Magazine Chargers Patents (Class 42/87)
  • Patent number: 7194837
    Abstract: A device for holding a plurality of firearm magazines is disclosed. The device includes an upper plate, a lower plate, and a securing member. The upper plate is rotationally positioned about the securing member, and the lower plate is rotationally mounted to the securing member below the upper plate. Firearm magazines are placed between the upper plate and the lower plate, which together securely engage the magazines when tightened with the securing member. Multidirectional movements of the upper plate and the lower plate facilitate placement and securing of the magazines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Inventor: Roberto V. Obong
  • Patent number: 7073285
    Abstract: A device for holding a plurality of firearm magazines is disclosed. The device includes an upper plate, a lower plate, and a securing member. The upper plate is rotationally positioned about the securing member, and the lower plate is rotationally mounted to the securing member below the upper plate. Firearm magazines are placed between the upper plate and the lower plate, which together securely engage the magazines when tightened with the securing member. Multidirectional movements of the upper plate and the lower plate facilitate placement and securing of the magazines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Inventor: Roberto V. Obong
  • Patent number: 6865840
    Abstract: A gun loading device comprising a base member having a socket to receive the muzzle of a firearm to be loaded with a charge of powder and/or a bullet, a storage cylinder provided with a plurality of bores in a circular pattern which receive such charges and is rotatable about a fixed axis attached to the base member, an upper inlet member having an opening through which a plunger is perpendicularly slideable to push, sequentially, the charges of powder in the bores through a discharge opening in the base member, and multiple posts connecting the base and inlet members together, in a non-twistable configuration, with the cylinder being rotatable therebetween. Quick-releasable latch members preferably are used to secure the connecting member respectively to the base and inlet members, as well as render the elements readily disassembled for cleaning, and the preferred material from which the components of the device are formed is synthetic resin, such as “LEXAN” or A.B.F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Inventors: Emil L. Kanyuck, Carl J. Winters, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6817133
    Abstract: A cartridge loader for loading rimmed cartridges into the magazine of a rifle. The loader has a tube with an exterior slide. The slide is coupled to a pusher within the tube which when manually advanced will deliver cartridges to the end of the tube and through the loading port of a firearm when the loader is positioned against the firearm receiver. The front end of the loader is configured to maintain the loading port gate open during the loading operation. The loader will accommodate a range of cartridge calibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Inventor: Lawrence R. Williams
  • Patent number: 6817135
    Abstract: The improved shotgun shell carrier is a rectangular plastic housing one end closed by a sliding door. A zigzag-type compression spring is positioned within the housing between the sliding door and a magazine follower. The open end of the housing is provided with opposing feeding lips formed from spring steel and shaped to funnel the shells one at a time to a release point adjacent the tip of the feeding lips. The feeding lips are formed with a centrally located finger slot having a length greater than the width of a shotgun shell. Blocking elements are pivotally positioned at the open end of the housing to prevent extra shells from falling out when the feeding lips are open. The housing is adapted for receiving attaching elements to enable attaching the carrier to high-speed modular gear in a desired position for quick and efficient reloading of a shotgun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Inventor: Jonathan D. Jackson
  • Patent number: 6817134
    Abstract: A rapid action bullet reloading device for use in conjunction with any firearm utilizing a removable magazine is operable by either hand of the user with minimal effort. The device includes a sleeve, defining a main body, a lever hinged to the sleeve and a cam member operatively engaged with the lever. The sleeve is structured and disposed to receive the magazine in a releasably locked and registered position for the bullet reloading operation. The device is operated by squeezing the lever towards the sleeve body with one hand which rotates the cam member about a cam axis in a highly leveraged action. Rotation of the cam causes an integral finger extending from the cam member to engage and depress a properly positioned bullet into the magazine. A spring urges the cam member back to the relaxed position upon each release of the lever, whereupon a next successive bullet can be placed in registered position for loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Rainbow Precision Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventor: Philip Newman
