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United States Patent Application 20170261286
Kind Code A1
Galloway; William September 14, 2017

LIGHT WEIGHT, DURABLE, SHOCK ABSORBENT, ADJUSTABLE, MOUNTING ASSEMBLY

Abstract

An adjustable mount is disclosed which can hold an electronic recording device on a hunting firearm like a rifle, so as to be able to record a kill and be able to look at the screen of the phone to see the crosshairs in the scope. The device makes it easier for younger kids to be able to make a shot and convenient for older hunters that have problems with their eyes to be able to see. The device enables sharing of the recording over a social computing based network.


Inventors: Galloway; William; (New Albany, MS)
Applicant:
Name City State Country Type

Galloway; William

New Albany

MS

US
Family ID: 1000002111020
Appl. No.: 15/065243
Filed: March 9, 2016


Current U.S. Class: 1/1
Current CPC Class: F41C 27/22 20130101
International Class: F41C 27/22 20060101 F41C027/22

Claims



1. A light weight, durable, shock absorbent, adjustable, mounting assembly for holding an electronic recording device to a stock of a firearm for digitally viewing and recording a target through a scope attached to said firearm, said assembly comprises: a detachable assembly holding unit, wherein said holding unit is attached to said stock of said firearm; a mounting unit; a longitudinally extending axis; an extending unit; a stabilizing unit; and an electronic recording device holding unit.

2. An assembly as set forth in claim 1, wherein said detachable assembly holding unit comprises: a left hand adjustable panel; a right hand adjustable panel; a connecting hinge connecting said left hand adjustable panel and right hand adjustable panel; and an interlocking clip for locking said left hand adjustable panel and right hand adjustable panel to each other.

3. An assembly as set forth in claim 2, wherein said left hand adjustable panel comprises: a first arm; a second arm; an adjustment gauge connecting said first and second arm of said left hand adjustable panel and facilitating adjustment of distance between said first and second arm; and an opening providing a mounting space/area on said first arm of said left hand adjustable panel.

4. An assembly as set forth in claim 2, wherein said right hand adjustable panel comprises: a first arm; a second arm; an adjustment gauge connecting said first and second arm of said right hand adjustable panel and facilitating adjustment of distance between said first and second arm; and an opening providing a mounting space/area on said first arm of said right hand adjustable panel.

5. An assembly as set forth in claim 1, wherein said mounting unit comprise of a mounting arrangement placed within said mounting space of at least one of left hand adjustable panel and right hand adjustable panel and an extended limb with a securing means.

6. An assembly as set forth in claim 1, wherein said longitudinally extending axis comprise: a mounting arrangement; and a mounting arm.

7. An assembly as set forth in claim 6, wherein said longitudinally extending axis is detachably secured to said extended limb of said mounting unit via said mounting arrangement.

8. An assembly as set forth in claim 6, wherein said mounting arm comprise of a mounting groove provides area for longitudinal movement within said mounting arm.

9. An assembly as set forth in claim 1, wherein said extending unit comprises: a first coupling arrangement; a U-shaped member; a second coupling arrangement; and an extending member.

10. An assembly as set forth in claim 9, wherein said first coupling arrangement provides coupling of said longitudinally extending axis with U-shaped member of said extending unit.

11. An assembly as set forth in claim 9, wherein said first coupling arrangement provides a longitudinally circular movement of said U-shaped member.

12. An assembly as set forth in claim 9, wherein said second coupling arrangement provide coupling of said extending member.

13. An assembly as set forth in claim 9, wherein said U-shaped member has two limbs to provide a to and fro movement of said second coupling arrangement along said U-shaped member for adjustment of height of said extending member.

14. An assembly as set forth in claim 9, wherein said extending member connects said extending unit to said stabilizing unit.

15. An assembly as set forth in claim 1, wherein said stabilizing unit comprise: a stabilizing bar; a coupling unit; and a connecting unit.

