Sight Devices Patents (Class 42/111)
  • Patent number: 9958234
    Abstract: A battery compartment for a reflex sight is accessed via a pivoting lid that can be unlatched, opened, and closed by hand without tools and without removing the sight from its weapon. A button carried by the lid actuates a switch within the sight for changing a setting of the sight. Also disclosed is a reflex sight having mounting structures for accessories, such as an impact guard, a rain hood, or a rear iron sight for example. Positioning mechanisms for an LED or other aiming point display device of an aiming sight are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Leupold & Stevens, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel I. Campean
  • Patent number: 9936115
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for improving situational awareness for a user of a firearm are disclosed. An example camera system for a firearm includes a camera assembly, display panel, a mounting fixture, and switching mechanism. An example camera assembly includes a plurality of cameras fixedly oriented in a plurality of different directions. An example mounting fixture is secured to the camera assembly and configured to be removably attached to a firearm. An example switch is configured to select between the plurality of cameras to cause an image from the selected camera to be displayed on the display panel. An example method includes activating a firearm-mounted camera system, receiving a switch input from a user selecting a camera, generating an image of a portion of an environment with the selected camera, and displaying the image on a display panel to alert the user to conditions in the portion of the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Arman Christian Tagarro
  • Patent number: 9921029
    Abstract: An accessory mounting interface and method are disclosed. The interface has an upper portion having a firearm accessory and at least one through hole extending from a first surface to a second surface of the upper portion, the upper portion having a first post portion with a first side surface and a first flange. A first elongated fastener is arranged through the through hole and has a first end extending below the second surface of the upper portion. The interface also has a second post portion that is movable between a first configuration defining a first transverse distance between the first and second side surfaces and a second configuration defining a second transverse distance between the first and second side surfaces, the first transverse distance greater than the second transverse distance. The first flange substantially opposes the second flange when the second post portion is in the first configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Magpul Industries Corp.
    Inventors: Timothy Eric Roberts, Michael T. Mayberry, William Bradley Bennett, Duane Liptak, Brian L. Nakayama, Eric Nakayama
  • Patent number: 9857144
    Abstract: A system may be provided that includes a scope configured to mount to a firearm. The scope may include imaging components, processing components, and a display. The processing components may generate an adaptive electronic reticle for the scope. The adaptive electronic reticle may be displayed with the display and may have a shape, a color, a style, a position, and/or other features based on the firearm, an ammunition type, a target type, a target range, a wind speed, a color of an image of a target scene, and/or other target scene information. The reticle may be generated to be a reticle that maximizes the reticle contrast relative to the target scene, a textured reticle, a moving reticle, a Mil-Dot reticle, and/or a custom ballistic reticle. Laser rangefinder input may be used to automatically determine a reticle location based on ballistics data and the range to a target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Austin A. Richards
  • Patent number: 9816787
    Abstract: Implementations of a rear sight block for AK-type rifles are provided. In some implementations, the rear sight block may comprise an optic mounting interface and a sleeve. In some implementations, the optic mounting interface may be used to attach an optical gun sight to the rear sight block, and the sleeve may be used to secure the rear sight block to the barrel of an AK-type rifle. In some implementations, the optic mounting interface may include a rear sight notch therein. In some implementations, the rear sight block may further comprise at least one accessory mounting interface thereon. In some implementations, the accessory mounting interface may be used to position a flashlight, laser, and/or other firearm accessory on the left (or right) side of the rear sight block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Occam Defense Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Keeney
  • Patent number: 9772164
