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Publication numberUS2797033 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 25, 1957
Filing dateApr 25, 1955
Priority dateApr 25, 1955
Publication numberUS 2797033 A, US 2797033A, US-A-2797033, US2797033 A, US2797033A
InventorsMelvin J Rasbach
Original AssigneeMelvin J Rasbach
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Portable knock-down gun rack
US 2797033 A
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June 25, 1957 M. J. RASBACH PORTABLE KNOCK-DOWN GUN RACK Filed April 25, 1955 m. 4 n M m r A ijnite Patented June .25, 1.957

PORTABLE KNOCK-DOWN GUN RACK Melvin J. Rasbach, Wichita, Kans- Application April 25, 1955, Serial No. 503,709

5 Claims. (Cl. 224-1;

This invention relates to rifle and other types of shoulder firearm racks and refers more particularly to a portable, knock-down, gun rack readily adaptable for both car seat and wall mounting and to which extra gun mounting units may be added for the substantially horizontal mounting of one or a plurality of shoulder firearms.

Mounting racks for shoulder firearms are, of course, well known. However, these conventional gun racks commonly lack a number of features which would make for greatly increased convenience and usefulness. Thus, there is presently available no single gun rack unit adaptable simultaneously both towa'll mountings for winter storage of guns and to automobiles for transport thereof. Such conventional racks are also not readily reversible in position on such walls or car seats. Additionally, such conventional gun racks are not readily transposable from the wall storage position to the car transport position without modification. Furthermore, such conventional racks are not readily adapted to the addition of extra gun mounting units to the basic rack structure without weakening the existing structure or addingto the presently available wall or seat basic support. Additionally, any car gun racks now available ate not readilyadap-table to any and all types of car seats.

Therefore, an object of the present invention is to provide a unitary gun holding unit simultaneously readily adaptable for both wall storage and car transport of shoulder firearms.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a knock-down gun rack which is readily reversible in position either in wall storage position or mounted on a car seat.

A further object of the present invention is to provide a gun mounting unit readily transposable from wall storage of firearms to automotive transport without removal of guns therefrom or readjustment of guns therein.

Still another object of the presen t invention is to provide a knock-down portable gun rack and rack base combination to which extra gun mount storage units may be readily added without weakening the rack supporting structure or adding to the fundamental rack base structure.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a portable knock-down automobile firearm rack and rack base as'scmbly readily adaptable to mounting on any and all types of car seats without further modification.

Another object of the present invention to provide a knock-down gun rack and rack base assembly adaptable .for automobile transport of guns which will hold said knock-down gun rack and rack base assemblies for wall or car mounting which will maintain the barrel .of the gun .in a position substantially parallel to the floor of the room or car, protect the surface of the gun .while mounted in the rack, permit easy and safe mounting and removal of the firearms from the rack, can be easily and conveniently made to fit any shoulder firearm or be readily adapted thereto, and which is cheap to manufacture, durable, strong and stable, and has a long operational life under heavy use.

Other objects and features will appear in the course of the following description of the invention:

In the drawings, which form a part of the specification and are to be read in conjunction therewith, like numerals are employed to designate like parts in the various views.

Fig. l is a perspective view of the car seat form of the inventive gun back and rack base assembly as mounted on the back of the front seat of a car with shoulder firearms shown in dotted lines.

Fig. 2 is a view taken along the lines 2-2 of Fig. 1 in the direction of the arrows with parts omitted between the broken lines of Fig. 2 and a secondary position of a part shown in full lines shown in dotted lines.

Fig. 3 is a view taken along the lines 3-3 of Fig. 2 in the direction of the arrows.

Fig. 4 is a view taken along the lines 44 of Fig. 1 in the direction of the arrowswith a secondary position of a part shown in full lines shown in dotted lines.

Fig. 5 is a side view with parts in section of the wall mount form of the inventive gun rack and rack base assembly. 1

In the drawings, Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4 illustrate the car rack and rack base assemblyv as removably mounted on the back of an automobile seat. Fig. 5 shows a wall rack and rack base assembly removably mounted on a wall. The car rack assembly modification will be described first, it being understood that the basic invention includes both the car and wall mountings.

