Patents Examined by Michael Carone
  • Patent number: 8925233
    Abstract: The present invention provides an AR variant rifle with a left-sided magazine-release assembly which includes a mag-release catch, a left-sided tool-actuated mag-release actuator, a left-sided actuator cover and a mag-release spring. The actuator is operatively coupled to a mag-release catch and can be actuated by a mag-release tool thereby causing a detachable magazine to be released from a magazine well of the rifle. The actuator cover is configured to be mounted on a left side of the rifle and provides support and substantially shields the mag-release actuator thereby permitting the mag-release actuator to be actuated with any mag-release tool from the left side the lower receiver while preventing the mag-release actuator from being actuated without use of any mag-release tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Alan T. Thordsen
  • Patent number: 8919027
    Abstract: A firearm sight comprising: a sight base; a left contrast geometry wall extending generally upward from the sight base, the left contrast geometry wall having a left operator end and a left firing end; a right contrast geometry wall extending generally upward from the sight base, the right contrast geometry wall having a right operator end and a right firing end, and where the left contrast geometry wall and right contrast geometry wall are tapered in position with respect to each other such that distance between the left operator end and the right operator end is greater than the distance between the left firing end and the right firing end; a targeting space located generally between left and right firing ends; a mounting interface attached to the underside of the base, and configured to attached to a top surface of a firearm; where the left and right contrast geometry walls each have an inner surface that has a visually contrasting appearance such that user intuitively adjusts the firearm such that the con
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Curry
  • Patent number: 8857092
    Abstract: A chamber safety device is configured to be inserted into one or more loading/ejection port(s) of a weapon. When the chamber safety device is inserted into the one or more opening(s), the weapon is not capable of firing due to the fact that no bullet or shell can be inserted into the firing chamber and/or the weapon firing mechanism cannot come in contact with a bullet or shell located in the firing chamber. The chamber safety device includes an upper portion having at least top region which is preferably colored in a high visibility color, such as hunter orange, and which provides a visual indicator to the user and other people around the user that the weapon is not capable of firing. A lower portion is configured to be inserted into the one or more opening(s) of the weapon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Ned T. Bitsack
  • Patent number: 8833225
    Abstract: A bomb rack lock, as part of a bomb rack, comprising a plunger movable to engage a bomb rack linkage to be alternately secured and released and a solenoid body coupled to and operable to support the plunger. The plunger and the solenoid body are movable relative to each other and the bomb rack linkage and the solenoid body is movable between a first position and a second position. The bomb rack lock also includes a sensor to determine whether the solenoid body is in the first position. The plunger is movable to engage and disengage the bomb rack linkage with the solenoid body in the first position. In the second position, the solenoid body prevents engagement between the plunger and the bomb rack linkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Roy P. McMahon, Michael R. Hlavek, Andrew L. Nelson
  • Patent number: 8820245
    Abstract: A gas generating system includes a housing with a first housing portion and a second housing portion configured to define a flow channel therebetween. The first housing portion includes a peripheral distension engageable with the second housing portion to form a sealed end of the flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc
    Inventor: Eduardo L. Quioc
  • Patent number: 8807010
    Abstract: A pistol has a housing, a barrel slide, a barrel and a locking device for locking the barrel to the barrel slide. The locking device is formed by a head of the barrel, a locking block and a pair of locking bodies. The locking bodies engage the barrel slide by the action of the locking block and thus lock the barrel to the barrel slide. The locking block has two first wedge surfaces which are symmetrical about a longitudinal center plane. Each locking body is an elongated cylinder having a second wedge surface which faces the other locking body and interacts in a sheetlike manner with the first wedge surfaces of the locking block. Each locking body has an engagement surface which faces away from the other locking body and is intended for engaging respective recess of the barrel slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Merkel Jagd-und Sportwaffen GmbH
    Inventor: Wilhelm Bubits
  • Patent number: 8806793
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure can include systems, methods, and apparatuses for installing a hand guard on a firearm. In some embodiments, a method of installing a hand guard on a firearm can be provided. The firearm includes a barrel, a barrel nut, and a delta ring. The delta ring is refracted away from the barrel nut. A number of hand guard members are positioned about the barrel. An annular groove formed between a forward plate and a rear plate associated with each hand guard member is mated with a portion of a flange of the barrel nut. The flange is secured within the annular groove of at least one hand guard member. The delta ring is advanced over a portion of some or all the hand guard members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Daniel Defense, Inc.
