US20170299304A1 - Adjustable position safety selector - Google Patents

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US20170299304A1
US20170299304A1 US15/293,893 US201615293893A US2017299304A1 US 20170299304 A1 US20170299304 A1 US 20170299304A1 US 201615293893 A US201615293893 A US 201615293893A US 2017299304 A1 US2017299304 A1 US 2017299304A1
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    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F41WEAPONS
    • F41AFUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS COMMON TO BOTH SMALLARMS AND ORDNANCE, e.g. CANNONS; MOUNTINGS FOR SMALLARMS OR ORDNANCE
    • F41A17/00Safety arrangements, e.g. safeties
    • F41A17/46Trigger safeties, i.e. means for preventing trigger movement
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F41WEAPONS
    • F41AFUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS COMMON TO BOTH SMALLARMS AND ORDNANCE, e.g. CANNONS; MOUNTINGS FOR SMALLARMS OR ORDNANCE
    • F41A17/00Safety arrangements, e.g. safeties
    • F41A17/74Hammer safeties, i.e. means for preventing the hammer from hitting the cartridge or the firing pin
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F41WEAPONS
    • F41AFUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS COMMON TO BOTH SMALLARMS AND ORDNANCE, e.g. CANNONS; MOUNTINGS FOR SMALLARMS OR ORDNANCE
    • F41A19/00Firing or trigger mechanisms; Cocking mechanisms
    • F41A19/06Mechanical firing mechanisms, e.g. counterrecoil firing, recoil actuated firing mechanisms
    • F41A19/42Mechanical firing mechanisms, e.g. counterrecoil firing, recoil actuated firing mechanisms having at least one hammer
    • F41A19/43Mechanical firing mechanisms, e.g. counterrecoil firing, recoil actuated firing mechanisms having at least one hammer in bolt-action guns
    • F41A19/46Arrangements for the selection of automatic or semi-automatic fire

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A safety selector having a rotatable lock member transitionable between a first position and a second position. In the first position, at least a portion of the lock member is configured to inhibit movement of at least a portion of a firing mechanism of a firearm. A first lever member coupled with a first end of the lock member and a second lever member coupled with the first end and engageable with an outer surface of the first lever member.

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    CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
  • This application claims priority to U.S. Provisional Application No. 62/317,784, filed Apr. 4, 2016, the contents of which are entirely incorporated by reference herein.
  • FIELD
  • The present disclosure relates generally to firearm safety selector switches. In particular, the subject matter herein generally relates to an adjustable safety selector switch.
  • BACKGROUND
  • Firearms often include a safety selector to selectively inhibit operation of the firearm. Safety selectors engage a portion of a firing mechanism, thereby preventing operation of the firing mechanism, thereby preventing operation of the firearm. In some firearm platforms, the safety selector can further be utilized to transition the firearm from a safe position to either a semi-automatic operating mode or a fully automatic operating mode. Customizable safety selectors are available for a number of firearm platforms, including the AR15/M16, that allow users to select the desired length, size, and shape of the safety lever; however, these customizable safety selectors are not adjustable to individual preferences, and as such even with this customization many users have to change grip position to manipulate the controls, specifically between safe, semi-auto and full-auto.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • Implementations of the present technology will now be described, by way of example only, with reference to the attached figures, wherein:
  • FIG. 1 is a front elevational view of a firearm lower receiver having a safety selector in a first position;
  • FIG. 2 is a front elevational view of a firearm lower receiver having a safety selector in a second position;
  • FIG. 3 is a front isometric view of an adjustable position safety selector according to a first embodiment as disclosed herein;
  • FIG. 4 is a rear isometric view of an adjustable position safety selector according to a first embodiment as disclosed herein;
  • FIG. 5 is an elevational view of an adjustable position safety selector according to a first embodiment as disclosed herein;
  • FIG. 6 is a first disassembled view of an adjustable position safety selector according to a first embodiment as disclosed herein;
  • FIG. 7 is a second disassembled view of an adjustable position safety selector according to a first embodiment as disclosed herein;
