US 981292 A
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F. R. LEWIS.
APPLICATION FILED APR.4,1910.
Patented Jan. 10,1911.
, UNITED FRANK B. LEWIS, E RENO, NEVADA.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Jan. 1o, 191i.
Application led April 4, l1910. Serial No. I553,169.
To all whom it may concern.'
Be it kn'own that I, FRANK R, Lewis, citizen of the United States, residing at Reno, in the county of Washoe and State of 5 Nevada, have invented newand useful I mprovements in Revolver-Holsters, 'of which the following is a specification. This invention relates to holsters for firearms, and is especially designed for theuse of the police and other service required to carry a weapon.
The object of my invention is to so construct a revolver holster that it will permit of the instantaneouswithdrawal of the 1.5 weapon in case of emergency, and which is light and convenient, and adapted to be worn under the coat, 'ust under and a little in front of the arm, supported by a sling or harness attachment which passes over both shoulders, crossing on the back, without showing in front when coat is worn'; or the device may be Worn as an ordinary belt holster. Y
The invention consists of the parts and the construction and combination of parts as hereinafter more fully described and claimed, having reference to the accompanying drawings, in whichz- Figure 1- shows the device applied.
. 2 is a rear view of the applied device. Fig.
`3 is a front elevation of the holster. Fig. 4
is a rear elevation. Fig. 5 is an end view.
The general form of my holster A is similar to that offan ordinary belt holster, but instead of being stitched up along its longitudinal edge it is left open, or slit, as at 2, down to within about `an inch of the muzzle, having a cap or stop 3 suitably secured n the tip orbottom of the holster,
where the cylinderkis-'adapted to rest, is.
suitably secured a pear-shaped spring or clip 4 to close tightly and normallyrthe lobes 6 of the holster. over `the revolver when it is in place'in the holster. The endsof. the clip A4 are retained in suitable pockets 7 on each side of the holster tol keep prevents the ends from becoming caught in the garments or otherwise. The revolver l or pistol is heldin place by the spring-clasp 4 adjusted aroundthe holster about over the cylinder or heavy part of the weapon, vallowing the revolver to be drawnl by a Vlower ring 11 in the so that a revolver B -may be swung out ofv the spring-clasp in place, and which alsov quick sideupward or downward movement, through the'slit-v or o en holster. Secured to and extending the ength of one side of the holster A is a strap 8 suitably slitted, as at 9, to receive a belt C, or to be buttoned to the apparel of'the wearer.
The holsteris adapted to'be carried on a special sling or harness, as follows: Secured to the holster A are upper and lower rings 10, 11, adapted to receive the respective ends of a pair of straps 14, 15, which latter cross in the back and pass over both shoulders without showing in front when a coat is worn. The strap 15`of the harness is fas- `Atened on the right side, Fig. 1, to the belt C,
or to a suspender button by means of the cast-off 18. The other end of the strap or web 15' is brought'over the right shoulder from in front, and down across the back and under the left arm and attached to the holster. The other strap 14 being attached to the cast-o 18 at 17 under the right arm,vis brought up across the back and over the left shoulder and down the front and attached to the upper ring 10. The belt is then passed through one of the belt straps in the holster, or by means of one of the button holes 9 in the belt straps on the holster is held in the position desired.
The holster may be worn on thefbelt as strap on the holster should lbe placed behind a belt strap on the trousers, or buttoned to the trousersto hold against the side pull.A
When wornon the belt,the revolver may be drawn by the Aside or downwardmovement, as described above, Vor in the old fashioned way. f
The application of the ldevice is as follows: lAssuming that thestraps 14, 15 have been properly secured to their respective rings 10,11 on the holster A, the user passes his left arm through ythe loops formed by the harness, draws the same over his back, and connects-the cast-off 18 to the belt, or
to a button, as shown at 19. rlhis brings the holster to a vertical position a little in front of his left side and within easy reach of his' right hand, so that he has simply to grasp the handle or butt of the revolver, and instead of lifting it from the holster he has only to jerlcit .out with a swing'in the direction desired, thus the drawing and pointing of the weapon are accomplished with one and the same swinging movement.
Y any ordinary holster. In such case the belt The revolver can be readily replaced init-o the holster with the one hand with which it is drawn and without any necessary aid from the other hand.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is l. An improved holster, said holster being open at the front and at one side, and having external means adapted to compress the sides to hold the side opening thereof normally closed, said means consisting of a single exterior curved spring extending around the outside ofthe holster and pock ets on each side of the holster near the open side adapted to receive the ends of the witnesses.
means for supporting the same from the per son, said means conslsting of a strap extending lengthwise of the holster having length- Wise extending slots, a ring at one end of.
the strep,r and a second ring on the holster for attaching said holster to the person.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand in the presence of two subscribing FRANK R. LEWIS.
JN0. M. BRAWLEY, T. T. DUNAWAY.