Magazine Operated Patents (Class 42/70.02)
  • Patent number: 9651328
    Abstract: An ambidextrous bolt release that includes an ambidextrous bolt release lever; a bolt catch pivotable about a bolt catch pivot aperture between a bolt engagement and a bolt release position, wherein the bolt catch comprises a bolt engagement projection, and wherein the bolt catch comprises a bolt catch projection; and a connector bar extending from a first into a second end and attached or coupled between the ambidextrous bolt release lever and the bolt catch, such that vertical movement of the ambidextrous bolt release lever results in vertical movement of the connector bar and rotation of the bolt catch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Paul A. Oglesby
  • Patent number: 9261317
    Abstract: A suppressor assembly for a firearm is disclosed herein. The firearm may include a barrel, a bore, and a muzzle end. The suppressor assembly may include a gas block mount positioned about the barrel. The suppressor assembly also may include an outer tube comprising a first end and a second end. The first end of the outer tube may be configured to be attached to the gas block mount, and the second end of the outer tube may be configured to extend beyond the muzzle end of the firearm. Moreover, the suppressor assembly may include a baffle comprising a first end and a second end. The second end of the baffle may be configured to be attached to and positioned within the second end of the outer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Daniel Defense, Inc.
    Inventors: Marvin C. Daniel, Dewayne Lee Thompson
  • Patent number: 8935872
    Abstract: A firearm has a magazine safety and a take-down mechanism. The magazine safety operates in conjunction with a trigger bar and a disconnect bar. The magazine safety has a safety arm which moves the disconnect bar out of engagement with the trigger bar when a magazine is inserted. This permits the trigger bar to engage the sear. When the magazine is removed, the safety arm disengages from the disconnect bar, permitting the disconnect bar to move the trigger bar into a position where it cannot engage the sear. The safety bar also operates as a take-down mechanism. When moved to a take-down position, the safety arm engages and moves the sear into a position where it cannot engage the striker so as to permit removal of the slide carrying the striker from the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Smith & Wesson Corp.
    Inventor: Gary Zukowski
  • Patent number: 8925233
    Abstract: The present invention provides an AR variant rifle with a left-sided magazine-release assembly which includes a mag-release catch, a left-sided tool-actuated mag-release actuator, a left-sided actuator cover and a mag-release spring. The actuator is operatively coupled to a mag-release catch and can be actuated by a mag-release tool thereby causing a detachable magazine to be released from a magazine well of the rifle. The actuator cover is configured to be mounted on a left side of the rifle and provides support and substantially shields the mag-release actuator thereby permitting the mag-release actuator to be actuated with any mag-release tool from the left side the lower receiver while preventing the mag-release actuator from being actuated without use of any mag-release tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Alan T. Thordsen
  • Patent number: 8887431
    Abstract: A gun lock includes engagement structure for engaging the firing mechanism to prevent operation of the firearm. A plurality of rotatable ratchet wheels are provided and a combination disk is engaged to, disengageable from, and rotatable with an associated ratchet wheel. Movable cage structure includes a plurality of keys and each combination disk has an associated key-way, the keys being moveable into the key-ways upon the movement of the ratchet wheels and associated combination disk to an unlocking position. A combination-entering member is associated with each ratchet wheel. A combination-changing member is operable to disengage the combination disks from the ratchet wheels to permit relative movement there between, and thereby relative movement of the key-way of the combination disk relative to the initial position of the associated ratchet wheel to effect changing of the combination of operations of the combination-entering members required to unlock the lock and operate the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Eugene Victor Horanoff
  • Publication number: 20140215880
    Abstract: A firearm has a magazine safety and a take-down mechanism. The magazine safety operates in conjunction with a trigger bar and a disconnect bar. The magazine safety has a safety arm which moves the disconnect bar out of engagement with the trigger bar when a magazine is inserted. This permits the trigger bar to engage the sear. When the magazine is removed, the safety arm disengages from the disconnect bar, permitting the disconnect bar to move the trigger bar into a position where it cannot engage the sear. The safety bar also operates as a take-down mechanism. When moved to a take-down position, the safety arm engages and moves the sear into a position where it cannot engage the striker so as to permit removal of the slide carrying the striker from the firearm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: SMITH & WESSON CORP.
