For Discharging A Stunning Agent Patents (Class 42/1.08)
  • Patent number: 10036604
    Abstract: Examples of the present disclosure are related to systems and methods for a palm firearm. More specifically, embodiments are directed towards a two shot firearm with a series of linkages and slide mechanisms to engage firing pins, which may reduce the size of the firearm while retaining the firearm's effectiveness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Jacinto Cano
  • Patent number: 9713817
    Abstract: Control method and apparatus for a manual spray gun may include a second manually actuated trigger disposed on the spray gun handle, with the second trigger being operational to select one or more coating operation parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Mather, Jeffrey A. Perkins
  • Patent number: 9707407
    Abstract: An electroshock device for delivering an electrical discharge to a target includes an electrical discharge circuit, and an electrode coupled to the electrical discharge circuit and having an attachment feature attachable to the target. Upon attachment the electrode is enabled to monitor a physiological condition of the target, generate a signal based on the physiological condition, and deliver the electrical discharge to the target. The electroshock device also includes a controller communicatively coupled to the electrical discharge circuit and the electrode. The controller is configured to modulate delivery of the electrical discharge based on the physiological condition of the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Jesse R. Cheatham, III, Hon Wah Chin, Alexander G. Hyde, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare
  • Patent number: 9381372
    Abstract: An electroshock device for delivering an electrical discharge to a target includes an electrical discharge circuit, an electrode coupled to the electrical discharge circuit and having an attachment feature attachable to the target. Upon attachment the electrode is enabled to monitor a physiological condition of the target, generate a signal based on the physiological condition, and deliver the electrical discharge to the target. The electroshock device also includes a controller communicatively coupled to the electrical discharge circuit and the electrode. The controller is configured to modulate delivery of the electrical discharge based on the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Jesse R. Cheatham, III, Hon Wah Chin, Alexander G. Hyde, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare
  • Patent number: 9375589
    Abstract: An automobile safety glass breaker tool is held against an automobile safety glass window and fired to break the window. The tool is armed by sliding a firing pin piston to the rear against a spring and fired by releasing the firing pin piston. The firing pin piston hits a 22 blank cartridge to fire the blank cartridge. The blank cartridge drives a striker piston forward, and a striker point on the striker piston impacts and shatters the automobile safety glass window. The striker point is limited to reach about 0.6 inches forward and out of the tool to prevent injury to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventor: Larry Goodman
  • Patent number: 9354024
    Abstract: A hair and clothing item attachable self-defense sprayer structured to permit use as a brooch attachable to a clothing item or a hair clip accessory by providing a support body having a concave internal side thereof, a hollow neck on a bottom portion of the support body, a central projection on the internal side, and a chamber within the neck which houses a pressurized gas chamber. An electronic activation mechanism activates gas release from a pressurized gas chamber in the neck which, in turn, forces the release of pressurized repellent therefrom through a spray nozzle and outwardly from at least one discharge opening in the projection toward an assailant. A plurality of camouflage members, which can be petal-shaped, is attached to a base on the rear side of each camouflage member to disguise the support body and to disguise the projection from recognition as a repellent dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Joe Perry
  • Patent number: 9277748
    Abstract: The present invention relates to novel compositions comprising an agonist and an antagonist, in certain ratios which allow for the onset of agonist action followed quickly by alleviation by antagonist action, and methods of use in personal defense and law enforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary, Department of Health & Human Services
    Inventors: Peter M. Blumberg, Larry V. Pearce
  • Patent number: 9250044
    Abstract: Laser dazzler devices and methods of using laser dazzler devices are disclosed. More specifically, embodiments of the present invention provide laser dazzling devices power by one or more green laser diodes characterized by a wavelength of about 500 nm to 540 nm. In various embodiments, laser dazzling devices according to the present invention include non-polar and/or semi-polar green laser diodes. In a specific embodiment, a laser dazzling device includes a plurality of green laser diodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Soraa Laser Diode, Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Raring, Paul Rudy, Vinod Khosla, Pierre Lamond, Steven P. Denbaars, Shuji Nakamura, Richard T. Ogawa
  • Patent number: 9228808
    Abstract: An apparatus, according to various aspects of the present invention, produces contractions in skeletal muscles of a target to impede locomotion by the target. The apparatus is used with a provided deployment unit that deploys an electrode away from the apparatus. The electrode conducts a current through the target. The apparatus includes a detector that detects indicia describing the deployment unit and a processing circuit that performs a function of the launch device in accordance with the indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: TASER International, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven N. D. Brundula, Milan Cerovic, Magne H. Nerheim
