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Publication numberUS1641439 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication date6 Sep 1927
Filing date7 Aug 1925
Priority date7 Aug 1925
Publication numberUS 1641439 A, US 1641439A, US-A-1641439, US1641439 A, US1641439A
InventorsJohn B Jovino
Original AssigneeJohn B Jovino
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Safety holster
US 1641439 A
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Patented Sept. 6, 1927.



Application fledAugust 7, 192,5; Serial No. 48:,721.

r1 `his invention relates to holsters tor revolvers and. similar tire-arms and particularly to the provision of what is lrnown as a safety holster wherein the revolver is locked against accidental displacement from the holster when inserted thereinto, and the object of the invention is to provide a lholster of the class specified with improved means for automatically locking vand retaining a revolver within the holster and with means actuated by the hand. to withdraw the revolver, and in the operation ot withdrawing the revolver for releasing the locking means to permitthe free land easy removal of the revolver; a still further object being toprovide a holster of the classspecified, the locking means of which'is of such. construction and operation as to be fool-proof in use and prevent the accidental discharge of the revolver in the operation of. removing the same from the holster as has been experienced with other devices of this class; a still further object being ,toI provide locking means which will prevent the withdrawal oft therevolver from the4 holster withoutthe actuation of the locking. means-t move the same into inoperative position;l and with these and other objects in view the invention consists in a.. device of the class andJ 'for the purpose specified which is: simple in construction andoperation andl efficient in use and which is constructed as hereinafter described and claimed.

- The invention isftully disclosed in thetollowing speciiication, of which thel accompanying drawing forms a part, in whicht'he separate parts of my improvement are designated by suitable reference characters ineach of the views, and in which l Fig. 1 is a side view ofthe-holster showing a revolver mounted, therein;

Fig. 2 is a. section on the line 2 2 of'Fig. 1; and,

`Fig. 3,is a section on theline 3-3 of: Fig.

1 and ony an enlarged scale. v

In practice,.I provide a holster 5 of the general form of. holsters, as` usually `con.- structed,'and comprises abarrel portion 6 into which the barrelot' the revolver isin.- sertible, the barrel portion 6 being closed at its. contracted end as seenl at 7, and being composed ot asingle. piecegoi' leather foldedv or curved along the straight side edge 8 ot the holster and' the edges `ot which are brought together and. stitched asseen at 9, thestteh ing e@ through the' clesedend 7n. The

holster thus described comprises a front wall 10 and baclr wall 11, the front wall being shorter .thanvthe back wall and the 'upperr edge ot which is curved inthe manner seen at` 12 to expose the butt 13 of a revolver 141 through the open end of the holster, the back wall 11 lying in parallelism with the longitudinal 'plane of the butt 13, as clearly seen in Fig. 1 of the drawing. l

e Mounted upon the inner face of. they back wal'lll. a, supplemental wa-ll 11it which eX- tends into the chamber ofy they holster to a point adjacent the barrel ofV the revolver when inserted into theholster, and as seen in Fig. 2 ot thedrawing avprojecting tongue 11b is formed on the supplemental wall 11a, which extendstransverselyof the holster and against which thel trigger loopl or guard 15 of the revolver is adapted to abut.

. At 16. Ihave shown my improved lock or catch device which,y inV the;y construction shownis substantially, yoke-shaped in form and comprises a strip. of ymetal 17.v onel end portion of which is positioned between the back wall 11 and-,supplemental back wall 11, and is riveted or otherwiser securedto the supplemental: back wall asseen at 18 in Fig. 2 of the drawing, the cross head 19v of said strip extending beneath the tongue 11b and the other endy ot said strip extendsinl parallelism with ther front wall 100i the, holster, and on the inner face thereof. A supplement-al strip 21 is secured tothe free end of the end portion 2O otthe strip A17 and extends in parallelism and in spaced relation to said end portion and is anchored in the cross lhead 19, the'supplemental strip 21 being-,provided centrally of the: side. portions thereof .with ears 22 supporting a'hinge pin 2,3 which passes through corresponding ears24 on a spring catch. arm 25, the resiliency of said arm.. by itsengagement with the en d 20 of the strip17 serves to normally projectthe catch nose 2,6,thereoi through an aperture 27 formed infthesupplemental plate 21 adjacentthecross head 19, see Figs. 1 and 2v of the drawing, and the other end portionK of ,the catch varm is provided with a knob or butto-i128 which, projects through an 'aperturein the end portion 2O of the strip. 17 and through an aperture formed inthe front ,wall 10, said apertures being sufficient to receivethe shank of thegbutton only. l The end portion 20, including. the supplemental e enclosed by a comparatively 'th'iii as- /lt "Which titcltieel to 'the fr@ "Wall et the holster on the line of stitching 30, and the projecting tongue l1" also forms an enclosure for the cross head 19 as will be ap-l parent.

rlhe entire holster proper is composed of heavy leather or other suitable material, while the casing 29 is composed of finer leather or other material and is employed solely for thev purpose of forming a neat and finished appearance within the holster and to protect the catch or lock device from the weather, and to prevent the revolver from coming in contact with the metallic parts of the catch device except for the catch nose 26.

