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April 3, 1957 J. w. SINGLETON 1 2,789,727
' CARTRIDGE DISPENSER 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed Sept. 28, 1953 Fig./ 4o Fig 3 James W. Singlfon INVENTOR.
" Filed Sept. 2 8, 1955 w. SINGLETON 2,789,727
CARTRIDGE DISPENSER 2 Sheets-Sheet '2 James W. Singleton lzvVEzvrok,
D Y WW EM 2,789,727 CARTRIDGE DISPENSER James W. Singleton, Erlanger, Ky., assignor of fifty percentto'Charles H. Hamner, Midland, Tex.
Application September 28, 1953, Serial No. 382,632
2 Claims. emu- 124 The present invention relates to cartridgedispensers. The primary object of the invention is; toprovide a 'cartridgedispenser whereby loose or packaged cartridges may be dropped'into a compact and neat dispenser," which "dispenser will unscramble 'the' cart ridg'es 'and by means "ofafinger clip on the bottom thereof willdispense'them as neededinto the hand. I I
f'Another'object of the invention is to provide a loanridge dispenser having a novel magazine "construction which will retain a large number of cartridges and which is adapted to be utilized with many different sized cartridges. A 'still further object of the present invention is the provision of a cartridge dispenserincluding a novel, finger actuated dispensing clip for dispensing cartridges from the cartridge magazine into the hand.
Thesetogether with other objects and advantages'which will become subsequently apparent reside in thefdetails of construction and. operation as more fully hereinafter from the same position as Figure 3 disclosingtheTcartridge dispensing means in operation;
Figure 5 is a perspective view of a cartridgespacer member for insertion into one of the cartridge magazines of the dispenser;
' Figure 6 is aperspective 'yie wof fhe cartridge dispenser with the back wall removed and the dispensing clips also removed;
Figure 7 is a perspective view of the back wall and the magazine separating partition of the dispenser; and
Figure 8 is an enlarged perspective View of the cartridge dispensing clips per so.
In the drawings, the numeral 10 designates the dispenser in its entirety, which dispenser is in the form of a cartridge container of rectangular shape including side walls 12, front wall 14, rear wall or back wall 16, and bottom 20. A top opening lid 22 normally closes the top of the container.
As will be seen in Figure 2, the rear wall 16 is provided with a belt clip 24 thereon for clipping the dispenser 10 over a belt or the like 26 shown in Figure l.
Noting particularly Figures 6 and 7, it will be seen that the dispenser itself is formed generally of two parts, the one part consisting of the side walls 12, front wall 14 and the major portion of the bottom 20. The inner surfaces of the side walls are formed in the shape of vertically spaced, arcuate recesses 28 with the peaks 30 of the recesses being in registry with each other on opposite side walls.
United States atene p The side walls IZterniinate above the loweredge'of the front wall 14, and a portion of the bottom 20 is 1 secured to the lower'edge of the front wall 14 and consists of a pair of rearwardly extending shelf-like mem- [bers 32 which provide acentral bottom opening 34 there between. Flanking the opening 34 and depending from the shelf-like extensions 32 are cartridge guide flanges '36.
Secured to the rear wall '16 is a central, vertically extending partition 38 which projects forwardly therefrom. The opposite 'surfacesof the partition38 are formed as yertically spaced, arcuate recesses or :troughs' 40 having the peaks 42 thereof disposed adjacent the bottdms of the troughs 28 formed in the side walls, wherebyeach peak 42is spaced'intermediate the peaks30 of 'the'side wall troughs. A
The partition 38 "terminates above 'the lower edge of the rear wall 16 "and below 'the upper edg'eof the rear "wall 16 whereas the forwardly "extending ledge 44fpro- "jects from the lOWeredge 'of. the rear wallflfi to com plete 'the bottom"20 of the dispenser. As' shownpao ticularly inFigure's 6'and 7,;the free 'ed'gesof the shelf extensions 32 and the ledge 44 are matingly bevel ed to assure a positive'fit between these portions of 'the'bottom 20. Theupper portion of the partition 38 is centrally slotted as at46,fwhich slot opens intothe lt op'pf the partition. Within "thisfslot a partition extension 48 may The slipp'ed'to extend the upward projectiomofthe partition. 7
To put the dispensentogether; suitable apertures and 50 areprovided'in' therearedges of the sidewalls 12 and thefbackwall 16 which register with ohe another for the reception "of fasteners; Likewise, the front edge or the partition 38 is-provided with apertures 52 "which mate with apertures '54inthe 'froht wall forthe reception of fasteners 56. p i In Figure 3, wherein ithe' dispenser It is shown with the front wallreniov'edfit will "be noted that 'theftrough 28 onthe sid'eiwallsbegin's somewhat below the top edges "of the sidewallsso that the uppermost peaks 30wi1l be dis j'atised silbfs'taritiiailly opposite -the top of the partitionf38 so that substantially'the'entire 'a'rtndge" chamber T58 "will be reeeptive't-o caitridges as they are dumped into' the dispenser upon o pening of the lid 22.
