Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.

Patents

  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS20050188975 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/017,445
Publication dateSep 1, 2005
Filing dateDec 20, 2004
Priority dateJan 22, 1999
Also published asUS6615814, US6941693, US20040055588
Publication number017445, 11017445, US 2005/0188975 A1, US 2005/188975 A1, US 20050188975 A1, US 20050188975A1, US 2005188975 A1, US 2005188975A1, US-A1-20050188975, US-A1-2005188975, US2005/0188975A1, US2005/188975A1, US20050188975 A1, US20050188975A1, US2005188975 A1, US2005188975A1
InventorsJohn Rice, Nicholas Marks
Original AssigneeNpf Limited
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Paintball guns
US 20050188975 A1
Abstract
A paintball gun is disclosed which includes a data link for transferring data to and/or from a remote terminal. The link may be a contact or contactless one. A removable data carrier may be used.
Images(3)
Previous page
Next page
Claims(2)
1-19. (canceled)
20. A paintball gun, comprising:
a gun body including a compressed gas circuit for firing one or more paintballs;
a memory unit configured to store information concerning operating parameters for the pneumatic operation of the paintball gun;
a central processor operatively connected to the memory unit for processing information regarding the pneumatic operation of the paintball gun; and
a data communication link operatively connected to the processor and configured to provide a connection to a remote terminal, the data communication link configured, when connected to the remote terminal, to transmit information from the remote terminal to the paintball gun regarding changes to the operating parameters for the pneumatic operation of the paintball gun.
Description
  • [0001]
    This invention relates to paintball guns.
  • [0002]
    The game of paintball involves participants carrying guns which fire pellets of ‘paint’ or dye which are fired from the gun and burst upon impact to leave a mark at the point of impact.
  • [0003]
    Most paintball guns use a pneumatic system for firing the paintballs using compressed air or other gas. More recently, such pneumatically operated guns have begun to be electronically controlled for greater effectiveness.
  • [0004]
    According to the present invention there is provided a paintball gun including a data link for transferring data to and/or from a remote terminal.
  • [0005]
    According to the present invention there is further provided electronic apparatus, comprising a paintball gun, a terminal and means for transferring data and/or communicating between the gun and terminal.
  • [0006]
    A display panel may be mounted on the gun or may be alternatively (or additionally) be situated remote from the gun. For example, the display panel may be a display on a remote terminal such as a computer terminal, a personal digital assistant (PDA), a telephone or many other devices, such as components attached to the gun. Data may be transferred to the panel by a direct (wired link) for example a serial link, USB link or other link, or by a contactless method, such as by infrared communication, radio links (digital or analog), microwave links, or even by telephone/cable internet, etc.
  • [0007]
    Alternatively, the remote terminal may not have a display. It may simply store and/or process data.
  • [0008]
    Alternatively, data my be transferred by means of a removable data carrier, such as a smart card, SIM, flash card, a disk or tape or other means between the gun and an external terminal.
  • [0009]
    Embodiments of the invention will now be described, by way of example only, with reference to the accompanying drawings in which:
  • [0010]
    FIG. 1 shows schematically an electronic apparatus for use in a paintball gun;
  • [0011]
    FIG. 2 shows the handle of a gun;
  • [0012]
    FIG. 3 shows schematically external terminals linked to a paint gun;
  • [0013]
    FIG. 4 shows schematically external terminals receiving or transmitting data from or to a paintball gun by means of a data carrier; and
  • [0014]
    FIG. 5 shows a side view of a display and a circuit board.
