US20100192443A1 - Rifle accessory rail, communication, and power transfer system - communication - Google Patents

Rifle accessory rail, communication, and power transfer system - communication Download PDF

Info

Publication number
US20100192443A1
US20100192443A1 US12689437 US68943710A US2010192443A1 US 20100192443 A1 US20100192443 A1 US 20100192443A1 US 12689437 US12689437 US 12689437 US 68943710 A US68943710 A US 68943710A US 2010192443 A1 US2010192443 A1 US 2010192443A1
Authority
US
Grant status
Application
Patent type
Prior art keywords
system
power
rail
accessory
power source
Prior art date
Legal status (The legal status is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the status listed.)
Abandoned
Application number
US12689437
Inventor
Eric Cabahug
Ben Feldman
John Schroeder
James Dodd
Current Assignee (The listed assignees may be inaccurate. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of the list.)
Prototype Productions Inc Ventures Two LLC
Original Assignee
Prototype Productions Inc
Priority date (The priority date is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the date listed.)
Filing date
Publication date

Links

Images

Classifications

    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F41WEAPONS
    • F41CSMALLARMS, e.g. PISTOLS, RIFLES; ACCESSORIES THEREFOR
    • F41C23/00Butts; Butt plates; Stocks
    • F41C23/16Forestocks; Handgrips; Hand guards

Abstract

The present invention is related to weapons systems. In particular, the present invention is directed to accessory attachment systems for rifles and small arms weapons that enable attached accessory devices to draw power from a central power source and communicate with the user and/or other devices.