  • Patent number: 9010003
    Abstract: An apparatus, according to various aspects of the present invention, produces contractions in skeletal muscles of a target to impede locomotion by the target. The apparatus is used with a provided deployment unit that deploys an electrode away from the apparatus. The electrode conducts a current through the target. The apparatus includes a terminal; a producing sub-system for producing an electric arc to warn the target without conducting a current through the target; a conducting sub-system for conducting the current in series through the terminal and through the target; an initiating sub-system for initiating deployment of the electrode; and an operator interface. The operator interface facilitates selecting one or more cartridges of a set of cartridges to provide a stimulus signal to a target and/or display an arc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: TASER International, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven N. D. Brundula, Milan Cerovic, Magne H. Nerheim
  • Patent number: 8991085
    Abstract: An electrical weapon system includes a power supply; a control electronics connected to the power supply; and an electrode pair, wherein the control electronics are configured to deliver a voltage having a determined voltage level and modulation across the electrode pair based on the electrode pair coming into contact with a target, and wherein the electrode pair is integrated into clothing or equipment of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: David J. Knapp
  • Publication number: 20140360070
    Abstract: A dart gun for medicating or tranquilizing animals, which includes a barrel and a breech plug, the barrel including a bore defining a longitudinal axis extending from a muzzle end to a breech end, and the breech end including a breech plug chamber and a notch. The breech plug is removably engageable with the breech plug chamber and includes a plug member, an extractor, and a baffle member. The extractor provides convenient loading, firing and ejecting of a blank firing cartridge that is used to fire the dart from the barrel. The baffle rod provides for muffling the sound of the explosion of the blank firing cartridge, and reduces the amount of heat and flames that are exposed to the dart when firing the blank firing cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: BLACKPOWDER PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark D. HENDRICKS, Larry N. TREADAWAY
  • Patent number: 8837107
    Abstract: An electronic weapon has an installed deployment unit, from which at least one tethered electrode is launched, provides a stimulus current through a target to inhibit locomotion by the target. The wire tether, also called a filament, conducts the stimulus current. The one or more electrodes, according to various aspects of the present invention, perform one or more of the following functions in any combination: binding the filament to the electrode, deploying the filament from the deployment unit, coupling the electrode to the target, and distributing a current density with respect to a volume of target tissue. An electrode may include conductive material and insulative material. Relatively high electric field flux density at a tip of the electrode may be reduced or avoided by practice of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: TASER International, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew F. Hinz, Patrick W. Smith, Magne H. Nerheim
  • Patent number: 8743527
    Abstract: An apparatus interferes with voluntary locomotion of a target by conducting a current through the target. The apparatus includes a current delivery circuit, a detector, and a processor. The current delivery circuit delivers the current in accordance with a goal for causing pain or skeletal muscle contractions that interfere with voluntary locomotion by the target. The detector detects the current delivered through the target to provide a result. The processor adjusts the goal in accordance with a binary search in response to the result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: TASER International, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven N. D. Brundula
  • Patent number: 8701325
    Abstract: A duplex weapon system that is capable of firing a high-mass/low-velocity (“HMLV”) projectile followed by a conventional projectile such as a bullet. A barrel adapter is aligned with the bore of the barrel of a conventional firearm. The barrel adapter includes an adapter bore running completely through its length, with the adapter bore terminating in an exit in the forward portion of the barrel adapter. The HMLV projectile is slidably attached to the exterior of the barrel adapter. The HMLV projectile includes a launch tube that covers the exit of the barrel adapter. When a first cartridge is fired b the firearm, expanding propellant gas rushes down the adapter bore and out the exit The expanding gas forces the launch tube and the attached HMLV projectile away from the barrel adapter. The HMLV projectile then flies toward a target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: William V. S. Rayner
  • Patent number: 8572876
    Abstract: A system detects that an electronic control device for inhibiting use of skeletal muscles by a human or animal target has been used. The system includes a radio receiver and a circuit. The electronic control device causes a radio signal when used. The circuit detects a plurality of properties of a received radio signal and outputs a signal in response to comparing the received properties to expected properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: TASER International, Inc.
