Gun Aiming Patents (Class 434/19)
  • Patent number: 10663259
    Abstract: A firearm training system includes a firearm, a sensor, a data processor, and a display. The sensor measures and records the motion of the firearm before, during, and after the firearm is shot. In some embodiments, the sensor is located on the firearm. The sensor communicates with the data processor. In some instances this communication is conducted wirelessly. Data regarding the movement of the firearm is analyzed via the data processor and trends are determined. These trends are then correlated with shooting technique deficiencies which can be communicated to a user via the display. In some embodiments, the data processor and display are a single computing device, such as a tablet, smartphone, or laptop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: ROLERA LLC
    Inventor: Austin Allgaier
  • Patent number: 10648781
    Abstract: A system for scoring shooting sports includes an adapter that attaches an optical device to a mobile computer programmed to support scoring, analysis, and coaching. The mobile computer includes an image detector to sample images of a target, the images including pre-launch image data sampled before a projectile is launched at the target and post-launch image data sampled after the projectile is launched at the target. The system includes an accelerometer to detect projectile launches and thus distinguish pre-launch and post-launch image data. The mobile computer compares the pre-launch image data and the post-launch image data to locate a point of impact of the projectile on the target. A user interface on the mobile computer indicates the point of impact to the shooter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Arthur J. Behiel
  • Patent number: 10473431
    Abstract: When a shooter aims down the slide of semi auto handgun needs to align the front sight between the two posts of the rear sight. This is the hardest thing for an instructor to correct not being able to see what the student is looking at. This aid will provide a reference point for the shooter to keep the front sight below, this helps promote proper sight acquisition. This is a plastic hood that slides over top of the rear sight and over the slide. The shooter is able to shoot with this aid on the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: YNOT Distributing, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony Biddle
  • Patent number: 9715834
    Abstract: Computer-based systems provide a wireless, high fidelity, real-time video and audio immersive environment for multiple users. A user may be equipped with a head mounted display device which wirelessly receives real-time video signals transmitted by a radio transceiver linked to a computer that generates the real-time video images. Aspects include body, arm and leg motion and orientation sensors in wireless communication with a radio transceiver linked with a computer. Video images may be generated using a portable array of user dedicated computers controlled by a single computer that is controlled by an operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Jones, Fitz McKinzie
  • Patent number: 9557405
    Abstract: Disclosed is an example for determining a projectile trajectory with at least two sensors. In one example, the projectile trajectory is estimated using a first sensor having a first angular range. Further, the projectile trajector is estimated using a second sensor having a second angular range. The first sensor and the second sensor are disposed on a platform at different spatial locations. Furthermore, a discrepancy in the projectile trajectory is determined when the projectile moves from the first angular range to the second angular range. The discrepancy is created due to the different spatial locations of the first sensor and the second sensor. An actual projectile trajectory is determined by compensating for the discrepancy in the projectile trajectory using the estimated discrepancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan R. Takahashi, Brian A. Harris
  • Patent number: 9146069
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: HAPTECH, INC.
    Inventors: Kyle Monti, Daryl Marse
  • Publication number: 20150140518
    Abstract: Disclosed is a portable target training device that offers a versatile means of conducting target training, which may be adapted for use on varying terrain, outdoors, indoors, in scenario training, and in conjunction with accessories that affect both the exterior and interior conditions of the training device. The present invention houses a plurality of targets and/or obstacles that may be positioned in a manner that suits users' requirements. Users may adapt the training device and its interior targets for use in and on a wide variety of terrain, outdoors, indoors, in various scenarios, and with accessories that artificially simulate various environmental conditions. Various types of training may be performed within the training device, including, but not limited to, Percussion, traditional or nontraditional weapons, non-live round firearms training, martial arts training, melee weapon training, and mock firearm training.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: TERESA ANN HORNING
  • Patent number: 9033711
    Abstract: A device configured to track and capture the movement data of a target as well as shooting and firearm movement activity of a hunter includes a housing, a camera, sensors, a processor, a memory, and a battery. The camera is disposed in close proximity to the housing to capture the movement of a target. One or more sensors are disposed in the housing and interfaced with the processor to capture the velocity and orientation of a gun. A trigger activation sensor is also in communication with the processor. The memory stores camera activity, trigger activity, sensor activities, and also stores an alarm setting on the device. The processor activates the alarm setting when predefined criteria are met. Radar can be incorporated to determine the distance of the target from the user. GPS can also be included to provide precise location and time information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Kenneth W Guenther, Scott MacIntosh, Erik Bodegom