  • [0015]
    A paintball gun embodying the present invention uses a compressed gas circuit supplied with gas from a gas cylinder to eject projectiles in the form of spheres containing paint which break upon impact. The gun is electronically controlled, typically by a microswitch operated upon by a trigger squeezed by a user's finger and the electronics control the firing mechanism and in particular ensure correct timing. The electronics also enable various different modes of firing, for example a semi-automatic mode in which each trigger actuation causes a projectile to be fired, typically up to 20 times a second, or a fully automatic mode in which a single trigger actuation causes a burst of a selectable number of shots. Other parameters such as dwell time, firing rate, number of bursts per second, and so on are also selectable under the operation of the control electronics. A paintball gun of this type is commercially available as the Angel™ gun manufactured by NPF Limited and reference is made to U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/137,641.
  • [0016]
    FIG. 1 shows a control and display apparatus for use in a gun according to the present invention. The apparatus comprises a central processor which typically includes a microprocessor. As described, operation of the gun is initiated by a user depressing a trigger 2 which acts upon a microswitch in known manner. This sends an appropriate signal to fire control/monitoring circuitry 4, which may be at least partially incorporated in the control unit 1 and which can be used to control the rate of fire, dwell time, etc, and also to fire the gun when the trigger has been operated, using the mode designated by the user. These modes may be, for example, manual, semi-automatic or automatic modes or other modes as required or as allowed by the rules of the particular event or tournament he is playing in. These operate in known manner.
  • [0017]
    A plurality of input buttons 5 a to 5 e are arranged to provide user input to the processor 1 via a user interface 3 and these have several different functions as will be outlined below.
  • [0018]
    The gun is powered by a battery 6 which is preferably a rechargeable type and which can charge through a battery charger 7 which has a mains input. The battery charger may have means for indicating the approximate charge on the battery.
  • [0019]
    An integral alphanumeric display unit in the form of an LCD unit 8, driven by an LCD driver circuit 9 is preferably connected to the processor and this displays various types of data and information. Preferably, a back-light 10 is also provided to enable better viewing of the LCD unit but which back-light may be turned off when required. The alphanumeric display need not necessarily be an LCD display. Alternatively, the gun may not have an integral display.
  • [0020]
    Various other pieces of apparatus, sensors, etc, may be added to the control unit and non-limiting examples of these are shown in FIG. 1. There is shown a temperature sensor 11, a timer 12 and a vibrator 13. The timer 12 can be used for various purposes such as for timing a paintball game and for an alarm function and the vibrator 13 may be used as the alarm indicator for the timer 12. In addition, a data link, such as an infrared link 14 is provided which enables programming of the control unit, or bidirectional data exchange, to take place from a remote PC or other device fitted with a similar infrared unit. Infrared communication devices are well known. A serial link, eg RS232C, radio link or other communications link may also be provided. So called ‘blue tooth’ technology may be used for radio communication
  • [0021]
    FIG. 2 shows the grip frame part of a paintball gun. The user holds the grip in the normal manner and squeezes the trigger 2 to fire the gun. As shown, the gun is radically different from previous paintball gun designs in that an LCD display 8 is integral with and incorporated into the gun, in this case on the cheek of the grip frame 15. It could, however, be mounted in any other position/disposition on the gun itself. The control buttons are also distributed on the grip frame. Three of the buttons 5 a, 5 b and 5 c are mounted in a recessed portion where they are always accessible. The remaining buttons in this embodiment are mounted under a cheek plate (not shown) which is screwed or otherwise attached over the cheek, possibly using anti-tamper means, or tamper-indicating means such as seals, and thus are only accessible when the plate is removed. This is because these buttons are used to alter various functions of the gun which affect its performance, rate of fire, etc. In many events, the rate of fire or other gun parameters must be set before the game begins and cannot be altered once the match is underway. By being mounted in an inaccessible position, these buttons achieve this objective.
  • [0022]
    As shown in FIG. 5, the display panel may be removable. In one embodiment, it is mounted on a substrate 50 formed by a printed circuit board on which electronic components 51,52 are mounted. Electrical connection between the board 50 and display 8 is made via a plurality of pins (of which one is shown, 53) and co-operating sockets 54. By simply pulling these apart, the panel can be removed. In an alternative embodiment, a so-called Ziff (zero insertion force) socket can be used. This type of socket is commonly used for microprocessors. Other methods of removably connecting the display may be used.
