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March 26, 1963
W. P. KANTZ
3,082,573
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Filed Jan. 15, 1960
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in western attire similar to a large paper doll. The de
vice F includes generally a movable arm 14 pivotally
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William P. Kantz, 5735 Westover St., Houston 33, Tex.
Filed Jan. 15, 1969, Ser. No. 2,715
4 Claims. (Q1. 46-118)
mounted on the frame 12, a mechanism or means R for
The present invention relates to a toy and more par
ticularly to a device which simulates a man withdrawing
a pistol or other ?rearm from a holster or the like.
representing a portion of the ?gure portrayed, the details
all of which will be explained hereinafter.
raising and lowering the arm 14, a speed control adjust
ment means S wherein the rate of speed at which such
arm 14 is raised may be varied, and a movable target T
As illustrated in the drawings and best seen in FIGS.
With the advent of television and the large number of 10 1-3, the cut out or image portion 12’ of the device F
so-called “Westerns” shown thereon, a considerable
is of su?iciently heavy material to serve as the frame 12.
amount of interest in rapidly drawing a pistol ‘from a
A pair of identical'members 13 are attached perpendicu
Iholster has been created, and children and adults through
larly to the lower end portions 12a. of the frame 12 by
out the nation are engaged in contests of skill to see how
nails, screws, glue or other suitable means and act as a
fast they are on the draw.
15 stand to keep the frame 12 substantially erect. It should
The device of the present invention serves as an oppo
also be noted that the picture 12" of the cowboy on the
nent for a person drawing and ?ring a pistol or other
?gure portion 12' of the frame 12 may be drawn or
weapon. It is therefore an important object of the pres
painted directly on the frame 12 or may be attached to
ent invention to test or measure the skill of a person in
the frame by any suitable means such as staples, glue or
withdrawing a pistol or other ?rearm from a holster or 20 the like. Such picture 12" could also be of any other
the like.
character as desired, such as Indians, soldiers, cartoon
Another object of the present invention is to provide
characters or even animals if desired.
a toy which simulates a man withdrawing a pistol from
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In the device vF of the present invention, the right arm
14 is movable and comprises a pair of identical upper
a holster.
A further object of the present invention is to provide 25 arm members 14a connected together at their upper ends
a new and improved toy which simulates the drawing and
by a pin 15 which is pivotally mounted on the block 16
?ring of a pistol and which my also provides a target
which is glued, nailed or otherwise suitably ?xed to the
which when hit or activated will cause a signal either visi
frame 12. A hole 16a is placed in the block or support
ble or audible to be produced.
member 16which is adapted to receive the pin 15. The
A still further object of the present invention is to pro 30 lower ends of the upper arm members 14a are connected
vide a new and improved toy which may be manufac—
together ‘by a second pin 17 which also connects the upper
tured and sold at a relatively low price wherein a person
ends of a pair of identical forearm members 14b to each
may improve his skill in the rapid drawing and ?ring
other and to the upper arm members thereby simulating
an elbow.
of a pistol or other ?rearm.
Yet a ‘further object of the present invention is to pro 35
An annular ring 18 is positioned over or is formed in
vide a new and improved apparatus which simulates the
tegrally with the forearm members 1411. A pin 21 extend
fast draw of a ?rearm and which may be used as a toy,
ing through the members 141) connects themovable arm
14 to the arm raising mechanism R which will be ex;
plained hereinafter. The lower ends of the members
game or amusement device and also as a means for test
ing one’s skill in the art of rapidly drawing a pistol or
other ?rearm from a holster or the like.
40 14b are connected by a smaller annular ring 19 which is
Yet a further object of the present invention is to pro
vide a new and improved apparatus for simulating the
draw of a ?rearm wherein the speed of the drawing may
be adjusted to various rates.
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The construction designed to carry out the invention
will be hereinafter described, together with other features
thereof.
