Patents Examined by Jonathan C Weber
  • Patent number: 10495433
    Abstract: A disrupter for launching a combination of water and a projectile toward an explosive device to disable the explosive device. The position of the projectile in the barrel of the disrupter determines an exit velocity of the water and the projectile from the barrel of the disrupter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: F. Richard Langner
  • Patent number: 10495418
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a releasably engagable system of ballistic-resistant panels including a first ballistic-resistant panel having opposing first ballistic-resistant panel front and back surfaces and a second ballistic-resistant panel having opposing second ballistic-resistant panel front and back surfaces. Additionally, the embodiments of the releasably engagable systems of ballistic-resistant panels include at least one of fasteners, an adhesive coating, or a securement element, all of which function to releasably engage the second ballistic-resistant panel front surface with the first ballistic-resistant panel back surface in fixed adjacent relation to provide releasably engaged ballistic-resistant panels. Further, disclosed herein are embodiments of a ballistic-resistant garment configured to receive an embodiment of the releasably engaged ballistic-resistant panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Angel Armor, LLC
    Inventors: Ross M. Hinschberger, Jason M. Thompson, Christopher R. Foth
  • Patent number: 10495395
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a monolithic extended bolt release (EBR) for a rifle includes a rifle mount including a pin aperture for securing the EBR to the rifle case/housing, a bolt stop plate integrally formed with the rifle mount for stopping the rifle bolt, and an extension arm integrally formed with the rifle mount and bolt stop plate. The extension arm includes a vertical straight arm extending from the rifle-mounting part to a trigger opening when the EBR is mounted on a rifle, and a horizontal straight arm connected to the vertical straight arm and passing through the trigger opening. A right-handed rifle user can release the bolt by pressing with finger(s) on the EBR on the right of the rifle, pivoting the EBR about the mounting pin, lowering a bolt stop plate of the EBR and allowing release of the bolt and reloading of the rifle. The EBR design displays superior reliability over extended periods of use in harsh conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Phase 5 Weapon Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Montes
  • Patent number: 10495416
    Abstract: An apparatus, device, or method may detect aim or pointing direction of a firearm, and may display aim directions of the firearm for gunshots fired at a target. Sequence of bullet strikes by multiple gunshots may be determined. A method may comprise detecting gunshots of the firearm discharging live ammunition, measuring aim directions of the firearm substantially at times of detecting the gunshots, recording the times of the gunshots and/or sequence order of the gunshots, and generating output for displaying an image that includes bullet strike icons that represent bullet strikes on the target. Locations of the bullet strike icons in the image may be based, at least in part, on the measured aim directions of the gunshots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Brian Donald Wichner
  • Patent number: 10488130
    Abstract: A gas buffer plenum positioned at the end of the barrel of an automatic firearm. A barrel side end cap connects the system to the barrel. A plenum tube holds one or more chamber walls and retains gas pressure within the enclosure. A target side end cap creates the final pressure chamber enclosure and is attached to the plenum tube to lock the system together. This gas buffer plenum allows a bullet to leave the barrel of the firearm before the bolt of the firearm starts to open. As the gas buffer plenum is filled with the exploding gas behind the bullet, the gas chambers build and maintain pressure that is then forced back through a hole in the plenum. The gas is forced down a gas tube or into a piston system. Depending on the configuration of the firearm, either the gas force, or the piston, strikes the bolt and cycles the firearm. The system may also be used to retrofit a gas operated firearm that uses a traditional gas block design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Rhino Precision, LLC
    Inventors: Klint McLean Kingsbury, Clayton Warren Reinarz, Ronald Christopher Snider
  • Patent number: 10473415
    Abstract: A muzzle brake device includes a main body having a receiver opening, a discharge opening, a central bore, and a plurality of discharge channels extending outward from the central bore at locations between the receiver opening and the discharge opening. A plurality of raised inlet members are disposed along the central bore and are in communication with the plurality of discharge channels. A separation distance between the channels is complementary to the length of the projectile to which the weapon on which the device is attached, and each of the discharge channels are arranged to emulate the vane of a turbine engine, so as to produce a mechanical force that counteracts the recoil of the weapon to which the device is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: U.S. Arms Company LLC
    Inventor: James Eric McMillan
  • Patent number: 10466015
