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Electronic weapon accessory and detachable mount with integrated control apparatus

Updated Time 12 June 2019

Patent Registration Data

Publication Number

US10151564

Application Number

US15/607451

Application Date

27 May 2017

Publication Date

11 December 2018

Current Assignee

EMISSIVE ENERGY CORP.

Original Assignee (Applicant)

EMISSIVE ENERGY CORP.

International Classification

F41G11/00,H05B33/08,F41G1/35

Cooperative Classification

F41G11/003,H05B33/08,F41G1/35,H05B33/0803

Inventor

GALLI, ROBERT D.

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Abstract

An electronic weapon accessory system includes an electronic weapon accessory, such as a light, and a detachable mount with integrated controls. The electronic weapon accessory includes an electronic component, such as an LED, and a power source disposed within a housing. The electronic component and the battery are electrically connected with a circuit having electrical contacts exposed on an outer surface of the housing. The mount has a body with a clamp structure, a switch disposed on an outer surface of the mount body and a circuit having electrical contacts exposed on the outer surface of the mount body. Fasteners removably secure the mount body and accessory housing in assembled relation. When the electronic weapon accessory and mount are assembled, the accessory electrical contacts physically and electrically engaging the mount electrical contacts to complete an electronic control circuit and provide integrated control and operation of the electronic accessory.

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Claims

1. A weapon accessory apparatus for mounting on a dovetail mounting rail of a weapon comprising:

an electronic weapon accessory including an electronic component and a power source disposed within a housing, said electronic component and said power source being electrically connected with a circuit having electrical contacts exposed on an outer surface of said housing; a mount having a body with a clamp, a switch disposed on an outer surface of said mount body and a circuit electrically connected with said switch having electrical contacts exposed on said outer surface of said mount body, said accessory housing and said mount body including mating formations which are received together in mating relation, at least one fastener removably securing said mount body and accessory housing in assembled relation, said accessory electrical contacts physically and electrically engaging said mount electrical contacts when said electronic weapon accessory and said mount are secured in assembled relation to provide a completed electronic control circuit and provide control operation of said electronic accessory with said switch on said mount.

2. The weapon accessory apparatus of claim 1 wherein said mating formations are reversibly configured.

3. The weapon accessory apparatus of claim 1 wherein said mount includes a plurality of switches.

4. The weapon accessory apparatus of claim 3 wherein said mount includes a processor within said circuit configured to cooperate with said switches to provide control functionality.

5. The weapon accessory apparatus of claim 1 wherein said mount includes a processor within said circuit configured to cooperate with said switch to provide control functionality.

6. The weapon accessory apparatus of claim 1 further comprising a waterproofing gasket surrounding said electrical contacts.

7. The weapon accessory apparatus of claim 6, wherein said electronic accessory housing includes complementary gasket channels surrounding said electrical contacts, said waterproofing gasket comprising an O-ring received within said gasket channels.

8. The weapon accessory apparatus of claim 1 comprising a plurality of fasteners securing said accessory housing and said mount body in assembled relation.

9. The weapon accessory apparatus of claim 8 wherein said electrical contacts are positioned on said mating formations.

10. The weapon accessory apparatus of claim 1 wherein said outer surface of said mount body is contoured to conform to at least a portion of said outer surface of said accessory housing.

11. The weapon accessory apparatus of claim 1 wherein said electronic component comprises a visible light LED, an IR LED, a laser or a tail cap switch.

12. A weapon accessory mount comprising:

a mount body with a dovetail rail clamp on a lower surface thereof and having a movable clamp element; a switch disposed on an upper surface of said mount body; a circuit electrically connected with said switch; said circuit having electrical contacts exposed on a mating surface of said mount body; waterproofing gaskets surrounding said electrical contacts; at least one mounting fastener extending through said mount body adjacent said exposed electrical contacts; and at least one clamping fastener extending through said moveable clamp element and said mount body.

