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1.

ELECTRICAL PRIMING OF A FIREARM PRIMER

      
Application Number 18263789
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-01-27
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner FN HERSTAL S.A. (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Pont, Guillaume
  • Istaz, Benjamin
  • Libotte, Hugues
  • Heins, Patrick
  • Baps, Bernard
  • Santus, Romain

Abstract

The present disclosure relates to a primer for a personal firearm. The primer includes a primer cup including a cylindrical side wall closed at one outer end by a bottom; a pyrotechnic charge placed in the primer cup; an electrical component suitable for producing the thermal energy needed for priming the pyrotechnic charge, the charge being in contact with the electrical component; a printed circuit board, said printed circuit board having an internal face comprising the electrical component in contact with the pyrotechnic charge, characterized in that said printed circuit board forms at least in part the outer bottom of the primer cup.

IPC Classes  ?

2.

LOCKABLE AMMUNITION

      
Application Number 18263838
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-02-10
First Publication Date 2024-03-28
Owner FN HERSTAL S.A. (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Baps, Bernard
  • Verhaegen, Damien
  • Santus, Romain

Abstract

The present disclosure relates to an ammunition intended for cooperating with a barrel including a first fastening element. The ammunition has a cartridge case housing a projectile and an electrically primed primer for projecting the projectile during use. The cartridge case has a second fastening element to lock the ammunition in the barrel onto the first fastening element.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F42B 5/26 - Cartridge cases
  • F41A 21/06 - Plural barrels
  • F41A 21/12 - Cartridge chambers; Chamber liners
  • F42B 5/08 - Cartridges, i.e. cases with propellant charge and missile modified for electric ignition

3.

DEVICE FOR DISASSEMBLING A FIREARM

      
Application Number 18302680
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-04-18
First Publication Date 2023-11-02
Owner FN HERSTAL S.A. (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Balhan, Laurent
  • Delvaux, Dorian

Abstract

This disclosure concerns a pistol having an anti-disassembly protection device, which includes a disassembly key arranged rotatably in a frame, and which can be manually turned between an angular locking position and an angular disassembly position, and which disassembly key may occupy a transverse resting position and a transverse rotation position. The disassembly key has blocking means that cooperate with additional blocking means on the frame in order to prevent rotation of the disassembly key into the angular disassembly position when the disassembly key occupies the transverse resting position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41A 11/00 - Assembly or disassembly features; Modular concepts; Articulated or collapsible guns
  • F41A 17/34 - Magazine safeties

4.

MAGAZINE LATCH

      
Application Number 18040308
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-08-09
First Publication Date 2023-09-14
Owner FN HERSTAL S.A. (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Balhan, Laurent
  • Delvaux, Dorian
  • Gielen, Charles-Aurèle
  • Kartheuser, André

Abstract

The present disclosure relates to an unlocking mechanism for a pistol magazine. Each of two release buttons is fastened to one end of a release lever controlling the translation of a lock cam arranged at the front or back of the handle. The lock cam includes a lock cooperating with an abutment surface arranged on the front or back surface of the magazine. A spring holds the lock cam in the lock position in the absence of pressure on the release button. Each release lever has a lug bearing on a corresponding lock cam lug of the lock cam. The lock cam is translated when one of the release buttons is actuated. The unlocking device has two release lever springs holding the release levers in the locked position, so as to make the left- and right-hand release buttons independent of each other.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41A 17/38 - Magazine safeties locking the magazine in the gun
  • F41A 35/06 - Adaptation of guns to both right and left hand use

5.

Pistol firing device

      
Application Number 17996918
Grant Number 11913743
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-04-21
First Publication Date 2023-06-08
Grant Date 2024-02-27
Owner FN HERSTAL S.A. (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Balhan, Laurent
  • Delvaux, Dorian

Abstract

A pistol may include a firing device arranged in a slide. The firing device includes a strikerhaving a striker head, characterized in that the device has at least two parallel striker springs arranged laterally on the side of the striker axis and bearing on at least two bearing surfaces arranged perpendicularly to the axis of the striker.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41A 19/29 - Mechanical firing mechanisms having only slidably-mounted striker elements, i.e. percussion or firing pins the percussion or firing pin being movable relative to the breech-block propelled by a spring under tension

6.