16. An assembly as set forth in claim 15, wherein said stabilizing bar is coupled to said extending member of said extending unit via said coupling unit.

17. An assembly as set forth in claim 15, wherein said stabilizing bar is connected to said electronic recording device holding unit via said connecting unit.

18. An assembly as set forth in claim 1, wherein said electronic recording device holding unit comprise of a resiliently flexible holding panel to hold said electronic recording device.

19. An assembly as set forth in claim 1, wherein said electronic recording device provides sharing of said recoded target over a social computing based network.

20. Assemblies as set forth in claim 1, wherein said electronic recording device selected from a group consisting of a smart phone, camera, tablet computer, PDA.
Description



CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] Not applicable.

STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT

[0002] Not applicable.

NAMES OF THE PARTIES TO A JOINT RESEARCH AGREEMENT

[0003] Not applicable.

INCORPORATION-BY-REFERENCE OF MATERIALS SUBMITTED ON A COMPACT DISC

[0004] Not applicable.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0005] 1. Field of the Invention

[0006] The present invention generally relates to an apparatus for securing a video/audio recording device to a hunting device. More particularly, the invention relates to a mount apparatus for securing cameras, smartphones, and/or the like on a firearm.

[0007] 2. Description of Related Art Including Information Disclosed Under 37 CFR 1.97 and 37 CFR 1.98.

[0008] Hunting is a popular recreational pastime in the United States and many other countries throughout the world. It has become increasingly common in recent times to record or photograph the hunt through the use of cameras and video cameras. As a result, mounting cameras and other electronic devices to a firearm in a manner that does not impede the hunt has become desired by those in the field of hunting. Particularly, the mount must not interfere with the ability to view the target, thereby allowing for accurate firing of the firearm. Obtaining a record of the hunt allows the hunter to later review his or her shots from the "eye" of the camera.

[0009] Additionally, with the advent of internet-enabled cameras, users can instantaneously e-mail, text, or "post" pictures and videos. The devices also display images and recordings before, during, and after the taking of the photograph or recording. However, to be able to capture the hunt with these devices, a stand or additional person is needed, prohibiting the ability to view the hunt from the "eye" or scope of the camera. Thus, the need for such a mount to accommodate these devices has become all the more desired.

[0010] Various prior mounting apparatuses that are attachable to a hunting rifle or other weapon to record images viewed through the scope are available, such as U.S. Pat. No. 6,539,661 to Richard W. Hope, U.S. Pat. No. 7,614,805 to Joseph Showalter, U.S. Pat. No. 6,192,614 to Daniel Cliburn, U.S. Pat. No. 6,070,355 to Day, Frederick A, U.S. Pat. No. 6,000,163 to Gordon, Terry, U.S. Pat. No. 5,287,644 to Bolduc Bruce L, U.S. Pat. No. 5,020,262 to Pena Louis T, U.S. Pat. No. 5,887,375 to Watson, Jerry Wade, U.S. Pat. No. 8,793,917 to Robert Wayne Russell, U.S. Pat. No. 8,819,983 to Jeff Tate, U.S. Pat. Appl. No. 20100071247 to Larry Holmberg, 20100018103 to Larry Holmberg, 20090255162 to Larry Holmberg.

[0011] One problem that arises with prior products is that these existing devices are rigid and are attached in a fixed position with limited adjustability relative to the weapon. Even the devices that are adjustable are only minimally adjustable, and are only adjusted at a specific joint, usually with some form of locking mechanism. Typically, each joint is only adjustable along one axis. Therefore, the hunter is limited to which adjustments may be made, and the adjustments usually take more than one step to accomplish. These existing forms of adjustment prevent the hunter from quickly and easily repositioning his video recording device. Moreover, the existing forms of rigid mounting devices have multiple parts, and add significant weight and bulk to hunting bows or guns. Additionally, such adjustments are further complicated in inclement weather and/or when hunters are wearing gloves. Furthermore, the adjustments make noise.

