Title:
Triple tap target system
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
Disclosed herein is an triple tap target system including: a target section including: a steel silhouette plate with an aperture in a center portion; a first and second chest plates mounted to the center portion of a rear of the steel silhouette plate; and a head plate mounted to a top portion of the rear of the steel silhouette plate; a reset mechanism operable affixed to the steel silhouette plate operable to position first and second chest plates and the head plate into a position substantially coplanar with the steel silhouette plate; and a base section comprising one or more steel angle legs, wherein the target section is affixed to the base section.



Inventors:
Loveland, Carrie T. (Elizabeth City, NC, US)
Williams, David H. (Chesapeake, VA, US)
Application Number:
11/703547
Publication Date:
08/07/2008
Filing Date:
02/07/2007
Assignee:
Blackwater Manufacturing (Elizabeth City, NC, US)
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
273/348, 273/317
International Classes:
F41J5/18
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Primary Examiner:
GRAHAM, MARK S
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
TROUTMAN PEPPER HAMILTON SANDERS LLP (ATLANTA, GA, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. An triple tap target system comprising: a target section comprising: a steel silhouette plate with an aperture in a center portion; first and second chest plates mounted adjacent the center portion the steel silhouette plate; and a head plate mounted to a top portion of the steel silhouette plate.

2. The triple tap target system of claim 1, further comprising a reset operable to position the first and second chest plates and the head plate into a first position, the first position substantially parallel to the steel silhouette plate.

3. The triple tap target system of claim 1, a base section comprising one or more steel angle legs, wherein the target section is affixed to the base section.

4. The triple tap target system of claim 1, wherein the first and second chest plates are in direct surface to surface contact when the position substantially coplanar within the steel silhouette plate.

5. The triple tap target system of claim 1, wherein the first and second chest plates are rotationally affixed to the steel silhouette plate about a common axis.

6. The triple tap target system of claim 1, wherein the head plate is rotationally affixed to the steel silhouette plate.

7. The triple tap target system of claim 2, wherein the reset mechanism comprises one or more reset bars designed to engage the head plate and the second chest plate.

8. The triple tap target system of claim 2, wherein the reset mechanism is pneumatically powered.

9. A method for using a triple tap target system comprising: causing a first ballistic impact with a first chest plate in a first position, wherein the first ballistic impact causes a second chest plate to change position from a first position to a second position; causing a second ballistic impact with the first chest plate, wherein the second ballistic impact causes the first chest plate to move to a second position; and causing a third ballistic impact with a head plate in a first position, wherein the third ballistic impact causes the head plate to move to a second position.

10. The method of claim 9, further comprising resetting the triple tap target system by returning the first chest plate, the second chest plate, and the head plate to their respective first positions from their second positions.

11. The method of claim 10, wherein resetting the triple tap target system includes activating a pneumatic cylinder.

12. The method of claim 9, wherein the first and second chest plates are in direct surface-to-surface contact when they are in their first positions.

13. The method of claim 9, wherein the first and second chest plates and the head plate are substantially parallel to the silhouette plate when in their first position.

14. A triple tap target system comprising: a first chest plate rotationally affixed to a silhouette plate about a first axis; a second chest plate rotationally affixed to the silhouette plate about a second axis; and a head plate rotationally affixed to the silhouette plate about a third axis.

15. The triple tap target system of claim 14, further comprising a reset mechanism affixed to the silhouette plate operable for rotating the first and second chest plates about the first and second axis and the head plate about the third axis.

16. The triple tap target system of claim 14, wherein the first chest plate and the second chest plate are in direct surface to surface contact.

17. The triple tap target system of claim 14, wherein the silhouette plate includes an aperture in a center portion and the first chest plate and the second chest plate are located behind the aperture.

18. The triple tap target system of claim 14, wherein the first axis and the second axis are coaxial.

19. The triple tap target system of claim 15, wherein a ballistic impact on the first chest plate causes the second chest plate to rotate about the second axis.