13. The mount of claim 12 wherein said mount includes a plurality of switches.

14. The mount accessory of claim 13 wherein said mount includes a processor within said circuit configured to cooperate with said switches to provide control functionality.

15. The mount of claim 12 wherein said mount includes a processor within said circuit configured to cooperate with said switch to provide control functionality.

16. A weapon accessory apparatus comprising:

an electronic weapon accessory including an electronic component and a power source disposed within a housing, said housing having an external mating surface, said electronic component and said power source being electrically connected with a circuit having electrical contacts exposed on said external mating surface of said housing; a mount having a body with a rail mounting assembly and a switch disposed on an outer surface of said mount body, said mount body further having an external mating surface configured and arranged to reversibly mate with said external mating surface of said weapon accessory housing, said mount further including a circuit electrically connected with said switch and having electrical contacts exposed on said external mating surface of said mount body, at least one fastener removably securing said mount body and said accessory housing in assembled relation, said fastener passing through said external mating surfaces of said accessory housing and said mount body; and waterproof gaskets surrounding said electrical contacts, said mating surfaces of said weapon accessory housing and said mount body extending along a mating axis M which extends parallel to a longitudinal axis A of said mounting rail when said mount is assembled with said mounting rail, said accessory electrical contacts physically and electrically engaging said mount electrical contacts when said electronic weapon accessory and said mount are secured in assembled relation to provide a completed electronic control circuit and provide control operation of said electronic accessory with said switch on said mount.

17. The weapon accessory apparatus of claim 16 wherein said external mating surfaces comprise raised mating platforms extending above the outer surfaces of said accessory housing and said mount body.

18. The weapon accessory apparatus of claim 17 wherein said electrical contacts of said electronic weapon accessory comprise spring loaded pins, and said electrical contacts of said mount comprise fixed contact pads.

19. A weapon accessory apparatus comprising:

an electronic weapon accessory including an electronic component, and a power source disposed within a housing, said housing having an external mating surface, said electronic component and said power source being electrically connected with a circuit having electrical contacts exposed on said external mating surface of said housing; a mount having a body with a rail mounting assembly and a switch disposed on an outer surface of said mount body, said mount body further having an external mating surface configured and arranged to mate with said external mating surface of said weapon accessory housing, said mount further including a circuit electrically connected with said switch and having electrical contacts exposed on said external mating surface of said mount body, at least one fastener removably securing said mount body and said accessory housing in assembled relation; and waterproof gaskets surrounding said electrical contacts.

20. The weapon accessory apparatus of claim 19 wherein said external mating surfaces comprise raised mating platforms extending above the outer surfaces of said accessory housing and said mount body.

21. The weapon accessory apparatus of claim 19 where said rail mounting assembly comprises a movable clamping element and at least one clamping fastener extending through said moveable clamp element and said mount body.

