientation so as to show the tile face or a horizontal orientation so as to obscure the tile face. The back row of tiles is positioned immediately behind and above the front row such that each one of the back row tiles is directly behind a corresponding front row tile. For any given pair of front and back row tiles, when the front row is in the vertical orientation, the face of the corresponding back row tile is obscured, and when the front row tile is in the horizontal position, the back row tile is revealed if it is in its vertical orientation. When both the front row tile and the back row tile are in the horizontal orientation, the face of each is obscured. The game is played with dice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventor: Thierry Denoual
  • Patent number: 7735832
    Abstract: A target moving configuration includes a weighted base, a shooter's target, a target-moving assembly rotationally connected to the base and a hinge pivotally connecting the target thereto. A target-fall control device operatively connects the hinge to selectively pivot the target when activated. The control device has a balloon, a lock with a removable key, and a pull cord connecting the balloon to the key, which cord holds the key in the lock while the balloon is intact. A target motion device has a drive shaft, a drive cord connected to the target moving assembly and the drive shaft. An electric motor is connected to the drive shaft for rotating the drive shaft. A controller is operable to selectively and randomly power the motor to, thereby, move the target movement arm with respect to the base. Multiple targets and assemblies are provided and connected to the drive shaft for independent movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventor: James Carl Bliehall
  • Publication number: 20080258392
    Abstract: A fishing apparatus comprising a flat, essentially vertical game board, a fish support mounted behind the game board, one or more flat, relatively thin fish-shaped members releasably mounted on the fish support, each fish-shaped member having a tapered mouth at on end thereof and a circular snare opening connecting to the mouth through a guide slot, a casting line, a plug adapted to be connected to the end of the casting line so that the plug and line can be cast over the fish-shaped members, each plug being made of resilient material and being provided with a nose piece adjacent to the connection of the line to the plug, the nose piece being receivable in the snare opening, the game board having a gap therein which is in alignment with the guide slot in the fish-shaped member, the gap in the game board being associated with a plurality of doors which are mounted on hinge axes for swinging movement when a fish-shaped member is pulled against the doors, whereby, when the plug is pulled into the circular snare
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventor: Arlen J. Lowrance
  • Publication number: 20080258393
    Abstract: A fishing apparatus comprising a horizontally extending fish support, one or more flat, relatively thin fish-shaped members releaseably mounted on the fish support, each fish-shaped member having a tapered mouth at on end thereof and a circular snare opening connecting to the mouth through a guide slot, a cast-over bar supported behind the fish support in spaced parallel relation, the fish support and cast-over bar being made of floatable material, a casting line, a plug adapted to be connected to the end of the casting line so that the plug and line can be cast over the fish-shaped members and the cast-over bar, each plug being made of resilient material and being provided with a nose piece adjacent to the connection of the line to the plug, the nose piece being receivable in the snare opening, whereby, when the plug is pulled into the circular snare opening and the line is pulled thereafter, the fish-shaped member will be pulled away from the fish support in a manner simulating the catching of fish in actua
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventor: Arlen J. Lowrance
  • Publication number: 20080214331
    Abstract: A target and magnetic material are provided. The target has a size sufficient to facilitate training a trainee in shooting a hockey puck at a specific location in a hockey goal. The target is further provided with an edge face with a mounting surface for receiving the magnetic material. The target is removably secured to a structural frame member defining a hockey goal by positioning the edge face with the magnetic material adjacent to a structural frame member comprising the hockey goal. Methods of use of the target are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventors: Dean Charles Talafous, Brian McKinney
  • Patent number: 7360767
    Abstract: The apparatus has a target which consists of two or more cylinders which rest on a support. The object of the game is to strike the cylinders with the flying disc from a distance so that they fall off the support. The cylinders are of unequal length such that striking the shorter disc by the flying disc when it is thrown a given distance requires greater skill than striking the longer cylinder when the disc is thrown the same distance. The support may be inflatable so that the game can be played in water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Inventor: Tony Merccica
  • Patent number: 7214137
    Abstract: The golf swing practice device has a floor pad; a hollow tee extending upward from a surface of the floor pad, a ball resting on an end of the tee; and an elastic cord attached to the ball and to the floor pad and extending through the tee. The golf swing practice device also has a socket on a lower end of the tee and a bulge on a surface of the pad. The bulge has a forward-facing slot enclosing the strike side of the elastic cord. The socket on the tee encloses the bulge. The socket and the bulge have complementary spherical shapes that are easily but fitly mounted over and into one another. In other aspects of the invention, the floor pad has a ramp on a strike side of the bulge, and a semicircular groove in its surface, on a forward side of the bulge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Inventor: Louis Arsenault
