Projectile launcher

  • US 6,276,353 B1
  • Filed: 08/28/1997
  • Issued: 08/21/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/21/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An impact-safe projectile launcher for propelling projectiles, the projectile launcher comprising:

  • a launch tube died to accommodate insertion of an impact-safe projectile with substantially little to no friction between the launch tube inner wall and the projectile;

    a nozzle disposed adjacent one end of the launch tube, the nozzle being adapted to receive a flow of compressed air, to accelerate the flow of compressed air to form a stream of high-velocity air, and to direct the stream of high-velocity air at the projectile disposed within the launch tube; and

    a play-participant actuated valve interposed between the nozzle and a source of compressed air, the valve being adapted when actuated to place the nozzle in communication with the source of compressed air;

    whereby upon actuation of the valve, the nozzle discharges the stream of high-velocity air which transfers momentum to the projectile, propelling it down the launch tube and into the air.

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