Electric Appliances Patents (Class 42/84)
  • Patent number: 10378848
    Abstract: An electromagnetic actuator in one embodiment includes characteristics of very fast actuation, shock invariant design, and compact size. The actuator may be controlled via a small low voltage power source such as a battery and simple switching logic. Such characteristics are ideally suited for incorporating the actuator into the firing mechanism of a firearm, which are subjected to drop tests to confirm the firearm will not discharge in the absence of trigger pull. Very fast snap-like action is attained by balancing the magnetic forces of two opposing permanent magnets around a stationary yoke and rotating member to create three circulating magnetic flux circuits. A central electromagnet coil on the yoke amplifies the magnetic flux of one side of the rotating member or the other depending on the power source actuation polarity, thereby creating two possible snap-like actuation positions. The actuator is usable in firing mechanism release or blocking applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Louis M. Galie, Rob Gilliom, John Klebes, John M. French, Gary Hamilton
  • Patent number: 10240881
    Abstract: An electromagnetic actuator in one embodiment includes characteristics of very fast actuation, shock invariant design, and compact size. The actuator may be controlled via a small low voltage power source such as a battery and simple switching logic. Such characteristics are ideally suited for incorporating the actuator into the firing mechanism of a firearm, which are subjected to drop tests to confirm the firearm will not discharge in the absence of trigger pull. Very fast snap-like action is attained by balancing the magnetic forces of two opposing permanent magnets around a stationary yoke and rotating member to create three circulating magnetic flux circuits. A central electromagnet coil on the yoke amplifies the magnetic flux of one side of the rotating member or the other depending on the power source actuation polarity, thereby creating two possible snap-like actuation positions. The actuator is usable in firing mechanism release or blocking applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: Louis M. Galie, Rob Gilliom, John Klebes, John M. French, Gary Hamilton
  • Patent number: 10139181
    Abstract: A carrier bolt assembly that is configured to provide an electrical charge to execute the firing of a round of ammunition. The carrier bolt assembly includes a carrier that includes a bore substantially therethrough. Further present is a void adjacent to the bore. A conductive rod is mateably formed to be operably coupled and fixedly secured within the bore and void. The conductive rod includes an outer layer and an inner layer wherein the inner layer is configured to conduct an electric current through the conductive rod. The conductive rod includes a second section contiguous with a first section and further includes a mounting block. The mounting block has a knob formed thereon that is operably coupled with the inner layer of the conductive rod. The carrier bolt assembly further includes an extractor pin that includes a tapered shaped wherein the extractor pin is tapered towards the midsection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Jonathan Wild
  • Patent number: 9885537
    Abstract: A projectile launcher including a receiver with a breech proximate to a barrel. A valve assembly is provided that allows selective flow between a source of compressed gas and the breech. A trigger is provided that is movable between a first position and a second position. The launcher includes a firing assembly configured to actuate the valve assembly responsive to the trigger being in the second position. In some embodiments, the firing assembly includes a trigger assist feature configured to cycle the firing assembly in a fully automatic manner when the trigger is in the second position without reciprocating the trigger during the firing cycle. In some embodiments, the receiver includes an opening with a puncture mechanism dimensioned to receive a magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Tippmann Sports, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis J. Tippmann, Jr., Kyle D. Smith, Brad R. Holloway
  • Patent number: 9841252
    Abstract: A method for aiding repeated firing of a semiautomatic firearm having a trigger and a bolt includes means for detecting that the bolt has translated rearwardly at least a first predetermined distance due to firing the firearm, means for calculating a particular time when the bolt will be in a chambered position, responsive to detecting that the bolt has translated rearwardly at least the first predetermined distance and, means for applying a forward biasing force to translate the trigger from a fired to an un-fired position, at the particular time the bolt is in the chambered position, and subsequently removing said forward biasing force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Luiz Fernando Santos Reis
  • Patent number: 9404702
    Abstract: An electromechanical firing mechanism having a stack of piezoelectric elements arranged to move a firing pin by switching the piezoelectric material from a static state to an electrically charged state. The electromechanical firing mechanism is comprised of a bolt housing a striker and a firing pin. The bolt further includes a base plate and a center axis whereby the firing pin is moveable along that axis. The striker has a distal end and a proximal end, the distal end is fixed to a base plate and the proximal end is coupled to the firing pin. The striker consists of a stack of piezoelectric elements. A control circuit and battery is electrically connected to the piezoelectric materials for switching and powering the piezoelectric material from a static state to an electrically charged state. The stack of piezoelectric elements moves the firing pin into the primer of the cartridge when electrically charged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Leif Berg
  • Patent number: 9395146
