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Publication numberUS3358881 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 19, 1967
Filing dateDec 6, 1966
Priority dateDec 6, 1966
Publication numberUS 3358881 A, US 3358881A, US-A-3358881, US3358881 A, US3358881A
InventorsJoseph Medina
Original AssigneeJoseph Medina
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Cartridge carrier and loader
US 3358881 A
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Dec. 19, 1967 J. MEDINA 3,358,881

CARTRIDGE CARRIER AND LOADER Filed Dec. 6, 1966 5 Sheets-Sheet l l NVENTOR 3 JOSEPH MfD/NA ATTORNEY W/(l/AM A. KEMMEZ JA.

Dec. 19, 1967 -J. MEDINA CARTRIDGE CARRIER AND LOADER 5 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Dec. 6, 1966 INVENTOR JOSEPH MED/NA ATTORNEY:

W/ll/AM A. KEMMH JR.

Dec. 19, 1967 J. MEDINA CARTRIDGE CARRIER AND LOADER 3 Sheets-Sheet 3 Filed Dec. 6, 196 6 Mil INVENTOR, JOSEPH MED/IVA Fl 6 6 ATTORNEKWIL' L/AM A. KEMMEL JR.

United States Patent 3,358,881 CARTRIDGE CARRIER AND LOADER Joseph Medina, 914 Le Borgne Ave., La Puente, Calif. 91746 Filed Dec. 6, 1966, Ser. No. 607,114 17 Claims. (Cl. 221-227) ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A cartridge carrier and loader having a compartment for a stack of cartridges with opposed front and rear openings at its top and biasing means for holding the stack of cartridges against the compartment top. An ejector means is mounted to be positioned in the compartment rear opening and thereby simultaneously separate the top cartridge from the remaining cartridges and facilitate its movement out of the compartment front opening.

In general, the present invention relates to a device for carrying cartridges and loading them into a weapon. More specifically, the present invention relates to a cartridge carrier and loader adapted to hold a large number of cartridges and to insert said cartridges singly and axially in sequence directly into a weapon magazine by manual manipulation. For example, it is particularly useful for reloading revolver cylinders. This patent application is a continuation-impart of my patent application Ser. No. 503,126 filed Oct. 23, 1965.

At present, users of rifles and hand guns, such as revolvers, commonly carry additional cartridges for reloading such weapons in their original containers or loosely in a bag or in their pockets. Such informal arrangements however have a number of disadvantages particularly when the weapon is being reloaded in the field under adverse environmental conditions. For example, each cartridge must be individually handled by the weapon user and inserted into the weapon magazine which is a relatively time consuming process and renders the cartridge liable to soiling from unclean hands or from dirt getting into the cartridge container. Consequently,

a variety of cartridge containers and dispensers have been developed to at least facilitate the access to the cartridges and to keep the cartridges clean. Examples of such devices are illustrated in the Kirby United States Patent No. 2,499,652 issued Mar. 7, 1950, and the Singleton United States Patent No. 2,789,727 issued Apr. 23, 1957. However, such prior art cartridge containers continued to require manual manipulation of each cartridge by the weapon user to insert the cartridge into the magazine. Thus such prior art devices were incapable of inserting the cartridges directly into the weapon magazine. Also, such prior art devices were relatively difficult to load requiring considerable manipulation and effort.

Consequently, an object of the present invention is a cartridge carrier and loader adapted to insert cartridges directly into a weapon magazine.

Another object of the present invention is a cartridge carrier and loader adapted to hold a large number of cartridges and to insert said cartridges singly and axially in sequence directly into a weapon magazine.

Still another object of the present invention is a cartridge carrier and loader adapted to be loaded simply and to eject the cartridges freely and directly into the weapon magazine. 1

Other objects and advantages of the present invention will be readily apparent from the following description and drawings which illustrate a preferred exemplary embodiment of the present invention.

