Focused Beam (e.g., Laser On Target, Etc.) Patents (Class 42/114)
  • Patent number: 12013207
    Abstract: A grip for a firearm having a controllable accessory has a first axis aligned with a long axis of the firearm and a second axis transverse the first axis. The grip includes an elongated switch lever having a pivot end and a controlled end, the elongated switch lever having a long axis aligned with the second axis of the grip and coupled at the controlled end to a thumb pad extending beyond a main body of the grip, a pivot disposed at the pivot end of the elongated switch lever about which the elongated switch lever may rotate, and a switch mounted in the grip adjacent to the elongated switch lever and configured to change states when the thumb pad is depressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: SIG SAUER, INC.
    Inventor: Edward P. Leon-Guerrero
  • Patent number: 11988484
    Abstract: Storage plugs configured to receive batteries, tools, and/or accessories are provided. The storage plug includes an insert, insertable within a recess of a firearm grip, and one or more channels, each extending from a top surface of the insert. A wall disposed between indents extending from a bottom surface of the insert is configured to be held by a user during insertion or removal of the insert. One or more ridges disposed around the insert frictionally engage with an inner surface defining the recess of the firearm grip. Each channel is configured to receive one or more batteries, tools, and/or accessories. Each battery is one of a cylindrical battery, a square or rectangular battery, or a coin- or button-cell battery. Each tool is a multi-tool, a hex key, or another tool or accessory associated with a firearm or otherwise desirable to be carried in the storage plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: B5 Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark J. Keller
  • Patent number: 11976905
    Abstract: A target system can detect the location of a projectile disposed within a target and subsequently alter an image being displayed on the target in response to the location of the detected projectile. The target system can include a sensor, an image source, a portable electronic device, and a computing device. The sensor can be positioned on the target to detect the location of the projectile on a face of the target. The image source can project an image onto the face of the target. The portable electronic device can receive input from a user to dictate the image(s) displayed on the target. The computing device can be communicatively coupled to the sensor, the image source, and the portable electronic device and cause the target system to detect the location of the projectile and subsequently alter the image displayed on the target in response to the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Inventor: Keaton Chia
  • Patent number: 11927428
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for providing firearms, including handguns, with infrared sights and a camera which can be held in one shooter's hand. The camera can send live video which can display a target to a portable display, such as a smart phone, smart watch or smart glasses, that is held in another hand of the shooter, so that the shooter remains out of harms' way if the target is armed. The novel sight can include hybrids of combinations of infrared and bright white visible lights, and use all visible bright white light. A motion sensor or magnetometer sensor can be separately used to cause the novel sight to become activated. Wireless charging can be accomplished with charging circuits, charging pads and USB cables and ports. A multi-position locking system can allow for a rail key to be used for spacing the novel sight at up to twelve different positions relative to the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: GUNEYE, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Kraft, Celeste Zotto, Eric Dupont Becnel
  • Patent number: 11916352
    Abstract: Devices, apparatus, systems and methods for providing accurate linear and angular positioning with a payload mounted to a beam having freely moveable ends. The payload can be a laser pointer mounted on a firearm, which maintains the initial precise pointing during and after exposure in high G shock and vibration environments. Vertical and lateral adjustment controls can adjust minute changes in beam orientation. Precision adjustments can be performed in a zero G, one G, or high G environment and maintains the adjustment during and after being exposed to a high G shock or vibration environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventor: Orval E. Bowman
  • Patent number: 11899195
    Abstract: An IT-based astronomical telescope system comprises a rotatable lens barrel having an eyepiece installed thereon; a detection device for detecting a current orientation of the lens barrel; and an image generator comprising a micro display provided in the lens barrel. The image generator is used to obtain a picture and display the picture on the micro display. The IT-based astronomical telescope system is configured to work in a virtual reality mode, in which: the image generator is turned on, and based on the current orientation of the lens barrel detected by the detection device, obtains a picture corresponding to an optical image of stars supposed to be imaged by the telescope system with the current orientation of the lens barrel; and the micro display displays the picture, which is presented through the eyepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventor: Hongyun Qiu
  • Patent number: 11835320
    Abstract: A near-range launcher assembly for at least temporarily detaining a subject include a primary launcher carrying a first projectile, the first projectile including a pair of pellets and a tether connecting the pellets. A secondary launcher carries a second projectile. At least one power source is associated with one or both of the primary and secondary launchers. At least one control system is operably coupled to the at least one power source, the control system operable to activate the power source. At least one user input is operably coupled to the at least one control system, the user input operable to communicate with the control system based on input from the user to activate the at least one power source to expel one or both of the first projectile and the second projectile from the launchers toward the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Wrap Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Elwood Norris
  • Patent number: 11828569
    Abstract: An illumination device for a firearm may include a housing supporting multiple lamps. A switch actuator of the device is rotationally coupled to a rear end of the housing. A cam is coupled to the switch actuator, such that the cam rotates with the actuator, the cam having a first end including a magnet and a second end having a shaped cam surface configured to interface with a cam follower. The actuator and the cam are biased toward a neutral position. Selective rotation of the cam causes a magnet of the cam to operate one or more magnetic switches. The cam is transitionable between a plurality of discrete positions, e.g., including a pair of toggle positions in the first rotational direction from the neutral position, and a pair of momentary positions disposed on the cam in the second rotational direction from the neutral position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Owl Gun Lights, Inc.
