Patents Examined by Joshua T Semick
  • Patent number: 11353309
    Abstract: Controllers and methods of bulk explosive loading systems are disclosed. A controller of a bulk explosive loading system includes a communication interface configured to communicate with a human-machine interface (HMI). The HMI is configured to execute a software program configured to enable the HMI to receive user inputs from a user. The controller also includes control outputs to output control signals to electrically controllable components. The controller further includes sensor inputs configured to receive sensor signals from sensors configured to monitor the bulk explosive loading system. The controller also includes a processor configured to process recipe information received from the HMI, generate the control signals based on the recipe information to control the electrically controllable components to blend the mixture, process the sensor signals received during blending of the mixture, and transmit blending information to the HMI device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Tradestar Corporation
    Inventor: Jon Erickson
  • Patent number: 11346627
    Abstract: Provided is a trigger mechanism for a firearm having a receiver with a fire control mechanism pocket and a bolt carrier that reciprocates to pivotally displace a hammer when cycled. It includes a hammer having a sear notch and mounted in the fire control mechanism pocket to pivot on a transverse axis between set and released positions. A trigger member has a sear and is mounted in the fire control mechanism pocket to pivot on a transverse axis between set and released positions. The trigger member has a first surface positioned to be forcibly contacted by the hammer when the hammer is displaced by cycling of the bolt carrier, the contact causing at least in part the trigger member to be forced to the set position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: ABC IP, LLC
    Inventor: Lawrence DeMonico
  • Patent number: 11340035
    Abstract: A trigger assembly apparatus includes spherical portion(s) and spherical bearing(s), rounded sear, stabilizing catch, and complimentary shield. In an exemplary embodiment, the spherical portion(s) and spherical bearing(s) respond to non-linear movement. Further, the interaction of the spherical portion(s) and spherical bearing(s) results in the mobility of the trigger in relation to the 6 degrees of freedom thereby resulting in the firearm being generally unaffected by side to side movement of the trigger during activation. The trigger assembly may also include but is not limited to a rounded sear, stabilizing catch, and complimentary shield. The rounded portion of the sear engages the hammer stop notch at a single point further resulting in the firearm being generally unaffected by side to side movement of the trigger. Additionally the stabilizing catch and shield helps facilitate the proper reset of the trigger assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: VARANGIAN INVESTMENTS, LLC
    Inventor: Miles Lewis Gillette
  • Patent number: 11340041
    Abstract: A sight for a firearm includes a housing, a tritium light source, a light transmission rod, and a retainer. The housing is configured to be mounted to a firearm. The tritium light source is supported within the housing. The light transmission rod is disposed in a cavity of the housing and positioned adjacent the tritium light source. The light transmission rod is configured to collect and transmit both an ambient light and a light from the tritium light source. The retainer is removably engaged with the housing and fixes the light transmission rod within the cavity. Removal of the retainer provides access for replacement of the light transmission rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Trijicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward J. Salamon, III, Richard James Lichon, Nicole Renee Thornton
  • Patent number: 11333459
    Abstract: An adjustable tuning device includes an externally threaded mounting member having a base defining an aperture and a tuning weight having internal threads configured to mate with the externally threaded mounting member. The aperture can be configured to receive a forward portion of a gun such that a threaded protrusion extends forward of the base. The mounting member can have a rear surface configured to abut a forward-facing shoulder of the gun. The tuning weight is rotatable about the mounting member to move in a range of axial positions with respect to the mounting member and a barrel axis. The mounting member can have a skirt extending from the base. The mounting member can have an external diameter at an externally threaded portion, and the tuning weight can have a rear portion with an internal diameter less than the external diameter of the mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventor: Aaron Hipp
  • Patent number: 11320227
    Abstract: A rifle star chamber cleaning tool body includes a through hole disposed along a rifle star chamber tool body long axis. At least one end of the through hole includes a groove or slot. The through hole is adapted to slidingly and rotatingly accept a rod. The rifle star chamber cleaning tool body is shaped to slide at least in part into an upper receiver of a rifle. A method to clean a star chamber of an upper receiver of a rifle and a rifle star chamber cleaning tool are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Otis Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Williams, Nathan Williams, Matthew Gioia
  • Patent number: 11313636
    Abstract: A trigger assembly includes a housing a sear moveably connected to the housing; and a trigger piece connected to the housing and moveable between a cocked position and a firing position; the trigger piece including a trigger shoe configured to contact a user in moving from the cocked position to the firing position; the trigger piece being configured to rotate about a first axis of rotation and an orthogonal second axis of rotation in moving from the cocked position to the firing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: John A. Roessel
