Gunnery Patents (Class 434/16)
  • Patent number: 10788285
    Abstract: A dry-fire magazine for use with a firearm is disclosed. The dry-fire magazine includes a controller and a plurality of sensors connected to the controller. The dry-fire magazine uses the plurality of sensors for collecting data associated with one or more operations of the firearm and thereafter the data is transmitted, using a communication unit embedded within the controller, to an end-point device such as a smartphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventors: Tal Engelstein, Amir Bilu
  • Patent number: 10789729
    Abstract: A system and method for determining a projectile impact location is described. Embodiments of the projectile impact location system can include, but is not limited to, a control module, a camera with removable filter, a projector, and a light source. The projectile impact location system can be implemented to determine a location of a projectile impact and generate coordinates of the impact location for use by an animation engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventors: Gregory Otte, Todd R. Brown, Joseph J. Mason, Michael Pettigrew
  • Patent number: 10704865
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for a laser designation verification device and a method of laser designation verification using the device. The laser designation verification device includes: a lens to sense a first reflection, the first reflection coming from an encoded first laser beam reflecting off a first target; an electronic processing element to decode the sensed first reflection into a first code; and a portable electronic annunciator to provide identification of the first target to an operator of the device based on the decoded first reflection. The method includes: sensing a first reflection using the lens, the first reflection coming from an encoded first laser beam reflecting off a first target; decoding the sensed first reflection into a first code using the processing element; and providing, by the annunciator to an operator of the device, identification of the first target based on the decoded first reflection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: James H. Steenson, Jr., Derek P. Janiak
  • Patent number: 10598459
    Abstract: A device for simulation of the mechanical functions of a real weapon using electronic and mechanical solutions is described. The simulation device can be mounted on a real weapon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: GREEN AMMO AS
    Inventor: Eriksroed Ole Jakob
  • Patent number: 10593224
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle is described that is capable of interacting within a TES environment, and capable of acting as a Ground Based Air Defense (GBAD) platform to represent virtually any type of aircraft in the simulation. The aerial vehicle may include sensors for determining its own location and/or orientation, and may further carry a payload of components that can be assembled modularly to equipped the aerial vehicle with different types of functionality. Such functionality can include enabling the aerial vehicle to gather information regarding its surroundings, engage with other military entities within the TES environment, and/or enable other military entities within the TES environment to engage with it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: Martyn Armstrong, Neale Smiles, Matt Covil, Benedict Simon McNiff
  • Patent number: 10438503
    Abstract: A simulated non-lethal weapon comprises a cartridge that is fitted with an acoustic triggering mechanism. By detecting, capturing, and processing the sound of an electrical arc, the cartridge can activate a laser emitter. The laser emitter triggers a simulated laser “bullet” light and the laser light can be used to provide feedback about the shot placement for the simulated firearm in a laser-based simulation and training environment. In this fashion, more effective and efficient training with simulated non-lethal weapons can be conducted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Virtra, Inc
    Inventor: Perry Baker
  • Patent number: 10323905
    Abstract: A laser shooting training system includes a target device including a target area and a camera for photographing the target area, and an analysis device for calculating a coordinate of a laser discharged to the target area based on an image photographed by the camera, and displaying a spotted position corresponding to the laser coordinate to a user display screen. The analysis device calculates a center coordinate of a laser area included in the image, corrects the center coordinate based on a correction value relating to a size of the laser area, and calculates the laser coordinate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: REPUBLIC OF KOREA (AIR FORCE LOGISTICS COMMAND 83TH INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION MAINTENANCE DEPOT)
    Inventors: Byung Ki Kim, Ju Hyun Choi
  • Patent number: 10307671
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide an entertainment system for entertaining one or more guests as part of an interactive game carried out within an entertainment venue. Each guest is provided with a portable token that is used to identify and track the guest throughout the entertainment venue. The token includes a radiofrequency (RF) transponder that transmits a unique identifier to RF transceivers disposed throughout the entertainment venue. A host computer system communicates with each of the RF transceivers and selectively actuates various associated entertainment effects in accordance with the interactive game. The host computer also maintains and updates an overall game progress log for each guest based on the completion status of various game objectives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: MQ Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Barney, Denise Chapman Weston