    Inventors: Talon Reed, Michael Sorensen, Shane Reed
  • Patent number: 11747638
    Abstract: A laser mount for fixedly coupling a laser pointer includes: a first layer; a second layer including a first end and a second end, a connection between the first layer and the first end forming a spring-tensioned hinge, such that deflection of the second end about the connection imparts a spring tension to the second layer, and the second end being spaced apart from the first layer; a first adjustment screw configured to vertically couple the first layer and the second end and to adjust a vertical spring tension between the first layer and the second layer; and a second adjustment screw configured to horizontally couple the first layer and the second end and to adjust a horizontal spring tension between the first layer and the second layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Caresyntax GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Georg Wollmann, Dirk Asmus, Vik Anantha
  • Patent number: 11740054
    Abstract: A method to aim an arrow at a target, where the method includes providing a bow, an arc track attached to the bow via a mount assembly, a front sight disposed on a distal end of a sight line support and a rear sight disposed on a proximal end of the sight line support, the method further including sliding the sight line support upwardly or downwardly along the arc track until a target is visibly aligned with both the front sight and the rear sight where as sight line support slides upwardly, the sight line support rotates clockwise and as sight line support 103 slides downwardly, the sight line support rotates counterclockwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Inventor: Anthony Hollars
  • Patent number: 11733004
    Abstract: A multi-accessory mount assembly for use with a firearm, and methods for coupling the assembly to the firearm are provided. The assembly may include a proximal portion having a lower surface configured to be removably coupled to the firearm and an upper surface configured to be removably coupled to a sub mount. The sub mount may be configured to be removably coupled to a first firearm accessory, e.g., an optic scope, a red dot sight, a reflex sight, a night vision monocular or scope, or a magnifier. The assembly further may include a distal portion extending distally from the proximal portion via a neck portion, such that the distal portion is elevated higher than the proximal portion. An upper surface of the distal portion may be configured to be removably coupled to a second firearm accessory, e.g., an infrared laser or a night vision monocular or scope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: GBRS GROUP LLC
    Inventors: Blair Cole Fackler, Donald Wayne Shipley, Slade William Cutrer
  • Patent number: 11629931
    Abstract: This invention herein described is a firearm mountable, illumination and projection system for projecting, detecting and/or receiving electromagnetic radiation (waves) from across the electromagnetic spectrum by utilizing a variety of technologies such as LED's, Infrared Illuminators, Laser Emitters, and FLIR sensors (examples not limitations). This invention, herein described, is unique in that the embodiment(s) for Illumination and Projection are separate, unique, and isolated (distally) from the embodiment providing the necessary power (Current, Voltage, Electromotive Force) for the illumination and/or projection of electromagnetic radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Inventors: Daniel Hincapie, Peter Dorn Lindblom, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11549780
    Abstract: A ring accessory for a firearm, such as a pistol or a long gun, includes an upper portion configured to attach to a frame of the firearm beneath a barrel and forward of a trigger guard. A vertical portion extends vertically downward from the upper portion, and a horizontal portion is connected to the vertical portion, extending horizontally therefrom toward the trigger guard. The vertical portion and the horizontal portion, together, define a horizontally-elongated aperture configured to be gripped by two or more fingers of a non-shooting hand of a user, with the two or more fingers extending horizontally therethrough, and with a palm of the non-shooting hand supporting the firearm from beneath the horizontal portion. A method for holding a firearm by a person using a compact shooting stance is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Inventor: David F. Henderson
  • Patent number: 11493306
    Abstract: A firearm illuminator has a housing having a front portion, a rear portion, and an intermediate portion between the front and rear positions, a light source at the front portion, a power source at the rear portion, a power conductor interconnecting the light source and the power source and coextensive with the intermediate portion, and a weapon sight connected at the intermediate portion between the light source and the power source. the weapon sight may be a post sight. The weapon sight may be a front sight configured to register with a rear weapon sight. The weapon sight may be movable between a stowed position and an extended position. An indicating portion of the weapon sight extends above the housing when in the extended position. The housing may have an upper surface below a selected limit level. The weapon sight may be configured to extend above the limit level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: PATRICKORD LLC
    Inventor: James Robert Patrick, IV
  • Patent number: 11493303
