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Patent 7941960 Click For Printable Version of This Patent
Patent Information:  USPTO Site Listing

Patent Number: 7941960
Case ID: 0
Patent Title: Rail clamp mount
Status: ACTIVE
Status Date: 8/2/2011 2:57:36 PM
Issue Date: 5/17/2011
Filed Date: 3/18/2010
Serial #: 2/727,100
Assignee Name: SureFire, LLC (Fountain Valley, CA)
Inventor(s): Matthews, John W. , La France, Timothy F. , Picciotta, Michael D.
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:
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

This invention relates to apparatus for mounting an accessory device to a rail, and more particularly to a quick attachment/quick release rail clamp mount for a longitudinal rail which may be carried by a gun.

It is often useful to mount an accessory device, such as a light beam generator, to a rail that may be secured to or otherwise carried by a gun. When the rail is carried by a gun, it is of utmost importance that the mounting apparatus, which interfaces the accessory device and the rail, be firmly clamped or otherwise firmly secured to the rail, while at the same time it is desirable that the rail clamp mount be quickly and easily securable to and removable from the rail.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Against this background, the present invention provides apparatus for mounting an accessory device to a longitudinal rail, such as a rail carried by a gun parallel to the longitudinal axis of the gun''s barrel, the mounting a . . . . More
Abstract:
A rail clamp mount that may be quickly and easily firmly secured to a rail, such as a rail carried by a gun, and that may be quickly and easily released from the rail. A preferred embodiment comprises a mount base including a first rail-engaging surface; a generally U-shaped, somewhat elastic clamping member carried by the mount base and including two second rail-engaging surfaces at the ends of the legs of the U, and a third second rail-engaging surface at the end of the center section of the clamping member between the legs of the U, the second rail-engaging surfaces being opposed to and transversely spaced from the first rail-engaging surface; a cam mechanism mounting the clamping member to the mount base for imparting transverse movement to the clamping member when actuated; and an actuator for the cam mechanism including a throw handle.
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. An apparatus for mounting a device to a rail, the apparatus comprising: a mount base adapted to secure the device thereto and comprising a rail-engaging surface; and a clamping member comprising: a base section, and two longitudinally spaced-apart legs extending from the base section toward the rail-engaging surface of the mount base, wherein the legs provide rail-engaging surfaces substantially at ends of the legs disposed away from the base section, wherein the rail-engaging surfaces of the legs are substantially opposed to and transversely spaced from the rail-engaging surface of the mount base.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising: an actuator; and a cam mechanism adapted to impart substantially transverse movement to the clamping member in response to the actuator to cause the rail-engaging surfaces of the clamping member to engage the rail.

3. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein the cam mechanism comprises a rotatable . . . . More