US 2919058 A
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Dec. 29, 1959 w. L. THOMPSON 2,919,058
GUN MOUNT Filed Feb. 12, 1958 4 member 016%: fir/r7.
United States Patent This invention relates in general to a device for maintaining 21 rifle or single-barreled shotgun in'an upright position in a vehicle and more particularly to a device constructed to maintain a long-barreled gun in such a position that it will consume a minimum amount of space within a vehicle cab and be readily accessible to the user.-
It is an object of this invention to provide a structure.
capable of gripping both the stock and barrel of a longbarreled gun and maintaining it in a rest position.
A further object of this invention is to provide a struc-' ture of the type aforementioned capable of holding a gun in such a position that it consumes a minimum amount of space in a vehicle cab.
Still another object of this invention is to provide a structure capable of holding a rifle or shotgun which maintains the gun in a completely upright position and is of such a structure that the weapon may be disengaged readily from the clamping device if necessary.
Further objects and advantages of the invention, if not specifically set forth, will become apparent during the course of the discussion which follows.
In the drawings:
Figure 1 is a side elevation, in part broken away, of a portion of truck cab showing the fashion in which a shotgun is mounted using the clamping device of this invention;
Figure 2 is a perspective view showing the cup or stock holder; and
Figure 3 is a perspective view of the clamp used to hold the gun barrel, the drawing being partially in section.
Generally, this invention comprises a cup-like gun stock holder which may be mounted in an upright position on the running board of a truck within the cab between the door and seat, this cup-like stock holder being so designed that when the stock of the gun is rested therein the gun is tipped in such a fashion that it stands almost entirely upright and tends not to extend into the doorway to more than a minimal extent. Used in cooperation with this cup-like stock holder is a clamp consisting of a bracket having pivotally mounted thereon a clamping member constructed of spring metal for gripping the upper part of the gun barrel.
Referring now to the drawings wherein like characters refer to like parts throughout, the device of the invention comprises two cooperating elements, one of which is the generally oval-shaped cup member designated 10. The cup has an upwardly raised flange 12 of such a shape as to loosely encircle the butt end of the gun stock and a cooperating base plate 14 upon which the weight of the gun actually rests. Two L flanges 16 and 18 cut from base plate 14 serve as means by which to aflix the stock holder to the running board of the vehicle. Most important, the longest portions of the L flanges must both be in the same plane and, as can be seen in Figure 1, and to a certain extent in Figure 2, both lie in a plane which is at somewhat of an angle to the base plate 14 of the stock holder. Thus, as can be seen in 2,919,058 Patented Dec, 29, 1959,
2: Figure 1", the cup has a tendency totilt the gun somewhat backwardly, and thus compensate for the fact that the butt of the gun stock extends at somewhat of an angle. This makes itpossible for the barrel to stand in a completely upright position almost entirely out of the doorway ofthe vehicle.
The two L flanges 16 and 18 are each provided with at least a single hole in the center thereof through which screws may be placed which are tapped into the vehicle running board. These screws are shown in Figure 2. To avoid scratching the gun stock, the cup member may be provided with a leather lining and leather lip or a lining and lip of any suitable resilient material.
The clamp for holding the barrel in place consists of a bracket 20, the bottom of which is exposed in the drawing of Figure 1 wherein the portion of the cab wall to which the plate would ordinarily be attached is shown broken away. The plate has holes 22 and 24 by means of which the bracket is fixedly secured in place. Centrally mounted on the bracket is a bolt 26 which is provided with a collar 28 and a nut 36 for maintaining the bolt tightly in place in the bracket. A second nut 32 aids in tightly holding the U-shaped spring clamp 40 in place on the bolt 26. Most conveniently, the bolt is simply tapped into the U-shaped spring element. Fingers 42 and 44 form an extension from the arms of the U-shaped spring member 40. Preferably, as shown, the fingers each describe an arc of a circle and have tips turned backwardly upon themselves so as to make it possible to readily force the gun barrel between the finger tips. Also, in order to protect the gun barrel, some type of resilient covering material, as shown, is preferably provided on those areas of the fingers which come into contact with the gun barrel.
Due to the fact that the U-shaped spring member 40 is pivotally mounted on the bracket 20, it is possible to adjust the position of the fingers to a suitable position for receipt of the gun barrel irrespective of the position selected for the stock cup or holder 10. Further, the fact that the U-shaped clip 40 is pivotally mounted makes possible the application of the device to the interiors of truck cabs which are themselves at various angles at the point where said clip might be attached. Also, by virtue of the fact that the U-shaped clip is pivotally mounted, it is possible to attach it to either side of the interior of a vehicle cab with the clip fingers extending outwardly for receipt of a gun barrel.
Finally, as is apparent from the foregoing description, the clip is suitable for use with a rifle having a scope thereon.
Obviously many modifications and variations of the invention as hereinbefore set forth may be made without departing from the spirit and scope thereof, and therefore only such limitations should be imposed as are indicated in the appended claims.
1. A device for holding a long-barreled gun in an upright position in a vehicle cab comprising: a gun stock holder having a pair of L-shaped feet integral with the base thereof, said holder being of a suitable size and shape to receive and enclose the butt end of a gunstock, said holder having a flat bottom and raised sides and being the shape of an elongated egg when viewed from the top, the larger end of the bottom of said egg-shaped holder having a piece thereof out free on three sides and bent downwardly from the fourth side whereby to form one of said L-shaped feet, the smaller end of the bottom.
of said egg-shaped holder having a piece thereof cut free on three sides and bent downwardly from the fourth side thereof whereby to form the second L-shaped foot, the second L-shaped foot having a longer downwardly extending portion than the first L-shaped foot, whereby the said holder will rest unevenly on a flat surface with the smaller end raised; and a gun barrel clamp assembly for attachment to said vehicle cab interior, said clamp comprising a bracket having a pivotally mounted U- shaped spring member thereon; and opposed fingers on the forward ends of the arms describing said U-shaped member, said fingers being so spaced as to provide a receptacle for a gun barrel;
2. The structure of claim 1 wherein said gun stock holder is provided with a jacket of a soft resilient ma- .terial in the area where said gun stock contacts said holder and wherein said fingers of said U-shaped clamp member are covered with a layer of flexible resilient material in the area where said gun barrel contacts said clamp.
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