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US3016802A
US3016802A US752649A US75264958A US3016802A US 3016802 A US3016802 A US 3016802A US 752649 A US752649 A US 752649A US 75264958 A US75264958 A US 75264958A US 3016802 A US3016802 A US 3016802A
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    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F41WEAPONS
    • F41AFUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS COMMON TO BOTH SMALLARMS AND ORDNANCE, e.g. CANNONS; MOUNTINGS FOR SMALLARMS OR ORDNANCE
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Jan. 16, 1962 A. GRUNENBERG TRIPOD GUN RESTS Filed Aug. 1, 1958 INVENTOR.

G ELJN EN BERG- ANTO N A'T'T'OENEYS Patented Jan. 16, 1962 This invention relates to a novel sportsmans portable and collapsible tripod gun rest.

In the hunting of small game, such as woodchucks or crows, it is often necessary to take shots at the game at long range. In these circumstances, it is difficult to accurately and steadily aim the weapon, since the weapon does not have, below the barrel thereof, a steady support.

In accordance with the present invention, a tripod rest is provided, that is especially designed to facilitate the accurate aiming of a rifle in the indicated circumstances. To this end, the invention, summarized briefly, includes a body portion or support block, and further includes three support legs uniformly, angularly spaced about the circumference of said block. The legs are pivotally connected to the block to swing between folded and outwardly swung, operative positions. Supported upon the block for rotation about a vertical axis is a turntable or plate, and engaged in said plate is an upwardly opening, forklilce cradle for a rifle. The cradle and plate turn together, with the cradle being provided at the upper end of a screw that constitutes a spindle or shaft whereby the'plate is supported rotatably upon the block. Spring means is interposed between the spindle means and the block, tending to engage the fork firmly against the plate, so that it will rotate therewith. An important object of the invention is to provide a rest as described wherein the plate will be held firmly against the block so as not to be accidentally rotated from its assigned position.

Another object is to permit the plate to be swiftly rotated to a new position whenever desired, despite its normal firm engagement with the block.

Another object is to provide rests of the character described which can be readily, easily disassembled or assembled.

Another object is to so form the rest that it will not interfere with aiming and firing of the weapon.

Another object is to provide a rest as stated which will be light, readily portable, and swiftly erected at any desired location.

Other objects will appear from the following description, the claims appended thereto, and from the annexed drawing, in which like reference characters designate like parts throughout the several views, and wherein:

FIGURE 1 is a side elevational view of a rest according to the present invention, as it appears when in use;

FIGURE 2 is an enlarged vertical sectional view substantially on line 22 of FIGURE 1;

FIGURE 3 is a horizontal section on the same scale as FIGURE 2, taken on line 3-3 of FIGURE 2; and

FIGURE 4 is a transverse section on the same scale as FIGURE 2, taken on line 44 of FIGURE 2.

Referring to the drawing in detail, the illustrated gun res-t generally designated 10, is shown in FIGURE 1 in supporting relation to a rifle R. It has been found that when a rifle is equipped with a scope, and is supported upon a rest of the invention, accurate aim can be swiftly taken, and exceptionally good results had in hitting small game, such as woodchucks, and the like.

The gun rest comprises three identically formed, elongated, straight legs 12 angularly spaced 60 degrees apart and having sharply tipped lower ends 13 to facilitate their firm engagement in the ground G.

The upper ends of the legs 12 are formed with longitudinal slots 14 which receive radial lugs 22 on the downwardly tapering lower portion of a circular cross section,

vertically elongated block 16. The block is formed with an axial bore 18 in its upper part, which opens into an axial counterbore 20 which opens to the lower end 21 of the block. Pivot pins 24 extend through the upper ends of the legs 12, and the lugs 22, so that the legs 12 are pivotally connected to the block 16 to swing between closed positions against the tapered lower part of the block, wherein the legs are compactly bunched, and open positions in which the legs diverge downwardly from the block. Journalled in and extending downwardly through the bore 18, and the counterbore 20, is an elongated stem 26 which projects above the upper end of the block and has rigidly fixed thereon a U-shaped fork or cradle 44. The bight portion 45 of the cradle rests upon the upper surface of an annular rib 30 on a turntable disc 31, which bears upon the upper end 19 of the block 16, and has a central opening 32 which passes the stem 26.

