Rotary Patents (Class 124/48)
  • Patent number: 10648765
    Abstract: A large capacity magazine apparatus for spherical projectiles, such as toy foam balls that may be used in conjunction with a launcher. The magazine includes drum and clip housings and a rotatable sprocket with longitudinal flutes that together form a smooth pathway for the foam balls to travel in the magazine and to alleviate jams. The smooth pathway includes a helical path, a transition path and a linear path within the housings. A constant force spring provides a rotational force for the sprocket and a plurality of articulated rigid balls function to push the foam balls out of the magazine and into a firing chamber of the launcher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: HASBRO, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Miller, Robert James Victor, William J Bryant, David Michael Nugent
  • Patent number: 10561905
    Abstract: What is provided is a football catching and throwing machine and method that includes an inclined upwardly angled path. The machine includes a collector configured to receive a football thrown into it; a ball translator configured to align the football and transport the football up the inclined path to a football accelerator that launches the football into the air; and a motor that operates the football accelerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Timothy York, Dennis Henry Skvarce
  • Patent number: 10443969
    Abstract: A paintball conveying device includes a conveying chamber having one side formed with a paintball outlet. The conveying chamber includes a conveying member for conveying paintballs. A power unit includes a knob that unidirectionally drives a wheel to rotate. The wheel is connected with a spiral torsion spring configured to provide kinetic energy for rotating the wheel reversely. The wheel unidirectionally drives a big gear to rotate when rotated reversely. The big gear is meshed with a pinion gear adapted for synchronously linking a resistance gear and the conveying member to rotate. When the wheel is driven to rotate reversely by the spiral torsion spring, the conveying member is synchronously rotated to convey the paintballs. At least one resistance member is pivotally connect to one side of the resistance gear to move back and forth for leaning against the resistance gear, thereby supplying resistance when the conveying member is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Bao Shyan Lai
  • Patent number: 10436546
    Abstract: A variable velocity pneumatic launcher including at least one chamber filled with a projectile. The launcher includes a ballast chamber filled with pressurized air selectively released to propel a projectile from the launcher's barrel. The launcher includes a firing chamber filled with ambient air and a ballast chamber filled with pressurized air. A piston rod extends between the chambers and attaches to a firing piston and a ballast piston located inside the firing chamber and ballast chamber, respectively. The rod is connected to an adjustable velocity valve which controls the amount of longitudinal movement of the rod. When the trigger is activated, a portion of the pressurized air from the ballast chamber is delivered to the firing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Rory Berger
  • Patent number: 10323892
    Abstract: A break barrel rifle comprises a butt, on which the cylinder (2) is attached, a barrel (3) where the pellet chamber (5) is located, a magazine (12) for pellets (13), together with articulation means (4) and characterised in that it comprises: an elastic rod (6), with a central section (9) and two ends that are coupled to the cylinder (2), a body (10) where the central section (9) of elastic rod (6) is positioned, with forward and backward movement inside said body (10) and that is coupled to the barrel (3) and pushing means (11) linked to the elastic rod (6) and positioned between the pellet (13) to be loaded and the elastic rod (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Gamo Outdoor, S.L.