  • Patent number: 10247517
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for electronically displaying individual shots from multiple shots on one physical target including at least one camera directed at a physical target that is in data communication with a computer, the computer running software that allows for capture of successive images after each shot is taken, and isolation and highlighting of each shot from all other shots on the computer's display. In some examples, systems include the ability to generate and present overlays on the target images. In some further examples, systems include multiple cameras for capturing associated information with each shot such as shooter position, wind speed, and projectile speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Nicholas Chris Skrepetos
  • Patent number: 10213679
    Abstract: An indirect fire simulation system includes a plurality of communication devices where each communication device is associated with a separate player. Each communication device includes a location services device for determining a location of the communication device which is communicated to a game server. The locations of all the communication devices are revealed to all the communication devices. Each communication device includes a directional orientation mechanism used when creating a targeting solution of a simulated indirect fire weapon. A processor is used for determining if a simulated targeting of another player by a simulated indirect fire weapon is a hit or miss based on the location indicia of a shooting communication device and the directional orientation of the shooting communication device. The targeting solution may be determined by aligning an aiming vector over the targeted communication device shown on a display of the shooting communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: George Carter
  • Patent number: 10107595
    Abstract: A weapon training system for an indirect firing weapon. The weapon training system includes a firing box including at least one processor, and a firing mechanism communicatively coupled with the firing box. Activation of the firing mechanism causes a simulated firing of the indirect firing weapon. The weapon training system also includes a round sensor communicatively coupled with the firing box. The round sensor is operable to be attached to or integrated with a round compatible with the weapon. The round is operable to be inserted into a breech of the weapon. The weapon training system further includes a breech sensor communicatively coupled with the firing box. The breech sensor is configured to detect an insertion of the round into the breech of the weapon via detection of the round sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: Martyn Armstrong, Neale Smiles, Alastair Parkinson, David Boissel
  • Patent number: 10094634
    Abstract: A dry fire trigger device for dry firing a lower receiver of a firearm having a magazine well, a trigger, and a hammer, the dry fire trigger device comprising is provided. The dry fire trigger device includes a lever housing shaped to engage the magazine well of the lower receiver and a lever movably secured to the lever housing. The lever includes a hammer contact portion shaped to contact the hammer of the lower receiver. The hammer contact portion is adjacent the hammer of the lower receiver when the device is secured in the magazine well of the firearm. In a first position the hammer contacts the hammer contact portion of the lever when the trigger is pulled and further wherein the movable lever substantially re-cocks the hammer after the hammer contacts the lever when the lever is moved to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: David Sims
  • Patent number: 9814973
    Abstract: A computer-readable storage medium storing program instructions for conducting a game on a gaming system having a wireless input device for playing an interactive motion-sensitive game using a wireless-compatible game console in which a virtual play environment is represented through one or more computer-animated visual, aural or tactile effects is provided wherein game play is conducted by moving, shaking, twisting, waving or pointing the input device in a particular manner. The input device can include motion-sensitive circuitry and/or command circuitry for generating control signals and/or an effects generator and associated control circuitry to enable the input device to selectively generate at least one visual, aural or tactile effect comprising sound, lighting or vibration. The input device can include a wireless transceiver for providing two-way wireless communication with the wireless-compatible game console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: MQ Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Barney, Denise Chapman Weston
  • Patent number: 9746271
    Abstract: A firearm training tool having a shot indicating system configured to provide a training rifle with a shot indicating laser activated by pressing a trigger rearward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventors: Michael F. Hughes, Jack Kettlestrings, Gregory Davis, Britt Lentz
  • Patent number: 9476676
    Abstract: A weapon-sight system for use with a weapon for performing wireless target acquisition of a target is disclosed. The system includes a weapon sight that is mountable onto the weapon and adapted to capture a thermal weapon-sight image of the target and transmit a wireless signal representative of the weapon-sight image. The system also includes a display system that is not physically connected to either the weapon sight or to the weapon and that is adapted to capture a thermal display-system image of the target. The display system includes a processor configured to combine the weapon-sight image and the display-system image so that a user can view at least a portion of the weapon-sight image using the display of the display system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Knight Vision LLLP
