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Nov. 3, 1925.
1,560,322 w. F. ROBERTS RIFLE BARREL AND SIGHT PROTECTOR Filed May 11, 1925 Patented Nov. 3, 1925. v
Uh i i fi YES rarest series WILLIAM F. ROBERTS, o1" PHOENIX, ARIZONA, ASSIGNOR or oNn-HALr T SIDNEY OWEN, or PHOENIX, ARIZONA.
RIFLE BARREL AND SIGHT PROTECTOR.
Application filed May 11, 1925.
To all whomri may concern:
Be it known that I, WILLIANI F. ROBERTS, a citizen of the United States, residing at Phoenix, in the county of Maricopa and State of Arizona, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Rifle Barrel and Sight Protectors, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to firearms and pertains particularly to a muzzle closing and sight protecting device.
The primary object of this invention is the provision, in a manner as hereinafter set forth, of a device adapted to be inserted in the muzzle of a firearm and carrying a sight protecting element.
Another object of this invention is the provision, in a manner as hereinafter set forth, of a combined muzzle closing and sight protecting device for firearms having means whereby the sight protecting device may be adjusted to fit the same to weapons having the front sight thereof adjacent the muzzle or set back a distance therefronn The device contemplates the provision of a substantially U-shaped element formed of a pair of resilient wires, these said wires being twisted together to form one leg of the U-shaped element and having secured therebetween bristles to form the same into a substantially elongated circular brush. The other ends of the two wires lie side by side in spaced relation and form the other leg of the element and are further adjustably secured in a covering shell which, when the said brush is inserted into the muzzle of a firearm, is adapted to overlie the front sight of the firearm for the protection of the same. The yoke connecting the two legs of the said U-shaped element is supplied with a padding or shield of leather, felt or other appropriate material to prevent the element from marring the muzzle of the firearm.
A final object of this invention is the provision, in a manner as hereinafter set forth, of a combined muzzle closing and front sight protecting means for firearms which will be of simple construction, light weight, strong and durable, easily and quickly applied or removed, and inexpensive to manufacture.
The invention will be best understood from a consideration of the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing forming a part Serial No. 29,506.
oft-his specification, with the understanding that the invention is not confined to any strict conformity with the showing of the drawing but may be changed and modified so long as such changes and modifications Figure 2 is a top plan view of the said muzzle having the device applied thereto, a portion of the device here also being shown in section for the better illustration of its application.
Figure 3 is an end View of the device bodying this invention.
Referring now to the drawing in detail wherein like numerals of reference indicate corresponding parts throughout the several views, there is indicated at 1 the muzzle end of a firearm the bore therethrough being indicated by the numeral 2. A front sight of the usual conventional type is indicated at 3, which sights are usually in close proximity to the end of the barrel of the firearm.
The device embodying this invention comprises a substantially U-shaped element indicated generally by the numeral 4-. This element is formed of a pair of resilient wires 5, the ends of which are twisted together as indicated at 6 to form one leg of the said U-shaped element. This leg carries a body of bristles 7 secured between the twisted wires as shown and cut to provide the circular brush. The other leg of the said U shaped element has the wires in spaced relation to provide the spring members 8, the ends of these members being outturned as indicated at 9. This other leg of the said U-shaped member is then divided into two parts which possess an inherent quality which tends to cause them to spring apart.
Adapted to be carried by the said members 8 is a substantially semi-ovate shell 10 the edge of which is so designed that when the open side is laid upon the muzzle 1, with its longitudinal axis parallel with the longitudinal axis of the muzzle, the said edges will contact closely with the muzzle at all Bill-- points with the exception of the rear of the shell, which portion is cut away as at 11 for the purpose which will hereinafter be set forth. The members 8 as shown in Figure 52 extend through horizontal slots 12 formedin the front portion of the shell, and the outturned ends 9 engage in apertures 13 formed in the sides of the shell as shown. There (is provided several of these apertures through each side of the shell so that by pressing the members 8 inwardly to disengage the ends, the shell can be moved forwardly orbackwardly upon the member to adjust it as desired.
The interior of the shell 10 is lined with a felt or other soft material indicated by the numeral 14 for the protection of the sight 3 when the shell is positioned thereover.
Placed about the yoke connecting the legs of the U-shaped element is a leather pad 15 designed to protect the end of the muzzle from being marred by the wires when the device is in position.
When this device is being used, the Wire brush 7 is inserted in themuzzle of the firearm as shown in Figure l, and the shell 10 is slid along the outer surface of the muzzle over the front sight 3, the sight entering the shell through the cutaway portion 11 in the rear thereof. It is thus held tightly between the sides of the felt lining 1 as shown in Figure 2 thus being protected from scratches or injury from an accidental blow. In the event that the front sight is set far back from the end of the muzzle then the members 8 can be disengaged from the aperture 13 and the shell 10 can be moved outwardly upon the members until the ends thereof can be engaged in a pair of apertures nearer the front thereof.
\Vhile the protective material 15 has been described as leather, it is to be understood that any other appropriate material may be used instead.
From the foregoing description it will be longitudinally adjustable upon its supportmg leg.
2. A gun muzzle and sight protector comprising, a substantially U-shaped element, means upon one leg thereof for closing a gun muzzle, means carried upon the other leg thereofadapted to protect a front sight, and means upon the yoke of said element for protecting said muzzle against being scarred.
3. A gun muzzle and sight protectonconiprising, a substantially U-shaped element, means to provide a brush upon one leg thereof for insertion into and protection of a gun muzzle, said other leg being formed to provide two resilient members, and a front sight protecting element shiftably carried upon said members.
41. A gun muzzle and sight protector con prising, a substantially U-shaped element, means to provide a brush upon one leg thereof for insertion-into and protection of a gunmuzzle, said other leg being formed to provide two resilient members, and a front sight covering shell adapted to lie upon said muzzle and having a series of apertures therethriufor the passage of said resilientmembers thereinto and engagement of the ends of said members. to hold the. shell in adjustable position thereon.
In testimony whereof, I affix my signature hereto.
WILLIAM F. RoBERTs.