    Inventors: Nache D. Shekarri, John F. Szakach
  • Patent number: 8510979
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present invention would comprise a light-emitting component and a less-than-lethal-agent-emitting component. An exemplary light-emitting component would comprise an exemplary broad-light-emitting device, such as, for example, a flashlight component, and an exemplary narrow-light-emitting device, such as, for example, a laser light. An exemplary apparatus would further comprise an exemplary less-than-lethal-agent-emitting component, such as, for example, an exemplary lachrymatory-agent-emitting device that would be capable of emitting an exemplary lachrymatory agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy Scott Mortimer
  • Patent number: 8479432
    Abstract: The present invention is a non-lethal weapon mount system with modular weapons components comprising at least two personal protection components capable of independent activation, and a means to increase or decrease the intensity level of at least one of the personal protection components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: Joel L. Braun
  • Patent number: 8363376
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an apparatus for providing law enforcement and private citizens with a single device that integrates law enforcement tools and mechanisms for the application of force. An exemplary device features a metal detector, a light emitting source optionally having a strobe feature, an electric stun system, and a debilitating spray dispensing system. Some embodiments of the present invention include an electric stun system comprising a plurality of probes mounted to the distal terminus of the shaft and configured to protrude from the shaft, a plurality of plates configured longitudinally along the outer surface of the shaft, and a stun system switch disposed on the shaft. Some embodiments of the present invention include the debilitating spray dispensing system comprising at least one nozzle and a dispensing switch disposed on the handle. Some embodiments of the present invention include a handle comprising an ergonomic grip and a guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Michael R. Abatemarco
  • Patent number: 8356438
    Abstract: An apparatus, according to various aspects of the present invention, produces contractions in skeletal muscles of a target to impede locomotion by the target. The apparatus is used with a provided deployment unit that deploys an electrode away from the apparatus. The electrode conducts a current through the target. The apparatus includes a terminal; a producing sub-system for producing an electric arc to warn the target without conducting a current through the target; a conducting sub-system for conducting the current in series through the terminal and through the target; an initiating sub-system for initiating deployment of the electrode; and an operator interface. The operator interface facilitates selecting one or more cartridges of a set of cartridges to provide a stimulus signal to a target and/or display an arc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: TASER International, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven N. D. Brundula, Milan Cerovic, Magne H. Nerheim
  • Patent number: 8339763
    Abstract: A TASER® and a vertical grip are combined to be attached to the stud post under the forend or the barrel of a conventional long arm. A TASER® may also be combined with the forend or barrel of a conventional long arm itself. Stud posts come standard on certain long arms like the M-16 rifle. Stud posts can be installed on single shot and pump action shotgun forends as well. The TASER® power supply can serve as a power source for a strobe lamp, which may be sighted by rescuers either visually or with infrared night viewing or other special viewing equipment for miles. The optical signal could be produced in the infrared, visible light and ultraviolet light regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. The signal lamp is inserted into a TASER®'s firing chamber in lieu of an ammunition cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: James F. McNulty, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120279105
    Abstract: A versatile handgun comprised of a weapon frame with a grip and at least one gun barrel and comprised of at least one additional defense element differing from the actual firearm function that is arranged on the grip of the weapon or that is housed in the grip of the weapon. The handgun is capable of making help available in an emergency situation and is capable in so doing of covering a very broad range of dangerous situations. The additional defense element(s) and various other pieces of emergency equipment, medical devices and/or tools could be housed in a slide-in element and different types of barrels could be used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: Dietmar Emde, Michael Swoboda
  • Patent number: 8276495
    Abstract: A kit of modular explosive ordnance disposal components may include five components. The five components may be assembled in various configurations to fire solid slugs, water shots, or fin-stabilized projectiles. Each assembled configuration may include a first component having a generally cylindrical shape, a through-bore, a muzzle end, and a breech end. The muzzle end of the first component may include external threads. The breech end of the first component may include an internally-threaded portion for receiving a .50 caliber breech plug. A .50 caliber cartridge chamber may be formed adjacent the internally-threaded portion. A bore of about one inch in diameter may extend from the .50 caliber cartridge chamber to the muzzle end of the first component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Peter Chiu, Hansen Lukman, Laurie A. Florio, Brent Donahue, Kevin Russell, Eddy K. Tsui
