Patents Examined by J. Woodrow Eldred
  • Patent number: 10718594
    Abstract: Removable vehicle window security shield assemblies and related methods of use and/or installation. In some embodiments, an insert-shield assembly may comprise an insert-shield with or without a separate inner shield, one or both of which may comprise a ballistic-rated, transparent material. The assembly may be mounted in and/or to one or more existing windows or other openings of a vehicle. In some embodiments, an inner shield of the shield assembly may be removeable from the assembly. In some embodiments, the entire assembly or a portion thereof may be removed to allow an officer or other user to use the removed portion as a portable shield. The removed portion may be returned to the vehicle following use to enhance the protection of the vehicle. In some embodiments, a personal shield may be inserted into and held by a holster that is positioned within the window frame of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Gary Robert Trott
  • Patent number: 10718577
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a modified rifle bolt carrier allowing a selectively openable vent/valve at the location where exhaust gas is pressurizing the bolt carrier to control carrier speed under suppressed fire in a first valve position or unsuppressed fire in a second valve position. A valve core is disclosed which may be rotated 180° to a first “open” setting for non-suppressed fire from its position in a “closed” position for suppressed fire, and a third “median” position. The modified bolt carrier will allow an operator of the firearm to adjust for a suppressor without changing the gas block or having to modify or adapt the front end or barrel end of the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Primary Weapons
    Inventor: Dean Sylvester
  • Patent number: 10718272
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine comprises a housing having an inlet leading to a fan rotor. A bypass door is mounted upstream of the inlet to the fan rotor, and is moveable away from a non-bypass position to a bypass position to selectively bypass boundary layer air vertically beneath the engine. An aircraft is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Wesley K. Lord, Matthew R Feulner, Gabriel L. Suciu, Jesse M. Chandler
  • Patent number: 10712115
    Abstract: A modular turret for an armored vehicle includes: an invariable and unique basic structural unit configured to be interchangeable, called a standard shell, equipped with interface means; and a plurality of interchangeable and removable functional modules and/or systems securable to the standard shell by specific fastening means distinctive from a connection of each functional module to the standard shell. The interface means allow an assembly of a set of different modules and/or systems of a same functional type on the standard shell at an interfacing zone on the latter. The standard shell includes an assembly of a plurality of plates with different shapes and sizes giving the standard shell a geometric shape with fixed dimensions. The plates have orifices and/or connectors for fastening the interchangeable and removable functional modules and/or systems. The plurality of plates includes a base metal sheet including a base of the standard shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: CMI DEFENCE S.A.
    Inventors: Fabian Corona, Vincent Dumont, Alberto Da Costa Garcia, Henri Orban, Philippe Delvaux
  • Patent number: 10710741
    Abstract: A method for determining airspeed of an aircraft that includes determining a rotor model relating a power coefficient of a propeller of the aircraft to an axial inflow velocity through the propeller as a function of a set of rotor operating parameters; determining the set of rotor operating parameters by sampling an electronic control signal associated with an electric motor actuating the propeller; computing the axial inflow velocity through the propeller based on the set of rotor operating parameters using the rotor model; and determining the airspeed based on the axial inflow velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregor Veble Mikić, Jason Ryan, JoeBen Bevirt
  • Patent number: 10704853
    Abstract: Trigger assemblies are provided for restraining a firing pin of a firearm on a selective basis. The triggers assemblies include a first and a second lever mounted for rotation within a housing. The first lever is configured to be rotated by the user, and rotation of the first lever imparts rotation to the second lever to initiate the discharge of the firearm. The trigger assemblies also include a safety mechanism having a safety lever that is movable between a first and a second angular position. The safety lever is configured to prevent movement of the first and second levers when the safety lever is in its first angular position, thereby preventing discharge of the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: WHG Properties, LLC
    Inventors: William H. Geissele, David Duhaime
  • Patent number: 10704848