Description

    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • The present invention is related to weapons systems. In particular, the present invention is directed to accessory attachment systems for rifles and small arms weapons that enable attached accessory devices to draw power from a central power source and communicate with the user and/or other devices.
  • The current rifles and small arm weaponry in use by US armed forces can be equipped with numerous combat optics, laser designators/sights, and flashlights; all comes with different power requirements and battery supplies. The result is a heavy weapon and a heavier field load of batteries to accommodate the various accessories, which ultimately impacts the soldiers' effectiveness, particularly on longer missions. One of the US Army focus areas is improving the performance of their soldiers' combat equipment while reducing the load that each soldier has to carry. One of these efforts is concentrated on providing advanced technologies to demonstrate the feasibility of an innovative communications rail and power transfer system. The resulting system will be backwards compatible with current mission support devices and accessories that mount to small arms weapons during operational procedures and it will reduce the overall weight penalties of the current system.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • The present invention is directed to accessory attachment systems for rifles and small arms weapons that enable attached accessory devices to draw power from a central power source and communicate with the user and/or other devices.
  • It is an object of the present invention to obviate or mitigate at least one disadvantage of previous firearm accessory rails.
  • In a first embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a firearm accessory mounting rail for attachment of a firearm accessory to the barrel of a firearm. The accessory rail may provide a connection for the firearm accessory.
  • The present invention embodies firearm systems comprising at least one mounting rail comprising at least one power connection, at least one power source, at least one rail accessory comprising a rail grabber or mount, wherein the at least one rail accessory receives electrical power from the power source.
  • Another embodiment of the present invention provides an accessory attachment system for rifles and small arms weapons that enables attached accessory devices to draw power from a central power source and communicate with the user or other devices without exposed wires.
  • Other aspects and features of the present invention will become apparent to those ordinarily skilled in the art upon review of the following description of specific embodiments of the invention in conjunction with the accompanying figures.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES
  • FIG. 1 provides a drawing showing system architecture in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 2 shows a full size mock-up of one embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 3 shows the fully functional powered rail with integrated PCB and electrical bus contacts.
  • FIG. 4 shows a powered rail accessory mounting assembly, a typical embodiment of the invention.
  • FIG. 5 shows a typical embodiment of the powered rail power distribution system.
  • FIG. 6 shows a typical embodiment of the buttstock battery pack.
  • FIG. 7 shows a block diagram of the battery pack module and the accessory control module.
  • FIG. 8 shows fully functional, optional horizontal and vertical grip, accessory control modules
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
  • For simplicity and illustrative purposes, the principles of the present invention are described by referring to various exemplary embodiments thereof. Although the preferred embodiments of the invention are particularly disclosed herein, one of ordinary skill in the art will readily recognize that the same principles are equally applicable to, and can be implicated in other compositions and methods, and that any such variation would be within such modifications that do not part from the scope of the present invention. Before explaining the disclosed embodiments of the present invention in detail, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited in its application to the details of any particular embodiment shown, since of course the invention is capable of other embodiments. The terminology used herein is for the purpose of description and not of limitation. Further, although certain methods are described with reference to certain steps that are presented herein in certain order, in many instances, these steps may be performed in any order as may be appreciated by one skilled in the art, and the methods are not limited to the particular arrangement of steps disclosed herein.
  • One of the US Army focus areas is improving the performance of their land warrior's combat equipment while reducing the load that each warfighter has to carry. One of these efforts is concentrated on providing advanced technologies to allow power transfer and communication among the accessory devices attached to the weapons used by the land warriors in the adverse environment in which they operate. Currently, the Program Executive Office (PEO) has stated the need for a superior accessory rail communication and power transfer system. A light weight and high-efficiency accessory attachment and power transfer system is necessary to allow the warfighter to operate the multiple accessories using a single power source, while maintaining the modularity of the weapon according to the specific mission. The devices that attach to the weapons use the MIL-Std-1913 rail (“Picatinny rail”). The current attachment rail can hold devices such as spotlights and flashlights, laser designators, reflex optics, night vision systems, and other devices, each with unique power requirements that require soldiers to carry multiple type batteries for each accessory. The innovation of the proposed communication and power transfer system resides in: the ability to power multiple devices (with different power requirements) from a single source, and providing the user(s) with the ability to communicate with and control the attached accessory devices, while maintaining the standard attachment modularity of existing devices and reducing the soldier's load by eliminating the need for multiple type batteries.
  • Those familiar with the development of the communication rail and power transfer system have stated a need for innovative technologies that can improve the deficiencies of the existing system. Therefore, a business opportunity exists to apply new technologies (mechanical designs and electromechanical concepts) to engineer and develop a new communication and power transfer system that can provide:
      • Higher power densities from a single compact source, eliminating multiple types of batteries
      • Reduction of battery mass and volume
      • Significant system-weight reduction
      • Backwards compatibility with existing systems (MIL-STD-1913 rail and accessories)
      • Capability for multi-functional operation (multiple power requirements)
      • Reliability during operation and handling in adverse mission environments (Rain, Mud, Sand)
      • Compact design for practical transportability
      • Centralized power supply, the battery housed in the buttstock, thereby maintaining the center of gravity and improve weapon handling
      • Structural toughness to withstand rough usage
      • Flexible manufacturability and affordability
  • The innovation is a modular accessory rail communication and power transfer system developed from the detailed analysis of proprietary conceptual designs that suggest the use of available lightweight conductive materials, and consider multiple features specifically designed to optimize the system's weight, power efficiency, and soldier's performance.
  • After a detailed review of the existing system, the available options and their related problems, Prototype Productions, Inc. has understood the criteria that the new accessory rail communication and power transfer system must meet. The focuses on the design, development, integration, and interaction of five main components:
      • Picatinny Hand guard rail
      • Modular weapon system (MWS) Mounting
      • Rail power distribution
      • Battery power pack
      • Rail communications
  • PPI's new cost competitive and innovative communications rail and power transfer system would allow the US military not only to ensure the reliability and functionality of all existing small arms weapons; but also would greatly improve the probabilities of implementing this new technology in other higher caliber weapons and/or military vehicles and rotary aircraft. The technology would certainly find attractive applications inside the civilian market and has the potential to revolutionize the powering of electronic applications/devices that require a single source of higher density power delivery with standard attachment options. FIG. 1 shows a diagram of the system architecture using the DC bus with galvanic contact, buttstock battery pack and hand guard user input device. FIG. 2 shows a side view of the system.
  • Picatinny Hand Guard Rail
  • The Picatinny hand guard rail assembly allows for mounting of different devices on the weapons. Most of the sights are the same among the weapons, but mounting of other accessories are unique and may be different depending on mission requirements. For example, the User Input Device, which provides control to Multi-function laser or Daylight Video Sight while holding the weapon. The installation of the M203 grenade launcher which has different mounting configuration from the other accessories used on the rifle.
  • These devices are electrically powered by an integrated electrical bus providing electricity to any point of the hand guard rails. FIG. 3 shows the fully functional powered rail with integrated PCB and electrical bus contacts.
  • Modular Weapon System Accessory Mounting
  • A typical embodiment of the invention includes the use of a powered rail accessory mounting assembly as shown in FIG. 4. The mounting assembly attaches the typical accessory to the powered accessory rail and consists of: the rail grabber, the spring contacts, the spring plungers and the face seals. The spring plungers depress the snap-dome switches on the powered rail, the spring contacts provide electrical contact with the fixed electrical bus contacts on the powered rail PCB assembly, and the face seals provide environmental protection.
  • Rail Power Distribution
  • The main challenge during development was to demonstrate the feasibility of a power and communication distribution system that would perform to meet the rigors of the battlefield while maintaining the flexibility and modularity of the weapon. This would require a system that is not affected by the environment and does not require tools to use. PPI's design approach was to use an integrated power and communication system using an A/C (for an inductive coupling system) or D/C (for galvanic contact) bus to the Picatinny Rails. The rail design can be modified to keep the same modularity without compromising the structural and functional aspects of the design while providing a conduit and connection point for the power and communications.
  • In FIG. 5, the electrical wire is routed from the battery pack in the buttstock to the powered foregrip rail. The external wiring is housed inside a durable and impact resistant rigid polymer shroud that conforms to the lower receiver. The shroud is securely retained by a quick connect/disconnect pivot and takedown pin as well as the bolt release roll pin or in the trigger/hammer pins. The design provides an easy access for replacement or repair of the cable assembly and eliminates snag hazards or interferences with the rifle operation and requires no modifications to the rifle lower receiver housing.
  • Battery Power Pack
  • The purpose of the consolidation of the batteries into one power unit is to reduce system weight, improve weapon balance and handling; the battery system must incorporate batteries with high power density.
  • A buttstock/recoil tube battery pack assembly includes a collapsible buttstock, locking and quick release mechanism and a removable battery pack, as shown in FIG. 6. The buttstock provides a compartment to the underside of the buffer tube assembly which allows the battery pack to be installed and withdrawn for removal through the rear of the rifle. The battery pack mounts on the buffer tube independent of the buttstock which telescopes along the rifle. The buttstock is collapsible and can be extended in various multiple intermediate positions providing an adjustable overall length of the firearm.
  • Rail Communications
  • The battery adapter contains a DC/DC converter circuit and control electronics, as well as selector switches for identification. The preferred embodiment utilizes selector switches on each battery adapter, which assign a user control button ID that corresponds desired functionality for the designated peripheral As an example, if the user wanted to momentarily power a target illuminator, they would hold down button 1, which would power the accessory as long as the button was depressed. If they wanted to maintain power to the illuminator, they would press and release button 2. To turn off the accessory, they would press the button again. Alternatively, different combinations of buttons could activate functions on any number of peripheral modules. This approach maximizes flexibility and allows the accessories to be field selected depending on mission. A schematic block diagram is shown in FIG. 7.
  • FIG. 8 shows fully functional accessory control modules in both the optional horizontal and vertical grip designs. The accessory control modules have the ability to pass command and control signals over the powered rail in order to activate and de-activate mounted accessories, as well as provide accessory identification and status.
  • Communications between the accessories are accomplished by impressing a modulated signal on the power carrying conductors. This reduces the number of conductors required for distributed communications and confines the signal to the rail assembly. A modem is used to manage the data translation from between the digital processor and the analog power/communications bus. The modem can be a standalone component or a software modem implementation.
  • Embedded communications significantly increases the versatility of the weapon by allowing coordination between accessories mounted anywhere on the rail system.
  • These and other embodiments will be apparent to those of skill in the art, all within the scope of the present invention, which is defined solely by the claims appended hereto.