At diametrically opposed locations, the rib 30 is indented by notches 29, which receive portions of the cradle 44.

An expanding coil spring 36 is circumposed on the stem 26 within the counterbore 20, and is compressed between the upper end 33 of the counterbore and a washer 40 on the lower end of the stem which is held up in place by a nut 38 threaded on the stem, and secured against rotation on the stem by a cotter pin 42, the washer 4t) being engaged with the lower end 21 of. the block 26. 1

The spring 36 biases the fork 44 downwardly on the rib 39, so that when the fork is rotated around the rib, the fork bight portion 45 can drop into the notches 29 and be held against rotation relative to the block 16 and the legs 12. The tension of the spring causes the turntable 31 to bind frictionally upon the upper end 19 of the block, so that the turntable is frictionally held against rotation relative to the block, in any position to which the turntable may be turned. Rotation of the turntable 31, and hence of the fork 44, to any desired posit-ion, can be obtained simply by exerting the necessary manual force.

The U-shaped cradle or fork '44 is provided with a protective covering 46 of resilient flexible material, which is preferably stitched, as at 48, along the outer sides of the legs and bight portion of the fork.

The covering, at the underside bight portion of the fork 44 is cut away as at St at both sides of the stem 26, so that the material of the bight portion 45 rides directly upon the rib 30.

In use of the device, as will be understood it can be readily transported from place to place. Wherever the device is to be used, it is erected in the position shown in FIGURE 1, with the legs 12 spread and engaged in the ground.

When the device is set up, the stock of the rifle can be laid in the fork 44 in the manner shown in FIGURE 1. This stabilizes the barrel of the rifle, so that accurate aim can be taken. The rifle will remain steady during the firing thereof. It will be understood that the rifle, While engaged in the fork 44, can be swung upwardly or downwardly relative thereto, or pivoted about a horizontal, transverse axis where the stock of the rifle is directly contacted by the cradle. Further, the rifle can be swung from side to side as well as upwardly and downwardly. When swung from side to side, the cradle permits a certain amount of lateral swinging movement of the rifle Without producing rotation of the turntable 31 on the block. Should wider swinging movement of the gun be required, the gun itself can be engaged with one or the other of the upstanding legs of the fork, with sufficient force to rotate the turntable 31. Following said rotation, the plate will automatically frictionally hind against the block, so as not to be freely movable upon the block.

It is believed apparent that the invention is not necessarily confined to the specific use or uses thereof described above, since it may be utilized for any purpose to which it may be suited. Nor is the invention to be necessarily limited to the specific construction illustrated and described, since such construction is only intended to be illustrative of the principles of operation and the means presently devised to carry out said principles, it being considered that the invention comprehends any minor change in construction comprehended within the scope of the appended claims.

What is claimed is:

1. A gun rest comprising a tripod having legs, a block on which the upper ends of the legs are pivoted, said block having fiat upper and lower ends, a U-shaped fork having a bight portion and upstanding legs, a downwardly extending stem fixed centrally to said bight portion, a turntable resting rotatably upon the upper end of the block, said turntable having a central opening passing said stem, an annular upstanding rib on the turntable having an upper surface upon which the bight portion of the fork rests, said block having an axial bore opening to its upper end and a counterbore opening to its lower end into which the bore opens, said counterbore having an upper end, said stern extending downwardly through the bore and the counterbore and being journaled through the bore and through the opening of the turntable, a washer circumposed on the stern and bearing against the lower end of the block, a nut threaded on the stem against the underside of the washer, and a helical spring circumposed on the stem and compressed between the washer and the upper end of the counterbore.

