Toy Patents (Class 42/54)
  • Patent number: 9242182
    Abstract: A toy gun construction, comprising a gun housing, a reciprocating assembly and a latch member. The reciprocating assembly has a sliding curve plate and a first elastic unit. The latch member is assembled with a connecting rod, an engaging portion, an extension portion and a second elastic member. The sliding curve plate moves from a dynamic position to a static position, and when the sliding curve plate is at dynamic position the engaging portion is stuck in the indention. By pushing the extension portion the latch member moves toward the sliding curve plate to release the engaging portion from the indention and the sliding curve plate is pulled back to the static position by the first elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: KRISS Industries Asia LTD.
    Inventor: Li-Te Cheng
  • Patent number: 9062928
    Abstract: The pneumatic toy gun has a nozzle through which a soft ball travels. At one end of the nozzle there is an outlet from which the ball is expelled and at the other end there is an inlet for receipt of a stream of gas under pressure. A constriction such as fins or an annulus are mounted within the tube and function to inhibit the use of the gun to fire balls having a diameter smaller than that of balls which are intended to be shot from the toy gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Appleton
  • Patent number: 8875690
    Abstract: A toy gun that includes a dart ejecting device and a magazine for loading darts and shells is disclosed herein. The gun also includes a shell ejecting device having a driving mechanism and a shell ejecting mechanism. The driving mechanism includes a handle, a linkage through the center of the magazine, and a sliding piece, each of which are joined together in sequence. Other modifications and features suitable for practice therewith, and methods and means of operating the device, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Buzz Bee Toys (H.K.) Company Limited
    Inventor: Ma Chor-Ming
  • Patent number: 8689697
    Abstract: Provided is a cartridge for an electrically-ignited simulated firearm and a simulated firearm using the cartridge remarkably similar to a real firearm and a cartridge used in a real firearm, wherein the simulated firearm emits a discharge sound similar to a real firearm, generates muzzle flash and smoke from a muzzle and is capable of loading and ejecting the cartridge, and the cartridge is safe and reusable. An inner member 120 that is slidable inside an outer case 110 of a cartridge 100 and loaded with powder is formed into a stepped cylindrical shape with a small diameter section capable of partially projecting from an opening 112 of the outer case 110, and has a front powder chamber 122 and a rear powder chamber 123 that communicate with each other via a fuse hole 124, a base member 130 is formed to fit in the outer case 110 via an insulating member 131, and an ignition member 140 is configured to be installed between the inner member 120 and the base member 130.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Big Shot Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kikuo Notomi
  • Patent number: 8448365
    Abstract: A cocking system for a toy gun apparatus wherein a gun housing includes a grip portion with an outward extending tab and a cocking handle connected to the gun housing. The handle is structured to receive the tab of another gun apparatus being held in a user's other hand to allow play where a user is able to hold two gun apparatus, one in each hand, and fire each and then cock each gun apparatus without releasing either gun apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Aaron Mead, Brian C. Jablonski
  • Publication number: 20120233900
    Abstract: Provided is a cartridge for an electrically-ignited simulated firearm and a simulated firearm using the cartridge remarkably similar to a real firearm and a cartridge used in a real firearm, wherein the simulated firearm emits a discharge sound similar to a real firearm, generates muzzle flash and smoke from a muzzle and is capable of loading and ejecting the cartridge, and the cartridge is safe and reusable. An inner member 120 that is slidable inside an outer case 110 of a cartridge 100 and loaded with powder is formed into a stepped cylindrical shape with a small diameter section capable of partially projecting from an opening 112 of the outer case 110, and has a front powder chamber 122 and a rear powder chamber 123 that communicate with each other via a fuse hole 124, a base member 130 is formed to fit in the outer case 110 via an insulating member 131, and an ignition member 140 is configured to be installed between the inner member 120 and the base member 130.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Kikuo Notomi
  • Patent number: 8186337
    Abstract: A toy gun assembly has at least two, first and second independently operable toy guns. Each of those guns has a body and a shooting mechanism in the body. The toy guns are connectable with each other by means of a connector. The shooting mechanisms of the toy guns are independently operable when the toy guns are connected by the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Craig P. Nadel