    Abstract: A projectile launcher including a receiver with a breech proximate to a barrel. A valve assembly is provided that allows selective flow between a source of compressed gas and the breech. A trigger is provided that is movable between a first position and a second position. The launcher includes a firing assembly configured to actuate the valve assembly responsive to the trigger being in the second position. In some embodiments, the firing assembly includes a trigger assist feature configured to cycle the firing assembly in a fully automatic manner when the trigger is in the second position without reciprocating the trigger during the firing cycle. In some embodiments, the receiver includes an opening with a puncture mechanism dimensioned to receive a magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Tippmann Sports, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis J. Tippmann, Jr., Kyle D. Smith, Brad R. Holloway
  • Patent number: 9291423
    Abstract: The invention is directed toward a heated grip for a firearm. The heated firearm grip comprises a grip body, an electrically resistive heating element, and a power source. The grip body is shaped as a pistol style firearm grip, has a hollow internal cavity, and has a hinged lower lid located on the bottom of the grip body. The power source is located within the hollow internal cavity of the grip body and is electrically connected to the electrically resistive heating element. The grip body is interchangeable with the factory installed grip of a firearm. The electrically resistive heating element may be embedded in a polyurethane sleeve surrounding the external surface of the grip body. The electrically resistive heating element may also be located within the hollow internal cavity of the grip body or molded into the body of the grip body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Jimi Leslie
  • Patent number: 9267768
    Abstract: A multi-purpose stun gun is provided with a housing including top launchers, a sound and light interference device adjacent to the launchers, a front recess under the launchers; first triggers adjacent to the launchers respectively, a rear handle, a high-voltage generator in the handle, a battery power supply in the handle for supplying electricity to the high-voltage generator, a second trigger on the housing and electrically interconnecting the high-voltage generator and the launchers, a safety on the housing for locking the second trigger, and positive and negative electrodes on the front recess and electrically connected to both the high-voltage generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: Hung-Yi Chang
  • Patent number: 9074835
    Abstract: Air rifle comprising a trigger that actuates a firing mechanism that acts on an interconnection piece; that exerts a force on a counter-pawl that releases a spring for driving a piston, in which said firing mechanism is an electronic firing mechanism with an electromechanical actuator and a switch for actuating the electromechanical actuator, the electromechanical actuator being arranged in such a way that it exerts a force on the interconnection piece in a direction substantially parallel to the direction of the barrel of the gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: GAMO OUTDOOR, S.L.
    Inventors: Julian Arnedo Vera, Victor Tresserras Torre
  • Patent number: 9011151
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present invention, a system for simulating firing a gun comprises a firing system and a transmitting system coupled to the firing system. The firing system fires a cartridge and comprises a chamber and a hammer. The chamber receives and holds the cartridge, and the hammer strikes the cartridge. The transmitting system detects movement of the hammer and transmits simulation data prior to the hammer striking the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Giles D. Jones, Qingce Bian, Christopher A. Tomlinson, Jeffrey E. Decker, William W. Price, Bradley C Huang, Peter M. Wallrich
  • Publication number: 20150075048
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for intentionally slowing the speed at which detachable ammunition magazines can be interchanged in a firearm receiver. A magazine catch assembly includes a latch adapted to engage a recess of a standard magazine in the magazine well. A hand-activated crank interacts with threads of a push-rod portion of the latch so that manual rotation of the hand crank in one direction (e.g., counter-clockwise) displaces the latch after a sufficient number of turns. Reverse rotation of the hand crank returns the latch to its engaged condition ready to automatically re-engage the next magazine inserted into the firearm receiver. Alternatively, viscoelastic foam or other mechanical time-delay feature can be used instead of screw threads to introduce a mechanically transmitted dwell period before the latch is actuated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Carl D Michel
  • Publication number: 20150041538
    Abstract: A video display system for a weapon includes a removably attachable optical range finder for calculating a distance to a selected target. The optical range finder includes an optical emitter for sending an optical signal to a target and an optical detector for detecting the signal reflected from the target. A fire control system is removably attachable to the weapon and associated with the optical range finder. The fire control system includes a ballistics computer for calculating a ballistics solution based on the distance to the target. A portable electronic device associated with the fire control system has a display screen and is removably attachable to the weapon. The portable electronic device includes a processor and a memory storing program instructions, the program instructions configured to display the ballistics solution in human viewable form on the display screen. In another aspect, a weapon video display housing configuration is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: WILCOX INDUSTRIES CORP.