  • Patent number: 11313639
    Abstract: An auto-loading firearm having a system for switching between live fire and training modes via a selector switch mounted either on the firearm or on a specially designed training attachment. An action arm is selectively movable in response to movement of the selector switch between a live fire position, in which the firearm is free to operate as normal, and a training mode position where the action arm interrupts operation of the hammer and prevents the firearm from discharging while allowing the trigger and, if present, trigger spring to continue operating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Mustang Industrial Design, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Boone, Joel Muskovich, Michael Abraham, Brian Bascom
  • Patent number: 11313653
    Abstract: An initiator assembly for a perforating gun includes a detonator configured to detonate a shaped charge of the perforating gun when ballistically coupled to the shaped charge, wherein the detonator includes a detonator housing that receives an explosive material and a detonator electrical connector extending from the detonator housing, and a switch assembly configured to detonate the detonator after receiving a firing signal, wherein the switch assembly includes a switch housing and a switch electrical connector received in the switch housing, wherein one of the detonator electrical connector and the switch electrical connector is insertable into the other of the detonator electrical connector and the switch electrical connector to form an electrical connection between the detonator and the switch assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: G&H Diversified Manufacturing LP
    Inventors: James Edward Kash, Benjamin Vascal Knight, Ryan Ward
  • Patent number: 11306988
    Abstract: A hammer extension design for use with various firearms, including specifically muzzle-loading firearms, that makes operating the hammer easier, faster, and safer. The present invention discloses a muzzle-loading firearm which includes a stock, a barrel fastened to said stock, a pivot mounted to said stock, a trigger and hammer mechanism comprising of a hammer and a lever arm both secured to said pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventor: Richard Douglas Osborn
  • Patent number: 11306565
    Abstract: A firing stand (30) for mounting a plurality of shaped charges. The firing stand (30) can be configured by a user between a transport configuration in which shaped charges are stored for transport, and at least a first firing configuration from which shaped charges can be deployed. Inter-connected rotating panels (31) may be used to provide user configurability to the firing stand (30), with shaped charges optionally being mounted in panel apertures (36). The firing stand provides for rapid and configurable deployment of multiple shaped charges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: The Secretaiy of State for Defence
    Inventor: David Timothy Newell
  • Patent number: 11306996
    Abstract: A brace assembly includes a firearm attachment member to which a pivot arm is pivotally attached at a pivot. The pivot arm includes a brace member at an end opposite to the pivot and a manipulation member that extends from a main body of the pivot arm in a direction opposite to the brace member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Recover Innovations Ltd.
    Inventor: Tamir Porat
  • Patent number: 11300377
    Abstract: A trigger assembly includes a trigger, a transfer bar having a distal end and a proximal end, the distal end of the transfer bar being coupled to the trigger and the proximal end having a step defined therein; and a sear configured to selectively engage the proximal end of the transfer bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Nicholas E. Young, Cody Lee Rients
  • Patent number: 11300394
    Abstract: An ammunition case trimmer, components thereof, and associated methods. The ammunition case trimmer includes a shroud and a cutter. The cutter is supported in the shroud by at least one rotational bearing. The shroud defines a case guide for receiving the case and guiding the case into engagement with a cutting head of the cutter. The shroud is rotatable with respect to the cutter about the axis of rotation. A proximal free end of the cutter is arranged with respect to the shroud to permit reception of the proximal free end in a chuck of a drill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: AOB Products Company
    Inventors: Timothy S. Kinney, James Tayon, Michael Cottrell, Dennis W. Cauley, Jr., Justin Burke, Brian Steere, Kyle Martin, Anthony Vesich, Matthew Kinamore, Curtis Smith
  • Patent number: 11293715
    Abstract: A firearm with a compound lever trigger mechanism includes a first member pivotally attached to a firearm receiver at a first pivot and a first lever arm extending away from the first pivot attachment point to a sear. The first member is pivotable between a first position where the sear engages a firing element and a second position where the sear does not engage the firing element. A trigger member is pivotally attached to the first member first lever arm with a trigger blade arm extending away from the second pivot in one direction and a bearing arm extending away in another direction toward bearing contact with a surface of the receiver. Pulling the trigger blade arm causes the trigger member to pivot relative to the first member and the bearing arm to move in bearing contact against the receiver, thereby pivoting the lever arm from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Heckler & Koch Inc.