    Abstract: An imaging device has an optoelectronic detector, a beam splitter, a field lens, a mirror, a control circuit, a memory and a power source disposed within a housing. The housing is configured to be mounted in an optical path of a scope. The optoelectronic detector is mounted outside of the optical path of the scope. The beam splitter is mounted in line with the optical path of the scope. The field lens is mounted in line with a reflected optical path of the beam splitter. The mirror is mounted such that the reflected optical path of the beam splitter from the field lens is reflected to the optoelectronic detector. The control circuit is connected to the optoelectronic detector. The memory is connected to the control circuit. A user interface is mounted on the housing and connected to the control circuit. The power source is connected to the control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: REDROCK MICROSYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: James D. Hurd
  • Patent number: 9759518
    Abstract: A set of temporary sights to fit on a scope has a first sight unit comprising a stretchable, resilient first ring adapted to be positioned on an end of the scope, a single, radially-protruding first sight member, a second sight unit comprising a stretchable, resilient second ring adapted to be positioned on an end of the scope, a radially-protruding sight comprising two uprights protruding from the ring, a top closure and a horizontal crosspiece connecting the uprights between the top closure and the second ring. The top closure, uprights and second ring may define a rectangular opening bisected by the horizontal crosspiece to define an upper and lower opening. The first sight unit may be adapted to mount over the front end of the sight, and the second sight unit is adapted to mount over the rear end of the sight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventors: Michael Hidock, Victor Saldamando
  • Patent number: 9683808
    Abstract: A firearm handguard includes a hollow interior cavity extending from a receiving end to an exit end of the handguard, and forms a receiving end portion. An attachment mechanism is screwed to the usual receiver head on the firearm receiver which secures the attachment mechanism to the firearm receiver. The attachment mechanism is received in the receiving end portion of the handguard. A projection extends from either the attachment mechanism or the handguard and a mating recess is provided in the other of the attachment mechanism or the handguard to receive and hold the projection. The inside diameter of the receiving end portion of the handguard can be enlarged or reduced so that the attachment mechanism can be received in the receiving end portion and the projection then received and held by the mating recess to thereby attach it to the attachment mechanism and hold it against relative longitudinal movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Superior Metal Fabrications, Inc.
    Inventor: William Gagnon
  • Patent number: 9574851
    Abstract: A method is provided for aligning a gun barrel. The method includes disposing a signal transmitter at the barrel's muzzle, distributing sensors around the barrel to receive the muzzle's signal, calculating the muzzle's coordinate position based on the signal, aiming an electro-optical sensor at a target to determine a miss distance, and calibrating the gun barrel based on the electro-optical sensor based on the miss distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Christopher J. Weiland
  • Patent number: 9551550
    Abstract: A rail mountable device may be provided that is configured to be secured firmly to a rail, such as a rail on a firearm, and released easily from the rail. In one example, the rail mountable device may include a rail clamp that includes first and second rail-engaging surfaces of corresponding first and second ramp members and a cross member that, in response to rotation of a screw, move toward or away from the longitudinal faces of the rail of the firearm to secure or release the rail mountable device to or from the rail. Additional embodiments and related methods are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: SureFire, LLC
    Inventor: William Wells
  • Patent number: 9482489
    Abstract: A method for shooting a projectile weapon involves determining the inclination of a line of sight from a vantage point to a target and a line-of-sight range to the target, then predicting a trajectory parameter at the line-of-sight range, for a preselected projectile. Using the trajectory parameter, an equivalent horizontal range may then be determined, wherein the equivalent horizontal range is the range at which the trajectory parameter would be expected to occur if the projectile were shot from the vantage point toward a theoretical target located in a horizontal plane intersecting the vantage point. The equivalent horizontal range may be utilized to compensate for ballistic drop when shooting the projectile weapon. The method may be embodied in a handheld laser rangefinder including a memory for storing ballistic data. Systems for automatic hold over adjustment in a weapon aiming device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Leupold & Stevens, Inc.
