For Pistols Patents (Class 42/71.02)
  • Patent number: 10054391
    Abstract: An insert for repair or increase durability of 1911-style firearms is disclosed. In addition, a grip modification particularly suited for concealed carry is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Robert Neale Lyman
  • Patent number: 9909830
    Abstract: A grip cover assembly for a handgrip of a firearm may include modular side panels joined by a resilient finger bridge. Openings may be formed between the finger bridge and the side panels to expose a portion of the underlying handgrip surface. A laser sighting device may be housed in one of the side panels, with an adjustable laser emitter having a substantially vertical orientation. A laser beam emitted by the laser emitter may be redirected to a substantially horizontal beam path by a reflector, also housed in the side panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Lumen Defense Products Inc
    Inventors: Robert Mark Toole, Gregory Ross Andren
  • Patent number: 9863737
    Abstract: A pistol grip that assists in bump firing a pistol is disclosed. The bump fire grip may comprise a partially hollow exterior shaft that can contain an interior shaft. The interior shaft can be sized to slide from the front to the back of the exterior shaft, and vice versa. The interior shaft can slide on one or more pins, wherein the pins are lockedly engaged in the exterior shaft, pass through the interior shaft, but are not attached to the interior shaft. The bump fire grip can also employ a male/female grove design such that male groves on the exterior shaft can receive female groves on the interior shaft. The interior shaft can slide on the male/female groves. The bump fire grip can also include a locking mechanism, which, when engaged, can prevent the interior shaft from sliding within the exterior shaft, prohibiting bump firing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Josh M. McRoberts
  • Patent number: 9851174
    Abstract: A firearm includes a trigger and a handle. The handle is configured to be gripped by the hand of a user of the firearm. The handle includes a front portion located under the trigger and facing the firing direction, a back portion located on a rear side of the handle facing a direction opposite of the firing direction, and primary and secondary side portions located between the front portion and the back portion. The primary side portion is configured to receive the shooting hand of the user and the secondary side portion is configured to receive the support hand of the user. The secondary side portion includes an elongated ridge protruding away from a surface of the secondary side portion. The ridge is configured to engage a heel of the support hand thereby allowing the support hand to absorb a portion of a recoil force when the firearm is fired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Derek J. Bailey
  • Patent number: 9777984
    Abstract: A grip for an AR-10 and AR-15 automatic rifle comprises a skeletonized frame that mates with the receiver of the automatic rifle. The skeletonized frame includes a plurality of frame members that interconnect at angles to reinforce the structural integrity of the frame. The skeletonized frame comprises an open area. The open area stores items pertinent to operation of the automatic rifle. The frame is also configured to receive multiple interchangeable grip panels for altering the visual and functional aspects of the grip. The interchangeable grip panels detachably recess into an appropriate section of the frame, such that their edges are protected from damage from inadvertent impact and abrasion. For example, the grip panels provide a texture that helps cushion the palm of the hand, or accommodate left hands and/or right hands. The panels align through an alignment pin that passes through the opening of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: David Kristopher Bonine
  • Patent number: 9752849
    Abstract: Disclosed are recoil-inhibiting grips for handguns that minimize recoil without sacrificing aiming accuracy. The grips may provide both recoil inhibition and grip stability by incorporating a vibration-damping elastomeric strategically positioned in only the back surface of a handgun grip (e.g., facing the palm). The elastomeric insert may be incorporated in the top section of the rear surface of the grip, where the bulk of the recoil force meets the user's palm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Crimson Trace Corporation
    Inventor: Danny Homem de Mello Anderson
  • Patent number: 9739551
    Abstract: An ammunition magazine base pad retaining plate is provided with a protrusion including a shaft portion, a flange portion having a lager cross sectional diameter than the shaft portion, and a longitudinal slot to allow lateral compression. When attached to a magazine base pad in a magazine assembly, the configuration of the base pad retaining plate eliminates the possibility that the base pad retaining plate will disengage from the base pad resulting in catastrophic disassembly of the ammunition magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Apex Tactical Specialties, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall M. Lee
  • Patent number: 9612083
    Abstract: A manually-actuated slide-action handle (22) for a semi-automatic firearm. The handle has a chassis portion (58) and a length-adjustable shoulder stock portion (60) to enable a user to alter the trigger pull length of the firearm. A finger rest (82) stabilizes the end of a user's trigger finger stretched in front of the firearm trigger. The finger rest is detachable from the chassis and has a generally U-shaped configuration that is adapted to connect to the handle in either a right-handed position or an inverted left-handed position. A lock switch (116) is located on the grip base of a pistol grip feature (66) to selectively arrest relative sliding movement between the firing unit and the handle. A brake (76) is controlled by an engagement lever to selectively remove play between the handle and the firing unit portion of the firearm for competitive slow shooting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Slide Fire Solutions LP
