Printed Matter Patents (Class 273/409)
  • Patent number: 10228219
    Abstract: Before a person can use any weapon, such as a gun or a rifle, effectively, the sight must be aligned to the barrel through a zeroing process. An improved zero target is developed which is inexpensive and applicable to many different weapon sight scenarios. By making a universal zero target, users need only a single target eliminating the need for procuring and storing various targets. Additionally, the multi-sight target eliminates the need for field expedient zeroing solutions. The product saves both time and money and improves the results for weapon users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas R. Boyer, Isabel C. Fleckenstein
  • Patent number: 9255773
    Abstract: A target holder comprising a frame including a vertical frame assembly and a horizontal frame assembly connected to a bottom portion of the vertical frame assembly. The target holder includes a supply roll assembly disposed along a top portion of the vertical frame assembly, a motor support disposed on the vertical frame assembly below the supply roll assembly and a motor having a rotatable drive shaft, the motor fastened to the motor support assembly. The target holder includes a take-up roll assembly rotatingly engaged with the drive shaft and target roll rotatingly disposed on the supply roll assembly, the target roll including a plurality of targets. The target holder may include a motor control circuit for controlling the operation of the motor, remote receiver in communication with the motor control circuit and a remote transmitter for transmitting a signal to the remote receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventor: Thomas Hall
  • Patent number: 9072953
    Abstract: Embodiments of a baseball or softball pitching and training device and methods of teaching a student pitcher the art of intelligent pitching are disclosed. An embodiment of a device comprises a vertically planar display surface having an image and dimensions of an average strike zone, the display surface further comprising, a plurality of areas of generally rectangular target shapes for receiving pitched balls; the generally rectangular target shapes indicating graded locations of effectiveness of pitches; and the device furthermore comprising, pitch location information, which is controlled by pitch count of “balls” and “strikes”. Furthermore, an embodiment of a method includes the steps of (1) providing the device disclosed above; and (2) providing pitch location and pitch selection information, which are controlled by pitch count of “balls” and “strikes”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: Darrell J Moore
  • Patent number: 8899591
    Abstract: A shooting target having two overlaid target sheets. The front sheet provides a user with a photorealistic image of a desired target object (e.g., game animal or human assailant). Behind the front sheet is another sheet having the same image thereon, but with portions of that target which represent vital organs superimposed over the appropriate portions of the target's body. Having the rear sheet that provides the user with the marksmanship feedback behind the visible target sheet provides a more realistic shooting experience by eliminating the “aim-points” of traditional targets. Further, the dual layer target produces a “souvenir” sheet that readily shows which vital organ was struck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Dale E. Donaldson
  • Publication number: 20140054860
    Abstract: A target, system and method for increasing accuracy of a shooter. The target includes at least one component with linear edges. The linear edges converge creating precise points of reference. The at least one component has a first color such that when a shot is fired through the at least one component there is no visual feedback to the shooter. The target includes a contrasting background which is provided outside of the at least one component. The contrasting background has a second color which is different from the first color, such that when a shot is fired through the contrasting background there is visual feedback to the shooter. The at least one component has linear edges, the visible feedback provides the shooter with precise instant feedback that allows for proper adjustment to continually improve accuracy by improving the relationship between the shooter's sight, trigger pull and muzzle direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: James F. PHIPPS, JR.