    Inventor: Gary Zukowski
  • Patent number: 8726555
    Abstract: A magazine safety assembly configured for use in a firearm includes a pivot point assembly. A lever assembly, including a first portion and a second portion, is configured to pivot about the pivot point assembly from an engaged position to a disengaged position. When positioned in the engaged position, the first portion of the lever assembly releasably engages a trigger assembly of the firearm. When positioned in the disengaged position, the second portion of the lever assembly releasably engages an ammunition magazine assembly positioned within a magazine well of the firearm. A spring assembly is configured to bias the lever assembly into the engaged position when the ammunition magazine assembly is not positioned within the magazine well the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Sig Sauer, Inc.
    Inventor: Jesse Daniel Carr
  • Patent number: 8689476
    Abstract: A changeover system is provided for a hand gun comprising at least two different barrels, able to be applied exchangeably on a first grip piece of a weapon, for bullets of different caliber, with at least two different magazines for cartridges of different caliber able to be applied exchangeably on a first grip piece of a weapon. Such a system has at least a second grip piece of the same weapon type, provided for a smaller caliber, on which at least one security arrangement against interchange is provided, which prevents the application of a barrel and/or of a magazine of a larger caliber on the grip piece provided for a smaller caliber. The user of a second large-caliber weapon can then mount components of the small-caliber weapon onto the grip piece of the large-caliber weapon, in order to fire small-caliber ammunition therewith, for example for training purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: German Sport Guns GmbH
    Inventor: Dietmar Emde
  • Patent number: 8590200
    Abstract: Firearms with magazine disconnectors include a trigger bar having a first end connected to the trigger and a second end proximate the hammer, the trigger bar being movable between a connected position where the second end operably engages the hammer to operate the hammer responsive to trigger actuation, and a disconnected position where the second end is disengaged from the hammer, such that trigger actuation does not operate the hammer. The disconnector is movable between a first position where the disconnector extends into the magazine well and moves the trigger bar to the disconnected position, and a second position where the disconnector is outside of the magazine well and moves the trigger bar to the connected position. The disconnector is biased to the first position in the absence of a magazine in the magazine well, and operable responsive to insertion of a magazine to move to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Sig Sauer, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Ernest Domian
  • Patent number: 8495832
    Abstract: The invention discloses a safety mechanism of a handgun which depends on a magazine and which prevents the triggering of a handgun when the magazine is removed. Additionally, a mechanism enables handgun disassembly without need for the triggering after the magazine has been removed from the handgun. A safety mechanism is positioned inside the handgun receiver; including a magazine, sear catcher, sear catcher spring, grip safety pin, sear, sear pin, firing pin safety lever and firing pin. When the magazine is inserted into the handgun, the sear catcher is pushed into position in which it cannot block the firing pin safety lever nor catch the sear. When the magazine is removed from the handgun, the sear catcher spring pushes the sear catcher into position in which it blocks the firing chain by blocking the firing pin safety lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: HS Produkt D.O.O.
