Patents Examined by James S. Bergin
  • Patent number: 10378869
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ammunition disabler with a material capable of being selectively changed in response to an energy wave for preemptively disabling ammunition. In at least one embodiment, the ammunition disabler includes a material selectively structurally changeable from an operative state to a deactivated state upon exposure to an energy wave is provided, where the material is positioned at least partially between the firing pin and the priming compound when the ammunition is chambered within the firearm (with the priming compound positioned between the material and the propellant), and related systems, methods and uses. The material may be contained within the primer cup with the priming compound. The material may be positioned adjacent to the priming compound in direct or indirect contact or in close proximity. The material may be positioned externally from the primer cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: JD Pharma, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Dan Palo
  • Patent number: 10378866
    Abstract: An assembly (2) for attachment to a projectile comprises a first part (4) and a second part (6) mounted for rotation relative to the first part (4) about an axis (A). There is an axial gap (G) between the first and second parts (4, 6). At least one plastically deformable element (34) is arranged within the gap (G) between the first and second parts (4, 6), the plastically deformable element (34) being such as to deform due to the closing of the axial gap (G) between the first and second parts (4, 6) during launch of the projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: ATLANTIC INERTIAL SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventor: Henry James Thomas
  • Patent number: 10365077
    Abstract: A detonator arrangement (10) comprising a detonator (1) having an initiation charge (2) and a base charge (3), which initiation charge (2) is arranged to initiate a detonation of said base charge (3), characterized in that the said detonator arrangement (10) comprises a securement device (5, 72, 64) movable in relation to the detonator (1), which securement device (5, 72, 64) can be disposed in a first position arranged to prevent a transfer of the detonation of the initiation charge (2) to the base charge (3), whereby the detonation of the base charge is avoided, and in a second position arranged to allow the transfer of the detonation of the initiation charge (2) to the base charge (3), whereby the detonation of the base charge is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: LIFE TIME ENGINEERING AB
    Inventors: Ulf Borgstöm, Lars-Erik Pettersson
  • Patent number: 10359262
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ammunition having a primer insert having a top surface opposite a bottom surface and a extraction flange that extends circumferentially about an outer edge of the top surface; a coupling element that extends from the bottom surface, wherein the substantially cylindrical coupling element is adapted to receive a polymer overmolding; a primer recess in the top surface that extends toward the bottom surface, wherein the primer recess comprises a recess bottom and a circular recess side wall; a primer flash aperture through the recess bottom that extends through the bottom surface, wherein the primer flash aperture is adapted to receive a polymer overmolding to form a flash hole; and a groove in the primer recess positioned around the primer flash aperture adapted to receive a polymer overmolding, wherein the groove extends at least partially over the bottom surface and at least partially over the circular recess side wall and the groove is adapted to receive polymer over the bott
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventor: Lonnie Burrow
  • Patent number: 10352668
    Abstract: A mortar ammunition round which contains at least three fragment producing regions covered by a threadably removable aluminum cowling. Detachment of the cowling provides access to several of the fragment producing regions which are located on a removable cup device. A different cup device may then be selectively inserted and the cowling replaced, forming a new mortar round of different select performance capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Ryan Hooke, Frank Munoz, Jack Pincay, James Hamfeldt, Jeffrey R. Kraft, Gregory Nieradka, Eugene Schlenk, Donna Snyder, Brett Barnes, Andrew Maulbeck, Gordon Cheung, Tu-Nhi Nguyen, Oscar Ruiz, Mitchell Stolk, Gerard Voorhis
  • Patent number: 10352664
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a polymeric ammunition cartridge and methods of making and using the same. The cartridge includes a substantially cylindrical insert connected to a substantially cylindrical polymeric middle body. The substantially cylindrical insert includes a top surface opposite a bottom surface and a substantially cylindrical coupling element that extends from the bottom surface, a primer recess in the top surface that extends toward the bottom surface, a primer flash hole positioned in the primer recess to extend through the bottom surface, and a flange that extends circumferentially about an outer edge of the top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Lonnie Burrow
  • Patent number: 10345088
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a polymeric ammunition cartridge and methods of making and using the same. The cartridge includes a substantially cylindrical insert connected to a substantially cylindrical polymeric middle body. The substantially cylindrical insert includes a top surface opposite a bottom surface and a substantially cylindrical coupling element that extends from the bottom surface, a primer recess in the top surface that extends toward the bottom surface, a primer flash hole positioned in the primer recess to extend through the bottom surface, and a flange that extends circumferentially about an outer edge of the top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Lonnie Burrow
