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Oct. 10 1961
F. A. STELLA
Filed Oct. 22 1959
FRANK A. STELLA
United States Patent Office
Patented Oct. 10 1961
that the opposite edges 55 are secured together by fastenings it which in turn secure the pocket to the base 1.
The notches 8 and 9 of the blank provide in effect
5 recesses for receiving the trigger guard G of the firearm which as usual includes a handle or stock 5 the barrel being omitted in FIGURE 2 to avoid confusion of lines with the overlapped portions 55.
The pocket 4 presents a generally downwardly tapered 10 appearance and is provided with an open end portion 12 through which the gun barrel may project.
It will of course be understood from FIGURE 2 that the holster is not intended to hold two guns but it is intended by the dot and dash lines to show that the
15 handle or stock of the gun may be positioned so as to be readily grasped by the right hand or by the left hand depending upon whether identical holsters are suspended from the right or left hand side of the wearer's belt.
It is believed that the novelty utility and the economic
20 factors resulting from the new construction will now be apparent and provide what may be termed in effect a universal holster in the respect that because of the special construction a similar unit may be used for either right or left hand gun suspension and gripping with
25 the advantages heretofore pointed out.
1. A universal holster for selectively supporting a revolver type firearm in a position so that the stock and trigger guard is poised for right or lefthand grip comprising a base a tubular sheath having overlapping edge portions disposed medially of the back portion thereof means concealed by the sheath for securing the said edge portions to the base to provide opposite side walls for engagement by the barrel of the firearm said side walls
35 including opposite recesses of substantially equal depth at the top portion thereof to receive said trigger guard of the firearm when the stock thereof is placed in a selected one of said recesses.
2. A universal holster for selectively supporting a re-
40 volver type firearm in a position so that the stock and trigger guard is poised for right or lefthand grip comprising a base a tubular sheath including concealed edge portions secured to said base to provide opposite integral side walls of planar formation for selective engagement
45 by the barrel of the firearm said sheath having opposite recesses of substantially equal depth at the top of said side walls to receive said trigger guard of the firearm when the stock thereof is placed in a selected recess.
Frank A. Stella Lyndhurst NJ. assignor to The Hubley Manufacturing Company Lancaster Pa. a corporation of Pennsylvania
Filed Oct. 22 1959 Ser. No. 848 099
2 Claims. (Cl. 2242)
This invention relates to holsters for firearms more particularly toy pistols revolvers or similar guns.
Heretofore it has been necessary to make holsters for right and left hand use thereby requiring different pocket patterns and extra manufacturing procedures. Also a holster made for righthand use could not be used for lefthand use.
Accordingly a primary object of the present invention is to provide a "universal" holster which may be made from standardized parts conforming to the same pattern thereby making it possible to more readily assemble manufacture and also stock a single holster for receiving guns with their stock or handle poised for a right or left hand grip. Moreover with a holster ac-cording to the present invention it makes no difference as to which end of the belt the holster belt loop is threaded onto because the simple act of mounting the holster on the belt will cause it to be correctly positioned and mounted.
With the above and other objects in view which will more readily appear as the nature of the invention is better understood the same consists in the novel construction combination and arrangement of parts hereinafter more fully described illustrated and claimed.
A preferred and practical embodiment of the invention is shown in the accompanying drawing in which:
FIGURE 1 is a plan view of a developed blank for making the pocket of the holster.
FIGURE 2 is a front elevation of the holster illustrating by dot and dash lines the position of the stock and trigger guard of a firearm to show that the same holster may be used for left hand and right hand draws.
FIGURE 3 is a side elevation of the construction shown in FIGURE 2.
FIGURE 4 is a top plan view of FIGURE 2.
FIGURE 5 is a bottom plan view of FIGURE 2.
Similar reference characters designate corresponding parts throughout the several figures of the drawing.
The improved holster includes in its organization a base 1 provided at its upper end with a belt loop permitting the holster to be threaded on the belt for suspension at either side of the user. The loop 2 is connected by a suitable fastening such as indicated at 3 with a gun barrel receiving pocket sheath designated generally as 4. This pocket is formed from a blank 4a (FIG. 1) which includes the upwardly diverging side edges 5 a rounded convex bottom edge 6 and an upper edge provided at the corners thereof with attaching ears 7. Between the said ears 7 are provided notches 8 and 9 formed in part by the inner edges of the ears 7 and the upstanding intermediate gun holding lip 10.
The blank 4a of FIGURE 1 is folded into tubular form to provide the holster pocket 4 due to the fact
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