Target Penetrated By Projectile Patents (Class 273/408)
  • Patent number: 6016735
    Abstract: A safety containment system for use during the loading and unloading of firearms, such as handguns, rifles and the like, is made in the form of an elongated hollow steel cylinder. One end of the cylinder is closed with a steel plate; and a rubber-like disk is located between the closed end of the cylinder and the open end to form a bullet containment compartment adjacent the closed end of the cylinder. This compartment is filled with randomly oriented hardened metal objects with sharp edges, such as elongated concrete nails having a substantially rectangular cross section. The other end of the housing has an elongated rubber tube acting as a guide member, secured to the rubber-like disk and to the housing member, for accommodating the muzzle end of a barrel of a firearm inserted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Inventor: F. Richard Langner
  • Patent number: 6009790
    Abstract: An attractive, wall-mounted bullet-proof shield, designed to stop the penetration of a bullet when accidently discharged from a firearm. The bullet-proof shield comprises a back layer made of metallic material, a middle layer made of wood, and a front layer made of plastic, all housed within an outer frame. The shield has an attractive appearance which enables it to be used as a wall hanging or as a piece of furniture. The middle layer is designed to partially absorb the energy of a discharged bullet while the back layer is metallic and designed to stop the penetration of a bullet. The front layer is made of an anti-shattering material designed not to shatter and to prevent wood and metallic particles from rebounding outward toward the user. In one embodiment, the front layer is transparent and an optional aiming sheet is disposed between the outside surface of the wood layer and the inside surface if the front layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Inventor: Paul Tekorius
  • Patent number: 5975530
    Abstract: A golf dart game played upon a circular playing field having a playing field center and having a plurality of hole wedges extending from the playing field center. The hole wedges are divided into sections which include hazard sections and desired sections. Hole indicia numbered one through eighteen is located adjacent to each of the hole wedges, so that each hole wedge is assigned a distinct sequential hole number. The game is played in rounds, wherein each round is associated within a particular hole wedge, known as the current hole wedge. The player throws three darts per round, and aims them at the desired sections in the current hole wedge. Points are accumulated by landing darts on the desired sections. Points may be deducted when darts land on hazard sections or outside the current hole wedge. Points from all rounds are tabulated to determine a winner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Inventor: John R. Gary
  • Patent number: 5971398
    Abstract: A training mannequin for sparring and self-defense training is disclosed which employs a life-size mannequin torso in place of the traditional punching bags. The mannequin torso provides more realistic training and provides anatomically correct references as well as lifelike reaction and feel when struck. The mannequin is made from an outer skin filled with a flexible interior foam. The outer skin is formed from a flexible material which returns to its original shape even after it is deformed by a strong blow. This resilience allows the mannequin to absorb virtually unlimited blows without losing its shape, structure or feel. Further, the three dimensional nature of the mannequin allows training in realistic circumstances and from angles not possible with traditional punching bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Medical Plastics Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: David N. Broussard, Danny Ray Smith, Clinton H. Evans
  • Patent number: 5967518
    Abstract: A game apparatus and method played by throwing projectiles (such as darts) at a playing surface. The playing surface includes field markings that depict a sports field in perspective view. The playing surface also includes target markings that define offensive targets and defensive targets. The defensive targets resemble silhouettes of players involved in various action modes of a game. An active counter is provided for awarding score values according to factors such as time elapsed between when an offensive target is hit and a defensive target is hit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Inventor: Wayne Rowe
  • Patent number: 5954339
    Abstract: A dart game includes a dart board havng a number of dart segments slidably engaged in the score area for being shot by a dart and by one or more users. One or more sensing membranes are disposed behind the dart segments for detecting the shot of the dart onto the dart segments. One or more displayers may be used for displaying the scores shot by the users. A processing device may be actuated as an antomatic player in order to generate an automatic score in competing with the score of the dart segments shot by the user and for playing with the user. The playing capability of the processing means may be predetermined for generating the automatic score corresponding to that of the user. The automatic score is preferably randomly generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Inventor: Chih-Hao Yiu
  • Patent number: 5934677