    Abstract: Provided is a firearm lower receiver configured to mate with an AR-pattern, auto-loading upper receiver assembly. The lower receiver has a body and a hinge mechanism having a fixed part integral to the lower receiver body and a moving part to which a buffer tube is mounted. The hinge is movable between an extended, operating position where the buffer tube is substantially aligned with the bolt carrier and a folded position. The fixed part includes a carrier blocking member movable between a blocking position where the blocking member prevents rearward movement of a bolt carrier in the upper receiver and a displaced position. The blocking member is spring biased toward the blocking position. A striker extends from the moving part and is configured to contact the carrier blocking member and move it against the spring bias to the displaced position when the hinge mechanism is in the extended, operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Shield Development Group, LLC
    Inventors: Brandon Michael Zeider, Seth Martin Berglee, Michael Anthony Hebert, Raymond Dean Brandly, Eric Kyle Squires
  • Patent number: 10704867
    Abstract: An oil and gas well shaped charge perforator capable of providing an exothermic reaction after detonation is provided, comprising a housing (2), a high explosive (3), and a reactive liner (6) where the high explosive is positioned between the reactive liner and the housing. The reactive liner (6) is produced from a reactive composition which is capable of sustaining an exothermic reaction during the formation of the cutting jet. The composition is a pressed i.e. compacted particulate composition comprising at least two metals, wherein one of the metals is present as spherical particulate, and the other metal is present as a non-spherical particulate. There may also be at least one further metal, which is not capable of an exothermic reaction with the reactive composition, present in an amount greater than 10% w/w of the liner. To aid consolidation a binder may also be added.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: QINETIQ LIMITED
    Inventors: Philip Duncan Church, Robert Peter Claridge, Peter John Gould, Richard Gordon Townsley
  • Patent number: 10697732
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying an aiming vector of a firearm to a user, including: at least one illuminating source, positioned along a longitudinal axis of a barrel of the firearm and at least one light sensor, mounted onto a headgear at a predetermined position, and configured to detect light parameters from the at least one light source, and a processor, configured to: (i) receive the detected light parameters of the at least one illuminating source (ii) determine a location of the at least one illuminating source, based on the detected light parameters, and (iii) generate an aiming vector of the firearm based on the location of the at least one illuminating source with respect to the predetermined position of the at least one light sensor. A display unit mounted onto a headgear is configured to display the aiming vector generated by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: MEPROLIGHT (1990) LTD
    Inventors: Zeev Pniel, Omer Korech
  • Patent number: 10697745
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an ammunition device or pellet suitable for use with gas fired guns, such as paintballing guns. The pellets have a body and a charge that are arranged as a single unit of formed as separate parts which are assembled for use. The body can be single use or reusable. The charge contains marking material and is a single-use portion arranged to be adjacent to the body. The charge has breakable outer shell for surrounding marking material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: IFTF Holding Ltd
    Inventor: David Kenneth Cooper
  • Patent number: 10690425
    Abstract: A locked breech rotating bolt pistol caliber operating system for use with a semi-automatic or fully automatic firearms is described that is retro fit capable and is compatible with many existing AR15 type lower receivers that utilize pistol caliber magazines. The operating system includes an upper receiver that includes a fixed ejector to eject spent casings to minimize the likelihood that the firearm will jam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Charles B. Cassels
  • Patent number: 10690454
    Abstract: The invention relates to a single system that can simultaneously protects a plurality of assets, such as soldiers, vehicles and structures in a given perimeter. The assets are, for example, vehicles and structures that could not otherwise be protected due to tactical and mechanical limitations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: David Cohen
  • Patent number: 10690463
    Abstract: A cartridge with an expanding bullet that has advantageous terminal effects over an extended range. The expanding bullet including a bullet body including a metal jacket extending from a tail portion to a nose portion and surrounding an interior solid core and defining a forward opening and interior cavity. A tip has an exterior surface substantially flush with an exterior surface of the metal jacket. The tip has a main portion forward of the opening and a tip retention portion that at least partially fills the interior cavity. In certain embodiments the tip retention portion includes one or more fluid entry facilitation means such as a fracture regions configured to, upon impact of the bullet with a target, fracture or deform to expose one or more fluid pathways into the interior cavity and to a forward facing interior surface for initiating expansion of the expanding bullet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Vista Outdoor Operations LLC
    Inventors: Justin A. Carbone, Jared Kutney, Shawn Fitzsimonds, Lawrence P. Head, Bryan Peterson, Richard Hurt, Joel J. Foley
  • Patent number: 10690428