In general, the present invention involves a cartridge Patented Dec. 19, 1967 carrier and loader comprising a housing having front and rear walls and at least one cartridge compartment adapted to hold at least one stack of cartridges. Such compartment has opposed openings in said front and rear walls adjacent to its top. Adjacent to the bottom of such compartment are biasing means for holding said cartridges against the top of the compartment. Mounted adjacent the compartment rear opening are ejector means which are adapted to be positioned in said compartment rear opening and to simultaneously separate the top cartridge in the stack from the remaining cartridges and to facilitate its movement out of the compartment front opening along an axial path.

In order to insure understanding of the present invention, reference will now be made to the appended drawings of various specific embodiments of the present invention. Such drawings should not be construed as limiting the invention which is properly set forth in the appended claims.

In the drawings:

FIGURE 1 is a partially broken away perspective View of a specific embodiment of the present invention.

FIGURE 2 is an exploded perspective view of FIG. 1.

FIGURE 3 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the present invention.

FIGURE 4 is a cross-sectional view of FIG. 1, taken along the line 4-4 of FIG. 1, showing the operation of the device of FIG. 1.

FIGURE 5 is a partially broken away perspective view of still another specific embodiment of the present invention.

FIGURE 6 is a partially broken away rear view of FIG. 5.

As illustrated in FIGS. 1 and 2, the cartridge carrier and loader 10 comprises a housing 11 having a set of side adjoining cartridge compartments 12 each adapted to hold a single stack of cartridges 13. The housing 11 comprises a first casing 14 having a rear wall 15, a bottom wall 16 and side walls 17 and 18. Slidably and removably received in the first casing 14 is a second casing 19 having a front wall 20, a top wall 21 and side walls 22 and 23 and a set of spaced intermediate walls 24 adapted to form the compartments 12. The side Walls 22 and 23 and intermediate walls 24 have an upwardly inclined bottom edge to facilitate the insertion of the second casing 19 in the first casing 14. Each compartment 12 has an opening 25 in the front wall 21) and an opposed first casing 14 have rearwardly extending opposed side slots 27 adjoining their front edges which are adapted to receive opposed ribs 28 On the side walls 22 and 23 of the second casing 19. Also, the first casing 14 has opposed recesses 29 adjoining the top edges of the side walls 17 and 18 which are adapted to receive ears 30 extending from the side walls 22 and 23 of the second casing 19 adjacent its top wall 21. In addition, the second casing 19 has a downwardly extending tab 31 adjoining the bottom edge of the front wall 20 adapted to facilitate the removal of the second casing 19 from the first casing 14. As shown, the housing 11 has an arcuate shape which is adapted to hold a stack of cartridges 13 where the individual cartridges have rims which extend beyond the circumference of the cartridge wall so that they form a curved stack with the rim of each cartridge in front of the rim of the cartridge immediately below it.

Adjacent the bottom wall 16 of the compartment 12 are biasing means 40 adapted to hold a stack of cartridges 13 against the top wall 21 of the compartment 12. The biasing means 40 comprises a follower 41 Slidably mounted within the compartment 12, a compression spring 42 between the follower 41 and the bottom wall 16 of the compartment 12 and a retraction means 43 adapted to independently position the follower 41 adjacent the compartment bottom wall 16 and maintain the follower 41 in such position. The follower 41 has a rounded upper rear corner to permit the cartridge adjoining it to slide out easily when ejected. The retraction means 43 includes a. flexible cord 44 preferably formed of wire attached to the follower 41 with a knob 45 thereon adjacent to the follower 41. Also, the retraction means 43 includes an aperture 46 in the bottom wall 16 of the compartment 12 through which the cord 44 extends and through which the knob 45 is adapted to pass. The aperture 46 has an adjoining aperture slot 47 adapted to receive the cord 44 but retain the knob 45. The biasing means 40- also includes an upwardly extending boss 48 mounted on the bottom wall 16 in the compartment 12 adapted to receive the compressed compression spring 42 thereon and having an edge groove 49 adapted to receive the cord 44 and to facilitate its movement into and out of the compartment 12.