  • Patent number: 10309758
    Abstract: A networked electronic ordnance system is provided. The system includes a first plurality of pyrotechnic devices connected to a first network bus. The system further includes a first bus controller connected to the first network bus. The system further includes a second plurality of pyrotechnic devices connected to a second network bus. The system further includes a second bus controller connected to the second network bus. The system further includes a bus interface circuit connected to the first bus controller by a first electrical connection and connected to the second bus controller by a second electrical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company (California) LLC
    Inventors: Peter J. Current, Michael R. Hathaway
  • Patent number: 10302405
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of devices comprising energetic materials capable of superdetonation and methods of making and using such devices. The devices disclosed herein comprise components, dimensions, and configurations optimized to utilize superdetonation velocities produced by the energetic materials disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: TRIAD NATIONAL SECURITY, LLC
    Inventor: Shawn D. McGrane
  • Patent number: 10302406
    Abstract: A mechanical device that has the ability to manage and set explosives cones in the rocks that form the hanging, which can be operated remotely, avoiding the danger of the current state of the art where operators place explosive using bamboo sticks, before detonating them, causing an imbalance in the hanging. The mechanical device also known as cone-holder, is located at the end of an automated and semi autotransportable manipulator arm for releasing hangings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: CODELCOTEC SPA
    Inventors: Mario Vicuna Marin, Gaston Pinilla Narvaez, Ernesto Arancibia Villegas, Gabriel Gonzalez Loguercio
  • Patent number: 10295319
    Abstract: A projectile has a front portion and a cylindrical portion. The cylindrical portion comprises a cylindrical sidewall having an outer surface and an inner surface. The projectile also has a plurality of depressions in the cylindrical sidewall. The depressions have an outlet adjacent the second end, an inlet toward the first end and a neck area between the inlet and the outlet. A width of the inlet is smaller than a width of the outlet. The depressions at the neck area have a curved sidewall, but a generally straight sidewall between the neck area and the outlet. The surface of the depression extends at a ramp angle from the outer surface of the sidewall at the inlet of the depression toward the inner surface of the sidewall at the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: United Tactical Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Gary E. Gibson, Michael A. Varacins, Jon Willson
  • Patent number: 10288390
    Abstract: A concealed amalgamated neutralizer covertly combines neutralizer material comprised of various combinations of inert materials such as calcium carbonate or silicates with common explosive material for the prevention of malicious use of the explosive material in improvised explosive devices. The concealed amalgamated neutralizer device may vary in shape, size, and color and is therefore adaptable to varying methods of containment typified by common pyrotechnic products. The neutralizer material mimics the explosive material of the pyrotechnic products without detection. Upon disassembly of a concealed amalgamated neutralizer device, the neutralizer material is mixed with and neutralizes the explosive material rendering the explosive material useless as a component for an improvised explosive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: I P Creations Limited
    Inventors: Daniel Hill Meeker, Benjamin John Green
  • Patent number: 10288391
    Abstract: A shaped charge comprising a containment shell, an explosive charge placed in the containment shell and having a V-shaped surface, a fuse placed behind the explosive charge, and a layer of projection material placed in front of the V-shaped surface of the explosive charge. A layer of pyrogenic material is used for heating the projection coating. This pyrogenic material can also be mixed with the explosive charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: ARIANEGROUP SAS
    Inventors: Felipe Medina, Luc Preaud
  • Patent number: 10274293
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ammunition cartridge having a primer insert having a top surface opposite a bottom surface and a extraction flange that extends circumferentially about an outer edge of the top surface; a coupling element that extends from the bottom surface, wherein the substantially cylindrical coupling element is adapted to receive a polymer overmolding; a primer recess in the top surface that extends toward the bottom surface, wherein the primer recess comprises a recess bottom and a circular recess side wall; a primer flash aperture through the recess bottom that extends through the bottom surface, wherein the primer flash aperture is adapted to receive a polymer overmolding to form a flash hole; and a groove in the primer recess positioned around the primer flash aperture adapted to receive a polymer overmolding, wherein the groove extends at least partially over the bottom surface and at least partially over the circular recess side wall and the groove is adapted to receive polymer ove
