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E. DE NEVE May 23, 1961 GUN HOLSTER Filed Feb. 14, 1958 INVENTOR. EG l DE DE NEVE r if ATTORNEYS Wu'm.
GUN HOLSTER Egide De Neve, 21641 Chalon Drive, St. Clair Shores, Mich.
Filed Feb. 14, 19 58, Ser. No. 715,326
3 Claims. (Cl. 224'-l) This invention relates to a novel and improved gun holster especially adapted for carrying fire arms such as shot guns and rifles.
It is an object of this invention to provide an improved gun holster adapted to be used by a sportsman or the like for supporting a gun, whereby, the sportsmans arms will be relievedfrom supporting the weight of a gun and wherein the gun is held in an advantageous and readily accessible position so that it may be easily and quickly brought into position for sighting and firing.
It is another object of this invention to provide a novel and improved gun holster which is adapted to be carried by the waist belt of the user whereby it does not require the use of supplementary supporting straps or other devices which may hinder the movement of the hunters or sportsmans body.
It is a further object of this invention to provide a novel and improved gun holster which is capable of being carried by the belt of the user in a number of desired selected positions and which also may be adjusted upwardly and downwardly relative to the users belt as desired.
It is still a further object of this invention to provide a novel and improved gun holster which is light and provided with a uniquely shaped'socket member adapted to receive the butt of a gun with ease and release it therefrom with ease and which is pivotally mounted on a supporting member by means of a novel bearing arrangement.
It is another object of this invention to provide a novel and improved gun holster which will be economical of manufacture, rugged and simple in construction, efiicient in operation and pleasing in appearance.
Other objects, features and advantages of this invention will be apparent from the following detailed description and appended claims, reference being had to the accompanying drawing forming a part of the specification wherein like reference numerals designate corresponding parts of the several views.
In the drawings:
Fig. l is a perspective view of a gun holster embodying the principles of the invention;
Fig. 2 is a front elevational view of the structure illus trated in Fig. 1;
Fig. 3 is a side elevational view of the structure illustrated in Fig. 2, taken in the direction of the arrow marked 3; and,
Fig. 4 is a horizontal view, partly in section, of the structure illustrated in Fig. 3, taken along the line 4-4 thereof, and looking in the direction of the arrows.
Referring now to the drawing, wherein is illustrated a preferred embodiment of the invention, the numeral generally designates the socket member of the gun holster which is pivotally carried by the supporting arm or member generally designated by the number 11. The socket member 10 is pivotally mounted on the arm 11 by a pivot means generally designated by the numeral 12 and more fully described hereinafter.
The socket member .10 includes the inner vertical side States Patent wall 13 which is provided with a rearwardly sloping front edge 14 which slopes downwardly and backwardly preferably at about a 65 angle. The socket member 10 is provided with a rear edge 15 which slopes downwardly and forwardly at about a preferable angle of 25 The front and rear edges of the inner side wall 13 terminate in a point. The angles of slope or taper referred to are, of course, taken from the vertical.
The socket member 10 further includes the rear end wall 16 which is disposed parallel with the sloping rear edge 15 of the inner wall 13. The front end wall 17 is disposed parallel with the sloping front edge 14 ofthe inner wall 13. As best seen in Figs. 1 and 2, the front end wall 17 does not extend completely down the front edge of the inner wall .13 but terminatesshort of the rear end wall 16 to provide the opening 18 which is, a drain opening for rain, snow and the like. The outer side wall 19 encloses the outer edges of the front and rear end walls 17 and 16, respectively, and is triangular in shape as shown inFig. 3. As best seen in Figs. 1 and 2, the upper edges of the front and rear end walls and'the outer side wall are level, while the inner side wall 13 extends above the level of the first mentioned walls. -As illustrated, the walls of the socket member 10 are all made of leather and are glued together at the juncture line's thereof. In addition, these walls are further secured together by means of the stitching designated by the numeral 20.
' As best seen in Figs. 1, 2 and 3, the supporting member or arm 11 comprisesa tongue formed from an inner part 2-1 which is glued to the outer part 22. A vertical elongated slot 23 is formed endwise through the tongue 11 and this slot extends from the point marked by the numeral 24 downwardly to the point marked 25. As shown in Figs. 2 and 3, a spacer member 26 is slidably mounted in the slot 23 in the lower end thereof. The space above the spacer member 26 is, sufiiciently wide enough for the belt of a user to be putthrough for securing the tongue .11 to the waist of the user. The adjustable spacer member 26 is releasably held in place by means of the pins 27 which are slidably mounted in the holes 28 and 28a in the spacer member and tongue, respectively.
