US 957299 A
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J. C. BARNES.'
APPLIOATION FILED JULY 27, 1909.
v n Patented May 10, 1910.
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ElSEPI-I C. BARNES, MONTSE, COLUBAADO.
To all whom it may concern:
Be itknown that I., JOSEPH C. BARNES, a citizen ont theUnited States,and a resident of Montrosdin the county ot lllontrose and State-of Colorado, have invented a 'new and Improved Aim-Dircctor, .of whioh the tollowingis a kfullocllearr and exact description. This invention relates to ain directors for firearms and similar weapons,` and;r more particularly toa device of this class vwhich barrel or other ysuitable 'portion of a lirearin, which vcomprises a source or' light such as an electriclamp, lenses for concentrating the light 'and projecting a beam ot the same 'along the line-0f flight' of the projectile thrown by ther` gun,'so that when the beam of lightfalls upon an object the bullet tired from thegun will strike at substantially the point electrical circuit being` provided for the s'ourceof'light it the latter is an electric (lamp. i
`An objectof the inventionis to provide a simple, .inexpensive` and 'etli'cie'nt aim dij rector, which can be removably attached to and detached from tirearms 'or other Weapons, by means of which the aim of the Weapon and the direction of flight ot' the projectile therefrom can he accurately controlled inv darkness, and which.. can be in termittently controlled so ,that thefbeam of light is projected only whenV it is needed.
A further object of rthe invention is to can be adjusted' so that the projected beam of light Shall coincide substantially with the line of li the spot oflig -the'yievvs, and in Which- Flgure'l is a side'elevation showing an embodiment .of ray-invention appliedr tol a jrea-rm, shown for example as a pistol; Fig;4
Specication of Letters Patent. j j f Animation flied .nay 2'7,
class described, which ht of the bullet, and so that `V t which falls uponthe object shall have a definite predetermined lrelation and particularly a part ofthis speci- Patented May 1o,- 1910.
'1569. 'serial No. 509,537.
planation of mv mvention, it should be.
clearly understood that. the same can beadvantageously employed with various kinds of firearms and similar weapons. Needless to'say, itis impossible in darkness, to
sighta firearm by means of the ordinary sights 'employed `for the purpose, and that therefore, it is impossible to shoot with accuracy in thel darkness'. By means of my invention a beam of light.
can be projected.
from the weapon-aud this beamfean ot course. 1
be easily-directed so that "iti/fills upon the object which it is desire/dato hit. The a1'- r'angement is such that the bulletwhen tired from the weapon strikes at substantially the K point atv which the beam of light falls, so that by means of this beam of' light the aim of the weapon can be accurately directed.y
The beam of li ht may be of different kinds; that is to say, t e director may throw a spot, a line, or a cross of light upon the object aimed at, dependingupon the' construction vice. By adjusting the lenses closer to or farther away fromth'e light, the beam may of the lensesand the other parts of thedehe soregulated that it'leaives the front lens nearly parallel With thebari-el of' the gun.
course, in operation, the rays are preferably somewhat concentrated, so that they foi cus at-the extreme distance `over which the gun is designed to shoot.
Tt a spot of lighti is, thrown by the (lirector, the device can be so arranged that the 1 bullet `will strike at the spotitself. On the 'other hand, if a line of light is thrown by the director, upon an object. presents across oflight, tlie point ot .impact ofthe bullet may have anyk desired relative position Witlrrespect to the line of. the cross, depending` upon the adj ustment of the parts.v l 1 Referring more particularly to the drawings, Afrepresents the barrel of a. firearm provided with a stock B. I provide a hollow cylindricalr body t l0 which is i threaded at 4the forward end to correspondingly `threaded llensvframe. 11,
Wit-hinv which-'are mounted the lenses 12, These may beef anysuit'ablge form to coninterim-ly receive a `centrate and project beams of light. 'The y body 10, near the top has pairs of spaced ears 13. Between the corresponding ears are pivotally arranged clamping jaws 14, by means of which the device can be removably mounted upon the barrel A, the clamping jaws being adjustably secured together by means of thumb screws let or the like.
Near the rear end the body, atthe bottom, is cut away and has downwardly extending cheeks 15 between which is arranged a block 16. The block 1G has transverse openings '17 therethrough which receive guide rods 1S. The latter have the ends arranged in suitable openings of the cheeks and secured in place by means of nuts 19, the guide rods being threaded to receive the nuts. The block is slidable upon the guide rods and has an upward extension or lug Q0 having a threaded opening therethrough adapted to receive the correspondingly threaded end of an adjusting screw 21. The latter is movably arranged iu an opening Q2 in the Side of the body 10 and has a head Q3 and collars wliineh engage respectively at opposite sides ot the opening 2Q to prevent the Inovc- .ment of the adjusting screw in the direction of its length. lt will be understood that by means of the adjusting screw, the block 1G can be moved transversely of the body for purposes of adjustment.
The block carries a lamp socket Q5, into 'which can be screwed the base 2G of an electric lamp 27, the latter being of any suitable type. The socket 25 extends below the block and has a' cut away part 28 into which extends the lamp terminalQS).