Pivotally mounted adjacent the rear opening 26 of the compartment 12 is an ejector means 50 which is adapted to be manually inserted into the rear opening 26 and to simultaneously separate the top cartridge 13a from the stack and to propel it freely out of the compartment front opening 25 along an axial path. The ejector means 50 comprises an arm 51 pivotally mounted on the rear wall of a first casing 14 by a hook end 52 which engages an anchor pin 53 joined to the rear Wall 15 by brackets 54. Mounted on the free end 55 of the arm 51 is a lug 56 adapted to be inserted into the compartment rear opening 26. The lug 56 has a front portion 57 adapted to contact solely the rear end of the top cartridge 13a and a tapered lowered portion 58 adapted to depress the remaining cartridges 13- when the lug 56 is inserted into the compartment rear opening 26. The ejector means 50 also includes a forwardly extending flexible bar 59 mounted on the free end 55 of the arm 51 and grooves 60 formed in the top wall 21 in which the bar 59 is slidably received. Mounted on the forward end 61 of a bar 59 is a guide means 62 comprising a cylindrical sleeve coaxial with the path of the ejected cartridge and positioned in front of the front wall 20. 7

To utilize the cartridge carrier and loader 10, the biasing means 40 is initially retracted by pulling on the cord 44 so that the follower 41 is positioned adjacent the bottom walls 16 of the housing 10 and the knob 45 after passing through the aperture 46 is seated in the slot 47. The second casing 19 is then removed from the first casing 14 by pulling forwardly on the tab 31 so that the ribs 28 slide out of the slots 27 and the ears 30 rotate in the recesses 29. Also, the bar 59 of the ejector means 50 is lifted upwardly and the arm 51 is rotated to the rear so that the second casing 19 may be separated from the first casing 14. After separation the second casing 19 is inverted and the cartridges 13 are stacked in sequence in the compartments 12 on the top wall 21. Initially, the front opening should be closed by the finger during the loading but after several cartridges have been inserted into the compartment, the weight of the cartridges prevents the cartridge adjoining the front opening 25 from slipping out. The second casing 19 is then slidably mounted in the first casing 14 in the reverse sequence wherein the cars are seated in the recesses 19 and the ribs 28 are slipped into the slots 27. Next the knob 45 is released from the slot 47 so that the biasing means holds the stack of cartridges against the top wall 21 of the compartment 12.

When it is desired to eject one or more cartridges, as shown in FIG. 4, the ejector means 50 is hooked onto the anchor pin 53 adjacent the compartment 12 which is to be emptied and the bar 59 is inserted into the groove 60 in the top 21 of the housing 10. The top cartridge 13a is then ejected simply by pressing the finger against the free end 55 of the ejector means 50 so that the lug 56 is inserted into the rear opening 26 of the compartment 12. When the lug 56 enters the compartment 12 its front portion 57 contracts the rear end of the cartridge 13a. Simultaneously, the tapered lower portion 58 of the lug 56 slidably engages the rim of the cartridge 13 immediately below the top cartridge 13a and by cam action depresses such cartridge and the cartridges below it in the stack thereby separating such remainder of the stack from the top cartridge 13a. Such combined action of the ejector means 50 both effectively frees the top cartridge 13a from the compartment 12 and the remainder of the stack of cartridges and also propels it out of the front compartment opening 25 along a path coaxial with the axis of the cartridge immediately before it is ejected. In addition, if for any reason the ejected cartridge should deviate from such axial path, the forward cylindrical guide means 62 which is coaxial with such path compensates for such deviation by redirecting the cartridge along such axial path. After the cartridge 13a is ejected, the ejector means 50 is automatically retracted from the compartment both by the force exerted against the tapered lower portion 58 by the remaining stack of cartridges as well as by the spring action of the arm 51. Concurrently with the retraction of the ejector means 50, the biasing means 40 forces the stack of cartridges upwardly in the compartment so that the top cartridge is again held against the top wall of the compartment 12 in alignment with the front and rear openings 25 and 26. Thus, the device is immediately ready to eject the next cartridge and repeated operation of the device can easily be maintained.