    Inventors: Jeremiah Cottle, Edmund R. Retort, Christopher Taylor Nichols, Martin F. Anness
  • Patent number: 9599423
    Abstract: Covers for key lock mounting systems on small arms such as the AR or M4 family of rifles and carbines can provide protection for the firearm and comfort for the operator. The cover has keyhole grips that are pressed into the key lock mounting points in mounting system. The cover is held seated against the surface of the mounting system by the shape and resilience of keyhole grips. V-notch keyhole grips can attach to keyhole shaped mounting points and slot shaped mounting points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Falcon Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Charles Hines
  • Patent number: 9592658
    Abstract: A laminate material having a decorative appearance has a plurality of layers that are bonded together with at least one of the layers having a first orientation. A portion of at least one of the layers adjacent to an exterior surface of the material is deviated into a second orientation differing from the first orientation. The exterior surface of the material is substantially flat, thereby revealing multiple layers at the exterior surface. Each layer may comprise a sheet that is pre-impregnated with a thermosetting resin. A form having a surface feature may be pressed into the exterior surface of the material while the layers are bonded together to deviate a portion of at least one of the layers adjacent to an exterior surface of the material into the second orientation. The invention also includes a method of generating a laminate material having a decorative appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: HOGUE TOOL & MACHINE, INC.
    Inventor: Neil Fredrick Hogue
  • Patent number: 9587906
    Abstract: The palm shelf insert consists of insert, palm shelf, and fastener components. The palm shelf component is adjustably attached to the insert component, allowing the user to customize fit. This allows users with different hand sizes to utilize the palm shelf insert comfortably. The modular structure of the palm shelf insert, allows the user to use the components of the device interchangeably. One benefit of the present invention is that it enables the attachment of a palm shelf to a permanently-attached pistol grip. The palm shelf insert adds stability to the rifle, giving the user a stable platform on which to rest the rifle. It aids the user in maintaining a comfortable hand position and stabilizes the weapon. The palm shelf insert is inserted into the hollow cavity of permanently-attached pistol grip and is custom-made to fit any of a multitude of weapons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Edward Florczak
  • Patent number: 9322610
    Abstract: A firearm with replaceable grip in one embodiment includes a grip frame, a grip, and a rotary camlock mechanism configured to lock and unlock the grip from the grip frame. The camlock mechanism may be rotated between locked and unlocked positions preventing or enabling removal of the grip from the grip frame. In one embodiment, the camlock mechanism includes a movable blocking surface engageable with the grip to block its removal. The camlock mechanism in one configuration may comprise a rotatable locking cam that defines the blocking surface. A camtrack may be provided to convert rotary motion of the cam into linear displacement relative to the grip frame for selectively projecting or retracting the blocking surface relative to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventors: Joseph J. Zajk, Sam Vavro
  • Patent number: 9310161
    Abstract: An adjustable grip extender for a firearm, comprising: a) an elevating mechanism, including a moveable portion on top and a fixed portion on bottom with respect to the adjustable grip, wherein both portions are pivotally connected in such a way that said moveable portion can be moved angularly with respect to said fixed portion, wherein the bottom surface of said adjustable grip extender is attached to the handle of the firearm in a position that allows a user's trigger finger to rest on said moveable portion for positioning the distal portion of said finger directly in front of the trigger of said firearm and substantially perpendicular to said trigger; and b) an adjustable mechanism for setting the elevating degree of said moveable portion in a fixed position, by changing the relative angular position between said moveable portion and said fixed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Moran Ermossa
  • Patent number: 9234721
    Abstract: An ergonomic grip for a revolver can be better suited to people's hands by extending the forward edge of the finger interface forward to near the lower portion of the trigger guard. The palm interface and the finger interface can intersect or nearly intersect at the bottom of the grip. The grip has a substantially cone shaped cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Falcon Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Hines
  • Patent number: 9127903
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Taurus International Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Kresser, Marcelo de Albuquerque Knorst, Leonardo Brum Sesti
  • Patent number: 8984788
    Abstract: A firearm includes a frame having at least one interior receptacle defined by opposed interior walls and having opposed guide rails extending from the opposed interior walls, and at least one modular housing disposed in the receptacle and accommodating at least one operational component of the firearm. The modular housing is defined by opposed sidewalls having opposed guide channels formed therein, the guide channels being configured to selectively engage the guide rails to facilitate the aligning of the modular housing with respect to the interior receptacle. The at least one operational component and the modular housing are pre-assembled together as an integrated unit for drop-in insertion into the receptacle during assembly of the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Smith & Wesson Corp.