  • Patent number: 9033710
    Abstract: A target device is usable with a simulation system which includes a weapon simulator having a trigger, a chamber for firing a blank cartridge in response to the trigger, and a transmitter arranged to emit a light signal defining one or more activation codes of prescribed duration in response to the trigger. The target device includes a sensor array of photodiodes and a processor receiving output signals from the photodiodes. The processor determines that the sensor array has been hit by the weapon simulator in response to a first portion of one activation code being received by one of the photodiodes and at least one second portion of the same activation code being received by the same or a different one of the photodiodes when the first portion and the at least one second portion correspond to an entirety of one activation code within the respective prescribed duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Stress Vest Inc
    Inventors: Jeffrey James Quail, Rory Bochinski, Alex McIlraith, Luke Draper, Fred Swensen
  • Patent number: 9022785
    Abstract: A shooting range management system that includes at least one shot detection transducer configured to detect the exit of a shot fired from a ballistic weapon and at least one impact detector configured to detect the impact of the shot on a target. The system further comprises a receiver connected to the at least one shot detection transducer and the at least one impact detector, the receiver including a timer configured to time the firing of at least one shot and to time the impact of the at least one shot and produce a data record thereof, and a display connected to the receiver, the display configured to display the data record of the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Ehud Dribben
  • 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: 8979537
    Abstract: A training/safety plug for use in firearms is provided. In one implementation, the plug comprises a chamber end and a shaft extending away from the chamber end. The chamber end is adapted to fit within a chamber of a designated firearm, the chamber end has a cross-sectional dimension sufficient to prevent the chamber end from extending into a barrel of the designated firearm and further comprises a strike surface for receiving an impact of a firing pin and a proximal end dimension such that the chamber end is not engaged by an ejector mechanism of the firearm. The shaft comprises a barrel end coupled to and extending distally from the generally cylindrical chamber end. The training/safety plug renders the designated firearm inert. Methods of training a student to target a firearm or other targeting device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Richard Scott Stone
  • Publication number: 20150064655
    Abstract: A system and method uses three-dimensional, visual feedback for simulated weapons fire during training of a soldier in a combat exercise. In the system, the soldier is provided with a weapon equipped with a laser transmitter that simulates the firing of actual rounds. Further, sensors are positioned on a human target. Also, discharge members are located on the human target. When a signal is received by a sensor, selected discharge members are activated to immediately expel a plume of dust. As a result, the plume of expelled dust provides three-dimensional, visual feedback to the soldier in real-time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Stuart C. Segall
  • Patent number: 8961181
    Abstract: Methods and systems for improving the accuracy of hitting a target are described. An apparatus includes a LIDAR unit, a storage device, an aim adjustment controller and an adjustment interface. The LIDAR unit is configured to measure at least one of wind profiles along a path between a shooting device and the target, and a range to the target. The storage device is configured to store ballistic information for at least one of ammunition types, shooting devices, and environmental conditions. The aim adjustment controller is configured to analyze at least one of the wind profile, the range to the target, and the ballistic information to determine a set of aiming parameters and the adjustment interface is configured to provide aiming instructions based on the set of aiming parameters, wherein the aiming instructions substantially improve the accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Optical Air Data Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Elizabeth A. Dakin, Priyavadan Mamidipudi, Philip L. Rogers, Daniel C. Dakin
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8920172
    Abstract: A participant in a motion capture environment, such as a motion capture simulation, can utilize or interact with physical objects disposed in the environment, for example weapons, sporting goods, and wands. Markers attached to the physical objects can track movement of the objects in the motion capture environment as well as changes in operational state associated with participant interaction or usage. Markers on an object can be passive, active, or a combination of active and passive. A change in separation between two passive or active markers on a mechanized physical object can indicate that a participant has engaged a mechanism of the object, for example firing a semiautomatic weapon. One or more active markers can emit a pattern of light that is modulated spatially or temporally to report operational state of an object, such as when a participant has fired the weapon or turned a weapon safety off or on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Motion Reality, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronnie Johannes Hendrikus Wilmink, Nels Howard Madsen, Thomas Michael McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 8915737
