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Get. 19, 1948. E. G. COOPER CHEEK PAD FOR FIREARMS Filed Sept. 3, 1946 L o t n C W 3 Eu BEIDUPER iw mwwm W Patented Oct. 19, 1948 2,451,473 omen ran son mamas Eli G. Gooper, Great Barrington, Mala, assignor to the United States of America as represented by the Secretary of War application September 3, 1948, Serial No. 694,441
' 3 Claims. (oi. lfi-it) (Granted under the not at March a, 1883, as
amended April 30, 1928; 870 0. G. 75'!) The invention described in the following specification and claims may be manufactured and used by or for the Government for governmental purposes without payment to me of any royalty or move in any direction relative to the gun stock when the gun is fired.
A still further object of my invention is to provide a cheek pad for firearms in which the parts thereon. g cooperate to form a compact assembly in no way My invention relates to a new and improved interfering with the eflicient operation of the gun. cheek pad for attachment to the stock of a fire- Another object of my invention is to provide a arm, particularly a cheek pad to be secured on the cheek pad for firearms'which is emcient in operastock of U. S. rifle, cal. .30 M1, for use by snipers. tion, simple in construction, and inexpensive to I am, of course, aware that it is not new to manufacture. attach a shock-absorbing pad tothe stock of a Other objects and advantages of my invention firearm. I am not aware, however, of a pad of will become apparent to one skilled in the art this character which has a baseportion to encircle throughout the following specification, and acthe gun stock and is securable thereon against companying drawings, forming part of the specimovement in any direction, and which is profication, wherein like numerals are used to desigvided with a pocket at one side to receive an adnate like parts throughout the specification and justable laminated cushion, the said pocket being drawings. laced directly to the base to permit access to the In the drawings: cushion independently of the anchoring of the Figure 1 is a, perspective view of the cheek pad base to the firearm. 2c of my invention secured on the stock of a firearm,
Heretofore, a cheek pad for firearms comprised the firearm being indicated in dash lines. a boot-like member fitting over the end of the Fi ure 2 is a plan view of the cheek pad, showstock, or a sleeve to encircle the stock wherein ing the method of securing the cushion pocket on the respective ends of the sleeve were laced to the base, each other, with wing-like projections extending Fi ure 3 is an a elevation of t e c e Pa rearwardly therefrom to be laced across the butt and, plate or inserted under it. Carrying the ends of Figure 4 is a partial longitudinal section, taken the pad around the butt plate, or inserting them substantially on the line 4-4 of Figure 3, the base thereunder, made the rifle awkward to hold and being shown bent downward to illustrate the manthrew it on balance; if they were not carried ner of inserting and removing the cushion. around the butt plate, the pad had a tendency to Referring now to the drawings, the numeral 5 slip out of place, failing in its purpose and fredesignates generally the cheek pad of my invenquently injuring the person using the rifle. Where tion, shown secured on the stock 6 of a firearm. envelopes were provided on the cheek pad to The cheek pad 5 comprises a base portion I, a receive cushioning pads, the envelope remained as pocket member 8, and a laminated cushion 9 open to allow insertion or removal of the cushion, shown positioned within the pocket. or the cushion was removable only from the inside The base portion 1 is made from a single piece after the entire pad had been removed from the 0f fl e material. Su as leather Polyvinol gun stock. I chloride, and is cut in such shape, as shown in A principal object of my invention is to pro- 40 Figure 2, that it will conform closely to the convide a cheek pad for firearms which will be fixed tour of the stock of the gun when mounted 1 upon the stock of a firearm without interfering thereon adjacent the comb and pistol grip thereof. with the butt plate, and which will have a fixed One and I0 is formed with a straight edge, while cheek rest carried by the base of the pad. the other end II is cut to provide a concave An important object of my invention is to proedge. The said base portion 1 is long enough to vide a cheek pad for firearms which will have a permit base portion 1 to encircle the stock with base portion anchored to the gun independently the end Ill passing thereunder and the ends in of the pocket containing the cushion, and means and II overlapping each other at the bottom of the both closing the pocket and securing the pad stock. snugly to the butt so that the cushion may be in- A plurality of equally spaced eyelets I! are serted or removed without entirely removing the provided in the end I I adjacent and parallel to the assembly from the gun. concave edge thereof, and two similar eyelets IS A further object of my invention is to provide are provided inwardly of the circumferentially a check pad for firearms which will be fixed on disposed eyelets l2 and adjacent the upper and the gun stock in such manner that it will not slip 5 lower edges, respectively, of the said base portion 3 I, for a purpose which will hereinafter be pointed out.
