Patents by Inventor Wayland P. Barber

Wayland P. Barber has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 8813629
    Abstract: A breech assembly for a weapon may include a breech ring and a carrier fixed to a shaft. The shaft may be rotatably mounted to the breech ring. A breech block may be fixed to the carrier and insertable into and out of an opening in the breech ring by rotating the shaft. A notch may be formed in an end of the shaft. A lock may be translatably disposed in the breech ring and translatable into and out of the notch in the end of the shaft. Translation of the lock into the notch may rotatably lock the shaft with respect to the breech ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Edward W. Holmes, Wayland P. Barber, Leslie C. Blahut, Paul J. Koelbel
  • Patent number: 8356437
    Abstract: A firing pin position indicator may be mounted to the breech end of a weapon. The indicator may include a solenoid with a plunger and a firing pin adapter that is selectively engageable with the plunger. The firing pin adapter may be fixed to the firing pin of the weapon. The solenoid plunger may be coupled to a quick-release lock. The quick-release lock may be selectively engageable with the firing pin adapter. The quick-release lock may include a housing and a spring-loaded piston that is translatable in the housing. The quick-release lock housing may be coupled to the solenoid plunger with a pin. A sensor may sense the position of the solenoid plunger and may provide a control signal to the weapon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Edward W. Holmes, Wayland P. Barber
  • Patent number: 8272307
    Abstract: A breech-loaded weapon may include a carrier at its breech end. The carrier may include a breech block support. A screw block may be rotatable on the breech block support of the carrier. The carrier may include a supporting protuberance and the screw block may include a supporting projection having an undercut portion. A spring-loaded plunger may be disposed on the carrier and a plunger recess may be defined in the screw block. In a retained position of the screw block, the undercut portion of the supporting projection may engage the supporting protuberance of the carrier and the spring-loaded plunger may engage the plunger recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Edward W. Holmes, Wayland P. Barber, Leslie C. Blahut
  • Patent number: 8141469
    Abstract: The breech end of a gun may include a quick-release spindle assembly. A carrier may have a locking collar rotatably disposed therein. The locking collar may have a through-bore and one or more projections extending into the through-bore. The locking collar may be rotatable between spindle lock and spindle release positions. A spindle may be translatably disposed in the through-bore of the locking collar. The spindle may include one or more projections extending radially outward from a rear outer surface of the spindle. In the spindle lock position of the locking collar, the projections of the spindle may be aligned with the projections of the locking collar to thereby prevent translation of the spindle in a forward direction. In the spindle release position of the locking collar, the projections of the spindle may not be aligned with the projections of the locking collar to thereby allow translation of the spindle in a forward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Edward W. Holmes, Wayland P. Barber, Leslie C. Blahut
  • Patent number: D889581
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Robert J. Facteau, Joshua W. Ward, George E. Hathaway, IV, Karolanne L. Madulka, Wayland P. Barber, Brian J. Van De Wal