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Publication numberUS1851352 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 29, 1932
Filing dateMay 21, 1930
Priority dateMay 21, 1930
Publication numberUS 1851352 A, US 1851352A, US-A-1851352, US1851352 A, US1851352A
InventorsJames R Denkert
Original AssigneeH & D Folsom Arms Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Pistol holster
US 1851352 A
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March 29, 1932.

J. R. DENKERTL PISTOL HOLSTER Filed May 2l, 1930 wvENToR jcwmfm BYy ` ATTORN Patented Mar.A 29, .1932

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Amies R. onnnxmer; or' JGHNSTOWN, New YonmgAssIenon- To H e n Fo'LsoivrAnMs e f co., OFNEW Yoran N. Y., .A .ooRroeATroN orivnw JERSEY Pis'r'or. HOLSTER;

Applicationled May 21, 1930.' Serial 110.454,260.` Y

This inventionrelatesto holsters and has especiallreference to pistol holsters.

An object ofthe invention is to provide af simple, and etlicient holster wherein the pistol is-/aut'omatically latched therein upon proper. insertion as well-as with means for assisting the hand in withdrawing the pistol so that withdrawal is easy and fast.

Further 'and more specific objects, fea- ;Q tures, and advantages will more clearly appear fromthe detailed description given below when taken in connection with the ac- `cempanyingdrawings which form part of thespeciiication and whichv illustrate a present preferred form of the invention.

from the holster so that the withdrawal by Broadlv stated, the invention concernsa holster provided ywith means for latching apistol th'ereinupon insertionfand withmeans on the holster tending to eject the pistol from "o the holster when the latch is released. The ejector means is .preferably within the holster andy preferably is not strong enough to effect a complete ejection without the aid of the hand rbut'does move the `pistol far enough the hand is ygreatly facilitated as to ease and speedof Withdrawal. Preferably again the ejector means'is a resilient device which is putunder stress such as compression or tenrio sion by the pistol when the pistol is shoved into the holster and which stress is released throughfthepistol to eject or partly eject it when the latch holding the pistol within the holster is released.

'lli'epresent preferred form of the invention is illustrated in the drawings,4 of which, Fig 1i is a vertical longitudinal section through the holster showing the pistol latched or'loclred therewithin;

.Figa 2 is'V a similar view showing the pistol as it is vpartly withdrawn from the holster by thel'action of the ejector;

Fig. 3 is a vertical crosssection taken onv the line 3 8 of Fig. 1; and,

Fig. 4 is a horizontal cross section taken on the line 4 4 ofFig. l.

The present preferred formr of the inven tion illustrated in the drawings is adapted l. to receive a pistol having a main body 12 and 0' a barrel 13, a trigger guard member 14,'and

a' front portion 15.l acting as a shoulder for the` purpose rhereinafter explained. v

The holster has a main portion l0 andraJ snout or nose -11 to receivethe barrel ofthe j pistol. In theV holsterlthere is disposed an ejector device 16 which in one form may be i a spring element curved sothatits endbears on the pistol adjacent the portion,15.- As; the pistol"` is introduced into the holster this ejectoreleinent is engaged before'` the pistol is fullyinsertech and' is pushed baclrby the further movement of the pistol into the .hola

ster so thatithe ejector element: is inila'istatefof stress. is the pistol is fully introduced" into the holsterfthen the Jtrigger'guarld 14 .isen

gaged as shownby .the springlatchelenient 19'. This eleinent19 isin the forrnof azllat f spring plate'() the end of which 19 is*` dis.

posed normally in a `position to lie 'backiof awportion of the trigger )guard to'V act as aY latch for said guard.. The' end 19 of fthe spring triggerv guard plate 20y is formed with a. shoulder 19a which abuts the trigger guard asshownin Fig; 3. The lower-end of'tliis'- Velement 19 so that it canbe presseddowniby thefing'er to'clear they trigger guard 14.