  • Patent number: 6655691
    Abstract: A shooting game machine having a gun for projecting bullets using compressed air and targets arranged in a predetermined distance in front of the gun includes a housing which is provided with at least one opening formed on a front wall thereof, a gun supporter mounted inside of the opening on the front wall of the housing for supporting the gun, and a target holding mechanism installed in front of the gun in a predetermined distance for holding at least one target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Andamiro Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kim Yong Hwan
  • Patent number: 5690338
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing immediate and dramatic indication of the accurate striking of a target with a gunnery projectile such as a bullet which includes a rocket apparatus with a body defining a chamber therein for holding fluid such as air and water under pressure. A cap is positioned over an inlet defined in the body and includes a nozzle and a one-way nozzle valve positioned therein. A target zone is indicated on the lower portion of the body and the cap such that when it is struck by a projectile it will launch upwardly indicating a target having been struck. A mounting apparatus is included for providing one or more of the rocket apparatus at an elevated mounted location. A deflector apparatus may be included for increasing accuracy for inexperienced marksmen and a descent control device is included for enhancing the gunnery target display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignees: William Thomas Cain, Elizabeth J. Cain
    Inventor: William Thomas Cain
  • Patent number: 5505463
    Abstract: A game toy provides amusement that cannot be obtained with games simulating actual contests, so that players can compete over the number of pieces held by avoiding loss of pieces. The game toy has piece retention means 2a, 2b, 2c and 2d for keeping the player's pieces in predetermined positions, a moving object 3 for moving the pieces from the positions when it collides with the pieces, collision prevention means 4a, 4b, 4c and 4d being operated by the player to prevent collision between the pieces and the moving object when the moving object approaches the pieces, a support means 5 for supporting the moving object 3 so that it can freely spin vertically, and a drive means for rotating the support means 5 around the vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1996
    Assignee: Sente Creations Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomiyuki Hirose, Asayoshi Asami
  • Patent number: 5480150
    Abstract: Discs bearing markings or other indicators that differentiate them from each other are used to randomly select one of a number of possible outcomes. The discs may thus be used to introduce an element of chance in games. Each disc has two sides, one of which is marked with a number. The discs are grouped into sets. The number marked on each disc in a set is the same as that of all other discs in that set, but is different from that of all discs in other sets. To use the discs to randomly select an outcome, a person stacks all the discs on top of one another. The person then upsets the stack by tossing a heavier or larger disc at the stack. After the stack topples, the person counts the number of discs in each set that have come to rest in an orientation either with the number-side facing upwardly or, alternatively, with the number-side facing downwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1996
    Inventor: Rudi Weyand
  • Patent number: 5310193
    Abstract: A feature for starting, stopping and recording playing time for a timed game, such as a pop target game, and provided with a momentary switch which connects electrically to a motor and to a stop watch. Toggling the momentary switch simultaneously starts the stop watch and activates the motor. Activation of the motor winds a cable around the motor shaft causing the cable to be withdrawn from a bar which holds the bar and an attached "start target" onto a horizontal rod of the game, thus causing the "start target" to fall. Falling of the "start target" signals a contestant to begin play.Play ends when the contestant knocks a final "stop target" off a micro switch on which the "stop target" attaches to the game. Removal of the "stop target" opens the micro switch which, in turn, stops the stop watch by means of an electrical connection between the micro switch and the stop watch. The stop watch indicates the contestant's playing time which can be matched against playing times of other contestants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1994
    Assignee: Carl J. Lowrance
    Inventor: Arlen J. Lowrance
  • Patent number: 5222741
    Abstract: A tactical target system and more specifically a target mannequin supported in a suspended manner from a support or supported from a stand or other type of support which includes an inflated balloon or bladder in a vital target area or target areas with the inflated balloon or bladder being connected to or engaged by a supporting structure which will release the mannequin and permit it to fall or collapse in a manner highly simulative of a person being struck by a bullet or other projectile when the balloon is deflated by being penetrated by a bullet or other projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1993
    Assignee: Mark Redl Inc.