    Abstract: A score indicating method for a cricket dart game may show a warning signal and a close status in a single displayer for allowing the current player to realize the scores of all of the other players without switching the screens of the displayer. The displayer includes a number of score units for indicating a number of scores each and includes three score segments in each of the score units for indicating three shots of the dart segments. The score units each further includes a warning segment for warning the other when one of the players has shot three or more times of the score. The score units each further includes a close segment for indicating a close status when all of the players have shot three or more times of the score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Inventor: Chih-Hao Yiu
  • Patent number: 5924694
    Abstract: A material for targets including a rubber skin material with an embedded wire skeleton, wherein the wire skeleton comprises a wire screen providing structural support for the rubber skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Inventor: Howard Daniel Kent
  • Patent number: 5897116
    Abstract: A dartboard includes a circular spider disposed on an upper portion. The circular spider includes a series of circumferentially and radially extending ribs for forming a number of dart areas and for slidably receiving and engaging with a number of dart segments. The dart segments each includes a lower peripheral portion having one or more stops extended laterally outward of the dart segment for engaging with the lower portion of the ribs of the spider and for preventing the dart segments from being disengaged from the dartboard. The stops of the dart segments are staggered relative to each other for preventing the stops from being engaged with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Inventor: Chih-Hao Yiu
  • Patent number: 5884916
    Abstract: A dartboard includes a circular spider disposed on the front portion having series of circunferentially and radially extending ribs for forming a number of dart areas and for slidably receiving a number of dart segments. A further spider of metal material is secured on the upper portion of the ribs of the spider for protecting the ribs and for preventing the ribs from being damaged by darts. The upper portions of the ribs each includes a frustum shape having two tapered side surfaces and having a flat upper surface. A protective outer film is applied onto the upper surface of the further spider and for protecting the ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Inventor: Chih-Hao Yiu
  • Patent number: 5865440
    Abstract: An archery target constructed of compressed layers of foam. Layers of cross linked, closed cell polyethylene foam of 1/8 to 1/4 inch thickness and a density of 2 to 4 pounds are stacked and compressed between support platens positioned to maintain the compressive forces over the central portion of the target. Band retainers are secured around the target to maintain compression and retain the layers in registry to one another. A weather resistant cover can be trained around the baled target and a handle can also be mounted to the binding support platens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Inventor: Larry Pulkrabek
  • Patent number: 5860655
    Abstract: An archery target incicia comprising an enlarged, color-distinguished cross-hair representation utilizing orthogonal line systems for use in conjunction with an archery targeting sight. The enlarged cross-hair indicia can be used in conjunction with a conventional bulls-eye representation or without such a center designation while facilitating an accuracy indication for arrows fired into the target. The enlarged cross-hair indicia effectively simulates a cross-hair sight from an archery bow which affords the user the opportunity to make a cross-hair alignment with the arrow loaded into the archery bow to facilitate archery training and shooting accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: American Excelsior Company
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Starrett
  • Patent number: 5850885
    Abstract: A new game and apparatus for playing the game are disclosed. The game involves throwing darts onto specially designed dart board. The board is subdivided into different targets each having a number of point areas. Each target is associated with a specific player although only the player knows the identity of his or her target. During the game, players take turns throwing darts at the targets. When a dart lands on a target's point area, the points are scored against that target. When a target's score reaches or exceeds a set elimination value, the player associated with that target is eliminated from the game. Further, during the game, a player may identify his or her target after their score exceeds a set 'FESSUP.TM. value. After identifying one's own target, the player can deduct points from his or her score by landing darts in his or her own target point areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Inventors: W. Steve Clark, Eric J. Theriot
  • Patent number: 5829755
    Abstract: A dart target with clock and alarm functions comprises a key assembly having a plurality of press buttons for setting time and alarm, at least one display for displaying score and state of the dart target in a game mode and displaying present time in a time mode, a target sensing region composed of a plurality of target areas for indicating different countries and regions, and a microcomputer having a time/alarm/clocking logic circuit for transmitting present time data in the time mode. With this arrangement, the display can automatically display present time when departing from the game mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Inventor: Wen-Kai Chen
  • Patent number: 5816579