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a releasably engagable system of ballistic-resistant panels including a first ballistic-resistant panel comprising a ceramic plate system, the first ballistic-resistant panel having opposing first ballistic-resistant panel front and back surfaces; and a second ballistic-resistant panel having opposing second ballistic-resistant panel front and back surfaces. Additionally, the embodiments of the releasably engagable systems of ballistic-resistant panels include at least one of fasteners, an adhesive coating, or a securement element, all of which function to releasably engage the second ballistic-resistant panel front surface with the first ballistic-resistant panel back surface in fixed adjacent relation to provide releasably engaged ballistic-resistant panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Angel Armor, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Michael Richardson, Matthew Jason Wellman, Christopher R. Foth
  • Patent number: 10436530
    Abstract: A delayed rotary blowback mechanism integrated into a firearm bolt and carrier subassembly. A plurality of radial locking lugs are configured at a rear end of the bolt and seat within a mating profile of a barrel extension of the firearm in a fully chambered position. A plurality of chamfered locations are configured between the lugs and a receiving profile in the barrel extension for influencing linear to rotational motion of the bolt. A cam pin extends upwardly from the bolt and seats through a circumferentially directed slot configured within the bolt carrier. Upon initiating of the discharge cycle, signaled by the round traveling through and out the end of the barrel, the chamfered configuration results in the bolt and cam pin rotating within the carrier and the lugs subsequently separating from the barrel extension, with the bolt and associated carrier retaining sufficient inertia to cycle through the discharge cycle to the set position concurrent with reloading a subsequent cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: 22 Evolution LLC
    Inventors: John L. Overstreet, Tyson Bradshaw, Von Davis, Jordan Wilson
  • Patent number: 10436549
    Abstract: An improved handguard for AR type rifles is shown. The handguard system uses an offset cam with a dual tapered side surface that engages a tapered circumferential groove on the barrel nut. Tightening the cam in place forces the receiver end of the handguard to clamp simultaneously against the barrel nut and against the front edge of the upper receiver of the rifle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: 5TH AXIS, INC.
    Inventors: Chris Taylor, Robert Davies
  • Patent number: 10429144
    Abstract: An automatic submachine gun for exploiting recoil, that includes a stock; a fixed barrel; a grip provided with an extractable butt; a bolt sliding in direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the barrel inside the stock for locking the breech of the barrel; a device for recovering the recoil kinetic energy of the bolt; a hammer swinging in opposition and through the action of a spring actuator element between a cocked position and an uncocked position; a trigger assembly for the hammer; an opposing lever of the hammer for single shot fire; and an opposing lever of the hammer for continuous burst fire; a manual fire mode selector; an extractable magazine for loading cartridge ammunition; and a firing pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Far League S.R.L.
    Inventor: Antonio Cudazzo
  • Patent number: 10415925
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses are described for accelerating projectiles at high velocity. A barrel may include one or more heaters configured to heat a bore of the barrel prior to launch of a projectile. The barrel bore may be formed in a tungsten sleeve and may be heated to high temperatures. Heat from the barrel bore may be transferred to expanding propellant behind a projectile as it travels through the barrel bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Science Applications International Corporation
    Inventor: Gary David Warren
  • Patent number: 10408569
    Abstract: A rear-sight aiming device to aid a shooter of a firearm. The device includes a housing with a tunnel alignable with the front aiming sight; an elongated optical fiber in a non-linear configuration is disposed inboard within the tunnel; an annular light-transmitting cylinder, disposed within the tunnel between the optical fiber and the shooter of the firearm during shooting; and a self-activating light source coaxially and completely disposed within the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Yigal Abo
  • Patent number: 10408565
    Abstract: In one example, an apparatus for mounting accessories on a rifle includes a base that is mountable to a rifle, an accessory mounting bracket that is L-shaped, the accessory mounting bracket comprising an accessory mounting leg and a depth positioning leg. The depth positioning leg may include a plurality of attachment features disposed along a length thereof that enable attaching the depth positioning leg to the base at a plurality of depth positions. The accessory mounting leg may include a slot for mounting a photographic device at any lateral position within a lateral positioning range (e.g., 3 inches). In some embodiments, the base is mountable to both the left side and the right side of the rifle and the accessory mounting bracket is attachable to the base (on either side of the rifle) at each depth position for any of four orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventor: Ryan Albrecht