    Abstract: A system and method uses three-dimensional, visual feedback for simulated weapons fire during training of a soldier in a combat exercise. In the system, the soldier is provided with a weapon equipped with a laser transmitter that simulates the firing of actual rounds. Further, sensors are positioned on a human target. Also, discharge members are located on the human target. When a signal is received by a sensor, selected discharge members are activated to immediately expel a plume of dust. As a result, the plume of expelled dust provides three-dimensional, visual feedback to the soldier in real-time. Additionally, the system contemplates providing three-dimensional, visual feedback from background surfaces and vehicles in the combat environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Stuart Charles Segall
  • 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: 20140356817
    Abstract: Systems and methods of arranging a firearms training scenario utilising at least one robotic mobile target in a training area are disclosed, the method including the steps of: sending commands to at least one robotic target in a training area to cause the target to operate in the training area; recording operations data representative of the operations carried out by the at least one robotic target; and subsequently conducting a training scenario in the training area wherein the at least one robotic target bases its actions at least partially on the previously recorded operations data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Alex Brooks, Tobias Kaupp, Alexei Makarenko
  • Patent number: 8894412
    Abstract: A firearm simulation system for enhanced firearms training comprises at least one weapon with a mechanically activated laser. The system includes a normally closed laser activation circuit used in conjunction with a recoil kit. The normally closed laser activation circuit comprises a conductive seal, a ball bearing, and a recoil spring. The recoil spring presses or urges the ball bearing into contact with the conductive seal. The function of the laser activation circuit is mechanically triggered and the laser activation circuit is electrically connected to a light source (e.g., a laser light) and configured to activate the light source, simulating a projectile being fired from a weapon. When the trigger of the simulated weapon is pulled, a striker pin dislodges the ball bearing, moving it out of its original position is contact with the conductive seal. The displacement of the ball bearing by the striker pin, away from the conductive seal, creates an open circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Virtra Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Roger D. Malin, Ian F. Webb, Matthew D. Burlend, Christopher M. Savarese
  • Patent number: 8888491
    Abstract: A shooting simulation system and method. The system includes a firearm associated with a user having a user computer and an optical system for capturing an image. The image provides information on a trajectory of a virtual bullet fired from the firearm. The optical system is aligned relative to a known sight of the firearm and the optical system captures the image when shooting the firearm. An image recognition system determines a location where a virtual bullet from the shooting firearm would impact within the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: OPTO Ballistics
    Inventor: George Carter
  • 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: 20140335478
    Abstract: A system and method for marksmanship training comprises a screen, a computer having a processor and a memory connected to the processor and adjacent the screen, a set of modified video images stored in the memory, a set of projectors for projecting the set of modified video images onto the screen, connected to the computer and adjacent the screen, the set of modified video images including a moving clay target image and a phantom clay target image adjacent the moving clay target image at a lead distance from the moving clay target image, a camera connected to the computer and adjacent the screen, a weapon adjacent the screen, and a laser operatively mounted in the weapon. The phantom clay target image has a contrast level range from a fully opaque image to a fully transparent image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: James L. Northrup, Robert P. Northrup, Peter F. Blakeley
  • Publication number: 20140335479
    Abstract: A system and method for marksmanship training comprises a screen, a computer having a processor and a memory connected to the processor and adjacent the screen, a set of modified video images stored in the memory, a set of projectors for projecting the set of modified video images onto the screen, connected to the computer and adjacent the screen, the set of modified video images including a moving clay target image and a phantom clay target image adjacent the moving clay target image at a lead distance from the moving clay target image, a camera connected to the computer and adjacent the screen, a weapon adjacent the screen, and a laser operatively mounted in the weapon. The phantom clay target image has a contrast level range from a fully opaque image to a fully transparent image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: SHOOTING SIMULATOR, LLC
    Inventors: James L. Northrup, Robert P. Northrup, Peter F. Blakeley
  • 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: 20140272807
    Abstract: A device configured to track and capture the movement data of a target as well as shooting and firearm movement activity of a hunter includes a housing, a camera, sensors, a processor, a memory, and a battery. The camera is disposed in close proximity to the housing to capture the movement of a target. One or more sensors are disposed in the housing and interfaced with the processor to capture the velocity and orientation of a gun. A trigger activation sensor is also in communication with the processor. The memory stores camera activity, trigger activity, sensor activities, and also stores an alarm setting on the device. The processor activates the alarm setting when predefined criteria are met. Radar can be incorporated to determine the distance of the target from the user. GPS can also be included to provide precise location and time information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Guenther, Scott MacIntosh, Erik Bodegom
  • 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.
