Military Review

Pistol Holster Butt Ideal Holster-Stock (USA)

Some past self-loading pistols could be completed with a holster-butt. This device provided transportation weapons, and in combat could improve shooting accuracy and ease of handling weapons. At various times, various types of such butts were offered for a fairly wide range of pistols. For example, at the beginning of the 20th century, a special removable butt with the immodest name Ideal Holster-Stock was developed for the Parabellum pistol.

The idea of ​​a single device that performs the functions of a holster and a removable butt for a pistol, appeared at the end of the 19th century, and at the same time a number of similar structures were proposed. Some of them reached mass production, and even went into service with the armies, while others remained in stories as technical curiosities. One of the enthusiasts involved in the development of the original idea was the American gunsmith Ross M.J. Phillips. At the very beginning of the 20th century, he proposed a new holster-butt, which was distinguished by an interesting design.

Pistol Holster Butt Ideal Holster-Stock (USA)
Pistol "Parabellum" and holster-butt Ideal (folded). Photo

The design of a new accessory for pistols was created in 1900-1901's. In early September, 1901, R. Phillips sent patent applications for his invention. Soon he received patents from the USA, Great Britain and Germany. At the same time, different designs were described in different documents. Thus, British and German patents were granted on a removable butt of fixed length. The US patent, in turn, concerned a more interesting design with a variable length for transportation.

After obtaining patents for his inventions, R. Phillips launched the production of holster butts for sale. Their manufacture was to be carried out by the own company of the inventor called Ideal Holster Company - “Ideal holsters”. However, only one version of the holster-butt, named for the manufacturer, went into the series. In this case, it was planned to ensure compatibility with different types of weapons on the market.

For compatibility with the “Ideal” holster butt, the gun needed some work. Instead of the standard grip handles, it was proposed to install new products of a similar purpose. Such lining consisted of an inner metal plate and an outer wooden part. In the back of the plate provided a pair of figured cuts. Butt hooks should have interacted with them.

Two variants of butts described in a German patent. Drawing from the book "The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols"

In US patent, a lining design was described for a revolver or pistol of an existing model. At the same time, linings and butts for Parabellum pistols went into a relatively large series. The serial plates differed from those presented in the patent only in the shape and location of the holes for the screws and the cutouts for the hooks.

The patents described a simplified design of a fixed-length holster. In this case, a metal plate was used as the butt plate, which also served as the entrance to the holster. In the lateral projection, it was L-shaped, in the frontal one, it was U-shaped. A pair of tubes of the required length, which were longitudinal force elements of the structure, were fastened to the plate at different angles from the front. A simple system in the form of articulated hooks directed in different directions was placed on the tubes in front. Hooks had a U-shaped in terms of shape. Inside the trapezium formed by the parts of the butt, fit the leather holster of the required dimensions.

To install such a butt on the weapon, it was necessary to compress the tubes and bring the front parts of the longitudinal tubes closer together, as a result of which the front hooks moved in a vertical plane and approached. Then they could be placed in the cutouts of the pistol grip plates: U-shaped plates with hooks in the plan covered the handle itself. After letting go of the tube, the shooter allowed the structure to straighten up, as a result of which the hooks diverged up and down, engaging with the gun linings.

Drawings attached to a US patent

The second version of “Ideal”, later put into the series, was more complex, due to which new opportunities were achieved. Unlike the first, this holster-butt-butt reduced its length when folded. As a result, the product was very convenient. A pistol in such a holster was easier to transport, and an increased butt length improved the shooting results.

The largest elements of the butt holster were again a curved plate butt plate and a leather “bag” for placing the gun. Other details were similar to those used in the first version of the product, but had the most significant differences. The longitudinal tubes were reworked, and the hook system now included several levers.

Instead of simple fixed-length tubes, telescopic devices were used in the butt of the second version. On top of the back plate, a tube of larger diameter was rigidly attached, within which the second, smaller one, moved freely. Inside the tubes there was a simple latch on the basis of a leaf spring, which ensured the fixation of the devices in the transport or working position. The second set of telescopic tubes did not have a latch and was hinged on the bottom of the butt pad.