20. The triple tap target system of claim 18, wherein a second ballistic impact on the first chest plate causes the first chest plate to rotate about the first axis.

21. The triple tap target system of claim 14, wherein a ballistic impact on the head plate causes the head plate to rotate about the third axis.

Description:

TECHNICAL FIELD

The invention generally relates to target systems. In particular, the invention relates to a target system having multiple targets.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The objective of defensive shooting is to immediately incapacitate a target so as to render that person unable to attack. Contrary to popular belief, gunshot wounds rarely kill the target instantly. Rather, the incapacitation caused by gunshots is the result of a neurocirculatory shock resulting from the gunshot. For example, the trauma resulting from impact and wound channel after two shots to a target's center of mass will produce a reflexive nervous system collapse in about 96% of cases. In the other 4% of cases, either an adrenaline rush or the effect of stimulant drugs will override the reflexive nervous system collapse, and further shots to the targets center mass will not produce this instantly-incapacitating shock.

A popular shooting technique, know as the Mozambique Drill was developed to take into consideration the deficiency of the pistol round in stopping an adversary. For example, many times it is the case that after absorbing the trauma of the first shots, the enemy will disregard further ballistic insult and simply “more shots” are not the answer. The Mozambique Drill instructs the shooter to place a double-tap in the center of mass, followed by a carefully aimed headshot. Or in other words, to successfully hit the center of a target twice and then the head of the target once. The third shot of the Mozambique Drill is aimed to destroy the brain, ensuring that the target's nervous system will shut down and leave the target unable to attack. The third shot is most effective when placed between a target's eyes as a higher shot is more likely to deflect off of hard bone and a lower shot is unlikely to produce the nervous system damage required to instantly stop an attacker.

The Mozambique Drill, also known as the ‘failure to stop drill’ or ‘2+1 drill’, is commonly part of the U.S. National Guard Combat Pistol and other military combat pistol competitions and is frequently a discriminator between the average shooter and the gifted shooter, especially in a timed competition.

A variety of different types of targets are currently available for shooting drills, various targets have been developed based on specific requirements or training practices of specific drills. These targets can range from paper targets, to static targets, such as steel or paper, to moving steel, paper targets, or the like, and are generally arranged at a distant end of a shooting range. Each of the targets can generally be moved around and configured within the range depending on, for example, a particular training drill for a shooter.

Currently, shooters typically use paper silhouette targets for the Mozambique Drill. The paper silhouette targets have several drawbacks that limit their effectiveness for use with the Mozambique Drill. For example, the paper silhouette targets are limited to a single effective use and it can be difficult to quickly and accurately determine if the paper target was hit in the proper location from a distance.

Accordingly, what is needed is an improved target that is designed for use with the Mozambique Drill.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Disclosed herein is an triple tap target system including: a target section including: a steel silhouette plate with an aperture in a center portion; a first and second chest plates mounted to the center portion of a rear of the steel silhouette plate; and a head plate mounted to a top portion of the rear of the steel silhouette plate; a reset mechanism operable affixed to the steel silhouette plate operable to position first and second chest plates and the head plate into a position substantially coplanar with the steel silhouette plate; and a base section comprising one or more steel angle legs, wherein the target section is affixed to the base section.

Also disclosed herein is a method for using a triple tap target system including: causing a first ballistic impact with a first chest plate in an first position, wherein the first ballistic impact causes a second chest plate to change position from an first position to a secondary position; causing a second ballistic impact with the first chest plate, wherein the second ballistic impact causes the first chest plate to change from its first position to a secondary position; causing a third ballistic impact with a head plate in an first position, wherein the third ballistic impact causes the head plate to change position from its first position to a secondary position; and resetting the triple tap target system by returning the first chest plate, the second chest plate, and the head plate to their respective first positions from their secondary positions.