    Abstract: A marksmanship and weapons training mannequin is disclosed which employs a lifesize mannequin torso in place of the traditional paper targets. The mannequin torso provides more realistic training and provides anatomically correct aiming references. The mannequin is made from an outer skin filled with a flexible interior foam. The outer skin is formed from a flexible material which returns to its original shape even after a projectile passes through it. This resilience allows the mannequin to absorb thousands of rounds and still remain useful as a training tool. Further, the three dimensional nature of the mannequin allows training in realistic circumstances and from angles not possible with paper or hard plastic targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Medical Plastics Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: David N. Broussard, Danny Ray Smith, Clinton H. Evans
  • Patent number: 5735527
    Abstract: A dart board includes a front and lower portion having one or more inclined apertures for stably receiving and supporting darts. The inclined apertures are each defined by a cone shaped wall member. The cone shaped wall member includes a free end portion of reduced diameter and having one or more slits for forming a number of resilient blades so as to resiliently engage with the dart and so as to stably retain the dart in place. A drawer is slidably engaged in the dart board for receiving elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Inventor: Chih-Hao Yiu
  • Patent number: 5711527
    Abstract: A game of projectile-throwing skill is disclosed which includes the steps of throwing a projectile toward a target by a player and marking with a marker a game card held by that player only the region on the target struck by the projectile which matches a corresponding region on that player's game card. This is repeated throughout the order of play, whereby patterns are formed on the players' game cards, until one player has formed a pre-selected pattern on his or her game card, thereby determining the winner of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Inventors: Todd M. Phalin, Karen J. Phalin
  • Patent number: 5702102
    Abstract: A dart score board has tokens moveable along tracks, each track corresponding to a region of a dart board. The score board also has point-score-keeping elements, such as sets of thumbwheels. Players record the progress (status) of a dart game by moving the tokens along the tracks and by advancing the point-score-keeping elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Inventor: Philip R. Ballard
  • Patent number: 5669610
    Abstract: A Human Assailant Simulator Target for firearms training is disclosed. This target consists of a wire frame torso which may be supplied with arms and legs or used without limbs. The target frame may then be fitted with a bullet strike recorder paper having human vital areas or various targets imprinted thereon. Furthermore this paper may easily and inexpensively be replaced. The users of the target may then fit the target with clothes, facial features, hair wigs, masks, or various articles to simulate a person carrying weapons and or goods. The use of the wire frame provides a target that is ninety-eight percent open space in the primary bullet impact area, while the recorder paper allows a user to check accuracy, and quickly renew the target for the next user, while still giving a realistic target for practice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Inventor: Edward Francis Salyers
  • Patent number: 5664782
    Abstract: A dart game toy suitable for simulating the popular game of football includes a dartboard and a number of targets to be used by team players wherein such targets are sized and placed to correlate and simulate the skill required to achieve a desired and displayed result in accordance with the probability of achieving such a similar result in actual football play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Inventors: Christopher John Lacks, Randy Sean Lacks
  • Patent number: 5649708
    Abstract: A roving material known as garnetted polyester, ideally a dacron base, can be manually laid up interiorly of a target case made out of vinyl-coated woven nylon is disclosed. The method of manufacturing the target is directed to first preparing the target by sewing the housing material to its general configuration but leaving a portion of the stitched area open but closable with a zipper or equivalent closure. Thereafter, the roving is manually plucked and the material laid up by hand interiorly of the target. Chopping and blowing the material will degrade the potential effect of the target in its absorption. Finally, a second casing like a pillow case with a longer zippered opening may be placed around the target when the original casing becomes shredded in the kill or bulls eye zone. In one embodiment, a deer silhouette is on one both sides with a contrasting colored kill zone. Another target is circular, optionally with a bulls eye on one side and cross haired center on the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1997
    Inventor: John T. Podlesny
  • Patent number: 5642886