Butt hooks and special handles. Photo

In front of the larger tubes, near the bottom of the holster, there were clamps with levers that ensured the correct interaction of telescopic devices. In addition, they were stops and limited the course of the internal tubes.

At the front ends of the movable tubes were placed two main parts for mounting the butt on the weapon. On the upper tube was a large detail of the L-shaped profile with a pair of hooks on top. The bottom tube carried a more compact piece with a pair of hooks on the sides. These parts were connected using a small plate mounted on hinges. Due to this design, the mutual position of the hooks was changed in accordance with the movements of the telescopic tubes.

The patent also proposed to equip the new butt with an additional sight. On the upper hook was provided a groove for mounting a mechanical sight with a raised bar. He had to duplicate his own sights of the pistol, simplifying aiming and shooting.

Holster folded, the gun is placed inside. Photo

Installing an Ideal Holster-Stock holster butt on a weapon was not particularly difficult. The arrow was asked to place the upper hooks of the butt in the corresponding slots of the piston linings and hook them to the upper edge of the latter. By turning the butt down and forward, the lower hooks were placed in their grooves. Then it was necessary to press the protruding part of the latch inside the tubes and pull the butt plate back.

The butt plate pulled behind the rear tubes of the telescopic devices, while the front ones remained in place, held by hooks. When folding the butt, the hinged lower tubes shifted: the angle between a pair of telescopic devices decreased. At the same time, the lower hooks at the expense of a system of levers shifted down and rigidly fixed inside the lining of the gun.

In the working position, the Ideal butt-holster was a fairly rigid structure, firmly tied to the gun. At the same time the product was quite light and easy to use. Translation from one position to another did not require much effort and took minimal time. A product with such qualities had a chance to find its place in the market.

In the mid-nineties, Ideal Holster, founded by R. Phillips, launched mass production of telescopic holster butts for mass-produced weapons. The self-loading pistol Parabellum P.04 Navy was chosen as the “carrier” of such devices. However, full compatibility was also ensured with other modifications of the Parabellum, which had a similar configuration of the handle and its linings, as well as close trunk length.

Holster, top view. Photo

Before the start of mass production, the developed design has undergone some changes. Thus, serial butts received a plate-butcher plate of a very complex shape. In its side parts there were cutouts for the protruding parts of the gun. The lower element of the plate was distinguished by a large length and ensured comfortable handling of the pistol grip in a holster. Directly to the plate and the top tube was attached leather holster, the dimensions of which corresponded to the selected gun.

Due to the alteration of the butt plate, the length of the lower telescopic tubes was reduced. They removed the clamps with levers, instead of which are now present simple plates for mounting holsters. Also, the designers simplified the design of the front hooks by removing the intermediate plate. The two hook parts were now directly connected to each other, although their mobility and function remained the same.

It was suggested to carry the holster on the belt with a large clip-clips. A large-sized metal part was mounted on a plate butt plate. It was fastened with a pair of pins and shaped holes on the plate and a small loop on the leather holster. For greater user convenience, the clamp is executed removable. It can be installed on the right or left side of the holster.

The Ideal Holster-Stock holster-butt for the Parabellum pistol when folded had a length of less than 250 mm. In the working position, the length was increased by about 100 mm, providing sufficient ease of shooting. There is information about the creation of a holster for pistols with longer trunks, different in other dimensions. The mass of the product, according to available data, did not exceed 500-600 g. Thus, the “ideal” butt had serious advantages over existing counterparts made of wood.

Gun with butt spread out. Photo of

Two versions of the butt design were described in patents, in theory compatible with different types of weapons. Nevertheless, as far as is known, only a foldable holster-butt went into the series and only under Parabellum. In the future, there was a modification of such a product for other types of weapons. So, it is known about the production of a small batch of holsters with overlays for the handle of revolvers Colt.