Firing mechanism with secondary interface for a firearm

      
Application Number 17471930
Grant Number 11927409
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-09-10
First Publication Date 2023-03-16
Grant Date 2024-03-12
Owner FN Herstal, S.A. (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Costet, Olivier Holger
  • Derrick, Jonathan Howard

Abstract

A firing mechanism provides a secondary interface between a hammer and a sear of a firearm that will automatically be engaged in case a primary interface between the hammer and the sear fails. In various embodiments, an actuator is employed to facilitate engagement of the primary and secondary interfaces.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41A 19/14 - Hammers, i.e. pivotably-mounted striker elements; Hammer mountings
  • F41A 17/82 - Hammer safeties, i.e. for preventing the hammer from hitting the cartridge or the firing pin trigger-operated, i.e. the movement of the trigger bringing a hammer safety into inoperative position during firing
  • F41A 19/10 - Triggers; Trigger mountings
  • F41A 19/12 - Sears; Sear mountings

7.

Mounting rail for firearm

      
Application Number 17782019
Grant Number 11885593
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-12-10
First Publication Date 2023-01-26
Grant Date 2024-01-30
Owner FN HERSTAL S.A. (Belgium)
Inventor Libotte, Hugues

Abstract

A mounting rail for a firearm is described, wherein the rail includes at least one catch arranged on a flat upper surface of the rail. The at least one catch serves as a means of fixation for at least one accessory. The rail also includes a housing that extends longitudinally, and the housing is suited to receive a printed circuit board allowing for an electrical connection with the accessory. The housing is partially defined by at least one recess, each recess being arranged between two opposite flanks of the corresponding catch. A top of the corresponding catch extends transversely on either side of a median plane of the rail above the housing.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41G 11/00 - WEAPON SIGHTS; AIMING - Details of sighting or aiming apparatus; Accessories

8.

Pistol with optimized chassis anchoring

      
Application Number 17763550
Grant Number 11959716
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-10-07
First Publication Date 2022-10-27
Grant Date 2024-04-16
Owner FN HERSTAL S.A. (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Balhan, Laurent
  • Delvaux, Dorian
  • Gridelet, Denis

Abstract

A pistol is disclosed, including a body made from synthetic material having a channel formed inside the body. A slide is guided in a longitudinal direction of the body, the slide including a barrel and a breech. A single-block chassis having an elongated shape extends from a central portion of the body to a rear end of the body. The chassis further includes guiding elements for guiding the slide. The pistol is configured such that the channel is designed to receive the chassis removably, and the chassis is fastened to the body using a formfitting, sliding connection.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41A 3/66 - Breech housings or frames; Receivers

9.

Machine gun

      
Application Number 17490856
Grant Number 11879702
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-09-30
First Publication Date 2022-06-30
Grant Date 2024-01-23
Owner FN HERSTAL S.A. (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Franssen, Pascal Marcel Henri Denis
  • Verhaegen, Damien Nicole Freddy
  • Beckers, Robert
  • Michotte, Paul
  • Godbille, Antoine

Abstract

A machine gun comprising an ammunition belt feed mechanism comprising a mechanism for ejecting a last two links of an ammunition belt, and an ejecting ratchet configured to push on a penultimate link and actuated by mobile parts of the machine gun wherein the ejecting ratchet is secured to a belt traction mechanism, wherein the belt traction mechanism comprises an advancing ratchet configured to push, in use, against an ammunition item, wherein the ejecting ratchet and the advancing ratchet are formed as a single part.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41A 9/32 - Reciprocating-slide-type belt transporters
  • F41A 9/05 - Feeding of unbelted ammunition using endless-chain belts carrying a plurality of ammunition in tandem sequence
  • F41A 9/55 - Fixed guiding means, mounted on, or near, the cartridge chamber

10.

Magazine latch

      
Application Number 17434157
Grant Number 11480403
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-02-21
First Publication Date 2022-06-02
Grant Date 2022-10-25
Owner FN Herstal S.A. (USA)
Inventor
  • Balhan, Laurent
  • Delvaux, Dorian
  • Gielen, Charles-Aurèle
  • Kartheuser, André

Abstract

The present invention relates to an unlocking mechanism of a pistol magazine comprising at least one control button (2, 9) arranged on the flank of a grip (1) in which a magazine (3) can be inserted, each control button (2, 9) being attached to one end of a control lever (4, 5) controlling the rotation of a latch cam (8) arranged in front of or behind the grip (1), said latch cam (8) comprising a latch (13), cooperating, during use, with a stop surface (15) arranged on the front or rear surface of the magazine (3) in order to lock or unlock said magazine (3), at least one spring (6) keeping the latch cam (8) in the locked position of the magazine in the absence of pressure exerted on the control button (2, 9).

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41A 17/38 - Magazine safeties locking the magazine in the gun
  • F41A 35/06 - Adaptation of guns to both right and left hand use

11.