    Inventors: Sean O'Clair, Gary Zukowski, Brett Curry
  • Patent number: 8966799
    Abstract: Example cartridge magazines for use within a curved handle of certain pistols have a laterally curved housing so that the pistols and magazines can fit comfortably along a user's body. Such curved pistols and magazines are particularly suited for carrying within a shirt or pants pocket. A curved pistol loaded with a curved magazine, for instance, can be carried comfortably in one pocket while an extra loaded magazine can be carried in another pocket. Example magazines carry single and multiple rows of cartridges along appropriately sized curved housings. The magazine's curvature provides a user with a prominent tactile feature that quickly indicates in which direction the magazine should be inserted within the pistol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Taurus International Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Mathew A. McPherson
  • Publication number: 20150047244
    Abstract: Extendable tangs are used to increase the surface area of grips so as to better enable users with larger hands to adequately control smaller items. Tangs are stowed within the body of a grip and deployed through one of a number of mechanisms, including spring-loaded and non-spring loaded mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Paul A. Tusting
  • Patent number: 8950098
    Abstract: Slip-on handgun grips which contribute to accuracy and speed of target acquisition and make shooting a handgun a more pleasant experience by providing a comfortable, secure grip; and by isolating a shooter's thumb from impact and reducing shock, muzzle jump, twist, and recoil when the handgun is fired. The grip is fabricated from a stretchable elastomeric material. This material plus breakaway technology, external grooving, and a thumb-isolating tab maximize the enumerated benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Steven C. Sims, George Clark, Jonathan F. Sell, Gary Sims, Greg Winters
  • Patent number: 8922335
    Abstract: A weapons container for releasing a defense weapon includes a cabinet, a cabinet door, and an interior securing the defense weapon. Upon detection of a fingerprint input by a biometric sensor, a surveillance camera captures video and an audio intercom provides communication with a central command center. A recording system saves the video and audio to a storage database. A delay release lock secures the defense weapon for an amount of time and releases the defense weapon depending on a signal from the central command center. A communications system is connected over a network to the central command center, a local authority, and an emergency responder. The communications system notifies the local authority or the emergency responder upon detection of the fingerprint input and streams the video and audio to the central command center and at least one of the local authority and the emergency responder over the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy Deweese, Brandon Delibro
  • Patent number: 8910407
    Abstract: A handgun forearm support suitable, for example, for target and competitive handgun shooting, includes a grip adaptor configured to engage the grip of a handgun, an intermediate joint member that attaches to a proximal end of the grip adaptor with a pivot assembly, and a forearm brace that rotatably and lockably engages a proximal end of the intermediate joint member. Preferably the locking engagement is hand-operable, for example a joint having mating parts with interlocking radial teeth, with a wing nut and bolt engagement. The grip adaptor may insert into a recess in the handgun grip, or engage the sides of the handgun grip. One or more removably locking pins or screws lock the handgun to the grip adaptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Rajpreet Singh
  • Patent number: 8887432
    Abstract: A handgun converter enclosing a handgun and allowing the user to operate the handgun with full and increased functionality and enhanced safety. The combined weapon endows the handgun with increased stability and accuracy due to additional supports, versatility by adding rails, and with an additional mechanical latch mechanism supporting safe use. The handgun converter is constructed to allow quick mounting and release of the handgun, to enhance weapon versatility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: CAA Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Moshe Oz
  • Patent number: 8869444
