US 2764326 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
pt. 25, 1956 s. A. STANTON 2,764,326
PISTOL CARRYING MEANS Filed March 30, 1954 I N VENTOR SAMUEL A. STA/vm/v- 0/5 ATTORNEY United rates Patent O "ice PISTOL CARRYING MEANS Samuel A. Stanton, Neosho, Mo.
Application March 30, 1954, Serial No. 419,659
1 Claim. (Cl. 224-1) This invention relates to a pistol carrying means, and has for one of its objects the production of a simple and efficient means for suspending a pistol from a neckband which is placed around the neck of a person in a manner to carry the pistol in the front and center of the persons body with the barrel extending downwardly, from a horizontal plane at about forty degrees, to facilitate access thereto as well as to facilitate quick drawing of the pistol.
A further object of this invention is the production of a simple and efficient gun barrel engaging means which is adjustable to fit guns or pistols having diiferentsized bores.
Other objects and advantages of the present invention will appear throughout the following specification and claim.
In the drawing:
Figure l is a side elevational view of an automatic pistol suspended from the neckband and illustrating the normal suspended position of the pistol;
Figure 2 is a side elevational view of the link which secures the suspension clamp to the neckband;
Figure 3 is an irregular vertical sectional view taken on line 33 of Figure l;
Figure 4 is a fragmentary side elevational view of the pistol bore-engaging element of the carrier arm, showing the manner in which the bore engaging element may be expanded to snugly fit within a bore of a pistol of a larger caliber than that shown in Figure 1.
By referring to the drawing in detail, it will be seen that designates a sling comprising a neckband which is made of suitable flexible material, and which is adjustable in a conventional manner by means of a buckle 11. A substantially inverted U-shaped link 12 of wire, or other suitable material, is carried by the lower end of the neckband 10, as is shown in Figure 1, to hold the diverging portions of the neckband 10 in properly diverged relation, as shown, and also to provide a connection for the clamp 13. The finger 14 passes through a suitable journal aperture formed in the upper end of the clamp 13 and also passes through the overlapping portions of the neckband 10, as is shown in detail in Figure 3, to prevent displacement of the clamp 13 from the link 12 and the neckband 10. After the link 12 is secured to the neckband 10 and the clamp 13, the link 12 is pressed tightly against the neckband as shown in Figure 3, to securely hold the link 12 in position and to firmly hold the clamp 13 against displacement. The finger 14 passes through the neckband 10 from the rear face through the front face thereof as shown to secure the clamp 13 flat against the rear portion of the link 12 and the rear face of the neckband 10.
A pistol carrier arm 15 is preferably a piece of heavy wire, or other suitable material, and is secured for longitudinal adjustment within the rolled socket 16 of the clamp 13 and the arm 15 is locked in a selected position near its inner end within the socket 16 by means of a clamping screw 17. The arm 15 is provided at its outer end with an elbow 15 having a rearwardly bent, resilient, and spaced pistol bore-engaging element 18, which preferably extends parallel to the arm 15 and is spaced sufficiently 2,764,326 Patented Sept. 25, 1956 therefrom to support thepistol P out of contact with the arm 15 whenthe bore-engaging element 18 is inserted in a pistol bore, as is shown in Figure 1. The bore-engaging element 18 is in turn folded back upon itself to provide a suitable thickness, thereby defining a rearward looped portion having a parallel finger 19 spaced outwardly or forwardly of the clamp 13. The resilient bore-engaging element 18 frictionally and tightly fits in the bore B of the gun or pistol P to efiiciently hold the pistol P in a thrusting position in the bore against accidental displacement from the arm 15. The weight of the pistol and the point of connection of the arm 15 with the pistol with respect to the position of the clamp 13, will suspend the pistol and arm 15 at a radical angular position, with the discharge end of the bore B pointing downwardly from the horizontal at about forty degrees due to the force of gravity and the pivotal connection of the clamp 13 with the suspending element or neck band 10. The pistol or gun P may be of any suitable or conventional type within the spirit of the invention.
The bore-engaging element, as is shown in Figure 4, may be adjusted to snugly fit within a bore of a selected size, simply by spreading the arm 19 outwardly away from the remaining portion of the bore-engaging element 18, as shown in Figure 4. In this manner the device may be used to fit various sized gun bores. It should be understood that the arm 15 may be adjusted to a selected position within the claim 13 by releasing the screw 17 and then securing the screw to clamp the arm 15 in a newly selected position.
When a wearer of the device is in a position standing erect, the heel P of the pistol P should be about one inch above the line of his breast nipples, and suitable adjustments of the neckband 10 by means of the buckle 11 may be made. The pistol is preferably worn between the shirt and the undershirt of the person using the device. It should be noted that the link 12 serves a double purpose, since it holds the neckband material in overlapping position, and also provides a connection from which the clamp 13 is suspended. When drawing the pistol from the support, the rear heel portion P' should be bumped or struck against the arm 15, before lifting or drawing the gun P from the bore-engaging element 18. This will prevent any tendency of the pistol to stick upon the element 18. This apparatus will serve a left-handed person, as well as one who is right-handed, simply by removing the arm 15 from the clamp 13 and reversing the position of the arm 15 and pistol P. The device' is light, convenient and quick on the draw, and it should be obvious that, if desired, it may be used as a side holster.
It should be noted that the bore-engagingelement com prises a member folded back upon itself, and it is adapted to be spread apart to fit a variety of sizes of bores. Furthermore, the clamp 13 is adapted to pivotally hold the carrier arm at a proper angular pitch regardless of the size of the gun carried thereby, due to the pull of gravity thereon.
It should be understood that certain detail changes in the construction and combination of parts may be employed without departing from the spirit of the invention, so long as such changes fall within the scope of the appended claim.
Having described the invention, what is claimed as new 1s:
In combination with a sling comprising a neckband adapted to suspend a pistol in front and center of a persons body to facilitate access and quick drawing of the pistol, a clamp pivoted to the lower end of said neckband, a pistol carrier arm locked in a selected position in said clamp near its rear end, said arm having an elbow at its outer end carrying a spaced parallel pistol bore-engaging 2,764,326 r v 3 4 element for supporting a pistol in spaced relation parallel References Cited inthe file of this patent to said arm for the full length of the barrel of a pistol, UNITED STATES PATENTS said bore-engaging element comprising a portion folded back upon itself to fit into the bore of a pistol and fric- 462,702 Haas 1891 tionally and removably grip within the bore of'a pistol to 5 9 451520 Greenwood 1910 support a pistol with its weight in advance of and beyond 115 5 2 Ludlow 1926 said pivoted clamp and with its barrel in a downwardly FOREIGN PATENTS inclined position at a radical angle relative to a vertical I plane through the medium of the pull of gravity and to 73084 Norway 1948 support the pistol upon the bore-engaging element against 10 accidental displacement therefrom.