    Inventors: Kenneth Greenslade, Glen Francisco, Michael C. Amorelli
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8986010
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an airburst simulation system and method. The airburst simulation system includes a laser emitting unit to emit laser beam to an airburst aiming position, preset above a target hidden behind an obstacle, such that a warhead is airbursted to shoot the target, a laser detecting unit mounted onto the target to detect an arrival of the laser beam above the target, and a determining unit to measure a distance between the airburst aiming position and an arrival position of the laser detected by the laser detecting unit, and determine whether or not the target has been shot based on the distance. This allows for a simulated engagement using an airburst apparatus, with no harm to human bodies by virtue of the use of laser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Agency for Defense Development
    Inventors: Joon-Ho Lee, Je-Wook Chae, Eui-Jung Choe, Sung-Bae Lee, Hyun-Jun Kim
  • Publication number: 20150050622
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for the three-dimensional scenario recording of the action taking place during training exercises of firefights at close range, in which multiple, synchronized imaging systems (IS), such as video cameras, scanners or the like, are installed for monitoring the training areas, wherein software calculates from the IS recordings a photo-realistic 3D model of the scenario and records the action continuously as a 3D scenario, detects persons, weapons and other items of equipment (for example protective clothing) and further processes and reproduces them with their anatomical, ballistic, material-typical and optical features as an object module in the 3D model, detects the position and orientation of weapons and the firing thereof, calculates the line of flight of projectiles and replicates them in the 3D model, and, in the case of persons hit by projectiles, calculates the effect of the weapon on the basis of the position of the hit, possibly detected protective clothing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Rheinmetall Defence Electronics GmbH
    Inventor: Klaus Wendt
  • Patent number: 8944821
    Abstract: A simulation system including at least one virtual projectile/missile firing device associated to a determined position and having a movable director arranged to direct a virtual projectile/missile towards a target and an image capturer arranged to capture at least one image of a scene in front of the director. The simulation system includes a terrain database with the positions of landmarks marked, a processor arranged to process the image of the scene so as to identify at least one landmark of the terrain database in the image and the processor is further arranged to determine a compass bearing of the director based on at least the position of the virtual projectile/missile and the position of the identified at least one landmark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: SAAB AB
    Inventor: Adam Tengblad
  • Publication number: 20150017608
    Abstract: A live fire weapons firing range includes a training area having a target wall, a rear wall and side walls extending between the target wall and the rear wall. An internal partition is oriented within the training area, so as to divide the training area into a shooter area, an actor area, and a fire engagement area. A reflective target is positioned on the target wall and is simultaneously viewable from both the shooter area and the actor area, such that an actor/instructor in the actor area is viewable to the shooter in the shooter area via a reflected image of the actor from the reflective target. The actor and the shooter engage in fire, shooting at the reflective target, which allows the live fire ammunition to pass through the reflective target, with the ammunition being captured by absorbing material positioned behind the reflective target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Randy Wayne Martin
  • Publication number: 20150010886
    Abstract: A computer based simulation system for virtual training for vehicle crews is disclosed. The Vehicle Crew Training System (VCTS) simulates crew positions for different military ground and air vehicles. Two or more crewman modules are networked together to support a partial or full vehicle crew. The crewman modules are self-contained devices that are modular in hardware and software design, easily reconfigurable, and require minimal facility space, allowing use in restricted environments such as trailers. The VCTS is modular at the crew position level; crewman modules are added or deleted as required to meet a particular training need.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Kevin Schubert, Sean Moran, Greg Wieboldt, Donnie Klein, Mark Haack, Sharon Lay, Chris Howard, Michael Dineen, Jerry R. Hubbard, William Araki
  • Patent number: 8911235
    Abstract: The invention is a trigger pull training device for improving trigger pull technique. The device has a frame with a trigger track opening and a trigger which goes through that opening. A proximity sensor or a plurality of proximity sensors are placed proximate the trigger track opening. The sensors are connected to an indicator whereby pulling the trigger such that the trigger is within the sensing zone causes the proximity sensor to emit a signal. A plurality of sensors can be lined along the trigger track opening to indicate the accuracy of any pull.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: TriggerMaster, Inc.
