Abstract: The invention provides a sealed ammunition storage box that loads stored ammunition into a firearms magazine. The box includes a hollow interior channel configured to host ammunition cartridges, an opening leading into the channel configured to facilitate the positioning cartridges into the channel and another opening leading into the channel configured to dispense cartridges hosted within the channel into a magazine that is interfaced with the box. The box also includes a handle with a pressing block, the pressing block positioned within the channel through an opening in the box and configured to traverse within the channel to urge cartridges positioned within the channel into a magazine that is interfaced with the box. The box also includes a cover that is selectively engaged and disengaged with the box to encapsulate the openings of the box so as to prevent the movement of objects into and out of the channel.
Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to protective canisters for incendiary devices, said canisters comprising a sidewall and two endcaps, said endcaps attached to said sidewall so as to form a substantially enclosed canister; wherein one or both of said endcaps is removably attached to said sidewall; and wherein said sidewall comprises a plurality of transverse holes through it. Optionally, one or both of said endcaps comprise one or more transverse holes through them.
Abstract: A magazine loader is disclosed that facilitates the rapid loading of firearms magazines. A loader, as disclosed, can receive magazines and ammunition and, by means of manipulation of a handle or shaft, a gear within the loader may motivate a plate to push ammunition into a magazine. Ammunition may be pushed into the magazine until the magazine is filled to capacity. Once filled, the magazine may be ejected from the loader by operation of the plate. Ammunition and magazines may be oriented in any manner and several magazines may be loaded at once.
Abstract: A sympathetic detonation barrier for a munition includes a generally cylindrical polyethylene sleeve disposed over the munition. Preferably, the sleeve comprises HDPE. The sleeve may include vent openings in a side wall. In one embodiment, the sleeve extends from substantially a rear end of the munition to substantially a rear end of a fuze well of the munition.
March 22, 2007
Date of Patent:
July 13, 2010
The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
Abstract: A magazine doubler includes a resilient body with two cavities each having upstanding ribs to carry magazines therein at different heights. A bracket and spaced screws are mounted medially between the front and back of the body to squeeze the body to generally conform it to carried magazines therein. A blocking element is used to replace the top round in one magazine to prevent the upper round from being dislodged during use of the doubler. Such element is tethered and biased by a rubber band looping around one of the screw shanks.
Abstract: A perforating charge case is made by a process that includes cold forming a material into a shape for the perforating charge case. The cold forming produces additional recrystallization nucleation sites in the material. After the cold forming, the material may be annealed to decrease sizes of grains of the material to improve a ductility of the material to increase fragment sizes of the perforating charge case when an explosive that is placed inside the perforating charge case detonates.
Abstract: An apparatus for use in filling and capping artillery charge system modules or the like including a lower fixture carried by a base plate for receiving a module with an open center core tube and fixing the module in place relative to the base plate for filling and capping. An upper fixture is carried by a pivot plate for capping a filled module, the pivot plate being hingedly attached with respect to the lower fixture to enable the upper fixture to swing clear of the lower fixture during module loading and thereafter addressing a fixed module to cap same. The lower fixture further includes a centering rod that carries a peripherally disposed flexible expanding member and a shaped cam lock member which operate the expander member to receive, lock and unlock a center core tube to the centering rod to capture and fix the module in place. The cam lock member also aligns the system for lid insertion by an adjustable stroke air cylinder mounted on the pivot plate.
Abstract: A system and method for use in providing a peripheral seal between the case and lid of a MACS modular unit or other workpiece interface, the system including a workpiece holding device for carrying and moving a workpiece of interest in relation to a solvent dispensing system and a solvent dispensing system for dispensing a metered amount of solvent into the interface to be sealed on the workpiece, the solvent dispensing system further including a metering device for dispensing a predetermined known amount of the solvent, a stationary dispensing valve for dispensing solvent supplied from the metering device over a predetermined time, a re-supply system for reloading the metering device of the known amount of liquid solvent; and a control system for controlling the operation of the workpiece holding device and the solvent dispensing system.