    Inventors: Marvin C. Daniel, Eric M. Rice, Gerald B. Ash, Patrick Jay Kisgen
  • Patent number: 8789453
    Abstract: A dispenser pod, which includes a dispenser chassis with a first chassis end, a second chassis end and a chassis chamber, a first chassis end cover for covering the first chassis end, a second chassis end cover for covering the second chassis end, a launch system, and at least one sway brace. The first chassis end cover has at least one expendable passageway for accepting an expendable launch canister such that the expendable launch canister can enter the chassis chamber. The launch system is for expelling the expendable launch canister from the chassis chamber and through the expendable passageway. The at least one sway brace is for securing the expendable launch canister within the chassis chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Matthew MacDonald Morrison, Robert Harry Schilder
  • Patent number: 8739452
    Abstract: A weapon system includes a long gun, such as a rifle or a shotgun, a handgun, and a bracket secured to the rifle or shotgun around the barrel. The bracket permits swiveling and firing the handgun while attached to the long gun. The bracket includes a swivel ball joint below the long-gun barrel and an attachment brace that releasably connects the swivel ball joint and the handgun. The handgun may be a semi-automatic pistol where a slide moves back and forth when fired. The attachment brace has a top section and a bottom section. The top section goes around the slide so that it does not interfere with its movement. The bottom section contacts the handgun below the slide to securely attach the handgun to the rifle or shotgun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: SGPP Associates, Trustee for Secondary Gun Pivot Pistol CRT Trust
    Inventor: S. Mill Calvert
  • Patent number: 8739450
    Abstract: The present invention relates to barrel extensions for firearms that have been converted to fire different, most likely lower, caliber ammunition than the firearms were originally designed to accommodate. The present invention in several embodiments is a barrel extension designed to supplement or replace the barrels and/or barrel extensions of firearms that have a sub-caliber conversion installed. Several embodiments of the present invention are configured to be installed on AR15 family rifles with a .22LR ammunition conversion to allow for accurate shooting of the .22LR ammunition through the barrel extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: E.R. Shaw, Inc.
    Inventor: Roy Piontek
  • Patent number: 8726895
    Abstract: A non-lethal pistol for propelling projectiles, such as paintballs. The pistol has a body with a grip portion and a barrel. A canister of propellant received in the body to supply a valve assembly with propellant that is selectively vented to propel projectiles through the barrel. The pistol includes a firing mechanism adapted to actuate the valve assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Tippmann Sports, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis J. Tippmann, Jr., Jeffrey P. Douglas, Kyle D. Smith, Bryce A. Carrico
  • Patent number: 8720096
    Abstract: A single action, semi-automatic handgun has a slide, a firing pin assembly disposed in a hollow interior of the slide, and a trigger bow assembly disposed in a frame of the handgun below the slide. The trigger bow assembly comprises a trigger bow configured for reciprocating sliding motion. The trigger bow has a trigger bow lever configured for reciprocating sliding motion in plane generally transverse to the movement of the slide. The hand gun further comprises a sear assembly with a sear having a tab and a sear pin. The sear tab releasably engages the firing pin assembly and the sear pin releasably engages the trigger bow lever in a manner to enable successive discharging of the handgun upon successive actuation of the trigger of the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Double Nickel Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin Siddle
  • Patent number: 8720098
    Abstract: The tactical precision grip includes an elongate body having an upper mounting portion for mounting the grip to existing mounting hardware on a firearm. At least the sides and back of the body include anti-skid surfaces to prevent slip on the hold during operation. An upper depression is formed on the back of the body for placing a user's thumb, and the front of the body includes an elongate, vertical fingertip groove for placing the user's fingertips during shooting. The depression and the fingertip groove encourage user placement of the respective thumb and fingertips to minimize contact with the firearm grip, thereby enhancing trigger control and shooting accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Earl W. Burress, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8720100
