US 2037132 A
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R. H. HOYT April 14, 1936.
HOLSTER 2 Sheets-Sheet l Filed Aug. 28, 1.9325
R. H. HOYT HOLSTER Filed Aug. 28', y1955 April 14, 1935'.
2 Sheets-'Sheet 2 4, Patented Apr. 14, 1936 ffffoFFicE HOLSTER Richard" H." Hoyt, Los Angeles, Calif.
AApplication. August 28, 19333Serial 'No.-z 687,131
' `11` Claims. (Cl."224-"2) My invention relates to a holster for pistols, -revolversrand the likev and `.tomeans .in the form `of a Aharness ory sling that Ypasses over the shoul- -1 ders andrbehindzthe back for the purpose of con-V ;veniently. supporting theholster on the-side of I the wearers bodybeneath thearm'in Vorder that the` pistol .or .revolverI contained inE .the holster mayr be readily grasped and withdrawn for use. y .Furtherobjects of my invention are, to provide axholsterV of. .the character referred tothat may 'be convenientlyA attached to .the wearers -belt andsupported at the side of 4the hip and also to :construct the holster and providelsimple means for attaching the same at a convenient point on 'the steel postofamotor'vehicle immediately below theA steering wheel. f
VFurther objects of my invention are,fto provide a holstersupporting harness or sling that maybe conveniently :worn upon the body beneath the coat, which harness or sling is readily adjustable sothat it maybe conveniently tted 4for wear `uponfbodies of diierent sizes, further,
' `Vto combine with the harness or slingV a holster Vsupporting member that occupies a, position beneath the arm of thefwearerand which permits the holster to be adjusted Aforwardly or rearwardc-ly to aiord convenience and comfort 't0 the wearer, further,v to construct the vholster `so that it has sliding engagement` With the belt ofthe wearer, thereby causing the holster to lie/immediately against thewearers body so asto not cause bulging of the coat or outer garment and further, to construct the harness orv sling so as to support the Weight of the pistol or revolver from the Wearersback and permitting -freedom of movement ofbothof the wearers arms.
A further object of myinvention is, to combine :with the Yholster supporting sling or harness, ycases or containers for cartridgeahandcuffs and .the like, ywhich cases are conveniently supported at the wearers side-and the construction of the f .cases being such that they may-be quickly opened `to permit the removal of the cartridges and handlcuis andv at the same time said cases being :Fig: 2: is a. rear;- elevation showing zthe.;harness rorslingion a Wearers body.
" Fig. 3A is.,.an:f1e1evational;1 viewglookingagagainst the inside.;` of,l .the holster and` showing .the-,same
lfapplieditopthepshoulder supportingV membenthat formsagpartof theharness or sling.
Fig. 4 isa front elevational. View,y` ofthexholster. ,:Fig. 5 is ay horizontal sectionxtakemon-:the line 5 5 of Fig. 3.
i. ,Figpdis a'horizontalf sectionxtaken on the-line Fig; '7 is aside;eleyationalfvlew of thegfholster and showing the, same. suspendedfrom the wear- -ers belt.
f Fig. 8: is yani elevational view; of: 4the :combined handcufi .,carrier. and cartridge case; orf receptacle.
. :,Fig;` 9. is.1 an;V elevational. View. of; the :combined .-handcui receptacleand: cartridgezcase.
i :Fig..101 isan.' elevational viewzof aghandcufh case andanadjustablecsliding connectionithere- :from with theA wearers' belt.
. zFlg. 1l.i isa-modied .Eorm.oii:,ther cartridgefcase orv receptacle-audits connection with the :holster supporting; harness. f
, ,.Fig. ...12; is azsfurthermodiedform 'of .".the
cartridge; carrier rand. :the :connection between same and the/.iholstensupportingzharness.
f.Fig. 13; is an; elevational'v viewofxthe.: vholster showinggthesame suspended'l from a,r -steerping;post .belowthesteering wheel of a4 motorlvehicle. v1,..Referringnby; numerals .td-.the accompanying outer wall I2.
Thelowerfends of .the `Walls I Igand I.2;;ar.e-se
,curedi to;.each otherQin.. anyzsuitablemannergprefverablybymeans. of a row;or rowsfof stitching I3 :andthe-space between' the Walls IVI `and I2 isopen .atthe top andin front soastopermit the Aready ,insertionand removal. ofthe. pistol.
