US 2574730 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Nov. 13, 1951 y J. E. CREW l-:TALl
GUN CASE Filed Feb. 27, 1947 QWN INVENTORS Joh/v E. fm1-w 5f/:mrs E MLB/SPT #Trams/Ef Patented Nov. 13, 1951 lUNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE- GUN CASE John E. Crew and Charles P. Wilbert,l Minneapolis, Minn.
Application February 27, 1947, Serial No. 731,312
2 Claims. 1
This invention relates to a gun case and particularly to a gun case for a gun, such as a rifl or shotgun.
It is desired by most users of guns to have a case in which the gun can be disposed while it is being carried on a trip and at other times whenit is not being used. Gun cases as heretofore made have comprised an elongated narrow sack into which the gun must be pushed from one end, or they have been rigid caseshinged along one side. I It is an object of this invention to provide a gun case into which the gun canbe very readily placed and from which it can be quickly removed. which case is simple and convenient and can be opened throughout its extent so as to be easily dried and cleaned.
It is another object of the invention to provide a gun case comprising an elongated sheet of strong fabric material, such as canvas, the same preferably being provided with a suitable lining, such as sheepskin, said sheet having fasteners along its edges, preferably of the hookless fastener type, and said sheet being foldable about a substantially central longitudinal line, whereby a gun, such as a rifle or shotgun, can be laid on one side of said sheet, said sheet folded over the same and closed by said fasteners to form a casing entirely enclosing said gun.
It is another object of the invention to provide such a gun case as set forth in the preceding paragraph, the saine having a small pocket formed therein at one side adapted to receive the terminal portion of a gun barrel to prevent it from engaging said fasteners.
It is more specifically an object of the invention to provide a gun case of the type set forth in the preceding paragraph save one, together with a strip of material secured to one side of said sheet and forming a flap which can be folded over said gun between the same and said fasteners, a suitable handle alsov preferably being provided on said sheet for carrying said case.
These and other objects and advantages of the invention will be fully set forth in the following description made in connection with the accompanying drawings in which like reference characters refer to similar parts throughout the several views and in which:
Fig. l is a plan view of the case in flat open condition; -v
Fig. 2 is a viewin side elevation of the case in closed condition;
Fig. 3 is a vertical section taken substantially on line 3-3 of Fig. l, as indicated by the arrows;
Fig. 4 is a vertical section taken substantially on line 4 4 of Fig. 2, as indicated by the arrows; and
, v 2 Fig. 5 is a partial top plan view of the closed case. f
\ Referring to the drawings, a gun case is shown comprising an elongated sheet I0 of strong material.v This sheet -may be of various materials, such as some animal skin or strong fabric such as canvas, which may also be waterproof. Sheet I0 preferably ywill be in the shape shown in Fig. 1 where it is seen that the sides thereof are substantially parallel adjacent one end of said sheet and said end portion of the sheet is substantially rectangular in form. Saidl sides at the other portion of the sheet converge into rather close proximity` at the end of the sheet so that saidsheet tapers `toward said latter end. A lining I I is provided, and while this might be made of various sheet materials, in practice it has been made of sheepskin. In the embodiment of the invention illustrated sheet I Il has one edge portion IIla reversely folded, and a strip I2 having secured to the edgethereof hookless fasteners I3 is secured to the folded over portion Illa in any suitable manner, as by one or more rows ofstitching I4. The other edge portion IUb is also folded reversely inwardly and one edge portion of lining I-I- is inserted beneath the folded yover portion 10b. Another strip of fabric I6 having hookless fasteners Il at its outer edge is secured to the top of folded over portion I0b in any suitable manner, as by one or more rows of stitching I8. A strip of material I9 is provided, the same having its inner edge overlying the edge portion of lining II andbeing secured to said lining and sheet I0 by one orA more rows of stitching 2D. The other edge of strip I9 is shown as reversely folded and stitched to form a hem I 9a. The
strip I9 extends along one side of sheet I U, as
shown in Fig. 1, and along substantially half of one end portion thereof. The sheet I0 and lining II have reentrant portions or recesses IIlc and IIld at the ends thereof and the fastener strips I6 and I9 follow the edges of said recesses and extend inwardly a short distance, as shown in Fig. l. A movable element Ila is provided adapted to cooperate with the-hookless fasteners I3 and I 'l in the usual well known manner. It is desirable to have a small pocket at the end of the case in which the -end of the gun barrel is disposed, and while this might be variously formed, in the embodiment of the invention illustrated a comparatively small piece 4of fabric 22 is secured to sheet I0 at one side thereof and adjacent the smaller end thereof.v This will be secured by suitable stitching. One end 22a of piece 22 will be left free so that said piece will form a small pocket. Said pocket is adapted to receive the terminal portion of agun barrel. A
suitable handle for carrying the case will be provided and while this might take various forms, in the embodiment of the invention illustrated it is shown as formed by a tape 23 preferably of Woven material which is suitably stitched to the outer side of sheet I and formed into loops 23a at each side thereof.