Another embodiment of the present invention is illustrated in FIG. 3 wherein the device comprises a housing 111 including a set of cartridge compartments 112 having adjoining sides. The housing 111 has a front wall 113, a rear wall 114, a top wall 115, a bottom wall 116 and side walls 117 and 118. The compartments 112 are formed by a set of spaced intermediate walls 119. However, in place of the first and second casings 14 and 19, illustrated in FIGS. 1 and 2, the rear wall 114 of the housing 111 has an upper removable portion 120 attached to the fixed rear wall 114 by hinge means 122. The free end 123 of the removable wall portion 120 has buttons 124 adapted to be removaby engaged with pockets 125 in the side walls 117 and 118 so that the rear wall portion of 120 is removably held in a closed position. The remaining portions of the device 110 are substantially the same as the device illustrated in FIGS. 1 and 2 as is the operation of the device 110.

Still another specific embodiment of the present invention is illustrated in FIGS. 5 and 6 wherein a double stack 213 of cartridges is stored in each compartment. In addition, the ejector means is adapted to position and eject alternately cartridges on each side of the double stack. In FIGS. 5 and 6, the device 210 comprises a housing 211 including a set of cartridge compartments 212 having adjoining sides. The housing 211 has a front wall 214, a rear wall 215, a top Wall 216, a bottom wall 217 and side walls 218 and 219. The side walls 218 and 219 taper inwardly towards the front to insure that the cartridges form the proper interlaced pattern. The compartments 212 are formed by a spaced intermediate wall 220 and each compartment 212 has an opening 221 in the front wall 214 and an opposed opening 222 in the rear wall 215 adjacent the top wall 216. Similar to FIG. 3, the rear wall 215 of the housing 211 has an upper removable portion 223 attached to the fixed rear wall 215 by hinge means 224. The free end 225 of the removable rear wall portion 223 is removably held in a closed position by latching means 226 having a flexible dog 227 which engages the prong 228 on the free end 225.

Adjacent the bottom wall 217 are biasing means 230 adapted to hold the double stack 213 of cartridges against the inner side 216a of the top Wall 216. The biasing means 230 comprises a follower 231 slidably mounted within the compartment 212, a compression spring 233 between the follower 231 and the bottom wall 217 and a retraction means 234 adapted to independently position the follower 231 adjacent the bottom wall 217 and maintain the follower 231 in such position. The follower 231 has a rest 232 on its upper surface adapted to displace the first side of the stack 213 of cartridges with respect to the second side and interlace them so that compression on one side of the stack causes the whole stack to move upwardly with equal force applied to both sides. The retraction means 234 includes a flexible cord 235 attached to the follower 231 with a knob 236 thereon adjacent to the follower 231. The cord 235 extends through an aperture 237 in the bottom wall 217 adapted to pass the knob 236. The aperture 237 has an adjoining slot 238 adapted to receive the cord 235 but retain the knob 236.

The ejector means 249 comprises an arm 241 slidably mounted on the upper portion 225 of the rear wall 215 by means of a block 242 having slots 243 therein through which the arm 241 extends. Mounted on the free end 244 of the arm 241 is a heel 245 adapted to facilitate the manual depression of the arm 241. Mounted adjacent the free end 244 of the arm 241 is a lug generally designated 246 extending into the compartment rear opening 222. The lug 246 has sides 247 adapted to position the top cartridge for ejection and a bottom 248 adapted to depress the side of each remaining cartridge when the arm 241 is depressed. The ejector means 240 also includes a shoulder 249 formed in the rear opening 222, a recess 250 in the lug 246 adapted to receive the shoulder 249 and a channel 251 in the inner side of the top wall 216 of the compartment. The shoulder 249 and recess 25!) are adapted to alternately position the lug 246 on opposite sides of the compartment 212 and the channel 251 is adapted to position the cartridge for ejection. Mounted on the front wall 214 are guide means 252 comprising a conical sleeve adapted to move the ejected cartridge so that its coaxial path is substantially centered with respect to the device 210.

