Implements, Including Resizing, Reconditioning Patents (Class 86/40)
  • Patent number: 9237900
    Abstract: An apparatus for operating on tissue includes an end effector having a first jaw and a second jaw that pivots relative to the first jaw from a closed position to an open position. The second jaw includes a first portion and a second portion that pivots relative to the first portion. The second portion is positioned adjacent to the first portion of the second jaw when the second jaw is in the closed position. The first and second portions of the second jaw pivot outwardly as the second jaw is pivoted from the closed position to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad P. Boudreaux, Aaron C. Voegele
  • Patent number: 9179986
    Abstract: A single pair of pliers for bending orthodontic arch wires in all quadrants of a patient's mouth. Includes first and second actuating members, each including a handle portion for grasping in the hand, and a head portion that projects at an angle. The actuating members are pivotally joined so that the head portions can be moved toward and away from each other into respective closed and open positions. A first occlusal jaw on head portion of the first actuating member has an internally angled channel profile and a second occlusal jaw on the head portion of the second actuating member also has an internally angled channel profile facing the other internal channel. A gingival jaw member having upper and lower externally angled corners is adapted to mate with the internally angled profiles of the upper and lower occlusal jaws, respectively, when the head portions are in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Suhail A. Khouri
  • Publication number: 20130263723
    Abstract: A hand operated press for reloading metal rifle cartridges including indicating means for providing for an operator of the press discrete indications of the different forces that can be manually applied through the drive mechanism during use of the press to crimp the second end of a cartridge against a bullet in the cartridge to allow the operator to use one of those indications to manually apply the same force to form essentially the same degree of crimp of the second ends of identical cartridges against identical bullets in the cartridges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: Scott A. Duneman
  • Publication number: 20120204706
    Abstract: A hand operated press for reloading metal rifle cartridges including indicating means for providing for an operator of the press discrete indications of the different forces that can be manually applied through the drive mechanism during use of the press to crimp the second end of a cartridge against a bullet in the cartridge to allow the operator to use one of those indications to manually apply the same force to form essentially the same degree of crimp of the second ends of identical cartridges against identical bullets in the cartridges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: Scott A. Duneman
  • Patent number: 7650825
    Abstract: A case trimmer and chamfer tool preferably includes a trim die, an end cutter, a crank, an outer chamfer blade, an inner chamfer blade and a height adjustment ring. The end cutter is slidably retained in the trim die. The inner and outer chamfer blades are spring loaded. The end cutter trims a length of the cartridge case. The inner and outer wall of the cartridge case are chamfered by the inner and outer chamfer blades. An adjustment boss extends downward from one end of the crank and a rotating knob is retained on the other end thereof. The end cutter is retained in the adjustment boss. The height adjustment ring is retained on the adjustment boss. A second embodiment is adapted for handling straight cartridge cases instead of rifle cartridge cases. The case trimmer and chamfer tool and a cartridge case are retained in a loading press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Inventors: Richard J. Lee, John D. Lee
  • Publication number: 20040025677
    Abstract: Reloading apparatus for reloading ammunition shell cases includes a shell case holder having a pair of yieldably biased gripping fingers positioned to engage and hold the rim at the base of the shell case. A resizing die mounted for sliding about a shell case has a lower rim adapted to engage and move the holding fingers away from engagement with the rim and thus provides substantially full length case resizing. Ejector mechanism in the resizing die is operable to urge the shell case out of the die and hold it in position to be regripped by the holding fingers as the die and support are moved away from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2002
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Applicant: Alliant Techsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Jerold Koch, Ronald Leroy Smith
  • Patent number: 5079986
    Abstract: A cylindrical die body has an axial bore in which there is an annular tapered shoulder. A cylindrical collet is adapted to fit coaxially in the bore of the cylindrical body. The collet has an axial bore extending over the majority of its length for accommodating the body of an ammunition case and has a smaller coaxial bore through which a bullet installed in the mouth of the case can extend. The fingers of the collet terminate in finger tips which surrounds the small bore. The mouth of the case which holds the bullet extends into the space between the collet finger tips such that when the collet is pressed into the cylindrical die body, tapered surfaces exterior of the collet run ionto the tapered shoulder in the die body to generate a wedging action which forces the tips of the collet fingers in a radial direction into the mouth end of the cartridge case to thereby crimp the mouth end of the case to the bullet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Inventor: Richard J. Lee
  • Patent number: 4869148
    Abstract: A loading die for use within an ammunition loading press that is designed for maximum accuracy. Whereas prior art loading dies are inaccurate due to angular and axial misalignment of the various die, ram and ammunition components, the invention has clearance between the sliding sleeves and the die body. The sliding sleeve locates accurately over the cartridge case and due to the clearance, any axial or angular misalignment between the sliding sleeve and die body will not affect the seating accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1989