    Inventors: Victor Tresserras Torre, Julian Arnedo Vera
  • Patent number: 10161218
    Abstract: A ball injector for connecting below the frac head of a frac tree to accommodate and sequentially drop a ball into the axial passageway of the frac tree. The ball injector has an axial passage of an injector housing aligned with the axial passageway of the frac tree. A ball cartridge assembly stores one or more balls and sequentially delivers one ball to a port in the ball cartridge assembly. A ball launch side arm extends from the injector housing and forms a ball launch passageway communicating between the ball cartridge port and the axial passage. A first valve member in the ball launch passageway is opened to pass the ball into the axial passage, and is closed to isolate the ball cartridge assembly from a pressure in the axial passage. A second valve member between the first valve member and the ball cartridge assembly may be included to form a pressure isolation chamber between the valve members. Embodiments of ball cartridge assemblies to horizontally store a plurality of balls is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Stream-Flo Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Gregory Wayne Allen, Keith David Farquharson, Dean Ashley Beblow, Glen Murray Eleniak, Jerry Wakeford
  • Patent number: 10145647
    Abstract: An electric gun having a plurality of barrels includes a plurality of cylinders each of which serves as a compressed air generating unit, and positioned at rear portions of the plurality of barrels, each of which has an air-blast nozzle at a tip end, and a reciprocating piston; a piston assembly with a plurality of pistons which respectively reciprocate inside the cylinders and generate compressed air, binds the plurality of pistons in one place by using a joint portion at the rear, and is integrally provided with one piston shaft, having a rack along a reciprocating direction and the joint portion; and an electric mechanism that causes the piston assembly to retract, causes an elastic member to accumulate pressure, and drives an output gear meshing with the rack in order to compress air by releasing the accumulated pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: TOKYO MARUI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Iwao Iwasawa
  • Patent number: 10066896
    Abstract: An automatic pellet loader of a pneumatic air gun, including a pellet clip seat, a pellet clip lid, a pellet clip closure, and a magnetic shaft. The pellet clip seat and the pellet clip lid are connected to form a magazine case that includes a pellet inlet. The pellet clip closure is rotatably connected to the magazine case for opening or closing the pellet inlet. The bottom side wall of the pellet clip seat is provided with a loading sleeve that extends to the pellet clip lid. A center hole of the loading sleeve perpendicularly penetrates through the pellet clip seat. The pellet clip lid includes a loading channel allowing the pull-bolt thimble to pass through. The loading sleeve includes an opening close to an exit side of the loading channel through which a single pellet can slip autonomously into the loading channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: ZHONGSHAN NEW SWAN TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zuopeng Zhu
  • Patent number: 10001339
    Abstract: An improved toy gun bullet container structure includes a bullet container device, which is selectively and movable mounted in a magazine, a receiving space, which is defined in the bullet container device, and a plurality of bullet compartments, which are arranged in the receiving space in a manner of being free to rotate. The bullet compartments each receive and hold therein a plurality of bullets. The magazine is can be mounted and removed so as to achieve imitation of a genuine device. When one of the bullet compartments runs out of bullets, the magazine can be first removed and the bullet container device rotated to switch the other one of the bullet compartments to the position for shooting. When all the bullet compartments run of bullets, the bullet container device can be detached from the magazine for reloading of bullets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: KIEN WELL TOY INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shun-Chi Huang
  • Patent number: 9952010
    Abstract: A T-shirt Gatling gun speed loader that includes a series of tubes that mate with the tubes of a T-shirt Gatling gun. T-shirts to be loaded into the T-shirt Gatling gun are located in the speed loader tubes. A series of pushrods are located coaxially with the speed loader tubes and extend for a distance that is approximately the length of the tubes of the T-shirt Gatling gun. These pushrods are mounted at a second end to a push plate so that by inserting the speed loader tubes into the T-shirt Gatling gun tubes and pushing the push plate, the T-shirts are loaded into the T-shirt Gatling gun at a distance to allow proper firing of the T-shirts. The speed loader is then withdrawn from the T-shirt Gatling gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Keith Lutsch
  • Patent number: 9857141
    Abstract: A loader and drive system are provided. The loader is preferably configured to house a quantity of projectiles (such as paintballs) in a chamber and supply the quantity of projectiles from the chamber to an attached pneumatic gun when in operation. The loader preferably includes an outlet configured to supply projectiles from the chamber to the pneumatic gun when the loader is operatively connected to the pneumatic gun. A drive system may be arranged in the loader and include a non-rotating cone arranged above the outlet and having an opening in a side thereof to provide an entrance. A way is arranged configured to direct projectiles into the outlet from the chamber through the entrance. A cover may be connected to the non-rotating cone and have an arm that directs projectiles into the entrance. A driving ring may surround the non-rotating cone and rotate around the non-rotating cone. The driving ring urges projectiles from the chamber into the way and toward the outlet during operation of the loader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: GI Sportz, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael S. Spurlock