  • Publication number: 20120218633
    Abstract: Targets, target systems, and related methods are provided. The targets can provide non-electric or low electric dynamic imagery and/or thermal signature capabilities that can be used in target systems. For example, a target can include a substrate forming a target body and having a front side. A combined image is disposed on the front side of the substrate with the combined image including a combination of at least two primary images of a potential target provided through lenticular printing. A lenticular lens can be disposed over the combined image so that the combined image and the lenticular lens generate an observed image of the potential target body when viewed by an observer. Additionally or alternatively, a target can be provided that includes a substrate forming a target body and at least one substance disposed on the substrate configured to create a thermal signature mimicking a potential target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: K. Dominic Cincotti, Fred Mark Tocci
  • Patent number: 8096558
    Abstract: This is a game combining darts, a game board, a non-standard dartboard, and non-standard cards to simulate a football game. The dartboard includes a center scoring region at the center of the dartboard, concentric rings of varying radii surrounding the center scoring region, and multiple scoring regions within each ring labeled with either a yardage target label or an alphabetic label describing a state of play. The cards include starting yard line cards, yard line cards, red zone cards, interception or fumble cards, and penalty cards. The yard line cards indicate on one side of each card a yard range on a simulated football field corresponding to a player's position on this field and on an opposite side of each card a plurality of yardage targets to be achieved by the player by means of darts thrown at the dart board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph Curcija
  • Patent number: 7992874
    Abstract: A dart game simulates an automobile race, such as NASCAR or INDYCAR. The players throw darts at a target board and follow instructions in areas of the target board according to where the dart landed. Each of the players has a game piece that is located on a scoreboard that is shaped to simulate a race track and is divided into a plurality of steps. The target board is also divided into a pit area. Each game piece is moved in accordance with the instructions found on the target board. A player can move in the track area only if his game piece is permitted on the track. A game piece is removed from the track if the player strikes an area on the target board that contains instructions which require the game piece to be moved into the pit. The player can only exit the pit if he has struck an area that has instructions that permit him to move out of the pits. The game continues until one player has completed a preset number of laps and crosses a start/finish line first.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Inventor: Daryl Davidson
  • Publication number: 20110127724
    Abstract: The present document describes games using darts or arrows. More particularly, this description relates to targets and accessories used for new games.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventor: Jean BOUCHARD
  • Patent number: 7946048
    Abstract: The present invention relates to target acquisition and related systems and devices, and more particularly to telescopic gunsights and associated equipment used to achieve shooting accuracy at, for example, close ranges, medium ranges and extreme ranges. The present invention also provides targets and methods of using the systems to achieve enhanced shooting accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Horus Vision, LLC
    Inventor: Dennis J. Sammut
  • Patent number: 7806409
    Abstract: An electronic dart game allowing players to control and more closely simulate the offensive and defensive strategies of a game of football when compared to other dart games with a football theme. Each player can use remaining time on the clock to advantage, and continue play in first down increments, as long as minimum yardage gains are made in the time intervals allowed. The player starts anew with four darts each time a first down is achieved. Darts can score yard gains, yard losses, passes, fumbles, and interceptions. Punting and field goals can be attempted if clearly indicated in advance of throwing a dart. One distinction from a real football game is that there are no time outs, and players cannot stop the clock. A main computer control chip preferably coordinates the game board and scoring/control board used and maintains all aspects of the game in sequence once play begins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventor: Robert Carl Cardenas
  • Publication number: 20100207330
    Abstract: An arrow tip and target system, including a tip having a removable marking material integral with an end surface of the tip, and a target. An arrow for marking a target, including a shaft and a tip fixedly mounted thereon, the tip including a removable marking material integral with an end surface of the tip. A tip for attachment to an arrow, including a removable marking material integral with an end surface of the tip. A kit including a target, arrow tips, marking material, games, and rules for the games. A method of playing a game with an arrow tip and target system by attaching a tip including removable marking material to an arrow, launching the arrow towards a target according to the game being played, contacting the tip with the target, and removably marking the target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: MOR ARCHERY TARGETS, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy Paul Yaroch, Rhonda Ann Yaroch
  • Publication number: 20100140875
    Abstract: The method of competitive marksmanship includes the steps of providing a first shooter with a first designated target system having a first target composition, the composition including various graphic elements. Respective selectable rule-based values are, in accordance with rules, assigned for respective graphic elements of the first target composition. A second shooter is provided with a second designated target system, the system having a second target composition, visually different from the first composition, and the target composition also including various graphic elements. Each respective graphic element of the second target composition is then assigned a rule-based respective value. As the game progresses, and in accordance with variations of the game, there is calculated a progressive accumulation of values resultant of a successful scoring of hits upon elements of the target composition of each shooter's respective designated target system, until a winner is declared.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventor: Clifford J. Broadley