  • Patent number: 8146281
    Abstract: A link for a toy ammunition chain made up of a plurality of links hinged together side-by-side in articulated fashion includes a cylindrical body adapted to receive a soft projectile. A first hinge component extends laterally from the body and has a pair of hinge pins. A second hinge component extends laterally from the body at a position opposite the first hinge component and has a pair of recesses each for pivotally receiving a hinge pin of an adjacent link in the chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Buzz Bee Toys (H.K.) Co., Limited
    Inventor: Jeffrey C. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8127753
    Abstract: A toy projectile launcher for launching a projectile from a housing having a trigger mounted to the housing which can be depressed to actuate a motor. A mechanical linkage operatively interconnects the motor with an actuator which generates a source of pressurized air upon movement of the actuator from its cocked to its un-cocked position to effect automatic repeated movement of the actuator to its cocked position and release from its cocked position. Repeated intermittent sources of pressurized air are generated for sequential launching of projectiles. Disclosed embodiments also include a toy projectile launcher having an air passageway through which compressed air is passable to a plurality of sequential projectile holders holding respective projectiles to be launched. The projectile holders are advanced into operative launching engagement with the air passageway sequentially by an advancing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventors: Meredith Reid Brooks, Raymond Aaron Mead
  • Patent number: 8074392
    Abstract: A toy rifle (air soft rifle, BB-rifle) backlash vibration structure is disclosed formed of a receiver extension, a weight, a reaction spring and a buttcap spacer. The weight has a front extension inserted through the frame of the toy riffle and connected to the rear end of the piston spring at the rear side of the piston so that the component parts of the backlash vibration structure does not touch the piston during movement of the piston. The buttcap spacer is detachably fastened to the rear side of the receiver extension and mounted with an adjustment screw rod that is rotatable relative to the buttcap spacer to adjust the level of the backlash vibration from zero to the maximum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Shih-Che Hu
  • Patent number: 8056276
    Abstract: A backlash vibration structure for toy rifle (air soft rifle, BB-rifle) formed of a receiver extension, a weight, a reaction spring and a buttcap spacer is disclosed. The weight has a front extension inserted through the lower receiver of the toy riffle and connected to the rear end of the piston spring at the rear side of the piston so that the component parts of the backlash vibration structure doe not touch the piston during movement of the piston. An adjustment knob is provided at the buttcap spacer for adjustment of the reaction spring to adjust the level of the backlash vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Shih-Che Hu
  • Patent number: 8051847
    Abstract: A toy gun gas intake control mechanism includes a holder frame, an impact member having an elongated pivoted with its bottom end to the holder frame, a striking block, a pivot axle that pivotally connects the striking block to the top end of the elongated base and a spring member for revering the striking block, a retaining block supported on a spring member in the holder frame and having a retaining notch for retaining the outer end of the pivot axle. When firing a bullet, the bolt body of the toy gun moves forwards, the striking block strikes a seal member to open a gas inlet, and the pivot axle is moved out of the retaining notch of the retaining block for allowing upward displacement of the retaining block. When the bolt body moves backward after firing, the retaining block is forced downwards to the inside or the holder frame by the bolt body, the outer end of the pivot axle is engaged into the retaining notch, and the striking block is returned, causing the seal member to close the gas inlet again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventor: Shih-Che Hu
  • Patent number: 7918219
    Abstract: A simulated gun launches a retrievable projectile in the form of a cylinder containing a compressible spring. The spring is compressed by inserting the barrel of the gun into the bore of the cylinder. A tab on the end of the cylinder rides in a helical groove on the surface of the barrel to cause the projectile to rotate about the axis of the barrel as the projectile is launched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Martin Paul, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Belokin
  • Patent number: 7798364