    Abstract: An improved firearm laser sight comprising a pattern generating element and an enlarging lens for enhanced projection of sight patterns onto an intended target is disclosed. The device is meant to be an accessory for firearms of all types by comprising any standardized methods for attachment, and may serve to decrease the time needed to acquire an intended target before firing. The device may implement a variety of sight patterns that may be projected larger and in a more pronounced way, when compared to standard firearm sights, to provide a clear image that may be quickly acquired even over longer distances. The improved firearm laser sight may be made available with a red or green visible laser, an infrared laser, or an ultraviolet light depending on the intended use of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Inventor: Dustin Drake
  • Patent number: 11480411
    Abstract: A range-finding and ballistics effect compensating scope 804 with a ballistic effect compensating reticle aim point field 650 and ammunition adaptive aim compensation method for rifle sights or projectile weapon aiming systems includes (a) a primary aiming point 658 adapted to be sighted-in at a first selected range and (b) the locus of the RF beam for sensing range 29 to a selected target 28. The when firing, the reticle's aim point field also includes a sloped array of wind dots (e.g., 660) illustrating aim points for a range of crosswind conditions. The method for compensating for a projectile's ballistic behavior permits the shooter to sense or measure the LOS range to target 29 and sense or input the slope angle 27 and local or nominal air density ballistic characteristics (e.g., air density), and then display corrected hold points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventor: G. David Tubb
  • Patent number: 11378357
    Abstract: A target dot sight includes a target illumination sensor that senses the amount of illumination at a target, rather than merely sensing the ambient sight of the entire operating environment. Then, based on the sensed target illumination, the target dot sight may automatically compensate for the brightness of the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: SIG SAUER, INC.
    Inventors: John P. Nichols, David Pierson
  • Patent number: 11262168
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sight system incorporating offset optical components. One embodiment is a sight system supporting multiple laser beams that are used simultaneously. As such, an assembly having two clamps is provided. Each clamp can hold a laser on opposite sides of a firearm barrel. The lasers can be diametrically opposed on the barrel wherein the lasers are in plane with a projectile axis. The lasers can project at the same time to bracket the location on the target of where the projectile hit impact. In another embodiment, the assembly, again with two clamps, is adapted for use with a bow, wherein the clamps support lasers that are in plane with the projectile axis. In another embodiment, the optical component is one or more cameras, wherein reticles can be displayed on a screen to bracket a target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventor: Bradley Owen Morse
  • Patent number: 11189992
    Abstract: A laser assembly (10) for generating a pulsed output beam (16) includes a quantum cascade device (12); and a laser driver (14A) that controls the voltage to the quantum cascade device (12) in a pulsed drive profile (950) to generate the pulsed output beam (16). The pulsed drive profile (950) includes a plurality of spaced on-time segments (952) in which the laser driver (14A) directs voltage to the quantum cascade device (12), and at least one off-time segment (954) in which the laser driver (14A) pulls down the voltage from the quantum cascade device (12). The off-time segment (954) occurs between two on-time segments (952).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventors: Bruce Coy, Miles James Weida
  • Patent number: 11118864
    Abstract: A flashlight assembly includes an elongated housing, a light assembly received within the front of the housing, a battery door assembly at the rear of the housing, a latch assembly on the top of the housing and a clamp assembly also on the top of the housing. Paddle switches for operating the flashlight are integrated into the battery door assembly at the rear of the housing. The battery door assembly is both slidable and rotatable relative to the main housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventors: Robert D. Galli, Christopher J. O'Brien, Mikhail T. Hyde
  • Patent number: 10969198
    Abstract: A multi-function gunsight for aiming a firearm comprises a body and a sight arm pivotally coupled to the body for rotation between a stowed orientation and a deployed orientation. The body defining a laser cavity, a starboard cavity, and a port cavity. A laser housing is disposed inside the laser cavity defined by the body. The laser housing supports a semiconductor chip that emits laser light and a collimating lens that collimates the laser light emitted by the semiconductor chip. A forward end of the laser housing is coupled to a spherical bearing. The spherical bearing constrains movement of the laser housing in three translation degrees of freedom corresponding to translation along x, y, and z axes of an x-y-z coordinate system. The spherical bearing allows rotation of the laser housing about at least the x and y axes of the x-y-z coordinate system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: BUSHNELL INC.