  • Patent number: 8261666
    Abstract: A non-lethal projectile, and a storage and charging mechanism therefor are provided in the illustrative embodiments. An ammunition cartridge includes a propulsion mechanism and a non-lethal projectile. The non-lethal projectile is configured to detach from a launching device when propelled from the launching device, and includes a set of electrodes electrically coupled to an electrical power source. The electrical power source may be a capacitor, a battery, or a combination thereof, and may be rechargeable. The ammunition cartridge may be shaped and sized for firing from a weapon designed to fire a comparably shaped and sized conventional ammunition. A holder for holding and charging a non-lethal projectile in an ammunition cartridge includes a set of conductors to provide a charging current to the electrical power source in the non-lethal projectile. A charging base may receive the holder and provide electrical power to the set of conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Rakesh Garg
  • Patent number: 8254080
    Abstract: An electronic weapon inhibits locomotion by a human or animal target by conducting a stimulus signal through the target. The electronic weapon includes an inductance, first and second energy stores, and a switch. The switch has a first position and a second position and is in series with first energy store and the inductance. Energy from the first energy store is transferred to a magnetic field of the inductance while the switch is operating in the first position. The stimulus signal comprises a first phase and a second phase. During the first phase, the switch is operated in the second position, and a flyback effect of the inductance provides an ionizing voltage for the stimulus signal. During the second phase, the second energy store releases energy for the stimulus signal at a voltage less than the ionizing voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: TASER International, Inc.
    Inventor: Magne H. Nerheim
  • Patent number: 8166690
    Abstract: An electronic weapon may be used with a unit for deployment to cause skeletal muscle contractions in a human or animal target. The unit for deployment when electrically coupled to the electronic weapon, may include at least two electrodes, an indicator, and a propellant for deploying the electrodes to enable delivery, through the target, of a stimulus current to incapacitate the target by causing contractions of the skeletal muscles of the target. The indicator indicates, to the electronic weapon, indicia of a first property of the unit for deployment prior to operating the propellant, and indicia of a second property of the unit for deployment after operating the propellant. Another unit for deployment includes at least two electrodes, an indicator, and a stimulus signal generator, coupled to the electrodes to enable delivery, through the target, of a stimulus current to incapacitate the target by causing contractions of the skeletal muscles of the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: TASER International, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven N. D. Brundula, Magne H. Nerheim, Milan Cerovic
  • Patent number: 8154845
    Abstract: An apparatus for interfering with locomotion of a target by conducting a current through the target. The apparatus includes, according to various aspects of the present invention, a transformer, a resistance in series with the secondary winding of the transformer, and a detector that detects the current through the resistance. The current provided through the target flows through the resistance. The detector operates to detect an amount of charge provided to the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: TASER International, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven N. D. Brundula
  • Patent number: 8132491
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus for detecting and disabling a human eye or optical device used in the fire control of a weapon. This apparatus comprises a prism having a plurality of peripheral reflective surface. This prism has a longitudinal axis and rotating about said longitudinal axis. An infrared (IR) laser directs an infrared laser beam toward the prism side that the laser beam is reflected toward the human eye or optical device, such that the IR laser beam is retroreflected to the prism. There is also an infrared IR detector which detects the IR retroreflected laser beam reflected from the prism. A visible light wavelength laser which produces a visible light wavelength laser beam which is reflected from the prism to the human eye or optical device to disable the human eye or optical device to prevent use of the weapon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Edward C. Real, Paul D. Zemany, Paul A. Zank
  • Patent number: 8096076
    Abstract: A deployment unit for use with an electronic weapon includes a body, an electrode, an electrical interface and tether wire, and a cover. The body has a cavity with an opening. The electrode is stored in the cavity. The electrical interface and tether wire conduct a current from the electronic weapon through the electrode. The cover is coupled to the body over the opening. Activation of a provided propellant, in any order (a) provides a force that pushes the cover away from the body to open the cavity; and (b) deploys the electrode from the cavity through the opening toward a provided target for conducting the current through the target that interferes with locomotion by the target. Prior to pushing the cover away from the body, no portion of the electrode contacts the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: TASER International, Inc.