  • [0023]
    Various values and words are selectably displayed by a six character alphanumeric display 24 and a plurality of fixed words/characters which are illuminated as required. A battery indicator 20 is displayed at all times and goes from blank to full (all four segments displayed). When down to about 25% power level the last segment only is displayed, and this flashes indicating low power status.
  • [0024]
    A mode indicator 21 displays the mode of firing and may show single characters or numerals such as A, B, C, 1, 2, 3 etc. Modes are displayed at all times. The mode of firing can only be changed by one of the normally inaccessible tactile switches 5 d or 5 e. The modes available may be, for example, SEMI: (1 shot; 1 trigger pull), BURSTS: (a 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 shot burst per trigger pull), ZIPS (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 shot bursts at a rate of 8.75 shots/sec max). The MROF (Maximum Rate of Fire) function will display 8 when in the ZIP modes.
  • [0025]
    The vibrator may work in a timer mode for indicating, for example, 5 min intervals by actuating the vibrator for 3 secs. Note: if the ‘V’ mode is selected the ‘V’ is displayed on the LCD. Switching the vibratory alarm ON or OFF is selected from a sub-menu function.
  • [0026]
    Temperature may be displayed in F. or C. by the main alphanumeric display 24. A temperature icon is only displayed when the menu calls for it. Temp mode can be selected from the menu; Changing from Centigrade to Fahrenheit is selected from the sub-menu.
  • [0027]
    A trip meter is a shot counter that can be re-zeroed by the consumer. Trip can be selected from the menu. Resetting to zero is selected from the sub-menu.
  • [0028]
    A ROF (Rate of Fire) function may measure a string of shots over a selected (eg 1 second) period. The first shot starts the counter for 1 second, any shots that occur in that period are registered on the display. Then the display will not accept any input for a 3-second period. During this period the display will also flash before an additional cycle may start. The ROF mode can be selected from the menu. The data is constantly updated and so no sub-menu is required. ROF can also record the shortest time interval between any two shots, which can remain in memory until superseded or deleted. This allows for a peak value of ROF to be viewed later, without fear of interrupting a game.
  • [0029]
    The display can accordingly display not only a desired rate of fire, but also the rate of fire actually achieved by the user, which can fall well short of the desired rate of fire, or could even exceed it for a very skilled marksman. Furthermore, competition rules may set an upper limit on the rate of fire, and this upper limit may be programmed in and displayed on the LCD display (MROF). More details are set out further below.
  • [0030]
    To power off the gun a tactile switch on the grip must be held for 1.5 seconds which shows the whole display for 2 seconds. Then the display shows the word “SAFE” and the back light switches OFF. The gun cannot fire in the safe mode but the battery meter is still displayed. An automatic power off function may be provided which powers off the gun if no shots are fired for a predetermined period, e.g. 60 minutes.
  • [0031]
    A unique ID number may be programmable into the gun by the manufacturers or suppliers. This number may affect, e.g. restrict, the modes it is possible for the gun to be fired in and can render the gun less likely to be stolen.
  • [0032]
    Numerous fault codes can be displayed, for example Fault 1, F1=Over temp=38 C., F2=Under temp=0 C., and so on. The fault can be selected from the menu. Should more than one fault be present the display will alternate at 2-sec cycles. The faults will only clear from the display when the fault condition is removed.
  • [0033]
    Dwell time may be displayed, e.g. in millisecs=e.g. 0:20=20 ms. Dwell is changed via a tactile button and scrolls from 12 ms to 25 ms.
  • [0034]
    MROF displays the rate of fire as shots per sec, e.g. 12=12 shots/sec. MROF may be selected from the menu but can only be changed via one of the normally inaccessible tactile buttons on the board. In one embodiment the range is 5 to 20 shots per second.