Claims (19)

  1. 1. A firearm system comprising:
    at least one mounting rail comprising an electrical contact;
    at least one power source;
    at least one rail accessory;
    and wherein the at least one rail accessory receives electrical power from the power source.
  2. 2. The system of claim 1, wherein the power source is a battery pack.
  3. 3. The system of claim 1, wherein at least one rail receives power across a central DC bus
  4. 4. The system of claim 1 further comprising a power switch for controlling the flow of electrical power from the power source to the rail accessory.
  5. 5. The system of claim 1 wherein the at least one powered mounting rail is a detachable mounting rail.
  6. 6. The system of claim 1 wherein the at least one powered mounting rail a Picatinny rail.
  7. 7. The system of claim 1, further comprising a butt stock assembly wherein the buttstock assembly comprises the power source.
  8. 8. The system of claim 1, further comprising an external power pack wherein the external power pack comprises the power source.
  9. 9. The system of claim 1, further comprising a foregrip assembly wherein the foregrip assembly comprises the power source.
  10. 10. The system of claim 8, wherein the external power pack attaches to the mounting rail.
  11. 11. The system of claim 1, wherein the power source is located in a pistol grip.
  12. 12. The system of claim 1 further comprising: a first rail accessory mechanically connected to the at least one mounting rail and electrically connected to the at least one power connection; a second rail accessory mechanically connected to the at least one mounting rail and electrically connected to the at least one power connection.
  13. 13. The system of claim 1, wherein the at least one mounting rail is a detachable mounting rail.
  14. 14. The system of claim 1, wherein the accessory contains a power converter to transform the rail power into power suitable for the accessory.
  15. 15. The system of claim 1, where the power converter is controlled by a microprocessor.
  16. 16. The system of claim 12, communications between mounted accessories is performed through the power bus.
  17. 17. The system of claim 12, a modem in each accessory translates the bus signals for accessory communications and control.
  18. 18. The system of claim 12, each accessory has configurable hardware or software switches to identify the desired user interface functionality.
  19. 19. The system of claim 1, the accessory contains a microprocessor to execute control functions and transfer data between other accessories.
US12689437 2009-01-16 2010-01-19 Rifle accessory rail, communication, and power transfer system - communication Abandoned US20100192443A1 (en)