In the operation of the cartridge carrier and loader 210, when loading, the rest 232 produces a double stack having an interlaced pattern. When it is desired to eject one or more cartridges, the top cartridge is ejected simply by pressing the finger or thumb down on the heel 245 of the arm 241 which depresses the lug 246. As the lug 246 moves down, it is moved to the compartment side opposite the side on which the top cartridge is located since it rides down the opposite side of the shoulder 249 because of the recess 250. Due to such movement of the lug 246, the top cartridge is separated from the remaining cartridges. Consequently, by tilting the device 210 forward, the top cartridge is directed out of the compartment along a path substantially coaxial with the axis of the cartridge immediately before it is ejected. The guide means 252'aligns such path with the center of the device 210. Upon releasing the arm 241 after ejection, the lug 246 is moved upward along with the remaining cartridges by the follower 231. When the channel 251 is reached, lug 246 and the cartridge immediately below it which has become the top cartridge are displaced to the center of the compartment 212 by the curved surface of the channel 251, the force on the cartridge serving to drive the lug past the center so that the lug 246 is positioned toward to be pressed down on the opposite side and the top cartridge is positioned in the center for immediate ejection. Upon subsequent depression of the arm 241, the cycle is repeated.

Many other specific embodiments of the present invention will be obvious to one skilled in the art in view of this disclosure. For example, the relative positions of the various parts of the device can be reversed or inverted if desired. Specifically, the ejected cartridge by appropriate changes in the orientation of the parts of the device could be emitted out of the bottom to the rear rather than out of the top to the front. Similarly, with respect to the embodiments of the present invention having only one set of side walls, e.g., device shown in FIG. 4, either the front or rear wall may be removable for reloading of the device. Likewise, the top of the device may be tapered so that the cartridges in all of the chambers feed into a single top position and are ejected by a single lug. Alternatively, the walls may all be fixed and the loading accomplished through the same openings used to eject the cartridges. Also the retraction means may be formed by slots in the front and rear walls of each compartment and pins extending from the follower through the slots so that the follower may be depressed by pushing on the pins.

There are many features in the present invention which clearly show the significant advance the present invention represents over the prior art. Consequently only a few of the more outstanding features will be pointed out to illustrate the unexpected and unusual results attained by the present invention. One feature of the present invention is that after the device is loaded, cartridges are singly and axially emitted in sequence and propelled freely along an axial path. Consequently, each cartridge may be inserted into a weapon magazine without the necessity of handling the cartridge. Thereby, the possibility of soiling the cartridge by dirt on the hands is eliminated when it is desired to reload a weapon in the field. Still another feature of the present invention is the design of the ejector means so that the bullet being ejected is not only propelled out of the device but also simultaneously separated from the remainder of the stack of cartridges. In this way, easy ejection of the bullet without scratching or marring the cartridge is achieved even under conditions of rapid repeated operations. Also such arrangement permits simple, quick reloading of the weapon by a simple manual manipulation. Still another feature of the present invention is an ejector means which can eject cartridges singly and axially from a double stack of cartridges. Still another feature of the present invention is the ease of loading because the biasing means may be locked into a retracted position while the cartridges are being inserted into the compartment and then when the device is fully loaded, the biasing means may be released to make the device ready for operation. In this connection, the biasing means can be independently manipulated from the exterior of the device by the dependent cord attached to the follower so that the possibility of getting dirt into the container is reduced.

Having thus described the invention, what is claimed is:

1. A cartridge carrier and loader adapted to hold a large number of cartridges and to insert said cartridges singly and axially in sequence directly into a weapon magazine by manual manipulation comprising:

(a) a housing having front and rear walls and at least one cartridge compartment adapted to hold at least one stack of cartridges, said compartment having opposed openings in said front and rear walls adjacent to its top;

(b) biasing means adjacent the bottom of said compartment for holding said cartridges against the top of dsaid compartment in registry with said openings; an

(c) ejector means mounted adjacent to said compartment rear opening, said ejector means being adapted to be moved through said compartment rear opening and to simultaneously separate the top cartridge in the stack from the remaining cartridges and to cause its movement out of said front compartment opening along an axial path said biasing means acting on said eject-or to urge same out of said rear opening.