  • [0035]
    Note: If a mode of fire has a preset rate this will be displayed under the MODE function and cannot be adjusted whilst in that mode.
  • [0036]
    A cycles counter is a grand total shot counter that cannot be reset by the consumer, only by the suppliers of the gun or other authorised person.
  • [0037]
    A TRIP counter is provided, which is a shot counter that can be zeroed by the user or consumer.
  • [0038]
    A timer is a countdown timer which can, for example, count down from 60 min. At the end of the count the vibrator alarm may be activated for 10 seconds. The timer can be set in 5-min increments, i.e. OFF, 5, 10, 15 etc. A sub-menu allows changes. The settings must remain in the memory even after power has been removed.
  • [0039]
    The display may also indicate test modes and a BACKLIGHT ON symbol 22 is included. Additional functions displayable include, inter alia, velocity, average velocity, gas pressure and gas usage, for example.
  • [0040]
    In one embodiment DWELL, MROF, MODE and TIMER functions are stored in non-volatile memory since these settings must be retained even when power is removed.
  • [0041]
    Many other parameters of the gun's operation, or of a game being played (score, timer functions, etc) may be displayed.
  • [0042]
    The gun may alternatively not have an integral display at all. If it does not have an integral display, or even if it does have a display, the data-link 14 may be used to communicate with an external terminal, preferably for displaying information at the remote terminal. The term ‘terminal’ is to be construed widely, and non-limiting examples of terminals are shown schematically in FIG. 3. Others will be apparent.
  • [0043]
    The terminal could be a PC or other computer or computer terminal 60. Other items shown by way of example include hand-held devices 61, such as palm-top computers, PDAs, mobile telephones and so on. A watch 62 or other wearable device could be a terminal. A display mounted on a gas regulator (shown attached to a gas canister 64) could be used. A display may be mounted on a stock 65 or on a fore grip 66 or paint-ball hopper 67. A display may be mounted ‘head-up’ style in a face mask, goggles or other safety equipment which would normally be worn by a user of a paintball gun.
  • [0044]
    The terminal may indeed be another gun, so that users can communicate and transfer data between each other.
  • [0045]
    The external terminal may be used to simply download information to regarding the progress and results of a game and/or the gun's operation or performance, or to upload information, programming data or software upgrades to a gun, in which case it will generally be connected after or before a game. Alternatively, or in addition, it can be used to display parameters relating to the gun's operation or an ongoing game, preferably in real-time.
  • [0046]
    The connection with an external terminal (display) may be wired connections, such as RS 232 connections, USB connections, IEEE 1394 (firewire), or other types. It could alternatively be by a wireless method such as infrared or radio. Many radio protocols are available or will be available and one such protocol is known as ‘blue tooth’. Connections may also be made over LANS, WANS or by any telecommunication system or over the internet for example. By fitting a modem or an ISDN adaptor or other suitable interface, the gun may be connected to the internet or telecommunications system. The nature and operation of such systems is known to those skilled in the art, and will not be discussed in detail.
  • [0047]
    Instead of directly transferring data, the data may be transferred on a data carrier. FIG. 4 shows a gun which is adapted to receive a data carrier 70. This may be an electronic token such as a smart card, or a SIM card, a memory card (eg flash card, PROM, EPROM, etc or a memory stick). It may alternatively be a disk or tape type device such as a floppy disk, CD ROM, DVD, etc. The gun includes a suitable location 71 for receiving a data carrier and including means for transferring data to and/or from the carrier. These means will be apparent to the skilled reader. Card readers, for example, or disk drive/control mechanisms are widely available.
  • [0048]
    The gun may be one with or without a display 8. The carrier may be removed from the gun when desired and used to input data into a co-operating means associated with a terminal. For example, if the carrier is a smart card, then a smart card reader can be integrated or connected to any terminal (PC, PDA, watch, gas regulator, gun components, etc).