    Abstract: A forearm-gripping stabilizing attachment for a handgun that has a support structure extending rearwardly from the rear end of the handgun is provided. The forearm-gripping stabilizing attachment includes a body having a passage longitudinally extending therein. The support structure of the handgun is telescopically receivable by the passage to secure the stabilizing attachment to the handgun. The body is further configured to receive and grip a user's forearm such that the support structure extends along the user's forearm. The stabilizing attachment is particularly useful in aiding a physically disabled user with handling the handgun because the handgun essentially becomes an extension of the user's forearm such that the user may actually release his or her grip from the handgun to relax the user's hand between firing while still maintaining proper control of the handgun at all times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Alessandro Roberto Bosco
  • Patent number: 8857093
    Abstract: A firearm grip sleeve with retention feature has a body including a central bore and a meeting element. The mating element is connected to a mating feature on the frame of a firearm. The mating element is connected to a mating feature on the frame of a firearm. The mating element prevents undesirable movement of the body with respect to the firearm while the mating feature is connected to the mating element. The mating element may prevent axial movement and upward longitudinal movement of the body. The firearm may include a removable back strap insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Hogue, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Leonard Hogue
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140283426
    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: April 21, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Taurus International Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Kresser, Marcelo de Albuquerque Knorst, Leonardo Brum Sesti
  • Publication number: 20140250755
    Abstract: A firearm grip sleeve with retention feature has a body including a central bore and a meeting element. The mating element is connected to a mating feature on the frame of a firearm. The mating element is connected to a mating feature on the frame of a firearm. The mating element prevents undesirable movement of the body with respect to the firearm while the mating feature is connected to the mating element. The mating element may prevent axial movement and upward longitudinal movement of the body. The firearm may include a removable back strap insert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Patrick Leonard Hogue
  • Publication number: 20140250754
    Abstract: This invention pertains to, but is not limited to handguns and non-lethal weapons, and could include hand-held tools and other devices. The ERGONOMIC HANDGUN concealed handgun frame modification allows more discreet carry of firearms by conforming to human body contours. These firearms can include, but are not limited to semi-autos, revolvers, single shot, derringers and other types of non-lethal weapons or any tool, apparatus or device carried on a person, whether in a holster, pouch, pocket or other means of holding the device in a secure manner, whether concealed or visible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Dan Byron Soults
  • Patent number: 8826578
    Abstract: A functional metallic and autonomous structure for fire-arms and revolvers is described. The revolver composed of metal/plastic, has a metallic structure, and is composed of the cylinder frame, provided with a hole having an internal thread for receiving and sustaining the revolver barrel. All the components of the discharge mechanism are embedded and/or sustained in said cylinder frame, defining the metallic structure, through which the junction of said cylinder frame, of the barrel and the components of the discharge mechanism will result in a semi-finished, fully functional revolver. The revolver also comprises at least a rear cover, a plate and a polymeric piece, intended for coating/covering at least a part of the metallic structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Forjas Tauras S/A
    Inventor: Plinio Assis França Nogueira
  • Patent number: 8776421
    Abstract: An adapter is described for use in attaching a shoulder stock to a handgun with a bottom opening handgrip recess. The adapter includes an upright member having upper and lower ends and a longitudinal slot to attach a stock. A lower arm extends forward from the upright member lower end, and a brace arm extends forward from the upright member upper end. A recess insert extends upwardly from the distal end of the lower arm. A latching member releasably secures the insert in the handgrip recess. Also described is a grip plate module to replace the grip plates on a handgun handgrip that does not include a recess. The module includes first and second replacement grip plates for attachment in place of the original grip plates, and a replacement grip plate connector extending between the replacement grip plates. The connector includes a bottom opening recess to receive an adapter insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Zeljko Vesligaj
