UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
DANIEL MOORE, OF BROOKLYN, NEW YORK.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 258,221, dated February 7, 1882.
Application filed August 27, 1881. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, Danl. Moore, a citizen of the United States, residing at Brooklyn, in the county of Kings and State of New York, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Pistol-Handles; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, which will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same, reference being had to the drawings accompanying this specification and forming a part thereof, and to the letters of reference marked thereon.
Similar letters refer to similar parts in the several views.
Figure 1 is a sectional side elevation of the frame and handle portion of a revolver with the cheek or side pieces of the handle attached, and showing. my improved crest-extension of the metallic strap. A is the frame. B is that part. of the frame known as the “strap,” to which are fastened the side pieces, D, forming the handle. C is the crest portion of the metallic strap, extended beyond the wood or side pieces of the handle proper at the butt.
Fig. 2 is a rear end view of the handle, Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is a side view of the frame without the side or cheek pieces (forming the handle) attached.
Fig. 4 is a side view of one of the cheekpieces D.
Fig. 5 is a side view of a small revolver-handle, showing the crest made in skeleton form, or open.
In Fig. 3 the dotted lines E show the extended portion of the strap B, which forms the crest, and extends beyond the wood or side pieces which form the handle proper, as shown in Fig. 1.
The object of this invention is primarily to reduce the size of the larger pistol-handles as usually made, and without enlarging the smaller description of handles as they are usually made, yet give a better grasp of the handle, and by this peculiar crest formation assist the hand in resisting the upward tendency of the barrel on firing; and it consists in extending the lower portion of that part of the frame of a pistol known. as the “strap” (on which is fastened the cheek or side pieces that complete the handle) beyond the lower or butt portion of the cheek or side pieces forming the handle. This extension of the metallic strap beyond the butt of the handle proper commences at any desired rear portion of the strap or butt, and gradually increases its distance from the side pieces of the handle at the butt forward toward the inner curve of the handle in a crest-like form.until a sufficiency of said metallic extension may be obtained to afford a grasp to a finger within or against the front of said crest-like formation and below the butt portion formed by the cheek or side pieces of the handle. This crest-extension from its point of rise at the rear of the strap or butt may take any form at its periphery, either circular, spiral, concave, or be formed in squares, and so far is only a matter of taste; but at its greatest rise or front of the crest, whereon rests the finger, should be so formed, either concave, square, or partially rounded, as-to give a hold or grasp to the finger coming against it. This crest-extension can with equal advantage be applied to pistol-handles of various formation, the butt of which may be rounded or square, or of other forms. This crest formation could also be made a continuation or a part of the side or cheek pieces of the handle, and such crest portion pass over the butt portion of the metallic strap, (as usually made,) and although any such form of construction would embody the principle of my invention, and to a certain extent give the desired result, yet I prefer the crest to be made with and form an integral part of the metallic strap, as hereinbefore described.
Pistol-handles have heretofore been usually made so as to receive within the inner curve of the handle one, two, or three fingers, (the first going to the trigger.) The handles for the small revolver and other small pistols giving @ grasp to one only of the fingers (the middle one) affords but a slight hold, the two other fingers passing under the butt, and in no manner assists in holding the pistol, which, on firing, is thrown upward and often out of the grasp. When the handle is enlarged to some extent for the medium-size pistols two middle fingers are received within the inner curve of the handle, which to-some extent meets the objection as to grasp; but the little finger passing under the butt with nothing to grasp, and the caliber of the pistol being increased and consequently its recoil increased, does not remove the objection to the extent desirable.
When the larger description of pistols — such as army revolvers, &c.— is made, it is found indispensable to enlarge the handles so as to receive the three fingers within the inner curve. This necessitates a large handle with a great drop to it, rendering the arm bulky and inconvenient.
The advantages of my improved construction are that with the crest applied to the small pistol-handles a grasp is given to two fingers without increasing the size of the handle proper, and when applied to the medium-size handles a grasp is obtained for the three fingers without increasing the size of the handle proper, and when applied to handles of army revolvers or large-size pistols the handle proper can be reduced one-third in length and bulk from its usual size and yet give a better grasp to the hand. The extended metallic crest also makes it a more formidable weapon when used to strike or club with, and dispenses with the ring placed upon the butt of revolvers to swing the arm by, as an opening, when made through the metallic crest, answers the same purpose.
The extended crest portion of the metallic strap may be cast or forged with the frame, (an integral portion thereof;) or the crest may be made separate from the strap portion of the frame and fastened thereto; but I prefer the crest formed solid on the frame-strap; nor is it requisite that the crest-extension of the metallic strap be made solid from its periphery to the butt portion of the cheek or side pieces; it may be made open or in skeleton form between said two points, as shown in Fig. 5.
What I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is—
1. A pistol-handle having a portion of the metallic strap extended below the side pieces in form of a crest, the concave curve of the crest being at the front or inner curve of the handle, substantially as shown and described.
2. A pistol-handle having a portion of the metallic strap extended below the side pieces in form of a crest, the concave curve of the crest being at the front or inner curve of the handle, said extended portion being perforated, substantially as shown and described.
FRANK. S. M00RE,
CHAS. W. DU BOIUS.