The invention will be more readily understood from a
reading of the following speci?cation and by reference
to the accompanying drawings forming a part thereof,
wherein an example of the invention is shown and where
in:
FIG. 1 is a front elevation illustrating the overall de
vice of the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a side elevation illustrating the arm move
welded or otherwise suitably attached or formed there—
with and which is smaller in diameter than the ring 18.
45
A cloth or otherwise suitable sleeve 14' is placed over
the entire arm 14 thereby giving the arm the appearance
of a human arm and also neatly covering the mechanism
and parts of the arm 14. A hand 51 with a pistol 52
held therein is sewn or otherwise attached to the sleeve
14'. Such hand 51 and gun 52 may be integrally con—
structed together and made of any suitable material such
as wood, plastic, metal or even paper.
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The gun 52 rests in a holster 53 which is attached to
the frame 12 at a suitable place by glue, nails, screws or
other suitable means and is adapted to receive the gun
55 52. The front of the holster ‘53 has a longitudinal open
ing or slot 53a therein which is large enough to permit
ment of the present invention;
FIG. 3 is a rear elevation of the device of the present
the gun 52 to move therethrough.
arm moving means;
of the frame 12 and next to the movable arm 14} A
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Referring now to FIGS. 5 and 6 of the drawings, the
mechanism R for raising and lowering the arm 14 is illus
invention;
‘FIG. 4 is an isometricvview showing a portion of the 60 trated .in detail and shows the position of the various
structural details of the movable arm and the speed con
parts of the means R when the arm 14 is in a substantially
vertical or hanging position as seen in solid lines in FIG.
trol means;
‘FIG. 5 is a side elevation illustrating the details of the
2. The mechanism R is preferably placed on the back
FIG. 6 is a view taken along line 6--6 of FIG. 5.
65 covering or box 22 is ‘also preferably used to cover the
FIG. 7 is a top view slightly tilted illustrating the sound
mechanism R and is attached to the frame 12 by screws
producing means; and
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22' or other suitable means. A shaft 23 is mounted be
FIG. 8 is a side view of a portion of the means for
tween a pair of bearings or pillow blocks 24 which are
adjusting the speed control mechanism.
attached to the frame 12 by any suitable means such as
Referring now to the drawings, the device of the present
70 screws or the like.
invention is indicated generally at F and includes a frame
A lever or arm 25 having a longitudinal slot 25a there
12 which is illustrated as a cut out or model of a man
in which is adapted to receive the pin 21 is connected at
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the lever 41, the lever 41 is caused to pivot around the
foot 250 is formed on the other end 25d of the lever 25
and has a shoulder 25c on which rests the latch ?nger 61,
pivot 42. Such movement causes the ratchet 43 to move
one end 25!) to the shaft 23 so as to move therewith.
the details of which will :be explained hereinafter.
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the gear 44, shaft 23, and lever 25- counterclockwise
and to move the pin 21 from upper dotted line position to
lower solid line position. Then as the lever 41 moves
toward its cocked or armed position asviewed in FIG.
5 and makes contact with the latch ?nger 61, the cord
One end 27a of a spring 27 is attached to the end 251)
of vthe lever 2'5 and coiled around the shaft 23 and the
other end 2712 is attached to a ring or eye 28 which is
65 is pulled downwardly thereby moving the latch ?nger
?xed to the frame 12. The spring 27 is mounted in
61 from the path of the lever foot 25c and permitting
such manner that when the lever 25 is in the position as
viewed in ‘FIGS. 5 and 6 the spring 27 is under compres» 10 the lever 25 to be moved to such armed or cocked posi
tion. By holding the right-hand end 41c of the lever 41
downwardly the lever 25 may be retained in its cocked
position until the cord 65 is released and the latch ?nger
61 returned to the position of contact with the shoulder
the shoulder 29a of the stop 29 by an adhesive or other 15 25c of the foot 250 of the lever 25 as viewed in FIG. 5.