Firing pin safety of a pistol

      
Application Number 17238338
Grant Number 11585619
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-04-23
First Publication Date 2021-10-28
Grant Date 2023-02-21
Owner FN Herstal, S.A. (USA)
Inventor
  • Balhan, Laurent
  • Delvaux, Dorian

Abstract

The present invention relates to a pistol comprising a firing pin safety device integrated into a slide (5) of the pistol comprising a firing pin (1) comprising a lateral extension (25) comprising at least one safety lug (10,11) and a firing pin butterfly safety (2) positioned on an axis of rotation (27) fastened to the slide and parallel to the axis of translation of the firing pin (20), said butterfly safety (2) being able to rotate in a vertical plane between a firing position and a blocking position, said butterfly (2) comprising at least one bearing surface (17,18) on which the at least one lug (10,11) rests when said butterfly is in the blocking position and at least one recess (14) able to allow the at least one lug (10,11) to pass when said butterfly is in the shooting position, the center of mass of said butterfly (2) being on its axis of rotation (27) and the axis of rotation (27) being a main axis of inertia of said butterfly (2).

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41A 17/24 - Grip or stock safeties, i.e. safeties disengaged by clasping the grip or stock acting on the firing pin
  • F41A 17/72 - Firing-pin safeties, i.e. means for preventing movement of slidably-mounted strikers trigger-operated, i.e. the movement of the trigger bringing a firing-pin safety into inoperative position during the firing
  • F41A 17/64 - Firing-pin safeties, i.e. means for preventing movement of slidably-mounted strikers

12.

Trigger safety of a pistol

      
Application Number 17238344
Grant Number 11293714
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-04-23
First Publication Date 2021-10-28
Grant Date 2022-04-05
Owner FN Herstal S.A. (USA)
Inventor
  • Balhan, Laurent
  • Delvaux, Dorian

Abstract

The present invention relates to a firearm comprising a trigger safety, said firearm comprising a frame and a trigger (3), the trigger (3) being positioned on a trigger axis (6) positioned on a trigger lever (4) commanding an ignition chain, said trigger lever (3) being positioned on a trigger lever axis (7) fixed to the frame, said trigger lever (3) being able to switch from an idle position to a position triggering a shot and said trigger (3) being able to switch from an idle position where the trigger bears on the trigger lever on a first bearing surface (11) and a firing position where the trigger (3) bears on the trigger lever (4) on a second bearing surface (10), resilient means (5) keeping the trigger (3) in the idle position when no pressure is applied thereto, characterized in that said trigger (3) comprises a trigger blocking surface (2) bearing on a corresponding blocking element (1) on the frame blocking the rotation of the trigger lever (4) when the trigger (3) is idle and said trigger blocking surface (2) retracting when the trigger rotates on its axis (6) relative to the trigger lever (4), freeing the rotation of the trigger lever (4).

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41A 17/46 - Trigger safeties, i.e. means for preventing trigger movement
  • F41A 3/66 - Breech housings or frames; Receivers

13.

Trigger mechanism for firearm

      
Application Number 16965136
Grant Number 11248868
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-02-07
First Publication Date 2021-02-11
Grant Date 2022-02-15
Owner FN HERSTAL S.A. (Belgium)
Inventor Franssen, Pascal

Abstract

The present invention relates to a firearm shooting with an open breech and comprising a detent mechanism with a hammer block (5) that can block the forward movement of movable parts (2), a trigger (10) that can lift the hammer block (5) when the movable parts (2) move backwards, an action bar (12) that actuates the hammer block (5) and the trigger (10) when shooting is triggered and stopped, and a finger piece (13) linked to the action bar (12) by a disconnector (11) that can shift from a position in which the finger piece (13) is mechanically coupled to the action bar (12) to a position in which the finger piece (13) is mechanically uncoupled from the action bar (12), the action bar (12) shifting from a shooting position to a rest position when the disconnector (11) shifts from its coupling position to its uncoupling position so as to prevent the following shot from being fired if the finger piece (13) is maintained in the shooting position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41A 17/46 - Trigger safeties, i.e. means for preventing trigger movement
  • F41A 17/56 - Sear safeties, i.e. means for rendering ineffective an intermediate lever transmitting trigger movement to firing pin, hammer, bolt or sear
  • F41A 19/10 - Triggers; Trigger mountings
  • F41A 19/46 - Arrangements for the selection of automatic or semi-automatic fire

14.

Viewfinder with mobile red dot and illuminator

      
Application Number 16317278
Grant Number 10921092
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-07-11
First Publication Date 2020-12-10
Grant Date 2021-02-16
Owner FN Herstal S.A. (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Libotte, Hugues
  • Verjans, Kristof

Abstract

A viewfinder with a mobile red dot comprising a first stationary light source and a first reflective strip, the light source generating a first collimated light beam which is projected onto the reflective strip so as to materialize a red dot or grid visible for the shooter by the reflection on the reflective strip, the first beam being projected onto the reflective strip by means of a rotary mirror with adjustable angle of inclination relative to the first light beam.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41G 1/30 - Reflecting sights specially adapted for smallarms or ordnance
  • F41G 1/35 - Night sights, e.g. luminescent combined with light source, e.g. spot light for illuminating the target
  • F41G 1/48 - Sighting devices for particular applications for firing grenades from rifles
  • F41G 1/38 - Telescopic sights specially adapted for smallarms or ordnance; Supports or mountings therefor
  • F41G 3/14 - Indirect aiming means

15.