    Inventors: Victoria J. Peters, Tim Lesser, Andrew W. York, Rick R. Regan
  • Patent number: 9470478
    Abstract: A dot-sighting device includes a light source, a beam splitter and a reflective element. The light source emits light. The beam splitter includes a surface that reflects at least a portion of a first light component of the light and transmits at least a portion of a second light component. The reflective element reflects at least a portion of the first light component reflected by the surface of the beam splitter toward the beam splitter. The light reflected by the reflective element includes the second light component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventors: In Jung, Bo Sun Jeung
  • Patent number: 9464864
    Abstract: Fore-end half stock (hand guard) internal rail mounts for a rifle allows rifle accessories to be internally attached to the hand guard. Internal rails are positioned about the axis of the rifle barrel to align the rifle accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventors: Patrick Merlino, Richard Merlino
  • Patent number: 9448027
    Abstract: A quick-attach/quick-detach coupler assembly used for mounting a hand guard around a rifle barrel, allowing prompt barrel change. The coupler assembly has a generally cylindrical barrel nut with a plurality of external rail-mounting teeth centrally around its exterior circumference, interior threads for connection to the upper receiver of a rifle, and multiple fastener holes allowing set screws to contact a two-piece separable extension and provide anti-rotational engagement between it and the barrel nut. The barrel nut's interior threads also connect it to the extension. A tool configured as a hand guard fastener and stored/carried on the hand guard is easily accessed to tighten/release the set screws. The tool's handle may also be configured to engage notches on the extension's barrel end and facilitate its release from the barrel nut. The coupler assembly will mount almost every hand guard currently marketed to the upper receiver of the AR family of rifles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Inventor: Brendon B. Zinsner
  • Patent number: 9377271
    Abstract: A firearm laser sight alignment assembly includes a laser module for emitting a beam along an optical axis, the laser module having an outer seat. The alignment assembly encompasses a resilient grommet mechanically engaging the outer seat in a first adhesive free interference fit. The grommet includes an external seat sized to form adhesive free interferences fits with a laser cover and the housing, as the laser cover engages the housing to retain the grommet with respect to the housing and the laser cover. Upon operable assembly, the interference fits substantially preclude axial and longitudinal movement between the grommet and the laser module as well as the grommet and the laser cover and housing, while allowing angular movement of the laser module to a desired alignment position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: LaserMax, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Kowalczyk, Jr., Jeffrey D. Tuller, Jeffrey W. Mock
  • Patent number: 9291424
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for improving situational awareness for a user of a firearm are disclosed. An example camera system for a firearm includes a camera assembly, display panel, a mounting fixture, and switching mechanism. An example camera assembly includes a plurality of cameras fixedly oriented in a plurality of different directions. An example mounting fixture is secured to the camera assembly and configured to be removably attached to a firearm. An example switch is configured to select between the plurality of cameras to cause an image from the selected camera to be displayed on the display panel. An example method includes activating a firearm-mounted camera system, receiving a switch input from a user selecting a camera, generating an image of a portion of an environment with the selected camera, and displaying the image on a display panel to alert the user to conditions in the portion of the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Arman Christian Tagarro
  • Patent number: 9157696
    Abstract: A modular rail assembly for supporting accessories upon a modular weapons platform. The modular rail assembly includes a fore rail preferably positioned above the foretube, and an aft rail preferably positioned above the receiver, which cooperate with one another to enable a modular system whereby one rail may be removed or replaced without affecting the other rail and any accessories mounted thereon. One rail defines a mating member and the other rail defines a mating channel for receipt of the mating member. The rail assembly configuration provides increased flexibility and interchangeability to the modular weapons platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Cadex, Inc.
    Inventor: Serge Dextraze
  • Patent number: 9080838
    Abstract: An active display based targeting and weapon siting system for providing focusing and targeting data is disclosed. In one embodiment, the active display based targeting and weapon siting system includes an angled optic device configured to allow a user's line of sight to pass through the angled optic device. Further, the active display based targeting and weapon siting system includes a display module configured to provide images including video images, multicolor images and/or wide boresight adjustment and to direct the images into the user's line of sight through the angled optic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventor: Vadim Plotsker
  • Publication number: 20150143732
    Abstract: A system and method of aligning an accessory aimpoint to an aimpoint of a device are disclosed. In one embodiment, an aimpoint that can be viewed through a weapon sight is projected from a device mounted on a weapon. Further, an accessory aimpoint is projected on the weapon sight by an accessory device that is mounted on the weapon in front of the weapon sight. Furthermore, the accessory aimpoint is pre-mission aligned to the aimpoint of the device by electronically adjusting a position of the accessory aimpoint to align with the aimpoint of the device on the weapon sight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: MICHAEL J. CHOINIERE
  • Patent number: 9038307
    Abstract: A reticle of a projectile-weapon aiming system such as a riflescope includes first and second series of secondary aiming marks spaced apart below a primary aiming point, the first and second series providing holdover aiming points for regularly incrementing target distances for respective subsonic and supersonic .300 AAC Blackout ammunition, or other differing types of ammunition, without requiring adjustment of the optics or settings of the aiming system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Leupold & Stevens, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Silvers, Martin Koornneef, Raymond G. Brock, Stephen R. Hodge
  • Patent number: 9033231
