Target Support Structure Patents (Class 273/407)
  • Patent number: 11138744
    Abstract: A method for determining whether a goal is achieved by a trajectory of a ball using a mobile computer device comprises capturing a sequence of video frames of the ball with a camera of the mobile computer device; detecting the ball in at least three of the video frames; computing a trajectory of the ball using the detections of the ball; detecting a goal image in at least one of the video frames; computing whether the trajectory of the ball achieves intersection or similar with a goal plane computed from the goal image according to a goal criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: FORMALYTICS HOLDINGS PTY LTD
    Inventors: Andrew Hall, David Budden, Grant Etherington, Holly Ade Simpson, Tres Kani, Se Yeun Kim
  • Patent number: 10533828
    Abstract: A quick change target system including a frame, a target mounted to the frame, and a retainer movable between a first position retaining the target within the frame and a second position permitting removal of the target from the frame. The target is formed from a plurality of individual members that have markings, which collectively define aiming points on the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Backyard Intellectual Property Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Mark Oliphant
  • Patent number: 9859012
    Abstract: A booster circuit includes a charge pump circuit and a clock processing circuit. The clock processing circuit includes a first transistor of a first conductivity type, a second transistor of a second conductivity type, and a third transistor of a third conductivity type. The first and second transistors are connected in series between a high-voltage node and a low-voltage node, and gates of the first and second transistors are connected to each other. The third transistor is connected in parallel with the first transistor between the high-voltage node and an output terminal of the clock processing circuit that is connected to a node between the first transistor and the second transistor and to the charge pump circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba Memory Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Hioka
  • Patent number: 9644924
    Abstract: An archery backstop includes a collapsible frame used to receive a front board and a rear board. The front board is formed from a medium density fiberboard while the rear board is formed from an extruded polystyrene insulation. The frame is collapsible about a pair of hinges formed on the frame, allowing the frame to be folded in half when transported. A pair of magnetic locks disposed on the frame maintains the backstop in a collapsed position, while a rotatable locking mechanism disposed on the frame maintains the frame in an open position during use. The frame further includes an adjustable hanger bar support to allow for various configurations and placements of a target to be attached to the backstop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Trilogy Targets Creations, Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Doria
  • Patent number: 9067114
    Abstract: A flying disc target which includes a frame having a plurality of adjustable legs and a support member having a plurality of hinges, each leg coupled to a hinge of the support member and a target member detachably coupled to the frame, the target member having a first surface and an opposing second surface, the target member includes at least one pocket extending from the first surface toward the second surface, wherein the pocket is configured to receive and store a flying disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: JJC Outdoors, LLC
    Inventors: James Richard Deming, Jeffrey Paul Faust
  • Publication number: 20150137455
    Abstract: A target stand is disclosed and described. The target stand can include a first side member and a second side member. Each side member can have a base portion, and an upright portion extending from the base portion. The upright portion can have a lower engagement feature and an upper engagement feature. The target support can also include a lower transverse member and an upper transverse member. Each transverse member can have a main body portion with a target support portion for interfacing with a target support, and complimentary engagement features extending from opposite ends of the main body portion. The complimentary engagement features of the lower transverse member can be securable to the lower engagement features of the first and second side members to secure the lower transverse member to the first and second side members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Todd W. Pixton
  • Patent number: 9010760
    Abstract: Shooters must presently take their firearms out of their hands to then manually actuate a new target into shooting position. This Target Apparatus will allow the shooter to shine his laser light, infrared light, flashlight, or multi-spectrum light onto a Target Apparatus-mounted sensor that engages a drive means mounted upon the target frame that then forwards a new target into position without removing the firearm from its' shooting position. The unit also uses a unique target backing material that does not require targets to be made of rolls of coated or heavy material stock. The system can utilize rolls of cash register paper, cut sections of gift wrapping paper, hand towel rolls, or even paper towels as target materials without snagging and preventing the next target from being presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Edward Lee McMillan, III
  • Publication number: 20150102564
    Abstract: Anatomically correct archery targets. At least one arrangement includes at least one aiming aid configured to assist in desired arrow placement through the target when the arrow is shot from at least one predetermined elevation at a predetermined horizontal distance from the target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Brian L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8991063