    Inventor: Wilcox Industries Corp.
  • Publication number: 20150020427
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and system for networking accessories to a firearm or weapon wherein the accessories are conductively powered from the rail and data is transferred between the accessories and the rail via conductive coupling. In one embodiment, a weapon is provided, the weapon having: an upper receiver; a lower receiver; a powered accessory mounted to a rail of the upper receiver; and an apparatus for conductively networking a microcontroller of the powered accessory to a microcontroller of the upper receiver and a microcontroller of the lower receiver, wherein the data is exclusively provided to the powered accessory from the rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: David Walter Compton, Brenton Stewart Teed
  • Patent number: 8931195
    Abstract: A gun locking and unlocking device, which may be configured to be disposed adjacent the trigger of a gun to alternatively prevent or enable firing, includes a data receiver, a data memory and a logic device for determining whether data received by the receiver is the same, or substantially the same, as data stored in the data memory. One or more separate electronic gun keys are provided to transmit gun lock/unlock data to the data receiver of the gun lock device. The logic device responds to a gun control signal transmitted by one of the gun key devices with priority over a gun control signal transmitted by another gun key device. The logic device automatically locks the gun when it is located in a prohibited area, such as a school. The logic device also locks the gun when the gun user is intoxicated or acting in an irrational manner. Once locked, the user must set a timer which allows the gun to be unlocked only after a specified “wait” time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Karl F. Milde, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140373420
    Abstract: A firearm accessory mount may include multiple rails, each configured to mechanically couple one or more firearm accessories. Each rail may further have first and second electrically powered rail terminals for providing power to the firearm accessories when coupled to the rails. A switch may be associated with each rail that is selectively engageable to electrically couple or decouple power to that rail. Accordingly, each rail may be selectively powered to control operation of any firearm accessory mounted thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Kerry S. Harris
  • Patent number: 8910621
    Abstract: The invention relates to a spring-loaded air rifle which includes a trigger that actuates a firing mechanism that controls an interconnection part, which exerts a force on a counter-pawl that releases a spring that actuates a piston, in which said firing mechanism is an electronic firing mechanism which includes a flexible rod for actuating a switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Gamo Outdoor, S.L.
    Inventors: Julian Arnedo Vera, Victor Tresserras Torre
  • Publication number: 20140360077
    Abstract: A tactical rail incorporating integral conductive elements positioned in rail channels or grooves wherein the conductive elements are powered by a single battery. Accessory mounts incorporate conductive elements positioned to contact the conductive elements in the rail grooves thus receiving electric current from the conductive elements and delivering the same to the connected accessories. A rubber O-ring strip or gasket may be removably positioned over the conductive elements positioned in the rail grooves thereby preventing the system from shorting out and protecting the conductive elements from external conditions, including moisture. When needed, portions of the O-ring strip may be cut-away to accommodate the conductive elements of one or more accessory mounts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Craig M. Miller, Clayton E. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8890944
    Abstract: A firearms pulverizer system is disclosed which comprises a pulverizer unit having an inlet chute, a cutting chamber, and an outlet, a first image capturing device positioned above the inlet chute for capturing an image of an identification number associated with a firearm, and a second image capturing device positioned above the cutting chamber for recording destruction of the firearm inserted into the cutting chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Gunbusters, LLC
    Inventor: Raymond W Reynolds
  • Publication number: 20140317984
    Abstract: Projectiles with sealed propellant are described herein. In one embodiment of the invention, a projectile includes a body having a nose portion and a tail portion, a plurality of propellant charges contained within the body, a plurality of selectable initiators contained within the body for ignition of respective propellant charges, one or more ports for exit of ignition gases produced by the charges for propulsion of the projectile from the weapon, and one or more inductors for inducing a firing current, where at least one initiator only initiates on receiving a firing current which is different from the firing signal required to initiate the other initiators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: James Michael O'Dwyer, Sean Patrick O'Dwyer
  • Publication number: 20140317980
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for intentionally slowing the speed at which detachable ammunition magazines can be interchanged in a firearm receiver. A magazine catch assembly includes a latch adapted to engage a recess of a standard magazine in the magazine well. An input pad receives an input signal from a user that initiates a count-down sequence. When the count-down sequence is finished, an actuator mechanism is displaces the latch to disengage the magazine for replacement. Return of the latch to the engaged position may be automatic or user-initiated. The count-down sequence may be electronic or manual. User input may require use of a specialized tool. The latch may be spring-biased toward the engaged condition. The input pad may be responsive to an authoritative wireless over-ride signal to remotely disable the firearm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Carl D. Michel