    Inventor: David S. B. Tucker
  • Patent number: 4836078
    Abstract: An ammunition reloading die having a generally cylindrical axially bored body and an external thread for mounting it in a reloading press. In one embodiment, a case sizer element is threaded onto and is removable from the nominally lower end of the die body into which cases are pressed for sizing the outer diameter. A stepped mandrel is insertable in the die body. It has a decapping pin extending from its nominally lower end. A bullet seating plug is screwed into the upper end of a body's bore for backing up the mandrel when a case is being pressed onto the mandrel to expand and flare the mouth end of the case and to expel the spent primer from the case. A new primer is installed and the case is charged with powder and a bullet is set in the mouth after which the case is pressed into the die body while the mandrel is removed but the bullet seating plug is installed in the die body in which case pressing the case into the die body seats the bullet and crimps the case in the bullet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1989
    Inventor: Richard J. Lee
  • Patent number: 4754684
    Abstract: A method and device (A) for cutting a shotgun shell (14) for shooting in a shotgun chambered for shorter shotgun shells includes a base (10) and shell receiving tube (12). A shell (14) is held in tube (12) above a knife (32) in such a manner that a circumferential slit is formed in shell casing (20) around the inside edge (24) of crimp (22). The knife is carried on a movable knife blade holder (40) which moves toward base (10) to engage the knife in the crimped edge as the shell is rotated. Upon shooting of shell (14), the crimp material separates from casing (20) leaving the shell of a shorter length. In this manner a two and one half inch (21/2") shell is obtained from a two and three-quarter inch (23/4") and three inch (3") shells which may be reloaded or disposed of.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1988
    Inventor: Enrique Borgheresi
  • Patent number: 4637291
    Abstract: A combination ammunition re-loading die having an elongated housing. The housing is externally threaded at both ends to enable entry of either end into the die holder of a reloading press. An expander post is integrally formed at one end of the housing. The other end is provided with a cartridge receiving end opening. A threaded opening in the post receives a threaded shaft projected through to the cartridge receiving end opening. The projected end of the shaft carries a re-loading member, e.g. a bullet seating plug or de-priming pin. The shaft is adjustable within the post opening to adjust the position of the member. The housing can be inserted in the die holder to first present the expander post to the cartridge, and then inverted to present the bullet seating plug or de-priming pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1987
    Assignee: Omark Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Alexander
  • Patent number: 4566366
    Abstract: A hand held cartridge case reloader has a first elongated handle body on which there are spaced apart laterally extending members. The upper member is threaded to receive standard cartridge reloading tools. The lower member is bored to receive a reciprocable ram for holding a cartridge case at its upper end. A second handle body has a pivotal connection to the lower end of the ram and another pivotal connection to the lower end of a link whose upper end is pivotally connected to the lower end of the first handle body adjacent the ram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1986
    Inventor: Richard J. Lee
  • Patent number: 4512235
    Abstract: An ammunition case reloading press is based on an O-frame die cast from a low strength metal. A case carrying ram is driven reciprocably through a bottom member of the O-frame toward and away from a die in a top member. A compound lever system is actuated by a manual operating arm to drive the ram. A stop prohibits the links of the lever system from toggling into dead center position to thereby limit the stress of the O-frame. The operating arm is designed so it will flex to signal the user that unnecessarily great resistance is being offered and that the die should be adjusted relative to the ram to reduce the stress. The operating arm and lever system pivots are askew to a vertical plane passing through the frame so the arm swings clear past the side of the O-frame and so there is a clearer line of sight to the opening in the O-frame where the cases are placed on and removed from the ram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1985
    Inventors: Richard J. Lee, John D. Lee
  • Patent number: 4510842
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for resizing a spent firearm cartridge using a press for reshaping the cartridge is disclosed. The press includes a base block, two parallel rods vertically positioned transversally with respect to said block, and a pressure bar slidably attached to the rods. A U-shaped handle operates the pressure bar to force a cartridge into a die, and thereafter removing the cartridge from the die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1985
    Inventor: Edward G. Hlusko
  • Patent number: 4189980
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reloading a centerfire cartridge, the apparatus including a resizing die for resizing the cartridge and a single means for forcing a used primer out of the cartridge and for forcing the cartridge out of the resizing die. A flaring tool is then used to flare the cartridge neck and a priming tool is employed to force a primer into the base of the cartridge. Gunpowder is then placed in the cartridge, a new bullet is forced into the cartridge neck, and the cartridge neck is then crimped against the bullet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1980
    Inventor: Gordon N. Schaenzer