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Feb. 27, 1962 H. LOEB 3,022,898
GUN HOLDER Filed Julyl5, 1960 Henry L oeb 1N VENTOR.
BY Mm lam M Hm GUN HOLDER Henry Loch, 320 Monroe Ave, Memphis, Tenn. Filed .l'uly 15, 1960, Ser. No. 434% 3 Claims. (Cl. 211-64) This invention relates to a novel and useful gun rest,
and more particularly to a gun rest specifically adapted to support a gun on an upstanding support member.
Many times when a hunter has situated himself at an advantageous position and is waiting for game to appear, it is desirable to have a means whereby his gun, whether it be a rifle or shotgun and the like, may be supported in a manner and position whereby it is instantaneously available for use. Ahunter is sometimes in the out-of doors in cold weather and when this is the case the hunter frequently wishes to move his bodyin order to increase the circulation in an effort to remain warmer. Additionally, besides enabling the hunter to use both hands while supporting his gun in a position ready for instantaneous use, the gun holder of the instant invention also enables the hunter to move slightly from his vantage point if he desires without having to carry his gun. Frequently, the guns are handled in a loaded state and although most hunters are extremely careful about handling a loaded weapon, accidents do happen and are accounted for largely by the handling of a loaded weapon while the handler of the weapon is moving from one place to another. Not only will the gun holder of the instant invention enable the hunter to warm his hands, but it will also enable him to use his hands for effecting a simulating call of the game he is hunting besides enabling him to eat and/ or smoke when he desires.
Although some localities suitable for hunting do not have readily available upstanding supports, other hunting areas-do have upstanding supportsavailable such as trees :and/or stumps and the like'together with portions of building structures.
The main objectuof this invention is to provide a gun rest for supporting a gun on an upstanding support in a manner and in a position whereby 'it may be constantly the preceding object, is to provide support means on the flexible member adapted to cradle and support a gun at.
points spaced longitudinally of the latter.
Yet another object of this invention is ,to provide a support member having cradling means pivotally secured thereto whereby the cradling means may be readily pivoted to a position enabling the cradling means to conform to the contour of the gun being supported.
Still another object of this invention, in accordance with the preceding object, is to provide support means on the flexible member which may be adjustably positioned longitudinally of the flexible member whereby the position of the support means for a gun may be adjusted relative to the flexible member after the latter has been encircled about and utilized to frictionally embrace an upstanding support. t
A final object to be specifically enumerated herein is to provide agun rest which will conform to conventional forms of manufacture, be of simple construction, easy to useso as to provide a device that will be economically feasible, long lasting and a benefit to numerous hunters.
These together with other objects and advantages which will become subsequently apparent reside in the details of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter described and claimed, reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming a part hereof, wherein like numerals refer to like parts throughout, and in which:
FIGURE 1 is a side elevational view of the gun rest shown embracingly engaging an upstanding support in the form, of a tree trunk and supporting the gun of conventional design; i
FIGURE 2 is a perspective View of the gun rest; and
FIGURE 3 is a perspective view of the gun rest in a collapsed state ready for storage until further use.
Referring now more specifically to the drawings, the numeral 10 generally designates a gun rest comprising the present invention which is shown in FIGURE 1 of the drawings secured to an upstanding support in the form of a tree trunk 12.
With attention now directed more particularly to FIG- URE 2 of the drawings it will be noted that the gun rest 10 comprises an elongated flexible strap member 14 having a buckle assembly 16 secured to one end with the other end of the strap member 14 adapted for engagement with'the buckle assembly 16 whereby the effective length of the flexible strap member 14 may be readily adjusted.
A mounting means generally referred to by the reference numeral 18 for supporting a gun is carried by the flexible strap member 14 intermediate its opposite ends. The support means includes an elongated bar generally referred to by the reference numeral 20 having a pair of transversely extending slots 22 formed therein which slidably receive the flexible member 14 at spaced points longitudinally therealong. The non-buckled end of the flexible strap member-'14 is threaded through one of the slots 22 from the reverse side of the bar 20 and extends along the front face of the bar 20 toward the other slot 22. The non-buckled end of the flexible member 14 is threaded through the other slot 22 from the front side of the plate 20 and in this manner, the bar 20 is secured to the flexible strap member 14 for adjustable positioning along the flexible strap member 14.