    Inventor: Malcom Baxter
  • Publication number: 20140356816
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a polymer training rifle which may include a modular receiver portion, a simulated barrel nut, one or more interchangeable modular barrels, and a receiver extension tube. Selected parts and tactical accessories may be connected to the rifle training system to provide a customized training rifle. The modular receiver may include a magazine well that receives an actual magazine or an inert replica magazine. The receiver portion also may include a functional magazine catch assembly which allows a trainee to selectively secure and release a magazine from the magazine well. The one or more modular barrels, modular receiver portion, and inert replica magazine may each include a metal core to allow for detection by security screening equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Nisim Zusman
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8888490
    Abstract: A wireless target system unit for a weapon effect simulation system. A radio transmitter and receiver communicates with a control system. A laser receiver is arranged for receiving laser light from an attacking system. The wireless target system unit includes two retro-reflecting prisms arranged to retro-reflect an incident laser light from an attacking system. Each reflecting center of the retro-reflecting prisms and a sensor center of the laser receiver are mounted such that they form an isosceles triangle. The distance between the reflecting center of each retro-reflecting prism and the sensor center of the laser receiver are equal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Saab AB
    Inventor: Per Cederwall
  • Patent number: 8876533
    Abstract: An evaluation system for shooting training. The evaluation system is arranged to determine from which shooter fired ammunition detected by a target system originates. The evaluation system includes a receiver unit arranged to receive shooter messages from a plurality of weapon systems and to receive a target message from the target system. Each shooter message includes time marked firing information and first pairing information related to a weapon of the weapon system. Each target message includes time marked hit/miss information and second pairing information related to a target of the target system. The evaluation system further includes a processing unit arranged to pair the target with one associated weapon based on the target message and each respective shooter message. Also, a method for determining from where ammunition detected at a target was fired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: SAAB AB
    Inventor: Alf Axerud
  • Publication number: 20140272805
    Abstract: A system and method are that includes a frame and a weapon mount on the frame that receives a weapon mock-up. The system also includes a substantially non-rotatable sensing platform, coupled to the frame, on which a single trainee stands, where rotational pressure applied to the platform by the trainee generates a virtual orientation signal. The system also includes a head-mounted display worn by the trainee that receives a display signal representative of a virtual environment to be simulated to the trainee; and a controller in electrical communication with the sensing platform and the display, wherein the controller receives the virtual orientation signal and generates the display signal in response such that rotational pressure applied to the platform by the trainee results in rotation of the virtual environment displayed to the trainee. A method for the simulation of a single weapon system in a transportable enclosure is also presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Raydon Corporation
    Inventors: Donald KLEIN, Angelo A. MOCCIA, Dale E. WALTER, Raymond STEMMLE, III
  • Publication number: 20140272806
    Abstract: A weapon emulator comprising: a body; an electro-mechanical actuator coupled to the body; a firing indicator coupled to the electro-mechanical actuator and designed to move relative to the body when the electro-mechanical actuator is activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: JON E. HUNT
  • Patent number: 8827707
    Abstract: A Small Arms Transmitter (SAT) having two optical sources for use in a military training environment is described. The SAT includes an infrared laser as a first optical source. A visible optical source, such as a visible wavelength laser, is configured as a second optical source. The visible wavelength laser can be configured to be selectively energized during a beam alignment operation. A combiner can be configured to combine the beam from the infrared laser with the beam from the visible wavelength laser to produce a combined beam. The optical axis of the combined infrared and visible wavelength lasers can be adjusted using an optical steering module. A first optical steering module can be configured to steer the combined beam substantially along a first axis, while a second optical steering module can be configured to steer the combined beam along a second axis substantially orthogonal to the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventor: Deepak Varshneya
  • Patent number: 8827706
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing firearms training without using traditional firearms. Replicas of firearms have control systems in communication with magazines inserted into the replicas to control the number of rounds that can be fired for each magazine. The control systems can also monitor, record and communicate data relating to all use of the replica to centralized control units. Additionally, the control systems can include location sensors to monitor the location of the replicas and only authorize firing of the replicas in approved locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Practical Air Rifle Training Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Russell Hogan, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140227666
    Abstract: The extreme optical shooting simulator is used for team military games and sport competitions and as a tactical training device. It consists of a simulation ‘gun’ and a personal target. Two emitters are mounted on the simulation ‘gun’: a narrow-beam emitter (1) in which a laser or non-laser light-emitting diode is installed as a source; and a wide-beam emitter (2) having a non-laser light-emitting diode installed therein. When a signal is received from the low-divergence emitter (1), a precise hit on the personal target is simulated by means of ‘ammunition’ mounted thereon for an acoustic pyro effect with smoke (3). If a signal is received from the high-divergence emitter (2), devices (4) for the acoustic simulation of flying bullets, a light-emitting diode display and mechanical vibration are activated. The purpose of the invention is to add an extreme hit effect and the effect of bullets flying past the player to optical ‘laser tag’-type shooting simulators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Emil Stefanov Milanov, Vasil Kirilov Tinchev
  • Patent number: 8777620
    Abstract: A firearm training system provides a firearm body having a trigger and a trigger pull sensor circuit. When the trigger is pulled, the trigger pull sensor circuit provides trigger pull data allowing monitoring of the actual two-dimensional trigger pull path taken by the trigger during the trigger pull. The trigger pull path is graft on a predetermined map together with boundary lines representing a predetermined difference threshold from ideal trigger pull data. The system provides a way to monitor trigger pull path to determine whether the trigger has been pulled laterally and/or the firearm body has moved with respect to a longitudinal axis of the firearm body during the trigger pull. By repeatedly monitoring trigger pulls using the system, a user can train to improve trigger pull technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: TriggerMaster, Inc.
