UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
HENRY G. PIFFARD, OF NEW YORK, ASSIGNOR OF ONE-HALF TO CHARLES A. TUCKER, OF BROOKLYN, N. Y.
RECOIL ATTACHMENT FOR PISTOLS.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 319,020, dated June 2, 1885.
Application filed February 20, 1885. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, HENRY G. PIFFARD, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of New York, in the county of New York and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Recoil Attachments for Pistols, of which the following is a specification.
My invention relates to pistols of all kinds; and its object is to diminish the upward throw of the muzzle of the pistol when the discharge takes place.
It is well known that pistols used with heavy charges throw up at the muzzle, so as to cause the missile to strike higher than the point at which the weapon is directed, this action being due to the fact that the line of recoil is higher than the point of resistance, as represented by the point at which the stock is grasped in the hand.
My invention consists in providing the pistol with an elastic spur of any suitable kind or construction, applied to the frame or stock of the weapon between the barrel and the grip, and near the latter, so as to be in contact with the hand when the pistol is fired.
In the drawings I have shown one form of my invention as applied to the modern form of pistol called “revolver.”
A indicates the stock or handle of the weapon, and C an elastic spur located above the grip or handle, and between the same and the hammer and barrel. The elastic spur C may be constructed in any desired way; but I prefer to make the same of soft rubber or other elastic material, with or without a strengthening or holding plate.
D indicates a block of soft rubber, provided with a spur or pin, E, (indicated in dotted lines,) which enters a socket or hole in the stock, and serves to hold the rubber block in place, or to assist the retaining-plate F in holding said block. The retaining-plate F is of brass or other desired material, and is fastened to the stock by screws or other means. It is preferably curved inward toward the block D, so as to more securely hold the latter. The under side of the surface of the block or spur is also preferably curved, so that it may fit snugly against the hand when the pistol is in use. The plate F serves, also, to give the requisite stiffness to the elastic spur when the pressure upon said spur takes place.
I do not limit myself to any particular kind of material or form of construction, since the essence of my invention consists in making the spur elastic, and many other constructions will readily occur to mechanical skill whereby the spur may be given the quality of elasticity.
What I claim as my invention is—
1. The combination, with a pistol, of an elastic spur located above the grip, and between the same and the barrel, as and for the purpose described.
2. The combination, with the stock of a pistol, of an overhanging plate (as F) and an elastic cushion fixed beneath the same, as and for the purpose described.
Signed at New York, in the county of New York and State of New York, this 18th day of February, A. D. 1885.
HENRY G. PIFFARD.
GEO. C. COFFIN.