Referring to the figures, car. rack base 10 is preferably formed from a single metallic strip of resilient strong metal such as steel. Base 10 hasupper seat grip 11 which is contoured to fit over and grasp thetop ofan automobile seat 12. Buffer 13, of felt, rubber or other suitable material serves to protect the car seat and is cemented or otherwise suitablyattached to upper seat grip 11. It should be noted that two car rack bases 10 are employed in the automobile rack mounting and that the structure of each bracket base It) is identical with the other. The numeral 14 designates a plurality of raised head rivets which are positioned at regular intervals along the length of car rack base 10 and are rigidly fixed thereto. The number and spacing of said rivets are not critical but, preferably, at least two raised head rivets are, employed per gun mount unit. Car rack base 10 runs essentially perpendicularly to the car fioo'r down from the top of the car seat 12. Angle piece of spacer 15 is formed in rack base 10 near its lower extremity to brace against the backof the car seat to insure vertical positioning. Spring hook receiving holes 16 are formed in the lower arm of anglep'iece 15, Buffor 17, of protective felt or rubber, is fixedly attached to the face of angle piece 15 which abuts the back of the carseat. Angle piece 15 is formed in the interval between two regularly spacediivets 14 so' as not to disturb the symmetrical positioning thereof. Rack base It) ends above contact with the automobile floor. Car seat lower gripping hook 18 (shown in Fig. 2) serves to anchor the lower end 'of rack base 10 to the bottom of the car seat.

Hook 18 is constructed so as to be applicable to both split back (shown) and solid back car seats. Thus, gripping book 18 has end hook 18a, center cup 185, spring gripping holes 1 86 in center-cup 187; and spring gripping hole at the end of the hook, 18d. Tension spring 19 connects angle piece 15 and gripping hook 18. Spring 19 is of any required tension su'fiicient' to extension arm and the loop portion. 45 forms outer convex portion 46 of the barrel receiving rack, and greater stability of the entire receiving perforations 21 formed therein at regular intervals to receive rivets 14. Extension arms 22 .are of equal length and have bolt holes 23 formed therein to enable a plurality of the stock receiving brackets to be fixedly connected or coupled together as a unit. The :outer arms are formed to produce a gun stock receiving loop. Upper outer arm 24 forms inner concave (relative base arm 20) portion 25 of the loop and has terminal extension 26 below loop portion 25. Clip slip lfitting piece 27 is positioned on upper arm 24 above loop portion 25. The outer concave face of loop portion 25 is felted or padded as shown at 28. Rivet holes 29 are formed in terminal portion 26 below loop portion 25. Lower outer arm 30 is formed to produce the outer convex portion of stock receiving loop 31 and has extension termination 32 above loop portion 31 for engagement by slip fit 27. Rivet holes 33 are formed in arm 30 below convex portion 31 to receive rivets 34 which fixedly join the two outer arms 24 and 30. Lower arm 30, when free of slip fit 27, is resilient outwardly to readily receive the stock of a firearm as shown in dotted lines in Fig. 2. The inner face of loop portion 31 on lower arm 30 is felted as at 35 to protect a gun stock. It should be noted that the structure of the lower and upper arms 24 and 30 could be interchanged to produce an essentially equivalent stock receiving loop.

The barrel receiving bracket is formed from a metallic strip similar in character to that forming the stock receiving bracket and is best seen in Fig. 4 and to the right in Fig. 1. Base arm 36 has regularly spaced key hole rivet receivers 37 formed therein. Extension arms 38 have bolt holes 39 formed therein whereby a plurality of barrel receiving brackets may be fixedly joined together to form a unit, if desired. The outer arms of the barrel receiving bracket are formed to produce a barrel receiving loop. Upper outer arm 40 has inner concave portion 41 of the barrel receiving loop formed therein and terminal extension 42. Shock absorbing material 43 is fixedly attached to concave portion 41. Slip fitting piece 44 is positioned upon upper outer arm 40 between the Lower outer arm loop and has terminal extension 47 thereabove to receive slip fit piece 44. Shock absorbing felt or rubber 48 is fastened to convex portion 46. As is seen in Fig. 4 in dotted lines, upper outer arm 40 is movable inwardly to more readily permit insertion of the barrel of a firearm. As is the case in the stock receiving bracket, the structure of the outer arms could be interchanged while producing an equivalent barrel loop receiver. It is evident that the barrel receiving loop may be constructed to receive any portion of the entire barrel assembly.

In comparing the stock receiving bracket and the barrel receiving bracket, it should be noted that the stock receiving portion is positioned higher on the bracket than the barrel receiving portion. This is due to the general structure of shoulder firearms which elevates the barrel above the top of the stock as clearly seen in Fig. 1. The adjustment of the loops relative one another permits mounting of firearms with same, their barrels parallel the ground. Construction of the stock and barrel receiving brackets so that the barrel is carried parallel to"the ground provides better weight balance, a more attractive rack when the guns are in position.