    Inventor: Marko Vukovic
  • Publication number: 20130180144
    Abstract: A handgun curved to correspond more closely with the contours of a person's body, achieving a comfortable fit when the handgun is worn for any appreciable amount of time on the person's body. The handgun housing is inclusive of a top portion, an intermediate portion, and a grip portion, which may be separately connected or integrally formed parts sharing a radius of curvature to form asymmetric left and right sides, particularly a concave side and a convex side. This asymmetry extends beyond the grip portion and includes at least a portion of the trigger guard and a portion of the magazine securing clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: FORJAS TAURUS S/A
    Inventor: Forjas Taurus S/A
  • Patent number: 8479635
    Abstract: A bolt catch assembly configured for operating with rimfire ammunition for use with a firearm including a receiver with an exposed receiving chamber. The assembly includes a bolt catch actuator housing supported in seating fashion relative to the receiving chamber and communicating with an attachable magazine. A catch actuator is supported in elevatable fashion relative to an end of the actuator housing. A bolt catch component and integrally formed actuator catch engaging portion is slaved to the catch actuator in order to be displaced in response to elevating motion exerted upon the catch actuator, such as by a follower component biasingly disposed within the magazine. The follower, in its uppermost displaced position within the attached magazine, engages a tab associated with the catch actuator which extends over a communicating interior of the bolt catch actuator housing in communicating alignment with the exposed receiving chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: 22 Evolution LLC
    Inventors: John L. Overstreet, Jordan Bowles, Tyson Bradshaw, Craig Pudil
  • Publication number: 20130133237
    Abstract: Firearms with magazine disconnectors include a trigger bar having a first end connected to the trigger and a second end proximate the hammer, the trigger bar being movable between a connected position where the second end operably engages the hammer to operate the hammer responsive to trigger actuation, and a disconnected position where the second end is disengaged from the hammer, such that trigger actuation does not operate the hammer. The disconnector is movable between a first position where the disconnector extends into the magazine well and moves the trigger bar to the disconnected position, and a second position where the disconnector is outside of the magazine well and moves the trigger bar to the connected position. The disconnector is biased to the first position in the absence of a magazine in the magazine well, and operable responsive to insertion of a magazine to move to the first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: SIG SAUER, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Ernest Domian
  • Patent number: 8438768
    Abstract: A auto-loading firearm with magazine disconnect mechanism operable to disable the firing control mechanism of the firearm. The firearm may include a frame, a magazine adapted for holding a plurality of cartridges, and a pivotably mounted trigger movable for discharging the firearm. A magazine disconnect member is provided that is selectively engageable with the trigger and movable in response to removing and inserting the magazine. In one embodiment, the disconnect member may be slidably disposed in the frame proximate the trigger. In one position, the disconnect member engages the trigger when pulled to block or restrict movement of the trigger and disable the firing control mechanism to prevent discharging the firearm. A spring biases the disconnect member towards engagement with the trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Robert A. Kallio
  • Patent number: 8387296
    Abstract: A bolt catch assembly for use with a firearm including a receiver with an exposed receiving chamber and an underside engageable magazine. The assembly includes a bolt catch actuator housing supported in seating fashion relative to the receiving chamber and communicating with an attachable magazine. A catch actuator is supported in elevatable fashion relative to an end of the actuator housing. A follower component is upwardly and biasingly disposed within the magazine and which, upon contacting the catch actuator, displaces an associated bolt catch of the firearm in an upper and bolt restraining position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: 22 Evolution LLC
    Inventors: John L. Overstreet, Jordan Bowles, Tyson Bradshaw, Craig Pudil
  • Patent number: 8359966
    Abstract: A method of modifying a rifles of the M16, M4, AR15 platform provides a second bolt stop release operable from the right side of the rifle. The second bolt stop release is a rigid extension of the bolt stop that passes through the right receiver wall to a position accessible to a user gripping the rifle with the user's right hand in conventional firing position. The two bolt stop releases provide the inventive rifle ambidextrous bolt release operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: William A. Brotherton
  • Publication number: 20130019510
