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June 15, 1948. w. J MYRES 2,443,397
NATURAL DRAW HOLSTER Filed June 6, 1945 k l 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 W; J. MyICS INVENTOR. I
BY Mv TM/ ATTORNEYS I June 15,4948,
' NATURAL DRAW HOLSTER J MYRES 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed June e, 1945 Wcl yIES' INVENTOR.
0" ATTORNEYS Patented June 1948 UNITED 'STATES' PATENT OFFICE 7 2,443,397 NATURAL DRAW HOLSTER William J. Myres, El Paso, Tex. Application June 6, 1945, Serial No. 597,905
My present invention relates to the art of revolver and pistol holsters and, more particularly, to a natural draw holster.
Fo'r'many years law inforcement oflicers and others, who carry hand guns for their protection, have sought for a holster for their arms which will carry the same comfortably in an inconspicuous manner, and, at the same time, permit them tobe drawn for use in the least possible time. This invention, as presented herein, provides a highly developed gun carrying and securing means to serve this purpose.
Reference is made to my United States Letters Patent #2,2l3,472 which shows a holster of the type referred to above. This presentapplication consists essentially of a gun securing means which may be adapted to my former holster, to the conventional shoulder holster, or may be used, as desired, in other gun carrying means.
The principal object of this invention is to provide a gun securing means adapted to carry a revolver orpistol in a position where it can be easily. and quickly grasped in the mostexpeditious manner and easily freed from its retain? ing, spring tension means without danger of complications or loss of time.
A further object is to provide means for holding a side arm in a manner to always present the unencumbered grip of the gun to the users hand as he makes a quick reach for it, preliminary to drawing the same. I g I A further object is to provide means adaptable to various types of under-arm holsters, which permits carrying a hand gun, having any normal barrel length, in. such a manner that the muzzle is uppermost and the grip extends downwardly unhampered by any securing means so that it may be ver quickly grasped while making a cross-draw.
Other and more specific objects will be ap-- parent/it is believed, from a detailed study of the following specification and the accompanying drawings wherein: v Figure 1 is an illustrative view showing one adaptation of my invention and the manner in which it is used. a
Figure 2 is a plan view of one adaptation of my device.
Figure 3 is a section view taken along line 3-3, Figure 2.
Figure 4 is a sectional view taken along line 4--4-of Figure 2,
Figure 5 is a cross sectional view taken along line 5-5 of Figure 2.
5 Claims. (Cl. 2242') Figure 6 is a perspective view of the spring retaining means used in my device. Figure 7 is a view showing my gun securing means as applied to an underarm holster.
Referring to the drawings, throughout which like reference characters indicate'like parts; the numeral l0 designates the muzzle pocket, which may be made of any suitable material, and is cuplike in form having one open'side into which the muzzle of the gunyG is adapted to be inserted. Pocket I0 is secured, in the present showing, to a supporting member ll, made of two pieces of leather, fabric or other suitable material as I! and. M respectively, which are reinforced and held in propershape by a preferably metal wire 15, which is secured as by stitching l6 between the two pieces of material.
Disposed below pocket ID, as viewed in the drawings, is a spring clip member 20. Clip is preferably formed of metal spring material and is provided with an L-shaped base having the two leg portions 22 and 23, which are secured to member II, as by being riveted thereto as illustrated, or the portions 22 and 23 may be inserted between pieces l2 and I4, and be suitably secured in position. Secured to the L-shaped base, or formed as a part thereof, is an outstanding portion 25 which terminates in an engaging portion 25 which lies substantially parallel to portion 22, To provide a local pressure point and permit a more easy insertion of the gun G, a curved end is provided on member 26, as at 21. The inner or gun engaging surface of portion 25' of clip 20 is provided with a V-shaped rest or engaging portion 28, which is adapted to engage'the outer curved surface of the gun trigger guard where'it cu-rves in toward the grip of the gun. This V-shaped portion 28 may be formed 'inthe clip in its manufacture or it may be formed by securing a, V-shaped piece of leather or other suitable material to portion 25 of the clip as illustrated. V v It is deslredto point out at this time that'the successful operation of my device is dependent on providing that the distance from the inside and wall of pocket It] to the V-shaped rest Or engag ing portion 28 be a snug fit for the particulargun my device is manufactured for, and further that the design must recognize that this distance will be maintained during the life of the device. To
' further this condition, I have illustrated in Figures 2 and 3, a metal support 32 for cup ID. This support has an upturned portion or stop 34 adapt-f ed to engage the end of the'gun muzzle, and a base portion 35 adapted to be riveted 01 Ot e i secured to frame II, or if the materials from which th frame is made are liable to stretch, then base 35 should extend down to and be secured to clip 20.
In order that the gun will be securely held in clip 20, it has been found expeditious to provide a spacer member 38 of such a thickness that the flat portion of the frame of the gun will be snugly engaged by the upper arm or gun engaging member 26 of. clip 20;: "Further thewidtlrriorspacer 38 and its angular position will of necessity vary for different makes and types of guns due to the different positioning and style of the gun grips, the cylinder release thumb piecetorlatch,
and other structural features. It is therefore desirable to pivotally secure spacer :38 .to supww porting member I I.