  • Patent number: 10408594
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a shock mitigation device including a hollow fuze well having an inner surface and an outer surface. A plurality of vents are axially spaced at equal distance about the outer surface. A shock dampening liner is affixed to the inner surface. A shock dampening ring is concentric about the hollow fuze well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Benjamin M. Blazek, Lee R. Hardt, Carl A. Weinstein
  • Patent number: 10408593
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a vented torque release device including hollow fuze well having a proximal end, a distal end, an inner surface, and an outer surface. A wall is defined by the inner surface and the outer surface. A plurality of vents are axially spaced at equal distance about the outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Benjamin M. Blazek, Lee R. Hardt, Carl A. Weinstein
  • Patent number: 10401119
    Abstract: A small pistol device that shoots red paint pellets is intended to be used for personal protection. The pistol is disguised to appear as a rectangular cellular phone. The pistol is intended to be worn discreetly upon a user's belt using a clip. During a confrontation, a user would fire a paint pellet at the perpetrator causing the release of paint. It is intended that the perpetrator would think they have been shot, thereby providing an opportunity for the user to escape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Frances Mathews
  • Patent number: 10401103
    Abstract: The present invention relates to firearms and, more particularly, to automatic or semiautomatic firearms. In a first embodiment, the gas block of the firearm is tightly bound with the upper receiver rather than the barrel, and the receiver serves as a dampening element for gas block vibrations during shooting such that the impact on the barrel is significantly reduced. Fasteners and barrel nuts are used to rigidly position the gas block relative to the upper receiver to best reduce the impact on the barrel. In another embodiment the gas block is attached both to the upper receiver and to the barrel using a support element. Such fixation of the gas block prevents rotation of the firearm and further decreases vibrations of the barrel. In yet another embodiment, the firearm fits interchangeable magazine wells to change the caliber of the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Konstantin J Konev, Jurij Konev
  • Patent number: 10393456
    Abstract: A multi-cocking handle charger for a rifle is disclosed. The charger has a bolt actuator constructed to securely mount to a forward, commercial or military floating rail-type foregrip mount. The bolt actuator includes a bracket, an auxiliary charging handle, and an actuator. The auxiliary charging handle is attached to the actuator and is housed within the actuator bracket. A secondary bolt actuator may be mounted along the side of upper receiver of the rifle. The secondary bolt actuator also has an actuator bracket and an actuator. The secondary bolt actuator bracket may be mounted along the side of the rifle's upper receiver in-line with the primary bolt actuator. The secondary actuator front end attaches to or contacts the primary actuator. The rear end of the secondary actuator contacts the primary charging handle in the upper receiver of the rifle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher C Beardsley
  • Patent number: 10378846
    Abstract: A sliding trigger enclosure system for a long gun includes a frame that is removably secured to the receiver of a firearm by factory-supplied hardware, and a hollow shoulder stock having a pair of side surfaces that extend outward from the front end. The shoulder stock is slidingly engaged over the frame and transitions between a FIRE position where the trigger assembly of the long gun is accessible, and a SAFE position where the pair of side surfaces are locked in a parallel orientation to the trigger assembly to prevent access to the same. A locking mechanism is disposed along the frame and secures the shoulder stock in the SAFE position. The locking mechanism including a pair of spring-loaded locking pins that are engaged by an actuator, and a user authentication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Gun Guardian LLC
    Inventors: William Lewis Murphy, II, Robert Vail Harvey
  • Patent number: 10378841
    Abstract: The invention is an improvement to a typical firearm drum magazine cartridge feeding system. The improvement provides firearm drum magazine feeding systems with features that work together in tandem to actuate a typical firearm bolt catch. The firearm bolt catch is a common feature in many firearms with the purpose of halting the forward momentum of a firearm bolt. By actuating the firearm bolt catch, a firearm operator is aware that a drum magazine is empty of firearm cartridges. The advantage of this improvement is twofold. First, a firearm enthusiast or soldier utilizing a drum magazine with this improvement will enjoy the benefit of not taking an additional step to pull back a firearm bolt before reloading, and any person will enjoy the added safety benefit of knowing when a firearm is unloaded and safe to handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Benjamin Jeffrey Vickers, Nathan Robert Crary