US 20070094911 A1
A selectively collapsible shooting support is mounted on a sling for supporting a weapon to which the sling is attached. A cover is selectively moveable with respect to the sling for concealing and housing the collapsed shooting support in stored condition on the sling, and for releasing the support for deployment. The shooting support preferably comprises two segmented or collapsible sticks connected to the sling and extendable to support a firearm during firing. Movement of the firearm to follow a target is possible without loss of support or repositioning of the sticks on a support surface or a body portion of a shooter.
1. Apparatus for supporting a hand manipulated element, said apparatus: comprising:
a sling having element engagement members and for operatively coupling the sling to the element;
an element support operatively coupled to the sling in a position spaced from said engagement members, and
a cover for covering said element support in a stored position and operable to uncover said element support for deployment.
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at least one leg operably attached to said sling;
a cover on said sling moveable between one position securing said leg along said sling and a second position spaced from said leg for movement of said leg away from said sling into a support position.
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15. Shooting stick apparatus for supporting a firearm and comprising:
an elongated sling for attachment to a firearm;
a pair of collapsible shooting sticks moveably attached to said base; and
a cover moveable on said sling between a first position for holding said sticks alongside said sling and a second position to release said sticks for deploying in a direction extending away from said sling.
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25. A shooting stick apparatus for use with a weapon, and including a sling attachable to said weapon, a collapsible shooting stick mounted to said sling and being extensible from said sling for providing a shooting support for a weapon when said sling is attached thereto, and a cover moveable along said sling to one position to hold said stick along said sling and to another position wherein said stick is extended away from said sling.
26. Shooting support apparatus for a firearm comprising, in combination:
a sling having two ends for attachment to a firearm;
a shooting support attachment to said sling at a position spaced from each of said ends;
a cover having at least a portion thereof movable with respect to said sling between one position holding said shooting support along said sling and another position spaced away from said shooting support.
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28. A support for an implement, the support comprising:
a support base having a leg socket therein;
at least one leg having an upper end;
an elastic member extending through said leg and said socket and operably connected to bias the upper end of said leg into said socket;
said leg socket receiving said upper end of said leg and accommodating movement of said leg with respect to said socket;
said support base adopted for coupling to said implement.
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Benefit is claimed of the filing date of Nov. 1, 2005 of applicant's co-pending expressly incorporated herein in its entirety.
The present invention relates to shooting supports and more particularly, but not exclusively, to shooting sticks for use to steady a firearm for accurate shooting.
Shooting supports, known as shooting sticks, are well known in the art. Present shooting sticks are used with a weapon to support and hold steady the firearm, such as an elongated rifle, or other form of firearm, during firing. Known shooting sticks come in a variety of different configurations. For example, a shooting support can be in the form of a monopod, bipod or tripod configuration for example. These are either directly attached to a rifle by a variety of devices, or comprise separate support devices on which the rifle is rested. By placing the rifle on top of the shooting stick, the rifle fore end can be held relatively still. This allows the weapon to be steadied more than can be achieved with the user's own arm and hand without support. Body movements or other forces, such as pressing the trigger, are less likely to move the weapon during firing, improving its accuracy for each shot and from shot-to-shot.
Shooting sticks are made out of a variety of materials and come in a variety of designs. For example, in one common format, two sticks or rods are simply tied together to form a cross pattern. The end of the rifle is laid on and supported above intersection of the sticks. Shooting sticks may be collapsible for ease in transportation. These collapsible shooting sticks can be carried in a backpack or in a pocket of the user. Other designs allow the shooting sticks to be attached to a belt or to the user in other ways for easy access.
One drawback of using these collapsible shooting sticks is that the shooting sticks are easily lost. For example, when they are kept in a backpack or on the user's body they can fall out of the backpack or off of the user while traveling through a hunting area or the like. In addition, they can be misplaced during transport or simply laid down and forgotten. Furthermore, some shooting sticks take a substantial amount of time to assemble. By the time the shooting stick is assembled and deployed with the rifle, the hunted game, moving targets, or other opportunity may have passed.
In other formats, various shooting sticks, such as bipods, can be attached at the fore end or barrel of the rifle. These are typically pivoted to a storage position extending forwardly or to a deployed position extending downwardly for use in shooting. Such devices are provided primarily in bipod configurations, and tend to be relatively heavy and somewhat unwieldy, making the weapon harder to carry and to handle.
Accordingly, it is one objective of the invention to provide an improved shooting support for a firearm which is more easily carried and deployed than known weapon-mounted or separately carried shooting sticks.
