US 3055354 A
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Sept. 25, A GATES ARCHERY BOW SLING Filed Feb. 10, 1961 INVENTOR.
ARCHIE N. GATES United States Patent Ofitice 3,955,354 Patented Sept. 25, 1962 3,055,354 ARCHERY BOW SLING Archie N. Gates, 1250 Lincoln Ave, Tyrone, Pa. Filed Feb. 10, 1961, Ser- No. 88,452 1 Claim. (Cl. 124-30 This invention relates generally to the sport of archery, and more specifically to a bow sling for assisting the user to hold and maintain the bow in a rigid stance during aiming and shooting.
The use of a sling in riflery is well recognized as being of great assistance in steadying the rifle during aiming and firing. In the sport of archery, there is considerable skill involved in holding the bow in a rigid position and maintaining the bow in such position during the release of the arrow. Hitherto no successful means has been proposed to assist the archer in achieving this exacting and tiring hold.
It is therefore a primary object of this invention to provide a sling which may be selectively secured to the bow for assisting in maintaining the bow in a steady state during the aiming and release of an arrow.
It is a further object of this invention to provide a sling for use with a bow which may be selectively secured to the bow without damage or modification thereto.
It is a still further object of this invention to provide a sling for use with a bow which is adjustable for comfortable and correct operation, and which may be simply manufactured at low cost.
The invention briefly consists of two straps securely fastened together to provide two loops. The first smaller loop is adapted to securely engage about the bow handle in the vicinity of the arrow rest. The second loop is secured at each end to the first loop and extends rearwardly of the bow to adjustably engage about the lower side of the operators wrist.
Further objects and advantages of this invention will become apparent from the following more detailed description of a preferred embodiment thereof, taken in conjunction with the attached drawings wherein:
FIG. 1 is a side elevation of an archery bow having the sling of my invention mounted thereon.
FIG. 2 is a fragmentary cross sectional plan view taken along the line 2-4 of FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the bow sling showing the parts thereof in detail.
Similar reference characters indicate corresponding parts throughout the several views in the drawing.
Referring now to the drawings in detail, the numeral 5 represents a bow having a central handle 6 and a bow string 7 secured between the ends of the bow.
The sling which comprises my invention consists of a short strap 8 having a buckle 9 secured to one end and suitable spaced holes, not shown, formed along the other end. A rectangular leather plate 10 has two spaced loops 1! projecting from each end of the plate, adapted to receive the strap 8 therethrough. The plate is adapted to embrace the forwardly facing surface 12 of the bow handle and protects the bow from damage by the buckle 9. The buckle is adapted to locate between the loops 1]. and the strap is tightened securely about the handle slightly beneath the vicinity of the arrow rest position.
A second longer sling strap 19 is formed of two lengths 13 and 14-. One end of each length is secured by stitching 15 to the outer side of the shorter strap 8 so as to locate on opposite sides 16 of the bow handle 6. The strap length 13 terminates with a buckle 17 and the remaining strap length 14 has suitably spaced perforations, not shown, for engaging in the buckle 17. The ends of the strap lengths are secured parallel with the shorter strap so as to extend rearwardly in line therewith.
In operation, the hand 20 is passed through the upper side of the loop 18 formed by the sling strap 19 and is then engaged about the bow handle 6 in a conventional manner. Upon grasping the handle, the upper portion is biased forwardly so that the sling strap 19 becomes taut about the lower side of the Wrist 21 as seen best in FIG. 1, of the drawing. Such reacting forces impart rigidity to the bow which greatly assists the accuracy of the arrow when released.
Having described the invention in a preferred form, it will be appreciated that some modifications may be made to the precise configuration, without departing from the scope or spirit of the invention, as defined by the following claim.
An archery bow sling comprising a short strap secured about the handle of a bow by means of a buckle, a leather plate having outwardly projecting loops receiving the short strap, said plate retained by the short strap in engagement against the forwardly facing side of the bow handle, a sling strap including a buckle for adjusting the length of the said strap, the ends of the sling strap secured to the short strap at points adjacent opposed sides of the bow handle and extending in the same plane as that formed by the short strap.
References Cited in the file of this patent Archery, May 1960, volume 32, No. 5, page 61 cited.