    Abstract: A portable target comprising: (a) a complaint, energy-absorbing backer; (b) a target on a surface of said backer; and (c) a support mechanism for holding said surface of said backer in a vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: David J. Eckhart
  • Publication number: 20150069709
    Abstract: A stationary target shooting system includes a main body having a horizontal member, a vertical member, and a base. The horizontal member is coupled to a first end of the vertical member. The base is coupled to a second end of the vertical member. At least one paper target holder is disposed on the horizontal member. At least one non-paper target holder depends from the horizontal member. The stationary target shooting system is portable and can be easily broken down and reassembled for use on a variety of surfaces. The stationary target shooting system may be adapted for target shooting with both firearms and archery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Doria
  • Patent number: 8960677
    Abstract: An adjustable target stand is provided. The adjustable target stand includes a support assembly having a cross member pivotably received by opposing first and second side plates, and at least one target support member carried by and projecting from the cross member. The adjustable target stand also includes a target orientation assembly including a handle coupled to the pivotable cross member, the handle having a handle aperture, and a plurality of apertures provided through the first side plate and radially extending a first distance from a first cross member receiving aperture provided in the first side plate, the plurality of apertures are each in alignment with the handle aperture such that the handle is pivotable between the plurality of apertures such that an angle retention member may engage the handle aperture with one of the plurality of apertures. A method of using an adjustable target stand is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Decoy Revolution, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Mickelson, Daniel W. McCarthy
  • Patent number: 8955846
    Abstract: One embodiment of an articulated target stand having a base consisting of radially symmetrical legs extending out from a central hub wherein the legs are splayed, optimally forming a three point stance in the deployed position, or folded vertically about the axis of the central hub when in the collapsed position. Pivotally connected atop the base central hub is a three axis yoke gimbal assembly providing selectively rotatable adjustments about the axes. Pivotally connected atop the yoke gimbal assembly is a further assembly providing the means by which the operator can attach commonly available, expendable type targets and target support members. The articulated target stand formed by this embodiment provides a means by which the target can be positioned about four axis of adjustment with respect to the stand's base on a variety of terrains, for a variety of target presentations and is collapsible to an easy carry configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Steven Jay Frickey
  • Patent number: 8925922
    Abstract: An apparatus for playing a game and particularly a table-top game which represents soccer. The apparatus includes a figure for playing a game comprising a model player fitted to a hollow base (5) wherein the base has at least one opening (2, 3, 4) in communication with the cavity and the player has at least one opening (1) in communication with the cavity, and wherein a ball can enter the cavity through the opening on the base or the opening on the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Dozie Nwanna
  • Publication number: 20150001803
    Abstract: Disclosed is a shooting target in the form of a single sheet of wood or other material that is substantially flat and comprised of a body portion and a pointed portion at the bottom end. In many embodiments the body portion has a cut that extends most or all the way through the thickness of the material. The cut may be in any shape and may not connect one end of the cut to the other such that a small piece of material is left, creating the bridge. Two key elements to most embodiments of the invention herein are the point on the lower end and the cut that creates the bridge. The bridge is present in many embodiments, in other embodiments there is not a cut and the piece is one single piece in any shape with the point at its lower end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffery Podergois
  • Patent number: 8919778
    Abstract: A frangible target suspension apparatus wherein the frangible targets are secured to one or more support cords by passing the support cord through apertures in the side edges of the frangible targets and using tension caused by the weight to keep the frangible targets in place on the support cord, or by securing with adhesive, such as when the support cord is a tape, or by knotting the support cord, or utilizing a fastener to secure the support cord to the frangible target. In an alternative embodiment, the frangible target engages a cover with side slots that is placed over the frangible target from the rear retaining the support cord in place within the side slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel L. Fodera
  • Patent number: 8910944
    Abstract: A shooting practice target that includes a roll with an elongated sheet having multiple images. The sheet is movable across a shooting zone formed in a frame. The sheet is movable across the shooting zone to position each of the images for use as a target. A back support may be positioned behind (away from the user) the sheet to support and position the images for viewing by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Russell Eugene Mason, III
  • Patent number: 8910943