The pocket member is formed of a single piece of the same material as the base portion, and is attached to the said base portion I by stitching H, the said member being so positioned on the said base that the transverse stitching 23 will be substantially aligned with the longitudinal axis of the stock when the cheek pad is assembled thereon, The mid-section of said member 8 is pressed out to form a protuberance ll providing a cavity 18 therein to house the cushion 9. The free end it of said pocket member 8, between the respective ends of stitching i4, is cut to provide a convex edge complementary to the concave edge of end II, and a row of equally spaced eyelets l1, equal in number to the eyelets II, are provided therein adjacent and parallel to said convex edge, positioned so that the said eyelets l2 and eyelets i1 will form two parallel rows of oppositely disposed eyelets to receive a lacing 20 when the complementary concave and convex edges are brought to oppose each other after the cheek pad is mounted on the stock I. A circumferential slot [8 is thus formed between the end IQ of said pocket member 8 and the adjacent surfaceof base portion 1 through which access may be had from the outside to the cavity IS, the said slot l8 being expansible to permit insertion or withdrawal of the cushion 9 by lifting the free end I! which forms a closure for the said slot i8 when said free end I! is in laced engagement with the base portion I.
The cushion 8, may be made of a single thickness of felt or other material suitable for absorbing the shock of the recoil of the gun, is preferably made up of a plurality of shaped pad segments 2| of shock-absorbing material, adapted to conform, when assembled, to the interior configuration of said pocket. Segmental construction of the cushion permits removal of one or more segments for adjustments to suit the individual user, and to replace damaged or worn segments.
In operation, the cheek pad is placed upon the stock of the firearm in the position indicated,
with the respective ends of base portions 1 overlapping, as shown in Figure 1, and the said cheek pad is manually adjusted until it is tight upon the stock with the transverse stitching 23 substantially aligned with the longitudinal axis of the stock. For convenience and ease in adjusting, the cushion 9 may be removed while the cheek pad is being adjusted and replaced in the pocket after the pad is secured upon the stock. This, however, is not necessary, and is a matter of choice. i
After the cheekpad has been adjusted on the stock, it is anchored thereon by means of screws 22, for example, two #7 button-head brass wood screws, through the eyelets It provided for this purpose. The cheek pad is thus secured upon the stock against longitudinal or circumferential translative movement relative thereto. The end I I of the said baseportion I and the pocket member l,.with cushion l inserted therein, are laced together by means of the lacing 20, thus fitting the pad snugly on the stock and securing the said cushion in the pocket formed therebetween. Access may be had'to said pocket without the necessity of entirely removing the cheek pad from the stock. Thus, lacing the pocket member to the base portion in this manner serves to accomplish a double purpose.
I have heretofore described a preferred embodiment of my invention, but it is to be understood that various changes in the shape, size, material, or arrangement of any of the parts of my invention may be vmade without departing from the spirit of the invention or the scope of the subjoined claims.
Having thus described my invention, I claim:
1. A cheek pad for use with a gun stock, comprising a flexible base member shaped to snugly embrace a gun stock, means for securing said base member to said gun stock against longitudinally or circumferentially translative movement relative thereto, a flexible pocket member attached to the outside of said base member to form a pocket therebetween having an opening accessible from the outside, an adjustable cushion formed of a plurality of resilient slabs carried inside the pocket and separately insertabie and removable through said opening, and unitary fastening means for both closing said opening and holding said flexible base member in snug engagement with said stock.
2. The invention as recited in claim 1 wherein said pocket member is formed to provide a projecting flap on the edge near the opening thereof.
3. The invention cited in claim 2 wherein said fastening means comprises a lacing member and lacing eyelets on said base member and on the projecting flap of said pocket member respectively, whereby said lacing member serves to both adjust the cheek pad to the stock and the pocket member to its resilient cushions.
ELI G. COOPER.
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