  • Patent number: 8863421
    Abstract: A firearm for firing caseless ammunition, the firearm comprising a stock which is capable of receiving one or more magazines of caseless ammunition, a frame connected to the stock, one or more barrels, each barrel having a respective central axis and each of the barrels being connected to the frame, one firing chamber for each barrel in communication with each respective barrel, and one or more blocking plates wherein the one or more blocking plates each perform at least two functions, (1) it prevents more than one round of ammunition from being loaded into each respective firing chamber, and (2) at least one surface of the blocking plate is a surface of the firing chamber and wherein the blocking plate is movable in a plane orthogonal to each of the barrel central axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: John Wadie Farage
  • Patent number: 8826575
    Abstract: A microcontroller operated module is affixed to a firearm. The module includes an accelerometer for measuring the G force of each round fired by the firearm, a flash memory (non-volatile memory) for storing the shot profile data that includes shot count and recoil data and transmitting it to a remote location such as a remote computer via a serial communication device pursuant to RS232 standard, Bluetooth, a wave or other low power RF transmitter. The module including a wake up circuit adapted to switch upon detection of a fired shot to signal said microcontroller to initialize a low power mode to activate said MEMS accelerometer faster than said accelerometer would activate by itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventors: Robert Ufer, Kenneth Lee Brinkley
  • Publication number: 20140245650
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and circuits for managing one or more electrically powered accessories attached to a firearm having a rail configured for mounting the one or more accessories. The system includes a control module having a housing for fastening the control module to the firearm, a plurality of jacks configured to receive one or more control cords of the one or more accessories and a switch configured to allow selective operation of the one or more accessories. The system may further include a remote activation module and touch detection tab for operating the accessories from a location remote from the control module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: Terrill Luis Abst
  • Patent number: 8806794
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing power to an accessory on a firearm, the method including the steps of: detecting an accessory when attached to said firearm through actuation of a magnetic switch magnetically coupled to a magnet in the accessory via a pin located in the firearm and providing a power path with said accessory; and providing power to said accessory from a secondary source of power should power be required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Colt Canada Corporation
    Inventors: David Walter Compton, Gary Edward Crocker
  • Publication number: 20140215885
    Abstract: A battery-powered electronic evidence-collecting device on the gun that transmits to a smartphone or other device carried by the peace officer for recording and forwarding the evidence to a central station. The evidence collecting and recording apparatus is activated by the removal of the gun from its holster.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: KEVIN MICHAEL SULLIVAN, KARL F. MILDE
  • Patent number: 8776422
    Abstract: A firearm used in military applications may have a plurality of accessories that can be attached to the weapon, with each accessory having a need for electric power. In order to reduce the weight of these power-consuming accessories, as well as the proliferation of batteries used to power these power-consuming accessories, a Powered Rail provides a point of mechanical and electrical interconnection for the power-consuming accessories with a common power source. The Weapon Accessory Control System is provided to enable the user to control the activation of a power-consuming accessory as well as enable communications between the user and the power-consuming accessory and among power-consuming accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Prototype Productions, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Dodd, Ben Feldman, Tyler Miller, Terrance Jordan, Greg Paulsen
  • Patent number: 8769856
    Abstract: A universal rail for a firearm has a plurality of through holes and a plurality of attachment points for ancillary equipment along a length of the universal rail, a fastener so as to be fastenable to the firearm, and a power or signal connection point arranged in at least one attachment point of the plurality of attachment points. The power or signal connection point has at least two contact pins surrounded by a seal, and a resilient portion and inner contact faces. The power or signal connection point is further connected to conductors arranged in the universal rail. The resilient portion ensures that the at least two contact pins and contact points are out of contact with each other when the ancillary equipment is not mounted on the universal rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Techni AS
    Inventors: Magnus Berntsen, Rahul Ghose, Steven Menzies, Michael M. Nihei, David Christian Petersen
  • Patent number: 8756850
    Abstract: A firearm comprising a handle piece, a firearm control means integrated into the firearm, and an interface accessible from the outside for connection to a replaceable firearm module and for transmission of information between the firearm control means and the firearm module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Armatix Invest GmbH
    Inventor: Bernd Dietel
  • Publication number: 20140130392