...,.Ahorizontallmdisposed U-shapedspring I4', of resilient metal is arranged on the interiorpf the holster and. retained therein by an overlying section |5. of .leather,"`the edges of which Aare 'stitched tothe walls of the. holster; .thereby providingv meansJ for yieldingly engaging and holdingsthecpistolthat is carriedirrfthe holster. lWhen the pistol isremoved-irom the "holster by a forwardrmovernents'between thelforwardeedges of the sidewalls II and I2, thefreeendsl-oi-the f spring I4 spread apart to permit the passage of the pistol.
Positioned on the lower portion of the inner wall II of the holster, is a short vertically disposed strap` I6, the lower end of which is secured to wall I2 in any suitable manner, preferably by a row or rows of stitching II, and the upper end of this strap terminates in a short horizontally disposed extension I8 that passes through a vertically disposedslot I9 that is formed in wall II just below spring I4. This extension I8 which lies against the inner face of wall I I, is detachably connected to said wall by an ordinary snap;
fastener, which includes a stud and socket member and I prefer to locate the socket member 20 of this fastener on the Wall II.
This strap I6 provides means for establishing a convenient sliding connection between the lower portion of the holster and the belt of the -wearer and the snap fastener between the extension I8 of the strap 'and the inner kwall of the holster enables the upper portion of the strap to be readily vunfastened to permit the disengagement of the lower portion of the holster from the belt.
'Formed through the lower portion of the inner wall I I, adjacent to strap I6, is a vertically dis- .posed slot2I that affords Va secondaryv means for strap "that isv rutilized for suspending the holster Y'from kthe steering post of a motor vehicle.
An integral portion of the inner wall. II is exltended downwardly against the inner face of said inner wall as designated by 23 and the lower end of this extension is secured to the wall II by a row or rows of stitchingr24. This construction v Vprovides a horizontally disposed loop on the inner face of the upper portion of wall II and extending Athrough said loop is the horizontal portion of a substantially L-'shaped holster supporting member 25. This -member is .preferably formed of sole leather-havinga certain degree of flexibility and the projecting end of the horizontal arm of said member extends through a vertically disposed slot `26 that is formed in the upper portion of inner wall II of the holster.
Y Formed in wall I I adjacent to slot 26 is a shorter slot 21`which is for the reception of a strap utilized in suspending the holster from a motor vehicle steering post.
VThe length of the horizontal arm of member 25'is such that the holster may be adjusted for a short distance lengthwise of said horizontal arm, thus enabling the holster to be moved rearwardly or forwardly on the wearers side beneath the arm so as to conveniently position said holster.
Secured to the upper end of the vertical leg of the holster supporting member 25, is one end of a strap 28 that extends upwardly over the left shoulderV of the wearer, thence inwardly to the center of the wearers back between the shoulders, at which point it is detachably and adjust- ,ably Vconnected to a short vertically disposed readily adjusted.
The end of member 25 is provided with a slot 34 for the reception of strap 32.
The harness or sling includes a strap 35, which passes over the right shoulder of the wearer and one end of the strap is perforated as designated by 36 for the reception olf a lacing 38 that also passes through perforations 31 in strap 28 and perforations (not shown) in the upper portion of strap 29. Thus the straps 28 and 35 are detachably and adjustably connected to the upper end of strap 29.
Strap 35 extends downward in front of the wearers right shoulder to a point slightly below the armpit and from thence said strap extends around the wearers right side, thence across the right hand portion of the wearers back and the end' of'said strap is adjustably connected to the lower end of strap 29 by means of a lace 39 that passes through apertures 40 that are formed in the end of said strap 35 and through apertures in straps 29 and 39.
By adjustably connecting the ends of strap 35 with straps 28 and 30, the harness may beV readily adjusted so as Yto rest comfortably upon the wearers body and practically all the weight of the holster and pistol contained therein is supported from the wearers back and shoulders.
Arranged for longitudinal sliding movement upon, that portion of the strap 35 that passes beneath the right arm of the wearer, is a small plate or panel 4I, preferablyof leather and depending therefrom iis a short strap 42 having a buckle 43 and the lower end of 'this strap carries a snap hook 44.