  • FIG. 8 is an exploded isometric view of a first end of an adjustable position safety selector according to a second embodiment as disclosed herein;
  • FIG. 9 is an exploded detailed view of a first end of an adjustable position safety selector according to a second embodiment as disclosed herein;
  • FIG. 10 is an exploded isometric view of a second end of an adjustable position safety selector according to a second embodiment as disclosed herein;
  • FIG. 11 is an exploded detailed view of a second end of an adjustable position safety selector according to a second embodiment as disclosed herein;
  • FIG. 12 is an exploded detailed view of a lever member and an indicator ring couplable with the second end of an adjustable position safety selector according to a second embodiment as disclosed herein;
  • FIG. 13 is an exploded isometric view of an adjustable position safety selector according to a third embodiment as disclosed herein; and
  • FIG. 14 is an exploded isometric view of an adjustable position safety selector according to a fourth embodiment as disclosed herein.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION
  • It will be appreciated that for simplicity and clarity of illustration, where appropriate, reference numerals have been repeated among the different figures to indicate corresponding or analogous elements. In addition, numerous specific details are set forth in order to provide a thorough understanding of the embodiments described herein. However, it will be understood by those of ordinary skill in the art that the embodiments described herein can be practiced without these specific details. In other instances, methods, procedures and components have not been described in detail so as not to obscure the related relevant feature being described. Also, the description is not to be considered as limiting the scope of the embodiments described herein. The drawings are not necessarily to scale and the proportions of certain parts have been exaggerated to better illustrate details and features of the present disclosure.
  • Several definitions that apply throughout this disclosure will now be presented. The term “coupled” is defined as connected, whether directly or indirectly through intervening components, and is not necessarily limited to physical connections. The connection can be such that the objects are permanently connected or releasably connected.
  • The present disclosure is directed to an adjustable position safety selector switch for a firearm. The firearm can be any firearm known in the art including, but not limited to, AR15/M16 firearms and air soft replicas. While the present disclosure is shown and described with respect to an AR15/M16 safety selector, it is within the scope of this disclosure to implement the adjustable safety selector with any known firearm platform. The adjustable position safety selector switch allows a user to adjust and/or customize the positions to suit each user based on his/her individual comfort as well as physical characteristics such as hand size, thumb length, or the like. The adjustable position safety selector switch can be adjusted in lever angle, position, length of levers, style of lever, as well as position of an indicator independent of lever angle/position.
  • The present disclosure is drawn to an adjustable safety selector having a rotatable lock member transitionable between a first position and a second position. In the first position at least a portion of the lock member is configured to inhibit movement of at least a portion of a firing mechanism of a firearm. A first lever member can be coupled with a first end of the lock member and a second lever member coupled with the first end and engageable with an outer surface of the first lever member. The first lever member and the second lever member can be coupled with the first end of the lock member in a plurality of positions. The rotatable lock member can have a longitudinal axis extending through the first end, and the first and second lever members can be independently rotatable about the longitudinal axis into the plurality of positions.
  • Moreover, while the present disclosure generally refers to an adjustable safety lever having two levers formed on one end or an ambidextrous safety selector having two levers formed on one end a third lever formed on the opposing end, it is within the scope of this disclosure to implement the safety selector having a single lever formed on one end, or a single lever formed on each of the opposing ends.
  • The following provides a more detailed discussion of the components herein.
  • FIGS. 1-2 illustrate an example lower receiver and trigger assembly receiving an adjustable safety selector. The lower receiver 10 can receive a trigger assembly 12 and a safety selector 14. The safety selector 14 can be a conventional safety selector or an adjustable safety selector as disclosed herein.