Aiming device and method

      
Application Number 16317272
Grant Number 11041695
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-07-11
First Publication Date 2020-12-10
Grant Date 2021-06-22
Owner FN HERSTAL S.A. (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Libotte, Hugues
  • Verjans, Kristof

Abstract

The present invention relates to a firearm aiming system comprising: an inclinometer measuring at least the angle of elevation of the weapon; a computer comprising a memory of an initial angle of elevation; a ballistics chart included in the computer, which matches a shooting distance with an angle of elevation (a) relative to the initial angle of elevation; a first display device which, when in use, displays for the user the shooting distance as a function of the initial angle of elevation and the instantaneous angle of elevation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41G 1/48 - Sighting devices for particular applications for firing grenades from rifles
  • F41G 1/38 - Telescopic sights specially adapted for smallarms or ordnance; Supports or mountings therefor
  • F41G 5/06 - Elevating or traversing control systems for guns using electric means for remote control

16.

Telescopic sight

      
Application Number 16317275
Grant Number 11047646
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-07-11
First Publication Date 2020-12-10
Grant Date 2021-06-29
Owner FN HERSTAL S.A. (Belgium)
Inventor Libotte, Hugues

Abstract

The present invention relates to a telescopic sight for a firearm for firing in a downward arc comprising: —a first movable mirror defining a first optical axis, the angle of said first movable mirror being adjustable so as to transmit, during use, the image of a target at an angle of 90°−α with respect to the axis of the barrel of the firearm, α being the desired angle of elevation for a given shot; —an objective lens, on the first optical axis; —a second mirror at 45° with respect to the first optical axis, defining a second optical axis that is parallel to the axis of the barrel of the firearm; —an ocular lens on the optical pathway defined by the mirrors projecting the image of the target to infinity.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41G 1/38 - Telescopic sights specially adapted for smallarms or ordnance; Supports or mountings therefor
  • F41G 1/44 - Spirit-level adjusting-means, e.g. for correcting tilt
  • F41G 1/48 - Sighting devices for particular applications for firing grenades from rifles

17.

Safety device for a firearm

      
Application Number 16967108
Grant Number 11274892
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-02-07
First Publication Date 2020-11-19
Grant Date 2022-03-15
Owner FN HERSTAL S.A. (Belgium)
Inventor Franssen, Pascal

Abstract

A safety device for a firearm that makes it possible to prevent a shot from being fired, without blocking the rearming function, the said safety device comprising a retainer that can be moved between a stopping position that blocks the moving parts of the weapon in a rear position, and a released position that allows the said moving parts to move in both directions, the said safety device comprising a safety element that can move between a position that blocks the retainer in the stopping position and a position that releases the retainer, the said safety element bearing against an immobile part of the safety device and the said safety element being able to be moved towards the position that releases the retainer through a rearward movement of the moving parts.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41A 17/42 - Safeties for locking the breech-block or bolt in a safety position
  • F41A 17/58 - Sear safeties, i.e. means for rendering ineffective an intermediate lever transmitting trigger movement to firing pin, hammer, bolt or sear automatically operated, i.e. operated by breech opening or closing movement
  • F41A 19/26 - Mechanical firing mechanisms having only slidably-mounted striker elements, i.e. percussion or firing pins the percussion or firing pin and the breech-block or bolt forming one piece

18.

Machine gun

      
Application Number 16646467
Grant Number 11209228
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-09-10
First Publication Date 2020-09-17
Grant Date 2021-12-28
Owner FN HERSTAL S.A. (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Franssen, Pascal Marcel Henri Denis
  • Verhaegen, Damien Nicole Freddy
  • Beckers, Robert
  • Michotte, Paul
  • Godbille, Antoine

Abstract

The invention relates to a machine gun (1) comprising a feedway having a main surface (3) for sliding an ammunition belt (5), side faces (8, 23) that guide the ammunition (18) belt (5) during use, and at least one surface (25, 29) for retaining the belt (5), arranged on the upper edge of the side faces (8, 23), said retaining surfaces (25, 29) facing the sliding surface (3) and said retaining surfaces (29, 25) being open so as to allow the insertion of the ammunition (18) belt (5).