Engagedin this snap hook is a ring 45 that is carried by the upper end of a horizontally disposed loop 46 and which latter is mounted for sliding movement upon kthe belt of the wearer.
The sling or harness constructed as described may be readily adjusted so as Yto rest conveniently upon the wearers body and the holster that is supportedrfrom member 25 may be adjusted baokwardly or forwardly beneath the left arm ,ofthe wearer and the lower portion of the holster is connected to the wearers belt by the strap I6 .or if desired the beltrmay pass through Vthe slot 2I and thus the lowerV portion of the holster is retained comfortably against the wearers body without causing a bulge in the coat or wearers outer garment. Y
Member 4I is mounted to slide freely on strap wearers belt so that these parts and the connecting strap 42 may be adjusted so as to connect the harness to that portion of the belt that passes around thewearers right side.
The supporting member 25 and the member 4I that isconnected to the wearers belt by strap 42, prevents the lower portions of the-harness from binding beneath the arms and both arms at l all timesrhave freedom of movement. l
The lower end lof the inturned loop forming portion-23 of the inner wall of the holster provides a shoulder which tends to Vmoreviirrnly retain the pistol in proper position within the holster and by extending member I8 at the upper rend ofloop I6 through the slot I9 in the holster l35 and loop 46 is arranged to slide freely on the and detachably connecting the extension I8 to thev wall of the holster by means of a snap fastener, acomparatively smooth outer surface is provided for the inner Vwall II of the holster, thus .2:InlgFigi1.. 7.; Itfhave..illustratedothe holster dezitachedifrom;.theisling or'. .harness and suspended from.;the awearerstbeltso as to occupy a position directlyagainst `.the .wearers hipand where the 5,5 fzhclstenis .thus carriedthe belty Bxpasses through 15Ution:.of Ythe rear wall of .the case and theother :.end; being detachably secured by means ,of a snap fastener 49 to the upper portion of :the v,.:frontwallfoithe case.
, *.Suitably'securedfto the lower end of the hand- =g cuff case andv depending therefrom, is a cartridge Y .carrying ,casev 50open at its lower end to permit -the cartridges to drop out by gravity and this .flower end is normally closed by a flap 5I, the ifree'endof which is detachably secured to the Ylower portion of the `front walllof the case by a snap` fastenery 52.
`V Thelower end of a strap 53 .is securedtothe lower portion of the rear wall ofA thezcartridge ycase and extends upwardly, thence througha slot 54-that is yformed in the lowerxfportion of;..the
.handcuff case and the upper endof this strap is detachably connected to the lower portion. of; .the frontwall of thev cartridge case bya snap rfas- -tener 53a; When this attachmentjis worn with .the harness or sling, the wearers beltpasses between strapy 53 and the rear wallof thecartridge `rcase.
Y Strap 53 may bereadily detached from the handcuif case in order to permit the `cartridge ,'40r case to be detached fromthe wearersiibelt. By
.unfastening snap fastener 52 andpullingapjl lfdownward' the cartridges contained in; case50 'will drop by gravity into the hand of.. the user.
a :In the construction illustrated1in Fig.` 10 a ,45 handcuff carrying case 55 similar to the caser41 is mounted for. sliding movementgongstrap 35 and the ylower end of said case carries'.fa.ring.;.56, .throughwhich is looped a strapx51. The lower end ofythisystrap carries a snap. hook\58 'thatten- .50 .gages a ring 59 and the latter beingsecuredfrfto `the top of'. a. loop 60 that is mountedfor sliding movement: on the wearers belt. If desired astrip Y of leather or fabric may be stitchedion the? front ,fwall of the loop 6I) for the purpose offproviding cartridge receiving and holding zloops.