[0012] Accordingly, what is needed is a solution to address the various problems associated with prior devices used to record hunting activities by accommodating smartphones, cameras, and the like over the firearm.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0013] The primary objective of the present is to provide an adjustable mount to hold an electronic recording device on a hunting firearm like a rifle and be able to record a kill and being able to look at the screen of the phone to see the crosshairs in the scope would also make it easier for younger kids to be able to make a shot and convenient for older hunters that have problems with their eyes to be able to see. And share the recording over a social computing based network.

[0014] According to one objective, the present invention may comprise of a combination of a detachable assembly holding unit, a mounting unit, a longitudinally extending axis, an extending unit, a stabilizing unit, and an electronic recording device holding unit. Further according to the same objective the holding unit is attached to the stock of the firearm, the mounting unit is attached to the holding unit, the longitudinally extending axis is attached to the mounting unit and thereby secured to the holding unit, the extending unit is coupled with the extending axis, providing a to and fro movement along the axis and a longitudinally circular movement, the stabilizing unit is connected to the extending unit to stabilize the electronic recording device holding unit.

[0015] According to one objective, the present invention the detachable assembly holding unit may comprise of a left hand adjustable panel, a right hand adjustable panel, a connecting hinge connecting the left hand adjustable panel and right hand adjustable panel and an interlocking clip for locking the left hand adjustable panel and right hand adjustable panel to each other. Further according to the same objective the left hand adjustable panel may comprise of a first arm, a second arm, an adjustment gauge connecting the first and second arm of the left hand adjustable panel and facilitating adjustment of distance between the first and second arm and an opening providing a mounting space on the first arm of the left hand adjustable panel. Moreover the right hand adjustable panel may comprise of a first arm, a second arm, an adjustment gauge connecting the first and second arm of the right hand adjustable panel and facilitating adjustment of distance between the first and second arm and an opening providing a mounting space on the first arm of the right hand adjustable panel.

[0016] According to one objective, the present invention a mounting unit may comprise of a mounting arrangement placed within the mounting space of at least one of left hand adjustable panel and right hand adjustable panel and an extended limb with a securing means.

[0017] According to one objective, the present invention may comprise a longitudinally extending axis having a mounting arrangement and a mounting arm. Further according to the same objective the longitudinally extending axis is detachably secured to the extended limb of the mounting unit via the mounting arrangement. Also the mounting arm comprise of a mounting groove provides area for longitudinal movement within the mounting arm.

[0018] Further, in an objective, the present invention comprise of an extending unit. The extending unit may comprise of a first coupling arrangement, a U-shaped member, a second coupling arrangement and an extending member. Furthermore according to the same objective the first coupling arrangement provides coupling of the longitudinally extending axis with U-shaped member of the extending unit. Also, the first coupling arrangement provides a longitudinally circular movement of the U-shaped member, the second coupling arrangement provide coupling of the extending member, the U-shaped member has two limbs to provide a to and fro movement of the second coupling arrangement along the U-shaped member for adjustment of height of the extending member. And, the extending member connects the extending unit to the stabilizing unit.

[0019] In yet another objective, the present invention comprise of a stabilizing unit. The stabilizing unit comprise of a stabilizing bar, a coupling unit and a connecting unit. Furthermore according to the same invention the stabilizing bar is coupled to the extending member of the extending unit via the coupling unit. And the stabilizing bar is connected to the electronic recording device holding unit via the connecting unit.

[0020] Furthermore, the invention comprise of a electronic recording device holding unit comprise of a resiliently flexible holding panel to hold the electronic recording device. Also according to the same objective the electronic recording device provides sharing of the recoded target over a social computing based network. And, the electronic recording device selected from a group consisting of a smart phone, camera, tablet computer, PDA.

[0021] In this respect, before explaining at least one embodiment of the invention in detail, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited in its application to the details of construction and to the arrangements of the components set forth in the following description or illustrated in the drawings. The invention is capable of other embodiments and of being practiced and carried out in various ways. Also, it is to be understood that the phraseology and terminology employed herein are for the purpose of description and should not be regarded as limiting.