  • Patent number: 6810616
    Abstract: A fiream magazine loader and unloader accessory (10) comprises a main body (12) adapted to fit over an open end of a magazine (70) and a tiltable alternate round thruster (50) mounted in the main body above the magazine's open end. The alternate round thruster includes two plungers (62) and (64), each positioned above a column of rounds (80, 82) of the magazine. Loading is achieved by thrusting inside the magazine the topmost round of the magazine using the plunger above to provide a vacant space for a new round to be rearwardly inserted. Unloading is achieved by thrusting inside the magazine the second-to-topmost round of the magazine with the plunger above to release spring (78) pressure from the topmost round so that it can gravitationlly and forwardly unload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventors: Guy Tal, Ran Tal
  • Patent number: 6807764
    Abstract: A device to facilitate the loading of cartridges into an automatic pistol magazine atop an internal cartridge follower plate which is urged upward by an internal magazine spring. The device comprises a thumb size indented block to which is attached a wire loop. When loading the magazine, the wire loop is hooked around a knob attached to the follower plate, which extends outward through a slot on the magazine wall, and is pulled down, lowering the follower plate, allowing the cartridges to be freely inserted. While loading, the magazine base is inserted into the indentation on the block and the block is held against the magazine base by the force of the spring until loading is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventor: Larry B. Phillips
  • Patent number: 6796074
    Abstract: A device for holding a plurality of firearm magazines is disclosed. The device includes an upper plate, a lower plate, and a securing member. The upper plate is rotationally positioned about the securing member, and the lower plate is rotationally mounted to the securing member below the upper plate. Magazines are placed between the upper plate and the lower plate, which together securely engage the magazines when tightened with the securing member. Multidirectional movements of the upper plate and the lower plate facilitate placement and securing of the magazines. The upper plate has a recess allowing a head of the securing member to rest substantially therein and/or flush with the outer surface of the upper plate. Substantially curved edge surfaces of the plates provide a smooth transition from one surface to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Inventor: Robert V. Obong
  • Publication number: 20040159035
    Abstract: A rapid action bullet reloading device for use in conjunction with any firearm utilizing a removable magazine is operable by either hand of the user with minimal effort. The device includes a sleeve, defining a main body, a lever hinged to the sleeve and a cam member operatively engaged with the lever. The sleeve is structured and disposed to receive the magazine in a releasably locked and registered position for the bullet reloading operation. The device is operated by squeezing the lever towards the sleeve body with one hand which rotates the cam member about a cam axis in a highly leveraged action. Rotation of the cam causes an integral finger extending from the cam member to engage and depress a properly positioned bullet into the magazine. A spring urges the cam member back to the relaxed position upon each release of the lever, whereupon a next successive bullet can be placed in registered position for loading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2003
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Inventor: Philip Newman
  • Publication number: 20040159036
    Abstract: A rapid action bullet reloading device for use in conjunction with any firearm utilizing a removable magazine is operable by either hand of the user with minimal effort. The device includes a sleeve, defining a main body, a lever hinged to the sleeve and a cam member operatively engaged with the lever. The sleeve is structured and disposed to receive the magazine in a releasably locked and registered position for the bullet reloading operation. The device is operated by squeezing the lever towards the sleeve body with one hand which rotates the cam member about a cam axis in a highly leveraged action. Rotation of the cam causes an integral finger extending from the cam member to engage and depress a properly positioned bullet into the magazine. A spring urges the cam member back to the relaxed position upon each release of the lever, whereupon a next successive bullet can be placed in registered position for loading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Inventor: Philip Newman
  • Patent number: 6754987