    Inventor: Alejandro Chavez
  • Patent number: 10591251
    Abstract: A multi-function gunsight for aiming a firearm comprises a body and a sight arm pivotally coupled to the body for rotation between a stowed orientation and a deployed orientation. The body defining a laser cavity, a starboard cavity, and a port cavity. A laser housing is disposed inside the laser cavity defined by the body. The laser housing supports a semiconductor chip that emits laser light and a collimating lens that collimates the laser light emitted by the semiconductor chip. A forward end of the laser housing is coupled to a spherical bearing. The spherical bearing constrains movement of the laser housing in three translation degrees of freedom corresponding to translation along x, y, and z axes of an x-y-z coordinate system. The spherical bearing allows rotation of the laser housing about at least the x and y axes of the x-y-z coordinate system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Bushnell, Inc.
    Inventor: Alejandro Chavez
  • Patent number: 10488151
    Abstract: A butt stock assembly for a rifle having a rifle sight. The butt stock assembly includes a butt stock hollowed with a camera compartment and a battery compartment. A display compartment is rotationally attached to the battery compartment. A display is housed in the display compartment and electrically coupled to a battery in the battery compartment and a camera in the camera compartment. A microprocessor is communicatively coupled to the display and the camera, The microprocessor is programmed with instructions to receive a visual input from the camera including the rifle sight. Then, produce an image the rifle sight on the display. The visual input enables a user to determine where the rifle is pointed without having the user to be aligned with the rifle sight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Sean Patrick Casey
  • Patent number: 10451376
    Abstract: Firearm simulators are disclosed. In embodiments, a firearm simulator includes a processor, a memory module, a trigger unit that outputs a trigger output signal, a magazine sensor that outputs a magazine sensor output signal, an optoelectronic output device, an optoelectronic sensor, and a wireless communication device. In embodiments, the firearm simulator determines whether a trigger prep event has occurred, determines whether a trigger break event has occurred, and transmits the trigger prep event and the trigger break event with the wireless communication device. In embodiments, the optoelectronic output device is activated when a trigger break event has occurred and a simulated round is available to be fired. In embodiments, a firearm simulator wirelessly transmits information, such as magazine insertion events, magazine ejection events, trigger break events, and trigger prep event to a computing device that displays information pertaining to the received information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventors: Kurt S. Schulz, Michael Z. Bac
  • Patent number: 10386157
    Abstract: An illuminated sighting system is provided and includes a front sight and a rear sight, wherein the front sight includes a front aperture and a front base, wherein, the front aperture further includes a front LED and a front sight post wherein the front sight post is adjustable in height and is optically communicated with the front LED such that when the front LED is illuminated, at least a portion of the front sight post is illuminated and wherein, the rear aperture further includes a sighting halo and a rear LED wherein the sighting halo is laterally adjustable and associated with the rear LED such that when the rear LED is illuminated, at least a portion of the sighting halo is illuminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: BrightSight LLC
    Inventor: Scott Plummer
  • Patent number: 10280558
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatus for cleaning a substrate, such as a fabric material, involving the application of optical energy to the substrate, typically in the form of a beam of light, where the energy of the beam causes removal of the contaminant from substrate, such as from the fibers of a fabric material. The cleaning may occur via any mechanism, including one or more of, alone or in any combination, ablation, melting, heating or reaction with the substrate or contaminant or agent introduced to aid in the cleaning. The optical energy is typically applied to a selected area of the substrate (e.g., as a beam), and the substrate and beam or optical energy source moved relative to one another so as to clean a larger area of the substrate, either by moving the substrate or the beam, or both. Movement of the beam with respect to the substrate can be attained through a beam scanning mechanism or through movement of the optical source itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Woodrow Scientific Limited