Priority Applications (2)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US14524809 true 2009-01-16 2009-01-16
US12689437 US20100192443A1 (en) 2009-01-16 2010-01-19 Rifle accessory rail, communication, and power transfer system - communication

Applications Claiming Priority (8)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US12689437 US20100192443A1 (en) 2009-01-16 2010-01-19 Rifle accessory rail, communication, and power transfer system - communication
US12791460 US8141288B2 (en) 2009-01-16 2010-06-01 Rugged low light reflectivity electrical contact
US12950979 US8146282B2 (en) 2009-01-16 2010-11-19 System for providing electrical power to accessories mounted on the powered rail of a weapon
US13075880 US8443539B2 (en) 2009-01-16 2011-03-30 Rail contacts for accessories mounted on the powered rail of a weapon
US13075857 US8397418B2 (en) 2009-01-16 2011-03-30 System for providing electrical power to accessories mounted on the powered
US13075837 US8516731B2 (en) 2009-01-16 2011-03-30 Communication and control of accessories mounted on the powered rail of a weapon
US13370629 US8322064B2 (en) 2009-01-16 2012-02-10 System for providing electrical power to accessories mounted on the powered rail of a weapon
US13845379 US9285185B2 (en) 2009-01-16 2013-03-18 System for providing electrical power to accessories mounted on the powered rail of a weapon

Related Parent Applications (2)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US12689436 Continuation-In-Part US20100218410A1 (en) 2009-01-16 2010-01-19 Accessory mount for rifle accessory rail, communication, and power transfer system - accessory attachment
US12689438 Continuation-In-Part US8402683B2 (en) 2009-01-16 2010-01-19 Rifle accessory rail, communication, and power transfer system-battery pack

Related Child Applications (2)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US12689436 Continuation-In-Part US20100218410A1 (en) 2009-01-16 2010-01-19 Accessory mount for rifle accessory rail, communication, and power transfer system - accessory attachment
US12791460 Continuation-In-Part US8141288B2 (en) 2009-01-16 2010-06-01 Rugged low light reflectivity electrical contact

Publications (1)

Publication Number Publication Date
US20100192443A1 true true US20100192443A1 (en) 2010-08-05

Family

ID=42396527

Family Applications (1)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US12689437 Abandoned US20100192443A1 (en) 2009-01-16 2010-01-19 Rifle accessory rail, communication, and power transfer system - communication

Country Status (1)

Country Link
US (1) US20100192443A1 (en)