    Abstract: The target according to the present disclosure is configured to indicate to the shooter whether the shot hit or missed the target. The target also provides the shooter feedback as to shot placement relative to particular locations on the target. This configuration is advantageous for many types of shooting and is especially advantageous in situations where immediate and consistent shot placement feedback is desire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph E. Lee
  • Patent number: 8888097
    Abstract: This invention is directed toward a table game with, optionally, both an “air game” and a “ground game”. This invention relates to the general field of table games, and more specifically to a large table game, similar in size to a ping pong or pool table, playable by one or more people. The theory behind the invention is to combine an “air game” (such as ping pong) with a “ground game” (such as pool) and do so in a flexible format that allows a number of people to participate in the game. The game can be played in an active fashion, similar to Ping-Pong, or as more of a set-up and strategy game, as in pool. A unique paddle-shaped hitting device with a hockey-stick like projection on its bottom portion allows for a player to play both the air game and the ground game using the same hitting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Robert A. Norrell
  • Publication number: 20140300055
    Abstract: A target hanger, comprising an L-shaped body having a first elongate portion and a second elongate portion, the first elongate portion having a first end and a second end, a first side edge and a second side edge, the second elongate portion extending perpendicularly outward from the first side edge at the second end of the first elongate portion. A first target receptacle is positioned on the first side edge of the first elongate portion and a second target receptacle is positioned on the second side edge of the first elongate portion. The first and second target receptacles being spaced from the second elongate portion by at least a distance that is greater than a thickness of a target board; the first and second target receptacles each being sized and shaped to receive and retain an outer edge of the target sufficiently to support the weight of the target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Donald PAPP
  • Patent number: 8844934
    Abstract: A target for hanging on a frame has a hanging member having a first elongated arm, a second arm extending from the first arm and a third arm extending from the second arm. The first and third arms are parallel to each other and the second arm is perpendicular to said first and third arms. The third arm is shorter than the first arm. The hanging member has a thickness. A target disk has an elongated slot wherein the hanging member is inserted into the slot. The third arm extends through the slot and the second arm is received within the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Jacob T. Dean, Donald L. Wells
  • Publication number: 20140284880
    Abstract: A collapsible, portable target shooting apparatus that is easily transported and constructed in the field, backyard, or other location for shooters to use for training and recreation. When collapsed, the apparatus lies generally flat. When expanded and assembled, portions of the apparatus comprise graphics for target shooting. A shelving system supports a variety of targets, including, but not limited to, three-dimensional targets such as fruit, cans, bottles, or any similar item. The apparatus may be made of cardboard, stiff paper, plastic, Kevlar, wood, metal, Styrofoam, or similar materials, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: NEELY MARIE BURKS
  • Publication number: 20140284879
    Abstract: A mounting clip in configured to hold a clay target having an inside edge, a front face, a first top edge and a second top edge. The mounting clip has an attachment clip configured to attach to the mounting clip to a hanger. A clamping clip is immediately adjacent to the attachment clip configured to hold and support the clay target. The mounting clip supports the clay target from the hanger to facilitate shooting at the clay target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: JOSEPH BRADLEY HENDRIX
  • Publication number: 20140252719
    Abstract: A target stand includes a first base member, a second base member spaced apart from the first base member, and a brace member extending between the first base member and the second base member and coupling the first base member and the second base member together. The first base member, the second base member, and the brace member are physically discrete and easily separable components. The target stand is lightweight and easy to assemble/disassemble and transport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Chad Johnson
  • Patent number: 8813401
    Abstract: A multi-purpose reversible target includes a target body having a first side and a second side, a plurality of target areas printed on the first side of the target body, and a plurality of tabs integral with the target body and on the second side of the target body. A stand includes an elongated body having a top end and an opposite bottom end, the bottom end configured for insertion into ground and at least one holder comprising a first loop and a second operatively connected to the first loop to thereby allow for friction fit of an edge of signage between the first loop and the second loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Matterhorn Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Galen Diercks
  • Publication number: 20140232067
    Abstract: The new invention in the preferred embodiment depicts a highly portable Target Factory that is intended for use in the fire arms industry. The highly portable “Target Factory” invention includes two separate “Target Factory” elements, that are intentionally molded which is internally hollow. Each “Target Factory” assembly element contributes to the combined stability, energy absorption, high portability, easy setup, high visibility of selected target shapes and the sturdy presentation of said target shapes when the combined portable “Target Factory” is deployed where the terrain is uneven, soft, sandy, firm, stony or impenetrable. Each separate “Target Factory” element operate independently but unitarily as they are joined by pivotal “hinge” mechanisms located on either side of the “Target Factory”. The embodiment of the invention is environmentally sensitive; the entire invention is recyclable with no material that can shatter to the ground such as glass bottles, TV monitors and other such objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Charles Preston Barry