Serial production of a folding telescopic holster butt for a Parabellum pistol began in the middle of the first decade of the 20th century. The own factory of R. Phillips Ideal Holster Company worked in the city of Toledo (pieces of Ohio). According to known data, the United States arms community, as often happens, took the novelty with enthusiasm. Potential buyers were interested in the original device and ordered it. At the same time, the manufacturing company failed to receive orders from government agencies. By then, the Parabellum pistol version of the .45 ACP cartridge had arrived at the US Army, but the command did not wish to order special accessories for this weapon. Modification holsters for revolvers, too, was not interested in the army.

It should be noted that in addition to the “Ideal” butt, some other developments of the same purpose were present in the market, first of all, the simplest wooden devices. The product of Ideal Holster had certain advantages over them, but it was not without flaws. So, because of the greater complexity of the design, the folding stock was more expensive. In addition, during the operation could have these or other problems with the mechanisms. Finally, the holster-butts market was not infinite, which led to increased competition.

The butt of R. Phillips on the Colt revolver. Photo

According to known data, until the end of the ninetieth years, the company RMJ. Phillips managed to release no more than a few hundred holsters-butts of her design. These products went shopping, and a significant part of them was sold out. However, at a certain point, sales dropped sharply, with the result that the manufacturing company was left without new orders. The most interesting product with limited commercial potential had to be removed from production. In addition, the inventor no longer planned to refine and launch other stock options in the series.

Almost all the manufactured holsters for "Parabellum" were sold and used by civilian riflemen. Over time, such devices changed owners, broke down or simply thrown away as useless. However, a certain number of original butts still exist. Now they represent a well-known collection value. Products of the company Ideal Holster regularly appears on foreign gun auctions and attracts the attention of buyers. Rare enough products get a decent score. Not so long ago, R. Phillips's butt-holster was auctioned off for 4 with more than a thousand US dollars.

At the time of its appearance, the removable telescopic holster-butt of R. Phillips' design attracted limited public attention, although it was sold, in general, not bad. Nevertheless, a number of factors limited its real commercial potential, which was soon fully realized - however, with the saddest consequences for the project. Production had to be curtailed due to the lack of new orders. Over time, the telescopic holster-butt went into the category of historical values. A very interesting and in some way even a beautiful solution of an engineering problem naturally attracts collectors and deservedly occupies a place in the history of accessories for small arms.

Based on:
Görtz J. Strugess G. The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols. - Galesburg IL USA Simpson Production, 2012.

Subscribe to our Telegram channel, regularly additional information about the special operation in Ukraine, a large amount of information, videos, something that does not fall on the site:

Dear reader, to leave comments on the publication, you must sign in.
  1. Cat
    Cat 14 October 2018 07: 26
    An interesting excursion into the history of weapons!
  2. tasha
    tasha 14 October 2018 07: 49
    Oh, the harsh beauty of steel, leather and wood products has been replaced by the functionality of plastic. The article is interesting. Thank.
  3. jjj
    jjj 14 October 2018 13: 09
    Yes, interesting to see. The Americans had weapons like rifles with a butt and a long barrel like Uberti

    And, as I think, wooden holsters like "Mauser" and "Stechkin" turned out to be more practical

    This publication makes it possible to trace where the legs "grow" from modern weapon kits. Thanks to the author
  4. Horse, people and soul
    Horse, people and soul 14 October 2018 20: 44
    The pistol theme of the beginning of the twentieth century always somewhat resembles a dream of reason, except for Colt 1911. All of his contemporaries (except revolvers) have sunk into oblivion.

    They wanted to add the butt to the gun for a long time, but only FAB Defense, starting with KPOS2, and RONI, starting with micro Gen4, really and sensibly got it.