A pair of generally U-shaped support members generally designated by the reference numerals 24 and 25 which each include a pair of parallel legs 26 and 28 interconnected by means of a curved bight portion 31) are pivotally secured to opposite ends of the bar 20 by means of suitable pivot pins 32 in an obvious manner. The U- shaped support members 24 are adapted to embrace the lower surfaces of the stock 34 and the hand-grip 36 of the. gun generally designated by the reference numeral 38. It is to be noted that inasmuch as the U-shaped support members 22 are pivotally secured to the bar 20 that the U-shaped members 24 are readily adapted for engagement with guns of various forms inasmuch as the U-shaped members 24 may be pivoted to more readily conform to the contour of the gun. Further, the leg 26 of the member 25 is longer than the leg 26 of the member 24 whereby one end of the gun 38 is elevated, see FIGURE 1.
The rest 10 is specifically adapted for use in temporarily supporting the gun 38 in overflowed timber land while hunting ducks and the like. While hunting in overflowed timber land a hunter must stand in two to three feet of water and it is therefore impossible for the hunter to locate a convenient place for him to rest his gun while lighting a cigarette, warming himself or just resting. When equipped with the rest 10 however, a hunter may select a suitable tree trunk and secure the rest 10 to the trunk by passing the strap member 14 around the tree speasas a hunter then desires to rest the gun 38, he merely has to place the gun within the cradle formed by the U-shaped support members 24 and 25 which may be pivoted slightly about the pivot pins 32 for adapting the rest 10 for supporting guns having different contours. By supporting the gun 10 by means of the U-shaped members, the gun is ready for use at any time a hunter desires. Thus, a rest is provided which will enable a hunter to conveniently rest his gun in a safe manner while he is not hunting.
It is to be understood that any suitable materials such as non-corrosive metals and/or plastic and the like may be used in the construction of the bar 20 and the members 24 and 25. I
With particular attention now directed to FIGURE 3 of the drawings, it will be noted that the pivot pins 32- are spaced from each other a distance sufficient to enable the U-shaped members 24 to be pivoted toward each other with their bight portion 30 spaced slightly from each other and with the U-shaped members 24 extending along the bar 20. When in this position, the U-shaped members 24- may be wrapped with the free ends of the flexible strap member 14 as illustrated in FIGURE 3 of the drawings in order to maintain the gun rest 10 in a collapsed state for storage until its use is desired.
The bar 20 is constructed of a material having inherent resilient properties and therefore the bar 20 will be slightly flexed upon the embracing engagement of the flexible strap member 14 with an upstanding support such as the tree trunk 12. In this manner, the bar 20 will maintain tension on the flexible strap member 14 and thereby assure that the rest 10 will-not slide downwardly on the support member 12.
It is also to be understood that the U-shaped members 24 may be constructed of a resilient material in order to frictionally grip portions of the gun 38.
The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, 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 and operation shown and described, and accordingly all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the invention as claimed.
What is claimed as new is as follows:
1 A gun rest for supporting a gun on an upstanding 4 support comprising a flexible member adapted to encircle and frictionally embrace an upstanding support, an elongated bar, means mounting said bar on said flexible member for adjustable movement longitudinally of said flexible member with said member extending longitudinally of said flexible bar, a pair of substantially U-shaped support members, means pivotally securing a leg of each support member to said bar for movement about an axis extending transversely of said bar and said leg, the axes of rotation of said U-shaped members being spaced longitudinally of said bar, a buckle carried by one end of said flexible member for engagement by the other end of the latter whereby said flexible member may be adjusted in length, said bar being constructed of a resilient material, and said U-shaped support members each including a bight portion spaced from its axis of rotation and said bight portions being spaced from the corresponding axes of rotation a total distance of slightly less than the spacing between the axes of rotation of said support members, whereby the free ends of said support members may be pivotedtoward each other with said support members closely overlying and generally paralleling said bar with said bight portion spaced slightly from each other in order that the free ends of said flexible member may be readily wrapped about said bar and support members for storage of said gun rest in a compact manner.
2. The combination of claim 1 wherein said mounting means includes means for frictionally engaging said flexible member at four points spaced longitudinally therealong when said flexible member is tensioned.
3. The combination of claim 2 wherein said mounting means includes a pair of openings formed through said bar at points spaced longitudinally therealong.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 623,453 Whitmarsh Apr. 18, 1899 1,506,668 Rose Aug. 20, 1924 1,628,623 Jonnes May 10, 1927 2,823,808 Hindi Feb. 18, 1958 FOREIGN PATENTS 281,019 Germany of 1913