    Inventor: John Redvers Clowes
  • Patent number: 10001342
    Abstract: A light mountable on a handgun may comprise: a light housing including one or more light sources, a cavity for a source of electrical power, a switch, and a circuit for energizing the light sources. The light housing has complementary parts configured to enclose a part of the handgun and a mounting rail, and may include an access cover that is openable when the light is mounted on a handgun, for placing and removing the source of electrical power. Light sources may include an illumination source and/or an aiming source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Streamlight, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan R. Sharrah, William D. Worman
  • Patent number: 9816782
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for providing the weapon-mounted optical scope that provides for wind sensing and the display a ballistic solution without the need for a separate device. Embodiments may include various additional sensors housed within the weapon-mounted optical scope to provide data for the ballistic solution calculation. Embodiments may further include a display at the input aperture rather than internally at the first-focal-plane, enabling for simpler, more cost effective embodiments. Additionally or alternatively, embodiments may include a laser, separate from the wind sensing laser, to perform range-finding functions, and/or an enhanced-image assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: Tony Maryfield, Mahyar Dadkhah, Christian Cugnetti
  • Patent number: 9719747
    Abstract: A training method and apparatus are disclosed. The training method may include converting a firearm capable of firing live ammunition to a pneumatic training device incapable of firing live ammunition. The training method may further include cycling a pneumatic training device through one or more cycles. Each of the cycles may simulate an actual firing of the firearm. Each of the cycles may also include triggering a trigger assembly of the pneumatic training device, using a charge of a pressurized gas to reset the trigger assembly, and advancing a counter of the pneumatic training device. After a certain number of cycles have been completed, a next cycle may be attempted, but not completed. Accordingly, the training method may enable a user to safely and realistically practice reloading, jam or malfunction clearing, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventors: Benjamin T. Tiberius, Jonathan S. Willson
  • Patent number: 9488439
    Abstract: A novel flashlight assembly that includes an interface integrated into the housing thereof to facilitate mounting of the flashlight to the interface positioned ahead of the trigger on a modern firearm. Generally, the outer body of the flashlight includes a head mounted to a flashlight body at one end and at least one paddle switch extending outwardly at the other end of the body. Preferably the paddle switch extends at least partially beyond a trigger guard on the firearm when the flashlight is mounted to the accessory interface on the firearm. Further, the flashlight includes protrusions extending from the side of the body for interfacing the flashlight with the accessory interface on the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventors: Robert D. Galli, Christopher J. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 9435522
    Abstract: A flashlight for use with a pistol, the pistol having a trigger guard and a mounting rail. The flashlight includes an elongated housing having a white light source and an IR light source at one end thereof, and paddle switches at an opposing end. A selector switch is operable for controlling an operational mode of said flashlight wherein first and second color indicator lights correspond to the white and IR lights sources. The first and second color indicators are operable for visually indicating the current operating mode of the flashlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventors: Robert D. Galli, Christopher J. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 9328994
    Abstract: A handgun mounted laser sight that is combined with a trigger-guard mountable switch with flexible connections that accommodate various different geometries of handgun frames. A flush surface-mounted switch secured to the underside of the handgun trigger guard contacts mating the laser sight are located on the downward facing surface of the gun frame forward of the trigger guard. The switch is designed and located to provide passive user switching in use without separate movement or applied force of the user's hand or fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: Richard George Hovsepian