  • The trigger assembly 12 can include a trigger 16, a hammer 18, and/or a disconnector (not shown). The safety selector 14 can be received in the lower receiver 10 and prevent operation of the trigger assembly by inhibiting movement of the trigger 16, hammer 18, and/or the disconnector. As described below in more detail, the safety selector 14 can be rotatable between a first position and a second position, the first position aligning the trigger assembly 12 with a solid portion disposed on the safety selector 14 inhibiting actuation of the trigger assembly 12 while the second position can align the trigger assembly with a recess portion disposed on the safety selector thereby allowing actuation of the trigger assembly 12.
  • The safety selector 14 can have a lever 20 to allow a user to rotate the safety selector 14 between the first and second positions. The lever 20 can be sized and shaped to allow actuation by a user's thumb and/or finger during handling of the firearm.
  • As can be appreciated in FIG. 1, the safety selector 14 is in a first position, also known as a “safe” position. The trigger assembly 12 is abuttingly engaged with the solid portion of the safety selector 14, thereby inhibiting actuation of the trigger assembly 12 and preventing firing of the firearm.
  • As can be appreciated in FIG. 2, there safety selector 14 is in the second position, also known as a “fire” position. The trigger assembly 12 is aligned with the recess portion of the safety selector, thereby allowing actuation of the trigger assembly 12 and firing of the firearm.
  • While FIGS. 1 and 2 illustrate a first position “safe” and a second position “fire” it is within the scope of this disclosure for the safety selector 14 to be rotatable between additional positions including, but not limited to, fully automatic mode, semi-automatic mode, and/or burst mode. In some instances, the safety selector 14 can have three positions, a safe position, a semi-automatic position, and a fully automatic position.
  • Further, while FIGS. 1 and 2 are general drawn to an M16/AR15 lower receiver, trigger assembly, and safety selector, it is within the scope of this disclosure to implement an adjustable safety selector as disclosed herein with any known firearm.
  • FIGS. 3-5 illustrate a first embodiment of an adjustable safety selector. The adjustable safety selector 100 includes a rotatable lock member 102 transitionable between a first position and a second position. The rotatable lock member 102 can have two opposing ends, a first end 104 and a second end 106 having a longitudinal axis 150 extending along a length of lock member 102 between the first end 104 and the second end 106.
  • The adjustable safety selector 100 and related components can be formed by machining, die casting, sand casting, milling, injection molding, 3-D printing, or any other manufacturing process known in the art. The adjustable safety selector can be formed from metal, ceramics, plastics, polymers or other material having suitable strength for use with a firearm.
  • A first lever 108 can be coupled with the first end 104 and a second lever 110 can also be coupled with the first end 104 and abuttingly engage with an outer surface 112 of the first lever 108. The first lever 108 and the second lever 110 can receive a force from a user thus imparting rotation on the rotatable lock member 102 and transitioning the rotatable lock member 102 between the first position and the second position.
  • The rotatable lock member 102 can have a solid portion 114 configured to inhibit movement of a firing mechanism of a fire arm when in the first position. The solid portion 114 can protrude into the path of one or more movable members of the firing mechanism, such as the trigger and/or hammer, thereby preventing operation of the firing mechanism. The rotatable lock member 102 can have a recess 116 configured to allow free movement of the firing mechanism when in the second position. The recess portion 116 can provide a clear path for the moveable members of the firing mechanism allowing proper operation of the firing mechanism and the firearm. The solid portion 114 and the recess portion 116 can be disposed on opposing surfaces of the rotatable lock member 102. In other instances, the solid portion 114 and the recess portion 116 can be disposed on adjacent sides of the longitudinal axis 150 of the rotatable lock member 102.
  • The lock member 102 can have additional surfaces to engage the firing mechanism to transition the weapon from a second position, such as a semi-automatic firing mode, to a third position, such as a fully automatic firing mode. The firing mechanism can include a hammer, a trigger, and a disconnector interface. Transition of the lock member 102 to the third position can involve rotation about the longitudinal axis 150 past the second position, such that transition of the lock member 102 from the first position to the third position requires passing second position.
