Patents Examined by Stephen Johnson
  • Patent number: 10443967
    Abstract: An unmanned turret having a turret ring gear and first and second electrical force-producing devices with the unmanned turret being rotatably mounted to a vehicle chassis, the turret drive mechanism including at least one ring gear independent of the turret ring gear, at least one manually-operable input component rotatably coupled to the at least one ring gear, the at least one input component accessible within the vehicle chassis, and at least one output component mechanically coupled to at least one of the first and second electrical force-producing devices of the unmanned turret to cause rotation of the at least one of the first and second electrical force-producing device. Another turret drive mechanism and an unmanned turret are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Craig Matthew Rose, Ronald Eugene Janka
  • Patent number: 10435998
    Abstract: An outer tube for a perforating gun is provided that includes an inner wall and an outer wall and also a wall thickness (D) and a length (L), wherein the outer tube has a hardness over its entire longitudinal extent along the length (L) and its transverse extent along the wall thickness (D), wherein the hardness of the outer tube is reduced, in at least one region, to an extent (T) measured from the outer wall to the inner wall, wherein, in this region, the outer tube has a reduced hardness (HV) on its outer wall, said reduced hardness being reduced in this region by at least 5% in relation to the hardness (H) of the inner wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Benteler Steel/Tube GmbH
    Inventors: Jozef Balun, Waldemar Engel
  • Patent number: 10436552
    Abstract: A laser sight system for switching between one color of projected light, and a second color of projected light, depending upon ambient lighting levels. The system includes laser projectors of at least two colors, and optionally, a light level sensor having a setpoint and a setpoint adjuster. Actuation of an appropriate laser projector may be determined by sensing ambient light. The system may include a flashlight for general illumination, and a manual selector for selecting among three modes of operation. In one mode, only the laser projectors operate. In another mode, only the flashlight operates. In another mode, the lasers operate subject to the light level sensor, and the flashlight operates when the low light level laser is operating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Mark Gray
  • Patent number: 10436532
    Abstract: A firearm magazine assembly includes a magazine-body, a movable-member, a spring, a securement-member, and a key-member. The spring includes a spring-length configured for repeated selective compression and extension, as needed. The firearm magazine assembly is useful for providing a firearm magazine configured for quick loading and reloading of a firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Joshua Walton
  • Patent number: 10436538
    Abstract: A slide for an automatic pistol includes a cavity, a housing in the cavity, a laser module at least partially received in the housing, a power source, circuitry, and a striker. The slide has a first mode in which it emits laser light and a second mode in which it does not emit laser light. The striker has a first position in which it does not cause the laser module to emit laser light. When the pistol's trigger is pulled, the pistol's firing pin contacts the striker and moves the striker backwards from the first position to a biased position. When the firing pin moves out of contact with the striker, the striker moves forward to a second position and causes the circuitry to transmit power from the power source to the laser module, which causes the laser module to emit laser light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: CRIMSON TRACE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Larry E. Moore, Aaron Moore
  • Patent number: 10422603
    Abstract: A muzzle brake for high power rifles, hand guns, machine guns, and artillery, exhibiting barrel stabilization and recoil reduction, by capturing gasses against an orifice end plate and redirecting these gases both out of the muzzle brake, and into the muzzle brake to fill the partial vacuum left by the exiting high pressure gases, by way of Major truncated socket forms, and to a lesser extent, with the use of Minor truncated socket forms, and their associated vent ports in an asymmetrical pattern that balances barrel lift, and recoil against the expected and recovered gases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: James Norman Griffitts
  • Patent number: 10422597
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention pertain to a magazine release interlock mechanism that enables a magazine of a rifle to only be released when the receiver is in an open position. The mechanism includes a translatable pin, a compression spring and a retainer. A fixture and a method for retrofitting a rifle are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: CARSEYCO INC.
