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Patent Information:  USPTO Site Listing

Patent Number: 7900622
Case ID: 0
Patent Title: Paintball marker with user selectable firing modes
Status: ACTIVE
Status Date: 8/2/2011 3:04:46 PM
Issue Date: 3/8/2011
Filed Date: 6/5/2008
Serial #: 2/133,661
Assignee Name: Tippmann Sports LLC (Fort Wayne, IN)
Inventor(s): Douglas, Jeffrey P. , Tippmann, Jr., Dennis J.
Lab Information:  View Lab Profile

Lab Name: U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center
Location: RDAR-EIB
Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 07806-5000
Contact: Contact Lab About This Patent
   
Description:
TECHNICAL FIELD

The present invention relates generally to paintball markers, and like devices for firing frangible projectiles.

BACKGROUND

Paintball is a popular sport in which opposing sides attempt to seek out and "shoot" one another with paintballs. Players use paintball markers (also known as paintball guns) to propel the paintballs with compressed gas or combustible fuel. The paintballs are designed to break upon impact and leave a visible mark.

Since paintball games often simulate combat, paintball markers that resemble military equipment are desirable to increase the realism of the experience. For example, paintball markers have been modified to resemble assault rifles, sniper rifles, etc. In some cases, however, such modifications can be difficult to install and remove. Moreover, the modifications may detract from the marker''s functionality and reliability.

SUMMARY

According to one aspect, the invention provides a paintb . . . . More
Abstract:
A paintball marker with a barrel that is coupled to a receiver. The marker may include a grip assembly in which an electronic circuit is disposed. The electronic circuit is configured to actuate launching of a projectile responsive to the trigger moving to the firing position.
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. An electronic grip assembly for a paintball marker, the electronic grip assembly comprising: a grip defining an interior cavity; trigger movable between a neutral position and a firing position; a magnet associated with and movable with the trigger, wherein the magnet has a first pole and a second pole; a first magnetic sensor configured to detect the magnet, wherein the first magnetic sensor is spaced apart from the magnet such that the first magnetic sensor detects the magnet when the trigger is in the firing position, but does not detect the magnet when the trigger is in the neutral position; a second magnetic sensor configured to detect the magnet, wherein the second magnetic sensor is spaced apart from the magnet such that the second magnetic sensor detects the magnet when the trigger is in the firing position, but does not detect the magnet when the trigger is in the neutral position; a controller disposed within the interior cavity of the gri . . . . More