2. A gun rest comprising a tripod having legs, a block on which the upper ends of the legs are pivoted, said block having fiat upper and lower ends, a U-shaped fork having a bight portion and upstanding legs, a downwardly extension stem fixed centrally to said bight portion, a turntable resting rotatably upon the upper end of the block, said turntable having a central opening passing said stem, an annular upstanding rib on the turntable having an upper surface upon which the bight portion of the fork rests, said block having an axial bore opening to its upper end and a counterbore opening to its lower end into which the bore opens, said counterbore having an upper end, said stem extending downwardly through the bore and the counterbore and being journaled in the bore and in the opening of the turntable, a washer circumposed on the stem and bearing against the lower end of the block, a nut threaded on the stem against the underside of the washer, and a helical spring circumposed on the stem and compressed between the washer and the upper end of the counterbore, said turntable rib having diametrically opposed notches in its upper surface into which portions of the bight portion of the fork can engage to connect the fork for rotation with the turntable relative to the block.

3. A gun rest comprising a tripod having legs, a block on which the upper ends of the legs are pivoted, said block having flat upper and lower ends, a U-shaped fork having a bight portion and upstanding legs, a downwardly extending stem fixed centrally to said bight portion, a turntable resting rotatably upon the upper end of the block, said turntable having a central opening passing said stem, an annular upstanding rib on the turntable having an upper surface upon which the bight portion of the fork rests, said block having, an axial bore opening to its upper end and a counterbore opening to its lower endinto which the bore opens, said counterbore having an upper end, said stern extending downwardly through the bore and the counterbore and being journaled through the bore and through the opening of the turntable, a washer circumposed on the stem and bearing against the lower end of the block, a nut threaded on the stem against the underside of the washer, and a helical spring circumposed on the stem and compressed between the washer and the upper end of the counterbore, said block having a downwardly tapering lower portion, radial lugs fixed in said lower portion and spaced above the lower end of the block, said legs having upper ends pivoted on the legs to close from spread positions to closed and bunched relationship against the surface of said tapered lower portion.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 757,766 Palmer Apr. 19, 1904- 951,606 Hanstein Mar. 8, 1910 1,280,304 Roberts Oct. 1, 1918 1,890,423 Teagarden Dec. 6, 1932 2,652,218 Dean Sept. 15, 1953 FOREIGN PATENTS 685,654 Germany Dec. 21, 1939

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US3210034A (en) * 1964-04-13 1965-10-05 Luxe Reading Corp De Mount for toy machine gun or the like
US4162646A (en) * 1977-04-14 1979-07-31 Henderson Joseph M Jr Target acquisition system
US4177967A (en) * 1977-10-31 1979-12-11 Marchus L Mark Guidance arm for tripod apparatus
US4265045A (en) * 1978-01-11 1981-05-05 Garbini Louis K Rifle and weapon rest
US5222708A (en) * 1990-06-12 1993-06-29 Mclellan Francis Tripod safety collar
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US4177967A (en) * 1977-10-31 1979-12-11 Marchus L Mark Guidance arm for tripod apparatus
US4265045A (en) * 1978-01-11 1981-05-05 Garbini Louis K Rifle and weapon rest
US5222708A (en) * 1990-06-12 1993-06-29 Mclellan Francis Tripod safety collar
US6086027A (en) * 1993-07-09 2000-07-11 Hagen Berger Support
US5427200A (en) * 1994-08-04 1995-06-27 Zag Ltd. Sawhorse with rotatable bases
US5738328A (en) * 1995-10-27 1998-04-14 O'farrill; Dave Multiple use stabilizer lanyard with stirrup
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US8549786B1 (en) 2010-12-17 2013-10-08 Todd Griffith Rifle rest
US10399703B2 (en) * 2016-10-05 2019-09-03 Aai Corporation Articulated support for unmanned aircraft system
US10228211B2 (en) * 2016-11-14 2019-03-12 Gordon Knutson Portable firearm stand technology
US10473265B2 (en) * 2017-05-08 2019-11-12 Sellmark Corporation Loop strap

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