    Inventors: Milan Cerovic, Magne H. Nerheim, Dubravko Zekanovic
  • Patent number: 8087335
    Abstract: Systems and methods inhibit locomotion of a human or animal target in a denial zone. Acquiring the target includes forming a prediction of at least two locations of impact on the target and testing the prediction according to criteria that may include whether the locations are within a boundary corresponding to the target and whether the locations are separated by a minimum physical and/or electrical distance. The two locations may serve for conducting a current through the target for impeding locomotion by the target. The current may be repeated in response to determining that locomotion was not sufficiently impeded. Determination may depend on analysis of video of the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: TASER International, Inc.
    Inventor: Nache D. Shekarri
  • Patent number: 8069605
    Abstract: A stun gun is disclosed having a firing mechanism, and also having a camera for automatically capturing post-firing images after the firing mechanism is activated. The post-firing image is automatically and digitally marked, or partly marked, to indicate when the camera was used. A method of gun operation is also presented, along with a system that includes both the gun and a gun holder. Removal of the gun from the gun holder may activate the camera's visual or audio collection capabilities, and further actions such as removal of a gun safety may heighten activation of the camera. The camera's visual collection capabilities include viewing both the target and also the user of the gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventors: Alfred A. Fressola, Andrew T. Hyman, Brendan A. Fressola
  • Patent number: 8061073
    Abstract: An electronic weapon system includes a terminal for a local stun function, a deployment unit for a remote stun function, and a barrier, removal of which during deployment enables a circuit for the remote stun function that includes the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: TASER International, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven N. D. Brundula, Milan Cerovic
  • Patent number: 7986506
    Abstract: An apparatus for interfering with locomotion of a target by conducting a current through a load that includes an ionizable path. The apparatus includes, according to various aspects of the present invention, an energy source, an ionization detector, a charge detector, a controller, and a pulse generator. The controller determines, in response to the detector and by trial and error, a respective quantity of energy for each pulse of a plurality of pulses to be generated. For each pulse of the plurality, the pulse generator receives the respective quantity of energy from the energy source, provides in response to the quantity of energy a respective voltage to ionize the ionization path, and provides the current through the load. The charge detector detects a charge provided through the load. The processor sets the voltage for charging for a next pulse in response to the charge detected by the charge detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: TASER International, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven N. D. Brundula
  • Patent number: 7984579
    Abstract: An electronic weapon, when combined with a unit for deployment, causes skeletal muscle contractions in a human or animal target. According to the present invention, a launch controller for an electronic weapon includes a detector, a stimulus signal generator, and a switch. When the switch is conducting, it completes a circuit in combination with a unit for deployment. The circuit, when completed, operates a propellant of the unit for deployment to deploy at least two electrodes of the unit for deployment to enable the stimulus signal generator to deliver through the target a stimulus current to incapacitate the target by causing contractions of the skeletal muscles of the target. The detector is coupled to the switch and detects whether the switch is conducting prior to combining the unit for deployment and the electronic weapon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: TASER International, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven N.D. Brundula, Magne H. Nerheim, Milan Cerovic
  • Patent number: 7950176
    Abstract: A handheld multiple-charge weapon for remote impact on a target with an electric current includes a housing including a launch power supply, a power source, a voltage converter, and a high voltage generator and triggered by a firing element. A clip on the housing carries a plurality of unitary cartridges. Each of said cartridges carries an electrode for contact action on the target and delivering the electric current thereto. The cartridge includes a wire connected to an electrode launched from each of at least two of said cartridges by the power source toward the target when the firing element is actuated in a firing position. The clip moves two cartridges to the firing position and after the firing element is actuated extracts the cartridges and associated wires. The wires are connected to the high voltage generator subsequent to the firing element being actuated after which the cycle of firing and extraction of spent cartridges can be repeated multiple times in manual, semiautomatic or automatic mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventors: Oleg Nemtyshkin, Yury Ladyagin
  • Patent number: 7950329
    Abstract: A cartridge for launching from an electroshock weapon includes a housing adapted for operative connection with the electroshock weapon and having a chamber functioning as a barrel for a projectile unit. The projectile unit includes a conductive head member and an orderly packed wire assembly of electric wire connected with said head member and preferably in coil form. The head member includes a barbed needle for establishing an electrical connection with a target. The electric wire is connected at one end to the head member and at the other end to the housing whereby the wire is withdrawn from the coil as the projectile unit advances toward said target. The project unit is launched by a percussive cap at a rear end of said chamber ignited by the electroshock weapon. At the target an electrical connection is established through the wire to the weapon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventors: Oleg Nemtyshkin, Yury Ladyagin