  • Patent number: 9297614
    Abstract: A master module incorporates a laser, a power source, a control unit and a laser adjustment mechanism. The module is a single, compact unit designed to fit into a small casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Larry E. Moore
  • Patent number: 9146076
    Abstract: A dot sight having power saving functions and a control method thereof are disclosed. The dot sight, which includes a battery, a dot visual chart generator, and a reflector disposed therein and which is mounted on a portable gun, includes a controller which selects an operation mode in which power of the dot visual chart generator is turned on and a power saving mode in which the power of the dot visual chart generator is turned off, and a timer which measures a time from when the operation mode is started, and the controller converts a mode into the power saving mode after a predetermined time using a time measured by the timer. Accordingly, if the dot sight is not used in the operation mode, the dot sight automatically converts the operation mode into the power saving mode, and, if a movement is sensed in the power saving mode, converts the power saving mode into the operation mode, so that battery utilization efficiency can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Inventors: In Jung, Bo Sun Jeung
  • Publication number: 20150101234
    Abstract: An assembly (10) for providing an assembly output beam comprises a laser assembly (12), a power source (14), and a system controller (16). The power source (14) is electrically coupled to the laser assembly (12). The system controller (16) directs power from the power source (14) to the laser assembly (12). Additionally, the system controller (16) includes a capacitor assembly (22) that is electrically connected to the laser assembly (12), and a current source (20) that directs power from the power source (14) to the capacitor assembly (22) and the laser assembly (12). The power source (14) and the capacitor assembly (22) cooperate to provide power to the laser assembly (12). Further, the capacitor assembly (22) provides pulses of power and the current source (20) directs the pulses of power to the laser assembly (12). Moreover, the current source (20) charges the capacitor assembly (22) in between the pulses of power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Allen Priest, David P. Caffey
  • Patent number: 8991093
    Abstract: An underwater firearm system includes a gun; a sealable plastic bag; a tube; and a plastic material sealing the tube. The sealable plastic bag seals in the firearm and keeps it dry when moved underwater. The sealable plastic bag is configured to enable a shooter to hold the firearm therein placed and pull the trigger, which for example may include a finger cavity that extends through the trigger guard so that a shooter's finger may be inserted into the tubular cavity to engage the trigger. The tube has an inner dimension at least as large as the bore of the gun. The plastic material seals the tube against the inflow of water when the tube is moved underwater. A removable watertight cap optionally fits over the barrel and plastic bag at the muzzle to reseal the sealable plastic bag after having been breached by discharge of the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: UFS Associates, Trustee for Underwater Firearm System CRT Trust
    Inventor: S. Mill Calvert
  • Publication number: 20150059226
    Abstract: A rifle scope includes at least one optical sensor configured to capture optical data corresponding to at least one of a barrel of a firearm and an appendage coupled to the barrel. The rifle scope further includes a controller coupled to the at least one optical sensor and configured to determine an angular position of the barrel in response to capturing the optical data. The controller is configured to automatically determine an alignment of the rifle scope relative to the barrel in response to determining the angular position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: TRACKINGPOINT, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Flint Kepler, Douglas Richard Hammond
  • 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: 20150007481
    Abstract: A laser sight is embedded in a mounting rail otherwise used for attaching accessories to small arms discharge devices such as pistols or rifles. The mounting rail has a transverse profile that extends along an axis of the mounting rail for engaging mating features of the accessories. The laser sight is located at least partly within the transverse profile of the mounting rail and has a sighting axis that extends substantially parallel to the axis of the mounting rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: LaserMax, Inc.