    Inventor: Mark S. Redl
  • Patent number: 5180170
    Abstract: An actuating rod for a microswitch used to actuate a time for a fishing game apparatus. The timing mechanism is actuated by a microswitch having a momentary toggle arm. The actuating rod has a lower end with a longitudinal bore therein. The size of the bore is such that the actuating rod can be snugly received over the toggle arm of the microswitch. The upper end of the actuating rod is provided with a vertical notch which extends downwardly. The actuating rod also preferably includes a circular opening or eye disposed above the notch. Each preselected fish-shaped member is provided with a string which connects at one end to the preselected fish-shaped member and which is provided with a knot at the other end of the string. The strings from the two preselected fish-shaped members are inserted into the opening in the actuating rod and slipped into the vertical notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1993
    Inventor: Arlen J. Lowrance
  • Patent number: 5094461
    Abstract: A fishing device or apparatus wherein a plurality of flat vertical objects resembling fish are arranged in a horizontal row along a horizontal support. Each fish is provided with a mouth and a slot which connects with a circular opening below the mouth. For the purpose of catching the fish, the would-be fisherman, or player, will utilize a casting rod with a winding reel. The end of the line which connects with the fishing rod and the reel, however, will be provided with a plug which cooperates with the circular opening below the mouth of the fish. The plug is made of resilient material, such as rubber or plastic, and is provided with a nose piece adjacent the connection of the line to the plug. This nose piece is tapered from a diameter of smaller size than the circular opening in the fish to a diameter slightly larger than the diameter in the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1992
    Inventor: Arlen J. Lowrance
  • Patent number: 4934712
    Abstract: A weighted object is attached to a tether and the tether is twisted to cause the weighted object to spin and to change in vertical position. The apparatus which causes the tether to twist can also orbit through a path to cause horizontal motion of the weighted object thereby providing three-dimensional movement to the weighted object. Movable objects are provided as targets for the weighted object with points being given for producing interaction between the weighted object and the movable objects. Also, due to the resonance properties of the tether, many different sculptural forms within the harmonies can be created. By stroboscopically illuminating the tether, further visual forms can be observed. By pulsating the lights on the weight many visual effects can be produced along with altering the tether to produce special effects for film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1990
    Inventor: Thomas R. Byrd
  • Patent number: 4854910
    Abstract: This invention relates to a shooting toy and, in particular, to one including a base plate, two imitation figures, two guns and several pictures. When the imitation figures are pressed down to the end of a respective hollow barrel, air will be pressed into the guns through a pneumatic pipe and push a suction cup out to suck a picture out from an outer rotating shell to enjoy shooting fun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Inventor: Yug L. Yang
  • Patent number: 4834391
    Abstract: A game including a housing formed of two opposed halves that pivot together. Each half has steps from a raised end proximal a player to a gap at the lower distal end where the halves are pivotally connected. Two players are each allocated a number of marbles, that are initially placed adjacent the player's raised end, plus a larger shooter. By dropping the shooter, the player attempts to knock the marbles down the steps toward the gap. Whenever a player causes a marble to drop through the gap, the player gets another turn. After each turn, the player's shoot is returned to the player via a ramp. All of the marbles knocked down the steps and through the gap, drop through the shooter return ramp and are directed by another ramp toward the opposing player. Clearing the steps of all of the marbles allocated to a player wins the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1989
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: Ralph J. Kulesza, Frank Wimmer, Jeffrey D. Breslow
  • Patent number: 4832339
    Abstract: A toy bowling game for young children includes a soft bowling ball and a ramp providing an angled bowling surface. Adjacent the raised end of the ramp are a number of wells with a pin elastically tethered to the bottom of each well. Each pin has a rounded bottom that fits into a depression adjacent the front upper edge of its respective well for setting up the pin. The underside of a flange on the pin, which is above and around the rounded bottom, engages the bowling surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: Ann C. Danielak, Michael A. Andersen, Harry Disko