Further disclosed herein is a triple tap target system including: a first chest plate rotationally affixed to a silhouette plate about a first axis; a second chest plate rotationally affixed to the silhouette plate about the first axis; a head plate rotationally affixed to the silhouette plate about a second axis; one or more steel angle legs affixed to a bottom portion of the silhouette plate; and a reset mechanism affixed to the silhouette plate operable for rotating the first and second chest plates about the first axis and the head plate about the second axis.

These and other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent upon reading the following specification in conjunction with the accompanying drawing figures.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The subject matter that is regarded as the invention is particularly pointed out and distinctly claimed in the claims at the conclusion of the specification. The foregoing and other objects, features, and advantages of the invention are apparent from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1 illustrates a front view of a portion of a triple tap target system in accordance with exemplary embodiments of the invention;

FIG. 2 illustrates a perspective view of the rear of a triple tap target system in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 3 illustrates a perspective view of the rear of a triple tap target system in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 4 illustrates another perspective view of the rear of a triple tap target system in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 5 illustrates another perspective view of the rear of a triple tap target system in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 6 illustrate a perspective view of a triple tap target system including a automated reset device in accordance with exemplary embodiments of the invention;

FIG. 7 illustrate a perspective view of a triple tap target system including a manual reset device in accordance with exemplary embodiments of the invention; and

FIG. 8 illustrates a perspective view of the rear of a triple tap target system in accordance with exemplary embodiments of the invention.

The detailed description explains the preferred embodiments of the invention, together with advantages and features, by way of example with reference to the drawings.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Referring now to FIG. 1, a front view of a target section 50 of a triple tap target system 100 is depicted. The target section 50 includes a silhouette shaped steel plate 52 that has a center section cutout. The target section 50 also includes two chest plates 54 that are located behind the center cutout portion of the silhouette shaped steel plate 52. Furthermore, the target section 50 includes a single head plate 56 mounted at the top of the silhouette shaped steel plate 52. The two chest plates 54 are pivotally mounted to the silhouette shaped steel plate 52 and are in direct surface-to-surface contact with each other. In exemplary embodiments, for clarity purposes, the steel silhouette plate 52 may be painted black and the chest plates 54 and head plates 56 are white. The target section 50 of the triple tap target system 100 is constructed such that after two shots hit the chest plates 52 they both fall out of sight and after a single shot hit the head plate 56 it falls out of sight.

In an exemplary embodiment, the two chest plates 52 are mounted such that prior to impact of a bullet the chest plates 54 are in direct surface-to-surface contact with one another. In another exemplary embodiment, the two chest plates 54 are mounted such that prior to impact of a bullet the chest plates 54 are both in a upright position in close proximity to one another. Once a first shot impacts the front chest plate 54 the energy from the impact is transferred to the rear chest plate 54 and the rear chest plate falls while the front face plate remains in its first position. After the front chest plate 54 is shot a second time, the front chest plate 54 time falls rearward. The shooter then would take a third shot at the head plate 56 knocking it rearward when it is struck. The head plate 56 may extend above the silhouette plate 52, however, it is also contemplated that the head plate 56 may be located behind an aperture in an upper portion of the silhouette plate 52.

The triple tap target system 100 also includes a base section 10. The base section 10 is constructed of a structural steel channel 12 and one or more steel angle legs 14 and provides a steady platform for which to mount the target section 50. The steel angle legs 14 are welded vertically on top of the steel channel 12 and provide ballistic protection for the different reset mechanisms that are located behind the steel angle legs 14. In an exemplary embodiment, at the top of the steel angle legs 14, there are threaded studs 16 that are used to locate and secure the target section 50 with flat washers and nuts.