2. A cartridge carrier and loader as stated in claim 1 wherein said housing comprises front, rear, top, bottom and side walls and at least one spaced intermediate wall adapted to form a set of cartridge compartments, at least the upper portion of said rear wall being removable.

3. A cartridge carrier and loader as stated in claim 2 wherein said housing comprises a first casing having a rear wall, a bottom wall and side walls and a second casing slidably and removably received in said first casing, said second casing having a front wall, a top wall and side walls.

4. A cartridge carrier and loader as stated in claim 1 wherein said biasing means comprises a follower in said compartment, a compression spring between said follower and the compartment bottom wall and a retraction means adapted to independently position said follower adjacent the compartment bottom wall and to maintain said follower in said position.

5. A cartridge carrier and loader as stated in claim 4 wherein said retraction means comprises a cord attached to said follower with a knob thereon adjacent to said follower and an aperture in the bottom wall of said compartment through which said cord extends and through which said knob is adapted to pass, said aperture having an adjoining slot adapted to receive said cord but to retain said knob.

6. A cartridge carrier and loader adapted to hold a large number of cartridges and to dispense said cartridges singly and axially in sequence directly into a weapon magazine by manual manipulation comprising:

(a) a housing having front and rear walls and at least one cartridge compartment adapted to hold at least one stack of cartridges, said compartment having opposed openings in said front and rear walls adjacent its top;

(b) biasing means adjacent the bottom of said compartment for holding said cartridges against the top of said compartment in registry with said openings; and

(c) cartridge separating means mounted adjacent said compartment rear opening for movement between operating and non-operating position, said separating means being operable to release one cartridge at a time from the biasing means, said separating means being so constructed and arranged that said biasing means urges said separating means into its nonoperating position.

7. A cartridge carrier and loader as stated in claim 6 wherein said separating means comprises an arm slidably mounted on said rear wall and a lug mounted adjacent a free end of said arm and extending into said compartment rear opening, said lug having sides adapted to position said top cartridge for ejection and a bottom adapted to depress the remaining cartridges when said arm is depressed.

8. A cartridge carrier and loader as stated in claim 7 wherein said separating means includes a shoulder formed in said rear opening, a recess in said lug adapted to receive said shoulder and a channel in the inner side of said housing top, said shoulder and recess being adapted to alternately position said lug on opposite sides of said compartment and said channel being adapted to position said top cartridge for ejection.

9. A cartridge carrier and loader adapted to hold a large number of cartridges and to insert said cartridges singly and axially in sequence directly into a weapon magazine by manual manipulation comprising:

(a) a housing having front and rear walls and at least one cartridge compartment adapted to hold at least one stack of cartridges, said compartment having opposed openings in said front and rear walls adjacent to its top;

(b) biasing means adjacent the bottom of said compartment for holding said stack of cartridges against the top of said compartment; and

(c) ejector means mounted adjacent to said compartment rear opening, said ejector means being adapted to be positioned in said compartment rear opening and to simultaneously separate the top cartridge from the remaining cartridges and to facilitate the movement of said top cartridge out of said front compartment opening along an axial path, and said ejector means comprising an arm pivotally mounted on said rear wall and a lug mounted adjacent the free end of said arm and adapted to be inserted into said compartment rear opening, said lug having a front portion adapted to contact the rear end of said top cartridge and a tapered lower portion adapted to depress the remaining cartridges when said lug is inserted into said compartment rear opening.

10. A cartridge carrier and loader as stated in claim 9 wherein said ejector means includes a forwardly extending bar mounted on the free end of said arm and a groove formed in the top wall of said compartment in which said bar is slidably received, said bar having a guide means mounted on its forward end and adapted to direct the ejected cartridge along its axial path.