Another objective of the invention is to provide an improved shooting support for a firearm which accommodates firearm movement without loss of support.
A further objective of the invention has been to minimize loss of shooting supports for firearms, yet which supports are lightweight and easily and quickly deployed for use.
To these ends and in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the invention, a shooting support of monopod, bipod, or other configuration, including collapsible legs, is mounted directly to a sling used for carrying the weapon. The legs are quickly and easily erected to deployed configurations, and the weapon can be rested on the sling proximate the mounting structure for the legs for support. The sling includes a cover, sleeve, or pouch for housing the collapsed legs in stored or non-deployed condition on the sling. The sling is operatively coupled to the weapon for enabling conventional transport of the weapon by a user and the shooting support is operatively coupled to the sling, in stored condition but is quickly deployed for use.
The shooting support is preferably constructed with a base secured to the sling and having one or more concave sockets receiving the respective movable ends of one or more collapsible legs or sticks so that, when deployed, the rifle can be moved to follow a target without loss of support from the stick or sticks.
Alternate forms of legs or sticks can be used, together with alternate forms of engagement with the slings for particular uses.
In use, the cover is opened or removed, the legs or sticks are erected, the rifle is supported on the sling and the stick or sticks indirectly, and the rifle sighted and fired. For storage, the legs or sticks are collapsible, oriented along the sling and the cover closed or slid over the sticks for storage and carrying of the rifle by the sling. The rifle can be carried with support stored or deployed.
In another embodiment, upper ends of two shooting sticks are attached to the sling via a base with upper ends of the sticks defining projecting ears or support members. When deployed, these ears engage the sling and form a trough therein for receiving a weapon portion, such as the forearm of a rifle.
In another aspect of the invention a support base and leg combination includes a surface, a recess in the surface, a support leg having an end and an elastic member extending through the end, the elastic member extending from the leg end into the recess and beyond the surface, said elastic member resiliently biasing said leg end into said recess.
These and other objectives and embodiments will become readily apparent from the following detailed written description and from the drawings, which are incorporated in and constitute a part of this specification, and of which:
In all of the illustrations of the application, identical numeral reference characters are used to denote identical parts. In addition, for some of the embodiments the same numeric reference character with a prime (′) symbol added identifies parts that are very similar in structure and function, but not identical to parts of other embodiments.
As used herein, and unless otherwise defined, the terms “shooting stick” refers to a shooting support or support apparatus as described herein of monopod, bipod, tripod or other leg configurations.
While the invention finds particular use with elongated firearms such as rifles, it could be used with other forms of weapons or firearms, or other forms of user-manipulated elements or devices where steadiness is desired. These could range from optics, cameras, tools and many other devices.
The weapon 32 includes a front end 34 or forearm supported by shooting stick apparatus 30. The shooting stick apparatus 30 of the illustrated embodiment is in a bipod configuration, having two legs 40A, 40B operatively coupled to a sling 38.
Sling 38 is operatively coupled to the weapon 32 for carrying the weapon 32 during transport on the shoulder of a user. The sling 38 can be any device for carrying the weapon 32, such as strap or other structure. Slings may include single or multiple straps, padding and attachments, such as cartridge carriers. The slings used herein generally include two ends, 38 a, 38 b, defined by the position of the attachment to weapon 32. In the illustrated embodiment, the sling 38 comprises strap 46 connected to the weapon 32 through the use of front and rear attachments known as sling swivels of the fixed or quick detachable variety, however, those skilled in the art recognize that alternate methods of connecting the sling 38 or its ends 38 a, 38 b to the weapon 32 can be used in other embodiments.
As noted, the shooting stick apparatus 30 includes two preferably collapsible legs 40 a, 40 b in a bipod configuration. The legs 40 can vary in height depending upon the preferences of the user. For example, a shooter would want legs 40 that are shorter or longer than
Legs 40 preferably rest upon a ground surface 42 and can be splayed in any number of directions. In alternate uses, the legs can be supported on a tree stand, the body of a user such as his legs or torso, or on other support surfaces.
The shooting stick apparatus 30 also includes a support base 44 that is operatively coupled to the sling 38. The support base 44 of the illustrated embodiment serves to couple the legs 40 to the sling 38 and allows the deployed legs 40 to move in a variety of rotational directions, directed at angles away from the sling. In addition, the support base 44 enables cooperation with legs 40 the weapon 32 to be moved to follow a moving target without repositioning the shooting stick apparatus 30 and without loss of support. Other embodiments, however, contemplate different types of structures to connect the shooting stick apparatus 30 to the sling 38, as will be described.
