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Publication numberUS1295831 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 4, 1919
Filing dateNov 29, 1916
Priority dateNov 29, 1916
Publication numberUS 1295831 A, US 1295831A, US-A-1295831, US1295831 A, US1295831A
InventorsCharles Alderson
Original AssigneeCharles Alderson
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1295831 A
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Patented Mar. 4, 1919.





Patented Mar. 4, 1919.




To all whom it may concern: V

Beit known. that I, CHARLES ALoERsoN, a citizen of the United States,--residing at Ouray, in the county of Ouray and State of Colorado, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Pistol-Holsters, of which the following'is a specification, refer ence being had to the accompanying draw-,

l his invention relates to pistol holsters and particularly to those pistol holsters which are designed to be worn under the arm pit. w

One of theobjects of this invention is to provide a pistol holster so constructed that it will retain a pistol within the holster by the resilience given to the material from which the holster is made. I A further object of the invention is the provision of a pistol'holster so constructed that the pistol may be pulled horizontally from beneath the arm and another object is modified form "of my invention;

to construct the pistol holster of one piece of material such as raw hide, hard fiber,

leather, or thin sheet steel. I

A further object'is to provide-improved means for supporting the holster in position beneath the arm pit. i 7 Other objects willappear in the course of the following description.

My inventlon is illustrated in panying drawings, wherein" Figure 1 is a side elevationof one form of'my pistol holster; I

Fig. 2' is a front elevation'thereof; Fig. 3 is 'a plan" view of the blank from which the holster is made; 4 'Fig. 4: is a side elevation of the jdCCOII-l- Fig. 5 is a front elevation thereof; Fig. 6 is. a sectional ofFig.4;and.

Fig- 7 is a view illustratingthe manner .in which the holster is supported upon the body." I 7 Referring to Figs. 1, 2L and 3 itwill be seen that this holster consists of a blank, as illustrated in Fig.3, formed of "one piece of material. This material may be sheet steel or other suitable resilientmetal, raw hide or other relatively thick leather, ihard fiber or vulcanized rubber, in other words, any material which may be bent and formed into shape and which will have when so formed a certain degree of resilience .suliicient to retain the pistol within theholster. The blank,

Specification of Letters Patent.

a slightly view on theline 66 Patented Mar. 4, 1919.

Application filed November 29, 1916. 7 Serial No. 134,157.

as illustrated, has a portion 10 which forms the inside or rear wall of the holster and a portlon l1 wh1ch forms the outside or front wall of the holster, theupper end of the portions 11 and 10 being-separated from each i other by means of an approximately V-' shaped slit'12, one edge ofwhich extends down vertically from the top edgeof the inside wall 10 and the other edge of which extends outward and upward in a curve. The outer edge of the portion 11 is cut away at its upper part as at 13 to permit the butt'of the pistol to project and is cut away adjacent its lower end as at 14. The extreme lower end of the portion 11 is so cut as to provide a-tab 15 separatedfrom the portion 11 by a V-shaped slit 16 and from-the portion 10 by an approximately V-shaped slit 17.

I The blank illustrated in Fig. 3 is bent over upon itself so that the portion 11 lies approximately parallel to the portion 10. The

upper edge of the portion 11 is riveted to the portion 10 by means of the rivets 18 while the lower end of the portion 11 is held at its front margin to the portion 10 by means of the rivets 19. The-tab 15 is turned inward at right angles to the wall 10 and is riveted along its margin to the portion 10 by means of the rivets 20; The leather or other material from which the portion 11 is formed is shaped in a general way, as illustrated best in Fig. 2, so that the forward edges-of theportions 10 and 11 are relatively close togetherx By attaching the upper ends of the portion 11 tothe portion 10 by means of -the rivets"l8,-I hold the two walls of the holster in approximately paral lel position so that a pistol inserted within the holster with its muzzle within the pocket formed at the lower end of the holster will be retained firmly in place and prevented from slipping out." The material of the character before described which is bent as descrlbed and connected at its upper ends by the rivets 18, 19 and 20 will be resilient enough to gripv and hold in place the revolver or pistol. The edges from a point above the uppermost rivet 19.nearly to the rivet 18 will spring apart as the revolver is drawn, thus permittinv the revolver to be drawn outfrom'the ho ster nearly-horizontally and inserted in the holster nearly horizontally,

holster While the upper end of the barrel, I

: this spring being so formed, as illustrated in Fig. 6, as to shape the holster toprovide a relatively wide circular portion 22 having r ativelv narrow space 2-3 between the marginsof the walls 10and 11. The spring is covered 'bya band of leather 24.- .wlnch is stitched to, the outer'wa-ll 11 at its margins. but which is loose along the inner-walland fa tened t its ex r mit es to. this inner wall by. means of the rivets 2 5, as illustrated clearlyin Fig. 6. The spring is disposed at that portion of the holsterwhich embraces the barrel adjacent the butt or handleand in a revolver embraces that portion of thegun which carries the cylinder. In both forms of my invention the pistol is retained in place with ut danger of slipping out but, may be readily withdrawn ii-rein the holsterby a movement in a horizontal plane.