  • Patent number: 9719751
    Abstract: A variable velocity pneumatic launcher including at least one chamber filled with a projectile. The launcher includes a ballast chamber filled with pressurized air released to propel a projectile from the launcher's barrel. The launcher includes a firing chamber filled with ambient air and a ballast chamber filled with pressurized air. A piston rod extends between the chambers and attaches to a firing piston and a ballast piston inside the firing chamber and ballast chamber, respectively. The rod is connected to a velocity valve which controls the rod's longitudinal movement. When the trigger is activated, pressurized air from the ballast chamber is delivered to the firing chamber. Because the surface area of the firing piston is greater than the ballast piston's surface area, the force exerted on the firing piston is sufficient to displace the ballast piston and allow pressurize air to be released into the upper chamber containing the projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Rory Berger
  • Patent number: 9513082
    Abstract: A paintball transfer apparatus and method for operating the apparatus to move a paintball enable a user to load a paintball into a paintball marker. The apparatus has an housing forming a cavity for storing paintballs, a path around the wall of the cavity that is shaped to guide paintballs, and a driver that rotates a roller within the cavity. Rotation of the roller moves paintballs along the path. The path may have one of a variety of shapes, such as circular or helical. The surface speed of the roller may be greater than the speed of the paintballs along the path. The roller may be made of a high friction material, and also may be a brush. The apparatus may be used to move paintballs within and about a marker, such as vertically upwards or downwards, or horizontally left or right.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: PLANET ECLIPSE LIMITED
    Inventor: Steven John Monks
  • Patent number: 9366500
    Abstract: A direct spray type compressed air gun includes: an air gun body having a handgrip mounted at the lower part thereof; a gun barrel mounted at front side of the air gun body; a compressed-air cylinder mounted at the rear side of the air gun body; a valve part spaced apart from the rear end of the gun barrel; a barrel holder for fixing the gun barrel to the air gun body; a hammer part inserted into the rear end part of the gun barrel; a spring mounted between the hammer part and the barrel holder; a hammer moving part mounted at the rear end of the hammer part; a latch part mounted on the air gun body to block movement of the hammer part; a trigger part mounted on the air gun body and presses the latch part; and a loading lever part joined with the hammer moving part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Si Young Lee
  • Patent number: 9328988
    Abstract: A projectile launching device includes a receiver, an ammunition magazine, and a trap. The receiver has a magazine receiving port, a loading chamber, and a launching mechanism configured to launch a projectile via pressurized gas. The ammunition magazine has a projectile supply port and stores projectiles. The projectile supply port can be inserted into the magazine receiving port for supplying projectiles. The trap, which is located in the vicinity of the loading chamber and magazine receiving port, is oriented in a trap orientation which prevents projectile from leaving the loading chamber when the ammunition magazine is removed from the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Real Action Paintball, Inc. (RAP4)
    Inventor: Omar Alonso Macy
  • Patent number: 9297605
    Abstract: A paintball drive system of a paintball loader and includes a board having a hole with which a driving ring is engaged. A gear ring is connected to the driving ring. A friction ring is located at the inside of the gear ring. A base is located beneath the board and has a cone which has an outlet and an entrance. A power unit is connected to one end of the loader and rotates the gear ring. The paintballs are received in the paintball loader and is moved by the friction ring which is driven by the gear ring to guide the paintballs to move through the entrance and be fed into the paintball gun via the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: G.I. Sportz, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael S. Spurlock
  • Patent number: 9027541
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment, a toy dart launcher comprises a housing defining an interior recess and a launch assembly. The launch assembly is at least partially disposed within the interior recess and comprises: a projectile feed, a slidable frame, and a launch mechanism. The projectile feed is rotatably disposed within the interior recess and comprises a plurality of receiving chambers each adapted to receive one or more projectiles. The slidable frame has at least one engagement finger rotatably disposed thereon, and is movable with respect to the projectile feed so that the at least one engagement finger can engage and move at least one projectile through at least one receiving chamber. The launch mechanism is disposed rearwardly of the projectile feed and is configured to create a pressure differential about the at least one projectile so that the at least one projectile can be launched from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Easebon Services Limited
    Inventor: Steven J. Huebl
  • Publication number: 20150122240