    Abstract: A magazine loader includes a loading holder and an ammo pusher. The loading holder has a supplying opening end, an opposed discharging opening end, a feeding channel extended from the supplying opening end to the discharging opening end for slidably receiving a plurality of ammos, and a guiding arrangement provided within the feeding channel, wherein the discharging opening end of the loading holder is capable of detachably mounting on an opening of a magazine such that the feeding channel of the loading holder is adapted for aligning with the opening of the magazine. The ammo pusher, having a pusher head, is slidably engaged with the guiding arrangement to substantially guide the pusher head sliding from the supplying opening end of the loading holder to the discharging opening end thereof for pushing the ammos within the feeding channel of the loading holder into the magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: New Century Sci. & Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: Carson Cheng, Jon Morgan
  • Publication number: 20040020096
    Abstract: A firearm magazine loader and unloader accessory (10) comprises a main body (12) adapted to fit over an open end of a magazine (70) and a tiltable alternate round thruster (50) mounted in the main body above the magazine's open end. The alternate round thruster includes two plungers (62) and (64), each positioned above a column of rounds (80, 82) of the magazine. Loading is achieved by thrusting inside the magazine the topmost round of the magazine using the plunger above to provide a vacant space for a new round to be rearwardly inserted. Unloading is achieved by thrusting inside the magazine the second-to-topmost round of the magazine with the plunger above to release spring (78) pressure from the topmost round so that it can gravitationally and forwardly unload.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Inventors: Guy Tal, Ran Tal
  • Patent number: 6678985
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for loading cartridges into a gun magazine clip from a tray. The cartridges are arranged in tray cavities that hold each cartridge so the clip can be manipulated with one hand to load each cartridge in succession.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Inventor: Robert D. Pikula
  • Publication number: 20030093936
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for loading cartridges into a gun magazine clip from a tray. The cartridges are arranged in tray cavities that hold each cartridge so the clip can be manipulated with one hand to load each cartridge in succession.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Publication date: May 22, 2003
    Inventor: Robert D. Pikula
  • Publication number: 20030046854
    Abstract: A cartridge clip receiving and loading apparatus includes a reservoir and a clip holder fixedly attached to an end of the reservoir. The reservoir has an upper holding chamber and a lower feed channel therebelow for receiving cartridges therefrom and arranging them side-by-side one another in a row and guiding sliding movement of cartridges in the row thereof toward a discharge opening of the lower feed channel at the one end of the reservoir for loading the cartridges one at a time into a clip fully inserted into a slot of the clip holder. The clip holder can be gripped by a user for shaking the clip holder and reservoir in order to cause arranging of the cartridges in the row thereof in the lower feed channel and sliding of the cartridges through the discharge opening and into the clip fully inserted in the clip holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2002
    Publication date: March 13, 2003
    Inventor: David A. Urchek
  • Patent number: 6286243
    Abstract: A device for loading cartridges into a magazine including a body with a U-shaped cross section adapted to slide up and down upon the exterior of a magazine. A lever projects rearwardly from the bottom of the body and a hook projects upwardly from the top of the body for grasping and manipulating cartridges. The hook has a shank as well as a catch that terminates at a concave free end for snugly engaging cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Inventor: Thomas G. Hinton
  • Patent number: 6189254
    Abstract: In order to simplify manually loading cartridges into a magazine, a device is provided for use with a magazine that receives a plurality of cartridges in stacked relation through an opening against a force biasing the cartridges toward the opening. The device includes a band configured in size and shape for placement on a thumb of one hand for loading the magazine with the cartridges when the magazine is gripped by that one hand. The device also includes a projection integrally associated with the band and extending from an outer surface of the band for engagement of a top one of the cartridges previously loaded into the magazine. With this arrangement, the projection has a surface adapted to contact a surface of the cartridges in such manner as to engage the top one of the cartridges when the magazine is gripped for depressing the top one of the cartridges away from the opening against the biasing force in response to a bending/depressing thumb motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Inventor: Arthur R. Steitz
  • Patent number: 6185853