    Abstract: A method of playing a simulated golf game, which game may be played using a dart and a dart board having a generally circular playing surface that is adapted to receive the dart. The surface of the dart board includes a plurality of wedge-shaped zones, each of which corresponds to a hole of a golf course, a plurality of annular rings, and a generally circular bullseye located generally at the center thereof. The method includes providing an identifying indicia such as a number for each wedge-shaped zone, assigning a par value to each wedge-shaped zone, assigning a score with respect to par value to the bullseye, and assigning a score with respect to par value to each annular ring. In addition, an ordered sequence for each wedge-shaped zone is assigned so that each wedge-shaped zone may represent a hole of a simulated golf course, and so that the sequence may correspond to a sequence of holes on the simulated golf course representing a round of golf played on such course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Inventor: Arthur M. Yancey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5613686
    Abstract: A target board includes a center target area and includes a number of cones formed in the surrounding portion. The cones each includes a tip formed in top and each includes a bottom of larger size. The bottoms of three or more cones are engaged with each other so as to define an opening for engaging with a dart. The openings are formed by three or more inwardly curved sides. A number of guide members are formed between every two adjacent cones and each includes a cusp formed in top and each includes two inclined surfaces for guiding the dart into the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Inventor: Chih-Hao Yiu
  • Patent number: 5580063
    Abstract: A reusable projectile impact reflecting target for day and night use, and more particularly to a target with a replaceable primary target label including a polypropylene film containing a colored ink target image from which the ink is removed at the point of projectile impact exposing a contrasting colored photoreflective ultraviolet pigmented ink on the surface to increase visibility. A release agent causes the removable ink to be removed in a controlled manner to form a desired halo effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Assignee: Birchwood Laboratories Inc.
    Inventor: A. W. Edwards
  • Patent number: 5573250
    Abstract: A dartboard clock includes a disk-like face member, serving as a dial plate, having a front surface on which a dartboard pattern is provided and an opposite back surface on which a circumferential flange is provided. The face member has a central through hole through which a rotating shaft of a timing device is received and fixed therein. Timing hands in the form of darts are provided with holes to engage a remote end of the rotating shaft that projects out of the front surface of the face member so as to have the timing hands run on the front surface. Pins in the form of the point section of a dart are threadingly attached to the back surface of the face member to pierce into a dartboard or a B.B. gun. target board for supporting the dartboard clock on the dartboard. A foldable support member is attached to the back surface of the face member for individually supporting the dartboard clock on a horizontal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Inventor: Kevin Kuo
  • Patent number: 5558337
    Abstract: A dart board golf game adapted for use in association with a regulation size dart board including numbered sectional areas and regulation size darts, the dart board golf game comprising: a plurality of score cards formed in a planar configuration, the score cards including a plurality of columns and rows, a first column including the numerals 1 through 9 and 10 through 18, a second combination column including a listed sequence of numerals representing numbered sectional areas of a regulation dart board; and a set of playing rules informing players how to play the game, each player being required to score dart hits in the sectional areas of the dart board corresponding to the numerals in the combination column on the playing card, the player achieving the lowest score at the completion of the game being deemed the winner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Inventor: Louis C. Frank, III
  • Patent number: 5553850
    Abstract: A golfing game dart board including a plurality of landing zones having distance indicia thereon which correspond to distance indicia on a plurality of floor markers spaced from the golfing game dart board. An associated golfing dart game and a method of playing a golfing dart game are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Assignee: Adventure In Mind, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Savu, Timothy Tarcha
  • Patent number: 5552758
    Abstract: A darts scoreboard having a plurality of tracks on a panel. Each track supports a horizontally reciprocal slide bar. The slide bar reciprocates back and forth across an opening to reveal one or more of three indicators. A column of indicia is provided on the panel adjacent to the openings so that each opening corresponds to one of the indicia. A keyboard and display may be mounted on the scoreboard to provide numerical computation capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1996
    Inventor: Robert E. Tobin
  • Patent number: 5540446
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cover and removable and replaceable target pattern appliques for use with dart boards, archery targets, and the like. The cover and target pattern appliques are simple to install on a dart board or archery target and allow the user to remove and replace the current target pattern with a variety of target patterns. The dart board cover comprises a cover body, means for holding the cover body on the dart board, and a front panel member for receiving a target pattern applique. A target pattern appliques can be fixed to the front panel, be removed, and be replaced with another target pattern applique quickly and easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Inventor: Karl H. Felsen
  • Patent number: 5505459