    Abstract: A locking system for a firearm is disclosed. A lock has a set state and an unset state, and substantial movement of any one or more fire control group components is inhibited with in the set state. A biometric sensor attachable to a grip of the firearm is receptive to an input biometric feature data set corresponding to a physiological feature of a user. A biometric input controller stores biometric feature data sets corresponding to enrolled user identities in a memory, and compares it against the input biometric feature data set to generate a biometric input validation status indicator signal. A proximity sensor attachable to the grip detects possession of the firearm by the user and generates a corresponding grip detection indicator signal. A system controller selectively actuates the lock to the set state and the unset state based upon a received combination and sequence of the biometric input validation status indicator signal and the grip detection indicator signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventors: Jason Kemmerer, Yishai Mendelsohn, Clinton D. Cope
  • Publication number: 20120317858
    Abstract: A changeover system is provided for a hand gun comprising at least two different barrels, able to be applied exchangeably on a first grip piece of a weapon, for bullets of different caliber, with at least two different magazines for cartridges of different caliber able to be applied exchangeably on a first grip piece of a weapon. Such a system has at least a second grip piece of the same weapon type, provided for a smaller caliber, on which at least one security arrangement against interchange is provided, which prevents the application of a barrel and/or of a magazine of a larger caliber on the grip piece provided for a smaller caliber. The user of a second large-caliber weapon can then mount components of the small-caliber weapon onto the grip piece of the large-caliber weapon, in order to fire small-caliber ammunition therewith, for example for training purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: GERMAN SPORT GUNS GMBH
    Inventor: Dietmar Emde
  • Patent number: 8327749
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide firearm receiver with ambidextrous features. Some of these features include a bolt-locking mechanism on a firearm receiver that is configured to allow an operator to clear jams while maintaining hold of a firing grip. The bolt-locking mechanism may include a linking mechanism configured to manipulate a bolt-catch device in response to activation of a magazine release button on a firearm receiver. Other features include an ambidextrous magazine release mechanism on a firearm receiver that is configured to allow an operator to release an inserted magazine while maintaining hold of a firing grip with either hand. The magazine release mechanism may include a linking mechanism configured to manipulate a magazine catch device in response to activation of either a right-handed magazine release button or a left-handed magazine release lever that pivots on an external fulcrum on a firearm receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Joshua A. Underwood
  • Publication number: 20120291325
    Abstract: A magazine safety assembly configured for use in a firearm includes a pivot point assembly. A lever assembly, including a first portion and a second portion, is configured to pivot about the pivot point assembly from an engaged position to a disengaged position. When positioned in the engaged position, the first portion of the lever assembly releasably engages a trigger assembly of the firearm. When positioned in the disengaged position, the second portion of the lever assembly releasably engages an ammunition magazine assembly positioned within a magazine well of the firearm. A spring assembly is configured to bias the lever assembly into the engaged position when the ammunition magazine assembly is not positioned within the magazine well the firearm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: JESSE DANIEL CARR
  • Patent number: 8312659
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hand gun having at least one exchangeable magazine for cartridges, able to be inserted from below into a grip piece of the weapon. According to the invention, a security element is arranged in the grip piece of the weapon, which with the magazine removed blocks a grip security arrangement of the weapon on the grip piece and which on insertion of the magazine is acted upon by an element arranged on the magazine such that it moves within the grip piece, wherein through this displacement the blocking of the grip security arrangement is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: German Sport Guns GmbH
    Inventor: Dietmar Emde
  • Patent number: 8261652
    Abstract: An ambidextrous bolt stop for use with a firearm generally includes a first bolt stop element having a bolt stop finger and a first release lever operatively connected to a left side of a receiver of the firearm and a second bolt stop element having a second release lever operatively connected to a right side of the firearm. The second bolt stop element engages the first bolt stop element via a yoke and pin type configuration interior to the receiver of the firearm. The first and second release levers include first and second buttons located exterior to the receiver on respective sides thereof to actuate the bolt stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Smith & Wesson Corp.