  • Patent number: 4807886
    Abstract: A Gattling-gun-like amusement game provides for manual control of the rate of firing and dispensing of dislodged targets as prizes to the player. The gun fires balls at round targets supported on rotating carousels. Dislodged targets roll to the front of an enclosure for dispensing to the player. The balls are separated and fed by an Archimedes' spiral to a feed tube connected to the gun. A sensor is used with controls to limit the number of balls provided to a player. The balls are fed through two successive nip regions formed by pinch rollers. The first is manually controlled by a crank to vary the rate of firing. Balls delivered from the first nip region are fired at high speed by a fast rotating, fixed speed second pinch roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1989
    Assignee: Atari Games
    Inventors: Daniel N. Van Elderen, Gerald J. Lichac
  • Patent number: 4744567
    Abstract: A duck on a rock game is provided and consists of a plurality of playing pieces and a base member whereby one of the playing pieces is positioned on the base member and during play of the game another of the playing pieces can be placed upon the first playing piece. Each playing piece has a flat top surface of given area. A disc, with a flat top of lesser area, is screw threaded to each playing for adjustment between a raised and flush position relative to the flat top of the playing piece to change the area for supporting a superimposed playing piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1988
    Inventors: Voldemore F. Kochmanski, George Spector
  • Patent number: 4509760
    Abstract: A target structure comprising of at least one target and means coupled to the target for exploding the target when the target is hit by an object. In a particular embodiment, the target is a horizontal panel and projector means is located beneath the panel and projects the panel away from the target structure when the panel is struck by an object. The projector means is spring-loaded and is triggered by the force of the object striking the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1985
    Assignee: Adolph E. Goldfarb
    Inventors: Adolph E. Goldfarb, Delmar K. Everitt
  • Patent number: 4470603
    Abstract: A silhouette archery target includes one or more support legs which are supportably received in respective support holes in a base member. The legs and holes are cross-sectionally configured to preclude rotation of the leg in the hole. A rear pivot block is secured to the leg at the base member top surface and has a rearward bottom edge which is located below the center of gravity of the target and serves as a target pivot axis. The forward-facing side of the leg is cut away from just below the top surface of the base member in a manner which permits backward rotation of the target and leg out of the support hole and about the target pivot axis. By selecting the front-to-back depth dimension of the pivot block, one can select the required impact force which causes the target to rotate out of the support hole and topple over. A forward bias block is secured to the leg at the base member top surface to prevent wind directed at the back of the target from toppling the target out of the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1984
    Inventor: David R. Myers
  • Patent number: 4456263
    Abstract: A multi-sided horizontal platform for the support of object or target balls is supported above the horizontal base of a main pyramid support frame. A single swinging missile ball is connected by a tether to the apex of the main pyramid support frame and during use has its swing interrupted by the apex of an internal smaller pyramid frame whose base and apex are symmetrically arranged relative to the base and apex of the main pyramid frame. Plural players in succession at the sides of the game apparatus elevate and aim the missile ball at opposing players' target balls held on that side of the ball support platform in front of each player. The target balls of each player have a distinct color different from those of other players and the target balls are arranged alternately on the sides of the support platform. Each platform side also supports one black ball which, when knocked off by a player, results in a penalty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1984
    Inventor: Jack T. Hallberg
  • Patent number: 4378944
    Abstract: A game apparatus including a stand having a generally horizontal platform connected to a generally upright column. The platform has a plurality of distinct sides with point value indicia associated with each of these sides. A target object is placeable on the platform and is connected to the platform by tether means. A projectile is thrown at the target object from a remote distance with the object of knocking the target object from the platform over one of said sides. The points awarded the player participant throwing the projectile depends on which of the sides of the target is knocked over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1983
    Inventor: Robert J. Johnston