    Abstract: A dart board includes a scoring area having a number of triangular holes formed by a number of triangular peripheral walls. The triangular peripheral walls each includes three tapered surfaces formed in the inner peripheral portion so as to form a wider front portion and so as to form a narrower rear portion such that the holes each includes a widely opened front portion for effectively receiving and for guiding a dart into the holes. The narrower rear portions of the holes each includes a size smaller than that of the dart for stably retaining the dart in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1996
    Inventor: Chih-Hao Yiu
  • Patent number: 5503403
    Abstract: A three-dimensional life-size game animal-simulating archery target including a foam body shaped in the form of a game animal, such as a deer, elk, moose, bear, wild boar, etc., and having a target insert receiving recess located in a primary aiming point of the target. A removable target insert adapted for use with broad head arrows, field point arrows, or both, is releasably secured in the recess in the foam body, and a removable body cover placed over the insert and recess to provide a uniform visual appearance to the exterior of the game animal. A three-dimensional game animal archery target system includes a foam body shaped in the form of a game animal together with at least two removable target inserts, one being adapted for use with broad head arrows and the other being adapted for use with target point or field point arrows. Such a system provides the user with the ability to utilize the same target for archery target practice and hunting preparation with both field point and broad head arrows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1996
    Inventor: Dale A. Morrell
  • Patent number: 5501467
    Abstract: A firearm target providing self-enlarging, highly visible, bullet puncture openings. The target comprises a backing sheet and a target-marked face sheet comprising an impact shatterable material which shatters on impact by a bullet, enlarging the opening and exposing an enlarged area of the backing sheet. The face surfaces of the face sheet and backing sheet are of contrasting colors, thereby increasing substantially the visibility of the bullet impact area.Adhesive, stitching or other holding means holds the face sheet across the backing sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1996
    Inventor: Walter Kandel
  • Patent number: 5496039
    Abstract: A dart game apparatus adapted for play in combination with darts is provided for. The dart game apparatus comprises a backstop. The backstop includes a vertical surface adapted to intercept errant darts. The dart game also includes a rotatable target assembly. The target assembly has a hub rotatably mounted to the backstop forward of the vertical surface, one or more arms radiating outward from the hub, and a dart board mounted on each of the arms. The dart boards include a plurality of target segments adapted to capture darts striking the target segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1996
    Assignee: Arachnid, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel N. Zammuto
  • Patent number: 5465977
    Abstract: An archery target comprising a stack of carpet strips placed upon a base, with the side edges of the strips facing toward the archer. The strips are maintained under compressive force by a pair of flexible bands wrapped around front and rear portions of the stack and the base. The stack preferably includes alternating strips of light weight commercial grade, medium weight plush, and heavy weight plush carpet, which can be waste strips from carpet manufacture or installation. The compressive force is adjusted to permit arrows shot at the target to penetrate at least six inches, but not more than ten inches. The target includes caster wheels attached to the base for rolling the target from one location to another. The target is extremely durable even if it is left exposed to adverse weather conditions. A smaller, portable version of the target is also disclosed. The target presents a minimal hazard to wayward arrows, thereby minimizing damage to arrows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Inventor: Daniel Mann
  • Patent number: 5431409
    Abstract: An archery target method and apparatus including providing a stationary target for an archer shooting an arrow to initiate a moving target. The apparatus senses a hit on the stationary target and initiates a delay sequence. After counting down the delay sequence which allows the archer to reload a bow with a second arrow, the apparatus begins to move a moving target across a target range allowing the archer to fire at the moving target with the second arrow. The apparatus senses when the moving target reaches the end of the target range and stops the moving target at the end of the target range. The apparatus then resets the archery target to return across the target range when the second stationary target shot impacts the target. At this same time, the timing sequence is initiated again, thus repeating the alternating stationary and moving target shots. This sequence allows the archer both left to right and right to left moving targets as well as stationary target shots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Inventor: Joel R. Webster
  • Patent number: 5415415