    Abstract: A speedloader for a shotgun having a tubular magazine includes an integral pulley system to minimize handle travel in delivering a plurality of cartridges into the magazine. The speedloader comprises a frame with a channel therethrough dimensioned to receive a plurality of cartridges. The frame carries a handle on an exterior longitudinal track and, inside, a pusher that travels from the first end of the frame to the second end of the frame in response to movement of the handle, thereby expelling the cartridges from the speedloader and injecting them into the magazine. The pulley system translates movement of the handle to movement of the pusher and reduces the distance the handle needs to be moved to move the pusher the full distance to reload the shotgun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: FN Manufacturing Co Inc
    Inventors: Gary A Sniezak, Milton W Erickson, Zdenek Prisovsky
  • Patent number: 5755055
    Abstract: A BB holder for a gun comprises an elongated cylindrical body having a cylindrical side wall, a bottom wall, and an open top end and a cap having a cylindrical side wall which is ensleeved over the cylindrical side wall of the body. The holder has the shape and size of a shot gun shell and is stored in a chamber in the stock of a gun. If the gun has a BB reservoir, the BB reservoir can communicate with the chamber through a port opening which is closed when the holder is inserted into the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: Crosman Corporation
    Inventors: Gregg Thompson, David C. Snyder, James M. Martin, Casey Cerretani
  • Patent number: 5719348
    Abstract: A holder for feeding components, such as primers or bullets, into a reloading machine is disclosed. The component holder is an elongate strip having notched longitudinal margins for indexing the strip as it progresses through the reloading machine. The strip includes a plurality of receptacles for holding components. Each receptacle has an inner surface that is a combination of a cylindrical portion, a prismatical portion, and a transition portion which cooperate, to allow easy loading of the component into the strip and which firmly holds the component in place. The holder also includes an engagement portion so that successive holders may be ganged together to provide a continuous component holder for continuous reloading operations. A tape is applied to at least one side of the holder to cover the component held therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1998
    Assignee: Blount, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene F. Bill, Fred B. Blodgett, Arthur F. Peters, Kurt Ranft, Lester V. Rodrigues, Ronald L. Smith, Donald A. Zuck
  • Patent number: 5697179
    Abstract: A cartridge clip assembly includes an exterior housing having a cavity for storing a multiplicity of bullets. Inserted into the exterior housing is an interior housing. The interior housing has an interior cavity for receiving the bullets. There is a compression spring disposed in the interior housing for providing a compression spring force on the bullets when the interior housing is inserted into the exterior housing. There is a latching and releasing mechanism for securing the interior housing in the exterior housing and for releasing the interior housing from the exterior housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Inventor: Arthur Vanmoor
  • Patent number: 5669171
    Abstract: This speedloader, which is usable to facilitate the loading of bullets into the magazine of an automatic rifle, comprises a casing that has a passage extending therethrough from its top to its bottom, the passage having an open top through which bullets may be fed and an open bottom into which the top of the magazine may be inserted. The speedloader also comprises means for fastening the magazine to the casing in a position within the passage that allows bullets to be fed through the top of the passage into the magazine. Atop the casing is an adapter for releasably attaching to the casing a stripper clip holding bullets. Means is provided for fastening the casing to the belt of a rifle-user so that the casing remains fixed to the belt, and hence to the waist of the rifle-user, as bullets are pushed downwardly off the stripper clip into the magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Inventor: Thomas A. Sally
  • Patent number: 5417003
    Abstract: A device for loading and unloading cartridges into a magazine used in semi-automatic firearms. More particularly, the improved device can universally unload, easily and quickly, all currently manufactured foreign and domestic firearm magazines. The device also universally loads all currently manufactured foreign and domestic pistol magazines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Assignee: Corinne C. Claveau
    Inventor: Gerard A. Claveau
  • Patent number: 5402594
    Abstract: A cartridge loader for a cartridge clip as disclosed. The loader includes a loader sleeve slidingly receivable on the magazine to compress the clip's spring in order to permit easy re-loading of the clip. A brake connected to the sleeve co-acts with the magazine's sidewall surface so as to impede the sleeve from disengagement with the magazine in the event the sleeve is inadvertently released by a user when the clip's spring is compressed and with no cartridges present in the clip. In preferred form, the brake is comprised of a brake arm that causes the sleeve to slide in a frictional braking relation with the clip's sidewall surface and that itself slides in a frictional braking relation with the clip's sidewall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Inventor: Robert D. Switzer