`In, the construction illustrated in :Figiy :11,:a .member 6|, similar to member 4|.ismounte'd for sliding movement on strap 35 and dependingfrom said member is a strap 62 carrying at its lower end a cartridge case 63, The open lower end of thecase is normally closed by a iiap 64 that is de'- tachably connected to the front wall of the .car- .tridge case by asnap fastener 65 and carried by the rear wall of thecartridge case is a strap 65 L.that passes behind the wearers belt and the upper portion yof-said'strap' beingr brought through a yslot 61 that is formed through the extended upper portion of the rear wall of case 63 and said strap ybeing detachably connected to said'extension by a snapv fastener 68. f' t In the construction illustrated in Fig. 12, a :membersvsimilar to member 6I is mounted for sliding movement on strap 35 and depending from 'said-member is a strap '10 carrying at its lower `715 :end aizsnap hook .1 I thatengages aring or loopiJ 2 that'. projects .upwardly from the;.cartridge carry- .sing kcas'e;13..s.'I'his cartridge case is'mounted for slidingzmovement on the wearers belt.
.The constructions illustrated in Figures 10,11 and 12 provide readily detachable and adjustable connections between the strap:35 and the wearer's nbelt andat the same time provide means for carrying handcuffs and cartridges.
In Fig.` 13 the holster I0 is shown suspended from a motor vehicle steering post and where the holster is thus carried straps such as 32 .and 42 may be detached from the harness or sling and utilized for suspending the holster from the steering post.
Where the holsteris thus suspended, `the straps passi through the-,slots`2l`and 22 and 26 and 21.
. flhus it vwillbe seenthat I have provided a pistol .holster that is relatively simple in construction, linexpensive of manufacture and very effective in Hperforming the functions forwhich it is intended.
`The sling orl harness that is utilized for suspending the holster beneath the Vwearers arm is capable of being adjusted so as to fit conveniently and comfortably upon the Wearers body and by zdetachably connecting the lower portion. of the holster to the wearer's belt, said holster is held vclose to the wearers body and it may be readily adjusted forwardly or rearwardly as desired.
The strap? 35 in combination with strap 28 preivents the` upper. rear portion of the harness from working upwardly onto the upper portion of the back and neck of the wearer-and member 4I,
IWhich is mounted to slide freely on a strap 35, prevents the latter strap from working upwardly beneath the arm of the wearer due to the connection of said member with the wearers belt.
While I have shown and described my improved shoulder holster as being designed to be carried beneath the left arm of the wearer, it will be understood that practically the same construction with certain parts reversed, may be utilized by a lefthanded person for supporting the holster beneath the right arm.
It will be understood that minor changes in the size, form and construction of the various parts of my improved combined shoulder, hip and steeringrpost holster may be made and substituted for those hereinV shown and described without departing from the spirit of the invention, the scope .of the holster provided with a vslot for the reception of the upper end of said strap, means for de- `tachablyA connecting the upper end of said strap to the inner face of the intermediate portion of :said inner wall and a vertically disposed loop on '-therinner-face of the upper portion of said inner iwall.
2. `A pistol holster, formed from a single piece of material bent double to form inner and outer walls, the lower portions of which walls are secured to each other, a vertically disposed strap havingits lower portion secured. to the lower portion of the inner wall of the holster, an extension 7 :projecting laterally from the upper end of said strap, the inner wall of the holster having a slot l for the reception of said extension and readily freleasable means for-securing said extension to the inner face of said inner wall.
3. In a shoulder supporting holster, a substantially L-shaped member strap securedfto the.
ends of said L-shaped member for supporting the same upon a wearers body, a pistol receiving holster, a. loop on the upper Vportieri of one of the walls of said holster, which loop receives and slides freely upon the horizontal leg of said L- shaped member, a strap on the lower portion of the inner ,wall of said holster the innerV wall of the holster having a slot through which passes the upper portion of said strap and readily releasable means for connecting the upper end of said strap to the innerface of the inner wall of said holster.
4. In a shoulder supported holster, a harness comprising a short strap adapted to occupy a vertical position on the back of the wearer between the shoulders a strap adapted to pass over one shoulder of the wearer one end of which strap is detachably and adjustably secured to the Vupper end of said short strap, an L-shaped member connected to the other end of said strap, means for adjustably connecting the other end of said L-shaped member to the lower end of said verti- Ically disposed strap, a pistol receiving holster arranged to slide freely lengthwise upon the horizontal portion of said L-shap'ed member and a second strap adapted to pass around the other shoulder of the wearer, the ends of said second mentioned strap being adjustably and detachably connected to the end portions of said short Vertically disposed strap.