A curved insulating member 30 encompasses the body 10 at the sides and-the bottoni thereof, and carries a contact plate 3l similarly formed. The insulating member is fashioned from rubber or any other suitable material, and serves electrically to isolate the plate 31 with respect to the body. A cont act finger' 32 is a'rranged between the member 30 and the plate 31 and extends into the cut away portion 28, engaging the lamp terminal hto effect electrical communication therew'it I have shown in the accompanying drawings a form of my invention in which an electric light is used, as I have found this to be the most convenient source of light for the purpose. It -v will be understood however, that any other suitable illuminant can be einployed for the purpose. The battery which supplies current for the lamp can be carried ie user of the weapon in a pocket or belt, and the wires which serve to conductA the curi'cnt from the battery can if so desired be arranged within the sleeves of the coat of the user. I prefer to rovide the wires 33 and 34 respectively wit contact rings 35 at the ends. One of the rings 35 is placed upon a finger of the hand which grips the stock so that the rin is brought into engagement with the metalic part of the stock. The other ring 35 is placed upon a finger of the other hand of the user, so that it can when necessary, be placed in contact with the plate 31. When both the rings are in contact with the designated parts, the circuit is closed and current fiows to the lamp t cause the latter to glow, whereu on the lenses project a beam of light in the irection of the line of fire. By merely moving the finger so that a ring 35 is out of engagement with the plate 31, the lamp can be extin uishcd.
Having thus describ my invention, I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent:
1`. A device of the class described,lcoinprising a cylindrical body having clamping jaws whereby said body can be mounted upon a gun barrel, a block adjustable transversely of said body and having a lamp .socket'a lamp in said socket, a lens adjustab y carried by said body and adapted to project a beam of light from said lamp, au insulating member mounted upon said body, a contact plate mounted upon said in' sulating member and having a contact finger engaging said lamp to forni an electrical connection therewith, a source of electrical supply, and conductors adapted`to contact respectively with said plate and the n t0 include said lamp in the circuit o said source of supply.
Q. A device-of the class described, comprising a body fashioned from conducting material and havin clampin jawswhereby said body can e mount upon gun barrel, a block adjustable transversely of said body and having a lamp socket, a amp iii said socket, said body having a threaded parl, a threaded lens-frame adjustably mounted in said threaded part of said body,
' a lens mounted in said frame and adapted to project a beam of light from said lamp, an insulating member mounted upon said body, a contact plate mounted upon said insulating member and having `a. contact finger engaging said lain to forni an electrical connection therewit a source of electrical supply, and conductors adapted to contact respectively with said plate and the gun, to include said lamp in the circuit of said source of supply.
3. A device of the class described, comprising a body fashioned from conducting material and having clampin jaws, whereby said body can be inounte u Aon a gun barrel, a block having a threade opening a manually operable stem carried by said body and engaging said threaded opening to permit the adjustment of said block transversely of said body, said block havin a. lamp socket, a lamp in said socket, a ens adjustably carried by said body and adapted i block, a lamp in said to project a beam of light from said lamp, and means including said lamp in an electrical circuit.
4. A device of the class described, cornprising a body having clamping jaws, whereby said body can be mounted upon a gun barrel, a block adjustable transversely of said body, a lamp socket, means for including said lamp in circuit with a'source of electrical supply, and a lensl carried by said body and .adapted to project abeam of light from said lamp.
5. A device of theclass described, comprising a body adapted to be removably mounted upon a gun barrel, a guide rod eX- tending transversely of said body, a block slidably located upon said rod, a. lamp carried by said block, a lens for projecting a beam of light from vsaid lamp, and a manually operabledevice for moving said block longitudinally of said rod.
6. A device of the class described, comprising a cylindrical body having clamping jaws, whereby said body can be mounted upon a gun barrel, said body having downwardly extending cheeks, guide rods mounted between said cheeks, a block slidably mounted upon said guide rods and having a lamp socket carried by said block, said block having a threaded opening, a threaded stem rotatably mounted at the side of said body and engaging said threaded opening of said block to permit the adjustment of said block, a` lamp in said lamp socket, a lens frame adjustably socket carried by saidL said frame adapted to project a beam ot' light from said lamp, and means for including said lamp in circuit with a source of electrical supply.
7. A device of the class described,.com
prising a cylindrical body having clamping jaws, whereby said body can be mounte upon a gun barrel, said body having downwardly extending cheeks, guide rods mounted between said cheeks, a block slidably mounted upon said guide rods and having a lamp socket carried by said block, said block having a threaded opening, a threaded stem rotatably mounted at the side vof said body and engaging said threaded opening of said block to permit the adjustment of said block, a lamp in said socke adens vframe adjustably carried Vby said body, a lens in said :frame adapted to project a beam of light from said lamp, an insulating member partly encompassing said body, a partly cylindrical Contact plate encompassing said insulating member .and having associated therewith a -contact finger engaging said lamp to` form an electrical connection therewith,a source of electrical supply, 'and conductors contacting respectively with said plate and the gun, to include the said .lamp in the circuit of said source of supply.
In testimony whereof I have signed my naine to this specification in the presence of two subscribing Witnesses.
' JOSEPH C. BARNES. lYitnessest T. B. LEWIS,
carried by said body, a lens in lVALTER P. Cnosa.