    Inventor: David S. Findlay
  • Publication number: 20120174453
    Abstract: A auto-loading firearm with magazine disconnect mechanism operable to disable the firing control mechanism of the firearm. The firearm may include a frame, a magazine adapted for holding a plurality of cartridges, and a pivotably mounted trigger movable for discharging the firearm. A magazine disconnect member is provided that is selectively engageable with the trigger and movable in response to removing and inserting the magazine. In one embodiment, the disconnect member may be slidably disposed in the frame proximate the trigger. In one position, the disconnect member engages the trigger when pulled to block or restrict movement of the trigger and disable the firing control mechanism to prevent discharging the firearm. A spring biases the disconnect member towards engagement with the trigger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: STURM, RUGER & COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Robert A. Kallio
  • Patent number: 8191298
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods, and kits are disclosed for preventing quick release of a magazine from a magazine well of a Sa vzor 58 rifle without the need to substantially disassemble the rifle, thereby providing a means to modify Sa vzor 58 rifles to bring such rifles within permissible limitations of certain local, state, and federal guns laws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventors: Robert Keith Cash, Daniel James Brown
  • Publication number: 20110185616
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a changeover system for a hand gun comprising at least two different barrels, able to be applied exchangeably on a first grip piece of a weapon, for bullets of different caliber, and/or at least two different magazines for cartridges of different caliber able to be applied exchangeably on a first grip piece of a weapon. According to the invention, the changeover system comprises at least a second grip piece of the same weapon type, provided for a smaller caliber, on which at least one security arrangement against interchange is provided, which prevents the application of a barrel and/or of a magazine of a larger caliber on the grip piece provided for a smaller caliber. If required, the user of a second large-caliber weapon can then mount components of the small-caliber weapon onto the grip piece of the large-caliber weapon, in order to fire small-caliber ammunition therewith, for example for training purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: German Sport Guns GmbH
    Inventor: Dietmar Emde
  • Publication number: 20110162514
    Abstract: A weapon including a first portion of a disarming protection circuit integrated into a removable magazine clip. The first portion of the disarming protection circuit is integrated into the magazine clip and includes, a high voltage source, a receiver for receiving a signal from a transmitter and an output. A second portion of the disarming protection circuit includes a conductor assembly including an electrode that extends adjacent to an inside wall of a magazine compartment. The first end of the electrode is electrically connected to a conductor connection adjacent to the output of the first portion of the circuit. A second end of the electrode is disposed through the handle and is exposed from outside the handle. An actuator generates the signal that connects the high voltage source in the circuit to the electrode in response to the output from the receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventors: Wayne Kenneth Osborne, Dennis Harold Pitts, Donald Eugene Chance
  • Patent number: 7966759
    Abstract: A firearm lock that is inserted through the magazine port of a suitable firearm. The firearm lock extends from the magazine port into the bolt compartment of the firearm. The lock blocks the firearm bolt from returning from a retracted position, which may prevent the firearm from being disassembled, preventing circumvention of the lock. The lock may have a projection that can be moved into the magazine release mechanism recess to secure the lock in place. The firearm lock may be unlocked by hand or may require a key or a combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Krow Innovation, LLC
    Inventor: James K. Bentley
  • Publication number: 20110126441
    Abstract: The invention discloses a safety mechanism of a handgun which depends on a magazine and which prevents the triggering of a handgun when the magazine is removed. Additionally, a mechanism enables handgun disassembly without need for the triggering after the magazine has been removed from the handgun. A safety mechanism is positioned inside the handgun receiver; including a magazine, sear catcher, sear catcher spring, grip safety pin, sear, sear pin, firing pin safety lever and firing pin. When the magazine is inserted into the handgun, the sear catcher is pushed into position in which it cannot block the firing pin safety lever nor catch the sear. When the magazine is removed from the handgun, the sear catcher spring pushes the sear catcher into position in which it blocks the firing chain by blocking the firing pin safety lever.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: HS Produkt D.O.O.
    Inventor: Marko Vukovic
  • Patent number: 7690144
    Abstract: Safety Device for a Shooting Mechanism of Double-Action Semi-Automatic Pistols Striker Fired The present application refers to a safety device for a shooting mechanism of semi-automatic guns, more specifically double action semi-automatic pistols striker fired, composed of a trigger support, a trigger body, a hinging axle for the two components, a small spring that acts between them and a trigger bar joined to the body of the trigger, with the addition of a firing pin lock located besides the front part of it and lodged in the breechblock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Forjas Taurus, S.A.