Abstract: A sabot segment molding apparatus and a method for molding a sabot segment therein, are provided in which wedge-shaped sections of carbon-fiber plies, impregnated with B-stage epoxy or thermoplastic resin, are stacked in a heated arcuate channel. Pressure is applied to the radial surface of the stack by a compression mechanism acting on a novel hinged wing assembly. The hinge pin is secured coaxially in the channel by a support mechanism, so that no vertical downward force is applied to the stack. Instead, a pair of hinged planar wing members rotate around the hinge pin toward each other, and compress the stack of wedge-shaped sections to the desired arcuate shape. The compressed stack is kept under a desired pressure and temperature for a desired period of time until a suitable 120.degree. sabot segment is formed.
Abstract: Rocket motors are constructed by encasing a solid porous poly(vinyl alcohol) core in the shape of the propellant grain with motor casing material in the same manner as motor casing material is conventionally applied over a disposable or removable mandrel. The motor is then completed by filling the open passages of the core with liquid oxidizer. When the liquid oxidizer permeates the poly(vinyl alcohol), the result is a solid continuous propellant grain of rubbery consistency. Aluminum powder may be incorporated in either the porous poly(vinyl alcohol) or the liquid oxidizer to achieve a fuel-enhanced propellant.
February 10, 1992
Date of Patent:
February 7, 1995
Aero-Jet General Corporation
Richard L. Lou, Norman Mittermaier, George M. Clark
Abstract: This invention utilizes a conventional type cartridge orienting device for orienting cartridges with their longitudinal axes aligned generally parallel with one another. The present invention includes a hollow receptacle having a cartridge accepting device. This accepting device includes a stop wall to allow only one oriented cartridge to drop into the accepting device at a time. A rotatable cam is provided within the accepting device. Upon rotation of the rotatable cam, cartridges are grasped and moved away from the accepting device and transported by the rotatable cam upon further rotation thereof to the receiving end of a conventional magazine. The cartridge is then forced into the magazine when the rotatable cam is further rotated.
Abstract: The current invention is a multi-channel apparatus for inspecting and packaging loose ammunition cartridges into containers such as boxes or trays. The operation of the apparatus is largely automatic so that a single operator can inspect for defects and load into containers up to 28,000 rounds of both rim or rimless cartridges as well as various sizes of ammunition per hour with little manual labor involved.The apparatus includes a frame having an upstanding portion and a horizontal table portion. A reservoir for holding the bulk ammunition in loose form is mounted on the top of the upstanding portion of the frame. The apparatus also includes a mechanism for sorting and feeding the ammunition into feed tubes which feeds the ammunition down onto a conveyor table. The conveyor table moves the ammunition in an ordered fashion through an inspection area to an orienting device where the cartridges are oriented nose downward and directed into a loading mechanism.
Abstract: A one-piece, injection molded plastic tray for packaging ammunition cartridges of various sizes. Symmetrically arranged cylinders are formed in the tray opening into the upper surface to hold the cartridges.The lower end portions of the cylinders terminate in a hole having a diameter smaller than the inside diameter of the upper portion of the cylinders and concentric therewith to form a ledge. The diameter of the upper portions of the cylinders is large enough for various sizes of ammunition to pass through. The diameter of the lower end of the cylinders is large enough for the nose end of the cartridgtes to pass through while the ledges prevent the tapered surface of the nose end of the cartridges from passing entirely through. The nose ends of the cartridges are held above the plane of the bottom of the side walls of the tray by at least one-sixteenth inch.Cross ribs are formed between adjacent cylinders and side walls to provide additional rigidity to the tray.
Abstract: A feeder comprising a hopper and a pusher, the pusher comprising a pusher sleeve, which is provided at its bottom with a perforated plate, and a cylinder actuating the pusher sleeve along the wall surface of the hopper, which directly supplies a W/O emulsion explosive into a cartridge machine without mixing with air and without breakage of hollow microspheres.