Thefejector .member or springl prefer ably extendsvin the form ofa flat spring 18 along the adjacent -inner .face ofthe. holster. andis preferably covered with leather as at 17 to protecttlie spring, makena more ornamental appearance,andalsoprotect the-,metal of the 4pistol from'wear. l

The normal position. of vthe ej eeto'r spring` lwh'en'it isnot engaged by the pistol fully insertedinto the holster'V is shownin Fig. 2

and the position of the ejector element 16 when in a condition of stress by reason of the engagement with and displacement from normal by the pistol is shown in Fig. 1. It is therefore seen that when the pistol is fully inserted into the holster, the pistol is under the influence of the spring element 16 which is always tending to eject the pistol from the holster. The latch 19 however is so positioned that when the pistol is properly and suiiiciently introduced into the holster the trigger guard or some other part of the pistol will be engaged thereby to hold the pistol in the holster. l

However, the instant that the finger is pressed againstI the latch 19 to release it from engagement with the trigger guard 14 then the ejector element such as the spring 16 Will immediately move the pistol to the position shown in Fig. 2 where it will be in a much better position to be grasped and withdrawn by the hand. This movement is a sort of snap movement, in other words a rather quick one unless resisted by the hand. It will be observed that the spring element such as 16 moves in a lane parallel to the plane of movement of) the pistol in and out of the holster Whereas the latch member 19 moves in a plane or direction at right angles to the direction of movement of the pistol.

The operation of the device first calls for the introduction of the pistol into the holster. As it is entering the holster, the shoulder in front of the portion 15 of the body of thepistol encounters the end of the ejector element and starts to push it back and thus place it in a stateof either tension or compression as the case may be. This continues until the trigger guard of the pistol has been moved far enough into the holster so that the latch element 19 can spring up back of a portion of the guard element as shown in Fig. 1 and latch it in the holster. The latch element 19 is a sloping contact face which is encountered and shoved aside by the trigger guard until the final position of the pistol in the holster is achieved. When this position is reached then the pistol is securely held in the holster.

In order to remove the pistol from this holster it is necessary to insert the forefinger into the holster enough to engage the top face of the latch 19 so as to depress this latch element and release it from in back of the trigger guard 14. At the instant that this release is complete, the ejector element which is under stress will act to move the pistol partly out of the holster. As the forefinger is introduced into the holster, the other fingers and the thumb of the hand are naturally in a position to grasp the grip of the pistol and withdraw it. This snap movement immediately upon release of the latch 19 enables the pistol to be more easily and quickly Withdrawn since the hand is in position to quickly grasp the pistol naturally.

The spring element 16 is not strong enough to throw the pistol out of the holster but is strong enough to move it positively a desired distance upon release of the latch 19. It is further clear that the ejector may be any other sort of device which will engage the pistol as it is introduced and eject or partly eject it when the latch is released. rlhe ejector member may be disposed in other parts of the holster insidewor outside of the same. The latch member may be of other form than that .nown The invention is to provide an ejector member combined with a latch member so that the pistol is held firmly in position Within the holster when properly disposed therein and is immediately moved or partly ejected from the holster as soon as the latch member is released.

This invention is an improvement on the invention shown and described and claimed in Patent No. 1,113,530, dated October 13, 19141-, entitled Gun-holsters.

Yilhle the invention has been described in detail and with respect to a present preferred form thereof, it is not to be limited to such details and forms since many changes and modifications may be made and the invention embodied in other forms and modifications without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention in its broadest aspects. Hence it is desired to cover any and all forms and modifications of the invention which may come within the language or scope of the appended claim.

What is claimed, is,

In combination with a holster for pistols, which have a body portion, a trigger guard, and a barrel, which comprises a spring latch plate movable at right angles to the direction of movement of the pistol as it is inserted, said latch engaging with the trigger guard to hold the pistol in. the holster, a springplate fixed Within the holster along the wall thereof adjacent the trigger guard and having avcurved free end bent in a smooth curve 7-3 to place the end of said plate in position to engage with the forward face of the body of the pistol and to be put under tension bv said engagement when the pistol is inserted, said curved spring member tending to move the pistol at least partly out of the holster when the latch element is released from the trigger guard.

Signed at Johnstown, in the county of Fulton and State of New York, this 19th day of May, 1930.


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U.S. Classification224/196, 224/911, 224/243
International ClassificationF41C33/02
Cooperative ClassificationF41C33/0263, F41C33/0209, Y10S224/911
European ClassificationF41C33/02B, F41C33/02J