    Inventor: Algeu Jose Fagundes de Campos
  • Patent number: 7661219
    Abstract: An ambidextrous bolt catch device, apparatus, system and methods for using are provided. Four main components include a bolt catch finger, lever system and plunger rod assembly with torsion spring. The lever system includes a right release lever and a left release lever; the left lever is an integral part of the bolt catch finger. The plunger rod assembly abuts and connects the right and left levers; a torsion spring on the rod creates tension causing rotation of the bolt catch finger in a downward or upward position. In an upward position, the bolt catch finger engages the bolt, retains the bolt in a rearward position, and signals the operator that the magazine is empty. The bolt engaged by the finger is held rearward in a safe, reliable manner to allow an unobstructed view of the firearm chamber until manually released using either the right or left release lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Knights Armament Company
    Inventors: C. Reed Knight, Jr., Matthew A Callaghan
  • Patent number: 7617628
    Abstract: A firearm includes a frame and a slide. A firing mechanism for the firearm includes a striker-type firing pin, a trigger, and a trigger bar. A sear inside the frame is pivotally balanced about a central fulcrum, and is biased in a first pivotal direction by a spring. In this position, a rear portion of the sear engages the firing pin. Actuation of the trigger causes the trigger bar to move rearwards for engagement of a forward portion of the sear. This pivots the sear in a second pivotal direction, against the spring, which releases the firing pin. The spring then causes the sear to pivot back for reengaging the firing pin when it returns to its rear position. Movement of the slide to a retired position causes the trigger bar to disengage from the sear (preventing discharge of the firearm) until the slide returns to a battery position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Smith & Wesson Corp.
    Inventor: Brett Curry
  • Patent number: 7581345
    Abstract: An autoloading pistol with a magazine disconnect mechanism that blocks discharge of the pistol when the magazine is removed by action upon the pistol's firing pin. The pistol may generally include a removable magazine, a housing defining a chamber to hold a cartridge, and a firing pin movable towards the chamber. The magazine disconnect mechanism includes a blocking member which may be movably disposed in the housing, and is movable into and out of engagement with the firing pin. In one embodiment, an actuator may be provided that controls the position of the blocking member and is movable in response to the insertion and removal of the magazine from the pistol. The actuator in a possible first position disengages the blocking member from the firing pin when the magazine is inserted in the pistol to allow the pistol to be discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc.
    Inventor: James McGarry
  • Patent number: 7568302
    Abstract: A handgun and a locking device for a handgun are disclosed, which handgun includes a housing, a magazine-receiving space in the housing, a slide movable in the housing, and a trigger mechanism; the locking device includes a locking body to be inserted in the magazine-receiving space, the locking body at least partially being shaped like a magazine and including a releasable catch engaging in the magazine-receiving space when the locking body is in its inserted state, and cooperating with an eccentric provided in the locking body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Caracal International L.L.C.
    Inventor: Wilhelm Bubits
  • Patent number: 7562480
    Abstract: Firearms protected from unauthorized use are disclosed. A disclosed firearm comprises a housing having a handle; a safety located in the housing to selectively prevent firing; and a module removably attachable to the handle and containing an electronic identification device to identify an authorized user. The electronic identification device controls the safety to prevent firing by unauthorized persons and to permit firing by the authorized user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Heckler & Koch, GmbH
    Inventors: Ernst Mauch, Michael Schumacher
  • Patent number: 7543403
    Abstract: A firearm magazine safety lock for insuring that no ammunition is in the magazine or chamber that has a firearm magazine housing with a generally parallelepiped shape. The firearm magazine housing has two opposite ends, a bottom end and a chamber end. A lock is rotatably connected to the firearm magazine housing bottom end and is disposed within the firearm magazine housing. A slide block is drivingly connected to the lock. The slide block is rotatably connected to the firearm magazine housing chamber end. The slide block is for blocking a slide ejection port of the firearm from within a chamber of the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Inventor: Ryan T. Schaefer
  • Patent number: 7360331
    Abstract: An autoloading pistol with a magazine disconnect mechanism that blocks discharge of the pistol when the magazine is removed by action upon the pistol's firing pin. The pistol may generally include a removable magazine, a housing defining a chamber to hold a cartridge, and a firing pin movable towards the chamber. The magazine disconnect mechanism includes a blocking member which may be movably disposed in the housing, and is movable into and out of engagement with the firing pin. In one embodiment, an actuator may be provided that controls the position of the blocking member and is movable in response to the insertion and removal of the magazine from the pistol. The actuator in a possible first position disengages the blocking member from the firing pin when the magazine is inserted in the pistol to allow the pistol to be discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc.