  • Patent number: 7712225
    Abstract: The present invention relates to target acquisition and related systems and devices, and more particularly to telescopic gunsights and associated equipment used to achieve shooting accuracy at, for example, close ranges, medium ranges and extreme ranges. The present invention also provides targets and methods of using the systems to achieve enhanced shooting accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Horus Vision LLC
    Inventor: Dennis J. Sammut
  • Publication number: 20090134581
    Abstract: An archery target configured to absorb an impact of an associated arrow. The target having a stand having a top side and a bottom side and the bottom side including a support structure for supporting the archery target on an associated surface. The top side including a target rest shaped to receive a portion of an outer perimeter of a cylindrical target portion in shaped engagement. The target portion having a front side and a back side which extend between the outer perimeter and define a target depth and including a central core extending between front and back sides of the target. The core defining a target axis coaxial with the outer perimeter and the target portion further including at least one general planar sheet having side edges defining a sheet width that is generally equal to the target depth and a sheet surface between the side edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventor: Joe G. Box
  • Publication number: 20090093325
    Abstract: Described herein is a combination pitching aid and batting tee apparatus. The apparatus includes a base having a front and a rear, a stand extending upwardly from the base, a support rod extending upwardly from the stand, and an arm extending outwardly from the support rod. The arm includes a target associated therewith that can be adjusted vertically and horizontally. The apparatus includes a screen having a top end and a bottom end and a support assembly having a top end and a bottom end that extends upwardly from the base. The bottom end of the screen is attached near the front of the base and the top end of the screen is attached to the support assembly. The support rod can be replaced with a batting tee.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Applicant: MELTZER INVESTMENT COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Duane Meltzer, William Tan
  • Publication number: 20090058008
    Abstract: A target includes a face member, a side wall, and an image. The face member includes a first edge that at least partially surrounds the face member. The side wall is connected to the face member at the first edge. The side wall increases the strength and stability of the target. The image is located on a surface of the face member. A method of making the target includes obtaining a sheet of material; heating the sheet of material; using a mold to define a face member, side wall member, and flange member from the heated sheet of material; cooling the sheet of material after defining the face member, side wall member, and flange member; removing an excess portion of the flange member; and printing an image on the sheet of material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventors: Ryan J. Baumgartner, Clark J. Stoel
  • Publication number: 20090045579
    Abstract: The method of competitive marksmanship includes the steps of providing a first shooter with a first designated target system having a first target composition, the composition including various graphic elements. Respective selectable rule-based values are, in accordance with rules, assigned for respective graphic elements of the first target composition. A second shooter is provided with a second designated target system, the system having a second target composition, visually different from the first composition, and the target composition also including various graphic elements. Each respective graphic element of the second target composition is then assigned a rule-based respective value. As the game progresses, and in accordance with variations of the game, there is calculated a progressive accumulation of values resultant of a successful scoring of hits upon elements of the target composition of each shooter's respective designated target system, until a winner is declared.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventor: Clifford J. Broadley
  • Patent number: 7455587
    Abstract: A gaming machine comprises a display, a game player input means and a game controller arranged to control images displayed on the display. The game controller controls play of a game in which a winning game result causes a prize to be awarded to a game player. The game comprises an interactive sequence related to a tournament in which a representation of a first video-player of one team is displayed. An action of the first video-player to be executed is selected by the game player via the game player input means and the game controller selects an action to be performed by another video-player. Depending on an outcome resulting from the selected actions, an award is made to the game player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: Scott Christopher Olive, Naomi Glasson, Brett Mezen
  • Publication number: 20080248449
    Abstract: The present invention relates to target acquisition and related systems and devices, and more particularly to telescopic gunsights and associated equipment used to achieve shooting accuracy at, for example, close ranges, medium ranges and extreme ranges. The present invention also provides targets and methods of using the systems to achieve enhanced shooting accuracy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Applicant: Horus Vision, LLC
    Inventor: Dennis J. Sammut
  • Publication number: 20080179832
    Abstract: A gun sighting kit (8) and a method for gun sighting are preformed by placing a clear sheet (12) having a concentric circular graph (10) over a cluster of shots (32) on a target (28) that need only have a center location (30). A center (16) of the concentric circular graph has a hole (16?) through which a center (36) of the shot cluster is marked. The kit (8) also includes a square grid (18) on a clear sheet (20) that is then placed over the marked target so that a center (22) of the grid is located at the target center in order to permit determination of the horizontal and vertical deviation of the shot cluster center (36) from the target center, in order to permit necessary gun sight adjustment for proper aiming.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventor: Michael P. Miller