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    1. A weapon accessory apparatus for mounting on a dovetail mounting rail of a weapon comprising:
    • an electronic weapon accessory including an electronic component and a power source disposed within a housing, said electronic component and said power source being electrically connected with a circuit having electrical contacts exposed on an outer surface of said housing
    • a mount having a body with a clamp, a switch disposed on an outer surface of said mount body and a circuit electrically connected with said switch having electrical contacts exposed on said outer surface of said mount body, said accessory housing and said mount body including mating formations which are received together in mating relation, at least one fastener removably securing said mount body and accessory housing in assembled relation, said accessory electrical contacts physically and electrically engaging said mount electrical contacts when said electronic weapon accessory and said mount are secured in assembled relation to provide a completed electronic control circuit and provide control operation of said electronic accessory with said switch on said mount.
    • 2. The weapon accessory apparatus of claim 1 wherein
      • said mating formations are reversibly configured.
    • 3. The weapon accessory apparatus of claim 1 wherein
      • said mount includes a plurality of switches.
    • 5. The weapon accessory apparatus of claim 1 wherein
      • said mount includes a processor within said circuit configured to cooperate with said switch to provide control functionality.
    • 6. The weapon accessory apparatus of claim 1 further comprising
      • a waterproofing gasket surrounding said electrical contacts.
    • 8. The weapon accessory apparatus of claim 1 comprising
      • a plurality of fasteners securing said accessory housing and said mount body in assembled relation.
    • 10. The weapon accessory apparatus of claim 1 wherein
      • said outer surface of said mount body is contoured to conform to at least a portion of said outer surface of said accessory housing.
    • 11. The weapon accessory apparatus of claim 1 wherein
      • said electronic component comprises
  • 12
    12. A weapon accessory mount comprising:
    • a mount body with a dovetail rail clamp on a lower surface thereof and having a movable clamp element
    • a switch disposed on an upper surface of said mount body
    • a circuit electrically connected with said switch
    • said circuit having electrical contacts exposed on a mating surface of said mount body
    • waterproofing gaskets surrounding said electrical contacts
    • at least one mounting fastener extending through said mount body adjacent said exposed electrical contacts
    • and at least one clamping fastener extending through said moveable clamp element and said mount body.
    • 13. The mount of claim 12 wherein
      • said mount includes a plurality of switches.
    • 15. The mount of claim 12 wherein
      • said mount includes a processor within said circuit configured to cooperate with said switch to provide control functionality.
  • 16
    16. A weapon accessory apparatus comprising:
    • an electronic weapon accessory including an electronic component and a power source disposed within a housing, said housing having an external mating surface, said electronic component and said power source being electrically connected with a circuit having electrical contacts exposed on said external mating surface of said housing
    • a mount having a body with a rail mounting assembly and a switch disposed on an outer surface of said mount body, said mount body further having an external mating surface configured and arranged to reversibly mate with said external mating surface of said weapon accessory housing, said mount further including a circuit electrically connected with said switch and having electrical contacts exposed on said external mating surface of said mount body, at least one fastener removably securing said mount body and said accessory housing in assembled relation, said fastener passing through said external mating surfaces of said accessory housing and said mount body
    • and waterproof gaskets surrounding said electrical contacts, said mating surfaces of said weapon accessory housing and said mount body extending along a mating axis M which extends parallel to a longitudinal axis A of said mounting rail when said mount is assembled with said mounting rail, said accessory electrical contacts physically and electrically engaging said mount electrical contacts when said electronic weapon accessory and said mount are secured in assembled relation to provide a completed electronic control circuit and provide control operation of said electronic accessory with said switch on said mount.
    • 17. The weapon accessory apparatus of claim 16 wherein
      • said external mating surfaces comprise
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    19. A weapon accessory apparatus comprising:
    • an electronic weapon accessory including an electronic component, and a power source disposed within a housing, said housing having an external mating surface, said electronic component and said power source being electrically connected with a circuit having electrical contacts exposed on said external mating surface of said housing
    • a mount having a body with a rail mounting assembly and a switch disposed on an outer surface of said mount body, said mount body further having an external mating surface configured and arranged to mate with said external mating surface of said weapon accessory housing, said mount further including a circuit electrically connected with said switch and having electrical contacts exposed on said external mating surface of said mount body, at least one fastener removably securing said mount body and said accessory housing in assembled relation
    • and waterproof gaskets surrounding said electrical contacts.
    • 20. The weapon accessory apparatus of claim 19 wherein
      • said external mating surfaces comprise
    • 21. The weapon accessory apparatus of claim 19 where said rail mounting assembly comprises
      • a movable clamping element and at least one clamping fastener extending through said moveable clamp element and said mount body.
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Description

BACKGROUND OF THE DISCLOSURE

(1) Field of the Disclosure

The instant disclosure relates to electronic weapon accessories for commercial and combat weapons.