  • Publication number: 20140217674
    Abstract: An electronic moving target system and method, which users may aim and shoot various instruments at which can be configured to present rigid or flexible targets from a variety of different directions. The target system presents users with realistic moving targets which may be quickly and easily be replaced as needed. The moving target system is fully programmable by a user and may present a series of varying challenges to a marksman. The moving target system may include a target surface operatively connected to a control arm which is powered by a motor. The motor receives signals from a control box supplying instructions from a microcontroller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Brent Kochuba
  • Publication number: 20140203509
    Abstract: An archery target includes a clamping assembly having at least two conditions wherein a first condition applies compressing force to a target material and a second condition releases at least a portion of the compressing force from the target material such that arrow removal is easier. The clamping assembly allows the user of the target to readily change the clamping assembly between the two conditions. The clamping assembly may be manual, powered, or a combination of the two. The clamping assembly may include a mechanical lever, a winder, a crank, a hydraulic device, or a pneumatic device. The clamping compressing force may be applied from the top, bottom, or sides of the target material. In some configurations, a strap is disposed around the target material and is tightened and loosened to apply and release the compressing force from the target material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel N. Reed
  • Patent number: 8770587
    Abstract: A multi-purpose reversible target includes a target body having a first side and a second side, a plurality of target areas printed on the first side of the target body, and a plurality of tabs integral with the target body and on the second side of the target body. A stand includes an elongated body having a top end and an opposite bottom end, the bottom end configured for insertion into ground and at least one holder comprising a first loop and a second operatively connected to the first loop to thereby allow for friction fit of an edge of signage between the first loop and the second loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Matterhorn Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Galen Diercks
  • Publication number: 20140183823
    Abstract: A flying disc target which includes a frame having a plurality of adjustable legs and a support member having a plurality of hinges, each leg coupled to a hinge of the support member and a target member detachably coupled to the frame, the target member having a first surface and an opposing second surface, the target member includes at least one pocket extending from the first surface toward the second surface, wherein the pocket is configured to receive and store a flying disc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventors: James Richard Deming, Jeffrey Paul Faust
  • Patent number: 8757627
    Abstract: 3-D target systems for target practice relating to three-dimensional objects having accuracy markers for internal organs and normally non-visible targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Cory W. Sedlacek
  • Patent number: 8720895
    Abstract: A portable archery target support having at least three legs that can be arranged asymmetrically, the legs being dowels or simple tubes; with a non-rigid target suspension feature and stabilizers to prevent the target from swinging or turning excessively after an arrow strike.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Bradley Matthis
  • Patent number: 8720896
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment the present invention contemplates a system for selectively coupling a shooting target to a target mount device. This system includes a target mount device having a T-shaped mount body. The mount body has three mount holes defined on an underside of the mount body and each mount hole terminates at a solid wall portion provided by an underside of a top surface of the mount body. Three legs selectively attach to the mount body, one leg at each corresponding mount hole. At least one leg includes an adjustment mechanism for extending the length of the leg. A conventional target attaches to the mount device by a mechanism for suspending the target from the mount block coupled to the mount block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Bradley S. Matthis
  • Patent number: 8714554
    Abstract: A multi-purpose shooting target includes a target box with an inner space, a deceleration projectile stopping device and a double-faced target plate. A projectile collecting groove is disposed in the inner space at the lower side of the target box, and the double-faced target plate provides a combined blowgun/darts target plate. After a projectile pierces a target sheet, the momentum of the projectile is absorbed by the deceleration projectile stopping device. Finally, the projectile drops into the projectile collecting groove, providing highly efficient stopping and collecting of projectiles. A user can enjoy shooting safely, while avoiding risks associated with ricocheting projectiles. Since the face of the double-faced target plate can be changed quickly, it can be used as a shooting target structure for a toy gun, a blowgun target and a dartboard, allowing a shooting activity that is both safer, more diversified and amusing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Viper Target Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jerry Chu