    Inventor: James McGarry
  • Patent number: 7299581
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, a new mechanical means in the magazine engaged bolt catch mechanism of spring motor firearms. The invention is a system in which the normal firing trigger will also release the bolt catch. A firearm equipped with this device is reloaded by pulling the firing trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Inventor: Gary Kenneth LaFleur
  • Patent number: 7240449
    Abstract: A firearm safety system includes a magazine block having a pair of opposed parallel shoulders slidably inserting beneath a pair of respective lips at an upper portion of a magazine and positionable in a loading chamber of a firearm to trap the charging handle to make it inoperable. Once the magazine block is positioned within the loading chamber, the firearm cannot operate because the magazine block inhibits ammo rounds from entering the loading chamber and prevents a spring-loaded bolt and firing pin from moving forward for propelling ammo rounds. The firearm safety system may operate in a stealthy mode by attaching the magazine block to a cover plate including a pair of resilient elements for locking to a female receptor notch of the magazine block thereby rendering the magazine block, loading chamber, ejection port and a portion of at least one loaded spare magazine hidden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Inventor: Norman E. Clifton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7140141
    Abstract: A semi-automatic firearm includes a frame and a movable slide mounted on the frame. The slide defines an ejection port and lateral walls that extend longitudinally from a rear face of the slide to adjacent a front face through which an opening is formed to permit egress of a round of ammunition, the rear face and the front face being generally perpendicular to the lateral walls. The firearm further includes a firing mechanism and an access port formed in the lateral walls of the slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Smith & Wesson Corp.
    Inventor: Pardip K. Vaid
  • Patent number: 7096618
    Abstract: A pistol with a magazine disconnect mechanism that disables the pistol's discharge capability when the magazine is removed. The pistol may generally include a frame that holds a magazine, a hammer pivotally mounted to the frame, and a sear engageable with the hammer. The sear is operable to hold the hammer in a cocked position and further to release the hammer from the cocked position to discharge the pistol. A locking member may be provided that is movable into and out of engagement with the sear in response to removing the magazine from and inserting the magazine into the pistol. The locking member engages the sear when the magazine is removed to prevent the sear from moving and releasing the hammer while held in the cocked position by the sear. A trigger interlock is also provided in which the trigger prevents the magazine from being removed when the trigger has been partially pulled by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc.
    Inventor: James McGarry
  • Patent number: 7069683
    Abstract: A firearm having a slide includes a magazine for accommodating a round of ammunition and a magazine follower disposed within the magazine. The magazine follower supports the round of ammunition and includes an outwardly extending protruding lip having a distal end which extends beyond a plane defined by an outer wall of the magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Smith & Wesson Corp.
    Inventor: John Kapusta
  • Patent number: 6952895
    Abstract: A firearm is provided including a frame having a magazine receptacle, a trigger, and a magazine. A safety device to lock the trigger when the magazine is removed is provided that includes a trigger bow having leaf spring receiver. A leaf spring extends from the frame and has an end that is free to flex perpendicularly to the trigger. The leaf spring flexes based on position of the magazine, from a lock position when the magazine is in the released position to an unlock position when the magazine is in the installed position. The second end of the leaf spring is engaged to the leaf spring receiver to prevent movement of the trigger when the leaf spring is in the lock position and disengaged from the leaf spring receiver to allow movement of the trigger when the leaf spring is in the unlock position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Kimber IP, LLC
    Inventor: Amir Zonshine
  • Patent number: 6789342
    Abstract: A fire arm, especially a small caliber pistol, having a grip, a frame connected to the grip, a barrel unit fixed on the frame in the operating state of the fire arm, with a barrel tube and a bolt which can move relative to the frame and barrel unit such that when a shot is fired it can move to the rear against the direction of firing, the barrel unit and/or the frame having fastening means which allow detachable mounting of the barrel unit on the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Umarex Sportwaffen GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventors: Franz Wonisch, Wulf H. Pflaumer, Thomas Scheunert
  • Patent number: 6775941