    Abstract: A game ball feeder for delivering balls to a game ball throwing machine. The game ball feeder includes a base, a support frame attached to the base, a drive mechanism attached to the support frame, and a support rod attached to the support frame. A rotatable ball housing operatively engages the support rod, is mounted in a substantially horizontal configuration, and includes a plurality of cylindrical shaped ball holding sections. Each ball holding section can include a wall defining an entry opening and an exit opening with the entry opening positioned vertically higher than the exit opening. A transfer path can be operatively attached to a support frame and aligned to accept a ball from one of the exit openings. Further, a ball indexing element can be shaped and positioned to control the movement of the balls within at least one of the ball holding sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Tom Hart
  • Patent number: 9004052
    Abstract: A toy pump action rifle for launching discs having an outer housing, a stock, a grip, a trigger, a handle for cocking the rifle and a revolving drum for storing multiple discs. Within the housing is a mechanism for removing discs, one at a time, from the drum where the discs are arranged in a first position, rotating each disc 90° to a second position, and transporting each disc to a discharge chamber. The mechanism includes a transfer arm to remove each disc from the drum, a disc pocket for receiving the removed disc, the pocket being rotatable to reorient the disc, and disc pocket also being slidable to carry the disc to the discharge chamber. Activation of the trigger releases a cocked launch arm that snaps forward and strikes the disc to cause discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Alan Poirier
  • Patent number: 8950386
    Abstract: A ball feeding arrangement (101) comprising: a rotor element (123) for pushing a ball (145); a transmission element (127) connected to the rotor element; and a drive element (130) for driving a rotational movement of the rotor element (123) via the transmission element (127), which drive element (130) is intended to be driven by a drive motor (122), wherein one of the drive element (130) and the transmission element (127) has at least one protrusion (140; 140a-b), and the other of the drive element and the transmission element (127) has a guiding surface (133) adapted to guide the at least one protrusion (140; 140a-b) during relative rotation between the drive element (130) and the transmission element (127), wherein the at least one protrusion (140; 140a-b) is yieldingly biased against the guiding surface (133), wherein the biasing force, a shape of the guiding surface (133) and a shape of the at least one protrusion are adapted to enable transfer of a rotational force of a given magnitude from the drive ele
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Daniel Hedberg Development AB
    Inventor: Daniel Hedberg
  • Patent number: 8875689
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting the dart in a barrel of a toy gun is provided. The apparatus includes a dart sensor lever, a linkage, a transmission mechanism between the dart sensor lever and the linkage, and a pivot attached to the gun body. The dart sensor lever is linked with the pivot so that it will swing around the pivot. The transmission mechanism is linked with the linkage, which causes the linkage to move. Other modifications and features suitable for practice therewith, and methods and means of operating the device, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Buzz Bee Toys (H.K.) Company Limited
    Inventor: Ma Chor-Ming
  • Patent number: 8875690
    Abstract: A toy gun that includes a dart ejecting device and a magazine for loading darts and shells is disclosed herein. The gun also includes a shell ejecting device having a driving mechanism and a shell ejecting mechanism. The driving mechanism includes a handle, a linkage through the center of the magazine, and a sliding piece, each of which are joined together in sequence. Other modifications and features suitable for practice therewith, and methods and means of operating the device, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Buzz Bee Toys (H.K.) Company Limited
    Inventor: Ma Chor-Ming
  • Patent number: 8839706
    Abstract: A projectile launcher includes a receiver and a dual cylindrical-shaped magazine (“DCM”) wherein the receiver contains a propelling mechanism and an ammunition receiving port. The propelling mechanism is used for launching a projectile. The ammunition receiving port, which may be situated at bottom of the receiver, is able to receive projectiles. It should be noted that the projectile launcher can also be a gun or firearm. The DCM includes two canisters and an ammunition supply port which is situated between the two canisters. The DCM carries multiple projectiles in such a way that a first portion of projectiles moves toward the receiver against gravity for supplying projectiles from the ammunition supply port to the ammunition receiving port while a second portion of projectiles move in a direction parallel to the receiver for replenishing projectiles from the second portion of projectiles to the first portion of projectiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Real Action Paintball (RAPY)
    Inventor: Omar Alonso Macy
  • Patent number: 8534270
    Abstract: Methods are presented which improve the performance of semi and fully automatic paintball guns include sensing paintball and gun bolt position during loading to coordinate and pace the gun for maximum automatic feed rate and minimal chopping. In addition, methods are presented for indicating a need for servicing through an alarm when the magazine nears empty based upon various conditions such as sensed magazine feed rate fall-off. Additional apparatus are discussed for carrying out the methods, and for performance of other tasks such as selection of pre-wind in spring-type forced-feed loaders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Joel A. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8430085