    Inventor: Malcom Baxter
  • Publication number: 20140193778
    Abstract: When a semi-automatic weapon is live fired, its firing pin is reset and is ready to be fired again. The shooter's hands remain in the firing position, and just the trigger finger and trigger are employed. But with dry fire practice, the shooter must remove a hand from the weapon and ratchet the slide to reset the firing pin, allowing the trigger to return to its unfired position. This must be done each time a shot is simulated. This invention provides, by incorporating a modified ammunition magazine in the weapon's magazine compartment, realistic muscle memory training by duplicating the action of the trigger, the feel and the sound of the release of the firing pin and the resetting of the trigger for additional trigger activations. It does not interact with the weapon's firing pin and does not require any alterations to the weapon such as disassembling and reassembling of parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Stanley Hahn Seigler
  • Patent number: 8770977
    Abstract: An infantry training simulation system comprising at least one firing lane, with at least one display arranged substantially near the end of the firing lane. A trainee experiencing the simulation can carry at least one physical or virtual weapon, which is typically similar to a traditional infantry weapon. To facilitate navigation and other interaction with the simulation, the weapon is preferably outfitted with at least one controller. At least one computer is communicatively coupled to the display and the weapon. The computer can monitor input from the at least one controller, and modifies the training simulation displayed on the display based on the input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Dynamic Animation Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Slayton, Charles W. Lutz, Jr., Delbert Cope, Dale E. Newcomb, Jr., Robert J. Kobes, Robert E. Young, Eric A. Preisz, Christopher M. Ledwith, Syrus Mesdaghi, Carl Douglas Walker
  • Patent number: 8770978
    Abstract: A system for electronic simulation of live ammunition when firing a small arms, comprising: a magazine to be inserted in a magazine funnel of the arms simulating a live ammunition magazine; a trigger module to be mounted on the arms, the trigger module comprising a trigger actuator for mounting on a trigger of the arms and a safety catch actuator for mounting on a safety catch on the arms; and a sound producing device for simulation of shots. The invention replaces ordinary blank ammunition in the magazine with an electronic solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Nimtec AS
    Inventor: Steffen Botten
  • Publication number: 20140186801
    Abstract: An infantry training simulation system comprising at least one firing lane, with at least one display arranged substantially near the end of the firing lane. A trainee experiencing the simulation can carry at least one physical or virtual weapon, which is typically similar to a traditional infantry weapon. To facilitate navigation and other interaction with the simulation, the weapon is preferably outfitted with at least one controller. At least one computer is communicatively coupled to the display and the weapon. The computer can monitor input from the at least one controller, and modifies the training simulation displayed on the display based on the input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: DYNAMIC ANIMATION SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: David A. Slayton, Dale E. Newcomb, JR., Eric A. Preisz, Carl Douglas Walker, Charles W. Lutz, JR., Robert J. Kobes, Christopher M. Ledwith, Delbert Cope, Robert E. Young, Syrus Mesdaghi
  • Patent number: 8764446
    Abstract: A non-firing housing imitates a functioning receiver for an M249 machine gun. The non-firing housing includes one or more of a number of alterations as compared to a functioning M249 receiver. Such alterations include: providing a non-firing barrel support with substantial dimensional differences as compared to a standard M249 barrel support; providing a non-firing barrel support with additional structural features that prevent any bolt head (and particularly a standard M249 bolt head) from entering the battery position; providing right or left non-firing bolt rails with dimensional or structural or positional alterations as compared to standard right and left bolt rails for a standard M249; providing the non-firing housing with the absence of an ejection port; providing a non-firing right bolt rail with the absence of a hinge bore; and providing a non-firing left bolt rail with the absence of an ejector pin bore and back stop material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventors: Robert I. Landies, Daniel L. Albright, Joshua G. Hershberger, Brian E. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140106311
