US 3468427 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Sept. 23, 1969 F. J. LESLIE 3,468,427
PISTOL DISPLAY AND DEVICE THEREFOR Filed May 22, 1967 FIG. I ;1
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ATTORNEYS United States Patent 3,468,427 PISTOL DISPLAY AND DEVICE THEREFOR Frazier J. Leslie, 20. Sioux Way, Portola Valley, Calif. 94025 Filed May 22,1967, Ser. No. 640,037 'Int. Cl. A47f 7/ 00;B65d 73/00 p 2 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A pistol display wherein a U-shaped, swiveled, element is supported by a bracket tothe back panel of a shadow box. One leg of the U-shaped element is disposed in counter-bored relation into a chamber of a revolver magazine, or into its bore so as to support the pistol without exposure of any apparent supporting elements. A flexible sleeve, slidably positioned over the supporting arm of the U-shaped element accommodates a different caliber pistol.
This invention pertains to a pistol display and mounting device therefor. More particularly, the display serves to present a pistol in the display with no apparent supports.
Gun fanciers, for many years, have displayed pistols within frames of a type resembling picture frames or shadow boxes. To support the pistols, such displays have, in the past, included pegs projecting from the back panel of the picture frame at positions to underlie the muzzle, trigger guard or stock of the pistol. Other means for supporting pistols in displays of the above kind have included pins formed with hooks which extend upwardly on the viewers side of the weapon so as to keep the weapon in place. Yet another typical scheme for supporting pistols in displays of the above kind included the use of fine wires which encircle various portions of the pistol.
In general, it is considered that the foregoing styles of display have, by virtue of the visible projections, detracted from the appearance of the weapon displayed.
It is a general object of the present invention to provide an improved pistol display. It is another object of the invention to provide a device for mounting a pistol in a display or otherwise in a manner which presents the pistol for viewing, free of distracting visible supports.
These and other objects of the invention will become more readily apparent from the following detailed description of preferred embodiments of the invention when considered in conjunction with the drawings, in which:
FIGURE .1 shows a pistol display, according to the invention; I
FIGURE 2 is an enlarged, perspective view showing a mounting device employed in the display of FIGURE 1; and
-FIGURE 3 shows another embodiment of a mounting device, according to the invention, suitable for mounting an automatic pistol, of the type not employing a rotating magazine.
A pistol display comprises a decorative picture frame in the form of a shadow box 11 including an upright supporting surface, as in the form of the back panel 12. Means for supporting a revolver 13 within the framework of picture frame 11 has been attached to back panel 12.
A mounting bracket 14, adapted to be secured to back panel 12, is formed with a pair of flat portions 16 adapted to be secured flat against panel 12 and a cylindrical portion 17 formed to join the two flat portions 16.
A U-shaped member 18 for carrying pistol 13 includes a leg portion 19 adapted to be inserted into a longitudinal opening of pistol 13, such as one of the chambers of the magazine of revolver 13.
The other leg 21 of member 18 is disposed for journaled movements within cylindrical portion 17 of bracket ice 14 and U-member 18 is free to swivel about the axis of leg 21. Member 18 is retained within cylindrical portion 17 when bracket 14 has been attached to back panel 12 as by screws 22. Thus, by means of'a retaining boss 23 formed on the end of leg 21, U-member 14 will be held in place. The diameter of boss 23 is of lesser extent than the spacing between'the outer remote surface portions of cylindrical portion 17 and the surface of back panel 12. In this manner, boss 23 will not interfere with support of the weapon. I
A revolver 13 is supported by device 14 by inserting leg 19 into one of the open chambers of the magazine of the revolver. The length'of the intermediate portion 24 of member 18 is of sutficiently limited extent so as to cause the entire assembly 14 to remain hidden behind the pistol when it is carried for display. Flat portions 16 are likewise of limited extent so that they also may remain hidden behind the pistol.