    Abstract: A less-than-lethal pellet gun is provided. The gun includes a plurality of links each holding a pellet. A feed cylinder is configured to advance the links to a firing position and eject each link after its pellet has been fired. The feed cylinder includes a slot portion and a gear portion. The slot portion includes a first slot region, a second slot region, a first angled slot region, and a second angled slot region. A linkage arm is configured to engage the slot portion of the feed cylinder such that linear movement of the linkage arm rotates the feed cylinder to move the pellet to a firing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Tippmann Industrial Products, Inc
    Inventors: Dennis J. Tippmann, Sr., Kevin P. Mott
  • Patent number: 8402958
    Abstract: The wheel also includes an opening in the third portion leading to a chamber in a hollow support of the wheel. A spring-biased knob is mounted on a shaft that also mounts the wheel. Both the knob and the wheel have axially align protrusions that may engage each other to allow the wheel to be rotationally adjusted to correct any jam or misalignment of the darts stored on the wheel. A flexible arm and a pusher structure are also included with the magazine apparatus and are connected to a constant force spring, where the flexible arm and a portion of the constant force spring are lodged in the chamber of the hollow support during a dart loading process of the wheel, and the constant force spring uncoils when the wheel is rotated during the loading process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Victor, Raymond Aaron Mead, Robert L. Brown, Fred D. Eddins, Meredith Brooks, Douglas C. Weiler
  • Patent number: 8356589
    Abstract: A paintball loader for supplying a plurality of substantially similar paintballs a paintball marker. The loader comprises a housing adapted to receive the plurality of paintballs, the housing defining a feeder tube in a base thereof, the feeder tube dimensioned to allow single passage of the paintballs, a paintball receiving member comprising an elongate receiving channel spiraling radially outward in a direction of rotation from the feeder hole and having an outlet adjacent the feeder tube, the channel comprising a pair of opposing side walls spaced to allow single passage of the paintballs, and a feeder arm positioned across at least a portion of the channel walls such that the feeder arm comes into contact with one of the plurality of the paintballs when in the channel. The channel is rotatable relative to the feeder arm about the feeder hole in the direction of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: GI Sportz, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas Karnis
  • Patent number: 8353277
    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: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Easebon Services Limited
    Inventor: Steven J. Huebl
  • Patent number: 8146281
    Abstract: A link for a toy ammunition chain made up of a plurality of links hinged together side-by-side in articulated fashion includes a cylindrical body adapted to receive a soft projectile. A first hinge component extends laterally from the body and has a pair of hinge pins. A second hinge component extends laterally from the body at a position opposite the first hinge component and has a pair of recesses each for pivotally receiving a hinge pin of an adjacent link in the chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Buzz Bee Toys (H.K.) Co., Limited
    Inventor: Jeffrey C. Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20120037138
    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: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: EASEBON SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventor: Steven J. Huebl
  • Patent number: 8091541
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for feeding projectile balls into the ball chamber of a handgun, especially into the ball chamber of a paintball gun, having a ball container with an outlet port, a feeder tube between the outlet port and the ball chamber, and an essentially cylindrical feeder with an axis for feeding the balls from the ball container to the feeder tube. The device comprises a flexible element that is disposed inside the ball container adjacent to the outlet port. A first end of the flexible element is fixed to the ball container and the flexible element is essentially rigid in the direction of the axis. Balls that are not in the correct position when approaching the outlet port are deflected back into the ball container, instead of hitting the edge of the outlet port. This way, jamming of the balls and explosion by excessive pressure are prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Kee Action Sports I LLC
    Inventor: Heddies Andresen
  • Patent number: 8082911
    Abstract: Methods are presented which improve the performance of semi and fully automatic paintball guns include sensing paintball and gun bolt position during loading to coordinate and pace the gun for maximum automatic feed rate and minimal chopping. In addition, methods are presented for indicating a need for servicing through an alarm when the magazine nears empty based upon various conditions such as sensed magazine feed rate fall-off. Additional apparatus are discussed for carrying out the methods, and for performance of other tasks such as selection of pre-wind in spring-type forced-feed loaders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: Joel A. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8047190
    Abstract: A paintball loader which feeds paintballs to a paintball marker has a rotor body and a drive motor for rotating the rotor body. The paintball loader can include a latch member for selectively securing an upper shell member to a lower shell member. The paintball loader can include a ramp member inside the upper and lower shell members. The ramp member moves between a first or flattened position and a second or raised position to facilitate operation of the loader. The components of the loader are designed so that assembly/disassembly is performed with few, if any, tools to facilitate cleaning and/or maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Dye Precision, Inc.