  • As can be appreciated in FIG. 3 and FIG. 4, the adjustable safety selector can be an ambidextrous safety selector having a lever coupling with each of the first end 104 and the second end 106. The first end 104 can have the first lever 108 and/or the second lever 110 coupled thereto and the second end 106 can have a third lever 118 coupled thereto.
  • The first lever 108 and the second lever 110 can be molded so as to flushly receive one another, while providing an actuation surface 120 capable of transitioning the rotatable lock member 102. The actuation surfaces 120 of the first lever 108, second lever 110, and third lever 118 can vary in size, shape, or length according to a user's preference.
  • As can further be appreciated in FIG. 3 and FIG. 4, the first lever 108 can have a set screw 120 received therein. The set screw 120 can be configured to secure the first lever 108 to the first end 104 and prevent rotation of the first lever 108 about the longitudinal axis 150 relative to lock member 102.
  • While the illustrated embodiment shows and describes an ambidextrous safety selector having two levers 108, 110 on a first end 104 and a single lever 118 on the second end 106, it is within the scope of this disclosure to include two levers on either of the first end 104, the second end 106, or both.
  • FIGS. 6-7 illustrate a disassembled view of an adjustable safety selector 100. The rotatable lock member 102 can have a plurality of indentions 124 disposed around the first end 104. The plurality of indentions 124 can be configured to receive the set screw 120, thereby securing the first lever 108 to the first end 104 of the rotatable lock member 102. The first end 104 can have any number of indentions 124, each indention corresponding to a distinct position/orientation of the first lever 108 relative to the lock member 102. The plurality of indentions 124 allows a user to position the first lever 108 in a preferred orientation relative to the lock member 102, and thus relative to the first position, second position, and third position. In some instances, the first lever 108 can extend toward the rear of the firearm in the first position. In other instances, the first lever can extend toward the front, the top, or the bottom of the firearm in the first position or angle therebetween.
  • As can be appreciated in FIG. 6, the first lever 108 can have two protrusions 126 extending from an outer surface 128 thereof. The protrusions 126 can engage the second lever 110 to prevent rotation of the first lever 108 relative to the second lever 110. The first lever 108 can have any number of protrusions 126 extending therefrom to engage the second lever 110, and the protrusions 126 can be of any shape including, but not limited to, circular, square, triangular, hexagonal, or any other polygon.
  • As can be appreciated in FIG. 7, the second lever 110 can have a plurality of apertures 128 formed on an inner surface 130 thereof. The plurality of apertures 128 can be correspondingly shaped and configured to receiver the two protrusions 126 extending from the outer surface 112 of the first lever 108. The second lever 110 can have any number of apertures 128 formed therein to provide numerous coupling positions of the second lever 110 relative to the first lever 108. A user can secure the first lever 108 to the lock member 102 in the desired position/orientation and then position the second lever 110 on the lock member 102 in the desired orientation relative to the first lever 108. The second lever 110 and the plurality of apertures 128 formed therein can engage with the protrusions 126 as the second lever engages an outer surface 112 of the first lever 108, thereby providing the adjustable safety selector 100 with a first lever 108 and a second lever 110 in user selected positions/orientations.
  • While the first lever 108 is showing having protrusions 126, and the second lever 110 is shown having apertures 128, it is within the scope of this disclosure to provide a first lever 108 having a plurality of apertures and a second lever 110 having one or more protrusions.
  • As can further be appreciated in FIG. 7, the third lever 118 can have a mating surface 132 configured to mate with a corresponding mature surface (not shown) on the second end 106. The mating surface 132 can rotationally fix the third lever 118 to the second end 106.