[0022] These together with other objects of the invention, along with the various features of novelty which characterize the invention, are pointed out with particularity in the disclosure. For a better understanding of the invention, its operating advantages and the specific objects attained by its uses, reference should be had to the accompanying drawings and descriptive matter in which there are illustrated preferred embodiments of the invention.

[0023] Additional features and advantages of the invention will be set forth in the detailed description which follows, and in part will be readily apparent to those skilled in the art from that description or recognized by practicing the invention as described herein, including the detailed description which follows, the claims, as well as the appended drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

[0024] The invention will be better understood and objects other than those set forth above will become apparent when consideration is given to the following detailed description thereof. Such description makes reference to the annexed drawings wherein:

[0025] FIG. 1 illustrates the prospective top view of an assembly holding unit in the invention.

[0026] FIG. 2 illustrates the prospective view of a mounting unit in the invention.

[0027] FIG. 3 illustrates the prospective view of an extending axis in the invention.

[0028] FIG. 4 illustrates the prospective view of an extending unit in the invention.

[0029] FIG. 5 illustrates the prospective view of a stabilizing unit in the invention.

[0030] FIG. 6 illustrates the prospective view of an electronic recording device holding unit in the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0031] In the following detailed description, reference is made to the accompanying drawings which form a part hereof, and in which is shown by way of illustration specific embodiments in which the invention may be practiced. These embodiments are described in sufficient detail to enable those skilled in the art to practice the invention, and it is to be understood that the embodiments may be combined, or that other embodiments may be utilized and that structural and logical changes may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the present invention. The following detailed description is, therefore, not to be taken in a limiting sense, and the scope of the present invention is defined by the appended claims and their equivalents.

[0032] Referring now to the drawings, wherein like reference characters designate identical, or corresponding parts throughout the figures, and in particular FIG. 1 shows an assembly holding unit in the invention.

[0033] FIG. 1 shows the prospective view of the light weight, durable, shock absorbent, adjustable, mounting assembly for holding an electronic recording device to a stock of a firearm 7 for digitally viewing and recording a target through a scope 8 attached to said firearm 7 including a detachable assembly holding unit 1, a mounting unit 2, a longitudinally extending axis 3, an extending unit 4, a stabilizing unit 5, and an electronic recording device holding unit 6, a left hand adjustable panel 1(a), a right hand adjustable panel 1(b), connecting hinge 1(c), an interlocking clip 1(j), a first arm 1(d) in the left hand adjustable panel 1(a), a second arm 1(e) in the left hand adjustable panel 1(a), an adjustment gauge 1(f) in the left hand adjustable panel 1(a), a first arm 1(g) in the right hand adjustable panel 1(b), a second arm 1(h) in the right hand adjustable panel 1(b), an adjustment gauge 1(i) in the right hand adjustable panel 1(b).

[0034] FIG. 2 shows the prospective view of the mounting unit 2 in the detachable assembly holding unit 1 including mounting space 1(k), a longitudinally extending axis 3, an extending unit 4, a stabilizing unit 5, and an electronic recording device holding unit 6.

[0035] FIG. 3 shows the prospective view of the longitudinally extending axis 3 in the detachable assembly holding unit 1 including an extending unit 4, a stabilizing unit 5, and an electronic recording device holding unit 6, a mounting arm 3(a), a mounting arrangement 3(b) and a mounting groove 3(c).

[0036] FIG. 4 shows the prospective view of the extending unit 4 in the detachable assembly holding unit 1 including a longitudinally extending axis 3, a stabilizing unit 5, and an electronic recording device holding unit 6, a first coupling arrangement 4(a), a U-shaped member 4(b), a second coupling arrangement 4(c) and an extending member 4(d).