    Inventors: Eero Kaakkola, Bryon Benini, Gerald R. Parks
  • Patent number: 7963280
    Abstract: There has been a problem that a projected part of a rear part of a pellet gets stuck with an end side of an attachment wall and rotation is interrupted when a rotary clip moves from a hit pin concave to an end side (i.e., attachment wall) of a magazine main body if the rear end of a pellet in a bore projects from a bore. In order to resolve the problem, there is proposed a magazine main body 1 and a magazine main body 1 having a rotary clip 2 rotatably attached to a rotary clip attachment part 3 of a magazine main body 1 characterized in that a clip opposing wall surface 33 of an attachment wall 34 of a clip opposing wall surface 33 gradually moves away from a cylindrical end surface of opposing rotary clip 2 towards an end side 31 of an attachment wall 34 within a range 35 of a rotational opposing surface positioned between a hit pin concave 32 and a side surface part 10 in the rotational direction of rotary clip 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Maruzen Company Limited
    Inventor: Tetsuo Maeda
  • Patent number: 7950381
    Abstract: A magazine has a magazine body provided with a rotary clip, and the magazine body comprises an ejector member capable of movement, an ejector elastic member provided on the ejector member and being capable of expansion and contraction, and an engagement indent section capable of being engaged with a magazine catch at the time of loading the magazine into the air gun body, and the air gun body has a magazine ejector structure with the magazine catch that is urged by a catch elastic member to the magazine holding section and capable of engaging with the engagement indent section of the magazine, and a stopper that is capable of pressing part of the ejector member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Maruzen Company Limited
    Inventor: Tetsuo Maeda
  • Patent number: 7921834
    Abstract: Paintballs are loaded into a paintball gun. The paintballs are stored within a drive tube of a paintball loader. The paintballs are loaded into the paintball gun from the drive tube of the paintball loader. A screw is rotated with respect to the drive tube so that the paintballs are constrained to travel along a helical groove of the screw and along one of multiple column grooves on an inner surface of the drive tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Ancient Innovations Corporation
    Inventor: Jared L. Hamilton
  • Publication number: 20110041823
    Abstract: A toy dart magazine apparatus that includes a housing divided into a drum portion and a clip portion, and a wheel structure rotatably mounted to the drum portion. The wheel has four portions, two spaced apart portions having peripheral recesses for receiving the darts and storing them until they are “fired” by a launcher to which the dart magazine apparatus is mounted. A third portion having a smooth circumference and a smaller diameter than the two recess bearing portions wherein the third portion separates the two spaced apart portions. The fourth portion of the wheel has a larger diameter than the two recess bearing portions and is positioned adjoining one of the two recess bearing portions for aligning the darts relative to the wheel. The wheel also includes an opening in the third portion leading to a chamber in a hollow support of the wheel. A spring-biased knob is mounted on a shaft that also mounts the wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventors: Robert Victor, Raymond Aaron Mead, Robert L. Brown, Fred D. Eddins, Meredith Brooks, Douglas C. Weiler
  • Publication number: 20100282227
    Abstract: A multi-shot ring airfoil launcher comprises a launcher configured to receive a magazine which supports at least two ring airfoils. The launcher includes a barrel. A chuck is mounted in the barrel and is configured to propel a ring airfoil from a breech to the muzzle of the barrel, launching a ring airfoil with forward velocity and spin. The magazine is configured to deliver successive ring airfoils to the breech or rear end of the chuck for launching. The launcher includes a cocking mechanism for loading ring airfoils on to the chuck and cocking the chuck, and a firing mechanism for firing the launcher.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventor: Chester Vanek
  • Patent number: 7765997
    Abstract: Magazine (1) for a firearm, in particular for a semiautomatic CO2 or compressed-air firearm, comprising a basic magazine body, a number of projectile supports (2) for the reception of projectiles (3) as well as a transport means for the projectile supports, whereas the transport means is designed for receiving the projectile supports (2) movably with respect to the basic magazine body, whereas the transport means is designed for moving the projectile supports (2) in a circuit, whereas the transport means has at least one endless transport belt (4), whereas the projectile supports (2) are connected to the transport belt (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: UMAREX Sportwaffen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jürgen Klöckener, Birgit Teipel, Franz Wonisch, Wulf-Heinz Pflaumer
  • Publication number: 20100095942