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a toy water gun and, more particularly, to a pressurized toy water gun having a mixing nozzle or nozzles for simultaneously discharging and mixing two or more liquids after they pass through the mixing nozzle. In one embodiment, the toy gun may include separate tanks or reservoirs for storing the liquids, and separate nozzles for receiving and discharging the liquids in discharged streams of liquid. The toy gun may further include a pressurization mechanism in fluid communication with the tanks and the nozzles to provide pressure to cause the liquids to be discharged from the nozzles in the discharged streams of liquid. The nozzles may be oriented relative to each other such that the discharged streams engage each other after being discharged from the outlets of the nozzles to mix the liquids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred D. Eddins, Linwood E. Doane, Jr., Amanda M. Bligh
  • Patent number: 7789729
    Abstract: A toy gun is provided with ejecting shells and a smoking chamber. Each ejecting shell has a spring and a recess and is placed into a barrel chamber. The chamber has a post, which compresses the spring when the shell is placed into the chamber. When the hinge is opened, the spring decompresses ejecting the shell from the chamber. The smoke generating assembly is provided with a pump, an oil tank, a heating element, a switch, a visual indicator, and an automatic shutoff. When the switch is actuated, the heating element heats the oil, such that it transforms into a smoke vapor. Upon opening the hinge, the hinge actuates the pump, connected to the tank, which pumps smoke vapor out of the tank through an opening in the post such that smoke appears in the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Imperial Toy, LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Ivanic, Joseph Wong Wai Ching, Siu Tsz Ming
  • Publication number: 20100115816
    Abstract: A fire control device for a toy gun and a method therefor are provided. The device includes a trigger switching module, a firing mode selecting module, a control module, a power module and a motor module. Through a selection via the firing mode selecting module, the control module can control the time that the power module supplies the motor module, so that the lasting time period that the motor module drives a firing module to fire can be controlled, thereby multiple firing modes, single fire, 3-round burst, continuous fire and weapon safety, can be achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventor: Chen-Tang CHU
  • Patent number: 7712461
    Abstract: An air propelling toy for directing a quantity of air in a desired direction includes a housing including a perimeter wall that defines an interior space of the housing. The housing has an outlet port that extends through the perimeter wall and is in fluid communication with the interior space. A diaphragm is coupled to the housing and positioned in the interior space of the housing and divides the interior space into an air space and a mechanism space. The air space is in fluid communication with the outlet port. An actuating assembly is operationally coupled to the housing and the diaphragm. The actuating assembly is actuated to draw the diaphragm into the mechanism space to draw air into the sir space through the outlet port and quickly release the diaphragm to force the air out of the air space and out the outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventor: Jackson J. Souffrant
  • Patent number: 7694448
    Abstract: There is provided a recoil shock device capable of obtaining the same recoil shock as that in a case where the weight of a piston is increased, without increasing the weight of the piston by separately providing a movable part and a weight of a piston/cylinder. There is also provided a recoil shock device capable of obtaining a recoil shock similar to that in a real gun, without damaging the outer appearance of a gun. In order to drive a weight to obtain imitated recoil, i.e., a recoil shock by operation of a movable part in a piston/cylinder which generates compressed air, a communicating part 31 which is moved in its retreating direction by the movable part 13 is provided, and a recoil spring 35 which receives a force transmitted to the weight 33 via the communicating part 31 by the movable part 13 so as to be in a compressed state is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Tokyo Marui Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuo Iwasawa
  • Patent number: 7677235
    Abstract: A toy gun includes a firing mechanism activated to cause rapid movement of a pneumatic piston to cause rapid ingress of air into a cartridge to cause firing of a soft projectile. A release mechanism causes ejection of spent cartridges from the gun after firing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Buzz Bee Toys (H.K.) Co., Limited
    Inventor: Jeffrey C. Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20090064979
    Abstract: The present invention is a toy launcher which is transfigurable from a compacted state to an operative state for launching projectiles. In one embodiment, the launcher utilizes a hand-pressurized air pump for providing the launching power, and may accommodate multiple types of projectiles to be loaded in the gun at the same time. Projectiles may include, for example, a bolo bullet, grapnel, or miniature missiles. Auxiliary retractable features such as targeting components and a flashlight with a logo projector may be added to enhance the play value of the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Applicant: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Andrews
