US 2524931 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Oct. 10, 1950 H. w. scHoELLKoPF, JR Erm. 2,524,931
GUN CASE Filed Dec. 6, 1947 George A. Hanson Hugo W. Scheel/kop'ldr.
Patented Oct. 10, 1950 GUN VCASE Hugo'W. Schoellkopf, Jr., and George A. Hanson,
Dallas, Tex., assignorsto The Schoellkopf Company, Dallas, Tex., a corporation of Texas Application December 6, 1947, YSerial No. 790,120
This invention relates to new and useful improvements in gun cases.
One object of the invention is to provide an improved gun case, particularly adapted to long barrel guns such as shot guns, rifles and other long barrel arms, wherein an elastic cushion is mounted in -the muzzle-end of the case in a new and novel manner, whereby the cushion is more securely held in place and functions more einciently.
Afurther object of the invention is to provideV a soft elastic cushion, such as a block of soft plastic, which may be sponge rubber; the
`cushion being equipped with a protector sustaining the weight of the gun and receiving the impact when the'gun is thrust into the case or the case is dropped, as well as protecting the sponge rubber from flaking off or disintegrating.
Another object of the invention is to provide an improved gun case wherein the usual hard leather end cup is combined with the cushion to form a unit which not only holds the cushion in place, but makes for ease in forming the case.
A still further object of the invention is to provide a gun case wherein a hard leather reinforcing sleeve is secured between the case wall and the boot and surroundsthe cushion, thus adding to the rigidity of the muzzle-endet the case and affording better protection to the gun barrel. A construction designed to carry out the in vention will be hereinafter described together with other features of the invention.
The invention will be more readily understood from a reading of the following specification and by reference to the accompanying drawing, wherein an example of the invention is shown, and wherein: Y
Fig. 1 is a side elevation of a gun case constructed in accordance with the invention,
Fig. 2 is an enlarged perspective View ofthe muzzle-end of the case,
Fig. 3 is a view of the same, partly in elevation and partly in section, l
Fig. 4 is an enlarged, transverse sectional view taken on the line 4 4 of Fig. 3, and
Fig. 5 is an end elevation of the cushion unit.
In the drawings, the numeral I0 designates a complete gun case, usually made of leather or other suitable material. Since the invention resides in the muzzle-end structure, the remainder of the case will not be described and may vary according to the desires of the manufacturer;
It is customary in gun cases to include a hard leather cylindrical cup I I at the muzzle-end of the Y s claims.v (c1. 224-2) case. The case wall I2 is usually lined with fleece I 3 and it is common practice to employ cheap skin for this purpose, since the fleece is a natural part of such skin. It is also the usual practice to enclose the muzzle-end of the case in a leather boot I4, fastened around the case wall. The inner end of the boot is secured to the outer case wall by an annular row of stitches I5.
In forming our case, a hard leather reinforcing sleeve I6 is placed around the case wall and covered by the boot, its inner end terminating adjacent the stitches I5. The outer wall I2 terminates adjacent the cup II, which latter is inverted when inserted in the end of the case. The outer end of the sleeve snugly embraces the annular flange II of the cup and terminates adja- It havingits edge abutting'the bottom I9 of the cup. The outer Wall I2, the boot Il and the sleeve 5!6 are split longitudinally and these edge portions are turned outwardly (Fig. 4) and covered by a binder strip 20. These elements are secured by longitudinal stitching 2I, passing therethrough. The binder strip extends substantially the full length of the case. The outer end of the strip is iiattened and turned inward against the facing I8. The facing, cup ange, sleeve, boot and strip are secured by two annular rows of stitching 22. v
An important feature of the invention lies in the cushioning unit, indicated generally by the numeral 23 and including the cup I I and a cylindrical, elastic cushion block 2li. This block is formed of a soft plastic of the character of soft rubber and the latter term is used, generically herein. In making up the unit the block is secured to the outer face of the flat bottom I9 of the cup by a suitable adhesive and a guard or protector disk 25, is secured to the exposed -at face of the block by a suitable adhesive.
In fabricating the gun case the unit is slipped into the open end of the case before'the other elements are turned over the flange Il of said cup.
' This assures proper positioning of the cushion and makes for easy and rapid assembly. When a gun is thrust into the case they muzzle-end of the barrel strikes the disk 25 and when the case is turned to an upright position, the barrel rests upon said disk. The elastic block will, of course, yield and cushion the gun. The disk will protect Athe soft rubber block from abrasion or impact which would disintegrate the block or cause it to flake oiT. A gun carried in a case equipped with the reinforcing sleeve I6 and the cushion block 24, will undergo considerable more rough handling or jostling, than if the gun was carried in the type of cases now in common use. The term leather as used herein is intended to cover any material which will serve the purpose.
The foregoing description of the invention is explanatory thereof and various changes in the size, shape and materials, as well as in the details of the illustrated construction may be made, within the scope of the appended claims, Without departing from the spirit of the invention.
What we claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
l. A gun case having an open end and aclosed end including, a hard leather cup mounted at the closed end of the case, a sti reinforcing sleeve into one end of which the cup is telescoped, said 4 Wardly, with a binder strip covering the outer edges of said slit portions, and transverse stitches extending through the strip and the slit portions of the case wall sleeve and boot.
3. A gun case as set forth in claim 1, and a cushioning block secured to the face of the cup Within the case.
HUGO W. SCHGELLKOPF, JR. GEORGE A. HANSON.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the le of this patent:
ITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 784,901 Sheldon Mar. 14, 1905 873,786 Reutar Dec. 17, 1907 1,538,112 Haubroe May 19, 1925 1,601,547 Wofford Sept. 28, 1926 2,053,707 `Farmer Sept. 8, 1936 2,409,655 Annen Oct. 22, 1946 OTHER REFERENCES Sears, Roebuck & C0., catalog, 19418, page 501, item B.
Stoeger Gun catalog, No. 34, 1943, page 172.