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scabbard

[′skab·ərd]
(ordnance)
A sheath with an open top; it is usually made of leather or canvas and is designed to protect edged weapons, rifles, carbines, and submachine guns from the elements and rough usage.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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He drew his sword entirely from the scabbard, and followed him, crying, "Turn, turn, Master Joker, lest I strike you behind!"
Hence, it resulted when D'Artagnan proceeded to draw his sword in earnest, he found himself purely and simply armed with a stump of a sword about eight or ten inches in length, which the host had carefully placed in the scabbard. As to the rest of the blade, the master had slyly put that on one side to make himself a larding pin.
He first called for my scimitar, which I took out, scabbard and all.
Then he unbuckled his scabbard, laid it and the sword aside, and walked deliberately over to the oak thicket.
I am starving," and the ape-man looked down upon the lion beneath him and smiled, a slow quizzical smile, and then he shifted the carcass from his shoulder to the branch before him and, drawing the long blade that had been his father's, deftly cut off a hind quarter and, wiping the bloody blade upon Bara's smooth coat, he returned it to its scabbard. Numa, with watering jaws, looked up at the tempting meat and whined again and the ape-man smiled down upon him his slow smile and, raising the hind quarter in his strong brown hands buried his teeth in the tender, juicy flesh.
Another was no less pleased with the Nez Perce lad, and nothing would do but he must exchange knives with him; drawing a new knife out of the Nez Perce's scabbard, and putting an old one in its place.
Her categories of weapon include the hourglass-shape hilt: a widespread and functional form, the pistol-grip or bird-head hilt: a ubiquitous ancestry, deep-sheathed knives and scabbards: a descendant from Central Asia, the pish-qabz: a blend of ancient types, and staffs and insignia of rank: traditions of court ceremony and ritual.
Their designs run the gamut from simple belt scabbards, like the Mini Speed Scabbard for the Solo (shown) to elegant and carefully designed shoulder rigs, including one crafted specifically for the demands of the female form.
They're cheaper to make, and therefore to sell, than the finest of leather handgun scabbards. Molded more tightly to the guns than leather generally can be, they're also as a rule more secure in extreme exertion situations like, oh, fighting for your life, assuming an open-top design with no safety straps or other retention devices.
Saddleback Leather Company introduced its new line of gun scabbards and pistol cases around the same time I was working on the Ruckus project.
And it's ready for any hunt with its 2,000-pound towing capacity, standard 2-inch receiver, 1,500-pound payload capacity (with rear box gas-assist dumping), and standard 4,500-pound winch, front and rear brushgards, nerf bars, and dual gun scabbards. Able to carry three adult, the Pro-Rt Cab system (glass tip-out windshield, glass rear panel, camo half-doors, and premium carno-roof) and heated seats provide additional comfort.