  • [0049]
    With a data carrier, the manufacturer or supplier of a gun can easily provide product (software) upgrades or view or supply various types of information.
  • [0050]
    Among the features which may be monitored and/or displayed locally and/or remotely are:
  • [0051]
    Temperature (working and ambient)
  • [0052]
    Dwell (value opening time)
  • [0053]
    ROF (rate of fire achieved)
  • [0054]
    MROF (maximum rate of fire limit)
  • [0055]
    Dwell (time of value opening)
  • [0056]
    Modes (style of shooting, semi auto etc)
  • [0057]
    Pressures (working pressures)
  • [0058]
    Battery Condition
  • [0059]
    Cycles (total shots fired)
  • [0060]
    Trip (resettable shot counter)
  • [0061]
    Backlighting (for improved visibility)
  • [0062]
    Vibrator (timer alarm)
  • [0063]
    Optical (timer alarm)
  • [0064]
    Audio able (timer alarm)
  • [0065]
    Fault codes (self diagnostics)
  • [0066]
    Pin number (programmable electronic lock)
  • [0067]
    ID number (electronic ID number)
  • [0068]
    Factory resetting (sets to defaults)
  • [0069]
    Game timer with programmable alarms intervals and fixed intervals
  • [0070]
    Ability to change the state of the timer alarms.
  • [0071]
    Note that FIGS. 3 and 4 show a gas regulator adapted for communication (data transfer) with a paintball gun. The present invention also extends to a gas regulator having means for transferring data to and/or from any external terminal (as indicated schematically by dashed line 80).
Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US762274 *Dec 1, 1902Jun 14, 1904Maitland LumleyReducing-valve.
US1404689 *Nov 15, 1919Jan 24, 1922 Air gun
US1512022 *Mar 28, 1919Oct 21, 1924A C Clark & CompanyAltitude oxygen apparatus
US2359032 *Apr 26, 1939Sep 26, 1944Gott Edgar NRemote visual control system
US2594240 *Dec 24, 1947Apr 22, 1952Daisy Mfg CoPneumatic gun
US2635599 *Aug 4, 1949Apr 21, 1953Daisy Mfg CoUniform muzzle velocity pneumatic gun
US2747607 *Dec 12, 1951May 29, 1956John L MatasovicPressure regulator
US2755815 *Apr 13, 1953Jul 24, 1956Bendix Aviat CorpFlow-compensated pressure reducing valve
US2777456 *May 14, 1952Jan 15, 1957Victor EyGas pressure regulators
US2980096 *Jan 12, 1959Apr 18, 1961Crosman Arms Company IncGas powered revolver
US3139902 *Mar 14, 1961Jul 7, 1964Thomas Jim BHandle structure for pressure-regulator and gauge for gas cylinders
US3250292 *Mar 18, 1964May 10, 1966Ametek IncGauge
US3272220 *Jan 30, 1963Sep 13, 1966Westinghouse Bremsen GmbhHydraulic pressure regulating valve
US3612026 *Mar 18, 1970Oct 12, 1971Crosman Arms Co IncGas-operated revolver with rotatable magazine
US3711638 *Feb 2, 1971Jan 16, 1973Davies JRemote monitoring and weapon control system
US3798796 *Jul 26, 1972Mar 26, 1974AerospatialeMethod and equipment for training personnel in the optical tracking of a moving target
US3824981 *Dec 13, 1972Jul 23, 1974Crosman Arms Co IncSemi-automatic b-b pistol with trigger-connnected linkages
US3972345 *May 27, 1975Aug 3, 1976Sperry Rand CorporationPilot operated relief valve
US4019180 *Nov 17, 1975Apr 19, 1977The United States Of America As Represented By The Secretary Of The ArmyRemote infrared signal communicator