    Abstract: The present invention contemplates a system for improving shooting skill that includes a computer having an executable software program, a camera in electrical communication with a power source and being in data communication with the computer, a laser mounted to the camera, a tripod supporting the camera, a physical target arranged at a predetermined and selectable distance from the camera, a router for providing data communication means between the camera and the computer, a first antenna in data communication with the computer by means of the router, and a light source coupled to the camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Nicholas Chris Skrepetos
  • Patent number: 8684737
    Abstract: A firearm trigger trainer, for aiding a trainee in developing a smooth trigger control, has a handle, sized and weighted to represent the actual weight and feel of the real firearm, but without a gun barrel, thus providing a non-threatening, non-fear inducing appearance of the firearm trigger trainer. The trigger member is coupled to a single biasing spring for biasing the trigger member for simulating triggering forces used in firing a real firearm; and the method instructs the trainee to smoothly actuate the trigger member over and over to produce smooth, even pressure to the trigger, thus enhancing accuracy of shots using real firearms. Two or more removable biasing springs having different stiffness are provided for substituting one spring for another to correspond to a particular firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Derrick A Jordan
  • Patent number: 8668496
    Abstract: A training system is provided. The training system may have a handheld computing device configured to receive a data input from an input device. The input device may be a sensor capable of measuring a condition relating to the training. An analysis module in electronic communication with the handheld computing device is configured to interpret the data input from the input device and configured provide a feedback output related to the execution of the goals of the training system. Based on this feedback, a trainee or trainer may adjust the training program to enhance the trained skills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Troy Nolen
  • Patent number: 8613619
    Abstract: A gun-resembling apparatus having a gunstock and a barrel, a sight aligned with the barrel, a trigger mounted along the gunstock, and image capturing features for capturing targeted images via operating the trigger and safety features incorporated with the image capturing features to teach the student proper gun-handling procedures. The device includes a camera to capture image(s) in a sight line of the barrel. The image(s) are displayed on a display screen for viewing and editing. The device also incorporates a safety switch having a safe and fire position, the camera being prohibited from operating in the safe position and being allowed to operate in the fire position. An alert signal may sound through a speaker if the trigger is not operated after a predetermined time of the safety switch being in the fire position. An image storage device may also be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Inventors: Bryan S. Couet, Keri L. Couet
  • Patent number: 8597025
    Abstract: A celestial weapons orientation measuring system. The system includes a miniature celestial direction detection device. The device includes an inclinometer, a camera for imaging at least one celestial object and a processor programmed with a celestial catalog providing known positions at specific times of at least one celestial object and algorithms for automatically calculating target direction information based on the inclination of the system as measured by the inclinometer and the known positions of the celestial object as provided by the celestial catalog and as imaged by the camera. Similar to the training technique discussed in the background section, the pretend enemy wears a GPS detector and transmitter, and a computer system is preferably provided which determines when a trigger-pull results in a “casualty”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Trex Enterprises Corp.