    Abstract: A communication connector system is provided for a weapon. The system includes an upper connector configured to be mounted directly to an exterior side surface of an upper receiver of the weapon. The upper connector is configured to be communicatively connected to electronics associated with the upper receiver. The upper connector has a mating interface. The system includes a lower connector configured to be communicatively connected to electronics in a base of the weapon. The lower connector is configured to be mounted directly to an exterior side surface of a lower receiver of the weapon. The lower connector has a mating interface that is mated with the mating interface of the upper connector when the upper receiver is in a closed position. The mating interfaces are physically separable from one another such that the upper receiver is configured to be moved to an open position from the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Tyco Electronics Corporation
  • Patent number: 8713840
    Abstract: A method and system for an inductively powering rail on a firearm to power accessories such as: telescopic sights, tactical sights, laser sighting modules, and night vision scopes. This is achieved by having primary and secondary electromagnets (U-Cores) on both the inductively powering rail and the accessory. Once the electromagnets are in contact, the accessory is able to obtain power through induction via the inductively powering rail. Accessories may be attached to various fixture points on the inductively powering rail and are detected by the firearm when attached and detached. When attached, power and data communications may flow between the accessory and a master CPU located on the firearm. Accessories that are attached to the inductively powering rail and have rechargeable power systems may be recharged via the inductive power rail. Further, accessories that have power that is not needed may be transferred to other accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Colt Canada Corporation
    Inventors: David Walter Compton, Gary Edward Crocker
  • Patent number: 8707602
    Abstract: An electrically-ignited muzzle loader is provided having a stock portion, a trigger assembly, and a barrel portion. The trigger assembly is electrically coupled to a spark plug which extends partially into the barrel portion of the gun. Within the stock is a hand cranked magneto for generating an electric charge. The magneto is electrically coupled to capacitor and coil portions to configure the electrical charge so as to cause the spark plug to generate an igniting spark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Sean Robertson
  • Publication number: 20140068990
    Abstract: A firearm may have a plurality of power-consuming accessories that can be attached to the weapon. In order to reduce the weight of these power-consuming accessories, as well as the proliferation of their batteries, the Weapon Accessory Power Distribution System provides a common power source to power the power-consuming accessories attached to the weapon. One or more powered rails are provided to provide a point of electrical interconnection for the power-consuming accessories, absent the use of connectors with their tethering cables, which are susceptible to entanglement. The powered rail(s) are electrically interconnected with a power source, which typically is a battery mounted in the butt stock of the weapon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Prototype Productions Incorporated Ventures Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Prototype Productions Incorporated Ventures Holdings, LLC
  • Publication number: 20140047754
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and system for networking and powering accessories to a firearm or weapon wherein the accessories are conductively powered from the rail via at least one pin having a tungsten carbide surface and data is transferred between the accessories and the rail via conductive coupling using the at least one pin. In one embodiment, a weapon is provided, the weapon having: an upper receiver; a lower receiver, the upper receiver being removably mounted to the lower receiver; a powered accessory removably mounted to a rail of the upper receiver; and an apparatus for conductively networking a microcontroller of the powered accessory to a microcontroller of the upper receiver and a microcontroller of the lower receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventors: David Walter Compton, Brenton Stewart Teed
  • Patent number: 8635798
    Abstract: A communication connector system for a weapon having an upper receiver at an upper part of the weapon with electronics associated with the upper receiver and a base at a lower part of the weapon with a lower receiver and a hand grip and that houses electronics and with the upper receiver rotatably coupled to the lower receiver and movable between a closed position and an open position includes an upper connector assembly configured to be coupled to the upper receiver. The upper connector assembly has an upper connector being configured to be communicatively connected to the electronics in the upper receiver. The upper connector has a mating interface. A lower connector assembly has a lower connector that is configured to be communicatively connected to the electronics in the base of the weapon. The lower connector is configured to be mounted to the hand grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Neil Mulfinger
  • Patent number: 8561339
    Abstract: A method and system for an inductively powering rail on a firearm to power accessories such as: telescopic sights, tactical sights, laser sighting modules, and night vision scopes. This is achieved by having primary and secondary electromagnets (U-Cores) on both the inductively powering rail and the accessory. Once the electromagnets are in contact, the accessory is able to obtain power through induction via the inductively powering rail. Accessories may be attached to various fixture points on the inductively powering rail and are detected by the firearm when attached and detached. When attached, power and data communications may flow between the accessory and a master CPU located on the firearm. Accessories that are attached to the inductively powering rail and have rechargeable power systems may be recharged via the inductive power rail. Further, accessories that have power that is not needed may be transferred to other accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Colt Canada Corporation