It will be seen, that if the user wishes to have the gun holster raised on his belt this may be easily and quickly accomplished by removing the pins 27 and raising the spacer member 26 upwardly to the upper end of the slot 23 and inserting the pins 27 into the upper set of holes indicated by the numeral 29. As shown in Fig. 3, the supporting member 11 may be turned downwardly to the dotted position indicated by the numeral 30in order to provide additional adjustment of the gun holster upwardly relative to the waist of the user.
As best seen in Fig. 4, the pivot means 12 comprises a headed rivet or rod 31 which extends inwardly through the hole 37 in the lower end of the tongue 11. The head of the rivet 31 is adapted to be seated in the recess 32 in the tongue part 21. The outer end of the rivet 31 passes through the washer 33 Which is seated in the recess 34 in the inner side wall 13. An annular spacer 35 is seated around the rivet 31 inside of the tongue 11. A plurality of roller bearings 36 are disposed around the spacer member 35 in the hole 37. The steel washer 39 surrounds the rivet 31 and is disposed between the tongue 11 and the outer face of the inner side wall 13. It will be seen from the aforementioned pivot structure that a novel and freely movable pivot means is provided.
When the gun holster is not supporting a gun, the socket member 10 pivots to the dotted line position indicated by the numeral 38 as shown in Fig. 3. It will be seen that with the socket member 10 disposed in the dotted position 38, the butt of a gun, as indicated by the numeral 40, may be easily and quickly dropped into position in the socket member it). The freely movable pivot means 12 permits the user to swing the gun upwardly or downwardly to any desired position with ease and facility. The .sloping front and rear end walls of the socket member ltl permit the user to quickly remove the gun from the holster without having the butt ofthe gun catch in any Way on the socket member whenit is desired to-bring-the gun up forsighting and shooting purposes.
It-will be understood, that although the gun holster of the present invention is illustrated as being made from leather it may also be made-from other suitable materials,
supporting arm so that the socket will pivot by gravity as'a lightweight metal or a plastic material. The socket member .10 and the tongue member 11 may .also each be made as a cast or molded one-piece construction if desired. The gun holster is illustrated asconstructed for right-hand use, butit will be understood, that it may be constructed for left-hand use by merely switching the walls 13 and 1 9 and the tongue 11 to the opposite side of the wall 13.
- Experience has shown that the gun holster of the present-invention is very beneficial to the sportsman. The socket member 10 pivots by gravity to thedotted line position 38 when not in use. The triangularly shaped socket member 10 with its open upper end permits the user to quickly and surely drop the butt of the gun he is using into the socket member without the necessity of carefully inserting it in the socket member. The sloping forward wall '17 directs the lower end of the butt into contact with the rear wall 1 6 and the user may then 'quickly andeasily pivot the gun upwardly to any desired position of rest. The weight of the gunis thus taken by the holster and theusers arms merely check the gun in the-desired position. The gun may be held easily by one hand thus freeing'the other hand for other use.
While it will be apparent that the preferred embodimentof the invention herein disclosed is well calculated to an inoperative position with the lower point ofsaid triangular shape in a position below and in alignment with said pivot means, whereby thesocket is in a ready position for the reception of a gun butt without manual positioning by the user.
2. A gun holster as defined in claim l, wherein: said pivot means comprises a pivot rod fixedly held insaid side walland extended outwardly sidewardly therefrom, said supporting arm being provided with an opening therethroughin the lower end thereof for the reception of said pivot rod, and, bearing means operatively mounted around the pivot rod and ,engagingthe sides of said opening to provide .a free pivot actionbetween said supportingarm and socket member. V
3. A gun holster as defined in claim 1, wherein: said arm is provided with a slot therethroughfor the passage therethrough of abelt for mounting the arm thereon; spacer means adjustably mounted in said slot to regulate the position ofthe beltvertically relative to said arm; and, the lower ends of said front and rear socket end .walls terminating .at spaced apart points to provide an opening in the lower end of the socket member to allow dirt to fallout therethrough.
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