  • Publication number: 20080229642
    Abstract: A body shell structure for toy gun (air soft gun BB-gun) formed of two half shells and defining therein a barrel-like upper chamber for accommodating a bullet firing unit and a lower chamber for accommodating a trigger, a transmission mechanism and a bullet supply unit, having horizontal coupling grooves and horizontal coupling ribs formed on the two half shells above the elevation of the barrel-like upper chamber and vertical engagement blocks and vertical engagement holes formed on the two half shells in front of the upper chamber such that the respective horizontal coupling ribs engage the respective horizontal coupling grooves and the respective vertical engagement blocks engage the respective vertical engagement holes to secure the two half shells firmly together against impact during forward stroke the piston of the bullet firing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventor: Shih-Che Hu
  • Publication number: 20080155875
    Abstract: There is provided a recoil shock device capable of obtaining the same recoil shock as that in a case where the weight of a piston is increased, without increasing the weight of the piston by separately providing a movable part and a weight of a piston/cylinder. There is also provided a recoil shock device capable of obtaining a recoil shock similar to that in a real gun, without damaging the outer appearance of a gun. In order to drive a weight to obtain imitated recoil, i.e., a recoil shock by operation of a movable part in a piston/cylinder which generates compressed air, a communicating part 31 which is moved in its retreating direction by the movable part 13 is provided, and a recoil spring 35 which receives a force transmitted to the weight 33 via the communicating part 31 by the movable part 13 so as to be in a compressed state is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventor: Tatsuo Iwasawa
  • Publication number: 20080104873
    Abstract: A simulated firearm for discharging a blank cartridge and generating a realistic flash and report from the muzzle. The simulated firearm of the present invention prevents the discharge of lethal cartridges or projectiles. The simulated firearm has a chamber 65. The chamber 65 is reversed so that the entrance to the chamber 65 faces the forward section of the simulated firearm. A blank cartridge is loaded into the chamber 65. The blank cartridge is safely discharged from the reversed chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2006
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Inventor: Charles J. Ducastel
  • Publication number: 20080072470
    Abstract: A toy handgun assembly structure includes a frame which is composed of a sliding carriage and a grip. The sliding carriage of frame is installed with a slide and a barrel, and the slide is pulled back to accomplish a chambering. The toy handgun achieves a function of recoil shooting through a cocking mechanism which includes a trigger, a connecting rod, a latch hook, a hammer, and a shooting control mechanism. The frame is provided with a locking knob and a rotating knob which is corresponding to the locking knob. Accordingly, in order to dismantle the slide for changing a shooting function of the toy handgun, the locking knob and the rotating knob on the frame are used, to conveniently and firmly fix the slide on the sliding carriage, or to easily disassemble the slide from the sliding carriage, thereby achieving a shooting function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventor: Yu-Chyong Wang
  • Patent number: 7185787
    Abstract: A toy water gun system includes a primary water gun having a housing, a pressurizable reservoir, an outlet nozzle in flow communication with the reservoir, and an actuating trigger, with the primary toy water gun adapted to discharge an output stream of water through the outlet nozzle in response to actuation of the trigger. The housing includes a first receiving area and a second receiving area, with each receiving area having an output port in flow communication with the reservoir via a conduit, a pair of valves to control flow through the conduits. A first detachable water toy mounts to the housing at the first receiving area and receives water from the reservoir, and a second detachable water toy mounts to the housing at the second receiving area. The first and second detachable water toys are selectively removable from the primary water toy for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Brown, Fred D. Eddins
  • Patent number: 7156085
    Abstract: A toy gun includes a barrel having a bay for receiving a soft projectile loaded within a cartridge. A stock is connected pivotally to the barrel and encases a pneumatic cylinder and piston that is primed upon pivotally opening the stock and barrel. The pneumatic cylinder and piston communicate with the bay when the stock and barrel are closed. A trigger releases the piston to force air into the bay for dispatching the projectile from the cartridge—leaving the cartridge within the bay for ejection upon opening of the stock and barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Buzz Bee Toys (H.K.) Co., Limited