US4148248 *Dec 20, 1976Apr 10, 1979Maxton Manufacturing CompanyHydraulic valve control system
US4181139 *Nov 21, 1977Jan 1, 1980The United States Of America As Represented By The Secretary Of The NavyMultiple function CO2 valve
US4189143 *Aug 3, 1977Feb 19, 1980Auken John A VanTennis scorekeeper
US4205589 *Nov 20, 1978Jun 3, 1980Engler Richard DWeapon control and firing system
US4219017 *Nov 9, 1978Aug 26, 1980Burr John DPilot regulator
US4220992 *Nov 3, 1978Sep 2, 1980Blood Thomas SPortable event analysis device
US4256013 *Mar 30, 1979Mar 17, 1981Quitadama Dominick JMultiple target weapons system
US4349043 *Jun 6, 1980Sep 14, 1982Baker Cac, Inc.Method and apparatus for prevention of over-pressurization of a pressure responsive device
US4396032 *Apr 9, 1981Aug 2, 1983Pittman Products, Inc.Safety underwater pressure regulator
US4527582 *Dec 9, 1982Jul 9, 1985Buoyco (Divers) LimitedDepth responsive gas control device
US4541191 *Apr 6, 1984Sep 17, 1985Morris Ernest EWeapon having a utilization recorder
US4602608 *May 29, 1984Jul 29, 1986Etat Francais Represente Par Le Delegue General Pour L'armementSupply apparatus for a semi-automatic compressed gas device which fires projectiles
US4694850 *Oct 7, 1986Sep 22, 1987Nippon Tansan Gas Co., Ltd.Gas supply mechanism
US4718187 *Oct 2, 1986Jan 12, 1988Electronic Warfare Associates, Inc.Trigger means for a weapon control system
US4770153 *May 2, 1985Sep 13, 1988Edelman Alexander SPneumatic weapon with pressure reduction valves
US4802504 *Aug 5, 1986Feb 7, 1989L'air LiquideTap with flow limiter for gas bottles
US4924904 *Jun 30, 1986May 15, 1990Puritan-Bennett CorporationAdjustable pressure regulator device
US4936282 *Dec 9, 1988Jun 26, 1990Dobbins Jerrold MGas powered gun
US4982758 *Jan 30, 1990Jan 8, 1991The Aro CorporationRegulator with fluid supported and operated diaphragm
US5044107 *Aug 23, 1990Sep 3, 1991The United States Of America As Represented By The Secretary Of The ArmyTalking rifle
US5083392 *Jul 16, 1990Jan 28, 1992Bookstaber Richard MFirearm with piezo-electric triggering and firing mechanism
US5084695 *Jul 5, 1990Jan 28, 1992Freeman Jeffrey SUmpire's counter
US5097860 *Jan 4, 1991Mar 24, 1992Dacor CorporationPressure regulator for underwater breathing apparatus
US5113898 *Jun 4, 1990May 19, 1992The Aro CorporationValve assembly for fluid pressure regulation
US5123436 *Nov 4, 1991Jun 23, 1992Mallory, Inc.Plunger-type fuel pressure regulator
US5140144 *Mar 11, 1991Aug 18, 1992Symbol Technologies, Inc.Scan board module for laser scanners
US5142805 *Mar 4, 1991Sep 1, 1992Horne John NCartridge monitoring and display system for a firearm
US5181009 *Oct 29, 1990Jan 19, 1993Perona Ronald JTiming and scorekeeping ring
US5184609 *Sep 3, 1991Feb 9, 1993U.S. Divers Co., Inc.Divers first stage adjustable regulator
US5280778 *Mar 9, 1992Jan 25, 1994Kotsiopoulos Thomas GSemi-automatic firing compressed gas gun
US5305495 *Nov 27, 1992Apr 26, 1994Nelsen Phillip APest trap for vacuum device
US5379761 *Jul 21, 1993Jan 10, 1995Schuler; ManfredFirst stage scuba regulator
US5411053 *Jul 1, 1994May 2, 1995Daniel A. HoltFluid pressure regulator
US5416472 *Dec 4, 1992May 16, 1995Torii, Jr.; Dennis R.Firearm security system and access lock therefor