[0037] FIG. 5 shows the prospective view of the a stabilizing unit 5 in the detachable assembly holding unit 1 including an electronic recording device holding unit 6, a stabilizing bar 5(a), a coupling unit 5(b) and a connecting unit 5(c).

[0038] FIG. 6 shows the prospective view of the an electronic recording device holding unit 6 in the detachable assembly holding unit 1 including a resiliently flexible holding panel to hold said electronic recording device.

[0039] In one embodiment the holding unit is attached to the stock of the firearm, the mounting unit 2 is attached to the holding unit 1, the longitudinally extending axis 3 is attached to the mounting unit 2 and thereby secured to the holding unit 1, the extending unit 4 is coupled with the extending axis 3, providing a to and fro movement along the axis and a longitudinally circular movement, the stabilizing unit 5 is connected to the extending unit to stabilize the electronic recording device holding unit 6.

[0040] In one embodiment the left hand adjustable panel 1(a) may comprise of a first arm 1(d), a second arm 1(e), an adjustment gauge 1(f) connecting the first arm 1(e) and second arm 1(f) of the left hand adjustable panel 1(a) and facilitating adjustment of distance between the 1(e) and second arm 1(f) and an opening providing a mounting space 1(k) on the first arm 1(e) of the left hand adjustable panel 1(a).

[0041] In another embodiment of the invention the right hand adjustable panel 1(b) may comprise of a first arm 1(g), a second arm 1(i), an adjustment gauge 1(h) connecting the first arm 1(g) and second arm 1(i) of the right hand adjustable panel 1(b) and facilitating adjustment of distance between the first arm 1(g) and second arm 1(i) and an opening providing a mounting space on the first arm 1(g) of the right hand adjustable panel 1(b).

[0042] In another embodiment of the invention the longitudinally extending axis 3 is detachably secured to the extended limb 2(a) of the mounting unit 2 via the mounting arrangement 3(b). Also the mounting arm 3(a) comprise of a mounting groove 3(c) provides area for longitudinal movement within the mounting arm 3(a).

[0043] In another embodiment of the invention the first coupling arrangement 4(a) provides coupling of the longitudinally extending axis 3 with U-shaped member 4(b) of the extending unit 4. Also, the first coupling arrangement 4(a) provides a longitudinally circular movement of the U-shaped member 4(b), the second coupling arrangement 4(c) provide coupling of the extending member 4(d), the U-shaped member 4(b) has two limbs to provide a to and fro movement of the second coupling arrangement 4(c) along the U-shaped member 4(b) for adjustment of height of the extending member 4(d). And, the extending member 4(d) connects the extending unit 4 to the stabilizing unit 5.

[0044] In yet another embodiment the invention, the stabilizing bar 5(a) is coupled to the extending member 4(d) of the extending unit 4 via the coupling unit 5(b). And the stabilizing bar 5(a) is connected to the electronic recording device holding unit 6 via the connecting unit 5(c).

[0045] In a preferred embodiment the invention provides a mounting device for mounting a smartphone or other small recording device to a hunting device, such as a hunting bow or gun. The mounting device for firearms may support any conventional recording device, like a smartphone, that provides greater protection to the camera of the recording device from shock and vibration. Also the mounting device for firearms that allows quick and easy adjustment of the line of sight of the camera to suit the needs of the hunter and accommodate changes in the zoom depth of the camera, further the mounting device is lightweight and durable under harsh operating conditions and may be easily and efficiently manufactured and marketed.

[0046] It is to be understood that the above description is intended to be illustrative, and not restrictive. For example, the above-discussed embodiments may be used in combination with each other. Many other embodiments will be apparent to those of skill in the art upon reviewing the above description.

[0047] While the present invention has been described with reference to particular embodiments, it should be understood that the embodiments are illustrative and that the scope of the invention is not limited to these embodiments. Many variations, modifications, additions and improvements to the embodiments described above are possible. It is contemplated that these variations, modifications, additions and improvements fall within the scope of the invention.

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