(2) Description of Related Art

As the field of commercial and combat weaponry expands, numerous add-on accessories have become available and are commonly mounted on various firearms. In order to mount these accessories, most weapons now include, or are modified to include, one or more MIL-STD 1913 dovetail attachment rails. Many of the semi-automatic rifle systems include rail systems having four separate rails surrounding the barrel for maximum mounting surface area. The accessories are typically mounted to the dovetail rails using interface mounts where one face of the mount secures to the accessory and the other face secures to the dovetail rail with a clamp. Many varieties of clamping arrangements are known in the art.

As is well known in this art, user configurable mounting arrangements are highly desirable as there are many different types of accessories and many different preferences for their mounting and operation. Sighting accessories are typically mounted on an upper rail. However, electronic accessories, such as flashlights, IR illuminators and lasers can be mounted in many different locations around the barrel. The ability of the user to mount an electronic accessory in a particular location on a weapon with a particular presentation of the controls is paramount to ease of use, user effectiveness and most importantly, user safety. Customization is critical to every soldier, law enforcement officer and civilian weapon owner.

SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE

The present disclosure relates to an electronic weapon accessory, such as a flashlight, and a detachable mount for the accessory which both have mating electrical contacts at the mechanical interface between the two components. The detachable mount includes integrated control apparatus that is external to the accessory. The detachable mount can be removed, and/or reversed to provide a variety of mounting and control configurations or can be entirely replaced with a differently shaped or configured mount with a different control interface.

More specifically, an electronic weapon accessory system includes an electronic weapon accessory, such as a light, and a detachable mount with integrated controls. The electronic weapon accessory includes an electronic component, such as an LED, and a power source disposed within a housing. The accessory may comprise any electronic device mountable on a weapon platform, including LED lights, IR illuminators, lasers, range finders, etc. and in this regard, the accessory may further include a processor for control of the accessory. The electronic component, the processor and the battery are electrically connected with a circuit having electrical contacts exposed on an outer surface or raised platform surface of the housing. The contacts may comprise contact pads, pins, spring pins, pogo pins, etc. One exemplary embodiment includes concentric contact pads which are molded into the plastic housing of the electronic accessory. Other configurations are contemplated.

The mount has a body with a dovetail rail clamp, a switch disposed on an outer surface of the mount body and a circuit electrically connected with the switch having electrical contacts exposed on the outer surface of the mount body.

The exemplary embodiment of the dovetail rail clamp includes a fixed clamp edge on the mount body and a movable clamp element secured with a thumb screw. Other rail and clamping arrangements, such as the Magpul M-Lok system, are contemplated (Magpul and M-Lok are trademarks of Magpul Industries, Inc.).

The accessory housing and the mount body include interfitting mating formations which are received together in interfitting mating relation for alignment of the mount with the accessory housing. The formations are preferably configured so that they are reversible or adjustable to provide alternate orientations. For example, paired formations along an axis of the mount allow the mount to be reversibly configured for left or right hand mounting, or upper and lower mounting depending on the desired mounting location on the dovetail rail. Other formations may provide additional mounting orientations. Fasteners removably secure the mount body and accessory housing in assembled relation. Preferably, the fasteners are adjacent the mating formations and may pass through the formations.

Another exemplary embodiment includes a mating platform raised off the outer surface of the housing to provide additional housing wall thickness for spring loaded contact pins (pogo pins).

The exemplary embodiments may further include a waterproofing gasket(s) surrounding the electrical contacts which is received in complementary gasket channels surrounding the contacts on both the accessory housing and the mount.

When the electronic weapon accessory and mount are secured in assembled relation, the accessory electrical contacts physically and electrically engage the mount electrical contacts to provide a completed electronic control circuit and provide integrated control and operation of the electronic accessory with the switch on the mount.

The mount may further include additional switches for more sophisticated electronic accessories requiring multiple controls, and may in some embodiments further include a separate processor to provides additional switching and control functionality using one or more switches.