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved target for shooting projectiles thereon having a plurality of alternating colored concentric rings terminating at a centering colored bull's eye having an alternately colored to said bull's eye, an alternately colored inverted diamond, a plurality of perpendicularly arranged interspersing within and between adjacent alternating colored concentric rings alternating colored bars having an opposing color to said alternating color of said concentric ring, and said alternating colored concentric rings, said oppositely alternating colored perpendicularly arranged interspersing bars, and said alternately colored centrally located bull's eye having a central located oppositely colored inverted diamond contained therein functioning in combination to narrowly focus a person's eye toward the center of a target when a shooter aligns gun sites thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1995
    Inventor: John Mujic
  • Patent number: 5368307
    Abstract: A practice target for the bowfisher made of a waterproof, relatively rigid, expanded, closed cell foamed plastic material such as polyethylene or polyurethane, colored to resemble a finny fish, and an anchor arrangement to hold the target submerged at a preselected depth below the surface of the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Hotchkiss
  • Patent number: 5354066
    Abstract: An archery target is disclosed that is formed from multiple front layers formed from a woven material having laterally displaceable strands to permit penetration of an arrowhead, multiple backing layers formed from material which resists penetration of an arrowhead and a plurality of aligned pockets formed between the front and backing layers. Stuffing material such as raw cotton is compressibly forced into each of the pockets resists lateral displacement of the stuffing material upon penetration of an arrowhead and causes the stuffing material to be compressed in front of the arrowhead to effectively stop the arrow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1994
    Inventors: Dale A. Swanson, Mark A. Solberg
  • Patent number: 5308084
    Abstract: A three-dimensional life-size game animal-simulating archery target including a foam body shaped in the form of a game animal, such as a deer, elk, moose, bear, wild boar, etc., and having a target insert receiving recess located in a primary aiming point of the target. A removable target insert adapted for use with broad head arrows, field point arrows, or both, is releasably secured in the recess in the foam body, and a removable body cover placed over the insert and recess to provide a uniform visual appearance to the exterior of the game animal. A three-dimensional game animal archery target system includes a foam body shaped in the form of a game animal together with at least two removable target inserts, one being adapted for use with broad head arrows and the other being adapted for use with target point or field point arrows. Such a system provides the user with the ability to utilize the same target for archery target practice and hunting preparation with both field point and broad head arrows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1994
    Inventor: Dale A. Morrell
  • Patent number: 5290042
    Abstract: The archery target (12) includes a rectangular core of compressed wheat straw (80) or similar organic material, multiple wraps of self-adhesive stretch film covering the large sides C, the small sides B, and the ends A. The compressed bale of wheat straw (80) wrapped with multiple layers of self-adhesive stretch film (64) on all surfaces is covered by a burlap bag (86), the open ends of the bag (86) are closed and target indicia (102) are affixed to surfaces of the burlap bag (86) that cover the two large sides C of the bale (80). The archery target (12) is produced by compressing a bale of wheat straw (80) to reduce its length and to provide the desired density to control arrow penetration. Retainer bands (84) are placed around the bale (80). The large sides C and the small sides B are wrapped with multiple layers of self-adhesive stretch film (64). The ends A and the large sides C are then wrapped with multiple layers of film (64).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Inventors: Kirk C. Worley, Kris R. Worley
  • Patent number: 5275890
    Abstract: A gun target including a substantially planar first sheet having a back surface and an exposed front surface which carries a graphic pattern having a first color, at which the weapon is aimed. A substantially planar second sheet is connected to the back surface of the first sheet so as to lie substantially parallel to the first sheet. The second sheet has a front surface that has a second, contrasting color relative to the first color. When a round fired from the weapon into the graphic pattern penetrates both sheets, the resulting hole exposes the second color at the front surface of the first sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Inventors: C. Steven Wolf, David Mucci
  • Patent number: 5197743
    Abstract: A dart game includes a board with a simulation golf course presented thereon, including fairways, greens, sand traps, and the like. An object in play of the game requires progression from a fairway to a green to a scoring. Associated water and sand traps are in operative association to provide visual indication of penalty shots and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Inventor: Howard J. Hanson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5188372
    Abstract: An improved dart board wire is provided for a dart board which consists of an elongated slender rod attached to the front surface of the dart board in various positions to indicate point scoring areas on the dart board. A structure is on the elongated slender rod, for deflecting a point of a needle on a dart onto the dart board to stick thereto, when the point of the needle on the dart strikes the elongated slender rod after being thrown thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1993