    Inventor: Mark Carsey
  • Patent number: 10422611
    Abstract: A shotgun shell has a polymer wad with a forward shot cup portion and a rearward propellant cup, the wad in a casing, shot in the shot cup, propellant in the propellant cup, and a primer in a head of the casing. The propellant cup having a plurality of fins extending rearwardly that open to a deployed position upon firing and the shot cup having a plurality of circumferentially spaced axially aligned linear slit segments that permit air to circulate and permit expansion of the shot cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Vista Outdoor Operations LLC
    Inventors: Adam J. Moser, Erik K. Carlson, Matthew S. Schroeder, Gary Hendrickson, Frank Gerzina
  • Patent number: 10415944
    Abstract: The invention relates to a primer cap for small-caliber ammunition, having an outer metallic cup in which is arranged a priming composition which generates hot combustion gases following initiation. To enable more versatile control of the initiation process in the weapon, it is proposed that a resistance bridge which can be initiated electrically, and an electrically conductive pole piece, are additionally arranged in the primer cap, wherein the first pole of the resistance bridge is connected to the cup and the second pole is connected to the cup and the second pole is connected to the pole piece, which protrudes out of the cup and is electrically insulated from the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: RUAG AMMOTEC GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Winter, Wolfgang Mosig, Ulrich Bley, Aleksej Hoschenko, Martin Liebl
  • Patent number: 10408586
    Abstract: A non-lethal projectile comprises a carrier with a deployable payload to allow for effective performance at both long and short ranges. The non-lethal projectile is fired from a launcher. At a predetermined range, the carrier opens thereby deploying the payload. The payload may further comprise a drogue chute to reduce the kinetic energy of the payload to a non-lethal level. Alternatively, the inherent drag coefficient of the payload may enable sufficient reduction of kinetic energy without the need for a drogue chute. The deployed petals of the carrier serve as drag surfaces for the carrier, thereby reducing the kinetic energy of the carrier to a non-lethal level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Mario E. DeAngelis
  • Patent number: 10408575
    Abstract: A ballistic-resistant molded article includes a compressed stack of sheets made up of reinforcing tapes having a tensile strength of at least 1.0 GPa, a tensile modulus of at least 40 GPa, and a tensile energy-to-break of at least 15 J/g, the direction of the tapes within the compressed stack being not unidirectional. The stack includes a first layer of sheets including reinforcing tapes and a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) as matrix material and a further layer of sheets including reinforcing tapes and a thermoplastic elastomer as matrix material, wherein the further layer includes 0.2-8 wt. % matrix material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: TEIJIN ARAMID B.V.
    Inventors: Joris Van Der Eem, Jules Harings, Gerardus Janse, Hendrik Tjaden
  • Patent number: 10401104
    Abstract: Magazine release button interference pin assembly and AR-style lower receiver functions to prevent the depression of the magazine release button on an AR-style rifle while the upper receiver is closed or locked onto the lower receiver. Magazine release button interference pin assembly and AR-style lower receiver prevents magazine release and reloading while the upper receiver is closed or locked onto the lower receiver. Magazine release button interference pin assembly and AR-style lower receiver is a magazine release button interference pin assembly as well as a specially machined lower receiver to accept the magazine release button interference pin assembly. Magazine release button interference pin assembly includes a special magazine release button interference pin with at least two protrusions, a spring, and a retaining pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: John W Burns, Dustin W Burns
  • Patent number: 10401116
    Abstract: A pull-through applicator assembly for maintenance of a gun barrel. The pull-through applicator assembly is a unitary, disposable, and configured for easy manufacturing relative to conventional pull-through assemblies. The economics of the disclosed pull-through applicator assembly is sufficient to permit packaging and sale as a disposable unit, for discarding after a single use. The single-use aspect enables the fibrous body to be configured primarily for compliance to the internal geometry of the gun barrel (e.g., the grooves of the rifling) without need for considering the durability over multiple uses. Accordingly, enhanced contact with the internal geometry of the gun barrel is realized in the convenient form of a pull-through applicator that is disposable. The pull-through applicator may be configured of biodegradable materials to enhance the disposable aspect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: MICHAELS OF OREGON CO.
    Inventors: Laurie A. Kokoruda, Jason L. Slinkard, Paul Fischer
  • Patent number: 10393457
    Abstract: The present invention is an ammunition magazine, preferably made of a reinforced polymer, utilizing a structurally enhancing ridge, angular guide rails and a follower made to interface with said guide rails to reduce wobble. The preferred embodiment also features a protective cover that distributes forces from the spring to more structurally sound areas of the magazine, thus reducing feed end splay, and an ammunition indication system comprised of at least one window and a noticeable marker on the follower spring. The follower and magazine casing are also designed to interface to prevent the follower from popping out of the feed end and the floor plate of the magazine utilizes a locking plate and sliding relationship between the floor plate, locking plate and magazine to secure the floor plate onto the magazine casing. The cover features built in tools for, among other things, unloading and disassembling the magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Magpul Industries Corp.