' For the. pu po of; suppert-ingthe holster I beneath the arm pit, as illustrated in. Fig. 7

I attach to. the wall 10 at its upper-end the strap2 i h i ad p d to surround the shoulder and define. an arm he1e,;the ends. of

v e trap. e t nd ng d wnward in convergent relationand being rivetedor otherwise at.

tachedto the corners oi the. upper end of the. port on 10., This. strap is adapted o pass arou d. he shoulder of the left arm,, as. illustrated in Fig; 7, anditothissstrap is at:-. rashed n elastit hand 27 which extends. acrossgthe ba k f; the wearer and thenv around ever the shoulder acressthe; front; of the arm; and underneath the armlpit: and back to the strap 26.. This is; the preferable.- way 015 supporting the. holster but: I.- do: not. Wish tobe limited to. this. manner oi supporting-it; litwi'llgbe seen thatthe elastic band .7 prevents: the holstertram swinging a und er ether: Words; prevents any shifting of; the strap. 26,. but at the same time; the holster is; held in such. a. position that-the revolverwill; not obstruct the free: movement of the; left arm.

The de-tailsof the holster Whichhasbeerr described are all designed tog-secure. a maxi,- mum e-fiectiveness for theholster'. The clos ingoithe upper end ot the holster by: the;

rivets 18- prevents; thepistol from! slipping out ofjthe top of the holster whenthe wearer stoops; rides, runs, fights or wrestles. It-wiil: be realized: that this is particularly-necessary in a holster intended to be worn by officers of the law who may be called upon to do'any or all of these things in a fight. Again the ,lowerend of the elastic band 27 is fastened to tlie strap 26 in such manner that the holster need not be buttoned to theband of the trousers, thus permitting-the-holster to be .readily removedor applied. By cutting out the material at the top of the holster, that is cutting away the material at18,.a1- lowance is -made for. the projection foil the butt or lhandleoftherpistol and there is nothing to interfere witht'he hand grasping thehandle quickly It will be seen-that by cutting out thebla'n-k to form the notch 12 in Fig. 3 when the blank is-folded over and riveted to the part 10a'hooc'l is formed to fit over the hammer of the gun and which prevents, as before stated, the gun from sli'ppingout atthe top and prevents the hammer from rubbing a hole in the-lining of the coat and thus causing the hammer to catch,

in the clothing. This also prevents dust, V

lint or perspiration from getting into the workingpartsof the gun. a The shapeiof this hood forinedhy attaching the upper end of the portion 11 to theupper end of the'portion 10, leaves. nothing to prevent thehammer of the. gun from coming o ut of the holster smoothly- The blank-is cut out at 14 to allow themuz' z le. of the gun to come out of. the holster easily, and to be returned easily, and further so. as to prevent" anything rubbing against the sight of the gun as it is pulledout. This weuld be. bad for the sight and furthermore as the sights on gunsand some pistols have sharp corners, these would be liable to cut into andhe hindered hygthe material of the holster atzthispointz.

If the holster isjmade of relatively limp leather merely folding the. leather ever: and riveting it will not make. the holsterstiff enough. to..hold the gun-safely without a spring; .Whemhowever; the." holster is made of relatively hard material which. is tivel' y shit, the spring is notnecessa-ryq If, however, the holster, asbefore stated, is. made of relativelylimpleather withoutfthe hardness; and stifi'ne'ss incident to-[the construction shown in Figs. 1 and;2',. then'a' spiingQl,v as illustrated 'in'Fi'gs. tand '6, must be; used: it is obvious that: this it it was not cut out spring should be covered to protect it from" rusting and 'further to finish and holster more; ornamental.

Having described my invention, what'I claim is: T

A holster formed! ofi a; single piece ofimas render the terial bent longii-udinally uponitself to i form: 1 2

an inner walliand an outer wall; the; inner wall? having approximately parallel. edges. for the greater portion of its length,i. the outer" wall. having its upper end approx'is mately conterminous-witli. theupper' edge or the inner Wall, said outer wall terminating short of the lower end of the inner wall, the middle of the outer wall having a width approximately the same as the inner wall, the edge of the outer wall above said middle portion being upwardly and inwardly curved, the upper rear corner of the outer wallbeing attached to the inner wall, the edge of the outer wall below the middle portion 'being extended rearward and downward, then forwardly, and then extended directly downward, this portion of the edge of the outer wall being attached to the inner wall and the outer wall being formed with a flap attached to the inner wall at right angles to the length of the holster to form the bottom of a muzzle pocket, the-median portion of the outer wall being deflected toward the inner wall and then outward, and a strip of resilient metal attached to the outer face of the inner wall extending around the back of the holster and then extending forward over the outer wall along the median portion thereof and being operatively connected thereto.

In testimony whereof I hereunto alfix my signature in the presence of two witnesses.


Witnesses WM. Ro'rHMELL, .ARTHUR W. DUANE.

Copies of this patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addressing this Commissioner of Patents,

- Washington, D. C.

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U.S. Classification224/193, 224/231, 224/911, 224/624
Cooperative ClassificationF41C33/0209, F41C33/0236, Y10S224/911
European ClassificationF41C33/02D, F41C33/02B