    Inventors: Michael G. Lewis, Jeffrey C. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 6890178
    Abstract: A gun suitable for games is disclosed for permitting an operator to recognize when a trigger is pulled. A target signal receiver receives a target signal sent from a target for causing the gun to recognize that the gun is opposite the target, and notifies a controller that the target signal receiver has received the target signal. Upon detection of a manipulation by the operator, the controller a forces shooting device to perform a shooting operation, and instructs an information generator to generate recognition information. The shooting device emits an optical bullet formed of a light ray. The recognition information generator drives a solenoid to bring associated members into impact against each other to permit the operator to recognize that the operation has been performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: NEC Corporatiion
    Inventors: Junichi Gouko, Hiroshi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 6775940
    Abstract: A safety device for use with a toy guns, less-lethal guns (such as non-powdered guns) and lethal guns detects motion of the gun, and causes light emitting diodes or other light sources incorporated into the gun to prominently flash. The flashing light sources alert bystanders in a way that distinguishes lethal firearms from toy guns and less-lethal guns. The flashing diodes can also be activated when the gun is armed, cocked or otherwise ready to be fired. Motion is detected through the use of an electric circuit that includes a spring, an oscillating mass, and a ring adapted to surround the oscillating mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: S/R Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: William S. Dworzan, Lawrence J. Zadra
  • Patent number: 6694658
    Abstract: A firearm replica includes a removable magazine having a case that contains projectiles such as small light balls. The balls are usually made of plastic. A frame of the firearm includes a substantially elongated part having a barrel for ejecting the projectiles, a part bent downwards acting as a grip and a receptacle for receiving therein the magazine. The elongated part contains a mechanism for ejecting the projectiles and an actuating mechanism connected to a trigger, and a breach mounted longitudinally mobile on the frame elongated part for loading a projectile in the barrel and cocking the ejecting mechanism. The firearm further includes integrated controls for immediately finding the location of a projectile which may have been blocked in the breech and/or in the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Les Trois Pylones
    Inventor: Jerome Marsac
  • Patent number: 6571500
    Abstract: A handheld training pistol specifically designed to train the user to anticipate the transition from double-action to single-action experienced when shooting most semi-automatic pistols. The training pistol includes a blocking bar (19) that prevents full forward movement of the reset mechanism, causing the training pistol to simulate a single-action trigger pull. The training pistol further includes a decocking system that allows the user to transition the training pistol back to the double-action or starting position. The training pistol is made of some type of brightly colored plastic with weighted inserts to provide a realistic training device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Inventors: Terence J. Keenan, Vicki L. Keenan
  • Publication number: 20030066096
    Abstract: Novelty items that are combinations of articles of manufacture with fluorescent proteins are provided. These novelty items, which are articles of manufacture, are designed for entertainment, recreation and amusement, and include toys, paints, slimy play material, textiles, particularly clothing, bubbles in bubble making toys and other toys that produce bubbles, balloons, personal items, such as cosmetics, bath powders, body lotions, gels, powders and creams, toothpastes and other dentifrices, soaps, body paints, and bubble bath, foods, such as gelatins, icings and frostings, beverages such as beer, wine, champagne, soft drinks, and glowing ice, fountains, including liquid “fireworks” and other such jets or sprays or aerosols of compositions that are solutions, mixtures, suspensions, powders, pastes, particles or other suitable formulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2000
    Publication date: April 3, 2003
    Inventor: Bruce Bryan
  • Patent number: 6436682
    Abstract: Isolated and purified nucleic acid molecules that encode a luciferase from Renilla mulleri, Gaussia and Pleuromamma, and the proteins encoded thereby are provided. Isolated and purified nucleic acids encoding green fluorescent proteins from the genus Renilla and Ptilosarcus, and the green fluorescent proteins encoded thereby are also provided. Compositions and combinations comprising the green fluorescent proteins and/or the luciferase are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Prolume, Ltd.