The novel concept surrounding the invention is the removal of the mounting and control aspects of an electronic weapon accessory from the main housing of the accessory and the ability to separately adapt and customize both the mounting configuration as well as the control interface for the accessory. As indicated above, the mount and accessory are configured for reversible mounting so that the accessory can be adapted and mounted on either of the side dovetail rails of a conventional rail system or on the top or bottom rail. The exemplary embodiment locates the switch on the major outward flat face of the mount body so that the switch is presented almost flush with the rail. This is a highly desirable location which is easily operated by the users' thumb while gripping the dovetail rail system on a rifle platform. However, as can be appreciated, the mount body can be contoured with other desirable shapes and the switch can be located anywhere on the body. Removing the switching and control functions from the electronic accessory allows the accessories to become smaller and more easily configured for closer mounting to the rail.

Moreover, separating the mount and control functions from the main accessory housing allows the user to potentially select from multiple different mounts having different mounting and control configurations. As indicated above, adaptability and customization is critical in this product category.

Accordingly, it can be seen that the present disclosure provides a unique and novel mounting and control solution for any electronic weapon accessory.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

While the specification concludes with claims particularly pointing out and distinctly claiming particular embodiments of the instant invention, various embodiments of the invention can be more readily understood and appreciated from the following descriptions of various embodiments of the invention when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an exemplary embodiment mounted on a rail system;

FIGS. 2-4 are exploded perspective views of the electronic weapon accessory and mount;

FIG. 5 is a bottom perspective view of the mount;

FIG. 6 is a top perspective view of the mount;

FIGS. 7-10 are schematic block diagrams of further exemplary embodiments of the electronic weapon accessory system;

FIGS. 11-12 are perspective views of another exemplary embodiment;

FIGS. 13-14 are exploded perspective views thereof;

FIG. 15 is yet another exploded perspective showing the attachment screws for connecting the mount to the mating platform;

FIGS. 16-17 are perspective views of yet another exemplary embodiment; and

FIG. 18 is an exploded perspective view thereof.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Referring now to the drawings, an exemplary embodiment of the invention is generally indicated at 10 in FIGS. 1-7. The invention relates to an electronic weapon accessory system 10 including an electronic weapon accessory 12, such as a flashlight, and a detachable mount 14 for the accessory, which both have mating electrical contacts at the mechanical interface between the two components. Generally, the detachable mount 14 includes integrated control apparatus that is external to the accessory 12. The detachable mount 14 can be removed, and/or reversed to provide a variety of mounting and control configurations or can be entirely replaced with a differently shaped or configured mount with a different switching and/or control interface.

Referring to FIG. 1, the mount 14 is configured for attachment to a MIL-STD 1913 dovetail attachment rail or rail system 16. As noted above, many of the semi-automatic rifle systems include rail systems 16 having four separate rails 16A, 16B, 16c, 16D surrounding the barrel (not shown) to provide maximum mounting surface area. Each of these mounting rails 16 has a longitudinal axis A, which extends parallel to the longitudinal axis of the barrel of the weapon (not shown) to which it is attached.

More specifically, the electronic weapon accessory system 10 includes an electronic weapon accessory 12, such as an LED light, and a detachable mount 14 with integrated controls. The electronic weapon accessory 12 includes an electronic component 18, such as an LED, and a power source (battery) 20 disposed within an accessory housing 22. The accessory 12 may comprise any electronic device mountable on a weapon platform, including LED lights, IR illuminators, lasers, range finders, etc. and in this regard, the accessory 12 may further include a processor 24 for control of the accessory 12 (FIGS. 8-10).

Referring back to FIGS. 2-6, the electronic component 18, the processor 24 and the battery 20 are electrically connected with a circuit 26 having electrical contacts 28 exposed on an outer surface of the housing 22. The contacts 28 may comprise contact pads, pins, spring pins, etc. The exemplary embodiment includes concentric contact pads 28 which are molded into the plastic housing 22 of the electronic accessory 12. Other configurations are contemplated as illustrated in other exemplary embodiments described hereinbelow.