  • Publication number: 20080164657
    Abstract: A moving target practice apparatus adapted to be used in the home or easily portable by a user, and increasing the challenge to a user by creating unpredictable and moving targets, including moving target areas disposed on the front of the apparatus comprising a series of apertures that align to create an opening at various intervals in time to receive a projectile and/or a series of moving toppling targets traveling around the apparatus which are automatically resetable to an upright position once hit by a projectile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2007
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Inventor: Brent Sheldon
  • Patent number: 7275747
    Abstract: A dart-board game kit includes an annular target including a front surface provided with predetermined surface indicia imprinted thereon for defining a plurality of pie-shaped regions at which players may aim. The front target surface has at least one concentric circle and a coaxially registered bulls-eye provided with a diameter smaller than a diameter of each concentric circle. A plurality of projectiles are removably engageable with the front surface. The dart-board game kit further includes a set of playing rules informing players how to play the game. Each player is required to stand a predetermined distance from the target when throwing the projectiles and each player is required to score hits in the regions of the target. The players continue to throw the projectiles until attaining an acceptable goal or reaching a maximum number of throws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventor: Thomas A. Tanita
  • Patent number: 7207567
    Abstract: A weapons qualification target having indicia thereon, including a photograph of a human being, a drawing of selected parts of the human anatomy, and a standard weapons qualification scoring pattern. The scoring pattern and the anatomical indicia are invisible from the usual firing distance for weapons qualification so that the shooter sees a realistic target when qualifying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventor: Jeffrey Brown
  • Publication number: 20040090010
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a learning system that uses the concept of tossing a token (dart) at a specifically designed game board for individual or team players. Included in this invention are variations of the learning system involving religious, phonetic and phonological awareness, vocabulary, geography, mathematical, historical, and other facts. This system incorporates the concepts of the general game playing skills and tactics of a commonly known game, darts, but further incorporates the concept of using various facts and a point earning scheme to constitute a learning system that while educational is also entertaining. This learning system includes but is not limited to darts and dart boards because the game board can be made from various materials that will allow it to be safely used by children and adults of all ages both indoors and outdoors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2002
    Publication date: May 13, 2004
    Inventor: Carla G. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20040046321
    Abstract: A device usable in firearm practice of less lethal ammunition composed of a synthetic rubber cut in the shape of a human being, designed to be attached by means of affixed hardware to various stationary objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Inventor: Glenn David Karnofsky
  • Patent number: 6419228
    Abstract: The present invention provides a board game adaptable to one, two or three levels of play wherein the game board may be set correspondingly to one, two or three physical levels. The board is preferably round and accommodates two, three or four players. Game pieces are placed on the board, during play, from a choice of spots on an outer ring of the game board and progress inwardly toward the center of the board. When a player is able to position his four different color game pieces at the center of the board on corresponding colored game piece spots, and then move the pieces to a home board, he or she is the winner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Inventors: Patrick Egli, Rick Derbyshire
  • Patent number: 6402154
    Abstract: A dartboard adapted for playing the game of american football includes a quadrilateral simulated football field section; a quadrilateral downs section; a quadrilateral punts section; and a quadrilateral kicks section; whereby opposing players or teams accumulate scores by projecting darts in sequence in order to achieve a total winning score within a previously agreed time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Inventors: Michael Hess, Daniel C. Warner
  • Patent number: 6213470
    Abstract: A sighting target for positioning at various fixed distances for calibration of a telescopic sight on a firearm such as a pistol, rifle and the like. The target has an X positioned against a white background having square grids with black lines. The stripes are colored orange with black edges. At the intersection a circle is delineated in black. The ends of the X do not terminate at the corners of the target, but terminate proximate to the vertical edges. The X of the cross hairs of the telescopic sight is aligned with the X of the target in an efficient and effective manner for a specific distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Inventor: Terry K. Miller
  • 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: 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: 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: 5735526
    Abstract: A method for the evaluation of the pattern of shot resulting from a single shotgun round for purposes of optimizing the selection of ammunition type and prediction of shot pattern, and a target for its implementation. The shooter fires a single round at the target. Then a rotating overlay allows the pattern of shot to be evaluated with respect to a center aim point and an overlay axis and kill zone. The overlay is rotated through a series of clockwise, then counterclockwise increments. At each increment, the target is scored with respect to the overlay. The number of shot striking the kill zone for each position of the overlay axis is computed and by observation the shooter can determine the optimal ammunition for use with the weapon and for a given type of game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Inventor: Frank Mastandrea
