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They Invented What? (No. 82)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on January 16, 2008

U.S. Pat. No. 5,832,911:  Less lethal weapon attachable to lethal weapon.

JW Note:  To quote Miracle Max from The Princess Bride, “It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead.”

 lesslethal

 What is claimed is:

1. A less lethal weapon including a barrel with a rearward portion and a forward portion for propelling a plurality of projectiles seriatim out the barrel including a receiver comprising

          a) a frame;
          b) means for propelling projectiles out of the barrel including the receiver which means is mounted on the frame;
          c) a magazine mounted spaced from and parallel to the barrel in turn comprising
                    i) a magazine tube containing a plurality of projectiles;
                    ii) an exit port communicating with the tube;
                    iii) a piston slidable in the magazine tube urging the projectiles toward such exit port; and
                    iv) gas pressure means for translating the piston to cause the projectiles to exit seriatim from the tube, such gas pressure means in communication with the forward portion of the barrel.

2. The weapon of claim 1 in which the gas pressure means is a conduit communicating with the barrel.

3. The weapon of claim 1 in which the projectiles are ejected from the barrel by the force of compressed gas.

4. The weapon of claim 1 having two magazines and in which the barrel is turnable to a first position for feeding from the first magazine and turnable to a second position for feeding from the second magazine.

5. The weapon of claim 4 in which each magazine carries a different type of projectile.

6. A less lethal weapon including a barrel for propelling a plurality of projectiles seriatim out the barrel including a receiver comprising

         a) a frame;
         b) means for propelling projectiles out of the barrel including the receiver which means is mounted on the frame;
         c) first and second magazines mounted adjacent the barrel, each magazine in turn comprising
                  i) a magazine tube containing a plurality of projectiles;
                  ii) an exit port communicating with the tube;
                  iii) a piston slidable in the magazine tube urging the projectiles toward such exit port;
                  iv) gas pressure means for translating the piston to cause the projectiles to exit seriatim from the tube; and
          d) the barrel being turnable to a first position for feeding from the first magazine and turnable to a second position for feeding from the second magazine.

7. The weapon of claim 6 in which the first magazine carries a projectile of a first construction and the second magazine carries a projectile of a second construction.

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