  • Publication number: 20140182181
    Abstract: A forearm-gripping stabilizing attachment for a handgun that has a support structure extending rearwardly from the rear end of the handgun is provided. The forearm-gripping stabilizing attachment includes a body having a passage longitudinally extending therein. The support structure of the handgun is telescopically receivable by the passage to secure the stabilizing attachment to the handgun. The body is further configured to receive and grip a user's forearm such that the support structure extends along the user's forearm. The stabilizing attachment is particularly useful in aiding a physically disabled user with handling the handgun because the handgun essentially becomes an extension of the user's forearm such that the user may actually release his or her grip from the handgun to relax the user's hand between firing while still maintaining proper control of the handgun at all times.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Alessandro Roberto Bosco
  • Patent number: 8752322
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Taurus International Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Kresser, Marcelo de Albuquerque Knorst, Leonardo Brum Sesti
  • Patent number: 8733008
    Abstract: Example cartridge magazines for use within a curved handle of certain pistols have a laterally curved housing so that the pistols and magazines can fit comfortably along a user's body. Such curved pistols and magazines are particularly suited for carrying within a shirt or pants pocket. A curved pistol loaded with a curved magazine, for instance, can be carried comfortably in one pocket while an extra loaded magazine can be carried in another pocket. Example magazines carry single and multiple rows of cartridges along appropriately sized curved housings. The magazine's curvature provides a user with a prominent tactile feature that quickly indicates in which direction the magazine should be inserted within the pistol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Taurus International Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Mathew A. McPherson
  • Patent number: 8720094
    Abstract: Example handguns, such as pistols and revolvers, have specifically curved or contoured shapes that make them particularly suited for fitting comfortably within front, rear or side pants pockets. In some examples, the handguns can be completely concealed within standard pants pockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Taurus International Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Mathew A. McPherson
  • Patent number: 8713831
    Abstract: A firearm has an off-trigger locator and/or guide path. The off-trigger locator may be a depression or a convexity formed on a side of a frame of the firearm adjacent a trigger of the firearm, and may further include a raised portion. The off-trigger locator is configured to allow a user of the firearm to move between the off-trigger locator and the trigger, as necessary, for instance, as the user goes between non-firing and firing conditions. The guide position may comprise a groove or raised ridge formed on a frame of the firearm adjacent a trigger of the firearm and extending from the frame of the firearm into a trigger area adjacent the trigger. The guide path is configured to allow the user to move along the guide path away from and into the trigger area, as necessary, for instance, as the user goes between non-firing and firing conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventors: David A. Grossman, Jonathon D. Grossman
  • Patent number: 8695262
    Abstract: A firearm includes a frame having at least one interior receptacle defined by opposed interior walls and having opposed guide rails extending from the opposed interior walls, and at least one modular housing disposed in the receptacle and accommodating at least one operational component of the firearm. The modular housing is defined by opposed sidewalls having opposed guide channels formed therein, the guide channels being configured to selectively engage the guide rails to facilitate the aligning of the modular housing with respect to the interior receptacle. The at least one operational component and the modular housing are pre-assembled together as an integrated unit for drop-in insertion into the receptacle during assembly of the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Smith & Wesson Corp.