  • 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: 8794967
    Abstract: The present invention provides a firearm training system for actual and virtual moving targets comprising a firearm, a trigger-initiated image-capturing device mounted on a firearm, a processor, and a display. The system allows a user to visualize the accuracy of a shot taken when the trigger was pulled or the gun fired by showing the predicted position of the firearm's projectile in relation to the moving targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Willis Hubbard Sargent
  • Patent number: 8794968
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for making more accurate range and marksmanship determinations in laser-based military engagements. These methods and systems allow a shooter and a target in a laser engagement system to be paired with one another in a substantially unambiguous manner. Such pairing allows the lasers to be used at full power and is particularly well suited for clustered environments in which multiple combatants may be in close proximity to one another. The methods and systems are also particularly well suited for testing new or experimental weapon systems by virtue of the more accurate range and marksmanship estimates provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Allister McNeish, Keith A. Kunz
  • 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: 20140178841
    Abstract: A shooting simulation system and method. The system includes a firearm associated with a user having a user computer and an optical system for capturing an image. The image provides information on a trajectory of a virtual bullet fired from the firearm. The optical system is aligned relative to a known sight of the firearm and the optical system captures the image when shooting the firearm. An image recognition system determines a location where a virtual bullet from the shooting firearm would impact within the captured image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: George Carter
  • Publication number: 20140154647
    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: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Troy Nolen
  • Patent number: 8734156
    Abstract: A multi-function dry fire training device to be inserted into the chamber of a firearm, which comprises an illuminator for emitting, upon receiving a command from a controller, a beam of visible or invisible illumination from the barrel of the firearm, the beam being parallel to its central axis; a controller for controlling the functionality of the device including illumination of the illuminator, in response to activation of the firearm trigger; an actuator, being electrically connected to the controller, for activating the controller whenever being struck by the firearm striker and a power source for providing DC power to the controller and illuminator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Oren Louis Uhr
  • Patent number: 8706440
    Abstract: An apparatus for registering time and location of a weapon firing of a weapon. The apparatus includes a microcontroller, a pressure sensor located in proximately is provided to the weapon and adapted to determine pressure data based on air pressure in proximity to the weapon and provide the pressure data to a microcontroller, an accelerometer located in proximity to the weapon and adapted to determine acceleration data based on movement of the weapon and provide the acceleration data to the microcontroller; a time device adapted to keep time and provide the time to the microcontroller; a location sensor located in proximity to the weapon and adapted to determine a location of the weapon and provide the location of the weapon to the microcontroller; and a memory coupled to the microcontroller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: AAI Corporation
    Inventors: Niall B. McNelis, Chris Bevard, Ryan Cardone
  • Patent number: 8684738
    Abstract: The present invention is a firearm sight training tool, and, more specifically, relates to a method and tool for training a shooter to properly align a firearm's sights relative to a target, which through its implementation and use may provide for a more efficient and low cost means of training a firearm user to properly align a firearm's sights relative to the firearm user's target of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Christian Patrick Wade
  • Patent number: 8678824
    Abstract: A shooting simulation system and method. The system a firearm held by a user. In addition, the user has a user computer and an optical system associated with the firearm for capturing an image. The image provides information on a trajectory of a simulated bullet fired from a shooting firearm. The optical system is aligned relative to a known sight of the shooting firearm. The optical system captures the image when a trigger of the shooting firearm is pulled. The system also includes an image recognition system for determining if the captured image is a legitimate target. The user computer determines if the captured image is a hit or a miss of the target using only information obtained from the optical system and image recognition system for determining if the captured image is a hit or a miss of a target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Opto Ballistics, LLC
    Inventor: George Carter
  • Publication number: 20140038136
    Abstract: Various systems, devices, processes, and techniques may be used for marksmanship training In particular implementations, motion data for a firearm may be acquired during live operation by a firearm operator using a sensor assembly coupled to a firearm. The motion data may be analyzed to detect a firing event, and the firing event may be used to pretrigger recording of the motion data. In certain implementations, the recorded motion data may be analyzed to determine inappropriate firing control actions, if any, and to provide corrective actions to a firearm operator about inappropriate firing control actions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: Zachary Hamilton, Susana A. Martinez, Ahmed Alshehri, William Tirado
  • Patent number: 8616882
    Abstract: A method including measuring a physical quantity having a magnitude that changes in time as a result of a fire shot event so as to obtain a measurement signal, and comparing the measurement signal with a predetermined time-domain fingerprint for said quantity, which fingerprint is characteristic of the way the quantity varies in time upon a fire shot event, in order to confirm the occurrence of a fire shot event in case the measurement signal and the fingerprint match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: SAAB AB
    Inventors: Michel Chedid, Mats Forselius, Stefan Dahlqvist, Anders Isaksson, Ingemar Emricson
  • Publication number: 20130344461