    Inventors: Bruce J. Bryan, Christopher Szent-Gyorgyi
  • Publication number: 20020100201
    Abstract: A handheld training pistol specifically designed to train the user to anticipate the transition from double-action to single-action experienced when shooting most semi-automatic pistols. The training pistol includes a blocking bar (19) that prevents full forward movement of the reset mechanism, causing the training pistol to simulate a single-action trigger pull. The training pistol further includes a decocking system that allows the user to transition the training pistol back to the double-action or starting position. The training pistol is made of some type of brightly colored plastic with weighted inserts to provide a realistic training device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2001
    Publication date: August 1, 2002
    Inventors: Terence J. Keenan, Vicki L. Keenan
  • Patent number: 6247995
    Abstract: Systems and apparatus for generating bioluminescence, and combinations of these systems and apparatus with inanimate articles of manufacture to produce novelty items are provided. These novelty items, which are articles of manufacture, are designed for entertainment, recreation and amusement, include, toys, paints, slimy play material, textiles, particularly clothing, bubbles in bubble making toys and other toys that produce bubbles, balloons, personal items, such as bath powders, body lotions, gels, powders and creams, toothpastes and other dentifrices, soaps, body paints, and bubble bath, foods, such as gelatins, icings and frostings, beverages such as beer, wine, champagne, soft drinks, and ice cubes, fountains, including liquid “fireworks” and other such jets or sprays or aerosols of compositions that are solutions, mixtures, suspensions, powders, pastes, particles or other suitable formulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Inventor: Bruce Bryan
  • Patent number: 6192612
    Abstract: A propulsion device including a fuel chamber and barrel constructed with off-the-shelf parts for propelling biodegradable objects. The fuel chamber includes a fuel nozzle actuator for receiving fuel from a pressurized gaseous container. The fuel chamber also includes an ignitor for igniting the fuel in the fuel chamber. The barrel may be interchanged with one including noise reducing holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Maier, Gregory J. Maier
  • Patent number: 6151824
    Abstract: A gun projects matter from a discharge port, such as a barrel or nozzle, that is movably carried, so that the direction of discharge is variable with respect to the body of the gun. A manual direction controlling mechanism may be implemented for the movable discharge port, whereby the variable direction of discharge is directly controlled by a user, or an automatic direction controlling mechanism may be implemented such that the direction of the movable discharge port is automatically varied in response to the operation of a discharge actuating mechanism of the gun. Multiple discharge ports, capable of aiming in multiple directions simultaneously, may be incorporated to facilitate the projection of liquid or solid projectiles toward multiple or moving targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Inventor: Richard A. Clayton
  • Patent number: 6003503
    Abstract: A fluid pulsator for a compressed gun (10) or water gun (30) is provided having a housing (404) with a fluid inlet (409) and a fluid outlet (410), an internal tube (405) reciprocally mounted within the housing, and a sealing member (406) reciprocally mounted to the internal tube. The housing and internal tube define a rearward fluid pressure chamber (412) and a forward fluid pressure chamber (413). The pulsator also has a variable flow fluid control valve which varies the flow of fluid passing into the forward fluid pressure chamber to regulate the action of the pulsator. The sealing member has a sealing head (431) having a first portion (432) sized and shaped to overlap the housing about the fluid outlet and a second portion sized and shaped to be received within the fluid outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Johnson Research & Development Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Lonnie G. Johnson, John T. Applewhite
  • Patent number: 6000386
    Abstract: A fluid pulsator for a compressed gun (10) or water gun (30) is provided having a housing (604) with a fluid inlet (607) and a fluid outlet (608), an internal tube (605) reciprocally coupled to the housing, and a sealing member (606) reciprocally mounted to the internal tube. The housing and internal tube define a rearward pressure chamber (632) and a forward fluid pressure chamber (631). The fluid pulsator also has means for actuating the movement of the sealing member that can be manually manipulated to vary the actuation rate of the pulsator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Johnson Research & Development Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Lonnie G. Johnson, John T. Applewhite