  • Patent number: 5377436
    Abstract: A reloader for a cartridge clip that allows the reloader and clip, when assembled for reloading purposes, to be held and operated in one of a user's hands while cartridges are reloaded in the clip with the other of the user's hands. The reloader includes a sleeve adapted to receive the clip in seated relation during reloading, and a handle connected to the sleeve against which the clip lies when the clip is in operational relation with the reloader, thereby allowing the clip and reloader to be held in operational assembly with one of the user's hands. The reloader also includes a plunger that is manually reciprocable to depress a top cartridge already seated in the cartridge clip to accommodate receiving another cartridge as a successor top cartridge in the cartridge clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Inventor: Robert D. Switzer
  • Patent number: 5355606
    Abstract: An apparatus for assisting a human in loading ammunition into a clip which takes the form of an elongated housing upon which is mounted a manually pressable rod. The housing is to be mounted in a fixed position on the exterior wall of the clip. Manual pressing of an actuator mounted on the rod will cause the bullets contained within the clip to be moved in a downward direction away from the access opening of the clip so as to facilitate entry of another bullet into the access opening of the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Inventor: Roberto E. Origoni
  • Patent number: 5309660
    Abstract: A cartridge magazine for firearms comprises a key insertable through a slot in the end panel of the magazine for engaging the spring engaged elevator upon which the shells are supported. The slot includes a series of transverse or lateral branches spaced longitudinally on the panel for receiving the key and locking the elevator in position. The magazine thus may be loaded with cartridge shells in stages as defined by the lateral locking branches. After loading is completed, the key may be removed from the magazine and clip so that the latter may be inserted into the firearm with which it is used. In an alternatively preferred embodiment, optional marking means are positioned on top of the magazine for placing an identifying marking on each cartridge shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1994
    Inventor: James D. Blackamore
  • Patent number: 5301449
    Abstract: This invention utilizes a conventional type cartridge orienting device for orienting cartridges with their longitudinal axes aligned generally parallel with one another. The present invention includes a hollow receptacle having a cartridge accepting device. This accepting device includes a stop wall to allow only one oriented cartridge to drop into the accepting device at a time. A rotatable cam is provided within the accepting device. Upon rotation of the rotatable cam, cartridges are grasped and moved away from the accepting device and transported by the rotatable cam upon further rotation thereof to the receiving end of a conventional magazine. The cartridge is then forced into the magazine when the rotatable cam is further rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1994
    Inventor: Terry R. Jackson
  • Patent number: 5249386
    Abstract: A reloader for a cartridge clip that allows the reloader and clip, when assembled for reloading purposes, to be held and operated in one of a user's hands while cartridges are reloaded in the clip with the other of the user's hands. The reloader includes a sleeve adapted to receive the clip in seated relation during reloading, and a handle connected to the sleeve against which the clip lies when the clip is in operational relation with the reloader, thereby allowing the clip and reloader to be held in operational assembly with one of the user's hands. The reloader also includes a plunger that is manually reciprocable to depress a top cartridge already seated in the cartridge clip to accommodate receiving another cartridge as a successor top cartridge in the cartridge clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Inventor: Robert D. Switzer
  • Patent number: 5127178
    Abstract: There is disclosed a magazine for holding cartridges such as shot gun cartridges, the magazine having, in a preferred embodiment, two channels (6,7) which are separated by a partition (8) and each of which can hold two staggered columns of cartridges (9). The partition (8) has a widened portion (10) that causes each staggered column of cartridges (9) to form a single column thereof, so that pairs of cartridges can be removed, to be immediately replaced, under the effect of gravity, by a further pair thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1992
    Inventor: William P. Sinclair
  • Patent number: 5079862