Cited By (30)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US20100180485A1 (en) * 2009-01-16 2010-07-22 Prototype Productions, Inc. Rifle accessory rail, communication, and power transfer system - power distribution
US20100192444A1 (en) * 2009-01-16 2010-08-05 Prototype Productions, Inc. Rifle accessory rail, communication, and power transfer system - rail contacts
US20100218410A1 (en) * 2009-01-16 2010-09-02 Prototype Productions, Inc. Accessory mount for rifle accessory rail, communication, and power transfer system - accessory attachment
US20100279544A1 (en) * 2009-01-16 2010-11-04 Prototype Productions, Inc. Rugged low light reflectivity electrical contact
US20100275489A1 (en) * 2009-01-16 2010-11-04 Prototype Productions, Inc. Rifle accessory rail, communication, and power transfer system-battery pack
US20110010979A1 (en) * 2009-07-16 2011-01-20 Lasermax, Inc. Mounting rail assembly for firearms
US20110061284A1 (en) * 2009-01-16 2011-03-17 Prototype Productions, Inc. System for providing electrical power to accessories mounted on the powered rail of a weapon
US20110173865A1 (en) * 2010-01-15 2011-07-21 Colt Canada Corporation Rail for inductively powering firearm accessories
US20110283585A1 (en) * 2009-01-16 2011-11-24 Prototype Productions, Inc. System for providing electrical power to accessories mounted on the powered rail of a weapon
US8091265B1 (en) * 2007-01-10 2012-01-10 Wilcox Industries Corp. Floating rail system for firearm
US20130061504A1 (en) * 2009-12-23 2013-03-14 Michael Jon Malherbe Communication and power distribution system and segmented rail adapter
US8443539B2 (en) * 2009-01-16 2013-05-21 Prototype Productions Incorporated Ventures Two, Llc Rail contacts for accessories mounted on the powered rail of a weapon
WO2013112242A1 (en) 2012-01-24 2013-08-01 Prototype Productions, Inc. Communication and control of accessories mounted on the power rail of a weapon
US8516731B2 (en) * 2009-01-16 2013-08-27 Prototype Productions Incorporated Ventures Two, Llc Communication and control of accessories mounted on the powered rail of a weapon
US8635798B2 (en) 2011-08-23 2014-01-28 Tyco Electronics Corporation Communication connector system for a weapon
WO2014026278A1 (en) * 2012-08-16 2014-02-20 Colt Canada Corporation Apparatus and method for powering and networking a rail of a firearm
EP2705323A2 (en) * 2011-05-02 2014-03-12 Colt Defense LLC Modular rail system and firearm with modular rail system
US8721355B2 (en) 2012-02-01 2014-05-13 Tyco Electronics Corporation Electrical connector with hood
US20140245650A1 (en) * 2011-08-25 2014-09-04 Terrill Luis Abst System, apparatus and circuits for tactical rail accessory management
US20140360077A1 (en) * 2013-03-27 2014-12-11 Craig M. Miller Powered tactical rail (aka picatinny rail) system and method of using the same
US8944838B2 (en) 2013-04-10 2015-02-03 Tyco Electronics Corporation Connector with locking ring
US9052153B2 (en) 2012-10-16 2015-06-09 Tyco Electronics Corporation Communication connector system for a weapon
WO2015154161A1 (en) * 2014-04-07 2015-10-15 Colt Canada Corporation A networked battle system or firearm
US9194652B2 (en) 2011-08-10 2015-11-24 Esserman Matthew J Modular accessory system for rifle
USD747428S1 (en) 2014-08-01 2016-01-12 Joseph Chen Keymod forearm for AR-15 and AR-10 rifles
USD752171S1 (en) 2014-08-01 2016-03-22 Joseph Chen Forearm for a rifle
US20160209169A1 (en) * 2015-01-19 2016-07-21 CQB Optics, LLC Laser aiming and illumination device for a weapons platform
US9506708B2 (en) 2007-10-11 2016-11-29 Ashbury International Group, Inc. Tactical firearm systems and methods of manufacturing same
US9891023B2 (en) 2010-01-15 2018-02-13 Colt Canada Ip Holding Partnership Apparatus and method for inductively powering and networking a rail of a firearm
US9921028B2 (en) 2010-01-15 2018-03-20 Colt Canada Ip Holding Partnership Apparatus and method for powering and networking a rail of a firearm

Citations (24)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US4533980A (en) * 1982-06-21 1985-08-06 Hayes Lawrence S Luminous gun sighting system
US5033219A (en) * 1990-02-06 1991-07-23 Emerging Technologies, Inc. Modular laser aiming system
US5142806A (en) * 1991-09-23 1992-09-01 Swan Richard E Universal receiver sleeve
US5826363A (en) * 1997-07-10 1998-10-27 Knights Armament Company Rail adapter handguard systems for firearms
US6237271B1 (en) * 1996-07-23 2001-05-29 Colt's Manufacturing Company, Inc. Firearm with safety system having a communication package
US6622416B2 (en) * 2001-01-04 2003-09-23 Surefire, Llc Target and navigation illuminators for firearms
US20050241206A1 (en) * 2004-03-22 2005-11-03 Wilcox Industries Corporation Hand grip apparatus for firearm
US20080039962A1 (en) * 2006-05-23 2008-02-14 Mcrae Michael W Firearm system for data acquisition and control
US20080040965A1 (en) * 1998-07-02 2008-02-21 Solinsky Kenneth S Auxiliary device for a weapon and attachment thereof
US7421818B2 (en) * 2006-02-04 2008-09-09 Lasermax, Inc. Firearm mount with embedded laser sight
US7525203B1 (en) * 2005-08-11 2009-04-28 Jeffrey Racho Back-up electric power generator for electronic components attached to automatic firearms
US7584569B2 (en) * 2005-08-19 2009-09-08 Lasermax, Inc. Target illuminating assembly having integrated magazine tube and barrel clamp with laser sight
US20090255160A1 (en) * 2008-04-11 2009-10-15 James Summers Weapon control device
US7627975B1 (en) * 2007-02-12 2009-12-08 Steve Hines Electrified handguard
US20100031552A1 (en) * 2008-07-16 2010-02-11 Lasermax, Inc. Firearm assembly
US20100083553A1 (en) * 2008-10-03 2010-04-08 Nanomaterials Discovery Corporation Firearm Having Central Power Source and Integrated Data Bus to both Power and Control Multiple Accessories
US20100192446A1 (en) * 2009-02-05 2010-08-05 Rubik Darian Mounting rail
US20100192448A1 (en) * 2009-02-05 2010-08-05 Rubik Darian Mounting rail
US20100242332A1 (en) * 2004-03-22 2010-09-30 Teetzel James W Hand grip apparatus for firearm
US20110000120A1 (en) * 2006-09-28 2011-01-06 John Thompson Power rail system
US7866083B2 (en) * 2006-11-01 2011-01-11 Wilcox Industries Corp. Modular flashlight apparatus for firearm
US20110010979A1 (en) * 2009-07-16 2011-01-20 Lasermax, Inc. Mounting rail assembly for firearms
US20110162251A1 (en) * 2006-02-04 2011-07-07 Houde-Walter William R Firearm mount with embedded sight
US7975419B2 (en) * 2009-02-05 2011-07-12 Rubik Darian Mounting rail