Referring now to FIGS. 2 through 5 which illustrate perspective views of a portion of the triple tap target system 100 during various stages of use. FIG. 2 illustrates the triple tap target system 100 after it has been reset and no ballistic impact has occurred. Accordingly, both chest plates 54 and the head plate 56 are in their first position, which is substantially parallel with the silhouette plate 52. For example, in their first position the plates 54 and the head plate 56 may be within twenty degrees of the silhouette plate 52. Additionally, as shown in FIG. 2 the two chest plates 54 may be in direct surface-to-surface contact with one another when in their first position. FIG. 3 illustrates the triple tap target system 100 after a first ballistic impact has occurred with the first chest plate 54. Accordingly, the first chest plate 54a and the head plate 56 are substantially near their first position, which is substantially parallel to the silhouette plate 52, and the second chest plate 54b is in a second position. FIG. 4 illustrates the triple tap target system 100 after a second ballistic impact has occurred with the first chest plate 54. Accordingly, only the head plate 56 is substantially near its first position and both of the chest plates 54 are in a second position. FIG. 4 also illustrates the center cut out portion of the silhouette plate 52. FIG. 5 illustrates the triple tap target system 100 after a first ballistic impact has occurred with the head plate 56. Accordingly, both chest plates 54 and the head plate 56 are in a second position, which is substantially non-coplanar with the silhouette plate 52. Once the head plate 56 and the two chest plates 54 are in their second position the triple tap target system 100 is reset and the head plate 56 and the two chest plates 54 are returned to their first positions as illustrated in FIG. 2.

The resetting of the triple tap target system 100 may be accomplished by an automated or manual process, as illustrated in FIGS. 6 and 7, respectively. The automated reset mechanism 58 may be a pneumatic cylinder, a hydraulic cylinder, an electric motor, or the like. The manual reset mechanism 60 may be a lever that is connected to a rope or cord. The automated reset mechanism 58 may be activated by pressing a button or switch located on a control box and the manual reset mechanism 60 may be activated by pulling the rope towards you (the shooter). The resetting of the triple tap target system 100, be either an automated or manual process, includes actuating a vertical reset bar 62, which is connected to a head reset bar 64 and a chest reset bar 66. The head reset bar 64 is designed to contact the head plate 56 and reposition the chest plate 56 from its second position to its first position. Likewise, the chest reset bar 66 is designed to contact the second chest plate 54b and reposition both of the chest plates 54 from their second positions to their first positions.

In an exemplary embodiment, multiple triple tap target systems 100 that have automated reset mechanisms 58 can be operated from a single control box. Also, the reset mechanism of the triple tap target systems 100 may optionally be converted to/from a manual reset mechanism 60 from/to an automated reset mechanism 58 due to the design of the triple tap target system 100. The conversion from a manual reset mechanism 60 from/to an automated reset mechanism 58 allows a single triple tap target system 100 to be used in a wide variety of environments including outdoors and in an existing shooting range.

Turning now to FIG. 8, a perspective view of the rear of the triple tap target system 100 in accordance with exemplary embodiment is illustrated. The chest plates 54 and head plate 56 may include bushings 68 designed to keep the rotational and falling motion smooth and consistent. In an exemplary embodiment, the bushings 68 may be constructed of bronze or another suitable material. Furthermore, the target section 50 of the triple tap target system 100 can include one or more spring loaded ball-detents 70 that are in contact with the rotating portion of the chest plates 54 and the head plate 56. The ball-detents 70 keep the chest plates 54 and head plate 56 from moving as the target section 50 is shot at. Without the ball-detents 70, the chest plates 54 and the head plate 56 may move due to any excess vibration of the silhouette area that can result from being hit by misplaced rounds. The ball-detents 70 are used to ensure that the vibrations do not cause the chest plates 54 and the head plate 56, that were not hit directly, to fall. Additionally, when the chest plates 54 and the head plate 56 are shot at by a larger caliber handgun, the higher force may cause the plate to slam rearward so hard that it bounces back to an upright position. The ball-detents 58 are designed to prevent such bounce back of the chest plates 54 and the head plate 56.

Whereas the present invention has been described in detail it is understood that variations and modifications can be effected within the spirit and scope of the invention, as described herein before and as defined in the appended claims. The corresponding structures, materials, acts, and equivalents of all mean-plus-function elements, if any, in the claims below are intended to include any structure, material, or acts for performing the functions in combination with other claimed elements as specifically claimed.