  • As can be appreciated in FIGS. 3-7, the first lever 108 and the second lever 110 can be coupled to the first end 104 by a fastener 134 and the third lever 118 can also be coupled to the second end 106 by a fastener 134. Fasteners 134 can be threaded fasteners engageable with the lock member 102. In other instances, the fasteners 134 can be push fasteners, friction fasteners, or any other known fastener in the art. The fasteners 134 can be substantially aligned with the longitudinal axis 150 and engage with the lock member 102 along the longitudinal axis 150, thereby securing the first lever 108 and the second lever 110 with the first end 104 and the third lever 118 with the second end 106.
  • The set screw 120 can have a pointed engagement end 138 to secure the first lever 108 to the first end 104. The set screw 120 can further include a tool engagement end 140 disposed opposite the engagement end 138. The tool engagement end 140 can receive a tool to thread the set screw 120 through the first lever 108, thereby engaging or disengaging the first lever 108 from the first end 104 of the lock member 102. The tool engagement end 140 can be configured to receive various shaped engagement tools, including, not limited to, hex-shaped tool, cross-point shaped tool, flat head shaped tool, torx shaped tool, pentalobe shaped tool, or any other shaped tool known in the art.
  • The lock member 102 can further include an indicator ring 146 disposed at the first end 104. The indicator ring 146 can indicate the position of the lock member 102 when disposed within the firearm. The indicator ring 146 can provide the user an indication that the lock member 102 is in the first position, the second position, or the third position. In some instances, the indicator ring 146 can be integrally formed with lock member 102. In other instances, the indicator ring 146 can be press fit, welded, adhered, or otherwise coupled to the lock member 102. The lock member 102 can further include a second indicator 148 disposed at the second end 106. In other instances, the second indicator 148 can be similar to indicator ring 146 and be configured to couple with the lock member 102 after the lock member 102 is received within the firearm.
  • While FIGS. 1-7, refer to an adjustable safety selector 100 having a first lever 108 and a second lever 110 disposed on an end of the lock member 102, it is within the scope of this disclosure to implement a lock member 102 coupling with only a first lever 108. The first lever 108 can be coupled with the lock member 102 at a plurality of positions providing an adjustable safety selector 100 as described above.
  • FIGS. 8-12 illustrate a second embodiment of a safety selector. The safety selector 200 can include a rotatable lock member 202 transitionable between a first position and a second position. The rotatable lock member 202 can have two opposing ends, a first end 204 and a second end 206 having a longitudinal axis 250 extending along a length of lock member 202 between the first end 204 and the second end 206.
  • A first lever 208 can be coupled with the first end 204 and a second lever 210 can be coupled with the first end 104 and abuttingly engage with an outer surface 212 of the first lever 208. The first lever 208 and the second lever 210 can receive a force from a user thus imparting rotation on the rotatable lock member 202 and transitioning the rotatable lock member 202 between the first position and the second position.
  • Similar to the lock member 102 discussed above with respect to FIGS. 3-7, the rotatable lock member 202 can have a solid portion 214 configured to inhibit movement of a firing mechanism of a fire arm when in the first position. The solid portion 214 can protrude into the path of one or more movable members of the firing mechanism, such as the trigger and/or hammer, thereby preventing operation of the firing mechanism. The rotatable lock member 202 can have a recess 216 configured to allow free movement of the firing mechanism when in the second position. The recess portion 216 can provide a clear path for the moveable members of the firing mechanism allowing proper operation of the firing mechanism and the firearm. The solid portion 214 and the recess portion 216 can be disposed on opposing surfaces of the rotatable lock member 202. In other instances, the solid portion 214 and the recess portion 216 can be disposed on adjacent sides of the longitudinal axis 250 of the rotatable lock member 202.
  • The lock member 202 can have additional surfaces to engage the firing mechanism to transition the weapon from a second position, such as a semi-automatic firing mode, to a third position, such as a fully automatic firing mode. The firing mechanism can include a hammer, a trigger, and a disconnector interface. Transition of the lock member 202 to the third position can involve rotation about the longitudinal axis 250 past the second position, such that transition of the lock member 202 from the first position to the third position requires passing second position.