    Inventors: Mikhail Belenkii, Donald Bruns, Timothy Brinkley
  • Publication number: 20130316309
    Abstract: A system and method advance human performance in sighting, tracking, recognizing, and reacting to (collectively “engaging”) moving and stationary objects, for example, advancing skill in engaging targets with a firearm. System components include software and hardware that provide target and non-target image stimuli that can be manually or automatically generated as stationary or moving stimuli on a grid pattern. The system includes a database including a plurality of training scenarios, each training scenario including a sequence of stimuli, the sequence of stimuli including targets for the trainee to engage; a display for the presentation of the sequence of stimuli; and a data processor generating the presentation of the sequence of stimuli on the display, providing an operator interface, and providing performance reporting. The sequence of stimuli can include a range of difficulty of engagement, for example, an increasing period, a plateau period, and a final period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Conflict Kinetics LLC
    Inventor: Brian Stanley
  • Publication number: 20130316308
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for firearm training simulator which simulates realistic recoil of conventional firearms. The method and apparatus incorporates a linear motor and controllable mass for generating recoil. One embodiment includes an adjusting system for adjusting the amount of recoil provided. Also provided are means for simulating semi-automatic and/or full automatic operation of firearms. One embodiment can include a laser emitter which simulates the path for a bullet fired from a firearm that the method and apparatus is simulating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: DEKKA TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Monti, Daryl Marse
  • Publication number: 20130295527
    Abstract: A caliber specific drill cartridge and an adaptor assembly for transforming the caliber specific drill cartridge for use in a first firearm chamber into a caliber specific drill cartridge assembly for use in a second firearm chamber. The adaptor assembly may include a drill cartridge having a first central axis, a rear casing, and a front casing with a first maximum outer dimension perpendicular to the first central axis. The front casing may be connected to the rear casing such that the front and rear casings cooperate to form a housing, which may be configured and dimensioned for chambering in a first firearm chamber. The adaptor assembly further may include a cartridge specific adaptor with a second central axis. The drill cartridge and the cartridge specific adaptor may be combined such that the adaptor assembly is configured and dimensioned for chambering in a second firearm chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Oren Uhr
  • Publication number: 20130288204
    Abstract: An insert is placed in the trigger guard between the front portion of the trigger guard and the trigger to reduce the size of the opening designed to accommodate the trigger finger and permit only a portion of the finger to be inserted for engaging the trigger, typically the outer tip area between the tip and the first joint of the finger. The training tool guides the trigger finger into the right position, establishing proper alignment of the finger to the trigger and increasing the probability that the probability that the trigger will be properly squeezed by promoting proper placement of the trigger finger each time the trigger is engaged. After repeated use with the trigger guard, the placement of the finger will become automatic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: James Taylor
  • Patent number: 8568143
    Abstract: A training barrel having a central axis for housing a light emitting insert which includes an elongate member having a first end, a second end, and a first internal surface. The first internal surface extends from the first end to the second end. The internal surface includes a first segment which defines a first volume having a first cross sectional area perpendicular to the central axis, a second segment adjacent the first segment which defines a second volume having a second cross sectional area perpendicular to the central axis, and a third segment proximate the second segment which defines a third volume having a third cross sectional area perpendicular to the central axis, the third cross sectional area being greater than the second cross sectional area. The third segment may be configured and dimensioned to receive a light emitting insert and the first segment may be configured and dimensioned to receive a blank cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Oren Louis Uhr
  • Publication number: 20130280677
    Abstract: The invention relates to a training weapon system (1) intended for a recoilless antitank rifle (2), the training weapon system (1) comprising a sub-calibre barrel (3) for firing sub-calibre practice projectiles (4) provided with base plates (5), the sub-calibre barrel (3) being arranged in a shell-like body (6) in the barrel (7) of the recoilless antitank rifle (2), the front part of the sub-calibre barrel (3) being fitted in a guide part (8) for centring the barrel (3), and a rear part of the barrel (3) being fitted in a breech (9), comprising a firing channel (10) and a nozzle screw thread (11) for fitting a nozzle screw (12), which is arranged in the rear part of the shell-like body (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: SAAB AB
    Inventor: Johnny Liljeholm
  • Patent number: 8556628
    Abstract: The invention is a trigger pull training device for improving trigger pull technique. The device has a frame with a trigger track opening and a trigger which goes through that opening. A proximity sensor or a plurality of proximity sensors are placed proximate the trigger track opening. The sensors are connected to an indicator whereby pulling the trigger such that the trigger is within the sensing zone causes the proximity sensor to emit a signal. A plurality of sensors can be lined along the trigger track opening to indicate the accuracy of any pull.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Malcom E. Baxter
  • Publication number: 20130260342
    Abstract: The system and method to advance human performance in sighting, tracking, recognizing, and reacting to (collectively “engaging”) moving and stationary stimuli, for example, advancing skill in engaging targets with a firearm. System components include software and hardware that provide target and non-target image stimuli that can be manually or automatically generated as stationary or moving stimuli in a blank, gridded, or a rendered scene environment. The methods including an initial phase providing increasing stimuli rigor, for example, movement speeds and/or reducing the interval between or the time for which stimuli are displayed, a plateau level of stimuli rigor which is above that which any trainee can properly engage the stimuli, and then a reduced stimuli rigor level, for example, the movement speeds and/or increase the interval time to levels at which the trainee properly engages the stimuli.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: CONFLICT KINETICS LLC
    Inventor: Brian Stanley