  • Patent number: 5944006
    Abstract: A toy gun is disclosed. In one embodiment, the toy gun includes a housing, a barrel coupled to the housing for movement between retracted and extended positions, and a stock for movement between retracted and extended positions. In another embodiment, the toy gun includes a chamber; a device for forcing air from the chamber; a barrel coupled to the housing for movement between retracted and extended positions; and a seal for directing air forced from the chamber through the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Moore, Teresa A. Hartman, David R. Griffin, Kenneth L. Miller
  • Patent number: 5564964
    Abstract: A toy gun includes two discs secured in a gun barrel. A roller is rotatably supported between the discs and has three helical grooves. Three tubes are slidably extended through one of the discs and are engaged with the helical grooves of the roller such that the tubes are moved in reciprocating action when the roller is rotated. Three light bulbs are disposed in the tubes, and the tubes are made of transparent materials having different colors such that different colors are generated through the tubes when the light bulbs are energized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1996
    Inventor: Lin Chin-Chien
  • Patent number: 5303496
    Abstract: A method for applying a scent to a hunting or other desired location without approaching the area or contaminating it with human scent. The desired scent is placed in a carrying projectile means such as a pellet for a projectile delivery means such as a carbon dioxide operated gun and fired from a distance to the desired location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Inventor: David Kowalkowski
  • Patent number: 5303848
    Abstract: The present invention involves a water gun having a housing, a barrel, at least one removable pressurizable air/water storage tank, means for connecting the tank(s) to the housing of the gun, a pressurizing mechanism, a channel of release for shooting water and a water release mechanism. The improvement lies in the particular connecting member for connecting the tank(s) to the housing of the water gun. The connecting member is a double position bayonet connection between the tank and the housing. It includes a female, receiving collar with a circular channel about its inside and a male protrusion collar. The channel has a top flange over it and has a drop in for cut outs for insertion of a male protrusion counterpart. The channel has a first predetermined depth along at least a first arc under the flange and has a second deeper locking predetermined depth along at least a second arc under the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Inventor: Bruce M. D'Andrade
  • Patent number: 5288274
    Abstract: A novelty knife for use for simulating impact includes a resilient blade formed of shape retentive material having a bottom edge and a fluid reservoir bulb mounted as a handle, wherein the fluid reservoir bulb includes fluid communication through a plurality of conduits directed through the blade and exiting along the blade's lower edge adjacent the blade's tip, with a fluid dye contained within the reservoir for ease of replenishment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1994
    Inventors: Harry H. Bell, George R. Wegener
  • Patent number: 5244431
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a toy gun which has a housing with a main section and a handle, a barrel, a trigger, a battery holder, electrical connections, a printed circuit board, a sound amplifier/speaker, a recoiling weight and spring, and sufficient circuitry to generate a realistic firing sound of a fired gun. The barrel is connected to the main section of the housing and the trigger is connected to the housing such that it is pivotally mounted therein. The trigger has a finger portion below the pivot point and an engaging portion above the pivot point and is biased to a first position, e.g. via a spring, and, when the trigger is pulled, moves to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Inventor: Bruce M. D'Andrade
  • Patent number: 5239766
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a ribbon toy gun equipped with cartridge, loading unit, and trigger assembly particularly designed to permit the toy gun to shoot the ribbon cartridges one at a time. The ribbon toy gun disclosed mainly consists of a gun shell, a trigger assembly, a generally L-shaped loading unit, and a cartridge filled with colored ribbons. The ribbon toy gun according to the present invention is simple in structure, economical in manufacturing cost, and characterized by larger amount of colored ribbon contained in one single cartridge that gives enhanced visual effect after the cartridge is percussed to explode, and therefore, creates more fun and climaxes the festivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1993