    Inventor: John Tadej
  • Patent number: 5186628
    Abstract: This invention relates to decoy devices and in particular decoy devices which deceptively simulate target objects such as artillery pieces, armoured vehicles or aircraft. According to the invention there is proposed a decoy device comprising a two dimensional simulation of a target object appearing upon a flexible sheet to the reverse side of which there is fitted a support system of parallel poles, such poles arranged in parallel being affixed to the sheet so that together with the target sheet bearing the simulation, they can be rolled up for transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1993
    Assignee: Bridport Aviation Products Limited
    Inventor: Alan C. Newman
  • Patent number: 5169158
    Abstract: A dart board for use with soft or blunt-tipped safety darts. The dart board includes a rigid backboard, a foam layer of low density foamed polystyrene attached to a surface of the backboard and which presents a target surface. A mesh screen covers the target surface and has a plurality of openings therein sized to allow penetration of a dart tip for retention in said foam layer and sized to prevent dart tip penetration of a depth at which a dart tip would contact said backboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1992
    Inventor: John J. Neville
  • Patent number: 5160133
    Abstract: An apparatus for preserving a marksmanship target score is provided and consists of a thin target with a marked surface, a target board with a matching marked surface and a plurality of cartridge cases. The thin target is mounted on a rear wall of a target range and is shot at by a person holding a firearm so as to put holes through the thin target to test the accuracy in a firearm practice. When the thin target with the holes therethrough is removed from the rear wall of the target range and placed over the target board, the cartridge cases are driven through the holes in the thin target and into the target board so as to preserve the score on the target board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1992
    Inventor: Melvin R. Bloom
  • Patent number: 5118116
    Abstract: The invention describes a dart target device for use with a dart board. In the preferred embodiment, the dart practice device is attached to the bullseye of the dart board and can be rotated around the dart board to overlie different numbered target segments of a dart board. This device may be utilized as a practice device to help a user to become more proficient at hitting the doubles and triples rings of the dart board as well as the bullseye. Alternatively, the device may be provided with various target zones thereon, which would allow the user to play various dart games therewith. The device includes mechanisms to secure it to the dart board at the desired orientation thereon. There also may be included a mechanism to selectively rotate the device on the dart board automatically, to facilitate throwing practice or to provide alternative games to be played with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Inventor: Richard Cherni
  • Patent number: 5087053
    Abstract: A rolling target is initially mounted at an upper end of a ramp structure that is elevationally adjustable relative to a support organization. The release mechanism includes a gate flange biased in a retracted orientation relative to the ramp and maintained in an orthogonal orientation across the ramp by a latch member that is selectively released by a pneumatic mechanism. The target apparatus includes a tire structure, with a central opening mounting a framework therewithin, wherein the framework is arranged for securement of a target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1992
    Inventor: Robert H. Head
  • Patent number: 5066020
    Abstract: A board arrangement, including an inner and outer annular array of targets wherein the targets define triangular sections to accommodate simulation of a conventional fifty-two card game deck and associated wild cards, with a "joker" bull's-eye central target member. Four sets of five dart members are provided, wherein a player is permitted to "draw" five darts of the sets to accommodate play of various card game arrangements to permit enhancement and detraction of points awarded by utilizing particular "suits" of darts in an effort to impact upon a similar target on the board of a like suit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1991
    Inventor: Albert D. Trudeau
  • Patent number: 5054792
    Abstract: A scoring system for a dart game apparatus includes a target wall for mounting a dart board, a supply of at least two visually distinctive kinds of scoring markers for association with corresponding players of the game, the markers of opposing players being stackable, and a scoring panel having a modular pattern of marker positions in a plurality of array portions, each marker position being formed as a hole in the panel for releasably receiving the stem of a marker, and a pattern of score keeping indicia on the scoring panel for defining a scoring value and a required number of occurrences of the scoring value for at least one of the array portions for recording multiple required occurrences of predetermined game score increments in a first game, and for defining a scoring increment for each of at least two of the array portions, the increments being in a fixed ratio for indicating a player's score in a second game by the position of markers in the segments as a summation of the position of each marker in it
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Inventor: Robert J. G. Danielson