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for storing and dispensing cartridges into the tubular magazine of a .22 caliber or other such rifle. The apparatus includes a central chamber section having a central passageway extending therethrough with a plurality of storage passageways radially spaced equidistant from the central passage and equidistant from each other. An upper cap and a lower cap are spring loaded against opposite ends of the chamber by way of a tension spring passing through the central chamber. The upper cap includes a dispensing opening radially aligned with the plurality of dispensing passages. The outer periphery of the dispensing chamber includes a plurality of semi-cylindrical grooves and the inner periphery of the cap includes two detent rib for positioning in the various semi-cylindrical grooves of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Inventors: Robert M. McMahan, John F. Bertsch, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5054363
    Abstract: The current invention is a multi-channel apparatus for inspecting and packaging loose ammunition cartridges into containers such as boxes or trays. The operation of the apparatus is largely automatic so that a single operator can inspect for defects and load into containers up to 28,000 rounds of both rim or rimless cartridges as well as various sizes of ammunition per hour with little manual labor involved.The apparatus includes a frame having an upstanding portion and a horizontal table portion. A reservoir for holding the bulk ammunition in loose form is mounted on the top of the upstanding portion of the frame. The apparatus also includes a mechanism for sorting and feeding the ammunition into feed tubes which feeds the ammunition down onto a conveyor table. The conveyor table moves the ammunition in an ordered fashion through an inspection area to an orienting device where the cartridges are oriented nose downward and directed into a loading mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Inventor: Daniel J. Scharch
  • Patent number: 5054221
    Abstract: A shotgun has a receiver with a trigger coupled to the receiver for firing the shotgun, and a barrel mounted on one end to the receiver for firing shells from the shotgun. A bolt is mounted to the receiver and located adjacent to the barrel for feeding shells into the barrel. An interchangeable magazine has a substantially cylindrical tubular portion dimensioned to receive shotgun shells in an end to end relationship therein. The magazine is removeably attachable to the shotgun for feeding the shells in the magazine into the barrel, and for subsequently removing the magazine from the shotgun. Therefore, when the magazine is emptied, it can be removed from the shotgun and replaced with another preloaded magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Inventor: Peter D. Ozols
  • Patent number: 4993180
    Abstract: An apparatus for assisting a marksman in loading ammunition into a magazine or clip generally comprising a rectangular sleeve which is adapted with an interior plunging member and an exterior serrated gripping surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1991
    Inventor: Lewis E. Upchurch
  • Patent number: 4970820
    Abstract: An improved ammunition loading device designed for cartridges having radially extending rims, such as 0.22 calibre cartridges. The invention comprises a body having a spiral groove and a feed arrangement to drive the cartridges through the groove and into a magazine. A manual crank has an eccentric cam which operates two mechanisms alternately on each rotation of the crank. On half the rotation it operates a feed finger which inserts the next cartridge exiting the spiral groove into the magazine, and on the other half of that same rotation it advances the line of cartridges to present a fresh cartridge for insertion on the first half of the next rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 20, 1990
    Inventors: Michael K. Miller, Warren D. Stockton
  • Patent number: 4949495
    Abstract: An automatic device with interchangeable interface for the introduction of cartridges in the bifilar or monofilar magazines of automatic and semi-automatic arms, comprising a plate (1) with a cartridge-guide ledge (2), placed above a vertical track (3) for transferring said cartridges into a suitable seat (18) from which a piston (13) introduces the same, one by one, into an arm magazine by means for a movable pin (10) provided in such a way that it may bend at right angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Inventor: Marco Mari
  • Patent number: 4939862
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for orienting and loading a plurality of unoriented rim-fire cartridge into a magazine are provided. An orienter apparatus employs gravity to orient rim-fire cartridges by hanging a plurality of cartridges from a number of parallel rails. The orienter is repositioned to a second or vertical configuration so that gravity can be used to feed the columns of oriented cartridges through a chute. In another embodiment, a collector apparatus is used to pick up a plurality of cartridges and hold the cartridges in a holding portion. The orienter or collector operatively engages with a loader which employs a camming mechanism to move cartridges one at a time into a magazine. The cartridges are placed in a first angular relationship with respect to the magazine opening and are moved through the opening while changing the angular relationship of the cartridge with the magazine opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1990