  • As can be appreciated in FIG. 8, the lock member 202 is a single sided (non-ambidextrous) lock member 202, operable only from the first lever 208 and the second lever 210 coupled with the first end 212. In some instances, the lock member 202 can be ambidextrous and receive a third lever 218 coupled with the second end 206. (Shown in FIG. 10).
  • The first lever 208 can have a protrusion 226 extending from an outer surface 112 thereof. The protrusion 226 can engage the second lever 210 to prevent rotation of the first lever 208 relative to the second lever 210. The first lever 208 can have any number of protrusions 226 extending therefrom to engage the second lever 210, and the protrusions 226 can be of any shape including, but not limited to, circular, square, triangular, hexagonal, or any other polygon.
  • The second lever 210 can have a plurality of apertures 228 formed on an inner surface 230 thereof The plurality of apertures 228 can be correspondingly shaped and configured to receiver the two protrusions 226 extending from the outer surface 212 of the first lever 208. The second lever 210 can have any number of apertures 228 formed therein to provide numerous coupling positions of the second lever 210 relative to the first lever 208. A user can secure the first lever 208 to the lock member 202 in the desired position/orientation and then position the second lever 210 on the lock member 202 in the desired orientation relative to the first lever 208. The second lever 210 and the plurality of apertures 228 formed therein can engage with the protrusions 226 as the second lever engages an outer surface 212 of the first lever 208, thereby providing the adjustable safety selector 200 with a first lever 208 and a second lever 210 in user selected positions/orientations.
  • While the first lever 208 is shown having protrusions 226, and the second lever 210 is shown having apertures 228, it is within the scope of this disclosure to provide a first lever 208 having a plurality of apertures and a second lever 210 having one or more protrusions.
  • In some instances, the first lever 208 can have an aperture 236 formed therein and configured to receive at least a portion of the first end 204. The aperture 236 and the first end 204 can form a friction fit when coupled one to the other while allowing a user to freely rotate the first lever 208 into a desired position/orientation. The first lever 208 can have a set screw 220 disposed therein to engage the lock member 202 and fix the first lever 208 relative to the lock member 202. The set screw 220 can be threaded through at least a portion of the first lever 108 and engage with the first end 204 of the lock member 202. The set screw 220 can be threaded to form a pressure engagement with the first end 204. The set screw 220 can be threaded to extend into the aperture 236, thereby engaging the first end 204. The set screw 220 can have a pointed engagement end 238 to secure the first lever 208 to the first end 204. The set screw 220 can further include a tool engagement end 240 disposed opposite the engagement end 238. The tool engagement end 240 can receive a tool to thread the set screw 220 through the first lever 208, thereby engaging or disengaging the first lever 208 from the first end 204 of the lock member 202. The tool engagement end 240 can be configured to receive various shaped engagement tools, including, but not limited to, a hex-shaped tool, cross-point shaped tool, flat head shaped tool, torx shaped tool, pentalobe shaped tool, or any other shaped tool known in the art.
  • As can be appreciated in FIG. 9, an inner surface 242 of the second lever 210 can have an inset 244 to receive at least a portion of the first end 204. The inset 244 can provide alignment of the second lever 210 with the first end 204 until a fastener 234 securely couples the second lever 210 with the lock member 202. The fastener 234 can be a threaded fastener engageable with the lock member 202. In other instances, the fastener 234 can be a push fastener, a friction fastener, or any other known fastener in the art. The fastener 234 can be substantially aligned with the longitudinal axis 250 and engage with the lock member 202 along the longitudinal axis 250, thereby securing the first lever 208 and the second lever 210 with the first end 204. In ambidextrous lock member 202 arrangements, a second fastener 234 can implemented on the second end 206 to couple the third lever 218 with the lock member 202.