11. A cartridge carrier and loader adapted to hold a large number of cartridges and to insert said cartridges singly and axially in sequence directly into a weapon magazine by manual manipulation comprising:

(a) a housing having front, rear, top, bottom and side walls and at least one spaced intermediate wall adapted to form a set of cartridge compartments, said compartments having opposed openings in said front and rear walls adjacent to its top and at least the upper portion of said rear wall being removable;

(b) biasing means adjacent the bottom of each of said compartments for holding said cartridges against the top of said compartments, said biasing means comprising (I) a follower in said compartment;

(11) a compression spring between said follower and the compartment bottom wall;

(III) a retraction means adapted to independently position said follower adjacent the compartment bottom wall and to maintain said follower in said position, said retraction means comprising a cord attached to said follower with a knob thereon adjacent to said follower and an aperture in the bottom wall of compartment through which said cord extends and through which said knob is adapted to pass, said aperture having an adjoining slot adapted to receive said cord but to retain said knob; and

(c) ejector means mounted adjacent to the rear opening of each of said compartments, said ejector means being adapted to be positioned in said compartment rear opening and to simultaneously separate the top cartridge from the remaining cartridges and to facilitate the movement of said top cartridge out of said front compartment opening along an axial path, said biasing means acting on said ejector to urge the same out of said rear opening.

12. A cartridge carrier and loader as stated in claim 11 wherein said ejector means comprises:

(a) an arm pivotally mounted on said rear wall;

(b) a lug mounted adjacent the free end of said arm and adapted to be inserted into said compartment rear opening, said lug having a front portion adapted to contact the rear end of said top cartridge and a tapered lower portion adapted to depress the remaining cartridges when said lug is inserted into said compartment rear opening;

(c) a forwardly extending bar mounted on the free end of said arm and a groove formed in the top wall of said compartment in which said bar is slidably received; and

(d) guide means mounted on the forward end of said bar and adapted to direct the ejected cartridge along its axial path.

13. A cartridge carrier and loader adapted to hold a 9, singly and axially in sequence directly into a weapon magazine by manual manipulation comprising:

(a) a housing having a-set of cartridge compartments having adjoining sides, each adapted to hold a single stack of cartridges and having opposed openings in its front and rear walls adjacent to its top, said housing including a first casing having a rear wall, a bottom wall, and side walls, and a second casing, slidably and removably received in said first casing, said second casing having a front wall, a top wall, Side walls and a set of spaced intermediate walls adapted to form said compartments;

(b) biasing means adjacent the bottom wall to each of said compartments for holding said stack of cartridges against the top wall of each of said compartments, said biasing means comprising a follower within each of said compartments, a compression spring between said follower and the compartment bottom wall, and a retraction means adapted to independently position said follower adjacent the compartment bottom wall and maintain said follower in said position; and

(c) ejector means pivotally mounted adjacent said compartment rear opening, said ejector means adapted to be manually inserted into said compartment rear opening, and to simultaneously separate the top cartridge in said stack from said stack and propel freely said top cartridge out of said front compartment opening along an axial path, said ejector means comprising an arm pivotally mounted on said rear wall and a lug mounted adjacent the free end of said arm and adapted to be inserted into said compartment rear opening, said lug having a front portion adapted to contact the rear end of said top cartridge and a tapered lower portion adapted to depress the remaining cartridges when said lug is inserted into said compartment rear opening.

14. A cartridge carrier and loader as stated in claim 13 wherein (a) said retraction means comprises a cord attached to said follower with a knob thereon adjacent to said follower and an aperture in the bottom wall of said compartment through which said cord extends and through which said knob is adapted to pass, said aperture having an adjoining slot adapted to receive said cord but retain said knob and (b) said ejector means includes a forwardly extending bar mounted on the free end of said arm and a groove formed in the top wall of each of said compartments in which said bar is slidably received, said bar having a guide means mounted on its forward end adapted to direct the ejected cartridge along its axial path.