Patent Citations (26)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US4533980A (en) * 1982-06-21 1985-08-06 Hayes Lawrence S Luminous gun sighting system
US5033219A (en) * 1990-02-06 1991-07-23 Emerging Technologies, Inc. Modular laser aiming system
US5142806A (en) * 1991-09-23 1992-09-01 Swan Richard E Universal receiver sleeve
US6237271B1 (en) * 1996-07-23 2001-05-29 Colt's Manufacturing Company, Inc. Firearm with safety system having a communication package
US5826363A (en) * 1997-07-10 1998-10-27 Knights Armament Company Rail adapter handguard systems for firearms
US20080040965A1 (en) * 1998-07-02 2008-02-21 Solinsky Kenneth S Auxiliary device for a weapon and attachment thereof
US6622416B2 (en) * 2001-01-04 2003-09-23 Surefire, Llc Target and navigation illuminators for firearms
US20050241206A1 (en) * 2004-03-22 2005-11-03 Wilcox Industries Corporation Hand grip apparatus for firearm
US7712241B2 (en) * 2004-03-22 2010-05-11 Wilcox Industries Corp. Hand grip apparatus for firearm
US20100242332A1 (en) * 2004-03-22 2010-09-30 Teetzel James W Hand grip apparatus for firearm
US7841120B2 (en) * 2004-03-22 2010-11-30 Wilcox Industries Corp. Hand grip apparatus for firearm
US7525203B1 (en) * 2005-08-11 2009-04-28 Jeffrey Racho Back-up electric power generator for electronic components attached to automatic firearms
US7584569B2 (en) * 2005-08-19 2009-09-08 Lasermax, Inc. Target illuminating assembly having integrated magazine tube and barrel clamp with laser sight
US20110162251A1 (en) * 2006-02-04 2011-07-07 Houde-Walter William R Firearm mount with embedded sight
US7421818B2 (en) * 2006-02-04 2008-09-09 Lasermax, Inc. Firearm mount with embedded laser sight
US20080039962A1 (en) * 2006-05-23 2008-02-14 Mcrae Michael W Firearm system for data acquisition and control
US20110000120A1 (en) * 2006-09-28 2011-01-06 John Thompson Power rail system
US7866083B2 (en) * 2006-11-01 2011-01-11 Wilcox Industries Corp. Modular flashlight apparatus for firearm
US7627975B1 (en) * 2007-02-12 2009-12-08 Steve Hines Electrified handguard
US20090255160A1 (en) * 2008-04-11 2009-10-15 James Summers Weapon control device
US20100031552A1 (en) * 2008-07-16 2010-02-11 Lasermax, Inc. Firearm assembly
US20100083553A1 (en) * 2008-10-03 2010-04-08 Nanomaterials Discovery Corporation Firearm Having Central Power Source and Integrated Data Bus to both Power and Control Multiple Accessories
US20100192448A1 (en) * 2009-02-05 2010-08-05 Rubik Darian Mounting rail
US20100192446A1 (en) * 2009-02-05 2010-08-05 Rubik Darian Mounting rail
US7975419B2 (en) * 2009-02-05 2011-07-12 Rubik Darian Mounting rail
US20110010979A1 (en) * 2009-07-16 2011-01-20 Lasermax, Inc. Mounting rail assembly for firearms