    Abstract: A paintball loader which feeds paintballs to a paintball marker has a rotor body and a drive motor for rotating the rotor body. The paintball loader can include a latch member for selectively securing an upper shell member to a lower shell member. The paintball loader can include a ramp member inside the upper and lower shell members. The ramp member moves between a first or flattened position and a second or raised position to facilitate operation of the loader. The components of the loader are designed so that assembly/disassembly is performed with few, if any, tools to facilitate cleaning and/or maintenance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Applicant: Dye Precision, Inc.
    Inventors: Eero Kaakkola, Bryon Benini, Gerald R. Parks
  • Publication number: 20090314272
    Abstract: A preloadable, swappable and reloadable cylindrical magazine for rubber band and slingshot guns. Exhausted magazines can be replaced in seconds, allowing extended shooting. The release mechanism of projectiles is self-contained; no trigger as it is understood is required, making it particularly suitable in the design of Gatling guns. Hooks in front and fingers at rear engage energized projectiles. The rotation of the magazine causes fingers to tilt forward and projectiles to free themselves by sliding up the tilted fingers without outside disturbances, assuring the best shooting accuracy ever. A pawl and a ratchet wheel control the rotation of magazines. Depending on how long the pawl is disengaged, single shots or continuous firing is equally easy to execute. The successive firing rate is determined by how fast the magazine can rotate. Modular design allows through combinations of components numerous configurations for different sizes and numbers of elastic bands and various designs of toy guns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Inventor: Nun-Hong Lin
  • Publication number: 20090211562
    Abstract: A paintball loader for supplying a plurality of substantially similar paintballs a paintball marker. The loader comprises a housing adapted to receive the plurality of paintballs, the housing defining a feeder tube in a base thereof, the feeder tube dimensioned to allow single passage of the paintballs, a paintball receiving member comprising an elongate receiving channel spiraling radially outward in a direction of rotation from the feeder hole and having an outlet adjacent the feeder tube, the channel comprising a pair of opposing side walls spaced to allow single passage of the paintballs, and a feeder arm positioned across at least a portion of the channel walls such that the feeder arm comes into contact with one of the plurality of the paintballs when in the channel. The channel is rotatable relative to the feeder arm about the feeder hole in the direction of rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventor: Nicholas KARNIS
  • Publication number: 20090151710
    Abstract: A link for a toy ammunition chain made up of a plurality of links hinged together side-by-side in articulated fashion includes a cylindrical body adapted to receive a soft projectile. A first hinge component extends laterally from the body and has a pair of hinge pins. A second hinge component extends laterally from the body at a position opposite the first hinge component and has a pair of recesses each for pivotally receiving a hinge pin of an adjacent link in the chain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventor: Jeffrey C. Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20090139507
    Abstract: There has been a problem that a projected part of a rear part of a pellet gets stuck with an end side of an attachment wall and rotation is interrupted when a rotary clip moves from a hit pin concave to an end side (i.e., attachment wall) of a magazine main body if the rear end of a pellet in a bore projects from a bore. In order to resolve the problem, there is proposed a magazine main body 1 and a magazine main body 1 having a rotary clip 2 rotatably attached to a rotary clip attachment part 3 of a magazine main body 1 characterized in that a clip opposing wall surface 33 of an attachment wall 34 of a clip opposing wall surface 33 gradually moves away from a cylindrical end surface of opposing rotary clip 2 towards an end side 31 of an attachment wall 34 within a range 35 of a rotational opposing surface positioned between a hit pin concave 32 and a side surface part 10 in the rotational direction of rotary clip 2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicant: Maruzen Company Limited
    Inventor: Tetsuo Maeda
  • Publication number: 20080257327
    Abstract: The rotary transfer device assembly of the present invention has a cylindrical-shaped rotary transfer device, which rotates about a central shaft. About the circumference of the rotary transfer device are a number of chambers, each of which can accept a single projectile as it passes through a feed aperture. As the rotary transfer device rotates, it transports the projectiles from the feed aperture to the breech from where the projectile can be launched from the barrel of the launching device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Applicant: Planet Eclipse Ltd.