The speed at which the forearm 14” is raised may be
suitable means so that when the shoulder 25e of the
varied by the size and tension of the spring 27; however,
lever 25 makes contact with the shoulder 29:: the cap 71
a separate speed control mechanism 8 is provided which
will explode to simulate the ?ring of a gun.
can be rapidly adjusted and which provides several rates
The latch mechanism L comprises a latch ?nger 61
of speed. The speed control mechanism 8 includes the
pivotally mounted at 62' in a trip block 62 which ?nger
rod or shaft 81 on which a weight 82 is ?xedly positioned
61 is prohibited from vfurther counterclockwise move
sion so as to urge the lever 25 and the shaft 23 in a clock~
wise direction (as viewed in FIG. 5) until the shoulder
25e of the lever 25 contacts the stop 29.
An ordinary toy percussion cap 71 may be placed on
on one end 81a thereon. Such rod 81 and weight 82 are
mnent as viewed in FIG. 5. The block 62 is attached to
the frame 12 by means of a hinge 63' and also by a
inserted through the ring 19 and between the forearm
spring 64 which tends to urge the block 62 against the
members 141') and slidably connected on the members 141)
foot 250 of the movable arm or lever 25. A string or
cord 65 is attached to one end of the block 62 so that a
pull on the string 64- will cause the block 62 to move
by means of- L-shaped clamps 83 (see FIGURE 4).
The other end 81b of the rod 81 is inserted through
downwardly (see FIG. 5) thereby moving the latch ?nger
welded or otherwise suitably attached to a bolt 84 or
an opening or hole 52a (FIG. 8) in the gun 52 and is
the like (see FIG. 8). A slot 521) is located in the top
61 away from contact with the foot 250 of the arm 25
thereby permitting the‘ spring 27 to urge the arm or 30 of the barrel of the gun 52 and extends into the enlarged
portion 520 of the opening 52a and such slot 52b is adapt
lever 25- around to the stop or cap receiving means
ed to receive the bolt 84. A plurality of recesses 52d
29.
A substantially U-shaped track or channel 30 is at
' adapted to receive the lower end of the bolt 83' are posi
tached to the frame 12 by screws 31 or any other suitable
means which is adapted to receive one end 21a of the pin
tioned in the opening 520 longitudinally and in line with
each other at appropriate intervals. A spring 85 is placed
21 slidably therein. One side 2212 of the cover 22 has
a slot 22b therein substantially U-shaped and similar and
parallel to the channel 30' thereby preventing the cover
22 from obstructing'the pin 21 as the pin 21 moves
on the bolt 84 so as to force the bolt 84 downwardly and
thereby locking the bolt 84 in a recess 52d when positioned
therein. The weight 82 is easily slid along the member 14b
by ?rst raising bolt 34 out of the recess 52d in which
its hanging position (in solid lines) to its raised position
(in dotted lines). Such raising of the forearm 14" occurs
when the lever 25 forces the pin 21 from the position
movement of the forearm 14” and vice versa.
40 it is then positioned and then sliding the bolt '84 to the
throughout the channel member 30'. As _, the forearm
next desired recess 52d. Suitable slots 52c are located
14b is connected to the end portion 210 of the pin 21,
on top of the barrel of the gun 52 which correspond to
the forearm 14b follows the same path of movement as
the recesses 52d thereby making it easy to locate the
the pin 21 in the channel 30. Also as the pin 21 is
inserted through the longitudinal slot 25a of the lever 45 recesses 52:! and insert the bolt 84 therein. The speed
with which the forearm 14" is raised is varied by moving
25, the pin 21 is forced along the channel 30 by the
the weight 82 longitudinally with the forearm member
lever 25 when such lever is caused to move by the ac
1415. As the weight 82 is moved towards the gun 52
tion of the spring 27 upon the release of the latch ?nger
the weight which the spring 27 must overcome in order
61.
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to raise the forearm 14-" is increased thereby slowing the
FIG. 2. illustrates the movement of the arm 14 from
Different positions of the weight 82 could easily be
preselected so that each weight position corresponded to
a known rate of speed or amount of time consumed in
of the pin 21 as shown in solid line in FIG. 5 to the posi- _
tion of the pin 21 as. illustrated in dotted line in FIG. 5. 55 completing the draw action from the release of the latch
?nger 61 to the ?ring of the cap '71. A simple positive
The movement of the forearm simulates the drawing of a
means of timing one‘s draw is therefore provided.
pistol from a holster and could of course also simulate
To further make the device of the present invention even
the drawing of various types of weapons from the side
more realistic and provide a test of a person’s shooting skill
, or belt or other suitable place.