  • Patent number: 8695985
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes various embodiments of shooting target assemblies and associated systems and methods of use and manufacture. One aspect of the disclosure is directed to shooting target assemblies configurable in an assembled arrangement and a stowed arrangement. Another aspect of the disclosure is directed to shooting target assemblies having a stabilizer for improving target stability during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Battenfeld Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell A. Potterfield, Tim Kinney, Adam Birk, Robert J. Zara, Jim Gianladis
  • Publication number: 20140091527
    Abstract: A target for receiving projectiles is configured for mounting in a corner of a room.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Paul W. Schneider
  • Publication number: 20140070493
    Abstract: A throwing disc, goal apparatus, and game are provided. A disc includes a central hub with blades projecting equiangularly from the hub. The blades are circumscribed by and joined to an outer perimeter ring that aids in throwing. The blades of the disc act as airfoils and impart unique flight characteristics to the disc. A goalpost is comprised of two vertical sections, joined by a horizontal cross-bar located above the midline of the vertical sections, and supported by a rectangular frame oriented perpendicularly to the vertical sections. A scoring pad is included. The game is played by tossing the disc and attempting to pass the disc while in flight between the vertical posts and above the horizontal cross-bar of the goalpost, and landing the disc on the scoring pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Robert J. Gonzalez
  • Publication number: 20140062023
    Abstract: A weaponry target mechanism has a base having two pivot points, two support arms each pivotally connected to one of the pivot points, a third arm pivotally connected to the two support arms, and a platform pivotally connected to the third arm and pivotally connected by a fourth arm to one of the support arms. The base may have two additional pivot points. There may be two additional support arms each pivotally connected to one of the additional pivot points. There may be an additional third arm pivotally connected to the two additional support arms. The platform may also be pivotally connected to the additional third arm and pivotally connected by an additional fourth arm to one of the additional support arms. There may be a target attached to the platform. The target may assume an upright position and a dropped position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Blair Medford Burtan
  • Patent number: 8651493
    Abstract: Targets, a target range system, and methods for economical operation of a target range. A preferred method includes providing a target range site; providing a target resembling a conventional target in dimension and appearing, yet having a weight that is substantially less than the weight of the conventional target. The target has a plurality of interconnecting plates made of recyclable material and is devoid of hazards comprising munitions, fuels, and radioactive materials. The ingress and egress routes for the target are reduced as compared to routes for conventional targets and enable cost savings. The targets are also readily recycled, enabling additional economic advantage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sterling Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Elliott J. Adler, William M. Pearse, Erik S. Quist, Michael W. Welch
  • Publication number: 20140027983
    Abstract: A tiered beer pong device is provided. The tiered beer pong device may include multiple leveled platforms to support beer pong cups. The device may include a base with at least a first platform and a second platform. The distance between the second platform and the base is greater than the distance between the first platform and the base. The platforms may include openings to fit beer pong cups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: David Phillip Keebler
  • Patent number: 8622394
    Abstract: A free-standing post supported target mechanism has a support post of a defined cross-sectional geometry. A baseplate defines a post opening receiving the support post and has a first orientation permitting movement of the baseplate along the length of the support post and a second orientation establishing a gripping relation with the support post. A spall plate defines a post opening receiving the support post and has a first orientation permitting movement of the spall plate along the length of the support post and a second orientation establishing a gripping relation of the spall plate with the support post. A target plate engages the baseplate and the spall plate and is secured by a locking member. A target base defines a receptacle receiving and supporting the support post and establishes a weight-forward condition that offsets the rearward forces of bullet impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Mark C. Larue
  • Patent number: 8608170
    Abstract: A target stand is disclosed that comprises a target frame supported on a shelf having a pair of legs mounted in spaced relation. The legs pivotal and adjustable between a storage position and a shooting position. The storage position having the target frame intermediate to and parallel to the legs. The shooting position having the legs in a generally non-parallel configuration to support the target frame in a predetermined shooting position. The target frame supporting a target either above or below the pivotal connection between the legs and the target frame. The legs adapted to be secured to the target frame thus resisting pivoting and adjusting to hold the legs in a non-symmetrical orientation to accommodate rough terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Terry Ball
  • Publication number: 20130269193