    Abstract: Disclosed is an automatic correction apparatus for a trajectory of a projectile from a firearm of which a sight and a gun barrel are installed in parallel, the apparatus including: a distance measurer which is installed in parallel with the sight and measures distance from a target to be hit; a central processing unit which calculates a correction value for parallelization between the gun barrel and the sight so that a trajectory curve and the target can intersect with each other on the basis of the distance measured by the distance measurer; and a parallelization adjuster which connects the sight and the gun barrel and adjusts axial parallelization between a sight line of the sight and the gun barrel on the basis of the parallelization correction value calculated by the central processing unit. With this, the trajectory of the projectile is automatically corrected in accordance with the distance from the target, and thus quick and correct aiming and firing are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Dong Hee Lee, In Jung, Gyu Jung Choi
  • Publication number: 20150128471
    Abstract: A firearm sight including a base coupled to a firearm receiver. The base includes a body having opposed side defining a void therebetween. A sight housing having an end coupled to the base and an opposing end carrying a sight structure. The end coupled to the base is bifurcated with spaced apart furcated portions defining a central gap therebetween. A threaded support member extends transversely between the opposed side portions and concurrently through apertures formed through the furcated portions. A wheel member has a threaded bore and is received on the threaded support member between the furcated portions within the central gap. Rotation of the wheel member moves the sight housing laterally between the opposed sides of the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen P. Troy, Sergey A. Monveldt
  • Patent number: 9030735
    Abstract: An optical sight ensures a more accurate aim at feebly discernible targets in the twilight and in dull weather. The sight includes an objective, a reticule, an erecting system consisting of a first and a second positive component, each of which is cemented of two lenses, and an eyepiece. The sight also includes a beam-splitting cube, the beam-splitting face made as a diagonal face, three mirrors and a third positive component cemented of two lenses, a first plane mirror parallel to the beam-splitting face of the cube on the same axis with the third positive component, a second plane mirror perpendicular to the first mirror in front of a focal plane of the eyepiece, and a third mirror tilted to the optical axis and faced with its reflective surface toward the eyepiece arranged between the eyepiece focal plane and the second component of the erecting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: RusOpticalSystem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Pavel Andreevich Blagov, Evgeny Viktorovich Tsivilev
  • Patent number: 9025040
    Abstract: A rifle scope includes an image sensor configured to capture visual data corresponding to a view area, a display, and a controller coupled to the display and the image sensor. The controller is configured to apply a first stabilization parameter to at least a portion of the visual data to produce a stabilized view, to provide the stabilized view and a reticle to the display, and to apply a second stabilization parameter to stabilize the reticle relative to the stabilized view in response to motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: TrackingPoint, Inc.
    Inventors: Dane Andrew Thyssen, John Hancock Lupher
  • Publication number: 20150107147
    Abstract: The present invention is an attachment for a firearm that allows an observer to assist a shooter in acquiring a target. Specifically, the firearm includes a scope or an iron sight. The attachment includes a body that can be attached to the firearm with a scope ring; the body includes a base and a top portion arranged so that the attachment can extend at about a 45 degree angle from the firearm yet hold a scope or other attachment level with horizontal and off-set from the firearm's sighting device. Once sighted in, the observer may use the scope mounted on the attachment to view exactly the same field as the firearm user sees through the firearm's sighting device, for the purpose of assisting the shooter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: John Douglas Hurley
  • Patent number: 9010011
    Abstract: A mounting device for the detachable attachment of an aiming device on a handgun with a holding device which includes the clamping jaws for the detachable attachment of the holding device to the handgun and at least one recoil cleat for the positive locking engagement on the handgun. In order to enable a stable and accurately reproducible attachment of an aiming device, the recoil cleat includes two mutually facing and mutually separate engagement elements for the engagement in two mutually separate recesses on the handgun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: L & O Hunting Group GmbH
    Inventors: Florian Trapp, Florian Hasler
  • Patent number: 8997391
    Abstract: A sight for a firearm is provided. The sight is structured to fit within a channel defined within the firearm. In some examples, the channel is defined within the slide of a semi automatic handgun. The sight includes a base that fits within the channel, and a visual index portion extending outward from the base. A removable firearm component blocks an open end of the channel, thereby retaining the sight, when the removable firearm component is installed on the firearm. In some examples, a rear sight may be secured within a channel defined within a slide by a firing pin stop. In other examples, a front sight may be secured within a channel defined within a slide by a barrel bushing. Some examples of the sight may include an adjustment mechanism for moving the visual index portion with respect to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Penn United Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Patrick Rozic, Todd Eric Waldroup
  • Patent number: 8984797
    Abstract: An articulating targeting device comprises a mounting base, a swing arm and a sighting component carrying body. The swing arm is pivotably attached to the mounting base for allowing the swing arm to pivot about a first pivot axis between a first swing arm position and a second swing arm position. The sighting component carrying body pivotably attached to the swing arm for allowing the sighting component carrying body to pivot about a second pivot axis between a first carrying body position and a second carrying body position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Marlin Daniel Ballard
  • Patent number: 8978539
    Abstract: A video display system for a weapon includes a removably attachable optical range finder for calculating a distance to a selected target. The optical range finder includes an optical emitter for sending an optical signal to a target and an optical detector for detecting the signal reflected from the target. A fire control system is removably attachable to the weapon and associated with the optical range finder. The fire control system includes a ballistics computer for calculating a ballistics solution based on the distance to the target. A portable electronic device associated with the fire control system has a display screen and is removably attachable to the weapon. The portable electronic device includes a processor and a memory storing program instructions, the program instructions configured to display the ballistics solution in human viewable form on the display screen. In another aspect, a weapon video display housing configuration is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Wilcox Industries Corp.