    Assignee: Ram-Line, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest Brandenburg, M. Gaines Chesnut
  • Patent number: 4879829
    Abstract: A loader particularly adapted for a cylindrical helical path feed ammunition magazine, the loader being able to accept cartridges as provided by the cartridge manufacturer in trays, whole trays at a time. The loader is made up of two hinged arms, with a platform on one of the arms to accept the tray of cartridges. After the tray is removed, the cartridges remain in the same array as they were in when in the tray, and then the arms are closed to create a dense mass of the large number of cartridges. The loader is then positioned vertically, a magazine inserted, and the cartridges quickly loaded into the magazine by turning a crank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1989
    Inventors: Michael K. Miller, Warren D. Stockton
  • Patent number: 4869009
    Abstract: A device for reloading a shotgun includes a support secured by a strap to the back of the user's hand, and the support along with an internal spring clip releasably holds a shotgun shell in an outwardly extending orientation with the flat, base end of the shell in abutting contact with a flat wall segment of the support. Once the nose of the shell is inserted into the shotgun barrel, the hand is tilted slightly to rock the support relative to the barrel and thereby release a rim of the shell from the spring clip so that the hand can be pulled away from the shotgun with the shell in place in the barrel. In preferred embodiments, the device includes structure for releasably holding two shotgun shells in parallel, side-by-side orientation, and the distance between the longitudinal axes of the shells is equal to the distance between the central axes of the barrels so that the shells may be simultaneously inserted into both barrels and immediately thereafter released at the same time from the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1989
    Inventor: Steven E. Bennett
  • Patent number: 4862621
    Abstract: A device which facilitates the speed loading of shells into a shotgun and which is accurately alignable with the magazine of the shotgun for readily repeatable operation. Such device comprises a mechanism for providing a location position relative to the magazine, and an elongated tube, adapted to contain a plurality of shells in end to end relation. The tube includes an opening defined in one end thereof through which such shells are inserted into and removed from said tube. At least one projection is provided in the tube for releaseably retaining such shells within said tube. Additionally, an external means is provided for engaging the location mechanism so as to accurately register the open end of the tube at the location position, and a plunger located within the tube rapidly expells such shells from the tube past the projection into the magazine when the tube is registered in its location position relative to the magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1989
    Assignee: Armstec, Inc.
    Inventor: John M. Kearney
  • Patent number: 4854490
    Abstract: An ammunition carrier particuarly suited for storing cartridges and dispensing a selected quantity of the same into a tubular magazine, such as associated with .22-caliber rifles. The carrier includes an elongated flexible tube, such as transparent plastic, with a funnel at one end and a plug at the opposite end. Spring wire escapements are provided at spaced axial locations on the tube, each having a radial inwardly extending arm adapted to engage a cartridge for preventing cartridges from sliding out of the funnel until appropriately positioned. The escapements are separated axially an amount corresponding to the number of cartridges to be loaded in the rifle magazine. A hook and eyelet are provided to enable the tube to be formed into a loop and carried over a person's shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Inventor: William J. Bieber
  • Patent number: 4829693
    Abstract: A first embodiment of an ammunition clip reloading device comprises an L-shaped member attachable to the pin associated with the spring of a conventional clip. An outwardly extending portion of the member is designed to receive the thumb of a user so as to depress the clip spring to thus make the loading of ammunition substantially easier. A second embodiment of the invention comprises a thumb manipulated slide member positionable over a conventional ammunition clip. An adjustable guide extends above the body portion of the member and is operable to push a bullet into the clip in response to a downward pressure by the user's thumb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1989
    Inventor: Douglas Holmes
  • Patent number: 4827651