  • 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: 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: 5593162
    Abstract: A target suitable for gun practise comprises a hollow shell defining a concavity within which is disposed a score sheet in three dimensions. The shell is preferably completely open at the back thereof and the score sheet is preferably a planar sheet which is arched for insertion through the open back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Inventor: Steven E. Minuskin
  • 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: 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: 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: 5377990
    Abstract: A board game in the general form of a circular pattern of native American symbols includes a matrix of like symbols in the center. Players toss a projectile at specific symbols in the board center, attempting to hit those symbols which match those along the periphery of the board which have been assigned to each player. Successful strikes are marked with an appropriate and distinctive marker. A player continues so long as he/she successfully hits the desired symbols, up to a maximum of six. The player is then randomly rewarded with symbol cards equal to the number of successful hits, which cards are turned face up. Those that match are placed upon the player's peripheral symbols, indicating that those have been acquired by the player and need not be acquired again. Other players may claim the first player's non-matching cards if those cards match their symbols. Other players may also challenge the first player with questions which must be answered successfully before the first player can win the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Inventor: Sarah E. Seeney-Sullivan
  • Patent number: 5333879
    Abstract: A target board for use in a bag pitching game which includes a relatively thin, substantially rigid panel having a generally planar upper surface provided with a plurality of upwardly extending, arcuately curved projections extending upwardly from the planar surface to form a plurality of target areas toward which the bag is pitched with the target areas being of different configurations thus introducing different degrees of difficulty with game point scoring values being assigned to the target area depending upon their degree of difficulty. Some of the target areas are assigned positive point values and other of the target areas are assigned negative point values. The target board includes structure which enables the target board to be anchored to a supporting surface and drain holes are provided when used outdoors and a hand hold structure to facilitate the target board being carried or hung vertically from a supporting structure when stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Inventor: Thomas D. Barnes
  • Patent number: 5332230
    Abstract: A foldable target structure includes first, second, and third game plates, each having distinctive geometrical configurations arranged for opening and securement in a triangular configuration, wherein a central opening includes a central opening periphery fastener structure about the central opening through each game plate, with further openings and further hook and loop fastener peripheries, as well as hook and loop fastener patches mounted upon each game plate of various geometrical configurations between respective game plates. The bag structure employed includes bag first and second sides, having first and second side hook and loop fastener surfaces arranged for securement to the hook and loop fastener surfaces of the game plates, wherein various point totals are awarded for directing the bag member through the opening, as well as the bag's adherence to hook and loop fastener surfaces of respective game plate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1994
    Inventor: Michael L. Benedict
  • 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: 5273291
    Abstract: The apparatus displays successive pictures of different-type game animals on a screen, preferably each for a predetermined interval of time. The bowman releases an arrow in an attempt to strike the heart or lung of each animal while its picture is being displayed. A scoring target overlies the screen and is imprinted with the heart and lung area identified for each animal, and in positional correlation with its displayed picture. Each arrow released is similarly identified so that after all arrows are released, the target can be inspected to establish a scoring accuracy of the bowman, by comparing each identified arrow with each heart and lung area aimed at.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Assignee: Archery Visions, Inc.
    Inventor: Nickolas J. Giannetti
  • Patent number: 5221092
    Abstract: A ball game apparatus including a ball-projecting gun, at least one ball, and a coat-type garment having a plurality of ball adhering portions to which the ball adheres to when projected by the gun. The coat type garment includes scoring indicia for each ball adhering portion which correspond in value to the extent of injury that would be caused by a projectile striking a corresponding portion of the body. Thus, a ball that adheres to a ball adhering portion located close to the heart of the player is scored a higher value than a ball that adheres to a ball adhering portion located on the arm of the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1993
    Inventors: William F. Simons, Jr., Margot T. Simons
  • 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: 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: 5181719
    Abstract: A target kit for improving the ease and accuracy of sighting in a telescopic sight which comprises a substantially rigid and self supporting sheet having a target face. Also, a package containing a plurality of sheets, each containing progressively sized die-cut concentric sighting frames having adhesive on one face for individually securing selected sighting frames of varying size to the target face. This provides a precise, compatible format for creating sight pictures. A stand connecting with the rigid sheet is also provided. The stand acts to position the rigid sheet in an upright position. Securing means including a first securing means provided on the rigid sheet and second and third securing means provided on the stand. The kit also includes a package of hole patches for covering previous shot patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1993
    Inventor: Novie P. Cleveland, III