    Inventors: Sean O'Clair, Gary Zukowski, Brett Curry
  • Patent number: 8677669
    Abstract: An adapter is described for use in attaching a shoulder stock to a handgun with a bottom opening handgrip recess. The adapter includes an upright member having upper and lower ends and a longitudinal slot to attach a stock. A lower arm extends forward from the upright member lower end, and a brace arm extends forward from the upright member upper end. A recess insert extends upwardly from the distal end of the lower arm. A latching member releasibly secures the insert in the handgrip recess. Also described is a grip plate module to replace the grip plates on a handgun handgrip that does not include a recess. The module includes first and second replacement grip plates for attachment in place of the original grip plates, and a replacement grip plate connector extending between the replacement grip plates. The connector includes a bottom opening recess to receive an adapter insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Zeljko Vesligaj
  • Patent number: 8671605
    Abstract: An off-trigger locator for firearm comprises an elongated member adapted to mounted to a frame of the firearm adjacent a trigger of the firearm. The member is configured to allow a user of the firearm to sense the member with a trigger finger of the user and to move the trigger finger between the member and the trigger without significant movement of a hand of the user. The member comprises longitudinally opposite first and second ends with longitudinal sides extending between the longitudinally opposite ends. A locator surface is arranged between the longitudinal sides. The longitudinal side adjacent the trigger of the firearm forms a shoulder. The other longitudinal side is spaced from the shoulder by the locator surface. The width of the member at the shoulder is greater than the width of the member at the other longitudinal side. A method of mounting the off-trigger locator is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventors: Bruce K. Siddle, David A. Grossman, Jonathon D. Grossman
  • Patent number: 8661723
    Abstract: A versatile handgun comprised of a weapon frame with a grip and at least one gun barrel and comprised of at least one additional defense element differing from the actual firearm function that is arranged on the grip of the weapon or that is housed in the grip of the weapon. The handgun is capable of making help available in an emergency situation and is capable in so doing of covering a very broad range of dangerous situations. The additional defense element(s) and various other pieces of emergency equipment, medical devices and/or tools could be housed in a slide-in element and different types of barrels could be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: German Sport Guns GmbH
    Inventors: Dietmar Emde, Michael Swoboda
  • Publication number: 20140053447
    Abstract: A handgun forearm support suitable, for example, for target and competitive handgun shooting, includes a grip adaptor configured to engage the grip of a handgun, an intermediate joint member that attaches to a proximal end of the grip adaptor with a pivot assembly, and a forearm brace that rotatably and lockably engages a proximal end of the intermediate joint member. Preferably the locking engagement is hand-operable, for example a joint having mating parts with interlocking radial teeth, with a wing nut and bolt engagement. The grip adaptor may insert into a recess in the handgun grip, or engage the sides of the handgun grip. One or more removably locking pins or screws lock the handgun to the grip adaptor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Rajpreet Singh
  • Patent number: 8631602
    Abstract: An improved accessory mount comprising a custom recoil spring guide assembly and a rail sleeve assembly. The custom spring guide assembly comprises a custom recoil spring guide rod having a tip and a shoulder, and a hollow custom recoil spring plug comprising a cylinder and a recessed collar. The rail sleeve assembly comprises a front plate, a sleeve incorporating a integral rails, and an attachment means, such as a retaining hole. A hollow boss having a rim is rigidly connected to the interior face of the front plate, and the front plate is securely connected to the sleeve. To attach the sleeve to the handgun, the tip of the custom rod is inserted into the boss causing the rim to be seated on the shoulder to create a first non-invasive point of fixity. The retaining hole in an extension of the sleeve fits snugly over the slidestop pin extension, thereby creating a second non-invasive point of fixity when the pin is inserted into the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventor: Todd Chupp
  • Patent number: 8584390
    Abstract: An elastomeric O-ring compressed between a laminated plastic grip panel and a pistol grip frame provides a vibration dampening structure for a pistol. The elastomeric O-rings are placed around fastener bushings on the grip frame. The grip panels are secured to the grip frame by inserting threaded fasteners through fastener holes in the grip panel into the fastener bushings. Each O-ring is received by the grip panel in a corresponding annular recess that has a depth that is less than the diameter of the O-ring. When the threaded fasteners are tightened, the elastomeric O-rings are compressed between the grip frame and the grip panel. The compressed O-rings prevent loosening of the threaded fasteners by improving the vibration dampening characteristics of the pistol and by increasing frictional pressure between the grip panel and the head of each threaded fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: New Colt Holding Corp.