Ti th my improved construction it will be understood that the yoke-shaped strip 17 will be composed oit supplemental heavy spring-like metal o'l.E sufiicient stiftnesslto hold that part of the holster, in connection with which it is mounted, in fixed or substaiitially fixed position, and the spring or resilient properties of said strip are suoli as to place the revolver under slight friction when inserted into the holster but not suiicient to prevent the automatic locking of the revolver in the holster when dropping the same tliereiiito. However, it will be apparent that slight pressure may be applied to insure the locking of the revolver in the holster. When the revolver is mounted in position the projecting catch nose 26 engages the trigger loop 15, or the lower wall thereof, as seen in Figs. l and 2 of the drawing, and prevents the accidental displacement of the holster and further prevents the withdrawal of the holster until the button 28, which is exposed through the front wall of' the holster, has been depressed, but upon moving the button 28 inwardly by the index finger of the handin the operation of withdrawing the revolver by grasping the butt end thereof, theV catch nose 26 is moved into inoperative position and the revolver may be readily withdrawn from the holster. The pressure upon the but-tonby the finger of the hand may be applied from the tip of the finger or by drawing the finger lengthwise over the button and applying slight inward pressure.

It will also be .notedtliat the button 28 is so positioned on the holster that inthe removal of the revolver by pressure applied to the button with the index finger of the hand, when the revolver has been withdrawn from the holster, said index fin ger or trigger finger will lie in readiness upon the trigger loop permitting the quick insertion of the finger into such loopy for engagement with the trigger affording a quick discharge of the revolver, if desired and necessary, yet it is .tobe noted that tliepressure applied to the lbutton for releasing the catch, to permit the removal of the revolver, cannot in any way cause anl accidental discharge ofthe revolver or an operation ofthe trigger in that the trigger loop and tr'igger'are normally contained within the holster and protected by the front andback walls thereof while the revolver is removed.

It will be understood that while I have shown one form ot' construction `for carrying my invention into effect and one method otV mounting the same in connection with a holster, that I am not necessarily limited to the details of construction herein shown and described, or the method of their mounting, and various other changes in and modifica# tions oit' the construction herein shown and described may be made, within the scope of the appended claims, without departing from the spirit of my invention or sacrificing its advantages.

Having vfully described my invention, what 'I claim as new and desiretov secure by Letters Patent, is

LA catch device for use in connection with revolver yholsters comprising a U- shaped body of spring metal adapted to encircle the trigger guard portion of arevolver placed in the holster, acatch device movably mounted in said body and adapted to engage a pred-etermined part of a revolver inserted in the holster to prevent its `displacement, a part projecting through the holster for moving said catch device into inoperative position, and said ,body being' closed in a casing or jacket constituting part of the holster. Y

2. A holster of the class describedcomp'rising a barrel portion and a trigger. guard receiving portion, a catch device for preventing the accidental displacement of a fire-arm inserted into the holster, said catch device being mounted in the trigger guard receiving portion of the holster vand encircling and enclosing'the trigger guard of a firearm placed in the holster, and means ,on said catch device for engaging the fire-arm to prevent its removal from the holster.

3. A holster of the classdescribed com prisiiig a barrel portion and a trigger guard receiving portion,` a catch device for pre-v venting the accidental displacement 'of a fire-arm inserted into the holster, said catch device being mounted inthetrigger guard receiving portioiivof the holster and encircling and enclosing the trigger guard of a tire-arm placed in the holster, means on'said catch device for engaging the firearm to prevent its removalfrom the holster, and means exposedthrough the holsterfor moving vsaid last named means into inoperative position to release the lire-arm.

4. A holster comprising a barrelV portionv Y having front and back walls, the top ofthe 4holster being open to permit theinsertion of the barrel, cylinderv and trigger guardr portions of a fire-arm thereinto and toconceal the same therewithin, and means mounted in the trigger guard portion of the holster for engaging the trigger guard of the fire-arm to prevent the accidental displacement thereof.

5. A holster comprising a barrel portion having front and back Walls, the top of the holster being open to permit the insertionof the barrel, cylinder and trigger guard portions of a fire-arm thereinto and to conceal the same therevvithin, means mounted in thetrigger guard portion of the holster for engaging the trigger guard of the firearm to prevent the accidental displacement thereof, and means exposed through the front Wall of the holster for moving said first named means into inoperative position.

6. A catch device for use in connection with revolver holsters comprising a U-shaped body of spring metal mounted in the holster and adapted to'encircle the trigger guard of 20 a revolver placed in the holster, andl a catch 7. A catch device for use in connectionV with revolver holsters comprising a U-shaped body of spring metal mounted in the holster and adapted to encircle the trigger guard of a revolver placed in the holster, a catch device movably mounted in said body and adapted to engage a predetermined part of a revolver inserted in the holster to prevent its displacement, and a part projecting through the holster for moving said catch device into inoperative position.

In testimony thatk I claim the foregoing as my invention I have signed my name this 1st day of August, 1925.


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U.S. Classification224/244, 224/911
International ClassificationF41C33/02
Cooperative ClassificationF41C33/0263, F41C33/0209, Y10S224/911
European ClassificationF41C33/02B, F41C33/02J