    Abstract: A universal marksmanship training system is disclosed herein configured to utilize a display device comprising a graphic display. A software application may also be provided. The software application is often configured to display a virtual target on the graphic display. A chamber insert may be utilized, the chamber insert configured to be positioned with the firing chamber of a firearm to be zeroed, wherein the chamber insert interacts with the software application to determine alignment of a bore of the firearm to a bore alignment point on the graphic display. In one form, the display device displays a sight target on the graphic display wherein the sight target is visually perceived by a marksman, and is offset from the bore alignment point by a offset distance. In one form, the software application calculates the sight target relative to the bore alignment point of the firearm given a set of condition variables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Selso Tello
  • Publication number: 20130337416
    Abstract: A video camera and recording device integrated with a real or toy weapon to provide video recording of the assault and aiming process of the weapon holder in operational training, actual combat, hunting, sports and gaming scenarios. A video camera is boresighted with the weapon, and a video memory stores the recorded dynamic scenario, and a trigger sensor which continually senses and records the triggering actions imposed by the weapon holder. The trigger sensor is attached to the actual trigger of the weapon thus enabling normal operation of the weapon. The video camera, may be mounted internally within the bore of the weapon, such that the external form of the weapon is not altered, thus achieving closer operation to real life situations. The recorded trigger data is utilized upon playback of the recorded video, enabling quick review and scoring of the recorded aiming process for training and gaming.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Avraham Ram GUISSIN
  • Publication number: 20130337415
    Abstract: A firearm training system, comprising a firearm and a training module mechanically coupled with the firearm that operates to train a user to accurately fire a firearm to a target. The training module includes communication circuitry and at least one of an inertial measurement unit (IMU) and an attitude and heading reference system (AHRS). The system includes a feedback unit that communicates with the training module by way of the training module communication circuitry. The feedback module is configured to receive position information from the training module and to generate feedback data and user feedback in the form of a tone or light or speech. In one embodiment, the training module generates feedback for the user. Typically, the feedback is generated to indicate movement in relation to a desired aim point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Tony Huet
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 8573975
    Abstract: A firing apparatus includes a light generating device for emitting a modulated light beam that includes information regarding the firing apparatus upon triggering in a direction toward a target. Lens optics is positioned in a path of the modulated light beam including a one dimensional lens for beam shaping the modulated light beam to provide a shaped modulated beam including a low divergence horizontal beam portion and a vertically elongated beam portion. A combat training system includes a head mounted apparatus including at least one photodetector affixed. The vertically elongated beam portion allows the light beam generated by the firing apparatus to be aimed at the torso of the target and be detected by photodetectors that are exclusively on the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Preston, Thomas H. Penner, Thomas C. Penrose, Richard D. O'Neal
  • Publication number: 20130288205
    Abstract: A method includes providing a visual representation of a targeting environment to a display of a rifle scope, where the visual representation includes a target and a reticle. The method further includes receiving a trigger pull signal at a processor coupled to the display, determining an impact location of a virtual shot in response to receiving the trigger pull signal, and dynamically adjusting the target within the visual representation in response to determining the impact location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: TRACKINGPOINT, INC.
    Inventors: John Hancock Lupher, John Francis McHale
  • Publication number: 20130273504
    Abstract: A shooting simulation system and method. The system a firearm held by a user. In addition, the user has a user computer and an optical system associated with the firearm for capturing an image. The image provides information on a trajectory of a simulated bullet fired from a shooting firearm. The optical system is aligned relative to a known sight of the shooting firearm. The optical system captures the image when a trigger of the shooting firearm is pulled. The system also includes an image recognition system for determining if the captured image is a legitimate target. The user computer determines if the captured image is a hit or a miss of the target using only information obtained from the optical system and image recognition system for determining if the captured image is a hit or a miss of a target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: George Carter
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8550817
    Abstract: A target in a physical environment can be interrogated. Feedback can be received from the target that is encoded within a radio frequency signal. The feedback can include position and movement data of the target. Adjustments can be calculated for a simulated kinetic projectile traveling to the target. The adjustments can account for target movement, kinetic projectile travel time, and travel path to the target. A distance from a point of origin of the simulated kinetic projectile to the target and movement of the target relative to the point of origin can be determined utilizing the feedback. A result signal can be conveyed that includes result data. The result data can include all information necessary for the target to react to the simulated kinetic projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Preston, Edward S. Kaprocki, Thomas H. Penner
  • Patent number: RE44786
    Abstract: Hand position monitoring systems and methods for use with firearms. The hand monitoring system monitors a hand position of a firearm user and includes a sensor assembly and a controller. The sensor assembly acquires hand position information (e.g., index or trigger finger position information) of a firearm user and electronically communicates the hand position information for review and/or analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Force Science Institute Ltd.
    Inventors: William B. Hudson, William J. Lewinski