After the mechanism R has been activated as described 60 as well as his drawing skill a suitable target T of the
frame or FIGURE 12 is cut out and attached to the
above it is necessary to recock or return the arm 14 to
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drawing position. This is accomplished by means of the
arm lowering mechanism generally designated at C. The
means C include the lever 41 which is'pivotally. con;
frame 12 by means of a hinge 91. The target T is prefer
ably located in the general area of the heart and is hinged
As the lever 25 moves clockwise, as viewed in FIG.
therethrough. As’ the target T is hit the flexible ?nger 94
so as to move backwards when hit.
A small megaphone or partial'cone 92 is attached per
' nected at 42 in the'frarner 12 and integrally formed or 65
pendicularly to the rear of the target T by brackets 93 or
- otherwise connected to a ratchet 43 having teeth 43a which ,
other suitable means and a ?exible ?nger 94 is mounted
mesh with the gear wheel 44 ?xed ,to the shaft 23 soas
at the mouth of the megaphone 92 on a pin 95 inserted
r to rotate therewith.
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5, the gear 44 is also moved clockwise and in turn moves 70 is forced into contact with a gear 96 or the like, the oper
ation of which will be explained hereinafter. Since the
the ratchet 43 downwardly. Thus after the latch 61 has
7 gear 96 is rotating a noise is produced and ampli?ed by
been released and the lever 25 has been moved’ to its
the cone 92 and the target T therefore signals when it is
stop position against the stop or cap ‘mount 29, the right
hit. Such signal could easily be changed to ?ash a light
hand end 41a of the lever 41 has-been moved to its
uppermost position. From such uppermost position and 75 by closing a circuit or other means, and similarly ring
by pushing downwardly on the right-hand end 41a of
a hell or produce other sounds or signals.
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The device which produces rotation in the gear 96
In such case, the motor would have a conventional switch
actuated when the cord or line 65 is pulled. The motor
could be turned off manually with an electrical switch or
turned off automatically upon the arm or lever 25 reach
includes the shaft 23 of the mechanism R on which a
pully 97 and belt 98 are mounted thereon so as to ro
tate therewith. The belt 98 is operably connected to a
smaller pulley 99 on a shaft 100' on which the gear 96 is
positioned.
ing its top position.
The shaft 100 is mounted on the bearing
Also, the arm 14 may be constructed of one piece with
out pivoting at the elbow, in which case the shape of the
channel 30 would be changed to merely raise the complete
arm from a hanging position to a substantially horizontal
support member or journal 101 attached to the frame 12
on one end and to the bearing 102 on the support mem
ber 103 attached to the frame 12. The gear 96 is there
fore placed in rotation when the forearm 14” is raised 1O position.
The foregoing disclosure and description of the inven
as explained above.
tion is illustrative and explanatory thereof and various
The device F as illustrated is preferably of life size
changes in the size, shape, and materials, as well as in the
“thereby making the effect of the device F more life-like.
details of the illustrated construction, may be made with
The image or cutout 12' might even be made of paper
in which case the frame 12 could be a vertical member 15 in the scope of the appended claims without departing
with one or two side members extending therefrom to '
provide stability as needed or desired.
from the spirit of the invention.