15. A cartridge carrier and loader adapted to hold a large number of cartridges and to insert said cartridges singly and axially in sequence directly into a weapon magazine by manual manipulation comprising:

(a) a housing having a set of cartridge compartments having adjoining sides each adapted to hold a single stack of cartridges and having opposed openings in its front and rear walls adjacent to its top, said housing comprising front, rear, top, bottom and side walls and a set of spaced intermediate walls adapted to form said compartments, said rear wall having an upper removable portion;

(b) biasing means adjacent the bottom wall of each of said compartments for holding said stack of cartridges against the top wall of each of said compartments, said biasing means comprising a follower within each of said compartments, a compression spring between said follower and the compartment bottom wall and a retraction means adapted to independently position said follower adjacent the compartment bottom wall and maintain said follower in said position;

(c) ejector means pivotally mounted adjacent said compartment rear opening, said ejector means being adapted to be manually inserted into said compartment rear opening, and to simultaneously separate the top cartridge in said stack from said stack and propel freely said top cartridge out of said front compartment opening along an axial path, said ejector means comprising an arm pivotally mounted on said rear wall and a lug mounted on the free end of said arm and adapted to be inserted into said compartment rear opening, said lug having a front portion adapted to contact the rear end of said top cartridge and a tapered lower portion adapted to depress the remaining cartridges when said lug is inserted into said compartment rear opening.

16. The cartridge carrier and loader as stated in claim 15 wherein (a) said retraction means comprises a cord attached to said follower with a knob thereon adjacent to said follower and an aperture in the bottom wall of said compartment through which said cord extends and through which said knob is adapted to pass, said aperture having an adjoining slot adapted to receive said cord :but retain said knob and (b) said ejector means including a forwardly extending bar mounted on the free end of said arm and a groove formed in the top wall of said compartment in which said bar is slidably received, said bar having guide means mounted on its forward end adapted to direct the ejected cartridge along its axial path.

17. A cartridge carrier and loader adapted to hold a large number of cartridges and to insert said cartridges singly and axially in sequence directly into a weapon magazine by manual manipulation comprising:

(a) a housing having front, rear, top, bottom, and side walls and at least one spaced intermediate wall adapted to form a set of cartridge compartments, said compartments having opposed openings in said front and rear walls adjacent its top and at least the upper portion of said rear wall being removable;

(b) biasing means adjacent the bottom of each of said compartments for holding said cartridges against the top of said compartments, said biasing means comprising:

(I) a follower in said compartment;

(II) a compression spring between said follower and the compartment bottom wall;

(III) a retraction means adapted to independently position said follower adjacent the compartment bottom wall and to maintain said follower in said position, said retraction means comprising a cord attached to said follower with a knob thereon adjacent said follower and an aperture in the bottom wall of compartment through which said cord extends and through which said knob is adapted to pass, said aperture having an adjoining slot adapted to receive said cord but to retain said knob; and

(c) ejector means mounted adjacent to the rear opening of each of said compartments, said ejector means being adapted to be positioned in said compartment rear opening and to simultaneously separate the top cartridge from the remaining cartridges and to facilitate the movement of said top cartridge out of said front compartment opening along an axial path and said ejector means comprising:

(I) an arm pivotally mounted on said rear wall;

(II) a lug mounted adjacent the free end of said arm and adapted to be inserted into said compartment rear opening, said lug having a front portion adapted to contact the rear end of said top cartridge and a tapered lower portion adapted to depress the remaining cartridges when said lug is inserted into said compartment rear opemng;

(III) a forwardly extending bar mounted on the free end of said arm and a groove formed in the top wall of said compartment in which said bar is slidably received; and

1 1 (IV) guide means mounted on the forward end 2,511,845

of said bar and adapted to direct the ejected car- 2,824,666 7 tridge along its axial path. 3,186,592

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SAMUEL F. COLEMAN, Primary Examiner.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification221/227, 221/232, 221/289
International ClassificationF42B39/00
Cooperative ClassificationF42B39/002
European ClassificationF42B39/00B