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Dominic R. Goupil, Marc J. Celona, Justin D. Harris
  • Patent number: 8966805
    Abstract: An optical sight is provided and may include a housing and a wedged, doublet objective lens supported by the housing. The wedged, doublet objective lens may include a first lens having a first amount of wedge and a second lens having a second amount of wedge different than the first amount of wedge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Trijicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Koesler, Steven C. Szalony, Joshua Lee Varner, Joel M. Bagwell, Daniel M. Dillon
  • Patent number: 8959823
    Abstract: A method for shooting a projectile weapon involves determining the inclination of a line of sight from a vantage point to a target and a line-of-sight range to the target, then predicting a trajectory parameter at the line-of-sight range, for a preselected projectile. Using the trajectory parameter, an equivalent horizontal range may then be determined, wherein the equivalent horizontal range is the range at which the trajectory parameter would be expected to occur if the projectile were shot from the vantage point toward a theoretical target located in a horizontal plane intersecting the vantage point. The equivalent horizontal range may be utilized to compensate for ballistic drop when shooting the projectile weapon. The method may be embodied in a handheld laser rangefinder including a memory for storing ballistic data. Systems for automatic hold over adjustment in a weapon aiming device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Leupold & Stevens, Inc.
    Inventors: Victoria J. Peters, Tim Lesser, Andrew W. York, Rick R. Regan
  • Publication number: 20150047246
    Abstract: Gun rail attachments, gun components and accessories and systems include attachment bodies made of polymeric materials with hardness ratings and ranges which are generally flexible and malleable and heat resistant. Reinforcing members are combined with the attachment bodies for secure attachment to gun rails and grips with only the polymeric attachment bodies exposed. Pockets, cavities and channels are formed in the attachment bodies for receiving wires, devices, device modules, components or accessories for guns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Frank J. MICHAL, Michael E. STEIN
  • Publication number: 20150040458
    Abstract: An adjustable scope mount for a projectile weapon can include a base and a mounting piece pivotally attached to the base. The mounting piece can include a first bore that is substantially the same size as a first bore of the base and a second bore that is substantially the same size as a second bore of the base. The respective first bores of the base and mounting piece can be positioned such that when they completely overlap, the mounting piece is positioned at a first minute of angle setting. Likewise, the respective second bores of the base and mounting piece can be positioned such that when they completely overlap, the mounting piece is positioned at a second minute of angle setting. Related methods of using and manufacturing the adjustable scope mount are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: WEIGAND COMBAT HANDGUNS INC.
    Inventor: John C. WEIGAND
  • Publication number: 20150020429
    Abstract: A rail extension device for a belt fed machine gun includes a first and a second section of rail for mounting auxiliary devices, the second section being rotatable relative to the first section to prevent a collision between an auxiliary device mounted on the second section of rail and the weapon when a feed tray cover is opened to reload.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Dale J. Savoy, Aidan N. Zimmerman, Alan E. Tobey
  • Publication number: 20150013206
    Abstract: A method for shooting a projectile weapon involves determining the inclination of a line of sight from a vantage point to a target and a line-of-sight range to the target, then predicting a trajectory parameter at the line-of-sight range, for a preselected projectile. Using the trajectory parameter, an equivalent horizontal range may then be determined, wherein the equivalent horizontal range is the range at which the trajectory parameter would be expected to occur if the projectile were shot from the vantage point toward a theoretical target located in a horizontal plane intersecting the vantage point. The equivalent horizontal range may be utilized to compensate for ballistic drop when shooting the projectile weapon. The method may be embodied in a handheld laser rangefinder including a memory for storing ballistic data. Systems for automatic hold over adjustment in a weapon aiming device are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Leupold & Stevens, Inc.