    Inventors: David Walter Compton, Gary Edward Crocker
  • Patent number: 8528244
    Abstract: A system and method for modifying a weapon with an inexpensive and easily removable attachment that is capable of recording information related to the use of the weapon and transmitting that data to a remote computing device by wired or wireless transmission means. The attachment includes one or more sensors able to record various changes and operations related to settings and usage of the modified weapon. The attachment also includes a module that contains electronics capable of one or more of the following: (i) receiving data from the one or more sensors; (ii) storing data received from the sensors; (iii) transmitting the data received from the sensors or stored data to a computing device via a wired or wireless connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventors: Laurent Scallie, Ken James McClain
  • Patent number: 8520895
    Abstract: A system and method calculate a range and velocity of an object in image data. The range calculation includes detecting a contour of the object from the image data, forming a template from the image data based on the contour; and calculating a range to the object using pixel resolution and dimension statistics of the object. A three-dimensional velocity of the object is determined by calculating a radial component and an angular component of the velocity. The radial velocity component is calculated by determining the range of the object in two or more image frames, determining a time differential between the two or more image frames, and calculating the radial velocity as a function of the range of the object in the two or more image frames and the time differential between the two or more image frames. The angular component is calculated using spatial-temporal derivatives as a function of a motion constraint equation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Kwong Wing Au, Saad J. Bedros
  • Patent number: 8516731
    Abstract: A firearm may have a plurality of power-consuming accessories that can be attached to the weapon. In order to reduce the weight of these power-consuming accessories, as well as the proliferation of their batteries, the Weapon Accessory Power Distribution System provides a common power source to power the power-consuming accessories attached to the weapon. One or more powered rails are provided on the handguard, which encircles the barrel of the weapon, to provide a point of mechanical and electrical interconnection for the power-consuming accessories to provide quick-connect mounting and dismounting of the power-consuming accessory, absent the use of connectors with their tethering cables, which are susceptible to entanglement. The Weapon Accessory Control System is provided to enable the user to control the activation of a power-consuming accessory as well as enable communications between the user and the accessory and among power-consuming accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Prototype Productions Incorporated Ventures Two, LLC
    Inventors: Eric F. Cabahug, James S. Dodd, Ben Feldman, John Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20130185978
    Abstract: A firearm used in military applications may have a plurality of accessories that can be attached to the weapon, with each accessory having a need for electric power. In order to reduce the weight of these power-consuming accessories, as well as the proliferation of batteries used to power these power-consuming accessories, a Powered Rail provides a point of mechanical and electrical interconnection for the power-consuming accessories with a common power source. The Weapon Accessory Control System is provided to enable the user to control the activation of a power-consuming accessory as well as enable communications between the user and the power-consuming accessory and among power-consuming accessories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: Prototype Productions, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Dodd, Ben Feldman, Tyler Miller, Terrance Jordan, Greg Paulsen
  • Patent number: 8490313
    Abstract: The Accessory Mounting Apparatus uses a quick release clamp for mounting and securely attaching accessories to a dove-tail shaped accessory rail. This apparatus allows for quick assembling and disassembling of accessories and tactical equipment on a weapon accessory rail system. The Accessory Mounting Apparatus consists of a base, latching arm, and over-centered lever to apply clamping force, where the base of the clamping device is keyed to align with a dove-tail shaped rail and fix its location in the direction of the barrel. The latching arm is slid over the dovetail in the accessory rail and the over-centered lever is closed to clamp the device securely around the accessory rail, fixing it in all directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Prototype Productions Incorporated Ventures Two, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Frascati, Ben Feldman, James S. Dodd, Hector Tapia, Greg Paulsen
  • Publication number: 20130180147
    Abstract: A trigger assembly includes a plurality of components including a trigger shoe configured to disengage a firing mechanism in response to a force applied by a user. The trigger assembly further includes a first PCB having at least one optical sensor to receive light and a controller configured to determine a positional state of at least one of the trigger shoe and a selected one of the plurality of components in response to the light received by the at least one optical sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: TRACKINGPOINT, INC.