    Inventor: William R. Houde-Walter
  • Patent number: 8925238
    Abstract: A firearm sight comprising a generally circular sight support ring surrounding and removably holding an optically clear generally circular lens, said lens having a cylindrical shape, front and back faces, a diameter greater than the thickness of the lens, and a scintillating fiber optic member centrally embedded within said circular lens, a means for mounting said circular sight support ring to a firearm, and a means of adjusting said circular support ring in relation to said means for mounting said ring to a firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Norman L. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8915009
    Abstract: Embodiments provide modular illumination systems that may be used with any handgun platform, and are not specific to any make or model. Some embodiments may provide lighting, for instance visible light and/or infrared light for use in low light or dark environments. Also provided in various embodiments are aiming and/or sighting systems that may be equipped with an IR sight or a laser sight, such as a red or green laser. In various embodiments, the illumination modules may couple to the handgun via a mounting member that is integral to the handgun body, and the mounting member may be recessed or otherwise concealed and/or protected by the handgun body. Thus, in various embodiments, no portion of the mounting member (or the corresponding mounting element on the illumination module) is exposed or visible when the illumination module is coupled to the mounting member, and a conventional holster may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Crimson Trace Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Caulk, Danny Anderson, Lewis A. Danielson
  • Publication number: 20140346358
    Abstract: A highly portable, high-powered infrared laser source is produced by intermittent operation of a quantum cascade laser power regulated to a predetermined operating range that permits passive cooling. The regulation process may boost battery voltage allowing the use of a more compact, low-voltage batteries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
  • Publication number: 20140317988
    Abstract: Provided is weapon-mountable laser distractor having an enclosure (100) with a top surface and bottom surface connected to each other by two side surfaces, a from surface and a rear surface. The top surface includes an articulated mounting adapter (150), the bottom surface includes controls (201), the front surface includes an integral optic cover (110) and a plurality of apertures (120, 130, 140). The enclosure (100) protects and surrounds a laser device including a battery module (490) in communication with an electronic module (470). The electronic module (470) controls a plurality of light generating modules (400, 405,410) which provide light to a plurality of optic modules (420, 425, 430). A controls module (440) or remote module (460) provides instructions to the electronic module. A display module (480) and an indicator module (450) are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Robert D. Battis, Wayne Armstrong
  • Publication number: 20140305023
    Abstract: A sighting device replicates the spread pattern of pellets exiting the barrel of a shotgun. The sighting device includes a light source (preferably a laser) and a power source connectable to the light source. The device may also include a mount to attach the sighting device to a shotgun. The sighting device preferably projects a circular pattern of individual light beams wherein the circumference of the circular pattern increases as the light beams move farther from the sighting device to replicate the spread of shotgun pellets. The sighting device may also project a beam of light in the center of the pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Larry E. Moore, Aaron Moore
  • Patent number: 8857097
    Abstract: A quick detachable mount is disclosed, wherein the quick detachable mount can be operated with one hand for mounting or detaching the mount from a mounting location (e.g. picatinny rail). The quick detachable mount has a button that can be depressed with the user's thumb while the user's index or middle finger are on the opposite side of the mount (or vice versa). The button when depressed moves a wedge to allow for a pivoting jaw to rotate toward a disengaged position. When the button is released, the wedge contacts the pivoting jaw to traverse the pivoting jaw toward the engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Steven M. Rorick
  • Publication number: 20140290113
    Abstract: A rifle scope that includes an optical train defining an optical axis having a pointing direction. The optical train has an erector tube pivotably mounted in the scope housing and having a front end. The scope also includes an elevation and windage angle adjustment assembly, including a user input; an actuator assembly that changes the optical axis pointing direction in response to input from the user input, by pivoting the erector tube; a sensing and computing assembly that includes a laser assembly that produces a laser beam that is directed through the erector tube, a mirror that reflects the laser beam to a two-axis positioning sensor, and a data processor that computes the optical axis pointing direction in response to input from the two-axis positioning sensor; and an ocular display assembly, that displays the optical axis pointing direction as an image superimposed on the image of the field of view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: KRUGER OPTICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Mark A. Thomas, Mitchell Thomas
  • Publication number: 20140283431
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a firearm which may include a frame with a first outer wall, and a second outer wall opposite the first outer wall. A laser module may be disposed between the first and second outer walls. An alignment pin may be in communication with the first outer wall and may be configured to move the laser module relative to the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: LaserMax, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Tuller, JR., Jeffrey W. Mock, John A. Kowalczyk, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140283430
    Abstract: A method of controlling a target marking system includes emitting a beam with a beam source associated with a target marker. The method also includes sensing movement of the target marker, and modifying operation of the beam source based on the sensed movement. Such modification changes a characteristic of the emitted beam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: LaserMax, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Allen, Daniel Balonek
  • Patent number: 8833994
    Abstract: A light pointer (e.g., laser pointer) comprises an optical fiber light source. Optionally, the output beam provided by the pointer may be adjustable from small output angles (substantially collimated beam, “spot” mode to larger output angles providing “flood” illumination. The light pointer may emit infrared light, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Laser Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Nemeyer