    Abstract: A box shaped slide for positioning about a bullet magazine with the slide having at least one appendage for finger actuation. An arm depends into the magazine upper end for downward displacement of an uppermost bullet to enable effortless insertion of a following bullet. A modified bullet loading aid utilizes finger pressure to depress a button on the magazine which in turn compresses a magazine follower and slide to permit bullet insertion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1989
    Inventor: Carroll E. Conkey
  • Patent number: 4756110
    Abstract: A shotgun speed loader for storing shotgun shells or cartridges and depositing same into a magazine in a shotgun. Improved efficiency and speed of loading shotgun shells is achieved by the loader which comprises a flexible tube wall with an elongated slot therein and which snugly holds the shells but which permits rapid discharge thereof upon movement of a plunger traveling within the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1988
    Inventor: James M. Beltron
  • Patent number: 4739572
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for orienting and loading a plurality of unoriented rim-fire cartridges into a magazine are provided. An orienter apparatus employs gravity to orient rim-fire cartridges by hanging a plurality of cartridges from a number of parallel rails. The orienter is repositioned to a second or vertical configuration so that gravity can be used to feed the columns of oriented cartridges through a chute. The orienter operatively engages with a loader which employs a camming mechanism to move cartridges one at a time into a magazine. The cartridges are placed in a first angular relationship with respect to the magazine opening and are moved through the opening while changing the angular relationship of the cartridge with the magazine opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1988
    Assignee: Ram-Line, Inc.
    Inventor: Ernest Brandenburg
  • Patent number: 4736667
    Abstract: A speed-loading device comprising a container having an interior chamber and a discharge opening leading from the chamber to the exterior of the container. The container has a storage section in the chamber for storing cartridges in side-by-side relationship and an orienting section in the chamber between the opening and the storage section. The container can be oriented so that the cartridges in the chamber can fall by gravity from the storage section through the orienting section and out through the discharge opening. A removable blocking member blocks the flow of cartridges out through the discharge opening. The orienting section rotates the cartridges as they fall through the orienting section toward the discharge opening so that the cartridges fall end first through the discharge opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1988
    Inventors: Rudolph J. Kochevar, Donald M. Kelly
  • Patent number: 4720931
    Abstract: A charger for loading cartridges into a shotgun tubular magazine comprises:a housing that houses a column of cartridges;a keeper for releasably keeping the housed cartridges in the housing;a bias spring under an elevatable floor on which the housed cartridges can ride out;and an ejector 31 for ejecting from the housing successive cartridges into the housing.The ejecting cartridges thereby become oriented relative to the magazine. The charger can be adapted to be manually mounted or fixedly mounted to the shotgun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1988
    Inventor: Hans S. Jensen
  • Patent number: 4719715
    Abstract: A magazine charger having a body with a spring and an open end for receiving a magazine to be charged with cartridges. The body has a closed end with a passage having outwardly flared walls. A plunger is in the passage. The plunger is adapted to move cartridges against the magazine spring. The charger also has a plunger spring which biases the plunger away from the open end of the charger. The plunger is operable to sequentially depress the uppermost cartridge, facilitating feeding of the cartridges to a magazine having two parallel rows of cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1988
    Inventor: William J. Howard
  • Patent number: 4707941
    Abstract: A quick load magazine and loading process are described by which bulk cartridges can be transferred from a cartridge box to a magazine and from the cartridge magazine to the firing mechanism of a firearm in a quick and efficient manner. The magazine includes mechanisms facilitating a loading process by which the cartridge box is successively opened and cartridges are dropped gravitationally into the magazine as the box is opened. Guide mechanisms receive the cartridges within the magazine and align the cartridges into successive substantially parallel columns. Spring mechanisms bias the columns toward a magazine interface that is received by the magazine well of the associated firearm. Springs urge the columns upwardly such that one column of cartridges is fed through the interface to the firing mechanism of the weapon until depleted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1987
    Inventor: Peter M. Eastman