    Abstract: A method of assembling a lower receiver and an upper receiver of a firearm is disclosed. The method comprising steps of providing a threaded fastener; inserting the threaded fastener into a ratchet handle; mounting a ratchet gear into the ratchet handle, wherein the threaded fastener passes through an aperture of the ratchet handle and threads into the ratchet gear; positioning a locking plate at the lower receiver, wherein the locking plate is fixed to the ratchet handle by turning and tightening the ratchet handle with the engaged ratchet gear for locking to the locking plate in a locked position; and on the opposite side of the lower receiver, inserting a threaded pivot pin into an aperture of the locking plate from the opposite side of the lower receiver, wherein a threaded rod of the ratchet gear is threaded into a threading cavity of the pivot pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: MOA Dynamics LLC
    Inventors: Ralph B. Vestbom, Kristopher L. Porter
  • Patent number: 10677546
    Abstract: A shell feeding system for a top loading shotgun in one embodiment includes a barrel, receiver, and a magazine. The magazine includes a cavity configured to receive a plurality of ammunition shells in stacked end-to-end relationship. The magazine is positioned above the barrel and extends forward from the receiver. A load gating and locking block engages and guide each shell in a feed pathway towards the lower part of the receiver for chambering. In one embodiment, the receiver and magazine may be formed as a unitary integral structure forming a single piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Monsters Forge, LLC
    Inventors: William Tharp, Jason Bourland, Nathan Hensley
  • Patent number: 10677554
    Abstract: A suppressed pistol has a breech block and a slide mounted on a frame. The breech block and slide are separate pieces, movable relatively to one another and the frame. A link extends between the breech block and the frame. The link carries a cam and a cam follower. The cam follower on the link engages a cam on the frame, the cam on the link engages a cam follower on the slide. Action between the cams, cam followers and the link causes separation between the breech block and the slide during operation of the pistol. The suppressor includes a container having baffle plates with truncated cones defining openings offset from the geometric centers of the baffle plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: SilencerCo, LLC
    Inventors: Phillip Brady Thomas, Casey Brandol, Jonathan Shults, Harrison Holden
  • Patent number: 10677555
    Abstract: A muzzleloader system is disclosed, in which a muzzleloader has an integrally formed, sound moderated barrel and is configured to operate without a breech plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Lehigh Defense, LLC
    Inventors: David B. Fricke, Gregory M. Schmell
  • Patent number: 10663271
    Abstract: Embodiments of a predictably fragmenting projectile having internally-arranged geometric features are disclosed herein. According to various embodiments, a predictably fragmenting projectile having internally-arranged geometric features can include a substantially solid core of a material; a substantially continuous and smooth outer ogive; a plurality of petals attached to the core and formed from the material, each of the plurality of petals can include a smooth outer surface and can be formed by two break lines formed on the inside of the petals; and a cavity that is located proximate to the core and inner surfaces of the plurality of petals. The fragmenting projectile can be configured to deform by at least one of the plurality of petals pivoting outwardly relative to the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: G2 Research Inc.
    Inventor: John Doyle Rogers
  • Patent number: 10655944
    Abstract: A bullet seating die for assembling shoulder breeching rifle cartridges that aligns the bullet co-axial with the case shoulder. Bullet seating depth is set relative to the datum line of the case shoulder and is adjustable. Shoulder breeching rifle cartridges use the shoulder, exclusively, to position the cartridge in the chamber. Therefore, cartridges assembled with this die will position the bullet concentric with the bore of the barrel and at a set distance from the bore with greater precision and consistency than cartridges produced by die of previous designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Jeffrey Howard Gent
  • Patent number: 10655933
    Abstract: An exemplary dot sight device includes a sight body, an illumination unit, an optical system, first, second and third movement blocks, and first, second and third adjustors. The first, second and third movement blocks are disposed in the sight body. The first adjustor is coupled to the first movement block and operable to cause the first movement block to move thereby causing the illumination unit to be displaced along a first axial direction. The second adjustor is coupled to the second movement block and operable to cause the second movement block to move thereby causing the illumination unit to be displaced along a second axial direction different than the first axial direction. The third adjustor is coupled to the third movement block and operable to cause the third movement block to move thereby causing the illumination unit to be displaced along the second axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Bo Sun Jeung