    Abstract: A weapon system includes a first handgun, a second handgun and a clamp removably connecting the first handgun and the second handgun. The clamp includes a bracket securing to the first handgun over the grip and above the magazine butt plate. The clamp has a ball joint connected to the bracket below the magazine butt plate. The clamp includes a beam connected to the ball joint. The clamp includes an attachment brace connected to the distal end of the beam. The attachment brace releasably holds the second handgun. The attachment brace is tighten-able to the second handgun such that the muzzle of the second handgun can be adjusted to a rotatable position in three dimensions. The second handgun can also be fired when in such rotatable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: DHACC Associates
    Inventor: S. Mill Calvert
  • Patent number: 8707605
    Abstract: A rifle construction includes an action and barrel that seat within a stock. The action is fastened to the stock with flexible fasteners that allow the action to seat properly and maintain alignment in the presence of recoil forces or other forces acting on the fasteners. The fasteners can thus compensate for forces created by misalignment during assembly, temperature changes and/or recoil without adversely affecting the zero of the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: John R. Jamison
  • Patent number: 8707848
    Abstract: An armor blast shield for use on the bottom of a vehicle to protect occupants of the vehicle from improvised explosive devices. A preferred embodiment is configured in a V-shaped configuration formed by at least two planar blast resistant panels and an I-beam having channels with inclined walls which receive the panels at an obtuse angle. The panels are adhesively adhered to the I-beam channel walls and at least one bolt is secured through the I-beam and a panel to provide superior blast resistant performance as compared to welded panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Ceradyne, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard L. Allor, Thomas J. Husak, Dainius E. Skiotys
  • Patent number: 8701328
    Abstract: Disclosure relates to a bidirectional gun bore cleaning device for rapidly cleaning the bore of a gun barrel with less manpower by using a striking force (impact energy) of a striking hammer to easily move a cleaning brush in the bore. The bidirectional gun bore cleaning device is coupled to an end of the existing cleaning rod when being used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Won Ho Sohn
  • Patent number: 8695579
    Abstract: A toy launcher that can house a substantially large amount (e.g., 40, 60, 100, 200, etc.) of projectiles along the length of a rotatable projectile feed assembly. During use, a user can cause rotatable projectile feed assembly to rotate about it own axis and can cause projectiles to advance from the rotatable projectile feed assembly to a projectile launch assembly. At the projectile launch assembly, projectiles interact with at least one accelerator launching the projectile out of the toy launcher. The accelerator can be at least one rotating body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Easebon Services Limited
    Inventor: Steven J. Huebl
  • Patent number: 8689690
    Abstract: A micro-machined or micro-engraved safety and arming device for a projectile pyrotechnic train, said device comprising a substrate onto which a shutter is positioned to ensure the blocking of a channel, said shutter being mobile in translation on said substrate, said shutter being held immobile in the safety position by at least one acceleration lock that is released further to the application of the axial acceleration imparted to said projectile during firing, wherein said acceleration lock is constituted by at least one breakable tongue linking said shutter to said substrate, said tongue being oriented and dimensioned such that the axial inertial stresses developed during firing and exerted on said shutter cause said tongue to break.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Nexter Munitions
    Inventors: Christian Pisella, Christophe Kergueris, Laurent Reynard, Renaud Lafont, Pierre-Marie Visse
  • Patent number: 8689477
    Abstract: An improved Rail Adaptor System/Rail Accessory System (RAS) which attaches to a firearm. The rail is top opening, modular, and free floats the barrel. Provided is a rigid, lightweight, strong platform for mounting firearm accessories. Heat transmission from the barrel assembly to the user is limited. The user is also protected from ventilated gases originating from the operating system. A quick detachable top rail section is provided so that the gas system may be easily accessed. This removable top section of the rail is what makes this device unique because the RAS may be installed without removing the barrel, gas system, front sight base, flash hider or the barrel nut. The herein described RAS is adaptable to a wide variety of firearms with the use of conversion parts. The top tail “returns to zero” on reinstallation allowing the remounting of various optics and electronic gun sites without the need to realign them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: LWRC International LLC
    Inventors: Jesus S. Gomez, Darren Mellors