US 3294247 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
1966 N. E. J. NORRINGTON 3,294,247
ADJUSTABLE RIFLE RACK Filed Jan. 21, 1965 Newel 1 EJ. Norri n g10n INVENTOR BY MQAW ggeni" United States Patent 3,294,247 ADJUSTABLE RIFLE RACK Newell E. J. Norrington, 1138 W. 10th Ave., Albany, Oreg. 97321 Filed Jan. 21, 1965, Ser. No. 426,791 Claims. (Cl. 211-64) This invention relates to gun racks, and more particularly to a rifle rack which is adjustable both in length and in cradle spacings to accommodate the mounting of rifles of various types including those fitted with telescopic sights.
Gun racks of various types have been provided heretofore for supporting a plurality of rifles within a vehicle, for storage and transport to and from hunting areas. One such type of gun rack comprises a pair of laterally spaced support members which are adapted to be secured within a vehicle, for example vertically spanning a window. Each support member comprises a pair of longitudinally adjustable, overlapping straps which may be secured together in the desired position of longitudinal adjustment, for example to span a window of a given size. One of these straps supports a plurality of vertically spaced cradles arranged in laterally spaced pairs for supporting a rifle therebetween.
Gun racks of the foregoing type have been characterized, disadvantageously, by having the cradles spaced apart in permanently fixed relation, and it has been the general experience that these spacings are inadequate to accommodate rifles fitted with telescopic sights.
Accordingly, it is the principal object of the persent invention to provide an adjustable rifle rack of the class described, wherein the spacing between vertically disposed cradles is adjustable over a substantial range, to accommodate rifles of various types including those fitted with telescopic sights.
Another important object of this invention is the provision of an adjustable rifle rack of the class described, wherein the cradle members not only are adjustable relative to each other, but also wherein at least one of the cradle members serves to secure the pair of straps together in designed positions of longitudinal adjustment.
Still another important object of the present invention is the provision of an adjustable rifle rack of the class described wherein each pair of overlapping straps is adapted to support a varying number of cradles.
A further important object of this invention is the provision of an adjustable rifle rack of the class described, which is of simplified construction for economical manufacture.
The foregoing and other objects and advantages of this invention will appear from the following detailed description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawing in which:
FIG. 1 is a view in side elevation of an adjustable rifle rack embodying the features of the present invention, the same being shown mounted across a window and supporting a pair of rifles, as indicated in dash lines;
FIG. 2 is a vertical side elevation as viewed along the line 2-2 in FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a vertical side elevation similar to FIG. 2 but showing the rifle rack adjusted to greater length and supporting an additional cradle; and
FIG. 4 is a vertical side elevation of a cradle member, a portion being broken away to disclose details of internal construction.
The rifle rack of the present invention includes a pair of elongated supports and 12 adapted to be secured to a mounting base in laterally spaced, vertically extending relation. Each support includes a pair of elongated strap members 14 and 16 one overlapping the other and adapted to be adjusted longitudinally relative to each other over a substantial range to achieve a desired overall length.
The outer end portions 14' and 16' of each strap member is offset rearwardly and provided with an opening for receiving an attachment screw 18 by which to secure the opposite ends of the support to a mounting base. In the embodiment illustrated, the strap members are adjusted longitudinally to span the vertical dimension of a vehicle window 20, and the outer ends of these strap are secured to the vehicle body by means of the sheet metal screws 18.
The pair of straps forming each support are provided with a plurality of openings 22 spaced apart uniformly along the length of the straps. Thus, the overlapping straps may be arranged with the openings in one of them registering with openings in the other.
Each support is adapted to mount a plurality of rifle cradles 24 at desired spaced intervals. As best illustrated in FIG. 4, each cradle comprises a metal strap 26 bent to substantially U-shape for receiving between the spaced arms thereof a portion of the rifle to be supported. The inner arm of the cradle supports a pair of rearwardly projecting pins 28 and 30 which are secured to said arm by welding, riveting, or other appropriate means. The spacing between the pins is the same as the spacing between adjacent or selected other openings 22 in the straps, for reception therethrough.