    Inventor: Kun-Meng Wang
  • Patent number: 5233776
    Abstract: A simulated firearm useful in the entertainment industry, and particularly moviemaking, includes electronically ignitable loads which fire sequentially producing a flash and smoke from the barrel. The loads are mounted in a socket in a forward part of the gun, and consist of a small amount of gunpowder and flash-producing material retained in a tubular sleeve along with a resistance-wire igniter. The electronic firing mechanism is actuated by a trigger microswitch which sends amplified pulses in sequence to the loads. Simulated bullet impacts can be actuated simultaneously by pulses generated by the firearm circuitry or from a remote source which actuates both the firearm and the bullet impacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Inventor: B. Russell Hessey
  • Patent number: 5150819
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a toy water gun which is operated by selectively releasing water from a water reservoir pressurized with air. The present invention has a manually operated pump incorporated into the design. As the pump is cycled, water and air is drawn from a water storage tank. Once drawn, the water and air are forced into a pressure reservoir. As the amount of water and air forced into the pressure reservoir increases, the pressure on the water within the pressure reservoir increases. The pressure of the water and air within the pressure reservoir increases with each cycle of the pump, until the pump can no longer overcome the pressure of the water and air within the pressure tank. The pressurized water and air within the pressure tank has an avenue of release that is regulated by the trigger mechanism of the invention. When no force is applied to the trigger, the pressurized water and air are held at bay with no means of release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1992
    Inventors: Lonnie G. Johnson, Bruce M. D'Andrade
  • Patent number: 5074437
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a toy water gun which is operated by selectively releasing water from a water reservoir that is pressurized with air. The present invention is a one piece device formed in the general shape of a gun that has a manually operated air pump incorporated into the design. The air pump pressurized a water reservoir and consequently pressurizes any water found therein. The pressurized water has an avenue of release that is regulated by the trigger mechanism of the invention. When no force is applied to the trigger, the pressurized water is held at bay with no means of release. When force is applied to the trigger, water is released from the pressurized container and is channeled through a narrow nozzle. The escape of the pressurized water through the narrow nozzle creates a stream of propelled water that lasts as long as the trigger is engaged or until the pressure of the water equals the ambient air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Inventors: Bruce M. D'Andrade, Lonnie G. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4949494
    Abstract: A repeating rubber band pistol is shown which includes a frame having a barrel and a handle. A handle recess houses a rotary magazine. A plurality of bands can be stretched between a barrel notch and engagement points on the rotary magazine. A trigger element is mounted within the frame recess and allows controlled movement of the rotary magazine to selectively release rubber bands in single fire fashion with successive trigger pulls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Inventor: Donald B. Mims
  • Patent number: RE35412
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a toy water gun which is operated by selectively releasing water from a water reservoir pressurized with air. The present invention has a manually operated pump incorporated into the design. As the pump is cycled, water and air is drawn from a water storage tank. Once drawn, the water and air are forced into a pressure reservoir. As the amount of water and air forced into the pressure reservoir increases, the pressure on the water within the pressure reservoir increases. The pressure of the water and air within the pressure reservoir increases with each cycle of the pump, until the pump can no longer overcome the pressure of the water and air within the pressure tank. The pressurized water and air within the pressure tank has an avenue of release that is regulated by the trigger mechanism of the invention. When no force is applied to the trigger, the pressurized water and air are held at bay with no means of release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Assignee: Larami Limited
    Inventors: Lonnie G. Johnson, Bruce M. D'Andrade