Cited By (47)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US8091265B1 (en) * 2007-01-10 2012-01-10 Wilcox Industries Corp. Floating rail system for firearm
US9506708B2 (en) 2007-10-11 2016-11-29 Ashbury International Group, Inc. Tactical firearm systems and methods of manufacturing same
US8443539B2 (en) * 2009-01-16 2013-05-21 Prototype Productions Incorporated Ventures Two, Llc Rail contacts for accessories mounted on the powered rail of a weapon
US20100279544A1 (en) * 2009-01-16 2010-11-04 Prototype Productions, Inc. Rugged low light reflectivity electrical contact
US20100275489A1 (en) * 2009-01-16 2010-11-04 Prototype Productions, Inc. Rifle accessory rail, communication, and power transfer system-battery pack
US20100180485A1 (en) * 2009-01-16 2010-07-22 Prototype Productions, Inc. Rifle accessory rail, communication, and power transfer system - power distribution
US20110061284A1 (en) * 2009-01-16 2011-03-17 Prototype Productions, Inc. System for providing electrical power to accessories mounted on the powered rail of a weapon
US8141288B2 (en) * 2009-01-16 2012-03-27 Prototype Productions, Inc. Rugged low light reflectivity electrical contact
US20110283585A1 (en) * 2009-01-16 2011-11-24 Prototype Productions, Inc. System for providing electrical power to accessories mounted on the powered rail of a weapon
US20100218410A1 (en) * 2009-01-16 2010-09-02 Prototype Productions, Inc. Accessory mount for rifle accessory rail, communication, and power transfer system - accessory attachment
US8516731B2 (en) * 2009-01-16 2013-08-27 Prototype Productions Incorporated Ventures Two, Llc Communication and control of accessories mounted on the powered rail of a weapon
US8322064B2 (en) 2009-01-16 2012-12-04 Prototype Poductions Incorporated Ventures Two, LLC System for providing electrical power to accessories mounted on the powered rail of a weapon
US8448368B2 (en) 2009-01-16 2013-05-28 Prototype Productions Incorporated Ventures Two, Llc Rifle accessory rail, communication, and power transfer system—rail contacts
US20100192444A1 (en) * 2009-01-16 2010-08-05 Prototype Productions, Inc. Rifle accessory rail, communication, and power transfer system - rail contacts
US8402683B2 (en) 2009-01-16 2013-03-26 Prototype Productions Incorporated Ventures Two, Llc Rifle accessory rail, communication, and power transfer system-battery pack
US8397418B2 (en) * 2009-01-16 2013-03-19 Prototype Productions Incorporated Ventures Two, Llc System for providing electrical power to accessories mounted on the powered
US9285185B2 (en) 2009-01-16 2016-03-15 Prototype Productions Incorporated Ventures Two, Llc System for providing electrical power to accessories mounted on the powered rail of a weapon
US8413362B2 (en) * 2009-07-16 2013-04-09 Lasermax, Inc. Mounting rail assembly for firearms
US20110010979A1 (en) * 2009-07-16 2011-01-20 Lasermax, Inc. Mounting rail assembly for firearms
US20130061504A1 (en) * 2009-12-23 2013-03-14 Michael Jon Malherbe Communication and power distribution system and segmented rail adapter
US9921028B2 (en) 2010-01-15 2018-03-20 Colt Canada Ip Holding Partnership Apparatus and method for powering and networking a rail of a firearm
US9897411B2 (en) 2010-01-15 2018-02-20 Colt Canada Ip Holding Partnership Apparatus and method for powering and networking a rail of a firearm
US9891023B2 (en) 2010-01-15 2018-02-13 Colt Canada Ip Holding Partnership Apparatus and method for inductively powering and networking a rail of a firearm
US9879941B2 (en) 2010-01-15 2018-01-30 Colt Canada Corporation Method and system for providing power and data to firearm accessories
US20110173865A1 (en) * 2010-01-15 2011-07-21 Colt Canada Corporation Rail for inductively powering firearm accessories
US9823043B2 (en) * 2010-01-15 2017-11-21 Colt Canada Ip Holding Partnership Rail for inductively powering firearm accessories
US10060705B2 (en) 2010-01-15 2018-08-28 Colt Canada Ip Holding Partnership Apparatus and method for powering and networking a rail of a firearm
US9404714B2 (en) 2011-05-02 2016-08-02 Colt's Manufacturing Ip Holding Company Llc Modular rail system and firearm with modular rail system
EP2705323A4 (en) * 2011-05-02 2014-10-29 Colt Defense Llc Modular rail system and firearm with modular rail system
EP2705323A2 (en) * 2011-05-02 2014-03-12 Colt Defense LLC Modular rail system and firearm with modular rail system
US9194652B2 (en) 2011-08-10 2015-11-24 Esserman Matthew J Modular accessory system for rifle
US8635798B2 (en) 2011-08-23 2014-01-28 Tyco Electronics Corporation Communication connector system for a weapon
US9488436B2 (en) * 2011-08-25 2016-11-08 Terrill Luis Abst System, apparatus and circuits for tactical rail accessory management
US20140245650A1 (en) * 2011-08-25 2014-09-04 Terrill Luis Abst System, apparatus and circuits for tactical rail accessory management
US8776422B2 (en) 2012-01-24 2014-07-15 Prototype Productions, Inc. Communication and control of accessories mounted on the powered rail of a weapon
WO2013112242A1 (en) 2012-01-24 2013-08-01 Prototype Productions, Inc. Communication and control of accessories mounted on the power rail of a weapon
EP2807442A4 (en) * 2012-01-24 2015-09-30 Prototype Productions Inc Communication and control of accessories mounted on the power rail of a weapon
US8721355B2 (en) 2012-02-01 2014-05-13 Tyco Electronics Corporation Electrical connector with hood
WO2014026278A1 (en) * 2012-08-16 2014-02-20 Colt Canada Corporation Apparatus and method for powering and networking a rail of a firearm
US9052153B2 (en) 2012-10-16 2015-06-09 Tyco Electronics Corporation Communication connector system for a weapon
US20140360077A1 (en) * 2013-03-27 2014-12-11 Craig M. Miller Powered tactical rail (aka picatinny rail) system and method of using the same
US8944838B2 (en) 2013-04-10 2015-02-03 Tyco Electronics Corporation Connector with locking ring
WO2015154161A1 (en) * 2014-04-07 2015-10-15 Colt Canada Corporation A networked battle system or firearm
USD747428S1 (en) 2014-08-01 2016-01-12 Joseph Chen Keymod forearm for AR-15 and AR-10 rifles
USD752171S1 (en) 2014-08-01 2016-03-22 Joseph Chen Forearm for a rifle
US20160209169A1 (en) * 2015-01-19 2016-07-21 CQB Optics, LLC Laser aiming and illumination device for a weapons platform
US9766038B2 (en) * 2015-01-19 2017-09-19 CQB Optics, LLC Laser aiming and illumination device for a weapons platform