In operation the case will be placed on any support in open condition, as shown in Fig. 1. The gun 25 can then be laid on the case and the end portion of the barrel inserted in the pocket formed by sheet 22. The case will now be folded over the gun and the fasteners 13 and I1 brought into substantially mating position. Strip I9 which forms a flap will now lie over one side of the gun, as Will readily be seen from Fig. 4. The movable member I'Ia of the fasteners which has been at one end of the sheet I0 will now be moved lengthwise of said sheet and the fasteners I3 and I'I will thus be brought into closed and locked position to entirely close the case as member Ila. is moved to the other end of the case. The gun is now entirely enclosed in the case and the handle loops 23a have been brought into position where they can be easily grasped in the hand. -The Pocket formed by strip 2'2 prevents the end of the gun barrel from any possibility of engaging the fasteners I3 and I'I. Said fasteners will thus not be damaged. The case can be easily carried with the gun therein either under the arm or by the handle 23. When it is desired to remove the gun, this can be done very easily and quickly by merely running the movable element I'Ia to the other end of the case and removing the gun.
From the above description it will be seen that we have provided a very simple, convenient and highly eiicient gun case. When not in use the case can be folded and the same will take up very little room. Since all parts of the case including the strips I2 of hookless fasteners I3 are flexible, it is obvious that the case when in its substantially flat open position with nothing thereon can be rolled endwise beginning at the smaller end into a substantially compact roll with the sheet I0 outermost. It can easily be carried on a seat of an automobile or on a shelf in the same or in the trunk of an automobile. In placing the gun in the case the gun does'not have to be poked into a long sack or tubular casing. One great objection to the Vsack or tubular type of gun casing is that it is exceedingly difficult to dry or clean. The present case can be opened into fiat condition and be easily and quickly dried. Any dirt can also be easily and quickly brushed therefrom. The gun is perfectly protected. It often happens that hunters are traveling in automobiles on a hunting trip.
It may be desirable to get the gun out of the case quickly for use. With the present case, as above described, this can be done very easily. The present case can be made to sell at a price much lower than the rigid leather cases which have sides hinged together. Such leather cases are bulky for transportation. The case has been amply demonstrated in actual practice and found to be very successful and eflicient.
It will of course be understood that various changesmay be 4made in the form, details, arrangementand proportions of the parts, without departing from the scope of applicants invention, which generally stated, consists in a device capable of carrying out the objects above set forth, in the parts and combinations of parts disclosed and denedin the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
1. A gun case comprising an elongated sheet of flexible fabric material, such as canvas, having sides tapering into close proximity adjacent one end thereof, said sheet being arranged to be placed in substantially flat position and being foldable about a substantially central longitudinal line, hookless fasteners secured along the edges of said sheet, a layer of fabric of comparatively small longitudinal dimension secured vto one side of said sheet at its smaller end having a free edge and forming a pocket adapted to receive the end of a gun barrel, whereby a gun, such as a rie or shotgun, can be laid on said sheet at one side and said sheet folded about the same and closed by said hookless fasteners to form a casing enclosing said gun whereby said gun can be lifted from said case when in open flat position by movement perpendicular to said case and said gun can be laid on said opened case and said case folded over the same and said case can be opened in flat condition to be brushed or cleaned and/or dried.
2. A gun case comprising an elongated sheet of flexible waterproof material having sides tapering into close proximity adjacent one end thereof, said sheet being arranged to be placed in substantially flat position and being foldable about a substantially central longitudinal line, hookless fasteners secured along substantially the entire length of the side edges of said sheet and across the wide end thereof, a flexible lining for said sheet and a pocket formed at the small end of said case for receiving the end of a gun barrel whereby a gun such as a rifle or shotgun can be laid on said sheet when in substantially flat position and said sheet folded about the same and closed by said hookless fasteners to form a casing enclosing said gun and said sheet when in said substantially flat condition with no gun thereon can be rolled endwise beginning at its small end into a substantially compact roll with said sheet of flexible waterproof material outermost.
` JOHN E. CREW.
CHARLES P. WILBERT.
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