US5448847 *Jul 14, 1994Sep 12, 1995Teetzel; James W.Weapon lock and target authenticating apparatus
US5494024 *Nov 6, 1992Feb 27, 1996Scott; EricPaint ball gun and assemblies therefor
US5522421 *Jan 23, 1995Jun 4, 1996Daniel A. HoltFluid pressure regulator
US5559490 *Jul 14, 1994Sep 24, 1996Majek, Inc.Electronic scoring apparatus for dart games
US5614679 *Sep 26, 1995Mar 25, 1997Regin Manufacturing, Inc.Recessed pressure indicator regulator assembly
US5642581 *Dec 20, 1995Jul 1, 1997Herold; Michael A.Magazine for a firearm including a self-contained ammunition counting and display system
US5668803 *Nov 23, 1994Sep 16, 1997Symbol Technologies, Inc.Protocol for packet data communication system
US5669174 *Jun 8, 1995Sep 23, 1997Teetzel; James W.Laser range finding apparatus
US5669369 *Feb 26, 1996Sep 23, 1997Scott; EricPaint ball gun and assemblies therefor
US5704151 *Mar 24, 1995Jan 6, 1998James Paul WestPortable battery-powered safety lock
US5704153 *Jul 23, 1996Jan 6, 1998Colt's Manufacturing Company, Inc.Firearm battery and control module
US5727538 *Apr 5, 1996Mar 17, 1998Shawn EllisElectronically actuated marking pellet projector
US5736720 *Aug 29, 1996Apr 7, 1998Cm Support, Inc.Loader mounted paintball game scorekeeper and an associated paintball game playing system
US5755213 *Jul 25, 1995May 26, 1998Smart Parts, Inc.Pneumatic valve and regulator
US5782028 *Dec 19, 1994Jul 21, 1998Stephen G. SimonConcealed safety device for firearms
US5791328 *Feb 24, 1997Aug 11, 1998Alexander; Aaron K.Air valve for marking pellet gun
US5881707 *Jan 15, 1997Mar 16, 1999Smart Parts, Inc.Pneumatically operated projectile launching device
US5896691 *Jul 20, 1998Apr 27, 1999Colt's Manufacturing Company, Inc.Firearm battery and control module
US5947738 *Aug 26, 1996Sep 7, 1999Advanced Interactive Systems, Inc.Simulated weapon with gas cartridge
US5949015 *Jul 16, 1997Sep 7, 1999Kollmorgen CorporationWeapon control system having weapon stabilization
US5953844 *Dec 1, 1998Sep 21, 1999Quantum Leap Research Inc.Automatic firearm user identification and safety module
US5954507 *Apr 23, 1998Sep 21, 1999Bristlecone CorporationMethod and apparatus for training a shooter of a firearm
US5957119 *Feb 24, 1998Sep 28, 1999Smart Parts, Inc.Pneumatic valve and regulator
US6009900 *Dec 14, 1998Jan 4, 2000Messer Griesheim Schueisstechnik Gmbh & Co.Gas fitting
US6035843 *Jan 16, 1996Mar 14, 2000Smart Parts, Inc.Pneumatically operated projectile launching device
US6039574 *Mar 11, 1999Mar 21, 2000Standiford; Jocelyn D.Time monitoring portable game system
US6062208 *Jan 11, 1999May 16, 2000Seefeldt; William J.Paintball gun monitor
US6171190 *May 27, 1998Jan 9, 2001Act Labs, Ltd.Photosensitive input peripheral device in a personal computer-based video gaming platform
US6223461 *Nov 12, 1998May 1, 2001Technology Patents, LlcFirearm with remotely activated safety system
US6226913 *May 5, 1999May 8, 2001Hi-G-Tek Ltd.Weapon tag
US6237271 *Sep 14, 1998May 29, 2001Colt's Manufacturing Company, Inc.Firearm with safety system having a communication package
US6286242 *Jun 15, 2000Sep 11, 2001Smith & Wesson Corp.Security apparatus for a firearm