Each of the 'U-shaped cradle members is covered with a layer of synthetic plastic, rubber or other suitable cushioning material 32, to prevent scratching or other damage to the rifle. Although this coating may be applied in various ways, for example by wrapping a strip of cushioning material about the metal base, it preferably is applied by dipping the metal base in the protective material rendered fluid by melting or by solution.
In the embodiment illustrated in FIGS. 1 and 2, both of the projecting pins 28, 30 are threaded for the reception of the securing nuts 34 which, when tightened, clamp the overlapping portions of the straps together and also secure the cradle firmly to the abutting one of the straps.
In the embodiment illustrated in FIGS. 3 and 4, the upper pin 28 is threaded for the reception of the securing nut 34, and the lower pin 30 is unthreaded. This lower pin thus merely extends through at least one of a pair of aligned openings 22 in the straps, and serves as an aligning pin for maintaining the straps in longitudinal alignment and also for anchoring the cradle member against rotation about the threaded pin 28.
The foregoing arrangement accommodates adjustment of the straps to various overall lengths, as well as adjustment of the cradles to various spacings. In FIGS. 1 and 2 the straps 14, 16 are shown to be adjusted to an overall length suflicient to span the vertical dimension of a vehicle window 20, and the cradles 24 are spaced apart sufficiently to accommodate two rifles 36 fitted with telescopic sights. Moreover, the cradles serve to secure the overlapping straps together in the desired position of adjustment.
In FIG. 3 the straps 14, 16 are adjusted to provide a greater overall length than that shown in FIG. 2, and a third cradle 24 is supported on the strap assembly, to accommodate the mounting of a third rifle. In this instance the central cradle serves to secure the overlapping straps together and pin 30 projects through both of the registering openings 22.
From the foregoing it will be apparent that the persent invention provides a simplified and economical rifle rack which is quite versatile in its degree of adjustment both in overall length and in spacings between cradles, and wherein at least one of the cradles serves to secure the straps together in a selected position of longitudinal adjustment.
It will be apparent to those skilled in the art that various changes may be made in the size, shape and arrangement of parts described hereinbefore, without departing from the spirit of this invention and the scope of the appended claims.
Having now described my invention and the manner 'inwhich it may be used, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. A mounting rack for rifles, comprising (a) a pair of elongated supports adapted to be secured to a base in laterally spaced relation, each support comprising (1) a pair of elongated strap members each having a plurality of longitudinally spaced openings therethrough,
(2) the pair of strap members being adapted to be arranged in longitudinally adjustable, overlapping relation with the openings in said overlapping portions in registry with each other,
(3) the outer end of each strap member being adapted to be secured to a base,
(b) at least one rifle support member associated with each support, each rifle support member having a base portion adapted to abut against the outer surface of the associated overlapping strap members, and
(c) elongated attaching means on said base portion extending rearwardly therefrom for passage through a pair of said registering openings in the associated pair of strap members for securing said strap members and support member together. 7
2. The mounting rack of claim 1 wherein the rifle support member comprises a U-shaped cradle member having one of its spaced arms forming said base portion supporting the attaching means.
3. The mounting rack of claim including elongated aligning means on the base portion of each support member extending rearwardly therefrom for reception in at least the adjacent one of another pair of said registering openings for securing the support member against rotation about its attaching means.
4. The mounting rack of claim 3 wherein the attaching means and aligning means comprise elongated threaded bolts, and nuts are included for threaded engagement with the bolts for securing the strap members and support member together.
5. The mounting rack of claim 3 wherein the attaching means comprises an elongated threaded bolt, and the nut is included for threaded engagement with the bolt for securing the strap members and support member together, and the aligning means comprises an elongated pin.
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,285,632 6/1942 Urbain 2116O 2,535,564 12/1950 Campbell 224- 42.42 2,823,808 2/1958 Hindi 211-64 FOREIGN PATENTS 939,623 10/ 1963 Great Britain.
CLAUDE A. LE ROY, Primary Examiner.
K. J. WINGERT, Assistant Examiner.