  • Patent number: 7944676
    Abstract: An apparatus records a use of force. The apparatus includes a weapon that initiates application of the force against a target, being a person or animal, to stop undesired behavior by the target. The apparatus further includes a processing circuit that provides, after an operation of the weapon, indicia of a prompt. The prompt elicits a spoken reply from an operator of the apparatus. The reply describes the use of force, and records indicia of the reply received from a provided input device. A method of operation of an electronic weapon includes applying a force wherein applying comprises passing a current through tissue of a target to produce contractions in skeletal muscles of the target to impede locomotion by the target; and recording a description of the application, the description in accordance with operator input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: TASER International, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick W. Smith, David K. DuBay
  • Patent number: 7900388
    Abstract: An apparatus, according to various aspects of the present invention, produces contractions in skeletal muscles of a target to impede locomotion by the target. The apparatus is used with a provided deployment unit that deploys an electrode away from the apparatus. The electrode conducts a current through the target. The apparatus includes a terminal; a producing sub-system for producing an electric arc to warn the target without conducting a current through the target; a conducting sub-system for conducting the current in series through the terminal and through the target; an initiating sub-system for initiating deployment of the electrode; and an operator interface. The operator interface facilitates, prior to deployment of the electrode, repeated operation of any one or both of the producing sub-system and the conducting sub-system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: TASER International, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven N. D. Brundula, Milan Cerovic, Magne H. Nerheim
  • Patent number: 7891128
    Abstract: An electronic weapon system includes a terminal for a local stun function, a deployment unit for a remote stun function, and a barrier, removal of which during deployment enables a circuit for the remote stun function that includes the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: TASER International, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven N. D. Brundula, Milan Cerovic
  • Patent number: 7891127
    Abstract: An electronic weapon impedes locomotion by a target by conducting a current through an electrode and through the target to produce contractions in skeletal muscles of the target. The weapon may include a deployment unit to deploy one or more electrodes in trajectories toward the target. The deployment unit may include covered tubes for the electrodes. Removing the cover may be accomplished with a ram urged against the interior of the cover by an electrode. The cover may include frangible material with grooves for repeatable material separation. The cover may include fasteners that simplify assembly of the cover onto the body of the deployment unit. The fasteners may include hooks with grooves that disjoin from the cover enabling a more repeatable removal of the cover. Electrode trajectories are more accurate as a result of operation of the rams and the structures of the frangible cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: TASER International, Inc.
    Inventors: Milan Cerovic, Magne H. Nerheim, Dubravko Zekanovic
  • Patent number: 7886648
    Abstract: Systems and methods inhibit locomotion of a human or animal target in a denial zone. Acquiring the target includes forming a prediction of at least two locations of impact on the target and testing the prediction according to criteria that may include whether the locations are within a boundary corresponding to the target and whether the locations are separated by a minimum physical and/or electrical distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventors: Kevin Williams, Christopher Wallace Baldwin, Nache D. Shekarri
  • Patent number: 7866082
    Abstract: A long range, high intensity spotlight for human incapacitation and control that uses an incoherent collimated constant light source of sufficient intensity and focus to cause temporary incapacitation of a person for a period of time when illuminated by the beam without causing permanent physical harm. The high intensity spotlight comprises a head portion at one end having a window opening and a handle portion connected to the head portion and containing electronic circuitry and thermal air management for controlling operating temperature of the lamp. A paraboloid reflector is mounted in the head portion to face the window opening, and a high intensity electric arc Xenon lamp is adjustably mounted within the reflector so that the electrode gap is located as close as possible to the focus of the reflector. An adjustable mounting base allows the position of the reflector to be adjusted until the optimum focus is reached. A properly positioned cathode wire feed optimizes the lamp performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Genesis Illumination, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Eisenberg, Herbert Parker
  • Publication number: 20100325931