    It turned out that:

    1) you do not need to constantly carry the butt for the pistol with you in a holster
    2) if the butt for the gun is really needed, then carry the gun in a carabiner with a butt on a belt, and not in a holster.
    3) it’s more convenient not to attach the butt to the gun, but to insert the gun into the frame with a folding butt and attach sights, lights, bipod handles, etc. necessary (and not needed) accessories to it.

    1. Grigory Kondratiev
      Grigory Kondratiev 15 October 2018 09: 14
      Daladna Glock-26 differs from Browning arr. 1900 less than this Browning from Mauser s96. The most important thing was invented by the old Moses, they only perfected further. But the butt holsters, yes, did - turned out to be a dead end branch of the evolution of weapons. But beautiful :-)
      1. Horse, people and soul
        Horse, people and soul 15 October 2018 12: 39
        Glock-26 differs from Browning arr. 1900 less than this Browning from Mauser s96.

        How is that?

        All Gloks use a swinging locking system, while Browning 1900 uses a free shutter. Both drums, but the pistol with a cartridge in the chamber can only be safely worn on the Glock - Safe Action with three automatic fuses.
        They only have the same thing, that the store is in the handle, and not in a carabiner like the Mauser C96.


        I don’t know for sure whether Moses invented a store in the handle, but the swinging barrel scheme is only one of the few that are used today. The rotation locking scheme is used in Beretta 92, in the Steyr retro-pistol, in the Slovak GP - the Grand Power, the scheme with the removal of powder guns in the Desert Eagle, the scheme with the parallel reduction of the barrel for the Lahti pistol and for today's Strizh - Strike One.

        Surely no one would have thought of placing the store in the handle, if not for Moses?

        Moses was probably the first to make a gun, thinking about who would use it (ergonomics). The Moses gun looks like a gun, and after more than 100 years, unlike other contemporaries, it looks like an archaic steampunk sewing machine.
        1. Grigory Kondratiev
          Grigory Kondratiev 15 October 2018 20: 02
          I knew that you remember about locking :-). But, I believe, a removable magazine in the handle and a return spring in the area of ​​the barrel are the most important signs of a modern gun. The rest of the detail is a percussion mechanism, locking systems (known before 1900) or a free shutter, etc.
          1. Horse, people and soul
            Horse, people and soul 15 October 2018 21: 04
            Borchardt already had a hand-held removable store in 1893, 7 years before Browning 1900.

            It’s hard to think of a store in the grip as Browning’s invention.

            Spring around the trunk or under the trunk? Well, I don’t know how important this is, because Nambu, Lahti, P.08, and P.38 ... and a bunch of imitations, including Voevodin’s pistol, were quite successful at the time. Fashion for them is over.


            The only difference between Browning pistols starting in 1911 and other contemporaries is ergonomics, not only when shooting, but also for humans made during disassembly. It is thought over for trifles. 1911 - the first gun, which among contemporaries looks like a gun, and not like a steampunk sewing machine.
  5. Catfish
    Catfish 14 October 2018 22: 46
    Quote: Horse, lyudovѣd and soulѣlyub
    The pistol theme of the beginning of the twentieth century always somewhat resembles a dream of reason, except for Colt 1911. All of his contemporaries (except revolvers) have sunk into oblivion.

    Good evening Colleague!
    Why is the "dream of reason"? After all, the same can be said about machine guns of that time. People searched, created, "children were born in pain." And without many of the ideas of that time, most likely there weren't even some of the current models. 1911 is certainly good, but its designer is brilliant. Not everyone was born Browning. By the way, the popularity of this model is largely due to the so-called American patriotism - "America has the very best." Here the Germans and Luger clearly lost to the Americans, and the GXNUMX could become the same symbol of Europe as the Colt became the symbol of the United States of America.
    But this is just my opinion.
    Sincerely, M.Kot. hi

    Thanks to the author for the article. The holster is funny and the article is good. hi
    1. Horse, people and soul
      Horse, people and soul 15 October 2018 00: 09
      Good afternoon, colleague!