After such dumping, thercartridg es are assimilated into eaclr offt he eartridge 60 within the dispenser, being Eo'ei ced into position without clogging sincethe h st ,1 c 1 magazines virtueof the recessedjor'troughedportio nsonthepartitibn 38 and the inner surfaces of the side walls 12 unscrambles the cartridges. Ultimately, the cartridges 62 come to rest individually on the shelflike extensions 32 forming a portion of the bottom 20 of the dispenser.
To dispense cartridges from the dispenser 10, ejector plates 64 are slidably mounted within the container between the cartridge chamber 58 and the cartridge bottom 20. These plates 64 are of slightly greater thickness or depth than a cartridge and normally slide on the shelves 32 and include openings 66 therethrough which are normally in registry with the magazine openings. Thus, cartridges 62 as they fall through the magazines 60 of the dispenser fall through the openings 66 of the plates 64 to rest on the shelves 32 of the bottom 20. Portions of the plates 64 extend through the slots formed between the lower edges of the side walls 12 and the shelves 32 of the bottom, and depending stops 68 disposed within the central opening 34 of the bottom abut the guide flanges 36 to prevent withdrawal of the plates 64 through the slots.
To retain the plates 64 in the normal position, the facing surfaces of the plates are provided with elongated recesses 70 within which seat the ends of a resilient X-spring 72, which spring reacts against both the plates 64 to spread them from one another and maintain the stops 68 in position against the guide fianges 36.
To dispense a cartridge 62 fromthe machine, it is only necessary to press one of the plates 64 inwardly from the side wall, as shown in Figure 4, to move the cartridge 62 into registry with the central bott om openin g 34 from whence it is dropped between the. guideflanges 36. Upon release of pressure from the plate 64, the spring 72again returns the plate to its normal position wherein the stop 68 abuts its associated bottom flange 36. This ejection mechanism is both simple and accurate, and is practically fool-proof in operation.
To adapt the dispenser for the dispensing ofdiflerent sizedcartridges, registering 'vertical slots 74 and 76 are provided on the inner surfaces of the side walls 12, and the partition 38, respectively, into which spacer members 78 may be slipped to decrease the lengthbetween the front and rear of each cartridge magazine 60.
The lower end portions on the spacer members 78 are each formed of reduced width, as at 80, to correspond to the width of the openings 66 in the ejector plate 64.
I Notches 82 opening into one wall of each plate 64 defining the opening 66 slidingly embrace the reduced extension 80 as the plates 64 are moved to their ejecting positions.
To use the dispenser, the operator may load it singly,
From the foregoing, the construction and operation of the device will be readily understood and further explanation is believed to be unnecessary. However, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction shown'an'd described, and accordingly, all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the appended claims.
What is claimed as new is as follows:
1. A cartridge dispenser comprising a cartridge container having a cartridge chamber therein, means for inserting cartridges in said container, and means for dispensing cartridges from said container, said container having side walls, front and rear walls and a bottom wall,
in other words, cartridge by cartridge, or by handfulls,
vertically spaced, horizontally extending arcuate troughs formed on the inner surfaces of said side walls constituting cartridge guides, a vertical partition within said chamber dividing the same into a pair of cartridge magazines, said bottom having an opening therethrough beneath said partition out of registry with said cartridge magazines, said dispensing means selectively moving cartridges from either of said magazines through said opening, said bottom having cartridge guide flanges depending thereof flanking said opening, said dispensing means including plates slidably mounted in said container between said cartridge chamber and said bottom, said plates each having an opening therein normally in registry with one of said magazines and having portions thereof projecting through said side walls for moving a cartridge from a magazine over said bottom opening for dispensing the cartridge from the container, said plates including stop means engaging said guide flanges to prevent withdrawal of the plates from the container, and resilient means disposed between and reacting against said plates to normally retain said stop means in engagement with said guide flange-s.
2. A cartridge dispenser comprising a housing having a pair of cartridge magazines opening into the top thereof, said housing having a transverse bore therethrough adjacent the bottom thereof passing through both of said magazines and opening into opposite sides of the housing, said housing having a dispensing aperture in the bottom thereof opening into said transverse bore between said magazines, closures slidably disposed in opposite end portions of said transverse bore, each closure having an opening therein for receiving a cartridge normally in registry with a magazine, stop means on said closures engaging the edges of the housing bottom at opposite ends of said dispensing aperture to prevent outward movement of the closures from said transverse bore, re- 'silient means reacting against said stop means urging the stop means into abutment with said housing bottom edges, inward movement of either of said closures moving a cartridge from the magazine to the dispensing aperture.
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