Similar Documents

Publication Publication Date Title
US7676975B2 (en) Tactical foregrip assembly
US5400540A (en) Aiming light and mounting assembly therefor
US7441364B2 (en) Adjustable rail light mount
US5343650A (en) Extended rigid frame receiver sleeve
US5392550A (en) Internal laser sight for weapons
US7841120B2 (en) Hand grip apparatus for firearm
US6499245B1 (en) Modular sleeve yoke
US20100162610A1 (en) Side-mounted lighting device
US5584137A (en) Modular laser apparatus
US5727346A (en) Apparatus for quick-releasable attachment of a target illuminating device to a firearm
US7975419B2 (en) Mounting rail
US5913669A (en) Aiming light mount and system for shotgun
USRE39465E1 (en) Modular sleeve yoke
US20020180866A1 (en) Modular sensor array
US8205373B1 (en) Rimfire action platform conversion
US20100154280A1 (en) Machine gun accessory mount
US5671561A (en) Modular, combination laser and electronic aiming system
US7707762B1 (en) Modular integrated rail assembly for firearms
US7131228B2 (en) Modular firearm
US20080060248A1 (en) Stealth Laser Sighting System For Firearms
US5388364A (en) Internally mounted laser gunsight
US20070199225A1 (en) Accessory Rail Assembly for Firearms
US6785997B2 (en) Accessory mount for a firearm
US7367152B2 (en) Pivoting mount for a firearm accessory
US5949015A (en) Weapon control system having weapon stabilization

Legal Events

Date Code Title Description
AS Assignment

Owner name: PROTOTYPE PRODUCTIONS, INC., VIRGINIA

Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:CABAHUG, ERIC;FELDMAN, BEN;SCHROEDER, JOHN;AND OTHERS;SIGNING DATES FROM 20100305 TO 20100309;REEL/FRAME:024253/0893

AS Assignment

Owner name: PROTOTYPE PRODUCTIONS INCORPORATED VENTURES TWO, L

Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:PROTOTYPE PRODUCTIONS, INC.;REEL/FRAME:027823/0089

Effective date: 20120307