    Inventors: Victoria J. Peters, Tim Lesser, Andrew W. York, Rick R. Regan
  • Publication number: 20150013207
    Abstract: A sight mounting adapter is provided. The sight mounting adapter may include a rear sight block and a front sight block. Each of the rear sight block and the front sight block includes a top end including an upper dovetail channel and a bottom end including a lower 90 degree combined angle tactical rail channel. The upper dovetail channel of the rear sight block is formed to receive a rear dovetail sight. The upper dovetail channel of the front sight block is formed to receive a front dovetail sight. The lower tactical rail channels of the rear sight block and the front sight block are formed to releasably secure to a tactical rail, such as a Picatinny rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: David Alvin Bowman
  • Patent number: 8915392
    Abstract: A rotatable adjustment knob has a knob body mountable to an optical or electronic device for rotation about an axis extending outwardly from the device. The knob body has an opening into a battery compartment sized to receive a battery. A lid is pivotably attached to the knob body for movement between a closed position in which the lid covers the opening, and an open position in which the lid is pivoted away from the opening to provide access to the battery compartment. The lid remains attached to the knob body while in both the open and closed positions for rotation with the knob body about the axis. A resilient seal confronts the knob body and the lid while the lid is in the closed position to thereby seal the opening and the battery compartment. A latch releasably retains the lid in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Leupold & Stevens, Inc.
    Inventors: Quint Crispin, Xuyen Huynh
  • Patent number: 8915008
    Abstract: An optical sight is provided and may include an optics train having at least one prism with a first surface, a display associated with the first surface to selectively supply the first surface with an image, and a processor in communication with the display to provide the display with the image. An infrared camera may be in communication with the processor and may provide the processor with thermal-energy data for use by the processor in generating the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Trijicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremiah Mauricio, Anthony M. Horvath, Edward J. Haney, Mark William Lister
  • Publication number: 20140366424
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are several embodiments of a level indicator for a firearm that is configured to be repositioned from a home position, generally above the barrel of the firearm, to an extended position, generally above and to the side of the barrel of the firearm. Several different mounting apparatuses are also disclosed, as well as variations of adjustment mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Charles A. McCoy, II, James A. Tyron
  • Publication number: 20140360072
    Abstract: A precision guided firearm (PGF) includes a trigger assembly and an optical device coupled to the trigger assembly. The optical device is to predict a time when an aim point of the PGF is less than a programmable threshold distance from a selected location on a target and to control the trigger assembly to discharge the PGF at the time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: John Hancock Lupher, Stefanie Kwan, Douglas Ainsworth Scott, Michael Toal
  • Patent number: 8893422
    Abstract: A replacement slide assembly for a pistol, the slide assembly having a barrel assembly with a barrel and a firing chamber. The barrel assembly also has a guide member which is a protrusion that extends horizontally outward from the barrel assembly. The replacement slide assembly also includes a housing with an interior wall that defines a groove that receives the guide member. The guide member and the groove in the housing are located forward of a firing pin assembly also mounted within the housing. The slide assembly or any firearm also includes an adjustable sight assembly that permits interchangeability between different types of sights without requiring that the firearm be re-sighted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Alec Daniel Wolf
  • Publication number: 20140338247
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods for making and using a firearm that includes an extendable light source that can be selectively moved closer to and farther from a longitudinal axis of a barrel of the firearm. In some cases, the light source includes a laser or a light bulb, such as an LED. By being able to selectively move closer to and farther from the barrel's longitudinal axis, the light source can be adjusted so that it is able to shine past one or more attachments that are placed on a distal end of the firearm. Other implementations are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Merritt, LuDean Merritt
  • Publication number: 20140338522
    Abstract: An improved M1911 pistol, method of making an improved M1911 pistol, and system for improving performance of an M1911 pistol. Replacement parts for the M1911 pistol include stainless steel, which may be a 17-4Ph metal. Improved replacement parts include an improved frame and an improved slide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Norman Anthony Bellione
  • Publication number: 20140338246
    Abstract: A rotatable, adjustable circular focus sight is installed in a front sight of a handgun. The focus sight has a circular opening that may be rotated to different positions in the front sight to sharpen aiming of the handgun in order to accommodate varying environmental conditions and different types of ammunition. Alternative embodiments of the focus sight incorporate various cross-hair patterns and a pinhole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Ward Kraft, Inc.