Still referring to FIGS. 2-6, the mount 14 has a body 30 with a dovetail rail clamp generally indicated at 32, a switch 34 disposed on an outer surface of the mount body 30 and a circuit 36 electrically connected with the switch 34 having electrical contacts 38 exposed on the outer surface of the mount body 30.

The exemplary embodiment of the dovetail rail clamp 32 includes a fixed clamp edge 40 on the mount body 30 and a movable clamp element 42 secured with a thumb screw 44. Other clamping arrangements are contemplated including any one of the current lever actuated mounts.

The accessory housing 22 and the mount body 30 include interfitting mating formations 46, 48 which are received together in interfitting mating relation for alignment of the mount body 30 with the accessory housing 22. The formations 46, 48 are preferably configured so that they are reversible or adjustable to provide alternate orientations. For example, paired formations, as illustrated, are formed on complementary mating surfaces which extend along a mating axis M which is parallel to the rail axis A. These complementary formations extending along parallel axes allow the mount 12 to be reversibly configured for left or right hand mounting, or upper and lower mounting depending on the desired mounting location on the dovetail rail 16. Referring to FIG. 1, it can be easily appreciated that the mount 14 and accessory 12 can be configured to be mounted on either side of any one of the four rails 16A, 16B, 16C and 16D so that the light 12 faces forward in all of the mounting configurations. Other formations may provide additional mounting orientations. Fasteners 50 removably secure the mount body 30 and accessory housing 22 in assembled relation. Preferably, the fasteners 50 are adjacent the mating formations 46, 48 and may pass through the formations 46, 48.

The exemplary embodiment 10 may further include a waterproofing gasket (not shown) surrounding the electrical contacts 28, 38 which is received in complementary gasket channels (not shown) surrounding the contacts 28, 38 on both the accessory housing 22 and the mount 30.

The exemplary embodiment of the mount 14 may be formed from metal for strength, durability and repeatable mounting with the clamp 32. When integrating the electrical circuit 36 within a metal body 30, insulating materials (not shown) may be used to isolate the electrical components from the metal body 30. The mount 14 may further include a rubberized gasket or cover 52, either molded with, or removably received over the external switch 34 on the outer surface.

When the electronic weapon accessory 12 and mount 14 are secured in assembled relation (FIG. 1), the accessory electrical contacts 28 physically and electrically engage the mount electrical contacts 38 to provide a completed electronic control circuit and provide integrated control and operation of the electronic accessory 12 with the switch 34 on the mount 14.

The mount 14 may further include additional switches 34, 34′ (FIG. 10) for more sophisticated electronic accessories requiring multiple controls, and may also include a separate processor 54 (FIGS. 8-10) to provides additional switching and control functionality using one or more switches 34, 34′.

Referring to FIG. 8 a second exemplary embodiment 100 is illustrated wherein the electronic accessory 12′ has an internal processor 24 integrated into the control circuit. The processor 24 is then connected to the control switch 34 though the mated surface contacts 28, 38.

Referring to FIG. 9 a third exemplary embodiment 200 is illustrated where the mount 14 also includes an integrated processor 54. The electronic accessory 12 may, or may not, include another processor.

Referring to FIG. 10, a fourth exemplary embodiment 300 is illustrated where the mount 14 includes multiple switches 34, 34′ integrated with a control processor 54 for added control and functionality.

Turning now to FIGS. 11-15, another exemplary embodiment 400 is illustrated. The electronic configuration of the accessory system 400 may the same as any of the earlier embodiments 10, 100, 200, 300 shown in FIGS. 1-10. However, the mechanical configuration is slightly different.