    Abstract: An integrated or built-in key-operated gun lock having a rotatable swivel arm. The lock is preferably positioned at the fore-end of the pump slide handle so that, when deployed in the locked position, the swivel arm interferes with the forward motion of the slide handle thereby preventing the shotgun trigger from being reset for firing the weapon. This also prevents the shotgun from being locked with an ammunition round chambered. The swivel arm is preferably located between the slide arm and the pump magazine. A stationary ring may be installed on the magazine tube or, depending upon the existing configuration of the shotgun, an existing ring such as the ring commonly used to brace the magazine tube to the gun barrel, may be employed to cooperate with the swivel arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Inventor: James F. McNulty, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6655066
    Abstract: Magazine safety units for use in a self-loading firearm with a removable magazine are disclosed. An example safety unit includes a swiveling lever which is held by a spring in the movement path of a bar which is connected with a trigger. The lever engages the bar in an impeding manner. Engagement of the lever with a part of the magazine swivels the lever out of engagement with the bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Heckler & Koch GmbH
    Inventor: Norbert Fluhr
  • Patent number: 6612063
    Abstract: In a weapon, in particular a self-loading pistol, having a barrel (1) and a breech block (4), it being possible for a cartridge (2) to be fired in the barrel (1) by being acted upon by means of a firing pin (7), to identify a fired cartridge (2) and/or to increase the precision during the shot, a contact region (10) of the breech block (4) with the cartridge (2) has at least one prominence (11) and/or recess (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Inventor: Hans-Peter Sigg
  • Patent number: 6604312
    Abstract: Safety devices for use with a handheld firearm are disclosed. The safety devices include a lever that can be pivoted into the travel path of the hammer of the firearm to preclude the hammer from striking a firing pin. In an example, the lever is connected to the trigger such that the safety device is released when the trigger is pulled. In another example, the lever protrudes into the magazine shaft of the firearm such that the safety device is only released when a magazine is inserted into the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: Heckler & Koch GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Bantle, Gerd Spinner, Helmut Weldle, Ernst Mauch
  • Patent number: 6588136
    Abstract: A fire control system with a decocking lever that operates to decock the hammer and also as a safety. The fire control system also has a magazine safety to complement the decocking lever's dual functions. The magazine safety is in the “safety on” position when a magazine is not fully seated in the magazine well and in the “safety off” position when the magazine is fully seated. In one embodiment, rotating the decocking lever by lifting one of the thumb tabs applies the safety if the hammer is cocked and rotating the decocking lever in the other direction causes the sear to release the hammer but catch it before it reaches the firing pin. In an alternate embodiment, the decocking lever can be used as a safety regardless of whether the hammer is cocked or not. Further rotation lower a cocked hammer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Inventors: Richard L Baker, Eric T Myers
  • Patent number: 6571501
    Abstract: A pistol caliber conversion assembly having a slide assembly housing components of lightweight characteristics so as to accept and permit an interchange of a variety of caliber ammunition. The assembly includes a rail and groove arrangement for slidably mounting a slide housing onto the frame and a recoil mechanism for urging a barrel into a reset position after firing. An open lock mechanism selectively engages the slide housing with the frame and sets to an automatic open position upon ejecting of a last round from the ammunition chamber. The critical selection of high strength-to-weight ratio materials permits machining away of excess materials to reduce weight while maintaining sufficient hardness and mass to handle firing loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Inventor: Steve Jennings
  • Patent number: 6519887
    Abstract: A magazine safety for a semi-automatic firearm having a frame, a magazine well, a magazine, and a firing mechanism is provided. The firing mechanism includes a trigger bar and a sear. The magazine safety includes a rod slidably mounted relative to the frame, and a rod biasing spring that acts on the rod and the frame. When the magazine is removed from the magazine well, the rod is biased into engagement with the trigger bar by the rod biasing spring. The rod holds the trigger bar in a “safety-engaged” position where it is out of alignment with the sear, thereby preventing actuation of the firearm. Inserting the magazine completely into the magazine well causes the rod to move thereby enabling the trigger bar to align with the sear and permit actuation of the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Smith & Wesson Corp.
    Inventors: Scott F. Allen, Pardip K. Vaid