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Feb. 1, 1966 .1. MERENDA 3,232,501
ARCHERY BOW HOLSTERS Filed Nov. 6, 1963 INVENTOR JIM/[6 #f/IEWJA ATTORNEY United States Patent 3,232,501 ARCHERY BOW HOLSTERS James Merenda, 2233 St. Luke Lane, Baltimore County, Md. Filed Nov. 6, 1963, Ser. No. 321,869 1 Claim. (Cl. 224-1) This invention refers to supports and more particularly to archery holsters; and has for an object the provision of a new and improved support for sustaining a bow used in archery hunting and sports. Another object of the invention is to provide a new and improved holster that will enable the user of a bow while hunting, to augment the handling of the latter. A further object of this invention, is to provide a new and improved holster for the support of a how that can be supported on the clothing of the user during use. An additional object of the invention, is to provide a new and improved holster for a bow, simple and relatively light in construction, and adapted to maintain the bow in a most effective shooting position and convenient to the hunter.
Other objects will become evident as the invention is more fully disclosed.
The bow used in hunting and sports consists of a strip of wood or other elastic material, having a string or cord tied to each of its end portions and kept under tension, so that an arrow may be propelled at a selected target. The bow is held by the hunter in a lowered or horizontal position, usually, while he awaits the quarry. When the quarry or target appears, he raises the bow, with the arrow extending transversely beyond the bow, and shoots it. The movement takes time, and interferes with the accurate propelling of the arrow towards the quarry. If the hunter holds the bow in its vertical shooting position, for any length of time, he gets tired. This physical stress tends to make his shooting inaccurate. Yet this dual situation is common practice and this type of hunting becomes tiresome.
While using this invention in connection with a how, the hunter maintains the bow in its normal shooting position, by resting its lower end portion in a suitable holster. When the quarry appears, he simply points the arrow at it and shoots, without delay or excessive movements. The avoidance of noticeable movements is very important, so that the quarry will not be warned by sight or sound that it is being hunted. The holster itself is of simple con struction, consisting of flexible pocket designed to receive and hold the end portion of the bow. It is attached to the clothing of the hunter by a pin or suitable clasp that is readily replaceable.
For a better understanding of the invention, its objects, principles and operation, reference is made to the appended drawings, wherein a particular design of the invention is indicated, by way of example, and in which:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a holster as applied to an archery bow and the clothing of an archer;
FIG. 2 is a front view of a bow holster embodying this invention;
FIG. 3 is a side elevation of FIG. 2;
FIG. 4 is a rear view of FIG. 2; and
FIG. 5 is a bottom view of the holster.
Similar reference numerals refer to similar parts throughout the drawings.
In the drawings, an anchery holster 10, consists of a 3,232,501 Patented Feb. 1, 1956 strap 11, the upper end 12, of which is punched with holes 13, designed to receive a clasp 14. The upper corner of the clasp is cut through to allow it to be spread partly open, and tend to resiliently close when released. The end portion 12, is made large to provide for the hole or passage 13. This clasp 14, is used to detachably fasten the strap to the trousers or lower garments 15, of an archer. The lower portion 16, of the holster is bent into into an open cup form having an opening 17, in the bottom. The end portion of an archery how can be inserted in this cup 16, project through and rest with its string tie 18, against the edges 19. This tie 18, is the portion of the bow cord 20, that is fastened to the bow 21, as the tensioned propellant for an arrow, to be shot from the how. This tie 18, can be in several forms, depending on the method preferred by individual manufacturers. However, in all instances, it is large enough to form a circular bump, that will not pass through the cup 16. The holster, while preferably made of flexible material, can be made of rigid strap stock, and about 6" long for customary needs.
The holster is secured by its clasp 14, to the pants leg 15, just above the knee, and allowed to hang downwardly. The hunter, inserts the lower end portion of the bow into the cup 16. It passes through the opening 17, the enlarged portion 18, comes down and rests on the edges 19. While in this position, the archer holds the bow at its middle. The bow is erect and held on a level that is close to that of the shooting plane. When a quarry ap pears, the archer is able to align the bow and arrow, by moving them slightly, instead of lifting them from a lower horizontal plane, as is normally required. His holding arm, is not tired, because the weight of the how, has been diverted to the holster, during the period, awaiting the arrival of a quarry.
The holster enables the bow and arrow to shoot much quicker, than without it. The action is more convenient. The converging sides 22 above the cup or sleeve 16 serve to guide and grip the bow end 23 to the holster.
The holster has a number of additional advantages. For instance it is light and inconspicuous. It is available at all times. It can be attached or detached quickly and without trouble. It adords protection to the bow, as it avoids resting the end on the ground, where it would be soiled with mud or earth. It can be easily packed away or hung on a hook or nail, when not in use. It assists in making the shooting of the arrow more accurate. It can be produced economically. It has long wearability. It does not interfere with the use of the bow in any way. It is an adjunct to archery that has been overlooked heretofore.
Although the holster is intended to be employed with archers in clothing, especially including of the pants class, it may be used on the bare legs with a garter instead.
While, the form of the invention outlined in the description and drawings is limited to a single design, it is not desired to limit the invention to such, as it is appreciated, that other forms could be developed and made that would employ the same principles, and come within the scope of the claim.
Having thus described the invention, what is claimed is:
An archery holster for supporting a bow against the person of a user, comprising; a strap relatively flat with an upper end portion enlarged as reinforcement; a clasp removably attachable to said portion and the clothing of References Cited by the Examiner a user; said strap hanging down from said clasp; a .cup
member connected with said strap adjacent to an area UNITED STATES PATENTS opposite to said upper end portion and pending angular- 2,954,909 10/1950 Mill et 1 224 5 ly downwards including an opening in the bottom thereof 5 to permit the placement and holding of the butt end of GERALD FORLENZA, Primary Examiner an archery bow; said cup having its rim sloped downwardly away from the clothing of the user and converg- RR TEMIN, Examinering towards the user to press against the sides of said butt end and guide it towards said opening. 10 M. WOLSONi A. GRANT, Asszstant Examiners.