Weapon accessory system 400 includes an electronic weapon accessory 412, such as a flashlight, and a detachable mount 414 for the accessory, which both have mating electrical contacts 428, 438 at the mechanical interface between the two components. Detachable mount 414 includes integrated control apparatus that is external to the accessory 412. The detachable mount 414 can be removed, and/or reversed to provide a variety of mounting and control configurations or can be entirely replaced with a differently shaped or configured mount with a different switching and/or control interface.

Mount 414 is also configured for attachment to a MIL-STD 1913 dovetail attachment rail or rail system 16, although other rail configurations are contemplated.

Weapon accessory 412 includes an electronic component 418, such as an LED, and a power source (battery—not shown) disposed within an accessory housing 422. As indicated above, the accessory 412 may comprise any electronic device mountable on a weapon platform, including LED lights, IR illuminators, lasers, range finders, etc. and in this regard, the accessory 412 may further include a processor (not shown) for control of the accessory 412.

The electronic component 418 is electrically connected with electrical contacts 428 exposed on an outer surface of the housing 422. This exemplary embodiment includes spaced, spring-loaded contact pins 428 (pogo pins) which are molded into the side of the plastic housing 422 of the electronic accessory 412.

The mount 414 has a body 430 with a dovetail rail clamp generally indicated at 432, a switch 434 disposed on an outer surface of the mount body 430 and a circuit electrically connected with the switch 434 having fixed electrical contact pads 438 exposed on the outer surface of the mount body 430.

The exemplary embodiment of the dovetail rail clamp 432 includes a fixed clamp edge 440 on the mount body 430 and a movable clamp element 442 secured with a screw 444. Other clamping arrangements are contemplated including any one of the current lever actuated mounts, and/or any other rail connection system.

The mechanical configuration of the present embodiment 400 is slightly different than the previous embodiments to accommodate a side connection location rather than a top connection and added wall thickness required for travel of the pogo pins 428. Accessory housing 422 includes a planar mating platform 452 raised above the outer surface of the housing 422. Likewise, mount body 414 includes a complementary planar mating platform 454. The mating platforms 452,454 are configured so that they are reversible or adjustable to provide alternate orientations, and like the earlier embodiments, the mating platforms 452,454 are aligned along a mating axis M which is parallel to the rail axis A. These mating platforms allow the accessory 412 to be reversibly configured for left or right hand mounting, or upper and lower mounting depending on the desired mounting location on the dovetail rail 16. Referring to FIG. 1, it can be easily appreciated that the mount 414 and accessory 412 can be configured to be mounted on either side of any one of the four rails 16A, 16B, 16C and 16D so that the light 412 faces forward in all of the mounting configurations.

Referring briefly to FIG. 15, the exemplary embodiment 400 further includes waterproofing gaskets 456 surrounding the electrical contacts 428 which are received in complementary gasket channels surrounding the contacts 428 on the accessory housing 422. Fasteners 450 removably secure the mount body 430 and accessory housing 422 in assembled relation. Preferably, the fasteners 450 are adjacent to the contacts 428,438 to insure a solid waterproof connection. The movable clamp element 442 includes through holes 456 which allow access to the heads of the fasteners 450.

When the electronic weapon accessory 412 and mount 414 are secured in assembled relation (FIG. 11), the accessory electrical contacts 428 physically and electrically engage the mount electrical contacts 438 to provide a completed electronic control circuit and provide integrated control and operation of the electronic accessory 412 with the switch 434 on the mount 414.

Finally, referring to FIGS. 16-18 still another exemplary embodiment 500 is illustrated. The electronic configuration of the accessory system 500 may the same as any of the earlier embodiments 10, 100, 200, 300, 400 shown in FIGS. 1-15. However, the mechanical configuration is slightly different.