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41A 9/29 - Feeding of belted ammunition
  • F41A 3/66 - Breech housings or frames; Receivers
  • F42B 39/08 - Cartridge belts
  • F41A 9/32 - Reciprocating-slide-type belt transporters
  • F41A 9/55 - Fixed guiding means, mounted on, or near, the cartridge chamber
  • F41A 9/58 - Cartridge stops; Cartridge positioners
  • F41A 9/79 - Magazines for belted ammunition
  • F41A 9/33 - Reciprocating-slide-type belt transporters with cartridge stripping means

19.

Machine gun

      
Application Number 16646302
Grant Number 11156415
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-09-10
First Publication Date 2020-09-10
Grant Date 2021-10-26
Owner FN HERSTAL S.A. (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Franssen, Pascal Marcel Henri Denis
  • Verhaegen, Damien Nicole Freddy
  • Beckers, Robert
  • Michotte, Paul
  • Godbille, Antoine

Abstract

The present invention relates to a machine gun (1) comprising an ammunition belt (5)-type feed mechanism, having a mechanism for ejecting the last two links of the belt (5).

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41A 9/32 - Reciprocating-slide-type belt transporters
  • F41A 9/59 - Ejectors for clips or magazines, e.g. when empty
  • F41A 9/60 - Empty-cartridge-case or belt-link collectors or catchers
  • F42B 39/08 - Cartridge belts

20.

Machine gun

      
Application Number 16646518
Grant Number 11365944
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-09-10
First Publication Date 2020-08-27
Grant Date 2022-06-21
Owner FN Herstal S.A. (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Franssen, Pascal Marcel Henri Denis
  • Verhaegen, Damien Nicole Freddy
  • Beckers, Robert
  • Michotte, Paul
  • Godbille, Antoine

Abstract

The present invention relates to a machine gun (1) comprising a carcass body (22) with an essentially tubular shape.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41A 9/55 - Fixed guiding means, mounted on, or near, the cartridge chamber
  • F41A 9/29 - Feeding of belted ammunition
  • F41A 3/66 - Breech housings or frames; Receivers
  • F41A 9/32 - Reciprocating-slide-type belt transporters
  • F42B 39/08 - Cartridge belts
  • F41A 9/30 - Sprocket-type belt transporters
  • F41A 9/34 - Feeding of belted ammunition from magazines
  • B33Y 80/00 - Products made by additive manufacturing

21.

Machine gun

      
Application Number 16646102
Grant Number 11047636
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-09-10
First Publication Date 2020-06-25
Grant Date 2021-06-29
Owner FN HERSTAL S A. (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Franssen, Pascal Marcel Henri Denis
  • Verhaegen, Damien Nicole Freddy
  • Beckers, Robert
  • Michotte, Paul
  • Godbille, Antoine

Abstract

The present invention relates to a machine gun (1) comprising a feed channel for a belt (5) for ammunition (18), and a cover (2) for said feed channel, wherein the closing movement of the cover results in the longitudinal position of the ammunition (18) belt (5) being adjusted within the feed channel.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41A 9/32 - Reciprocating-slide-type belt transporters
  • F41A 9/58 - Cartridge stops; Cartridge positioners

22.

Cartridge box for ammunition belt

      
Application Number 16608746
Grant Number 10907917
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-04-24
First Publication Date 2020-06-25
Grant Date 2021-02-02
Owner FN Herstal S.A. (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Roggen, Patrick
  • Bailly, Yannick
  • Jadin, Frédéric
  • Jaspart, Olivier

Abstract

The present invention relates to a cartridge box comprising: —a box (1) comprising an intake (5) and an outlet (6), the outlet (6) being placed under the intake (5) and separated from same by a guide roller (3); —a plurality of compartments (9) separated by partitions (2); —a belt (7) of cartridges (8), said cartridge belt crossing the intake (5), then folding into the compartments (9), from the compartment (9) closest to the intake (5) to the compartment that is furthest away, and then crossing the outlet (6), above the guide roller (3).

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41A 9/79 - Magazines for belted ammunition

23.

Device for counting live shots, blank shots and dry shots

      
Application Number 16407617
Grant Number 10866048
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-05-09
First Publication Date 2019-09-05
Grant Date 2020-12-15
Owner FN HERSTAL (Belgium)
Inventor Gering, Armand

Abstract

The invention relates to a device for detecting and counting live bullet shots, blank shots and dry-firing actuation of the striker for all types of semi-automatic or automatic weapons, said device being able to discriminate between said three events and comprising: an electronic circuit; a first sensor for detecting a movement of a part of the weapon preceding a potential live bullet shot or blank shot; and a second sensor for measuring recoil acceleration when the live bullet shot or blank shot has been fired.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41A 19/01 - Counting means indicating the number of shots fired
  • G06M 1/10 - Design features of general application for actuating the drive by electric or magnetic means
  • H02K 1/14 - Stator cores with salient poles

24.