5. In a shoulder supported holster, a harness comprising a short strap adapted to occupy a vertical position on the back of the wearer between the shoulders, a strap adapted to pass over one shoulder of the wearer, one end of which strap is detachably and adjustably secured to the upper end of said short strap, an L-shaped member connected to the other end of said strap, means for adjustably connecting the other end of said L- shaped member to the lower end of said vertically disposed strap, a pistol receiving holster arranged to slide freely lengthwise upon the horizontal portion of said L-shaped member, a second strap adapted to pass around the other shoulder of the wearer, the ends of said second mentioned strap being adjustably and detachably connected to the end portions of said short vertically disposed strap and means ardjustably mounted o-n the second mentioned strap for engaging the belt of the wearer.
6. In a shoulder supported holster, a harness comprising a short strap adapted to occupy a vertical position on the back of the wearer between the shoulders, a strap adapted to pass over one of the shoulders of the wearer, one end of which strap is detachably and adjustably secured to the upper end of said short strap, an L-shaped member secured to one end of said strap, adjustable means for detachably connecting the other.
end of said strap to the other end of said L-shaped membena pistol receiving holster mounted to slide freely lengthwise upon the horizontal portion of said L-shaped member, readily releasable means on therlower portion of the holster for engaging the belt of the wearer, a second strap adapted to pass around the other shoulder of the wearer, the ends of said second mentioned strap being detachably and adjustably connected to the end portions of the short vertically disposed strap that overliesthe back of the wearer and readily releasable means mounted for adjustment on said second mentioned strap for engaging the belt of the wearer. Y .z
'7. A pistol'holster, formed from a singlepiece of material bent double to form inner and outer walls, the lower portions of Vwhich walls are secured to each other, a vertically disposed strap positioned on the lower portion'of the outer face of the inner wall ofthe holster, one end of which strap is permanently secured to the holster wall, the .other end of said stra-p being detachably secured to the holster wall, a horizontally disposed loop on the inner face of the upper por tion ofthe inner wall of the holster, said strap and loop adapted to receive straps that support the holster on the body of the wearer and there vbeing slots formed` through the inner wall of the holster adjacent said strap and loop for the reception of straps that support the holster on the wearers body. l
8. In a shoulder supported holster, a harness comprising a shortstrap adapted to occupy a vertical position on the back of the wearer between the shoulders, a shoulder encircling strap having both ends detachably and adjustably connected to said short vertically disposed strap, a
on the horizontal portion of said L-shaped member, a beltreceiving loop mounted on the lower portion of the outer face of the inner wall of said holster,'one end of which loop is detachably connected to the holster wall, a member mounted to slide upon the intermediate portion of the rst mention shoulder encircling strap, a belt receiv'- ing loop and anV adjustable strap connecting said belt receiving loop with said sliding member.
9. In a shoulder supported holster, a harness comprising a short vertically disposed strap adapted to occupy a position on the back of the wearer between the shoulders, a shoulder encircling strap having its ends detachably and adjustably connected to the end portions of said vertically disposed strap, a longitudinally adjustable shoulder encircling straphaving its ends detachably and adjustably connected to said vertically disposed strap, an Lshaped member forming a part of said longitudinally adjustable strap and .adapted to occupy a position beneath one of the arms of the wearer, a pistol receiving holster adjustably mounted on the horizontal arm of said L-shaped member, means on said holster for engaging the belt of the wearer, a member mounted for sliding movement on the rst mentioned shoulder encircling strap, an adjustable flexible member depending from said sliding member and a belt receiving loop carried by the lower end of said depending adjustable member. 10. The combination with a sling or harness, comprising a short strap adapted to occupy a vertical positicn upon the wearers back between the shoulders and a pair of shoulder encircling straps, they ends Yof which are'detachably and adjustably connected to said short vertically disposed strap, Aof a substantially L-shaped member forming a part of one of the shoulder encircling straps of the sling or harness and adapted to occupy a position beneath one of the arms of the wearer and` a, pistol receiving holster mounted-.to slide freely lengthwise upon the horizontal leg of said y L-shaped member.
11'. The combination with a sling or harness, comprising a, short strap adapted to occupy ayervtical position-upon'thewearers back between the a f shoulders and a pairrof shoulder encircling straps,r the ends of which are detachably and adjustably connected to said short yerticallysdisposed strap, 'jof ya. substantially L-shaped member forming a