Weapon accessory system 500 includes an electronic weapon accessory 512 which is useful for controlling a separate conventional weapon accessory, such as a standard flashlight 502 having a tail cap switch and further includes a detachable mount 514 for the accessory. Both the accessory 512 and mount 514 have mating electrical contacts (only 528 shown) at the mechanical interface between the two components as in the embodiment shown in FIGS. 11-14. Detachable mount 514 includes integrated control apparatus that is external to the accessory 512 and to the flashlight 502. The detachable mount 514 can be removed, and/or reversed to provide a variety of mounting and control configurations or can be entirely replaced with a differently shaped or configured mount with a different switching and/or control interface.

Mount 514 is configured for attachment to a MIL-STD 1913 dovetail attachment rail or rail system 16, although other rail configurations are contemplated.

Weapon accessory 512 includes a housing 522 including an electronic component 518, which in this embodiment comprises a control circuit terminating in a mating adaptor tail cap 560 for control of the flashlight 502. The adaptor tail cap 560 is mated with the flashlight 502 in the place of a standard tail cap switch to provide an alternate control arrangement.

The electronic component 518 is electrically connected with electrical pogo pin contacts 528 exposed on an outer surface of the housing 522.

The mount 514 has a body 530 with a dovetail rail clamp generally indicated at 532, a switch 534 disposed on an outer surface of the mount body 530 and a circuit electrically connected with the switch 534 having fixed electrical contact pads (not shown) exposed on the outer surface of the mount body 530. Fastener 544 secures the mount to the accessory housing 522.

The mechanical configuration of the present embodiment 500 includes an accessory housing 522 with a clamping ring 523 which is received around the body of any conventional flashlight 502. Accessory housing 522 includes a planar mating platform 552. Likewise, mount body 514 includes a complementary planar mating platform 554. The mating platforms 552,554 are configured so that they are reversible or adjustable to provide alternate orientations, and like the earlier embodiments, the mating platforms 552,554 are also aligned along a mating axis M which is parallel to the rail axis A (see FIGS. 11-15). These mating platforms allow the accessory 512 to be reversibly configured for left or right hand mounting, or upper and lower mounting depending on the desired mounting location on the dovetail rail 16.

Referring to FIG. 18, the exemplary embodiment 500 further includes waterproofing gaskets 556 surrounding the electrical contacts 528 which are received in complementary gasket channels surrounding the contacts 528 on the accessory housing 522. Fasteners (not shown) removably secure the mount body 530 and accessory housing 522 in assembled relation. Preferably, the fasteners are adjacent to the contacts (only 528 shown) to insure a solid waterproof connection.

When the electronic weapon accessory 512 and mount 514 are secured in assembled relation (FIG. 16), the accessory electrical contacts 528 physically and electrically engage the mount electrical contacts (not shown) to provide a completed electronic control circuit and provide integrated control and operation of the electronic accessory 512 with the switch 534 on the mount 514.

The novel concept surrounding the invention is the removal of the mounting and control aspects of an electronic weapon accessory from the main housing of the accessory and the ability to separately adapt and customize both the mounting configuration as well as the control interface for the accessory. As indicated above, the mount and accessory are configured for reversible mounting so that the accessory can be adapted and mounted on either of the side dovetail rails of a conventional rail system or on the top or bottom rail, or on any other location of any other rail system. The exemplary embodiment locates the switch on the major outward flat face of the mount body so that the switch is presented almost flush with the rail. This is a highly desirable location which is easily operated by the users thumb while gripping the dovetail rail system on a rifle platform. However, as can be appreciated, the mount body can be contoured with other desirable shapes and the switch can be located anywhere on the body. Removing the switching and control functions from the electronic accessory allows the accessories to become smaller and more easily configured for closer mounting to the rail.

It can therefore be seen that the exemplary embodiments provide a unique and novel mounting and control solution for electronic weapon accessory.

While there is shown and described herein certain specific structures embodying various embodiments of the invention, it will be manifest to those skilled in the art that various modifications and rearrangements of the parts may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the underlying inventive concept and that the same is not limited to the particular forms herein shown and described except insofar as indicated by the scope of the appended claims.

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