It is preferred to form leg 19 of a sufficiently small diameter substantially corresponding to a small caliber weapon whereby it can support a revolver in the manner above described, free of undue tipping. Subsequently, if a larger caliber weapon is to be supported, a suitable diameter flexible sleeve 26, for example, of a plastic material or the like, is slidably positioned onto leg 19 so as to build up the diameter of that leg whereby it snugly fits into the open chamber of the weapon.
When carried in this manner, a pistol will cause member 18 to swivel downwardly until the pistol cooperatively engages the back panel 12 and rests thereagainst.
Another embodiment, as shown in FIGURE 3, is preferably utilized to support pistols of a type such as an automatic which does not employ a rotatable magazine. In this instance, support for the pistol is achieved in a similar manner by means of the pair of brackets 31, 32. A U- shaped member 33 necessarily requires a relatively long leg 34 which is adapted to be inserted into the bore of the automatic 36 (shown in phantom lines).
In view of the fact that automatic 36 is being supported from its end rather than from substantially near its center of gravity (as in the case of revolver 13), considerable twisting moments will be applied by the weight of the automatic 36 to the U-shaped member 33 and particularly to portion 35.
Accordingly, brackets 31, 32 are relatively widely spaced apart to journal the ends of leg portion 40, but yet are dimensioned to be of sufliciently limited extent so as to remain hidden behind automatic 36 when member 33 is swiveled to its lowermost position when carrying the automatic 36.
From the foregoing, it will be readily apparent that there is provided herein an improved pistol display wherein the pistol appears to be mounted by invisible supports. Furthermore, the pistol can be readily removed from the display merely by sliding it off its mounting member.
The U-member 40, in an embodiment not shown, may be clamped firmly against the surface of panel 12 and thereby precluding journaled movements of member 40. For example, in such an embodiment, the brackets 31, 32 may be open at the rear thereof and of an insufficient diameter to permit journaled movement whereby as they are screwed tightly to panel 12 by holding member 40, arm 34 can be rigidly supported. Such an embodiment would, therefore, serve to support a weapon free of contact with back panel 12 and at a higher relative position with respect to brackets 31, 32.
What is claimed is:
1. A pistol display comprising a decorative frame and a background panel therefor, a mounting bracket secured to the background panel, said mounting bracket including a first lower bracket portion secured to the back panel and a cylindrical portion carried by the upper end of the first portion, a U-shaped member for carrying a pistol in said frame, one leg of the U-shaped member being adapted to be inserted into an opening of the pistol longitudinally thereof so as to carry the pistol therefrom, the otherleg of the U-shaped member being disposed for journaled movements in said cylindrical portion and free to swivel to a degree carrying the pistol into cooperative engagement with the background panel, the intermediate portion of the U-shaped member and said first portion of the bracket both being of sufiiciently limited extent to remain substantially entirely hidden behind the pistol when said pistol is so carried whereby the U-shaped member and the bracket remain hidden behind the pistol when viewed from in front of the panel.
2. For displaying a pistol free of apparent supports therefor from an upright supporting background surface against which the pistol is to be displayed, a mounting bracket adapted to be secured to the surface, said mounting bracket including a lower bracket flat portion to be secured flat against said surface and a cylindrical portion carried by the upper end of the fiat portion, a U-shaped member for carrying the pistol, one leg of the U-shaped member being adapted to be inserted into an opening of the pistol longitudinally thereof so as to carry said pistol therefrom, the other leg of the U-shaped member being disposed for journaled movements in said cylindrical porrtion and free to swivel to a degree carrying the pistol into cooperative engagement with the surface, and the intermediate portion of the U-member being of sufiiciently limited extent to hold the pistol in front of the U-member and bracket at a level serving to obscure both said U- member and bracket from the view of a person positioned in front of the display so that the U-shaped member and the bracket remain hidden behind the pistol when said pistol engages said surface, said flat portion also being of sufiiciently limited extent to remain hidden behind said pistol.
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