  • As can further be appreciated in FIG. 9, the lock member 202 can have an indicator ring 246 formed thereon. The indicator ring 246 can be integrally formed with the lock member 202. In other instances, the indicator ring 246 can be press fit, frictionally fit, adhered, or otherwise secured to the lock member 202. The indicator ring 246 can provide a visual indication to a user the position of the lock member 202 when received in a firearm.
  • As can be appreciated in FIG. 10 and FIG. 11, the lock member 202 can receive a third lever 218 coupled with the second end 206. The second end 206 can also receive a second indicator ring 248, and the third lever 218 can engage with at least a portion of the second indicator ring 248, thereby holding the third lever 218 in a user's preferred position/orientation. The second indictor ring 248 can have a notch 250 configured to be received in a corresponding groove 252 formed on the second end 204 of the lock member 202. The notch 250 and corresponding groove 252 can align the second indicator ring 248 to the position of the lock member 202. The second indicator ring 248 can have one more mating surfaces 254 disposed thereon and configured to couple with a corresponding mating surface 256 disposed on the third lever 218.
  • As can be appreciated in FIG. 11 and FIG. 12, the third lever 218 can have a plurality of corresponding mating surfaces 256 disposed thereon capable of coupling the third lever 218 in multiple coupling positions/orientations relative to the lock member 202. In some instances the mating surface 254 can be a protrusion and the corresponding mating surface 256 can be an aperture shaped to receive the protrusion, or the inverse thereof. In other instances, the mating surface 256 and corresponding mating surface 256 can be a tongue and groove arrangement, or any other multi-position coupling arrangement.
  • FIGS. 13 and 14 illustrate a third embodiment of an adjustable safety selector. The adjustable safety selector 300 can have a splined gear coupling arrangement capable of coupling a first lever 308 and second lever 312 at a plurality of positions relative to a lock member 302. The lock member 302 can have a first end 304 and a second end 306. The first end 306 can have a plurality of splines 314 disposed on an outer surface thereof The first lever 308 and the second lever 310 can have correspondingly splined surfaces 316 engageable with the splines 314, thereby securing the first lever 308 and the second lever 310 in a specific position/orientation relative to the lock member 302. Each of the first lever 308 and the second lever 310 can be individually positioned in a desired orientation relative to the lock member 302. Each spline 314 can represent a position/orientation for the levers 306, 308 relative to the lock member 302. The lock member 302 can have any number of splines 314, with increased splines 314 providing increased positions/orientations.
  • The coupling arrangement can also be six-plus sided polygon arrangement allowing incremental adjustability between the lever(s) and the lock member. Polygons having additional sides allow increased positional adjustability for coupling the one or more levers to the lock member. The coupling arrangement can further be serrations formed on the face of the lock member providing incremental adjustability in coupling the lever(s) and the lock member.
  • While FIGS. 13 and 14 are illustrated as a non-ambidextrous safety selector, it is within the scope of this disclosure to provide at least a third lever coupled with the second end 306 of the lock member 302.
  • Numerous examples are provided herein to enhance understanding of the present disclosure. A specific set of statements are provided as follows.
  • The embodiments shown and described above are only examples. Even though numerous characteristics and advantages of the present technology have been set forth in the foregoing description, together with details of the structure and function of the present disclosure, the disclosure is illustrative only, and changes may be made in the detail, especially in matters of shape, size and arrangement of the parts within the principles of the present disclosure to the full extent indicated by the broad general meaning of the terms used in the attached claims. It will therefore be appreciated that the embodiments described above may be modified within the scope of the appended claims.

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What is claimed is:
1. A safety selector comprising:
a rotatable lock member transitionable between a first position and a second position, wherein in the first position at least a portion of the lock member is configured to inhibit movement of at least a portion of a firing mechanism of a firearm;
a first lever member coupled with a first end of the lock member; and
a second lever member coupled with the first end and engageable with an outer surface of the first lever member.