    Inventor: Steven John Monks
  • Publication number: 20080236558
    Abstract: A paintball loader system designed to efficiently deliver paintballs to a paintball gun. The drive mechanism is a screw-type design comprising a resilient auger. A microcontroller is programmed to automatically adjust the rotation of the auger based on data from multiple sensor points within the loader. The auger is mounted such that both rotational axial movements are enabled during operation. The axial movement of the auger is used to maintain a constant force on the paintballs awaiting loading within the paintball gun.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventors: John P. Bosch, Clyde McKay
  • Patent number: 7428899
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for feeding ball-like ammunition, so-called paint balls, into the projectile chamber of a sporting arm. The magazine is arranged separately from the arm and is connected to same by means of a feeder tube. A motor-driven feeder feeds the balls from the ball container into the feeder tube. In so doing, a spring element stores the traction from the motor, so that, even when the motor stops, balls can still be transported using the energy stored in the spring element. The traction from the motor is transmitted via a connection or clutch consisting of a spring element and a transmission element. Protrusions are arranged on both the spring element and the transmission element, which come to bear on each other for transmitting traction. The protrusions are at least partially flexible, so that the transmitted force is limited. This way, explosion of the balls from excessive pressure is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: KEE Action Sports I LLC
    Inventor: Heddies Andresen
  • Patent number: 7395763
    Abstract: An assembly and method for cleaning the barrel of a pneumatic gun, such as a paintball marker. A supply magazine is provided that contains a plurality of loading ports. Each loading port is filled with a cleaning projectile. The supply magazine is attached to a pneumatic gun so that the supply magazine is interposed between the breach chamber of the pneumatic gun and its barrel. When a projectile is fired from the pneumatic gun, the projectile displaces a cleaning projectile from the supply magazine and advances the cleaning projectile through the barrel. The passage of the cleaning projectile and the accompanying paintball cleans any fouling from the barrel of the pneumatic gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Inventor: Daniel P. Vari
  • Patent number: 7357129
    Abstract: A paintball loader has a motor-driven impeller with a plurality of resilient arms that engage and move paintballs in the loader housing. The resilient arms preferably are spaced to accommodate paintballs therebetween. The arms are sufficiently flexible to yield so as not to rupture the paintball shells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Inventors: Terry Neumaster, Bruce Crites, Michael Jezdimir
  • Patent number: RE43756
    Abstract: A rapid feed paintball loader for use upon a conventional paintball gun. The rapid feed paintball loader includes a container for holding a plurality of paintballs. At a bottom portion of the container is a rotatable drive cone having a plurality of vertical fins. Each fin forms a gap with an adjacent fin large enough to accommodate a paintball. At the bottom of the container is an exit tube which exits from the bottom portion of the container and leads to an inlet tube of the paintball gun. A tube extension is mounted on an interior surface of the container adjacent to the sloped exit portion of the exit tube. The tube extension is mounted at a height which is above the top feed surface of the fins, and which is approximately equal to the radius of a paintball. A pivotable deflector is also mounted on an interior surface of the container adjacent the tube extension to prevent paintball jams from occurring within the interior of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: KEE Action Sports I LLC
    Inventors: James T. Christopher, Albert Schilling, Chris Goddard