This interesting toy, with its funny animal targets, and a harmless pistol with which to shoot at them, will provide an endless amount of fun for a winter’s evening or stormy afternoon.
Excerpt from: HOME-MADE TOYS FOR GIRLS AND BOYS BOOKS BY A. NEELY HALL LOTHROP, LEE & SHEPARD CO., BOSTON Published, August, 1915
Figure 212 shows the completed toy, and Fig. 213 the box that forms The Framework. The targets can be arranged to suit the form of box that you find, and the number may be increased or decreased to suit the space.
The right position for the box is upon its side so its open top forms the front of the target box (Fig. 213). The horizontal piece A (Fig. 213) is fastened between the ends of the box, to support targets. It is held in place by nails driven through the box ends into its ends. If your box is much larger than the one shown in the illustration, you can provide two crosspiece supports for targets, instead of one.
The Circular Target should be drawn upon a piece of cardboard with a compass, or, by marking around a cup or small saucer to make the outer circle, marking around a can cover for the second circle, and a coin for the center circle. Blacken the outside and center rings with ink, or by rubbing with a soft pencil.
Figure 214 shows how the target should be hinged in place to the horizontal strip A. Tack or glue the lower edge of the piece of cardboard to a block of wood B. Then cut a hinge-strip out of a piece of dress lining, and either tack or glue one-half of it to block B and the other half to the target support A.
The Animal Targets are made with pictures cut from magazines and newspapers. The pictures should be colored with crayons or watercolors, to make them as nearly like their right colors as possible.
After cutting out the pictures, paste them upon cardboard, mount the pieces of cardboard upon blocks of wood, as shown at B and C (Figs. 214 and 215), and hinge the blocks to the target supports with cloth strips. B shows the method of hinging the targets to strip A, and to the lower side of the box, and C shows the method of hinging the targets to the ends of the box. The former targets fall backwards when struck; the latter targets swing sideways when struck.
Figure 216 shows
The Card-shooting Pistol, and Figs. 217, 218, and 219 show the details for making it. Cut block A about 8 inches long, and block B about 3 inches long. Nail A to B as shown. Then take two rubber-bands, loop them together end to end, as shown in Fig. 218, and fasten one end of the looped bands to the end of block A by means of a nail driven into the block and bent over as shown in Fig. 217. Cut a piece of cardboard about I inch square, notch the center of two opposite edges (Fig. 219), and fit [Pg 144] the loop of the free end of the rubber bands over the piece of cardboard and into the notches, as shown in Figs. 217 and 218. This completes the pistol.
The toy pistol shoots small squares of cardboard, placed in it as shown in Figs. 216 and 218, with one corner, slipped beneath the rubber-band loop.
Number the Targets as shown in Fig. 212, marking the circular target “25,” four of the animal targets “10,” and the remaining four “5.” Each number represents the score of that particular target.
When Shooting, stand 3 or 4 feet away from the target box. Aim at the circular target, because that one counts the most. If you miss it, there is the chance, of course, of hitting one of the other targets below or to one side of it and making a smaller score.