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They Invented What? (No. 82)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on January 18, 2019

Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

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.”


 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…

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