    Inventor: Jesse D. Crum
  • Patent number: 8863433
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a gun sight system that utilizes vernier acuity to provide a single point of sight for aiming that requires little or no visual and mental estimation such that the respective firearm can be quickly, easily and accurately aimed at a still or moving target. The sight system includes a front sight comprising a sighting structure extending substantially orthogonally from the end of the slide that includes a ‘V-shaped’ notch in a distal end. The system additionally includes a rear sight comprising a sighting stud extending substantially orthogonally from a rear of the slide includes a ‘inverted-V-shaped’ tip such that when a user looks longitudinally along the top of the slide, the user can align an apex of the rear sight ‘inverted-V-shaped’ tip with a nadir of the front sight ‘V-shaped’ notch with the target nested within the front sight ‘V-shaped’ notch to accurately aim the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: I.P. Holding Group I, LLC.
    Inventor: Russell E. Kruse
  • Publication number: 20140305024
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to an apparatus for mounting a camera onto a firearm and an associated device for capturing images and recordings of a firearm target. The apparatus allows for easy attachment of cameras of varying sizes onto the scope of a firearm and along the same longitudinal axis of the scope. The apparatus comprises a sleeve connected to a scope of a firearm, the sleeve being hallow and having a longitudinal axis longitudinal axis forming an unobstructed axial bore and generally coaxial with a longitudinal axis of the scope; a base member with a hole and adapted to receive a camera with the hole of the base member positioned adjacent to the lens of the camera and the longitudinal axis of the camera lens is generally coaxial with the longitudinal axis of the scope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Russell
  • Publication number: 20140305021
    Abstract: A hinged mounting assembly for use in connection with a gun-mounted light accessory is disclosed. The assembly has a light source disposed within a housing and a rail clamp connected to the housing. The rail clamp has a fixed clamp member attached to the housing and a hinged clamp member pivotally attached to the housing. The static clamp member and the hinged clamp member are disposed on opposite sides of the housing. A vertically moveable adjustment tab is attached to a first clamp post end. The adjustment tab has a cylindrical member with a lower half that is planar and an upper half that is arcuate. A vertically and horizontally adjustment tab is attached to a second clamp post end. The second adjustment tab also has a lower half that is planar and an upper half that is arcuate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Jaime Prieto
  • Publication number: 20140298703
    Abstract: A slide cover plate adapter and related methods of use for adding functionality to a semi-automatic handgun. The slide cover plate adapter replaces a factory slide cover plate located at a rear wall of a slide assembly in conventional semi-automatic handguns. The slide cover plate adapter includes a channel engagement portion and an accessory engagement portion that are spaced apart and coupled with a bridging member. The channel engagement portion operably couples to the slide assembly while the accessory engagement portion provides a convenient attachment point for any of a variety of handgun accessories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Brian D. Gale, David A. Sohm
  • Patent number: 8844188
    Abstract: A device for sighting a distant moving target by a shooter using a shoulder-mounted firearm provided with a trigger guard disposed around the trigger as a strip of metal or other suitable material. The device is comprised of a horizontal mounting base, a vertical support member, and a small screen or blade. The mounting base includes a mechanism for releasably fixing it in place, and a pair of parallel arms extending from a common origin which sandwich a section of the trigger guard when mounted. The support member extends vertically from the base so as to support the small screen adjacently to a side of the firearm. When the shooter mounts the firearm, the screen protrudes into the sightline of the eye opposite to the mounting shoulder thus concealing the barrel while allowing that opposite eye to see the target at all time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Andrei Erdoss, Vasile Erdoss
  • Publication number: 20140283429
    Abstract: A system for precision aiming of a weapon that has a rail, aligned with a centerline of its barrel, with a bus for supplying power to, and providing communication between, a plurality of modular system components that are mounted and precisely aligned in an array on the rail. A core component receives data from the sensor components via the rail and produces an output for display of aiming data which allows an operator to precisely aim the weapon at a selected target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: KEVIN MICHAEL SULLIVAN, MARCELO EDUARDO MARTINEZ