Pistol

      
Application Number 35001406
Grant Number D0857142
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-07-18
First Publication Date 2019-08-20
Grant Date 2019-08-20
Owner F.N. Herstal, SA (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Beville, John Michael
  • Costet, Olivier Holger
  • Howlett, Luke Randel
  • Derrick, Jonathan H.
  • Shaffer, Douglas Alan
  • Davenport, Charles N.

25.

Pistol

      
Application Number 35001405
Grant Number D0849174
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-07-18
First Publication Date 2019-05-21
Grant Date 2019-05-21
Owner F.N. Herstal, SA (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Beville, John Michael
  • Costet, Olivier Holger
  • Howlett, Luke Randel
  • Derrick, Jonathan H.
  • Shaffer, Douglas Alan
  • Davenport, Charles N.

26.

Firearm with interchangeable sighting device system

      
Application Number 15969656
Grant Number 10352654
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-05-02
First Publication Date 2019-02-14
Grant Date 2019-07-16
Owner F.N. Herstal, S.A. (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Costet, Olivier Holger
  • Howlett, Luke Randel

Abstract

A firearm having a top surface to which an optical sight is to be attached having a first portion and an adjacent second portion stepped down from the first portion. An adaptor plate is received in the second portion, its shape corresponding to the second portion to properly orient the adaptor plate. The bottom of the second portion and the underside of the adaptor plate having features to receive a spring. An optical sight is attached with at least one fastener to the first portion and directly to the slide of the pistol with a part of the optical sight cantilevered over the second portion and on the adaptor plate. The upper surface of the adaptor plate has a topography that corresponds to a complimentary topography on the underside of that portion of the optical sight.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41G 11/00 - WEAPON SIGHTS; AIMING - Details of sighting or aiming apparatus; Accessories
  • F41G 1/17 - Convertible sights, i.e. sets of two or more sights brought into the sight line optionally
  • F41G 1/26 - Adjusting mechanisms therefor; Mountings therefor screw
  • F41G 1/16 - Adjusting mechanisms therefor; Mountings therefor
  • F41C 3/00 - Pistols
  • F41G 1/30 - Reflecting sights specially adapted for smallarms or ordnance

27.

Pistol

      
Application Number 35001351
Grant Number D0823969
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-04-17
First Publication Date 2018-07-24
Grant Date 2018-07-24
Owner FN Herstal, SA (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Beville, John Michael
  • Costet, Olivier Holger
  • Howlett, Luke Randel
  • Derrick, Jonathan H.
  • Shaffer, Douglas Alan
  • Davenport, Charles N.

28.

Flash and sound suppressor for a firearm

      
Application Number 15399242
Grant Number 10024617
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-01-05
First Publication Date 2018-07-17
Grant Date 2018-07-17
Owner FN Herstal, SA (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Moore, Charles A.
  • Mooty, Thomas A.

Abstract

A flash and sound suppressor for a firearm includes a housing with an inlet nozzle, and an end cap, with plural baffles between them, each having a central hole and a radial gap between the baffle and the housing. Between the flared inlet nozzle and the baffles is a first expansion chamber; between the baffles and the end cap is a second, smaller expansion chamber. The baffles are formed to divide and direct combustion gases between those that follow the bullet through the central hole and those that flow through the radial gap where they are re-directed by the next baffle back across the axis of the housing. The changing orientation of the baffles controls that re-direction. The end cap has an inner, toroidal surface formed to improve mixing in the second expansion chamber, and an outer surface that improves radial gas dispersion and separation.

IPC Classes  ?

29.

Muzzle brake for a combat rifle

      
Application Number 15404310
Grant Number 10024618
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-01-12
First Publication Date 2018-07-17
Grant Date 2018-07-17
Owner FN Herstal, SA (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Moore, Charles A.
  • Mooty, Thomas A.

Abstract

A muzzle brake includes a muzzle brake mount, a muzzle brake cone and a muzzle brake end cap welded to form a first nozzle, a larger first expansion chamber, a second nozzle and a smaller second expansion chamber. The first and second expansion chambers have pairs of lateral windows for venting combustion gases without net lateral forces on the rifle to which the muzzle brake is attached. The muzzle brake end cap has a toroidal interior surface to recirculate combustion gases within the second expansion chamber. An alignment pin attaches to the top center of the outside of muzzle brake mount as an aid to the user to align the lateral windows in a horizontal orientation.

IPC Classes  ?

30.

