A fire control system comprises a fixed base and a sight assembly rotatably attached to the fixed base. The sight assembly includes an optical range finder for calculating a distance to a selected target and a camera having a zoom lens assembly and an optical sensor for generating an image signal representative of a target scene including a selected target. The zoom lens assembly includes a zoom controller and zoom lens optical elements, wherein the zoom controller is configured to change a magnification of the zoom lens optical elements responsive to a calculated distance to the selected target. In a further aspect, a method for imaging a target is provided.
F41F 1/00 - Launching apparatus for projecting projectiles or missiles from barrels, e.g. cannons; Harpoon guns
G02B 27/18 - Optical systems or apparatus not provided for by any of the groups , for optical projection, e.g. combination of mirror and condenser and objective
G02B 27/20 - Optical systems or apparatus not provided for by any of the groups , for optical projection, e.g. combination of mirror and condenser and objective for imaging minute objects, e.g. light-pointer
G01C 3/00 - Measuring distances in line of sight; Optical rangefinders
A weapon system for a firearm includes a processor, the processor having an associated memory, and an optical reader, the optical reader configured to receive operator-identification information and transmit the operator-identification information to the processor.
A weapon system for a firearm having a barrel includes a powered accessory rail interface having an upper accessory rail and a lower accessory rail. A first accessory device is removably attachable to the upper accessory rail and is configured to receive electrical power and data signals over the powered accessory rail interface. A second accessory device is removably attachable to the lower accessory rail, the second accessory device configured to receive electrical power and data signals over the powered accessory rail interface. A power supply is electrically coupled to the powered accessory rail interface.
A system for mounting an accessory device on a firearm includes a longitudinally extending handguard affixed to the firearm. The handguard is configured to support the accessory device and includes an upper portion and a lower portion. At least one electrical connector is disposed on each of the upper portion and the lower portion. A power supply is supported on the handguard and circuitry is disposed between the upper portion and the lower portion. The circuitry electrically couples the power supply to the at least one electrical connector disposed on each of the upper portion and the lower portion. In a further aspect, a modular weapon system is provided.
A combined reflex and laser sighting device with co-aligned iron sights is provided. In one aspect, the laser elements are co-aligned with each other, the reflex sight is co-aligned with the laser elements, and the iron sights are then co-aligned with the reflex sight and lasers, such that both the reflex sight, laser sight, and iron sights can all be calibrated or boresighted to a weapon together in a single operation. In another aspect, one or more laser elements are mounted to a laser bench and aligned with a reflex sight and iron sights attached to the laser bench. In yet another aspect, a plurality of laser elements are provided on the laser bench and are co-aligned with each other, the reflex sight, and the iron sights. In yet another aspect, an elevation adjustment apparatus for a laser sight includes selectable primary and secondary adjustment assemblies.
A dual purpose missile storage and launch tube device includes a tubular housing and a front cover removably covering a first end of the tubular housing, the first end defining an opening for firing a missile. A rear cover assembly removably covers a second end of the tubular housing opposite the first end. A safety mechanism is attached to the tubular housing and includes a sliding member extending through a longitudinal passageway formed in the safety mechanism. A forward portion of the sliding member engages the front cover. A rearward portion of the sliding member engages a fastener locking the rear cover assembly onto the tubular housing. The rearward portion of the sliding member is disengaged from the fastener when the front cover is removed from the first end of the tubular housing for unlocking the rear cover assembly from the tubular housing.
A powered accessory platform for a weapon includes a handguard assembly having an upper handguard portion and an opposed lower handguard portion. The upper handguard portion and the lower handguard portion cooperate to define a sleeve. The sleeve has a proximal end configured to attach to the weapon and a distal end opposite the proximal end. The sleeve is configured to surround at least a portion of the weapon when the proximal end is attached to the weapon. A flexible circuit within the sleeve includes one or more circuit elements disposed on a flexible circuit substrate. An accessory mounting rail is located on a top portion of the upper handguard portion, the mounting rail having at least one electrical connector thereon. A first accessory mounting pad is mechanically and electrically coupled to the accessory mounting rail. A power supply connector on the sleeve is configured to attach a power supply.
A modular grenade launcher system includes an upper chassis and lower chassis secured on opposite sides of a barrel of a weapon, such as a firearm. The chassis removably receives any of a plurality of interchangeable modules, including grenade launcher assemblies having different calibers. A separate modular and removable firing mechanism is provided, wherein multiple grenade launcher barrel assemblies can share a common firing mechanism. An accessory rail module is also provided to replace the grenade launcher barrel assembly and firing mechanism.
A combined reflex and laser sighting device is provided. In one aspect, the reflex sight and one or more laser elements are coaligned, such that both the reflex sight and the laser sight can be sighted in or boresighted to a weapon together in a single operation. In another aspect, one or more laser elements are mounted within a laser bench and aligned with a reflex sight attached to the laser bench. In yet another aspect, a plurality of laser elements are provided within the laser bench and are coaligned with each other and the reflex sight. In another aspect, a mounting block with yielding vertical and horizontal webs is provided to allow windage and elevation adjustments to be made to the reflex sight and laser elements together. In still another aspect, an elevation macro-adjustment mechanism is provided to provide a simple adjustment that that realign the sight to a weapon to accommodate different shooting scenarios, such as different velocity rounds, different target distances, and elevational differences of the shooter's vantage point.