    Inventors: Trenton Newsome, Kevin Collins, Pierce Osborn
  • Patent number: 11287205
    Abstract: Provided is a trigger mechanism having a trigger member is pivotally supported by a housing and having a forwardly extending finger portion and an actuation blade portion and a sear fixed in position relative to each other. A hammer pivotally supported inside the housing has a tooth and a disconnector has hook portion. A safety selector movable between safe and fire positions has a first surface that confronts the finger portion to block pivotal movement of the trigger member when in the safe position and a recess that receives the finger portion and allows movement of the trigger member when in the fire position. When the trigger member is pulled, cycling of the firearm action pivots the hammer to engage the tooth with the hook portion and hold the hammer until the trigger member is released to allow the sear to engage the hammer as the hook releases the tooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: CMC Triggers Corp.
    Inventor: Jack Richard Biegel
  • Patent number: 11287224
    Abstract: Unidirectional transparent projectile penetration resistant panels and bidirectional opaque projectile penetration resistant assemblies and systems and methods of forming and mounting the same relative to underlying support structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: TruArmor a division of Clear-Armor LLC
    Inventor: David Anthony Trudeau
  • Patent number: 11287239
    Abstract: A fast utility access device (FUAD) is provided that includes one or more casings, each of the one or more casings collectively defining a bore, and a core of a highly exothermic composition contained in the bore and surrounded by a thermally insulating inner liner, the highly exothermic composition ignitable to create a post-ignition temperature of between 500° C. and 4000° C. A method is also provided for breaching a target and includes contacting the inventive access device with a breaching target substrate, thermally coupling at least one reaction initiator to the highly exothermic composition, triggering the at least one reaction initiator thereby igniting the highly exothermic composition, and allowing the highly exothermic composition to achieve a post-ignition temperature sufficient to melt the breaching target substrate, forming a hole therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Amee L Polk, Joseph A Domanico, Michael F Kauzlarich, Nino L Bonavito, Warren L Gardner
  • Patent number: 11280595
    Abstract: A rifle cartridge with a bullet has desirable penetration capabilities and controlled separation of components upon terminal impact. In embodiments of the invention, the bullet comprises a forward component, a lead core, and a copper jacket. The lead jacket having a leading edge portion that extends to the cylindrical mid portion. The forward component may have a forward pointed ogive portion, a cylindrical mid portion, a mid ogive portion, and a pair of cylindrical portions separated by an annular groove. The jacket having a cannelure at the annular groove and the casing upper lip crimped into the cannelure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Vista Outdoor Operations LLC
    Inventor: Bryan P. Peterson
  • Patent number: 11280571
    Abstract: A flash hider is configured to reduce a firearm's visible signature. The flash hider extends along a central axis from a proximal end to a distal end. The proximal end defines a central opening to an expanding central volume of a first flash hider portion. One or more outer volumes are located radially outside of the central volume and can be part of first and/or second flash hider portions. When the outer volumes are part of the first flash hider portion, the outer volumes can communicate with the central volume. Optionally, a second flash hider portion includes one or more gas passageways located radially outside of the central volume. For example, gas passageways are interspersed circumferentially with outer volumes of the first flash hider portion, where the gas passageways are isolated from first flash hider portion and receive gas flows via vent openings in the outer wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Sig Sauer, Inc.
    Inventors: Evan Miller, Krzysztof J. Kras