Device for counting live shots, blank shots and dry shots

      
Application Number 15555041
Grant Number 10330414
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-03-10
First Publication Date 2018-02-22
Grant Date 2019-06-25
Owner FN HERSTAL (Belgium)
Inventor Gering, Armand

Abstract

The invention relates to a device for detecting and counting live bullet shots, blank shots and dry-firing actuation of the striker for all types of semi-automatic or automatic weapons, said device being able to discriminate between said three events and comprising: an electronic circuit (5); a first sensor for detecting a movement of a part (2) of the weapon preceding a potential live bullet shot or blank shot; and a second sensor (6) for measuring recoil acceleration when the live bullet shot or blank shot has been fired.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41A 19/01 - Counting means indicating the number of shots fired
  • G06M 1/10 - Design features of general application for actuating the drive by electric or magnetic means
  • H02K 1/14 - Stator cores with salient poles

31.

Semi-automatic pistol

      
Application Number 29552490
Grant Number D0808487
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-01-22
First Publication Date 2018-01-23
Grant Date 2018-01-23
Owner F.N. Herstal, SA (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Beville, John Michael
  • Derrick, Jonathan Howard
  • Costet, Olivier Holger
  • Shaffer, Douglas Alan
  • Davenport, Jr., Charles Neil
  • Howlett, Luke Randel

32.

Rear sight protector for pistol

      
Application Number 29552479
Grant Number D0797233
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-01-22
First Publication Date 2017-09-12
Grant Date 2017-09-12
Owner FN Herstal, SA (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Howlett, Luke Randel
  • Costet, Olivier Holger

33.

Assault rifle

      
Application Number 29363427
Grant Number D0641824
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-06-09
First Publication Date 2011-07-19
Grant Date 2011-07-19
Owner FN Herstal SA (Belgium)
Inventor Gridelet, Benoit Marie

34.

Assault rifle

      
Application Number 29363428
Grant Number D0641825
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-06-09
First Publication Date 2011-07-19
Grant Date 2011-07-19
Owner FN Herstal SA (Belgium)
Inventor Gridelet, Benoit Marie

35.

Pistol

      
Application Number 29344801
Grant Number D0627028
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-10-05
First Publication Date 2010-11-09
Grant Date 2010-11-09
Owner FN Herstal SA (Belgium)
Inventor Coulombier, Olivier

36.

Firearm

      
Application Number 12580508
Grant Number 08225705
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-10-16
First Publication Date 2010-04-22
Grant Date 2012-07-24
Owner FN Herstal, S.A. (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Dubois, Michael
  • Gavage, Xavier Robert Paul
  • Franssen, Pascal Marcel Henri Denis

Abstract

Automatic firearm with firing mode selector (6) to change the firing mode from automatic firing mode to semi-automatic firing mode, where the firearm (1) is equipped with a firing mechanism (11) with selection control (37) which enables the firearm (1) to function in closed bolt firing mode or open bolt firing mode, and in automatic firing mode as well as semi-automatic firing mode in both closed and open bolt firing mode.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41A 5/00 - Mechanisms or systems operated by propellant charge energy for automatically opening the lock

37.

“Moving red dot” sighting device

      
Application Number 12435528
Grant Number 08578646
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-05-05
First Publication Date 2009-10-29
Grant Date 2013-11-12
Owner FN Herstal, S.A. (Belgium)
Inventor Joannes, René

Abstract

Improved “moving red dot” sighting device, including a fixed light source (4) and a reflecting element (17), wherein the light source (4) produces a collimated light beam (5) which is projected onto the reflecting element (17) so as to obtain a red dot or reticle which is visible to the shooter thanks to the reflection on the reflecting element (17), and whereby the beam (5) is projected onto the reflecting element (17) by means of a rotating mirror (9) whose inclination angle (B) in relation to the light beam (5) can be adjusted.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41G 1/30 - Reflecting sights specially adapted for smallarms or ordnance

38.

Device for detecting and counting shots fired by an automatic or semi-automatic firearm, and firearm equipped with such a device

      
Application Number 11589071
Grant Number 07669356
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-10-30
First Publication Date 2008-01-24
Grant Date 2010-03-02
Owner FN Herstal, Societe Anonyme (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Joannes, René
  • Delcourt, Jean-Paul
  • Heins, Patrick

Abstract

Device for detecting and counting shots fired by an automatic or semi-automatic fire arm with a barrel and moving parts to recock the fire arm, sliding in the axial direction (Y-Y′) of the barrel between a front position and a rear position, whereby the fire arm undergoes accelerations in the axial direction (Y-Y′) of the barrel for every fired shot, caused by a succession of shocks due to the shot being fired and to the movements of the moving parts, whereby the progression in time of the accelerations is typical for a fire arm and for the type of ammunition used, thus forming a typical signature for the fire arm and for the type of ammunition, characterized in that it comprises an accelerometer (2) with a pass band which is sensitive to shocks in the axial direction (Y-Y′) of the barrel and a microprocessor (3) for analyzing the signal (S) of the accelerometer (2) while firing, whereby the microprocessor (3) is equipped with an algorithm to count the number of shots fired, based on the discernment and recording of a shot being fired on the basis of the detection, in the signal of the accelerometer, of all or part of the characteristic elements of the acceleration signature which is typical of the type of fire arm and of the different types of ammunition used, whereby these characteristic elements are recorded beforehand in a memory (4) of the device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41A 9/53 - Charged-condition indicators, i.e. indicating the presence of a cartridge in the cartridge chamber

39.