  • Patent number: 4350344
    Abstract: Disclosed is apparatus for playing a competitive game comprising (a) a playing board having a first player's station at one end and a second player's station at the opposite end, (b) an upright standard centrally mounted on the playing board, (c) a weight which is connected to the upright standard at a point remote from the playing board, but which is permitted to rotate about the upright standard, (d) at least one target mounted on the playing board in position to be contacted by the weight, and (e) a mallet mounted at each of the player's stations by means permitting the mallet to be both pivoted and moved longitudinally. The mallets are used to strike the weight, thereby causing it to rotate about the upright standard and to contact the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1982
    Inventor: Michael L. Bear
  • Patent number: 4330130
    Abstract: A flying saucer bowling game is disclosed in which a player or two or more players scale(s) a flying saucer at a pluraity of positioned pins, supported on a suitable base, with the object being to knock the pins down and make and score strikes and spares, in a manner similar to that of bowling. Within the invention are sets of game items for playing this simulated bowling game, preferred combinations of pins and supports, holders for the game parts and a method of playing the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1982
    Inventor: J. Richard Carr
  • Patent number: 4325556
    Abstract: A plurality of playing discs adapted to be used in a game in which one playing disc is thrown against a stack of other playing discs, in an attempt to dislodge and upset the discs in the stack. Each playing disc is uniform and characterized by a central depressed area in the top face of each disc, and preferably, a plurality of circumferentially spaced intermediate recesses between the central depressed area and an outer rim of uniform thickness, such central depressed area and recesses creating pockets between adjacent stacked discs, so that the air in the pockets is compressed by the flexing wall portions of adjacent discs struck by a thrown playing disc, the compressed air being expanded after the impact in order to assist thrusting an upper playing disc away from the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1982
    Inventors: Joseph F. DeCanto, Deborah L. Griffey
  • Patent number: 4285519
    Abstract: A guide-ball game for card playing where a broad flat, hard, smooth surfaced table with a separate unit, gallery type card-rack for a table divider mounted on top and center of the table--the card-rack is attached to the table top by metal clamps on each end of the card-rack that screw lock on to the sides of the table--the card rack holds a series of playing cards in a specific number of horizontal rows and vertical ties. The playing cards all have magnetized metallic edges--set in the card-rack--each held upright in separate compartments by magnetized metallic stripping, so that upon impact by the guide-ball in play, the upright card will break away from magnetic contact and free fall to the table surface. End shields are provided at the card rack extremes to help keep the ball in play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1981
    Inventor: Jose E. di Donato
  • Patent number: 4245842
    Abstract: A skill-type game is disclosed having two opposing projectile launching areas, each launching area including means for launching a projectile and a projectile receiving target area including at least one projectile-receiving upstanding channel adapted to receive a plurality of projectiles, one at a time, in stacked relation one above another. Each launching area includes means for launching a projectile upwardly from a game floor area into a channel, and means for launching a projectile along the game floor area to dislodge a lowermost projectile out of a channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1981
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: Wayne A. Kuna, Jeffrey D. Breslow
  • Patent number: 4245843
    Abstract: A hockey shooting target comprises a target element mounted in a peripheral framework, from which the element is removed on being struck by a properly aimed hockey puck, ball, etc. A saddle is provided for mounting the framework at suitable locations in the goalmouth of a hockey net. The target element is of flexible compressible impact resistant material, e.g. rubbery foam polyurethane, to permit its repeated re-use as a target element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1981
    Inventor: Denis O. Griggs
  • Patent number: 4223888
    Abstract: A diving game for swimming pools in which an adjustable hurdle carrying removable targets is extended across the width of the pool between two standards having weighted base supports. The hurdle is provided with a spring loaded release means so that it will not drop should it be contacted by a diver's body as he attempts to clear it and remove targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1980
    Inventor: Robin R. Greene