    Abstract: A portable target comprising: (a) a complaint, energy-absorbing backer; (b) a target on a surface of said backer; and (c) a support mechanism for holding said surface of said backer in a vertical position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: David J. Eckhart
  • Publication number: 20130241152
    Abstract: A frangible target suspension apparatus wherein the frangible targets are secured to one or more support cords by passing the support cord through apertures in the side edges of the frangible targets and using tension caused by the weight to keep the frangible targets in place on the support cord, or by securing with adhesive, such as when the support cord is a tape, or by knotting the support cord, or utilizing a fastener to secure the support cord to the frangible target. In an alternative embodiment, the frangible target engages a cover with side slots that is placed over the frangible target from the rear retaining the support cord in place within the side slots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel L. Fodera
  • Publication number: 20130234395
    Abstract: An adjustable target stand is provided. The adjustable target stand includes a support assembly having a cross member pivotably received by opposing first and second side plates, and at least one target support member carried by and projecting from the cross member. The adjustable target stand also includes a target orientation assembly including a handle coupled to the pivotable cross member, the handle having a handle aperture, and a plurality of apertures provided through the first side plate and radially extending a first distance from a first cross member receiving aperture provided in the first side plate, the plurality of apertures are each in alignment with the handle aperture such that the handle is pivotable between the plurality of apertures such that an angle retention member may engage the handle aperture with one of the plurality of apertures. A method of using an adjustable target stand is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Mickelson, Daniel W. McCarthy
  • Patent number: 8505921
    Abstract: A target stand includes a target stand base and a target holder, together with a target mounted in the holder. The base has a cross member which is adjustably rotatably mounted, and the cross member has an upright member extending therefrom. The holder has a stem portion inserted into an open end of the upright portion of the base. A hand screw is used to secure the stem portion in the upright member. In this manner, the holder can be secured at any rotational angle relative to the upright member. Further, the upright member itself can be moved to any position by rotation of the cross member, which is likewise secured by a hand screw. Further, an uppermost portion of the target stand holder includes block carrying a transverse bar and allowing pivoting of the transverse bar. The transverse bar connects a pair of upright bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: David R. Amodt
  • Publication number: 20130193646
    Abstract: A “indicating” projectile impact target, or group of such, that can be affixed to the front of an existing thin walled projectile impact target, where the indicating target(s) “actuate”, upon being struck by a projectile at one of the indicating target's bullseye locations, to leave a custom silhouette in the indicating target and the existing target, in order to indicate the bulls eye strike to the shooter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: Wei Su
  • Patent number: 8469365
    Abstract: A paintball target holder includes a frame having plural parts that are movable relative to one another in order to fold the frame and thereby reduce a volume encompassed by the frame. The plural parts include a front part, a back part, and a bottom part. The paintball target holder includes a target mounted to the front part, layers of material mounted between the target and the back part, where the layers of material receive a paintball through the target, and a paintball loader mounted to the bottom part. The paintball loader receives the paintball from the layers of material via the bottom part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventors: George Byram, Brad Garvey
  • Patent number: 8469364
    Abstract: A portable bullet trap includes a rail which is attachable to a shoot house or other ballistic wall and a trolley which facilitates movement of the bullet trap along the rail. Additionally a bullet trap may include a plurality of pivotable baffles or other structures disposed therein to deflect and partially decelerate a bullet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Action Target Inc.
    Inventors: David Bassett, James Sovine, Kyle Bateman
  • Publication number: 20130147119
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment the present invention contemplates a system for selectively coupling a shooting target to a target mount device. This system includes a target mount device having a T-shaped mount body. The mount body has three mount holes defined on an underside of the mount body and each mount hole terminates at a solid wall portion provided by an underside of a top surface of the mount body. Three legs selectively attach to the mount body, one leg at each corresponding mount hole. At least one leg includes an adjustment mechanism for extending the length of the leg. A conventional target attaches to the mount device by a mechanism for suspending the target from the mount block coupled to the mount block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventor: Bradley S. Matthis
  • Publication number: 20130147118
    Abstract: A portable archery target support having at least three legs that can be arranged asymmetrically, the legs being dowels or simple tubes; with a non-rigid target suspension feature and stabilizers to prevent the target from swinging or turning excessively after an arrow strike.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventor: Bradley MATTHIS