Device for the remote control of a firearm

      
Application Number 11633521
Grant Number 07509904
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-12-05
First Publication Date 2007-11-15
Grant Date 2009-03-31
Owner FN Herstal S.A. (Belgium)
Inventor Plumier, Philippe

Abstract

A device for the remote control of a firearm has a turret head which can be pointed in all directions and is controlled by an azimuth motor. A frame which fixes the firearm is suspended in an upward tilting manner in a pintle of the turret head. A sighting camera is connected to a screen which displays a sighting reticule. A remote control controls the azimuth motor and an elevation motor which controls an elevation of the frame. At least one sensor determines the orientation of either or both the frame and the camera and a ballistic calculator connected to the sensors to calculate and control the super elevation of the frame as a function of the information from the sensors and the distance of the target, such that the camera is driven by the elevation motor, and the frame can be inclined in elevation in relation to the camera.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41G 5/06 - Elevating or traversing control systems for guns using electric means for remote control

40.

Firearm with improved salvo accuracy and similar device for a firearm

      
Application Number 11338765
Grant Number 07350452
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-01-25
First Publication Date 2006-11-23
Grant Date 2008-04-01
Owner FN Herstal S.A. (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Plumier, Philippe
  • Demoulin, Charles
  • Librici, Guiseppe

Abstract

A fire arm with improved salvo accuracy, having a barrel and a casing mounted on a supporting frame, whereby the frame comprises a cradle provided with a slide which can slide in a direction which is mainly parallel to the axis of the barrel. The casing is mounted on the slide of the cradle on a transversal hinge pin, and on the frame via at least one shoe mounted in a sliding guide provided in the frame. The sliding guide is inclined in relation to the direction of the axis of the barrel at rest.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41A 25/22 - Bearing arrangements for the reciprocating gun-mount or barrel movement

41.

Firearm authorization system with piezo-electric disabler

      
Application Number 10558955
Grant Number 07356959
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-06-04
First Publication Date 2006-11-02
Grant Date 2008-04-15
Owner FN Herstal SA (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Schmitter, Edward P.
  • Gering, Armand
  • Michotte, Paul
  • Coulombier, Olivier
  • Erickson, Milton W.
  • Hitchcox, Jason L.
  • Heins, Patrick

Abstract

An authorization system for a firearm (10) includes an authorizing device (32) worn by the authorized user, and a firearm (10) with a fire control system, a computer controller (28), and a piezo-electric disabler (60). The computer controller (28) communicates with the authorizing device (32), and if no authorizing signal is received from the authorizing device, sends an electric output signal to the disabler (60) to prevent the fire control system from allowing the firearm to fire. The disabler, upon application of the electrical signal from the computer controller, cams the rearward moving trigger bar (52) of the fire control system clear of the hammer link (54) to disrupt the fire control system. Consequently, the firearm (10) will not fire.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41A 17/08 - Safety arrangements, e.g. safeties for inhibiting firing in a specified direction, e.g. at a friendly person or at a protected area
  • F41A 17/28 - Grip or stock safeties, i.e. safeties disengaged by clasping the grip or stock acting on the sear
  • F41A 17/56 - Sear safeties, i.e. means for rendering ineffective an intermediate lever transmitting trigger movement to firing pin, hammer, bolt or sear

42.

Firing device

      
Application Number 11254714
Grant Number 07617758
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-10-21
First Publication Date 2006-09-21
Grant Date 2009-11-17
Owner FN Herstal. Societe Anonyme (Belgium)
Inventor
  • Gavage, Xavier Robert Paul
  • Reinaers, Philippe Désiré Odiel
  • Malpas, Alain Albert Anne Vincent

Abstract

Firing device includes a firearm which includes a cartridge carrier in the loader in front of the entry of the barrel and supported against a supporting element of the casing which includes the firing mechanism and whereby the barrel slides in the casing into a position in which the barrel comes to a stop through the action of a return spring against the front part of the case of the cartridges and wherein each cartridge is provided with propulsion arrangement to project the case and the barrel forward.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41A 5/16 - Mechanisms or systems operated by propellant charge energy for automatically opening the lock recoil-operated having a barrel moving forwardly after the firing of a shot