    Inventors: Mark Fraher, Gregory Rozum
  • Patent number: 8561338
    Abstract: A pistol grip recoil assembly for a firearm includes a rigid grip body formed with rest structure thereon and connected to a firearm. A substantially elastomeric, resilient and deformable grip insert is received in the grip body and forms a shock absorbing, cushioning backstrap engageable with the palm of a user's hand for minimizing recoil caused by discharge of the firearm. The grip body and grip insert are slidably engaged together by means of a dovetail arrangement and secured together thereafter by a means of a fastening structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced Technology International USA, LLC
    Inventor: John R. Chvala
  • Patent number: 8555521
    Abstract: An improved method for the treatment of wood in preparation for manufacture of wooden items comprising the steps of first heat treating the wood and then fashioning the wood into a finished item, whereby the resulting wooden item is darker, harder, more weather and rot resistant, and more stable than items fashioned from untreated wood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Hot-Woods, LLC
    Inventors: Gary D. Bies, Raymond R. Emery, Donald Martin Perkins
  • Patent number: 8550061
    Abstract: A panel that conceals a gas cartridge attached to a toy gun is easily attached and detached without impairing the appearance of the toy gun. The gas cartridge is housed in a housing space formed in a cartridge housing portion and supplies compressed gas for firing a bullet. An introduction port for introducing the gas cartridge is provided in a first face of the cartridge housing portion. A working portion is provided in the cartridge housing portion and is moved in a direction along the first face. The panel is detachably attached to the cartridge housing portion and covers the introduction port. A protruded portion is extended from the lid portion of the panel. The protruded portion is provided with an inclined portion. The working portion is brought into slide contact with the inclined portion and moves the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Maruzen Company Limited
    Inventor: Tetsuo Maeda
  • Publication number: 20130205635
    Abstract: A Glock firearm handgrip is modified to accept a removable ergonomic insert that changes the palm relief of the firearm. A portion of the rounded rear wall of the grip is cut away along a plane parallel to the back plate of the magazine to create a well for the introduction of the insert. The rear surface of the back plate and the converging interior surfaces of the rear wall are used as butting surfaces to hold in place the insert. A prong with a distal latch in the insert is provided for engagement with a transverse pin passed through the sidewalls of the grip. The insert is also preferably equipped with two wings adapted to engage the beveled lower edge of the magazine's back plate. Several inserts with different profiles are provided to a user to select the most comfortable and/or appropriate for him or her.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventors: Steve HINES, Michael B. BIETSCH
  • Patent number: 8485173
    Abstract: An airsoft gun includes a stock and barrel assembly including a rear compressed propellant gas container having a seal, a spring biased striker disposed forwardly of the seal, a chamber disposed forwardly of the striker, a sliding weight in the chamber, a receiver disposed forwardly of the chamber, and an annular trough on an inner surface of a forward portion of the gun; a spring biased cap member locked at a forward opening; a pistol grip extending laterally out of the receiver and including two opposite three-section slots on a surface; a magazine assembly in the pistol grip; a and trigger assembly at bottom of the pistol grip and including a spring biased spacer engaging the bottom pellet, a cap element at the bottom of the pistol grip, and two safety pins through the cap element and the slots to lockingly urge against the spacer in a safe position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Shu-Mei Tseng
  • Patent number: 8468734
    Abstract: An accessory for a semi-automatic pistol having a slide, the accessory including a pair of protruding engaging members for engagement by a hand or fingers of a user, a mounting element coupled to each engaging member, for releasably mounting the engaging member on the slide of the pistol. Preferably, the accessory further includes a mounting plate slideably engagable in a rear slot of the slide, and the mounting elements are affixable to the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventors: Yehuda Meller, Sagi Faifer
  • Publication number: 20130139426
    Abstract: The present invention defines a system (200), comprising various structures and methods, for increasing the effective grip area of a compact or sub-compact pistol (100) in a secure, yet easily removable manner. A base collar portion (202) is provided, having a magazine channel (214) formed through it. The base collar portion is adapted to securely connect with the bottom (218) of a desired pistol grip (102). An engagement shaft (204) is disposed along the along the base collar portion. The engagement shaft is adapted for insertion into a corresponding cavity (110) within the desired pistol grip—usually along a backstrap portion of the desired pistol grip. The engagement shaft secures contact between the base collar portion and the desired pistol grip once fully inserted into the corresponding cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: Murrill L. Baxley
  • Patent number: 8448365
    Abstract: A cocking system for a toy gun apparatus wherein a gun housing includes a grip portion with an outward extending tab and a cocking handle connected to the gun housing. The handle is structured to receive the tab of another gun apparatus being held in a user's other hand to allow play where a user is able to hold two gun apparatus, one in each hand, and fire each and then cock each gun apparatus without releasing either gun apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Aaron Mead, Brian C. Jablonski