    Inventors: Richard M. Fitzpatrick, Michael T. Mayberry, Brian L. Nakayama, Eric C. Burt
  • Patent number: 10393488
    Abstract: Devices and methods facilitate a precise, measured amount of adjustment to a die used for the reloading of ammunition cartridges. A lock ring assembly and notched threads generate audible or tactile user feedback, preferably in the form of “clicks” as the lock ring advances by a precise, predetermined amount axially relative to a die body. The lock ring assembly may be a unified structure, wherein the entire lock ring assembly turns as a unit. In this embodiment, one or more ball detents in the lock ring assembly interact with notched threads on a proprietary die body. Alternatively, the lock ring assembly may be a two-part assembly that can be used with existing threaded dies with continuous un-notched threads. The die body, whether notched or not, may be used in any reloading application in standard presses, including cartridge sizing, crimping, bullet seating, or case mouth belling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Johnny L. Whidden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10378845
    Abstract: A smart gun is provided that maintains a default locked state. The smart gun can be selectively unlocked for a predetermined period of time using a predetermined gesture that is detected by a gyrosensor locked in the smart gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Research Foundation of the City University of New York
    Inventor: Masato Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10378860
    Abstract: A muzzle brake for a firearm is described. In one example, an apparatus includes an inner shroud, an outer shroud, and an attachment portion. The inner shroud is configured to permit passage of a bullet from a firearm through a longitudinal axis and having a plurality of inner vents configured to vent gases caused by the passage of the bullet. The outer shroud is at least partially disposed around the longitudinal axis of the inner shroud and forms a chamber between the inner shroud and the outer shroud. The outer shroud has a plurality of outer vents configured to further vent the gases received through the plurality of inner vents. The attachment portion is connected to at least one of the inner shroud or the outer shroud. The attachment portion is configured to form a removable attachment to a part of the firearm that is other than a barrel of the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Salient Arms International
    Inventor: Adrian Chavez
  • Patent number: 10371477
    Abstract: A choke assembly for use with a shotgun, the choke assembly having a collar attachable to the muzzle of the shotgun. There is a sleeve attached to the collar, the sleeve having at least one tapered bore or aperture, a ball being received in the aperture. There is a tubular slide in surrounding relationship to the sleeve and the collar, there being annular radially outwardly and radially inwardly facing recesses on the slide and collar, respectively, which cooperate to form an annular spring pocket. There is a compression spring received in the pocket, the ball having a portion extending through the tapered bore and a threadless choke received in the sleeve, the choke having an indentation in which at least a portion of the ball is received when the choke is inserted into the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Terry Dobson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10371485
    Abstract: An improved aim compensation method using ballistic effect compensating reticle 300 includes choosing, for a user-selected target, corresponding spin-drift compensated Point of Aim (POA) within a multiple point elevation and windage aim point field (e.g., 350) including a primary aiming mark (e.g., 358) aligned horizontally with left and right leveling reference lines (e.g., 370L, 370R) which point inwardly to the primary aiming point to be sighted-in at a first selected range. The aim point field also includes a plurality of secondary downrange aiming points arrayed beneath the primary aiming mark, and the downrange aiming points are arrayed in lines of dots or downrange windage hold points positioned to compensate for ballistic effects such as spin drift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: G. David Tubb
  • Patent number: 10371471
    Abstract: A firearm includes a frame to which a barrel and slide are slideably mounted and in which a magazine is slideably received. A bumper telescoped on a push rod slideable with the slide pushes a shell in the magazine onto a pivotal carrier. Locking wings pivotally mounted to the barrel are cammed in troughs of a cam block as the barrel and the slide parallel to the longitudinal axis of the barrel relative to the cam block, so that lock tabs are removably received in locking recesses in the slide to removably lock the barrel and slide together. A trigger is slideably mounted to the frame for movement parallel to the longitudinal axis of the barrel for pivoting a sear lever engagable with a biased striker and moving a safety from an interfering position relative to the striker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: D.A. Wiese & Co., LLC
    Inventor: Olaf N. Lee