What is claimed is:
1. A ?rearm draw simulating device, comprising a
In operating the device F the cord 65 is pulled down
frame, an arm, said arm having an upper arm and a fore
wardly as viewed in FIG. 5 thereby releasing the latch
?nger 61 from the foot 25c of the lever 25. The spring 20 arm pivotally connected together, said upper arm pivotally
27 which is under tension then urges the lever 25 clock
wise as viewed in FIG. 5 and likewise the shaft 23. The
movement of the lever 25 urges the pin 21 through the
length of the channel 30 to the dotted line position
shown in FIG. 5 and therefore raises the forearm 14" 25
from its hanging position in solid lines (FIG. 2) to its
raised position in dotted lines (also FIG. 2). Simultane
ously with the movement of the lever 25, the gear 44 is
connected to said frame, means for raising said forearm
from an approximately vertical position to an approxi
mately horizontal position, said last named means includ
ing a lever having a longitudinal slot therein, a pin adapted
to be positioned in said longitudinal slot, said pin con
nected to said forearm, a member having an approximate
13/ U~shaped slot therein, said U-shaped slot adapted to
receive said pin, and means for moving said lever where
by said pin is moved in said U-shaped slot thereby causing
rotated with the shaft 23 and causes the ratchet 43 to
move downwardly, the lever 41 to pivot at 42 and the 30 said forearm to be raised to simulate an arm drawing a
?rearm.
right end 41a of the lever 41 to be raised to its upper
2. The structure recited in claim 1 wherein said means
most position. Also simultaneously with the movement
for moving said lever includes a spring connected to said
of the lever 25, the pulley 97 is rotated, thereby driving
lever, and a means for rewinding said spring after said
the belt 98 which drives the pulley 99 and in turn the
shaft 100 which causes the gear 96 to be rotated. When 35 spring has been unwound and returning said lever to its
position prior to moving said lever.
the shoulder 25e of the lever fo'ot 25c reaches the stop
29 the cap 71 will explode and the mechanism R is
3. A toy whereby the rapid drawing of a pistol is simu
lated, comprising a frame, an upper arm pivotally con
nected to said frame whereby a shoulder is simulated, a
pressing on the righthand end 41a of the lever 41 to re 40 forearm pivotally connected to said upper arm whereby an
elbow is simulated, means for raising said forearm from
arm or reset the mechanism R as explained above.
a lower position to a higher position relative thereto, said
The present invention has many uses such as a toy,
last named means including a lever having a longitudinal
game of skill, target and testing apparatus for speed of
slot therein, said lever adapted to pivot at one end, a pin
gun draw. It is generally anticipated however that such
attached to said forearm and adapted to be positioned in
device F will largely be employed as a toy. In such 45 said longitudinal slot, an approximately U-shaped slot
case, the person using the device F will be equipped with
through which said pin is moved by ‘said lever as said
a holster and a gun, which gun preferably shoots a harm
lever is moved, latch means for retaining said lever in
less pellet such as a suction cup or other type of harm
a position wherein said forearm is approximately vertical,
less pellet. The person so equipped will stand within
and means for releasing said latch means thereby causing
range of the target and will simultaneously draw his own
said lever to pivot and guide said pin in said U-shaped
gun as he pulls the string which activates the device F
slot whereby said forearm is raised from its approximately
as explained above. If the person is faster on the draw
vertical position to an approximately horizontal position.
than the device F and also hits the target T, the device
4. The structure in claim 1, including means for re
F will produce the sound resulting from the ?nger 94
taining an explosive cap in a position for engagement by
making contact with the gear 96 before the cap 71 is 55 a portion of said lever when said lever reaches the end of
exploded. Thus if a person hears the noise before he
its travel for exploding the explosive cap thereby making
hears the cap explosion he knows he was faster on the
a noise simulating the ?ring of a gun.
halted.
The lever 41 may then be moved downwardly by
draw than the device F. Conversely if he hears the cap
noise ?rst, then he is “dead” as the device F beat him
to the draw. Of course if there is much relative differ 60
ence between the individual’s draw and the device F’s
draw, such difference would also be perceptible by the
eye.
From the foregoing description, it is believed evident
that the present invention can be put to many interesting 65
and entertaining uses.
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It should be noted that the latch ?nger 61 could be
urged to vertical position as viewed in FIG. 5 by a con
ventional spring (not shown) thereby eliminating the
hinge 63.
In lieu of the spring 27 connected to the lever 25, a
motor -(not shown) could be connected to the shaft 23.
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