    Inventors: John Hancock Lupher, Hillman Lee Bailey, Michael Eric Reimers
  • Publication number: 20130152445
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing power to an accessory on a firearm, the method including the steps of: detecting an accessory when attached to said firearm through actuation of a magnetic switch magnetically coupled to a magnet in the accessory via a pin located in the firearm and providing a power path with said accessory; and providing power to said accessory from a secondary source of power should power be required.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: David Walter Compton, Gary Edward Crocker
  • Patent number: 8464459
    Abstract: A weapon control device is provided and is coupled within a weapon for controlling accessories and auxiliary components. The weapon control device includes a processor and a connector operably engaging a selector switch of a weapon. The processor receives a signal from the connector in response to movement of the selector switch. The weapon control device further includes one of a transmitter and a transceiver, wherein one of the transmitter and transceiver send a signal in response to the processor receiving a signal from the connector. The weapon control device further includes a weapon accessory, wherein the weapon accessory is activated in response to the signal sent by one of the transmitter and transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: James Summers
  • Publication number: 20130145670
    Abstract: This invention is a Mouth-Controller Device for triggering a hand held gun/firearm and controlling its' accessories. Necessary to accommodate this is a battery-pack-receiver located on the gun itself (either in the form of a front hand grip, or block style battery-pack-receiver, and a solenoid/plunger to push the trigger, that resides in a solenoid housing (or optional fluid or pneumatic plunger for trigger push).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventor: Francis J. Kuhlman
  • Patent number: 8458944
    Abstract: A firearm system includes a foregrip removably mountable to a firearm, the foregrip having a programmable button controlling at least one of an accessory of the firearm and a component of the foregrip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: LaserMax, Inc.
    Inventor: William R. Houde-Walter
  • Patent number: 8448368
    Abstract: The present invention is related to weapons systems. In particular, the present invention is directed to accessory attachment systems for rifles and small arms weapons that enable attached accessory devices to draw power from a central power source and communicate with the user and/or other devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Prototype Productions Incorporated Ventures Two, LLC
    Inventors: Eric F. Cabahug, James S. Dodd, Hector Tapia, John Schroeder, Jay Tilton, Don McLaughlin, Ben Feldman
  • Publication number: 20130125438
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electric energy generator (21 to 23) that transforms a type of mechanical energy into a stable direct current electric energy supply for a shot counter (24) for a portable firearm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Raúl Delgado Acarreta
  • Patent number: 8443539
    Abstract: A firearm may have a plurality of power-consuming accessories that can be attached to the weapon. In order to reduce the weight of these power-consuming accessories, as well as the proliferation of their batteries, the Weapon Accessory Power Distribution System provides a common power source to power the power-consuming accessories attached to the weapon. One or more powered rails are provided to encircle the barrel of the weapon, to provide a point of mechanical and electrical interconnection for the power-consuming accessories to provide quick connect mounting and dismounting of the power-consuming accessory, absent the use of connectors with their tethering cables, which are susceptible to entanglement. The Weapon Accessory Rail Contacts provide the mechanism to electrically interconnect the power-consuming accessory with the powered rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Prototype Productions Incorporated Ventures Two, LLC
    Inventors: Eric F. Cabahug, James S. Dodd, Ben Feldman, Don McLaughlin, John Schroeder, Hector Tapia
  • Publication number: 20130118050
    Abstract: A firearm for mechanically and electronically firing a weapon including a trigger rotatably mounted to a sear and having an actuator attached thereto. A secondary sear is rotatably mounted to the sear, and a switch is mounted to the lower receiver behind the trigger and adapted to be contacted by the actuator when the trigger is pulled. An electronic circuit is electrically connected to the switch such that when the switch is contacted the circuit is energized to operate a prime mover that operates the firearm. The sear assembly may also comprise a main sear and an auxiliary sear controlled by a selector switch having cam surfaces and adapted to be rotated to a plurality of positions, wherein in a first position comprises a safety mode, a second position comprises a mechanical mode of fire and a third position comprises an electronic mode of fire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: CREATIVE DIGITAL INC.
    Inventor: Benjamin Alicea