      Yes, I didn’t want to say anything bad with these words. Just the design decisions for pistols and their accessories of that time look very much today ...

      by steam punk.


      Moreover, for almost a long time, nothing has changed fundamentally from the holster-butt for the R-08 and Mauser C96 to the Browning holster-butt High Power and Stechkin. And the Germans at Heckler after the war in the 80s had some kind of futuristic-looking pistol to which a full-time holster-butt was offered, forgot the name of the model.

      It was only in the 21st century that FAB Defense KPOS and CAA RONI were able to radically change a thing in the very principle of understanding how to make friends a gun with a butt.
      1. Mordvin 3
        Mordvin 3 15 October 2018 00: 18
        Quote: Horse, lyudovѣd and soulѣlyub
        forgot the name of the model.

        Heckler-Koch, M9 like.
        1. Horse, people and soul
          Horse, people and soul 15 October 2018 00: 34
          Heckler VP 70, 1968, by the way.

          He also had a full-automatic fire translator in his butt.

  6. Dedrusav
    Dedrusav 14 October 2018 23: 44
    Luger pistol, not Parabellum. Parabellum is a type of cartridge.
    1. Horse, people and soul
      Horse, people and soul 15 October 2018 00: 00
      Parabellum is the trade name under which the Luger pistol was sold on the civilian market in Europe. In the German army, the pistol was called P-08. In the USA "Luger pistol".

      Today in Europe, the CIP standard is adopted, in the USA - SAAMI and there the pressure in the barrel for 9x19 should be the same in terms of SI units in imperial and vice versa.
    2. Horse, people and soul
      Horse, people and soul 15 October 2018 00: 15

  7. Catfish
    Catfish 15 October 2018 01: 08
    Quote: Horse, lyudovѣd and soulѣlyub
    In the USA "Luger pistol".

    And there is. As far as I remember, Georg Luger himself went to the States to advertise his pistol. From there, and even from the innate inclination of Americans to big names for weapons and equipment, the name Luger went around the world for the banal army "eight". hi

    Quote: Dedrusav
    Luger pistol, not Parabellum. Parabellum is a type of cartridge.

    "Parabellum" is not a type of patron, but as a colleague Soul-lover correctly noted, the commercial name for a civilian model. In general, this is part of the motto of the Leve brothers' company, where Georg Luger and Hugo Borchardt worked. This is a Latin proverb: "If you want peace, prepare for war." (Not strong in Latin, but you can find it on the net) There Luger took Borchardt's pistol as a basis, improved it and we got the same "Parabellum", P.08 and , if you like, Luger. It's the same with the cartridge, Luger simply shortened Borchardt's 7,65mm cartridge and stuck a 9mm bullet into it. So it is rather a cartridge of the Luger type, and not vice versa.))) By the way, the civilian version of P.08 was also produced under the patron of Borchardt cal. 7,62 mm.
    But yes, I met earlier in the special. editions similar designations of this cartridge: 9mm Para in Europe and 9mm Luger in the USA, but it does not follow that the cartridge was called exactly "Parabellum".
    All this is in weapons literature. smile
    1. Horse, people and soul
      Horse, people and soul 15 October 2018 12: 15
      It seems like even the cartridges for the European and American markets were slightly different in terms of the amount of sprinkle of evil powder. American .32 ACP cartridges were a bit stronger than 7,65x17 and the same with 9x19, which were sold in Europe under the Parabellum brand and in the USA under the Luger brand. The Americans were a bit stronger along the top edge.

      Now, according to the European CIP standard and the American SAAMI, the borders of the link are the same if the SI units are converted to imperial and vice versa.

      But at the beginning of the XNUMXth century it was far from the case.
  8. acetophenone
    acetophenone 15 October 2018 20: 27
    As the Chinese say in such cases, one does not need to draw legs to the snake.
    Going to shoot - take weapons for shooting, going to lead the battle - do not be distracted by shooting.
    Imagine a locksmith with a set of wrenches and files ....