2. The safety selector of claim 1, wherein the first lever member and the second lever member are couplable with the first end of the rotatable lock member in a plurality of positions.
3. The safety selector of claim 1, wherein one of the first lever member and the second lever member has a protrusion extending therefrom and the other of the first lever member and the second lever member has at least one correspondingly shaped groove configured to receive the protrusion.
4. The safety selector of claim 3, wherein the at least one correspondingly shaped groove is a plurality of correspondingly shaped grooves.
5. The safety selector of claim 3, wherein the first lever member has a protrusion extending from the outer surface and the second lever member has a plurality of corresponding shaped grooves on an inner surface, thereby forming an abutting engagement when the protrusion is received in one of the plurality of corresponding shaped grooves.
6. The safety selector of claim 1, wherein the first lever member has an aperture formed therein to receiver at least a portion of the first end and the first lever has a threaded bore extending into the aperture, the threaded bore receiving a correspondingly threaded fastener configured to engage the first end, thereby securing the first lever member to the first end.
7. The safety selector of claim 6, wherein the correspondingly threaded fastener has an engagement end having a conical shape configured to abut the first end, and a tool end configured to receive a tool to transition the fastener within the threaded groove.
8. The safety selector of claim 7, wherein the tool end is a hex key groove.
9. The safety selector of claim 1, further comprising a third lever member coupled with a second end of the lock member, the second end disposed opposite the first end on the rotatable lock member.
10. The safety selector of claim 9, wherein one of the second end and the third lever member has a protrusion extending therefrom and the other of the second end and the third lever member has at least one correspondingly shaped groove configured to receive the protrusion.
11. The safety selector of claim 10, wherein the at least one correspondingly shaped groove is a plurality of correspondingly shaped grooves.
12. The safety selector claim 11, wherein the second end has a protrusion extending therefrom and the third lever member has a plurality of corresponding shaped grooves on an inner surface, thereby forming an abutting engagement when the protrusion is received in one of the plurality of corresponding shaped grooves.
13. The safety selector of claim 9, wherein the third lever member is couplable with the second end in a plurality of positions.
14. The safety selector of claim 9, wherein the third lever member is coupled with the second end at least in part by a threaded fastener.
15. A safety selector comprising:
a rotatable lock member having two opposing ends, a first end and a second end;
an inner lever member coupled with the first end;
a first outer lever member coupled with the first end, the first outer lever member engageable with an outer surface of the inner lever member;
a second outer lever member coupled with the second end;
wherein the inner lever member, the first outer lever member, and the second outer lever member are couplable with the rotatable lock member in a plurality of positions;
wherein the rotatable lock member is transitionable between at least a first position and a second position, in the first position the projection is configured to block movement of at least a portion of a firing mechanism of a firearm.
16. The safety selector of claim 15, wherein one of the inner lever member and the first outer lever member have a protrusion extending therefrom and the other of the inner member and the first outer lever member has at least one correspondingly shaped groove configured to receive the protrusion.
17. The safety selector of claim 16, wherein the at least one correspondingly shaped groove is a plurality of correspondingly shaped grooves.
18. The safety selector of claim 16, wherein the inner lever member has a protrusion extending from the outer surface and the first outer lever member has a plurality of corresponding shaped grooves on an inner surface, thereby forming an abutting engagement when the protrusion is received in one of the plurality of corresponding shaped grooves.
19. The safety selector of claim 15, wherein the inner lever member has an aperture formed therein to receiver at least a portion of the first end and the inner lever has a threaded bore extending into the aperture, the threaded bore receiving a correspondingly threaded fastener configured to engage the first end, thereby securing the inner lever member to the first end.
20. The safety selector of claim 19, wherein the correspondingly threaded fastener has an engagement end having a conical shape configured to abut the first end, and a tool end configured to receive a tool to transition the fastener within the threaded groove.
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