It should also be noted that the stock receiving bracket and the barrel receivingbracket may be constructed with iceiving bracket has base'arm 20 with keyhole rivet the gun receiving loops in any desired size, depending upon the type of gun, or capable of adjustment, and, additionally, in the present instance, should a different type of shoulder firearm be desired to be carried in any individual rack, wadding may be added to insure a tight fit.

A form of stock and barrel receiving bracket is also contemplated wherein the bracket comprises merely a closed metallic strip rectangle with spring clips of the appropriate size mounted thereupon in proper spatial juxtaposition.

Spacers 49 and 50 are employed to form a complete, rigid bracket structure and join the barrel and stock receiving brackets. If only a single gun mount unit is desired, the spacers will be attached at the top and bottom of a single pair of brackets. If, however, a plurality of stock receiving and a plurality of barrel receiving brackets are each bolted together to form a single unit, the spacers are applied to the top and bottom extension arms of the top and bottom brackets in each unit. Spacers 49 and 50 are attached to the brackets by any conventional connectors such as bolts 51 and nuts 52. The length of the spacers is, of course, determined by the available barrel area of the gun and the exigencies of comfort for the passengers in an automobile. In wall mounting of the stock and barrel receiving brackets the length of the spacers may well be determined by the available wall joists if a single wall and car unit is not employed. By grasping the top spacer and pulling upwardly and then outwardly the entire bracket unit, together with the rifles, may be detached from the car rack base for convenient carrying and handling. Similarly, in reverse operation, the bracket assembly may be mounted upon the car rack base 10.

Fig. 5 shows a barrel receiving bracket in position on a wall mount. The wall rack base 53 is preferably formed of a metallic strip and has a plurality of raised head rivets 54 fixedly attached at regular intervals thereto. Holes 55 for screws or other wall fastening means are also provided, spaced from the rivets. The wall rack base may be constructed as the car seat rack base with a plurality of sets of rivets to receive a plurality of key hole slots if a multiple gun mount is desired. However, a pair of wall rack bases with a single set of rivets apiece shown in Fig. 5, if adequately attached to a wall, will support a plurality of such bracket units fixedly attached together.

From the foregoing it will be seen that this invention is one well adapted to attain all of the ends and objects hereinabove set forth together with other advantages and which are obvious and which are inherent to the structure.

I It will be understood that certain features and subcombinations are of utility and may be employed without reference to other features and subcombinations. This is contemplated by and is within the scope of the claims.

As many possible embodiments may be made of the invention without departing from the scope thereof, it is to be understood that all matter herein set forth or shown in the accompanying drawing is to be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.

Having thus described my invention, I claim:

1. A portable knock-down gun rack comprising a gun barrel receiving bracket having a gun barrel receiving loop, a gun stock receiving bracket having a gun stock receiving loop, each bracket comprising a material strip formed to substantially rectangular shape in side view, the front sides of said rectangles having inner and outer overlapping free arms, the inner overlapping arms of said front sides formed concave relative the back sides iduced on the stock receiving bracket and a barrel receiving loop is produced on the barrel receiving bracket,

means positioned on at least one of the overlapping arms of each of said brackets between the formed and continuous portions thereof engageable and disengageable with the terminal portions of the other overlapping arms whereby to open and close the loops, and means cooperating with the back sides of each of said brackets for separately mounting said two brackets on a surface relative one another.

2. A portable knockadown gun rack as in claim 1 wherein the engaging and disengaging means for the free arms of the brackets comprise circumferential slipfit clips.

3. A portable knock-down gun rack as in claim 1 wherein the front and back sides of the rectangles are of greater length than the intermediate sides therebetween.

4. A portable knock down gun rack as in claim 1 References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,580,705 Wittmann Apr. 13, 1926 2,483,043 Golden Sept. 27, 1949 2,535,564 Campbell Dec. 26, 1950 2,552,293 Page et a1. May 8, 1951 2,632,619 Wilson Mar. 24, 1953

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U.S. Classification224/275, 211/64, 224/540, 224/570, 224/913, 224/556, 224/561
International ClassificationB60R7/14, A47B81/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47B81/005, B60R7/14, Y10S224/913
European ClassificationB60R7/14, A47B81/00D