    Abstract: Handheld weapons using tactile feedback to deliver silent status information are described. One embodiment comprises a handheld weapon comprising: a housing comprising a user contactable region, a tactile element coupled to the user contactable region, and an actuator coupled to the tactile element and capable of outputting a haptic sensation localized to the tactile element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventor: Louis B. Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 7841989
    Abstract: A non-lethal and non-destructive electromagnetic personnel interdiction control stun type weapon system and method utilizes beamed radio frequency energy in a frequency range and modulated to impose a Lorentz force on the vestibular system or sensory cells of a remote human subject sufficient to disrupt the mechanical transduction process and/or the chemical engine by which sound, position and other sensory input are converted to messages by nerve cells and processed by the brain to produce complete disorientation, confusion, and incapacitation sufficient to temporarily render the subject powerless to resist arrest or subjugation. Removal of the electromagnetic energy leaves the nerve cells and surrounding tissues with no damage and second order effects of severe motion sickness and psychological effects of helplessness remains until the subject's body chemistry returns to normal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Invocon, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl F. Kiefer, Kevin Champaigne, Gulnara Ajupova
  • Patent number: 7821766
    Abstract: An apparatus for interfering with locomotion of a target by conducting a current through the target includes according to various aspects of the present invention a transformer, a capacitance, a charge detector, and a processor. The transformer has a secondary winding that is coupled to the target to provide the current. The capacitance is in series with the secondary winding and is charged to a voltage. The charge detector detects a charge provided through the target by the capacitance and the secondary winding. The processor sets the voltage (e.g., for charging for a next pulse) responsive to the charge detected by the charge detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: TASER International, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven N. D. Brundula
  • Patent number: 7787232
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an apparatus for providing law enforcement and private citizens with a single device that integrates law enforcement tools and mechanisms for the application of force. An exemplary device features a metal detector, a light emitting source optionally having a strobe feature, an electric stun system, and a debilitating spray dispensing system. Some embodiments of the present invention include an electric stun system comprising a plurality of probes mounted to the distal terminus of the shaft and configured to protrude from the shaft, a plurality of plates configured longitudinally along the outer surface of the shaft, and a stun system switch disposed on the shaft. Some embodiments of the present invention include the debilitating spray dispensing system comprising at least one nozzle and a dispensing switch disposed on the handle. Some embodiments of the present invention include a handle comprising an ergonomic grip and a guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventor: Michael R Abatemarco
  • Patent number: 7784390
    Abstract: There is disclosed a solid state non-lethal directed energy weapon. The non-lethal weapon may include a solid-state source to generate a high-power millimeter-wave initial wavefront, a main reflector, and a sub-reflector to reflect the initial wavefront to the main reflector. The main reflector may direct the reflected wavefront in a bore-sighted direction toward a target. The wavefront directed by the main reflector may have a power density selected to deliver a non-lethal deterring effect on the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Reid F. Lowell, Kenneth W. Brown, A-Lan V. Reynolds, Alan A. Rattray
  • Patent number: 7744471
    Abstract: A non-threatening combination baton and spray dispenser that can be readily employed was a baton or as a dispenser without requiring complex re-orientation or concentrated aiming, including an expandable baton having a mounted connector coupling that facilitates connection to an end of an irritant spray dispenser disposed in axial alignment with the baton. The connector coupling supports a switch mechanism readily operable by the user's thumb while grasping the connector coupling to selectively dispense spray axially from the dispenser with the baton in either its retracted or expanded positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Armanent Systems and Procedures, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin L. Parsons
  • Publication number: 20100146835
    Abstract: A TASER® and a vertical grip are combined to be attached to the stud post under the forend or the barrel of a conventional long arm. A TASER® may also be combined with the forend or barrel of a conventional long arm itself. Stud posts come standard on certain long arms like the M-16 rifle. Stud posts can be installed on single shot and pump action shotgun forends as well. The TASER® power supply can serve as a power source for a strobe lamp, which may be sighted by rescuers either visually or with infrared night viewing or other special viewing equipment for miles. The optical signal could be produced in the infrared, visible light and ultraviolet light regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. The signal lamp is inserted into a TASER®'s firing chamber in lieu of an ammunition cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventor: James F. Mc Nulty, JR.
  • Patent number: 7676972
    Abstract: A non-lethal self-defense device that ejects two electrically charged streams of conductive fluid at a biological target for a period of time sufficient to have the liquid contacting both the target and the electrically charged device until incapacitation of the target occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventors: Duane Smith, Derrick Evans