A cover 48 is disposed on sling 38. The cover 48 both conceals and contains the collapsible shooting stick apparatus 30 during transport. Cover 48 is moveable or slidable along the strap 46 between a first position securing the collapsed and stored legs alongside the sling 38 (
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In other embodiments, two cords 64 can be used, one extending between the end cap 68 in each leg and through the recess 92 and 94 (as will be described) past the surfaces defining the recess and into the support base where it can be captured by a knot or other suitable enlargement operably associated with the cord. In any event, the cord 64 is operably connected at one end, to the leg to bias it into the socket, and effectively operably connected with respect to the support base so the bias is applied to the leg toward the socket.
In use, the concept of a collapsible leg with one end biased into an enlarged socket by the same elastic member or cord 64 biasing the leg sections together provides a solid support but with high flexibility of freedom of movement so the supported weapon, tool, optic or the like can be moved to track a moving object.
Cover 48 preferably includes a pull-tab 72 (
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In addition, some embodiments could use a support base 44 that fixes the legs 40 rigidly into place. In other embodiments the support base 44 is a different shaped piece for coupling the legs 40 to the sling.
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Cover 48 is moveable or slidable along strap 46 in two directions as illustrated by the arrows. This allows the cover 48 to slide back along and even off the shoulder pad 80 to reveal and deploy the shooting stick apparatus 30 when needed. After the shooting stick apparatus 30 is no longer needed, it can be stored. Storage is accomplished by collapsing the sections 62 by pulling them apart, aligning them alongside one another, placing them along the sling strap 46 and sliding cover 48 over them.
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Cord 64 passes through the sections 62. The cord 64 also includes the end knot or enlargement 66. In addition, the shoulder 119 separates the lumen of the section 62 into two interior spaces, a first interior space 116 along the portion of the section 62 having a smaller diameter and a larger second interior tapered space 118 for the portion of the section 62 having a larger diameter. The first interior space 116 and the second interior space 118 are separated by the shoulder 119. The portion of the section 62 including along the first interior space 116 can be received into the second interior tapered space 118 of another section 62. In addition, the portion of the section 62 having the first interior space 116 can be received by the conical recesses 92, 94, and 98 of either type of the support base 44, 44′ that is used for coupling the mounting stick 36 to the sling 38. The second interior space 118 is designed to either receive another section 62 or to receive the end cap 68.
The end cap 68 includes two cap halves 70 a, 70 b that define an elongated space 120 and a rounded interior space 122. The rounded interior space 122 is designed to receive the knot or enlargement 66 on or in the cord 64 and restrain it therein. The elongated interior space 120 is designed to simply surround the cord 64 and allow cord stretching for the insertion or removal of end cap 68. The cap halves 70 a, 70 b also include either a nub 124 and a nub recess 126 that allow the cap halves 70 to be snapped together around the knot 66 and the cord 64. Then, the end cap 68 can be inserted into the second interior space 118 as illustrated in
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In operation, the cover 48 hides the legs 40 and support base 44 during transportation. The cover 48 completely surrounds and contains the legs 40 and support base 44 inside and appears to be simply part of the sling 38. Thus, the shooting stick apparatus 30 is conveniently and easily stored, but easily and quickly accessed for deployment by sliding the cover 48 away and erecting the telescoping sections of each leg then resting the rifle on the sling above the support base. In addition, the design assures that the shooting stick apparatus 30 never becomes lost by laying it aside because it is always attached to the weapon 32.
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In an alternate embodiment, the legs 40, also of collapsible sections and elastic cords 64 are removable from the butterfly supports 130, however, in the illustrated embodiment they are permanently affixed to one another to ensure proper rotation.
The butterfly supports 130 include projections or ears 138 which create the cradle-type shape in pad 80 so that the weapon 32 is well supported therein. Such embodiment includes collapsible legs 40 attached to the sling to provide similar storage and deployment advantages as described above.
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Other embodiments use alternate methods to release the shooting stick apparatus 30 for deployment. For example, a trapdoor consisting of a single flap that could be pulled away from the remainder of the cover 48 can be used. In addition, the cover 48 could be one-piece with simply a zipper along the center.
While the present invention has been illustrated by description of various embodiments and while these embodiments have been described in considerable detail, it is not the intention of the applicant to restrict or in any way limit the scope of the claims to such detail. Additional advantages and modifications will readily appear to those skilled in the art. The invention in its broader aspect is, therefore, not limited to the specific details, representative system, apparatus, and method, and illustrative example shown and described. Accordingly, departures may be made from such details without departing from the spirit or scope of the applicant's general inventive concept and the following claims.