In keeping with the general "characteristics of I '1 spring retaining or quick draw holsters, Ian ap-' preciable force must be, applied to draw a gun from thesecuringmeans andto this end,.means must be provided to secure theholsterina more or less fixed position. ,With different. styles of holsters, this means willvary. v.In theform shown inFigures 1. and .2, the lower end; of frame-Al istuckedunder the-waistv belt insideoroutside of the trouserswaist band and-then, by,..mear1s ofstraps 49 passing around the belt; the .f'rame issecurely held in place andso-held during drawing the. gun. -Straps 40, preferably, are passed thru deformed rings 42,- which are-inturn, suitably-secured to frame a! It as by the hidden metal clips 43..-The curvingioi the lower end oft-frame ll, after the showing of Figure 5, makes for more secure positioning of the frame and adds-to the weareriscomfortin other styles of. holsters, as for example, the form shown :in. .Figure 7, some-.means of securing the lower end of the holsterto the beltor clothingisessential for the smooth certain operation of my. device; V :This may be accomplished-'bythongs as 45; straps .or clips or'safet-ypins.
'1 Method of operation In using my. gun securingmeans, when employedafter the showing'of Figures; and, 2, the gun, held in the right hand, is passed across the body and the muzzleis inserted into cup at until the endof the gun'barrelufirmly abuts the: end wall of can), or theiupturned end-34 of support member 32. =Next, with the muzzlesacting as a pivot, the gun is swunglto the left, as .viewed with the, gun frame :passingunder spring, member 26 until the trigger guard 38; engages rest member 28. A continuedswingingof the gun-"to the left deflects the outstanding spring portionZS of. clip 20, so that thexouryed portioniof thetrigger guard 30, adjacent the gun grip; will pass over the V support- 28 and be-lockedbehind thesame': by the toggling action'just accomplished. It.- will be noted that thegun gripwhich. is presented for easy grasping stands out slightly fromcf-rame H, and is in no way encumbered by the securing means.
; Todraw the gun, the righthand'isgpassed over the abdomen and. the gun is: grasped insanatural manner; the trigger 'finger entering the j trigger guard, the otherthree iingers curling around the gun grip while the thumb-slidesunder the gun. Againuising the muzzle asia pivot :the gun-is swung right, and as soon-as the gun has beemdisengaged from the clip '28, the-gurus in a natural position, the righthandpin itsiinal position on the gun and the same istin the normal-position for use.
outstanding stop adapted to engage the end of ma gun. barrel secured to said frame; a, spring gun securing clip having a base portion secured to said frame; an outstanding portion carrying a resilient gunpositioning rest member and an engaging member disposed substantially parallel to said frame and spaced from it; and said frame, stop and clip co-acting to provide means adapted to insurelholdingia gun in compression between the outstanding. stop. and the rest -member of said clip.
..2. Aquick drawholster adapted to hold a pistol in. a muzzle uppermost position, consisting of: a supporting-frame; a muzzle positioning-pocket adapted to engage the end of a gun barrel secured to said frame;..a spring securingclip at-- tached to said framelhaving an outstanding portion carrying a V-shaped restmember and an engaging member-having .a portion parallel to said frame and spacedsfrom .it and a curved guiding end portion; and aspacingmember disposed to gposition a gun in close engagement with the inside surfaceof the engaging member.
3. ,A quick drawqholster adapted to holda pistol in a muzzle uppermost position; consisting of a. supporting trame; a muzzle positioning pocket having an end wall adapted to engage the end of a gun barrel secured to said frame=;..a spring gun-securing clip having a base portion attached to said frame; an outstanding'portion of said clip.. carrying a V-shaped rest member; an engaging member fiormed as part 'of said clip :having .a portion parallel to said frame andspaced from it and a reverse curved endportion; a spacing member disposed. to position a gun in close engagement with the flat inner surface oi-said engaging member and means for accurately spacing the end wall .of said muzzle pocketfrom said gun securing clip adapted to insure holding the gun in compression .between the end wall of said pocket and the V-shaped rest member of said clip.
4. A quick draw holster, adapted to hold a pistol in a muzzle-uppermost position, consisting of a supporting frame; a muzzle positioning pocket, having an end wall adapted .to engage the end of a gun barrel, secured to said frame; arigid support for said end wall having .an out-turned end and a base secured tosaid frame; :aspring. gunsecuring .clip having a base portion. attached to said frame; an outstanding portion 'f. said clip carrying a. V-shaped rest .member; :an engaging memberformed as .part-ofsaid clip having a portion parallel to said frame and spaced from it and a reverse curved end portion; a spacing member disposed to position a gun in close engagement with the flat inner surface of said engaging member; and non-stretchable tie means joining said-pocket .end wall support and said gun securing clip adapted to insure accurate spacing between theend wall supporting member of th muzzle positioning pocket' and the V-shaped rest member to insure holding the gun in compression between said members.
5. A quick draw holster adapted to hold a pistol in a muzzle uppermost position, consisting of:
a supporting frame; a, muzzle positioning pocket 5 REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:
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