US6343140 *Oct 30, 1998Jan 29, 2002Quid Technologies LlcMethod and apparatus for shooting using biometric recognition
US6345461 *Jul 14, 2000Feb 12, 2002Smith & Wesson Corp.Backstrap module for a firearm
US6392613 *Feb 12, 1999May 21, 2002Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.Portable electronic device
US6412207 *Mar 9, 1999Jul 2, 2002Caleb Clark CryeFirearm safety and control system
US6415542 *Apr 19, 2000Jul 9, 2002International Business Machines CorporationLocation-based firearm discharge prevention
US6421943 *Apr 28, 2000Jul 23, 2002Id.ComBiometric authorization and registration systems and methods
US6510642 *Jul 25, 1997Jan 28, 2003Karl Stefan RienerDevice for securing a firearm, as well as for securing and/or storing objects
US6565438 *Aug 1, 2001May 20, 2003Mitsumi Electric Co., Ltd.Video game control adapter apparatus
US20010008848 *Nov 30, 2000Jul 19, 2001Armstrong Brad A.Controller with convexed surface analog pressure sensor
US20020103026 *Mar 27, 2002Aug 1, 2002Atsunori HimotoController and expansion unit for controller
US20030061753 *Sep 30, 2002Apr 3, 2003Gaston GlockPistol with a device for determining the number of shots
US20030070343 *Oct 2, 2002Apr 17, 2003Gaston GlockSystem for activating a weapon with an identification mechanism
US20030144056 *Feb 13, 2003Jul 31, 2003Leifer Alan E.Wireless game control units
US20040020099 *Feb 12, 2003Feb 5, 2004Osborn John H.Method and apparatus to provide precision aiming assistance to a shooter
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US7594502 *Dec 7, 2006Sep 29, 2009Anderson Joel AProjectile loading, firing and warning system
US7712462 *Feb 7, 2005May 11, 2010Impulse Solutions, LlcPortable electric-driven compressed air gun
US8312870 *Aug 7, 2008Nov 20, 2012Htr Development, LlcApparatus and method for utilizing loader for paintball marker as a consolidated display and relay center
US8887708 *Oct 25, 2013Nov 18, 2014James KantonidesModular paintball marker
US9109853Mar 16, 2012Aug 18, 2015Htr Development, LlcPaintball marker and loader system
US9255766Aug 17, 2015Feb 9, 2016Htr Development, LlcPaintball marker and loader system
US20050188974 *Feb 2, 2005Sep 1, 2005Pedicini Christopher S.Portable electric driven compressed air gun
US20090050126 *Aug 7, 2008Feb 26, 2009John HigginsApparatus and method for utilizing loader for paintball marker as a consolidated display and relay center
US20090159060 *Dec 20, 2007Jun 25, 2009Newman MikePaintball gun with control switches on the grip
US20100231375 *Mar 11, 2009Sep 16, 2010Virtue Paintball LlcInformation display and communication system for paintball
US20120032799 *Aug 5, 2010Feb 9, 2012Virtue Paintball, LlcPaintball gun system with rate of fire paintball monitoring
US20140137848 *Oct 25, 2013May 22, 2014James KantonidesModular paintball marker
Classifications
U.S. Classification124/71
International ClassificationF41B11/00, F41A19/67, F41A19/64, F41A19/66, F41A19/01, F41A17/06
Cooperative ClassificationF41B11/71, F41B11/723, F41A17/06, F41A19/66, F41A19/67, F41A19/64, F41A19/01, F41B11/57, F41B11/62, F41B11/00
European ClassificationF41B11/62, F41B11/72, F41B11/57, F41A19/66, F41A17/06, F41A19/01, F41A19/67, F41B11/00, F41A19/64