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Lonnie Burrow
  • Patent number: 10267606
    Abstract: A pyrotechnic projectile including an aerial shell, the aerial shell including at least one combustible layer of material; the at least one layer surrounding and containing at least one pyrotechnic effect and a dispersive explosive charge; the at least one combustible layer including a combustible material configured to burn substantially throughout the at least one layer; and wherein the at least one combustible layer is configured to burn through a thickness at a preselected rate to thereby ignite the dispersive explosive charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: DMD Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Darren Naud, John David Thomas
  • Patent number: 10267604
    Abstract: An initiator assembly that includes a header body, a frame member, a plurality of terminals, an initiator chip, a plurality of contacts, and a support member. The frame member is coupled to the header body and defines an interior aperture. The terminals are received through the header body and the frame member. The initiator chip is received in the frame member and has a plurality of lands, a conductive bridge and a flyer that is disposed over the conductive bridge. Each of the contacts is soldered to an associated one of the terminals and an associated one of the lands. The support member is formed of plastic and encapsulates the frame member, the plurality of contacts, and a portion of the initiator chip. The support member forms a barrel aperture over the flyer. The input charge is formed of a secondary explosive and is disposed in-line with the barrel aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Reynolds Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Emmanuel Morales, Michael B. Meadows, Christopher J. Nance
  • Patent number: 10260846
    Abstract: A consumer-ready, disposable pyrotechnic display system includes a pyrotechnic module and a control module. The pyrotechnic module includes a mounting substrate, electrically ignitable pyrotechnic devices, and electrical conductors connected to the pyrotechnic devices and disposed beneath the mounting substrate. The control module includes a housing having an upper surface and a bottom surface on which electrical contacts are disposed; and a processor, a memory, a power supply, and a transceiver within the housing. The electrical conductors are connected to the electrical contacts prior to receipt by the consumer. When the transceiver receives a signal from a remote device (such as a cellular telephone), the processor ignites each of the electrical conductors in a sequence programmed into the memory of the control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: James E. Fish
  • Patent number: 10247531
    Abstract: A fragmentation casing includes a monolithic tube defined by an alternating axial arrangement of first and second rings. Each first ring is a contiguous ring of fused powder defining spaced-apart first elements of the fused powder and at least one second element of the fused powder joining adjacent ones of the first elements. Each second ring is a contiguous lattice of the fused powder. Each of the first elements is contiguous with a portion of the lattice associated with at least one of the second rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Ian Avalon Hall, Kevin Genson
  • Patent number: 10240905
    Abstract: The present invention provides polymer ammunition having a primer insert having a primer insert having a top surface opposite a bottom surface and a extraction flange that extends circumferentially about an outer edge of the top surface; a coupling element that extends from the bottom surface, wherein the substantially cylindrical coupling element is adapted to receive a polymer overmolding; a primer recess in the top surface that extends toward the bottom surface, wherein the primer recess comprises a recess bottom and a circular recess side wall; a primer flash aperture through the recess bottom that extends through the bottom surface, wherein the primer flash aperture is adapted to receive a polymer overmolding to form a flash hole; and one or more pads positioned on the recess bottom; a groove in the primer recess positioned around the primer flash aperture to extend at least partially over the recess bottom and adapted to receive a polymer overmolding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Lonnie Burrow
  • Patent number: 10234249
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ammunition having a primer insert having a top surface opposite a bottom surface and a extraction flange that extends circumferentially about an outer edge of the top surface; a coupling element that extends from the bottom surface, wherein the substantially cylindrical coupling element is adapted to receive a polymer overmolding; a primer recess in the top surface that extends toward the bottom surface, wherein the primer recess comprises a recess bottom and a circular recess side wall; a primer flash aperture through the recess bottom that extends through the bottom surface, wherein the primer flash aperture is adapted to receive a polymer overmolding to form a flash hole; and a groove in the primer recess positioned around the primer flash aperture adapted to receive a polymer overmolding, wherein the groove extends at least partially over the bottom surface and the circular recess side wall and the groove is adapted to receive polymer through the primer flash aperture and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: True Velocity IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Lonnie Burrow